By Kelly Young

RUSK – The Rusk City Council met briefly Thursday evening, voting to renew the city’s juvenile curfew.

“There’s a three-year time frame on curfew ordinances. After three years you have to re-evaluate it, and if you are happy with it and want to keep it you just re-adopt it. That’s what the council voted to do,” said City Manager Mike Murray. “Our police department has told us that the juvenile curfew is one of the better tools they have to get kids off the streets at night.”

Rusk’s juvenile curfew makes it unlawful for any juvenile to “knowingly remain, walk, run, stand, drive or ride about, in or upon any public places in the city or on the premises of any establishment within the city during curfew hours.” The ordinance defines a juvenile as any person under 17 years-of-age, and sets the curfew hours at 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and midnight to 6 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The ordinance also faults any parent or guardian who knowingly permits a juvenile to break curfew. It also states that it is unlawful for any business owner, operator or employee of an establishment to allow juveniles to remain on their property during curfew hours.

Several exceptions to the curfew exist. Juveniles may be out during curfew hours if they are accompanied by an adult or guardian, they are on an errand for an adult or guardian, they are in a vehicle involved in intrastate or interstate travel, they are engaged in lawful employment; they are involved in an emergency, they are on the sidewalk of their residence, they are attending a school, religious or government-sponsored activity or they are married.

Violators of the curfew are subject to a fine.

The city also listened to a presentation from citizen Lesley Swift regarding a sewer line easement on her property.

“No action was taken regarding Ms. Swift. We just had a sewer line that overflowed, and she had some concerns that we fix the property back like it was,” Murray said.

According to Murray, the city has every intention of repairing the property.

In other business the council approved:

• the minutes from previous meetings;

• an ordinance adopting the National Incident Management System; and

• paying the bills.

The Rusk City Council regularly meets at 5 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, at the city council chambers.

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