Editor’s Note: The following is the first in a daily series featuring news articles from northern Schuylkill County’s former newspapers, the Evening Herald of Shenandoah, the Record American of Mahanoy City, and The Ashland Daily News. This series is intended to serve as a historical look back at the daily news and events in our region’s past.
By Dan Loughlin / Herald Writer
SHENANDOAH - There will be no more loopholes regarding the Borough of Shenandoah's curfew law.
Council on Monday amended its ordinance to make it illegal for youths to be out on the streets between the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights, and 11 p.m. and 5 a.am on weekends.
Originally, the ordinance only prohibited those under the age of 18 from being on the streets after 10 and 11 p.m. Without the addition of the 5 a.m. clause, officials said some youths were slipping through the loophole by coming out at 12:01 a.m. and saying it was the start of a new day.
Now it will be unlawlful for any person under 18 to be on any of the public highways or streets of the borough between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
The only exception to the law is when the youth is accompanied by a parent, guarding, or other person having the legal custody of said minor, or when the minor is in the performance of an errand directed by the parent or guardian, or if the minor's employment makes it necessary to be out after curfew.
In other business, borough officials said they are continuing their get-tough stance against residents taking advantage of garbage collection services.
After monitoring the situation over the last month, borough Manager Joseph L. Palubinsky said it was determined some people were putting out "unusual amounts" of refuse - more than the norm for the majority of residents.
Palubinsky said some residents were putting about $75 worth of garbage a month. He said anything in excess of four bags per week would be deemed excessive.
"We're not in the garbage collection business tot make money, but were also not in it to lose money," Palubinsky said. "And it's not fair to the other residents when some are abusing the service."
Borough Solicitor Robert A. Kurtz was instructed to review the proposed amendment to the ordinance.
Also regarding garbage, council Vice President Walter Heiler, chairing the meeting in the absence of President Charles G. Rotomski, who is ill, said council's recent warning to delinquent garbage collection bill payers resulted in a collection of $5,825.
"I think the fact that we stopped picking up (delinquents') garbage was a big factor," he said. "That and the fact that we made sure it was known to the public that we would not tolerate it any longer."