Martinsburg business leaders discuss police presence, parking
By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - A greater police presence downtown and working to improve parking were among the issues brought up at a meeting of downtown business people and others Thursday night.
The focus of the discussion was a survey completed by 221 people that was coordinated by Main Street Martinsburg.
Among the main concerns of people downtown was cleaning it up and "getting rid of loiterers," which some felt could be accomplished by having a more visible police presence.
"You want to get retailers to stay open at night and to do that you need more traffic and that means you have to make people feel safe," said Carson Anderson of Cherry Properties.
Numerous ideas were floated about having police officers on foot patrolling downtown, although other concerns were raised about harassing people who are on the street and understaffing issues with the police department.