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NANTICOKE – City council President Stephen Duda said at Wednesday's council meeting a daytime curfew for school-aged children should be ready for its first reading at the next council meeting.
Duda said Solicitor William Finnegan, Police Chief William Schultz and District Judge Donald Whittaker wrote a preliminary draft of the curfew ordinance, which is in response to the rise of juvenile crime committed during the day.
Council Vice President Jim Litchkofski said after reviewing the ordinance, council members decided some of the curfew's verbiage needed rewriting before it is ready for public review and a vote.
Duda said the curfew was not intended to impose on school district attendance policies already enforced; rather, council members are concerned about children.
"We're not looking to be stepping on the school district's toes," Duda said. "(We're considering) the well-being of the children. They should be in school."
Duda said youngsters studying at home, whether home-schooled or through a cyber school, have been considered in the curfew's draft, though he did not immediately explain how they will be treated.
In other news:
• Contracts were approved for demolition of the old Rentko's Tavern building along Ridge Street, a well-known eyesore that the city bought with intent to demolish, and the People's Food Market along South Market Street.
Duda lauded the city's engineer for the bids on the table. North Penn Distributors Inc. and Brdaric Excavating, the bid-winning excavators, came in significantly lower for the two projects at about $18,500 each.
Duda said they expect the demolition projects to be completed within two months.
• Curbing improvements, including new handicapped-accessible sidewalk ramps, along the city's K Routes and Hanover Street are to be done Nov. 1. As members voted on winter plowing contracts, resident Theresa Sowa asked if anything will be done about plowed snow piling up on the sidewalk's ramps.
Sowa said the piling snow makes it impossible to navigate in a wheelchair, and she has seen wheelchair users forgo the sidewalk altogether and take to the streets when snow blocks sidewalk ramps.
Council members agreed they would consider ways to keep the ramps clear in bad weather.
WHAT'S NEXT
Nanticoke City Council's next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 17.

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