By Kevin Jefferies
Commerce – For the second meeting in a row, a citizen voiced his concerns before the Commerce City Council over a section of town that may have a growing drug and traffic problem. Charles Yates addressed his concerns about the situation along Washington, Lee, and Greenville Streets in Commerce. Yates said he has witnessed drugs deals, over 20 youths openly smoking marijuana with small children nearby, and heavy pedestrian traffic in the middle of the street.
Yates said an increased police presence after his initial appearance before the council had helped.
Yates also cited situations where police had been called, but were not seen in the area after hours of waiting.
Late in the meeting, City Manager Bill Shipp addressed Yates' previous council visit. Shipp said patrols had been increased in the area and ways to utilize a group effort to improve the situation were being examined.
Shipp also said involving landlords of properties in the area may be key, but it could likely be a slow process to alleviate the problems.