MELISSA — The Melissa City Council voted to renew an ordinance continuing the curfew for minors in the city on Feb. 28. Minors are not allowed out after 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day from Sunday — Thursday, and 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Melissa Police Chief Duane Smith spoke at the public hearing for the ordinance.
He said over the past three years, the police department has issued 28 citations.
“Obviously it was a useful tool for us to get minors off the street and not have them out after hours,” Smith said.
There our exceptions to the ordinance, Smith said. In emergency situations officers won’t issue citations.
Section four of the ordinance states that defenses for violating the curfew are, “When a minor is accompanied by their parent or guardian; on an errand at the direction of the parent or guardian; in a motor vehicle involved in interstate travel; going to work or returning home from work; emergency; on the sidewalk of the minor’s residence or a neighbors residence who has not complained of the minors presence; involved in a school, religious, or other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by Melissa; exercising first amendments rights; married or previously married or had disabilities of minority removed.
The council also voted to approve several amendments to previous ordinances. Melissa’s Planning and Zoning Commission will now elect a chairman, vice chairman and secretary every October.
Language in the ordinance referring to abandoned and junked vehicles and outside storage was amended to make the definitions of abandoned and junk vehicles clearer.
The updated ordinance defines an abandoned vehicle as a motor vehicle that is inoperable and more than five years old. Inoperable meaning it has an expired license plate, vehicle registration or is not in working condition.
A vehicle cannot be left unattended for more than 48 hours on any public property, on private property without the consent of the land owner, or on a right-of-way.
Under the ordinance, the Police Department has the right to take into custody an abandoned vehicle found on private or public property that meets those requirements.
A junked vehicle is described as a vehicle that does not have a license plate or vehicle registration, or is wrecked, dismantled or inoperable for more than 72 hours on public property or 30 days on private property.
Notice will be given to anyone found to have a junked vehicle and a hearing will be held.
An amendment was added to the ordinance dealing with subdivisions and drainage. If the city engineer believes a drainage study is necessary for a new subdivision the developer will need to pay $2,500 for a study review fee to see upstream and downstream effects on receiving streams caused by the proposed subdivisions.
An amendment to the type of exterior construction allowed on exterior elevation was changed to read that at least 80% of each exterior elevation of the first floor of all structures and at least 80 percent of each story about the first floor of a straight wall shall be of masonry construction exclusive of doors, windows and the area above the top late line.
For a copy of the amendments to the ordinances contact the Melissa City Secretary Linda Bannister.
The final plat for phase one of the Brookside addition was approved. The final engineering site plan and re-plat of an addition for the Commercial Metals Company was approved. Final plat of phase 3, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 5C, 6A, 6B of the North Creek Estates was approved.