An ordinance that would require Macon convenience store owners to keep their front windows mostly clear of clutter so police can see inside moved forward Monday.
It’s slated for a full council vote next week.
The legislation, sponsored by Councilman Ed DeFore in the wake of a spate of convenience store killings this summer, would require stores to keep 75 percent of the window clear and to keep the cash register visible from outside.
Some council members, and particularly Council President Pro Tem James Timley, remained concerned Monday that the ordinance will be difficult to enforce. There also are concerns that some store owners will be compelled to move their cash registers, which could lead to remodeling costs.
But, in the end, the council’s Public Safety Committee voted 4-1 to send the ordinance to the full council, with only Timley voting against.
“I think this is a good thing,” said Councilman Lonnie Miley, a committee member.
The full council is slated to vote on the issue Dec. 15. With five of 15 council members scheduled to be out of town that day for a sister-city trip to Macon, France, the new rule may have a hard time passing. It will take eight votes to send the ordinance to the mayor’s desk.
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