The Wheelwright City Commission voted unanimously last week to change the city’s curfew ordinance.

During a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 24, the commission approved the second reading of an ordinance that establishes curfews for children under the age of 18. The ordinances replaces another curfew ordinance the city commission established in 1996.

The ordinance notes that the curfew is being established to “protect minors and all citizens.”

It prohibits any person under the age of 18 to “remain in or upon any public assembly, building, place, street or highway” in Wheelwright from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day.

It also establishes that it will be unlawful for any parent or guardian to allow a minor to violate the curfew.

It does, however, provide exceptions for children who are accompanied by a parent, guardian or adult, when they are exercising their First Amendment rights, during emergencies, are on the sidewalk near his/her home, while en route or returning from a school or religious activity or occupation and when driving through town.

The ordinance imposes a fine of $100 for the first offense and $250 for every offense thereafter for any minor, parent or guardian who violates the ordinance.

The previous ordinance allows children to be on the streets until midnight on the weekends on 11 p.m. on weekdays and it established a fine of $500 for violators.

At the meeting, the commission also voted to give Mayor Don Hall authority to sign paperwork related to discretionary funding recently announced for work on Hall Hollow.

The commission also agreed to buy two pipes for work on the city’s veterans memorial and approved buying flooring for city hall.

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