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City approves saggy pants rules
Residents of Brunswick have a month to make sure their pants are pulled up.

The Brunswick City Commission approved an amendment to an ordinance pertaining to indecent exposure, particularly saggy pants, at its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday night.

Commissioner James Brooks originally brought a request to the city commission in July, when he said the city needed to have a tougher ordinance regarding sagging pants, or those worn so low that undergarments or skin is exposed.

City Attorney Nathan Williams drafted an ordinance that was presented at prior meetings.

Williams returned to the commission after clarifying in the document's wording that a first-time offender can be fined, as requested by the commission.

The ordinance states any individual wearing pants or skirts more than 3 inches below the top of the hips, exposing the skin or undergarments, can be fined $25 by city police.

Commissioner Cornell Harvey asked Williams if there should be a grace period before enforcement of the new ordinance.

While there is no legal requirement to have a grace period because the ordinance was presented to the commission at its last meeting and was subsequently published for public view, Brunswick Police Chief Tobe Green said he always prefers to have a 30-day grace period before enforcing new ordinances.

"We'll do whatever the commission wants to get people accustomed to what we're doing," Green said.

The commission agreed to the grace period, and city police will begin enforcing the ordinance in the next month.

The previous ordinance, adopted in November 2007, pertaining to indecency only applied if certain types of nudity were involved.

In other business at the meeting, the commission:

* Recognized Friday, Oct. 12 as Pink Out Friday in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

* Recognized three Brunswick Fire Department firefighters for exceptional service.

* Approved Pension Plan Amendment No. 9 for city employees.

* Approved advertisement for bids for the Magnolia Park Storm Drainage Improvements Phase IV.

* Approved alcohol licenses for The Corner Cafe and Basil Thai & Sushi Bar, both located on Newcastle Street.



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