Sarno says closing bars at 1:00 a.m. instead of 2:00 a.m. isn’t the only option.
Another idea he says, is banning re-entry into bars after 1 o’clock, similar to what Northampton currently does.
He says crime rates increase after 1:00 a.m. taking police away from more important issues.
“My number one priority as it has always been is public safety. The resources, the limited budgetary resources we have, are not called away from the regular routine patrols or from all other aspects of the city,” explains Sarno.
Local bars have said they’ll lose business or even have to shut down because of the proposal.
Mayor Sarno however says it will actually be beneficial to all businesses because it will help improve Springfield’s image.
The public hearing will be held this Wednesday, February 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Springfield City Hall.