CARAG resident Mike Podras said he observed seven Uptown bar-goers urinating near his house during a weekend in early August; he’s also seen a few relieving themselves by Joyce Methodist Church at Fremont Avenue & West 31st Street.
To combat the problem, Podras and other neighbors want permit-parking restrictions on the 3000 blocks of Emerson and Fremont avenues extended beyond the current 9 p.m., which is too early to keep out the bar crowd.
Podras, who lives off West 31st Street, said the public urination problem has been much worse than in years past, because there are more places serving liquor.
To further address the problem, City Councilmember Dan Niziolek (10th Ward) and 5th Police Precinct Capt. Kris Arneson have arranged for a four-week Uptown beat patrol on Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., through Saturday, Sept. 11.
Niziolek and Podras said the Uptown Association would also be asked to fund off-duty officers to patrol the area.