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City of Chico votes to change curfew

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, December 9, 2017
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After a couple of recent break-ins at the Chico Public Library, the council voted this week to change the city’s curfew.

The library had been closed since Thanksgiving after someone broke into the building over the holiday by forcing open the back door. The damage required the door to be boarded up, and the library couldn’t be reopened until it was repaired. The repairs were made Wednesday, and the library reopened Thursday.

The library was also burglarized at the end of October.

Chico Mayor Colleen Self said the recent library burglaries, coupled with recent vandalism at the nearby Robinson Park, led to the council’s vote on changing the city’s curfew from midnight to 10 p.m.

“We don’t want kids hanging out at night on the square or at the park,” she said.

The curfew is in effect for anyone under 17 years old every day of the week.

Self said the ordinance will have exceptions such as a minor who is accompanied by an adult and a minor who is traveling to or from places such as a job, restaurant or other place of public accommodation; a play, dance, sporting event or other event of public entertainment; a place of public assembly or worship such as church; or for an emergency errand.

With the council’s approval of the curfew change, the city will have City Adviser Pat Dillion create the new ordinance reflecting the change.

The council also approved entering into an interlocal agreement with the county to assist with road repairs in the city. According to the agreement, the city will provide materials, and the county will perform repairs to Caballo Way and East Sherman Street. The agreement must still be approved by the county.

In other business from Tuesday’s meeting, the council:

  • approved a routine lease agreement for the city’s patrol car through December 2018;
  • cast 11 votes for the 2018 Wise County Appraisal District board of directors as follows: Ray Cook, 2; Kyle Erwin, 2: Mike Hurd, 2; Gerre Joiner, 2; Bill Lewis, 3; and
  • voted down by a 4-1 vote a proposal to give an additional week of vacation to employees who came to work for the city with prior city work experience.

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