BRENTWOOD -- Youths who do not attend school during normal daytime hours may soon face curfew regulations surrounding loitering and harassment during the day.
The Brentwood City Council will discuss a potential new daytime curfew ordinance at its meeting Tuesday evening. Vice Mayor Joel Bryant said these teens are congregating in various areas of the city and causing potential problems for local residents and businesses.
"Recently, I was sitting in front of a bank in town and was requested by an elderly community member if I would escort her into the bank because she is constantly harassed by a certain demographic of young people," he said. "They do attend classes in the city, and they are not required to stay in school classes."
A daytime curfew could give the Brentwood Police Department another tool to curtail these daytime activities by teens, according to Bryant.
"In a couple of different places in town, they hang out and wait for mischief, and they accomplish a good bit of it as well," Bryant said while requesting that this issue be discussed by the council.
Meanwhile, some Brentwood residents also have expressed concerns about sanitary conditions at the city's second-oldest park. Brentwood resident Cathy Case reported to city officials that McClarren Park needs a restroom or port-o-potty installed after one was removed a few years ago.
"We have people peeing and defecating in that park because there is nowhere to go," said Case, who has a view of the park on McClarren Street from her nearby home.
According to Case, the park is being used more often by children and families because of its popular playground, and there are often weekend gatherings there. She added that the city should resolve this issue immediately and not wait for an area developer to fund park improvements, as earlier discussed.
The Brentwood Parks and Recreation Commission has formed a subcommittee on potential McClarren Park improvements.
"It is a nuisance, and it is a health hazard here in Brentwood," Case said.
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