Passage of a new Village of Chagrin Falls ordinance giving the mayor authority to call a curfew in times of emergency, was left on readings by Village Council, Monday, pending further consideration.

The ordinance is scheduled for its third and final reading and a vote on July 6.

Mayor William Tomko, as he has stated during past discussions of the pending law, told council the curfew was not his idea but brought to council for consideration by village Law Director Dale Markowitz.

While the village charter already gives the mayor authority to call a curfew, Mr. Markowitz suggested the belt and suspenders ordinance earlier this month following Cleveland’s peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration which was taken over by vandals, looters and crowd violence.

Only two of the seven council members have expressed their views on the legislation.

Councilman James Newell said council members should show their “backbone” by passing the law on its merits and not what others think what the reason may be.

Councilman Darren Wyville said there is no need for it and questioned what a new curfew law would solve.

The remainder of council’s members have not been as definite on how they will vote on the “adult curfew.”

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