Montgomery City Council

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The Montgomery City Council has extended a moratorium on issuing new business licenses for payday lending companies.

Council voted Tuesday to extend a 90-day moratorium by six months. Councilman Richard Bollinger said the extension would give city officials time to examine how the businesses impact Montgomery.

Bollinger says city leaders are looking to foster a diverse business climate, and are unsure of why payday lending businesses are concentrated in specific areas of the city.

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Montgomery Police say they're ramping up downtown patrols after complaints of underage drinking and other inappropriate conduct near the riverfront entertainment district.

Public Safety Director J. Christopher Murphy says officers will patrol the area on bicycles and marked patrol cars, and undercover officers will also canvass the area at night.

Montgomery City Council passed an ordinance last year to establish a downtown entertainment district and some say underage visitors have started bringing their own liquor and loitering in the area.