NEW HAVEN — Fines for the violation of several ordinances will soon increase in the Town of New Haven, council members agreed at their most recent meeting.
Fines for the farm animal, child curfew, and ATV ordinances will all be going up, with the first reading of the ordinance amendments being held Monday. The second and final readings will be held at the December meeting.
The fine for harboring farm animals within the municipality will go from $10 to $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense, $300 for the third offense, and an additional $100 thereafter for each offense.
Youth under the age of 18 years are under a 10 p.m. curfew in the town. Any juvenile caught out past curfew the first time will be taken to his/her parents, and the parents will be warned. For the second offense, the youth will be taken to the parents, and the parents will be fined $100, up from the previous fine of $50. For the third offense, the parents will be fined $200, increased from the previous fine of $100.
On the ATV ordinance, fines for violations will raise from $25 plus court costs to $75 and court costs for the first offense. For the second offense, the fine will raise from $100 and court costs, plus loss of permit to owner, to $150 plus court costs and loss of permit.
In other action, the council:
Signed an amendment for the engineering contract for an approaching upgrade project;
Signed an agreement to purchase a portion of the Ray Fields property for the new water tank location and road easement, at a cost of $20,000;
Heard from council member Matt Gregg that a public hearing will be held Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m., at the library in Point Pleasant for the county’s and local municipalities’ hazard mitigation plans;
Heard from resident Sandra Grimm that a foul odor is coming from a manhole near her home, with council agreeing to run the jetter in the line;
Heard from resident Harry Roush who commended a town garbage truck employee for going above and beyond the call of duty; and,
Agreed to no longer pay a former supervisor to attend council meetings.
Attending were Mayor Jerry Spradling, Recorder Roberta Hysell, and council members Gregg, Grant Hysell, Matt Shell, George Gibbs and Jim Elias.
There will only be one council meeting in December, set for Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.