April 04, 2020

Bangor hearing set on juvenile curfew ordinance

BANGOR — A public hearing on the proposed revision to the juvenile curfew ordinance will be held during the municipal operations committee meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

City councilors and officials have been discussing the possibility of replacing the city’s current ordinance — 30 years old and not enforced for many years.

In recent weeks, City Solicitor Erik Stumpfel has presented the committee with the most recent draft, based on a model that is used in Dallas and has stood up in court tests.

The five-page ordinance calls for a curfew of 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights, and midnight to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, for unaccompanied youngsters under 17.

A fine ranging from $100 for a first offense to $500 for a repeat offense could be imposed on the minor, on a parent or guardian, on an agency where the child has been placed by a court, or on an agency that provides shelter to a minor.

At a committee meeting June 3, councilors heard from police Chief Randy Harriman about incidents that involved juveniles a third to half the time during a recent year: vandalism, motor vehicle thefts, burglaries and larceny thefts.

Also on Tuesday, the committee will consider an amendment to its current cable television ordinance.

The full council had earlier approved an extension to the franchise agreement with Cablevision as Bangor and 13 other communities in a consortium tried to come to some agreement.

Last month, Frontiervision agreed to purchase Cablevision, including its Bangor and Lewiston operations.

The company said it would invest in fiber optics, the new technology the consortium wants to see replace coaxial cables in their communities.

According to Stumpfel, even if the 14 communities come to an agreement with Frontiervision, there can still be competition from local service providers, such as Access Communications, a new venture affiliated with Bangor Hydro-Electric Co.

The finance committee will act on several bids and discuss appropriations at its 5 p.m. meeting today at City Hall.

Two of the measures under discussion will be law enforcement grants that will later need final approval by the City Council. The first item is acceptance of a U.S. Department of Justice Cops More grant of $55,000 to buy mobile computers for police vehicles. The local match by the city would be $25,000, which is available this year.

The second is an application to the same department for a $40,319 grant to hire a computer trainer and technician for the in-house computer system. The local match by the city would be $4,400.

On Wednesday, the community and economic development committee will meet at 5 p.m. at City Hall to discuss amending city policy on vendors and commercial use of city property.

Discussion at a meeting two weeks ago centered on vendors who want to operate downtown, and those such as Big T’s Surplus City, which is operating under a tent on Stillwater Avenue.

Some business owners have complained to the city about itinerant vendors, who compete for customers without paying property taxes or fair-market rent.

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