Millstone officials amend Halloween curfew

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By Matthew Sockol
Staff Writer

MILLSTONE – Municipal officials have established new regulations for a Halloween curfew in Millstone Township.

On May 17, the Township Committee adopted an ordinance that amends curfew regulations during the period that includes Halloween.

Mayor Michael Kuczinski, Deputy Mayor Fiore Masci and committee members Gary Dorfman, Nancy Grbelja and Bob Kinsey voted to adopt the ordinance.

Under the terms of the ordinance, no one under the age of 18 is permitted to be in any public place, street or property in Millstone between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Oct. 28 through Nov. 1.

Previously, individuals under the age of 18 were not permitted in those locations between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Individuals who are returning home from religious meetings and community meetings during that time are granted exceptions to the curfew. Existing exceptions are returning home from work, night school, fraternal organization meetings and school meetings.

Additional exceptions to the curfew, according to the ordinance, are going to or returning from a doctor’s office or dentist’s office where treatment has been or is to be given, or if the person under 18 is accompanied by a parent or a guardian over 20 years of age.

Also added is the penalty for violating the curfew. According to the ordinance, anyone convicted of violating the curfew will be required to perform community service and may face a fine of up to $1,000.

If a person under 18 and his or her parent or guardian is convicted of violating the curfew, they will be required to perform community service together, according to the ordinance.

In other business on May 17, a bond ordinance that will provide funds to be used for acquiring public works vehicles and equipment was adopted by the Township Committee.

The ordinance provides an appropriation of $340,000 for the acquisition of Department of Public Works vehicles and equipment. The down payment for the improvements is $17,000, with $323,000 to be financed through the issuance of bonds.

According to the ordinance, the vehicles and equipment include, but are not limited to, a single-axle snow removal truck, pickup trucks, driver feedback radar signs and a batwing motor attachment for a midrange tractor.