DANVILLE — The Danville Village Council updated its curfew laws for minors during a meeting Monday.
The new ordinance replaces one first set in 1975 and then updated in 1991. This one sets different times for different age groups. For youths 16 or 17, the curfew time remains the same at 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
For those 15 and under, it sets the curfew at 9 p.m. until 6:30 a.m.
The ordinance states that no minor may be present in or on any public street, sidewalk, park, square or other public place during those curfew hours unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other member of the family who is over 18. Those youths proceeding to their residence by the most direct route from an officially sanctioned meeting or a school, church or public service group are exempt from the law.
Those found in violation of the law will be deemed an unruly child and be guilty of a minor misdemeanor on the first offense. A second offense within a year will be charged a misdemeanor of the fourth degree, and each subsequent offense within one year will be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
The ordinance also included a provision on loud audio equipment from a vehicle. Those found to have audio equipment where sounds produced are audible at a distance greater than 5 feet will be guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
Council also passed an ordinance accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and certifying them to the county auditor. The tax rates need to be certified for the 2011 budget.