Council discusses curfews for minors in the villageWilliam CasteelNewcomerstown NewsWEST LAFAYETTE -- A first reading was recently given by village council for the curfew ordinance in West Lafayette. Mayor Jack Patterson said the ordinance is actually an update of the current curfew ordinance the village already has in place. Patterson said per the recommendation of the village's attorney Bill Owens, the village updated the ordinance in order to prevent any challenge issues in comparison to curfew ordinances at Coshocton or other municipalities. One of the main updates according to Patterson was the change in the curfew time frame that minors can still be permitted on the village street without any question. The updated ordinance states that no minor under the age of 18 shall be or remain upon any highway, street, alley, or public place in the village of West Lafayette between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. The ordinance does not apply to minors accompanied by his or her parent or legal guardian, or where the minor is attending to legitimate business as directed by the parent or guardian. The ordinance also states no parent or legal guardian shall knowingly permit such minor to violate the provisions of the curfew ordinance. Minors violating the ordinance shall be dealt with in accordance with the juvenile court system. Any person over the age of 18 violating the ordinance will be found guilty of a minor misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses of the same will be guilty of a fourth degree misdemeanor.Other business discussed included:* Council approved the village's payment of 2011 dues for Coshocton County Regional Planning.* Travis Hahn and Dave Kadri recently passed Water Tech II. Kadri also passed Class I Water Operator's test. Both will receive an increase in pay accordingly.* Second reading was given for the water and sewer rate ordinance. The increase in water rates will only apply to customers that utilize over 11,000 gallons.* First reading was given for 2011 permanent annual appropriations for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2011.* First reading was given for the benefit and pay scale for village employees.* Further assessment of the village swimming pool has been postponed due to recent weather conditions.* New light poles were received for lights that will be installed at Burt Park at a later date.* Christie Maurer and Roger Warne were appointed to the Fire Dependency Board for 2011.The next village council session has been moved to Dec. 20.