NEW HAVEN — Youngsters breaking curfew and residents not following ATV guidelines in the Town of New Haven might soon be paying higher fines, it was decided at the most recent council meeting.
At the present time, juveniles under the age of 18 are required to be off the streets by 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. Those caught breaking the town ordinance are turned over to their parents after the first offense, and parents are fined $10 after the second offense.
Council members voted Monday to change the fines to $50 for the first offense, and $100 for the second offense. The children will still be turned over directly to their parents.
Those violating the ATV ordinance will also be paying higher fines. Currently, a first offense is a verbal warning; second offense, a $25 fine; third offense, $50 fine; and fourth offense, $100 fine.
Council voted to change the ordinance to first offense, verbal warning; second offense, $75 fine; and third offense, $150 fine. The fourth offense will be omitted from the ordinance. Also, lawn mowers will be added to the list of motorized vehicles under the ATV ordinance. Police Chief David Hardwick stated some residents in the town have been clocked going up to 32 miles per hour on their modified riding mowers.
The first reading of the ordinance revisions will be Aug. 8, and the second reading on Aug. 22.
In other action, the council:
Discussed a slippage problem at the Dean Knight residence;
Approved three building permits for Christopher Amos, Robert Roush and Old Ash Village Apartments;
Required that police department vehicles be parked at the town hall when not in use, due to insurance purposes;
Agreed to install security cameras both outside and inside the town hall; and,
Agreed to allow Trent Roush of Woodmen Life to make a presentation to employees regarding a supplemental retirement plan (workers to decide if they want to attend or participate in the plan).
Attending were Mayor Jerry Spradling, Recorder Roberta Hysell, and council members George Gibbs, Grant Hysell, Matthew Shell and Jim Elias.
A public meeting will be held by the town on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the fire station, to discuss the upcoming water project. The engineers, attorneys, and representatives from Region 2 Planning and Development will be present to answer questions and concerns.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.