Connellsville OKs curfew for juveniles
Connellsville council members want to make residents feel safe despite the recent outbreak of juvenile crimes in the city.
On Tuesday, council approved a resolution introducing Ordinance 1506 to establish a curfew for minors during night and school hours.
Mayor Greg Lincoln said the ordinance is very constitutional, fair and needed.
The curfews listed in the ordinance would be: 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The curfew also is in effect during school hours of the school year.
Lincoln said police officers will have the right to question minors walking city sidewalks or streets during school hours and can cite them.
Lincoln said the police chief may use his discretion on extending the curfew if there is a youth event in town, such as a school dance or football game.
Cyber and home school children are exempt from the school hours curfew. Parents could be cited for letting children violate the ordinance.
The ordinance must be available for public review for 30 days before final action can be taken.
Lincoln said he hopes to bring the ordinance up for approval at the city's April meeting.
Three other resolutions were approved as part of Lincoln's report:
• Council approved an amendment to the Police Officers' Association Collective Bargaining Agreement to permit the city to pay uniform allowances and sick leave buyback on or before May 1 of each year.
• Council reappointed Jami Cross to the zoning hearing board, with a term to expire the first Monday of 2019.
• Council agreed to permit James Stevenson, a student with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Police Academy, to perform his law enforcement internship with the Connellsville Police Department on March 28-29 and April 4-5.
As part of Councilman Brad Geyer's report under finance, council accepted the bid of McClure and Wolf, Uniontown, for the city's annual audit for fiscal years 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Councilman Aaron Zolbrod introduced a resolution to reappoint Dr. Dale Cadwallader to the Connellsville Board of Health, with a term to expire April 1, 2019, and to introduce Ordinance 1507 to revise previous demolition ordinances.
The revision would amend the amount of the demolition bond from $1,000 to $5,000 for residential structures; $10,000 to $50,000 for commercial structures up to 40,000 square feet; and the city engineers will have to assess anything over 40,000 square feet with a fee to be determined.
Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.