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Police Chief Martin: Curfew ordinance effective

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader

 

During the second reading of the Curfew for Minors ordinance, Orange Police Chief Lane Martin said the curfew was effective.

“In the previous three years, there were 44 incidents,” Martin said during the Tuesday morning meeting of the Orange City Council. “In the last three years, there were 13 incidents. We have had very few problems with it.”

Council member Bill Mello asked if there was a way to advertise the curfew so the youth was aware.

“We have it n our Facebook and our website,” Martin said.

It was also suggested to inform the superintendents so the information could be passed on to the students.

Local government code requires the ordinance to be reviewed every three years. The last time it was adopted was in January 2014.

According to the ordinance, minors under the age of 17 are to abide by the curfew.

Curfew hours are:

Sunday 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. Monday

Monday 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday

Tuesday 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. Wednesday

Wednesday 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. Thursday

Thursday 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. Friday

Friday 12 a.m. until 6 a.m. Saturday

Saturday 12 a.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday

The council also approved the City of Orange Fire Department to apply for funds through the Homeland Security Grant Program to help replace radio equipment.

“The radios to be replaced are 12-15 years old,” Deputy Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director Lee Anne Brown said. “The radios cost between $5,000- $6,000 each so we try to replace them as grant funds are available.”

Brown also said the radios are compatible with other communities so they may stay in contact during an emergency. The radios are portable so the personal would carry them on their body at all times.