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Curfew for minors approved by city council
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Sadie's Antiques will be moving into the building that housed the former Tattersall's Book Store - photo by Bryan Fazio

IN BRIEF: Minors 16 years old and under now face a curfew in the city of Conyers from 9:30 p.m. - 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. - 6 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The Conyers city council approved the new law and waived the second reading at Wednesday night's city council meeting. The new law can hold parents accountable for unchaperoned minors with fines up to $1000 or possible jail time. Councilman Cleveland Stroud said officers would use discretion in enforcing the curfew, especially in cases of school events or other organized activities. The laws allow for exceptions including sporting events, church events, and emergencies.

An ordinance allowing police to tow parked cars that obstruct access of emergency vehicles to a residence or neighborhood was passed and the second reading waived tonight.

The first reading of the revised special events ordinance was also unanimously passed Tuesday night.The ordinance, modeled after the county's revised special events ordinance, requires an application 30-40 days in advance of an event that would block city streets. The city would also be able to charge the cost of services, such as additional security or clean up, to the event organizers. The ordinance excludes Constitutionally protected activities, such as protesting or picketing. The second reading will be at the city council's next meeting, date to be announced.

In other Conyers business:

Councilman Marty Jones announced a new business had leased the former Tattersall's bookstore building. Sadie's Antiques is reportedly slated to open in May in the building, located in Olde Town on the corner of Railroad Street and Center Street.