Trash Near School Caused By Bars Says Resident
A resident living in the Newman Elementary neighborhood says the bars and clubs in the area are becoming dangerous for the children that attend school there.
She says the problem needs to be fixed before a child gets hurt.
A resident near Newman Elementary says three bars on McPherson are too close to the school and they need to go.
Residents are tired of finding the trash left behind near the elementary school.
Sylvia Cosio lives near the school says, "around the perimeter of the school they have found broken glass, condoms, underwear, syringes and we're afraid something will happen."
The trash, residents say comes from the bars and clubs located on McPherson which are F-bar, E-bar and Cowboys.
Cosio says, "everyone that lives in that area is worried, we have lost the tranquility and peace but more importantly the health and security and even the lives of the children are in danger.
This is after Cosio says a child picked up something that looked like a balloon off the ground.
"We saw a child pick up a condom and tried to inflate it. He thought it was a balloon but what can I tell you, that condom could have a disease."
Cosio says she has asked planning and zoning vice president to get rid of the bars but to no avail.
"Roque Vela gave permission to open another bar so I ask doesn't he have kids or what cant he imagine that it could happen to his child at another school," said Cosio.
"I wouldn't like that at all thats something that no child should have to go through especially at the elementary level and because of that I'm making strides to fix it long term."
The way the law and the zoning ordinance is set up Vela says they're completely within their rights to be open for business but he says, he is introducing an item on the agenda this coming Monday to create a special permit where anyone trying to open a bar near a residence will have to speak to the council first.
Vela says, "you have to show us your specs, the equipment your going to use, tell us a little about yourself so we know what you are doing because obviously its a very touchy situation."
Owner of F-bar Rey Gonzalez says he has sufficient crew to contain patrons from taking alcohol out from his business and has a good relationship with the neighbors that live behind the bars but he cant control what goes on after they leave. "this is brand new to me, we tried to, like I said we have contact with our immediate neighbors these people and if they have some sort of problem they have my number and they talk to me"
and now Sylvia Cosio hopes that at the next city council meeting the council will do the right thing.
"We need them to make a good decision support this and defend the children and move the bars to another location that isn't a residential area."