By Mila Besich Lira
Copper Basin News
More than 150 residents of Kearny have signed a petition asking the Kearny Town Council to change the current town ordinance on the curfew for minors. Over the recent summer months, many residents have expressed concern that too many youth are out in public after 10 p.m.
Petition organizer Carol Lewis explained to the council that they are requesting the curfew changes to help cut down on vandalism and keep the kids safe. “When there was more for the kids to do in Kearny it made sense to have a later curfew,” she said.
The residents are asking for the curfew policy to be changed to read: the curfew for all minors under the age of 18 is 10 p.m. Minors age 16 and 17 may remain out until 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday only. In the current code, minors aged 15 could also stay out until 11:30 on Friday and Saturdays. The changes to the ordinance will also allow for an exemption for all minors to allow them to stay out till midnight only when there are town or school functions ending at midnight, then they are granted a 30-minute grace period to get home. The residents have also requested that the curfew siren that once blew at 10 p.m. every night once again be blown to alert youth and parents that it curfew.
While most seem to be in favor of the proposed curfew ordinance, some residents and community leaders have expressed concerns about the siren. Mayor Sam Hosler commended the residents for getting involved in the process. The council discussed their options to enact this ordinance change. Hosler directed staff and the Town’s attorney to draft two ordinances to enact the curfew changes, one with the siren and one without the siren.
The council is expected to vote on the curfew ordinance at their September meeting.
In other business, the council approved road closures for the Copper Basin Chamber of Commerce Octoberfest and the Great Punkin event in October. They also approved a bid with Bestway Electric to repair and replace the Sub 9 Booster Station for upgrading pump and motor control panel.
Town Manager Gene Green announced that Ray Federal Credit Union donated $500 to help keep the pool open until Labor Day. The Town has extended adult hours at the pool through Labor Day weekend.