A weekend disturbance at Traffic, a downtown nightclub, has been answered forcefully by city officials. On Monday, the city announced it is "taking several measures under state and local laws to shut down" Traffic until further notice.
In what the newspaper described as a "brawl," about 50 police officers quelled street disturbances early Saturday outside the nightclub at 220 W. Walnut St.
City officials said the weekend "knife assault" was the third fight in recent weeks involving blades.
“We will not tolerate this type of activity in our downtown or anywhere else in Springfield,” said Mayor Tom Carlson. “I believe the City Council will support taking whatever measures are necessary to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
City officials are shuttering the nightclub on several grounds:
•Liquor control prohibits on-premise sales if there's disorderly conduct.
•The city attorney is accusing nightclub owner Michael Ngo of "repeated violations of Springfield’s nuisance laws, including noise and littering."
•The city's finance department is reviewing the nightclub's business license.
After Club Intensity closed -- mostly due to noise complaints -- its crowd moved to Traffic. Shutting down Traffic won't solve the long-term issue of how to handle drunk people who want to dance.