07/08/05 — Faison discusses curfew for teens

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Faison discusses curfew for teens

By Bonnie Edwards
Published in News on July 8, 2005 1:45 PM

FAISON -- The town of Faison might change its juvenile curfew ordinance to hold parents responsible for their teenagers' misdoings.

The town board directed Faison Attorney Garrett Ludlum Wednesday night to study the town of Knightdale's ordinance, which says parents will be fined if they can't control their children.

Faison police have had problems with teenagers being out past the town's curfew of 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. The town's ordinance addresses 16-year olds but not 18-year olds, and all ages of teens have been out late. Some of the teens have been caught drinking alcohol.

"Our ordinance isn't doing much good," Town Clerk Christian Higgins said this morning. "We'll have to revamp it."

In other business, the town board voted to install a railroad crossing signal at the Piggly Wiggly crossing. Ms. Higgins said the town didn't have much choice. The railroad threatened to close the crossing if the town didn't install the arm.

The federal government will pay 90 percent of the $135,000 cost, and the Piggly Wiggly owner, Moses King, has offered to pay half of the town's local share of $13,500.

The board put off a decision about closing N.C. 403 from the railroad tracks to the old Southern Produce shed for the Market Day celebration, which will be held from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 22.

The town normally closes the section of N.C. 403 for the Christmas Parade, and the town's two police officers volunteer their time to help with traffic.

But town board members felt 13 hours would be too long to close the road and have to provide traffic assistance at the other intersections. The distance was too far, too. Board members doubted that people would walk that far down N.C. 403 during Market Day.