Carrollton looking to solve curfew problem
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 11:00 AM
Carrollton residents asked the city council Monday to consider possible solutions for youth breaking the curfew ordinance.
Several people have been gathering in the Hawkins Street area around 3 a.m. several nights a week, residents said. Resident Carolyn Jones said she's witnessed several young people traveling in groups and hopes to stop the late-night issues.
"We have a gang of teenagers that have no place to be," she said. "We have curfew laws and we'd like it addressed."
Mayor Gene McMurry said groups of kids posed problems last year, and the problem gets worse in summer.
"The big problem, and you know this, is parental guidance," he said. McMurry said the city also has issues with teenagers at the city park and the RV campground after hours.
The city's assistant police chief Steve Abbott said several of the people wandering the streets, or thought to be breaking curfew laws, are actually over the age of 18. Adults do not have the same curfew laws as minors.
Abbott encouraged residents to call the department whenever they believe teens might be breaking the curfew laws or disturbing neighborhoods late at night.
The only way police can determine who is causing late-night problems is if they're caught, he said.
"Call every time," he said.
Also during the meeting, Scott Hannah, with Heritage Engineering of Louisville, presented a concept design for the Carrollton riverwalk. The design showed nearly 2,000 feet of trail with three bench area, a plaza area and an area at the point where the Ohio and Kentucky rivers meet.
Hannah presented plans for a plaza, which would separate the parking lot in Point Park from the riverwalk and the river.
The 18-foot area would allow for picnic space or additional benches for guests to Point Park.
"I think that just dresses that area up," McMurry said of the plaza concept.
Council members suggested additional bench areas on the riverfront. While the concept showed three benches on the south side of the riverwalk, council members suggested a bench area on the north side of the riverwalk.
Even with a few suggestions, council members agreed the walk was what they had in mind. "That's a good place to start," McMurry said.
Another update will be provided to the council by the end of July, Hannah said.
In other business:-
Council members approved the transfer of an iron bridge from Dow Corning to the city. The resolution passed 4-0. Council members Tammy McBurney and Hayley Franklin were absent from the meeting.
Following the meeting, McMurry said the bridge is located across from Dow Corning near U.S. 42. The rod iron bridge is one of the last of its kind built in the late 1800s.The bridge will be moved to a pathway between Two Rivers Campground and Point Park at a later date. The structure will span a ravine once piers are installed, McMurry said.
Council members approved a one-year contract with Sweep All to clean the city streets. Council members asked that the contract be revised to allow the street cleaning schedule to be rotated every four months.
Council members accepted the retirement of John See from the Carrollton Police Department. He has been with the department for 36 years. His last day will be June 30.
The city will host a Fourth of July celebration with music, inflatables and fireworks at Point Park. The celebration will feature a performance by T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang, as well as a car show by the Kentucky Kruizers and a flea market. Nearly 20 vendors have already signed up for the celebration.
McMurry estimated nearly 10,000 people could be in attendance for the event. "It's just going to be a nice family get-together," he said.