GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Child sex offenders would not be allowed within 150 feet of where kids gather in Green Bay. That’s the recommendation going before the city council from the Protection and Welfare Committee regarding a newly proposed proximity ordinance. The proximity ordinance would be added to the city’s current residency ordinance that requires child sex offenders to apply to live in the city and can’t reside within 2,000 feet of where children gather like schools and parks. Currently, sex offenders can go anywhere they want. “The more you pile on, the less chances someone can slip through the cracks” said Alderman David Boyce who compared it a mechanic having different tools to fix a problem with a car. The residency ordinance rules out 95% of the city, and the Sex Offender Residency Board routinely approves waivers from the rule for hundreds of sex offenders every year. Almost 62% of the time they approve a request to live in the city, said Assistant City Attorney Kail Decker who wrote the ordinance. The highly restrictive ordinance is one of the toughest in the state, and police say it is contributing to an increasing number of sex offenders living in the city without applying and getting approved. “Having both in place, that might solve our with offenders going underground” said Alderman Jesse Brunette. The city’s legal department, with support from police, drafted the proximity ordinance with the intention of alderman to repeal the residency ordinance. The proximity ordinance also has more teeth and would have opened the city up to let any sex offender live where they want. Police felt this would encourage more compliance with sex offenders registering with the city and the state. “Because we felt proposed ordinance really gets to the root to what has to do with personal safety” Said Police Captain Bill Bongle. Police say that if there is increased compliance, the community policing model and regular patrols in areas will be aware of sex offenders and where they can’t go. Debate will likely continue at the next city council meeting where the full council will vote on the recommendation.
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