By Tony Farkas
SHEPHERD — The youth of the city of Shepherd are no longer bound to their homes during the evening hours.
City Secretary Debra Hagler said that the Shepherd City Council voted to repeal the curfew ordinance at its Aug. 14 meeting because legislation has changed and it is no longer legal to have such an ordinance.
In November 2022, the council approved the measure, which stated people under 17 years of age had to remain indoors from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday evenings, and from midnight to 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The repeal takes effect Sept. 1.
In other business, the council:
•delayed action on the use of FEMA funds for road repairs until budget discussions;
•allowed the Aumsai Corp. until Sept. 11 to pay a $4,000 balance on unpaid hotel occupancy taxes or it will be forwarded on for legal action;
•approved a settlement for fuel reconciliation with Entergy;
•approved a reduced rate for Shepherd ISD to use the community center for training. The district will pay half price because they are a tax-funded entity;
•discussed a workshop on creating tax-free zones;
•decided against reallocating a portion of taxes set aside for the Shepherd Economic Development Corp. taxes to create a road fund;
•ordered an election for the three alderman whose terms expire — Mark Porter, Curtis Ainsworth and Ray Marrs, and accepted a contract for election services; and
•set a budget workshop for Sept 7 at 6:30 p.m.