Pearland Council hosts public hearing for curfew ordinance

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

Pearland City Council reviewed their curfew ordinance for all in the city under the age of 17. The Local Government Code requires them to review this ordinance every three years. To do so, a public hearing was held Aug. 27 prior to the council meeting.

Pearland PD supports the ordinance and sees it as a valuable tool for the night shift because it enables officers to take police action when appropriate and establishes probable cause for possible questioning. The ordinance discourages juveniles out after hours and thereby decreases the incidents of juvenile-related crime at night.

Curfew hours are 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday night through Thursday night, and 12:01 a.m. until 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Most often juveniles receive warnings and the officers escort them back home, but sometimes it is necessary to issue citations, according to police officials.

Police officers were in attendance at the meeting to explain the ordinance’s benefits.

During the council meeting, two appointments were made to the Pearland Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board. Jeff Webb was appointed to Position No. 1 with the term expiring Nov. 1, 2019 and Samuel Abdelmessih was appointed to Position No. 7 with the term expiring Nov. 1, 2018.

Council also discussed the resolution consenting to the creation of Brazoria County Emergency Services District No. 4 and No. 5 within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Many activities at the council meeting were part of getting things in place on the city’s calendar.

Renewing the Pearland Reporter News as the official newspaper of record for publishing city legal notices was part of the agenda.

The city council renewed a 5-year agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to host the city’s Annual Hometown Christmas parade along portions of FM 518 beginning December 2018 and ending December 2022.

The city’s Special Events Policy was amended to provide a list of race routes.

A Special Events Permit for the Pearland Half Marathon was another resolution for the council.

A Resolution of the city council also established the council meeting times and dates for 2019.

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