Our privacy policy has changed. By using this site, you agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Dismiss

Sex offender residency ordinance advances

Committee debate centers on distance

Aug. 21, 2008

Registered sex offenders could soon have fewer options when it comes to finding a place to live in Greendale.

The Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee on Aug. 19 voted to recommend that the Village Board adopt an ordinance establishing limits on where registered sex offenders would be allowed to live.

The ordinance would restrict sex offenders from residing in or entering established safety zones within 750 feet of schools, public parks, park facilities, park pathways or daycares, Village Manager Todd Michaels said.

The village began considering an ordinance last fall, but chose to hold action until the legality of Franklin’s sex offender ordinance was upheld, Michaels said. Staff examined similar ordinances in several communities, and modeled its draft ordinance on one that the village of Elm Grove enacted.

Recidivism likely for some

Police Chief Robert Dams has said that an ordinance is particularly necessary to protect children, due to data that suggests sex offenders whose victims were children have a high rate of recidivism.

Officials agreed that having an ordinance in place would be better than not having one at all, but debated whether 750 feet is a great enough distance from safety zones to protect children, or if a distance of 1,000 feet should be considered.

“Seven hundred-fifty feet to me isn’t all that far. That’s basically two-and-a-half football fields,” Trustee Ronald Barbian said. “And if we’re trying to protect children … I would rather see this at 1,000 or 1,200 feet.”

Michaels said staff considered safety zones ranging from 500 to 1,000 feet. They determined that 500 feet was definitely not restrictive enough, but, because of the small area and unique layout of the village, that 1,000 feet might be too restrictive.

However, based on maps that show which residence areas would prohibit registered sex offenders, increasing the distance to 1,000 feet would not have a huge impact, he said.

Board can set limit

The ordinance is set to go before the Village Board on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at which time officials could choose to increase the prohibited distance to 1,000 feet, Michaels said. If approved, the ordinance would take full effect after passage and publication.

Currently there are six or seven sex offenders living in Greendale, Dams said. Those individuals would be allowed to remain in their areas of residence if the ordinance is approved, but any future registered sex offenders moving to the village would be required to follow the restrictions.

Julie Becker can be reached at (262) 446-6606.

NEXT STEP

WHAT: Village Board meeting

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2

WHERE: Village Hall, 6500 Northway

Community Watch

» Boerner Botanical Gardens hosting Herb Fair May 28 06:15 PM

» Greendale's Canterbury Elementary enters recycling contest to win new playground 06:07 PM

» Oak Creek boys track team stays on task, win sixth SEC outdoor title 01:54 PM

» Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes Updated:  12:05 PM

» Franklin boys tennis team dominates SEC tourney 10:15 AM

» Big bats land Oak Creek softball team SEC title 10:10 AM

» Steady Franklin golfers claim Southeast Conference title 5/23

» Grease fire damages oven at Franklin bakery 5/20

» Five places to go to let your dog off the leash this summer 5/19

» Reptile Day returns June 12 at Wehr Nature Center 5/19

» Oak Creek stuns Whitnall, 12-2, in battle of softball powers 5/19

» Crash closes portion of Highway 100 in Hales Corners May 18 5/18

» Oak Creek approves $13 million financing help for Ikea store 5/18

» Franklin girls soccer team finishes second at Kiel tournament 5/17

» Why did IKEA choose Oak Creek? Location 5/17

» Oak Creek to honor veterans May 30 5/17

» Initial Reaction Podcast: A chat with award-winning sportscaster Dennis Krause Updated:  5/17

» Oak Creek's Marwin Evans signs with Green Bay Packers 5/14

» Help clean up Hales Corners May 14 5/13

» Know Your Muslim Neighbors event being held at Hales Corners Library May 14 5/12

» Hard-hitting Oak Creek softball team charges into SEC lead 5/10

» Ahead of schedule, Oak Creek girls track team wins SEC relays 5/10

» Franklin boys tennis team wins Beaver Dam Invite 5/10

» Video: Katy's cooking tonight, and it could be in your home 5/10

» Oak Creek boys track team puts in strong effort to win SEC track relays 5/10

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Best Summer Ever

 

We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.

Advertisement

Advertisement

CONNECT    

Advertisement

Most Popular