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Salisbury Still Considering Curfew for Minors

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- The Salisbury City Council and Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan on Monday afternoon spent at least an hour discussing a potential curfew for minors in the city. (Photo: WBOC) - The Salisbury City Council and Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan on Monday afternoon spent at least an hour discussing a potential curfew for minors in the city. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- The Salisbury City Council and Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan on Monday afternoon spent at least an hour discussing a potential curfew for minors in the city. The result of the discussion was that there is much more to discuss, but the idea is still very much alive and council members are looking for more details before things more forward in the legislation process.

Duncan presented the council with the results of four recent community meetings about the curfew.  Neighbors were encouraged to come out and give their feedback on the idea.  Duncan told the council that at these meetings she heard there was a need for the curfew.  The chief also said neighbors made it clear that there is a need for programs and activities for the city's youth to be involved in to help keep them out of trouble.  The council agreed that if there is to be a curfew, there needs to be programs for the area youth and resources, like counselors, available to the kids to help them resolve any issues that may push them toward bad behavior.

While city leaders hammer out the details of the proposed legislation, many in Salisbury remain split on the issue.  WBOC spoke with Salisbury resident Don Ewalt in downtown Salisbury and Ewalt said he believes the city is safe enough that a curfew would be excessive.

"I know there's perhaps muggings or what have you that occur at the mall or right here on Main Street, but I don't know that it warrants curfews at this time," Ewalt said.

The curfew would require minors under 17 to be home by 10 p.m. and those hours could vary on the weekends or change during the summer months or parts of the year when kids are in school.  Those in favor of the curfew, like Carmelo Guerrero of Salisbury, believe the guidelines set in place by a curfew would be good for the city youth.

"I see that a lot of them want structure and they want to see something better in the community.  They want to see something better in themselves and so I believe that by establishing this curfew, it's going to give them a sense of pride to be at home at a certain time and not to be in trouble," said Guerrero.

The council invited Duncan back to its next council workshop on Dec. 7 to continue the curfew discussion.

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