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City shoots down curfew

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City shoots down curfew

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Orders May 4 election

STAR HARBOR–Citizens began asking questions regarding a proposed curfew for the City of Star Harbor before the agenda item even came up. Several residents spoke up during the citizens’ comments portion of the regular meeting Jan. 14.

Randy Dosser said "What exactly is the curfew you are going to discuss? How does anybody know what it is?" Other speakers were also looking for more information and it was suggested that there be a city website where agendas and matters of interest to the population be posted.

The curfew was put on the agenda as a matter of concern due to some incidents that occurred during the New Year’s Eve timeframe where children, specifically teenagers were out late, ringing doorbells and disturbing residents.

Mayor Warren Claxton told The Monitor, there was no property destruction, no theft, just kids being kids. But it caused concern for some of the residents that felt the kids shouldn’t have been out that late and the curfew item was in response to their concerns."

The council members were provided with a typical curfew from similar towns that had been adopted as an ordinance to address those 17-years-of-age and younger, keeping them off the streets within certain hours.

Councilman David Morris said, "We don’t need a curfew in Star Harbor. I don’t like government intruding on our lives any more that they have to and I think parents and the household can handle that problem better than the city can."

Councilwoman Jackie Robinson pointed out that according to the State of Texas, benefits of a curfew were limited, specifically that victimization and arrest rates for juveniles were decreased. "The only time I can think we would ever need something like this is Halloween when we have others here who don’t know we have rules and regulations." She added, "There are also many considerations like are they coming from work, are they in athletics…Parents are the best ones to make kids mind."

The curfew was voted down unanimously. Mayor Claxton advised citizens with concerns on an agenda item to contact a member of the city council, since they are provided additional information as it is available.

The city approved ordering an election for May 4 for three positions on the city council. Council members whose terms expire in 2019 are Jackie Robinson, Ray Batten and Marion Morrison. Filing began Jan. 16 and ends on Feb. 15.

In other business, council members,

• heard financial reports from Treasurer Don Ellis, noting that fund balances and expenses were very close to what they were the previous year. CD rates were up, resulting in an increase of $1,985 in interest.

• approved purchase of a stainless-steel hybrid mixer for water plant

• approved repair of water system standpipe, scope of work previously approved by council in 2014 but not funded

• approved payment of bills totaling $31,169.77.

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