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The Wichita city council has called a special meeting for October 9th to look at ordinances aimed at improving safety in the entertainment district.
The discussion is a response to recent shooting incidents that have occurred on 4 consecutive weekends in Old Town. City leaders and police have been talking about safety issues with Old Town businesses over the past few weeks.
Vice mayor Janet Miller says there will be 2 proposed ordinances on the agenda for the October meeting. One would prohibit loitering between midnight and 6 a.m., which confirms to current laws governing city parks. Miller says there has been a problem with large crowds loitering in Old Town after the bars close between 12:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. on weekends.
The other ordiinance deals with cover charges and the percentage of food sales at establishments. Miller says this discussion would be aimed at keeping 18-20 year olds out of establishments that mainly serve alcohol.
Miller says other issues could come up during the council discussion. The council originally had not scheduled a meeting for October 9th, because they were planning to attend a Kansas League of Municipalities meeting in Topeka.