NEW HAVEN — Parents whose juvenile children are caught operating motorcycles or all terrain vehicles (ATVs) on the streets of New Haven will now be issued tickets.
According to Recorder Roberta Hysell at the most recent town council meeting, there have been complaints about underage children driving the vehicles throughout town. The legal age for operating motorcycles and ATVs is 16 years. Hysell stated there are concerns that the children will be injured.
Because the police officers have been issuing many warnings concerning the problem, it was decided to give tickets to the parents from this point forward.
Repairs are underway by E&R Excavating on the effluent line of the town’s wastewater system, it was reported. Hysell said it is the hope of the council to only have to replace two or three sections of the pipe. Also, while E&R had its equipment at the location, workers made a trench to help with the standing water below the train underpass.
In other action, the council:
Heard a report from Hysell that she is working with the power company to assure street lights are working properly, as well as adding a few new ones;
Has not yet received a draft contract between Triad Engineering and Chapman Technical Group;
Heard that power has been unhooked at 403 Fifth St., which is the next structure to be demolished under the town’s abandoned properties program;
Announced Councilman Kenneth Vickers is still working on the B&O ordinance;
Heard a report from Councilman James Elias that the state highway department is planning to blacktop Haven Heights in the spring; and,
Approved the financial statement, invoices for payment, and minutes of the previous meeting.
Attending were Mayor Charles Yonker, Recorder Hysell, and council members Vickers, Elias, Jessica Howard, Amy Gordon, and Smitty Jarrell.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.