Feb 4, 2014 1:11 AM
Residents in Corning used to visit Martini Plaza, a beautiful fountain park, for several years. However, in the past year and a half things have changed. "The park was meant as a place for people during lunch time to come out and read a book, and that's not happening," explained Patrick Walker, Public Works Director for the city of Corning. Officials say they've been getting an earful from residents telling them they're being kept away from the park. “People come into the audience and complain about the amount of aggression of the people that are staying in the park on a regular basis," said Walker.
Melodie Poisson owns a business right next to the park. She says she's seen illegal activities happen right before her eyes. “I've seen regular drug trade going on through the back gate to the alley where people can come through the alley and they can purchase drugs and then just move on without much notice," explained Poisson.
The new ordinance bans smoking and open containers of alcohol at Martini Plaza. Poisson is optimistic that the ordinance will make a difference. "I think it is a step in the right direction and I think that we as business owners on Solano will possibly see a change in the park and we're all looking forward to that."
Right now, the ordinance isn't being enforced because they don't have the proper signs up in the park. Officials say signs should be posted within the next week.
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