Wednesday, October 19, 2005

CITY SERVES TRAFFIC WITH NUISANCE NOTICE

The city accuses the downtown nightclub of being "used for the commission of crimes, ordinance violations, or acts done, permitted, allowed or continued which is resulting in damage or injury to inhabitants of the City of Springfield."

Citing Section 74-392 of the municipal code, City Attorney Dan Wichmer hit the club with the notice late Wednesday. Other allegations outlined by Wichmer:
Said violations include, but are not limited to, harassing or intimidating conduct towards persons in the neighborhood or passing by the location, noise, street and or sidewalk congestion, assaults, battery, and public affrays by the occupants, or persons frequenting 220 W. Walnut.

Continuation of said uses of said property constitutes a Public Nuisance, if said uses continue, the city attorney will file a petition seeking court-ordered relief pursuant to Code Section 74-393; up to and including an order requiring the vacating of the premises for up to year.
Any more violations and the city can "vacate the premises" -- in other words, shut down Traffic.

On Tuesday the city also slapped Traffic for having an awning that wasn't in compliance with city code. That's according to KYTV. Nary a word about the club's woes in Wednesday's News-Leader. There was, however, a nice wire story about Hurricane Wilma as it "turns toward Florida." It hasn't happened yet, of course, but if and when it does, the local paper will be way ahead of the game.

1 comment:

Duane Keys said...

Thanks for keeping up on this story. Local blogs have been the best resource on this event.

I don't like the idea that the city can just shut a business down when they're doing nothing illegal as far as I can see.

On the flip side, who the hell are these people involved in the riot in Springfield? Throwing bottles and harrassing officers? How come no investigative reporting into the arrested, what they're stories are?