Busy Night For Greenville Council

Safety, crime and money...three hot topics that brought the people of Greenville out Thursday night--filling the city hall chambers.

After months of debate--the city council decided to pass an ordinance that would enforce new clubs and bars within Greenville city limits to have 500 feet of space in between each other. The ordinance will take effect in May of this year.

Greenville resident Elizabeth Montgomery favors the change. "Research shows once again the density of bars, convenience stores and anyone that sells alcohol, increases the risk of violent behavior."

The effects of some of that bad behavior is what prompted a non-profit organization to ask for $25,000 dollars to help spruce up downtown Greenville. A service contract for the full amount was granted to give the newly named--Uptown Greenville a beauty face lift.

Vidal Thorpe said, "I'm very happy about that, thrilled. What they're doing for Uptown Greenville is very, very good. It's revitalization of the downtown area. And everybody benefits from it."

Benefiting from good things is what brought out global star Dave Mirra and a band of BMX bikers to the meeting. The pro athlete and X-games medalist took to the podium to help ask for $42,000 to give Jaycee Skate Park updated equipment--and it's not just about the sports according to Mirra. "That's our goal really, just to show this is great for the young kids to keep them out of drugs and alcohol and ya know, other crimes. It's a great thing to have."

According to a newsletter by Councilman Calvin Mercer, emergency funds were released to fix the ramp at the Extreme Park.


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  • by Justice on Feb 15, 2010 at 01:41 PM
    To the "Original Justice" are you even living in Gville or on this planet? How many times have you left the safety of your vehicle and walked through WGville (and I am not talking about the Hospital). The only recreational area is the Gym (which if my History is right) was a part a the Old Eppes High school (circa 50s or 60s). There is a basketball goal that someone has put up in the middle of Vance street. Oh Yes I forgot along with the new pretty Police substation (which is there for looks only) I know because I have gone there several times, cars are there, but the doors are LOCKED). I digress, just tell me How to Help the Kids and I will stop complaining about the money given out for wasteful spending
  • by Tyler Location: Greenville on Feb 13, 2010 at 11:50 AM
    It's great to see the ramp was approved but the new club ordinance is a joke. Further, the city council is a joke. Hey geniuses, watch enrollment drop in the coming years now. Would not it be more beneficial to separate downtown from the housing projects? Better still, kick all of the trash out of the projects and build more nightclubs and a nice skate park where that waste of space used to be. Heck, maybe we can even expand our great school in that new space... Like George said: Don't punish innocent people, punish the trash responsible.
  • by Dave Location: In the zone on Feb 12, 2010 at 05:45 PM
    BMX is not a sport. Therefore, it does not need any money for some silly skate park. Greenville needs to get their priorities straight!
  • by George Location: Greenville on Feb 12, 2010 at 04:41 PM
    Once again the inept & cowardly Greenville city council decides to punish the bars and the property owners instead of the actual people that are causing the problems downtown. Face it folks....the council doesn't have the stones to deal with the problems facing this town. VOTE THEM OUT!
  • by Two Topics Location: Greenville on Feb 12, 2010 at 03:05 PM
    1. The bar ordinance as written can never be enforced. It is only used if a bar closes with no intent to ever re-open as a bar. It has no teeth at all. 2. Exactly what great benefit does Greenville get from a few BMX riders living here? Their houses or apartments would likely be occupied whether by them or by someone else, so the "property tax they generate" arguement makes no sense. Its not like we get some huge international BMX competition in Greenville because of them. The fact that Greenville gets mentioned on TV a few times during some show that only a very small segment of the popultion watches means nothing. The fact that the City is spending $42,000 on a bike ramp is absurd.
  • by Original Justice on Feb 12, 2010 at 12:36 PM
    "Justice", west Gville? The hostpital area is doing quite well, theres plenty of development going on that side of town. Pitt co has spent a great deal of money in W Gville.
  • by Marty Location: Goldsboro on Feb 12, 2010 at 11:31 AM
    I moved to Greenville in 1995 about the same time as Mirra.Back then there was only a 5 foot mini.Dave Steve Don Tim and a few others were alowed to build ramps there with our own money and Mirra was the largest contributor at that time.Mirra and the BMX community have given alot back to Greenville and all that is asked is a safe place to live and ride. I believe Greenville has done a great job at providing this for its community.Give the city council a pat on the back for taking pride in its people and doing the right thing.
  • by BMX dude Location: G-Vegas on Feb 12, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    Yeah dude I like to bike and skate. I can do some totally bogus tricks! Rock on Dave Mirra!!
  • by BXM DAD Location: GREENVILLE on Feb 12, 2010 at 08:42 AM
    PLEASE REALIZE THAT DAVE MIRRA WAS UNSELFISHLY ASKING FOR THE PARK IMPROVMENTS ON BEHALF ON THE NUMEROUS OTHER BMXERS IN TOWN SOME NOT EVEN 10 YEARS OLD YET PLEASE GET YOUR FACTS STRAGHT BEFOE=RE POSTING ALSO THIS IS A CITY PARK OPEN TO ALL WHO MAY CHOOSE TO UTILIZE SO IT BENEFITS THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY
  • by Truth Location: Reality on Feb 12, 2010 at 08:20 AM
    I think we are experiencing and I.D. 10-T error.
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