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Mabton Council adopts amended parental responsibility ordinance

MABTON - A public hearing was held last night at the Mabton City Council meeting before council voted on an amended parental responsibility ordinance.

There was no public comment during the hearing.

After the hearing the council voted 5-0 to pass the ordinance.

The city wanted to simplify some of the terms used in the previous ordinance and changed some of the times juveniles will be required to be off the streets.

The term "child" will mean any un-emancipated person, male or female, under the age of eighteen years.

The term "parent" will mean the natural or adoptive mother or father, guardian or other adult person having the legal care, custody or control of a minor.

The term "public place' will mean any street, alley, highway, sidewalk, park, playground or other place to which the general public has access and a right to be for business, entertainment or other lawful purpose.

Mabton City Administrator Ildia Jackson said this new language clears up any misunderstandings and makes things much easier.

The new language in the ordinance states no parent shall allow his or her child to remain in, on, or to occupy any area of the public streets, roads, alleys, parks, playgrounds or any public grounds, places of amusement, or any unsupervised area between the hours of 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m, Sunday through Thursday and midnight to 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For the first violation of this section, the parents of the offender will get a warning. On the second offense, within a one-year period, the parent will received a $100 fine. On the third offense within a year, the parents will receive a $200 fine and the fourth violation within a year will result in a $300 fine for the parents.

The revised ordinance will take effect Sunday, May 28.

Also at Tuesday night's meeting the council voted to take $1,550 from its community development block grant program to add to an already existing $5,000 to repair the water fountain in Feezel Park.

The $5,000 was previously budgeted for this project but the estimate for the project was $6,550.

The work will be done by White Eagle Landscaping and Construction based in Mabton. According to Jackson, the fountain should be completed in time for the Mabton Community Days celebration held in June.

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