Reynoldsburg's attempt to establish a daytime curfew for certain students continued to generate discussion, but no final vote, at Monday's city council meeting.

Reynoldsburg's attempt to establish a daytime curfew for certain students continued to generate discussion, but no final vote, at Monday's city council meeting.

The full council heard the second reading of two ordinances that would set a daytime curfew from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for minors ages 6 to 17 who are either suspended or expelled from school. Parents of children who violate the curfew could be charged with a third-degree misdemeanor.

The ordinances are now going back to the safety committee one final time before council takes a third and final vote on it Oct. 11.

The current proposals have been under public scrutiny by area residents since July, when Councilman Chris Long presented them as a replacement for original legislation that both city attorney Jed Hood and council President Bill Hills believe was better.

That original ordinance would have established a daytime curfew for all children including those who weren't expelled or suspended in an effort to ensure that they stay in class during school hours or have legitimate reasons to be elsewhere.

Hills voiced his objections to the revised plan last week, prior to Monday's council meeting.

"I mean, to weaken what was out there and has been successful in Columbus and other places it's not the best in the world, either, it's not perfection; but it gives you the opportunity to reach kids who are not in school when they're supposed to be and they're not suspended or expelled," Hills said.

He said he is not satisfied the two ordinances now before council are better and hopes police officers continue to stop kids they deem suspicious, as they have been doing.

"Are these two pieces of legislation better than nothing? I'm not sure they are, but I think the thing the administration and chief of police must do is continue to stop any minor on the street they suspect are there without a purpose other than being in school," Hills said.

The two ordinances will be on the safety committee's agenda on Oct. 4. After that, the next step would be to return them to council for a final vote on Oct. 11. At least four council members must vote in favor of the legislation in order for them to become law.

If a council member can't attend that meeting and there is a tie vote, Hills, as council president, can vote and break the tie. If that happens, he said, he will vote against the legislation.

"When the original ordinance came in, it was with the support of the mayor, the city attorney, the school board and the police department. Everyone wanted this it worked in Columbus and three or four other cities," Hills said.

"And then we had the home-schooler parents come in and say, 'Nobody's going to stop my kid.' Well, your kids can be stopped today under state law."

Hills pointed out that the current proposal would allow students to be cited only if they have been suspended or expelled from school. That means, he said, students who skip class can't be cited.

"Tell me why this one is better than the first one," he said.

Long said he thinks they are better than the original proposal because they target a specific group of people.

"It's the expelled and suspended students that are out roaming the streets during the day," he said. "They don't come under the school umbrella so they can't be charged with truancy, so we decided to target those individuals that police Lt. Katherine Mielke stated were causing the problem."

Mayor Brad McCloud said the original ordinance was a good idea but he believes the new ones are better.

The first one gave him pause, he said, when he heard a child could potentially be taken to the police station and held for some undetermined period of time until a parent or guardian could be reached.

"I think no one is completely happy with this, which is the hallmark of a good compromise," McCloud said.