Posted Online: Feb. 04, 2013, 11:27 pm

Truant Aledo students could face fines for themselves, parents

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By Pam Berenger, pberenger@qconline.com

ALEDO -- Students absent without "valid cause" for more than five days during a school year could face a fine of up to $750 under an ordinance being considered by the Aledo City Council.

Before approving the ordinance, aldermen want city attorney Mark Walton to provide his opinion on what age of the students it should address. As proposed, it would be illegal for anyone younger than the age of 18 to miss more than five days without their absence being approved by the school district.

The ordinance also would make the absent student's parents responsible and liable for a fine of up to $750. Subsequent offenses could result in fines of up to $300 per offense.

In other business, public works director Stephen Moller told aldermen a gas leak had been reported on Northwest 7th Street. Mr. Moller said the leak apparently was caused by a loose fitting and will be repaired on this morning.

In other business, council members:

-- Agreed to pay Cloudpoint Geographics up to $8,500 to complete mapping and collecting data on street signs. In January, Jonathan Hodel, president and owner of the firm, told council members all traffic signs are mandated to meet uniform standards.

-- Learnedthe city received eight bids for the city's used salt truck and it was sold for $8,600.

-- Learned the new business "Springboard" presentations were complete and a finalist selected. Economic Development Director Kathy Albert said all of the finalists had viable business proposals and assistance will be offered.

-- Received a plaque of thanks from Mercer County High School for supporting athletics. Mayor Bill Breeden read a proclamation praising the school's football team as Class 2A State Champions.