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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