Macon Committee Discusses Closing Bars Earlier | News
Monday night, the Macon public safety committee discussed shutting down late night crimes by making bars close earlier.
Right now, last call at bars and clubs throughout the city is 2 a.m. and all alcoholic drinks must be finished before 3 a.m.
However, Keith Moffett, a city administrator, says many places stay open hours past that, making it difficult for police to monitor and creating a safety issue.
The proposed law would require all people to leave bars and clubs at 3 a.m.
"It would take away any grey area, because at three o'clock, no one should be at these establishments. No one should be there loitering or anything, and it helps police. They don't have to go in and ask a lot of questions," says Moffett.
Moffett says Mayor Robert Reichert asked the city to draft the law after a teen was shot outside Zodiac Lounge in July.
"It happened about four o'clock in the morning," explains Moffett. "The establishment was open. People were there hanging out, and some attitudes happened, but had the facility not been open at four o'clock in the morning, this probably could have been prevented."
Councilman Henry Gibson says he agrees, but he also wants Macon Police to boost enforcement.
He says, "I think law enforcement could do a little bit more, but a lot of the responsibility should rely on the club owner themselves."
The Public Safety committee chair Virgil Watkins says the group will bring up the topic at one of their next meetings, and in the meantime, bring bar and club owners into the conversation.
The committee also put off discussions on an ordinance that would require pet owners in the city to spay or neuter their animals.
Nancy White, who wrote the proposed law, asked them to bring it up at the next meeting so Animal Shelter Director Sarah Tenon and other members of the community could give input. That meeting is in two weeks.