Dixfield eyeing series of curfews for youths


DIXFIELD – People here have three proposed ordinances to act on when they go to the annual town meeting on June 1. Two, covering curfews by juveniles and a parking ordinance, were approved at Monday’s selectmen’s meeting.

The third, a proposed ordinance governing street standards, requires fine-tuning by selectmen, the Planning Board, and the Road Advisory Committee. A special meeting to complete wording of the proposed street standards ordinance was set for 6 p.m. May 15.

The last time a juvenile curfew was in place was 1967, Town Manager Jeff Jacobson said Tuesday.

The proposed ordinance outlines a curfew for youngsters age 11 and younger at 9:01 p.m.; for youths 12 or 13, at 9:31 p.m., and for teenagers 14 through 17, at 10 p.m. Youths may stay out an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays.

The ordinance provides exceptions, as well as fines that could be assessed to parents if their child violates the time limits. Fines begin at $50 and increase according to the number of violations.

Jacobson said the proposed parking ordinance is an effort to clarify parking limits and related regulations, as well as to outline fines for violations.

The street standards ordinance will deal with whether roads in subdivisions should be paved or gravel-based, and the standards for either of the two surfaces.

The existing street standards ordinance is ambiguous, Jacobson said.

Also on Monday, the board approved the appointment of David M. Hodgson as a reserve officer for the Dixfield Police Department. Hodgson operates M.T. Pockets towing in the town.

In other matters, the board approved a liquor license for William and Beverly Gallant of Rumford for a new restaurant and bed and breakfast they plan to open in June.

The couple said the Bearly Inn and Restaurant at 28 Weld St. is the site of the former Daphne House. The 46-table restaurant is expected to be open by reservation only on Friday and Saturday nights. Plans are also being made to serve breakfast on Wednesdays through Sundays.