BANGS — The city council unanimously voted to bring back a curfew ordinance that had not been in effect since 1996.
Mayor Carrol Wells said she “pulled” the original ordinance after receiving a periodic update from the Texas Municipal League.
“TML sends periodic bulletins to member cities,” Wells said at Tuesday’s council meeting. “One of them suggested that cities review their curfew ordinances. When I pulled the file on the juvenile curfew, I noticed the last time it was reviewed was 1993.”
Because curfew ordinances are to be reviewed every three years, the last year an ordinance was in effect was 1996.
“Our last ordinance expired 11 years ago,” Wells said. “I decided it was something that needed to be brought to the council’s attention.”
During a short public hearing prior to the council meeting, majority consensus appeared to be in favor of restoring the ordinance.
“I think we need to have a curfew,” said Municipal Judge Ronnie Lappe. “It will give the officers probable cause to stop juveniles and get them home.”
Police officer Ricky Minica agreed with Lappe.
“I believe having a curfew cuts down on criminal mischief.”
Once in regular session, the council voted to restart the ordinance.
“Sunday through Thursdays, juveniles 16 and under must be home between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” Wells said. “On Fridays and Saturdays, they must be home between midnight and 6 a.m.”
Wells said two exceptions to the ordinance are that a juvenile can be out later than the ordinance reads, provided they are accompanied by a parent. The other says that juveniles can be out until midnight without a parent on any given Thursday through Sunday, as long as that day precedes a school holiday.
Wells said the public is welcome to review the ordinance at city hall.
In other business, the council:
Voted to continue a mowing contract with Dave Helmick Voted that reserve officers must work a minimum of 20 hours per week Voted to allow the purchase of a lawn mower for the wastewater treatment plant
The next regular meeting of the Bangs City Council will be at 6:30 p.m. June 12 at city hall.