Drew enacts new curfew hours
by Rory Doyle
Nov 08, 2012 | 2181 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Drew Board of Aldermen agreed to a new curfew ordinance at Tuesday's monthly meeting.

Drew Police Chief Simon Bush encouraged the board to revisit the previous ordinance for teenagers walking city streets.

"With the days getting darker earlier now, we really need to consider changing the juvenile curfew," said Bush.

In a unanimous vote, the board supported an 8 p.m. curfew seven days a week for youth 17 and under.

The new regulation provides stricter control for the police.

Previous hours were at 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 p.m. weekends.

Vice Mayor Harvey Burchfield questioned the 8 p.m. restriction in relation to youth walking home from school sporting events.

"We'll ask that youth coming home from games be accompanied by a parent or guardian," said Bush.

Bush also urged the board to consider an ordinance for a daytime curfew in relation to school hours.

"We're having an issue with some kids walking the streets when they're supposed to be in school," he said.

Mayor Jeffery Kilpatrick and the board supported a new school hour curfew from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., effective immediately.

"No students should be on the street during school hours — period," said Kilpatrick. "We want the police to strictly enforce this rule."

In other news, Drew Volunteer Fire Captain Russie McIntyre presented bids for eight new portable radios and three new mobile radios for the department.

The board unanimously supported the radio purchases, which will amount to $4,790 from rebate money.

As the Christmas season is quickly approaching, the board was also in favor of the Park Commission's request to decorate Pops Staples Park for the holidays.

The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m.