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Village Coleman Approves Sex Offender Ordinance

At the Coleman Village Board meeting on Monday, June 5, members voted to amend their current ordinances. Chapter 220 Peace and Good Order, Article 11 Offenses Against Public Safety and Peace was amended to add 220-30 Sex Offenders Loitering and Residential density restrictions for designated sex offenders. The addition states that it is a measure aimed at protecting the health and safety of children in the Village of Coleman from the risk that sexual offenders convicted of an offense against a child may reoffend in locations close to where children congregate.

Given the high rate of recidivism for sexual offenders and threat reducing the opportunity and temptation is important to minimizing the risk of re-offense, there is a need to protect children where they congregate or play in public places. Therefore, the Village finds and declares that sexual offenders are a serious threat to the public safety of children if regulatory measures are not in place that prohibit their loitering in specified areas designated as places children commonly congregate. The Village of Colman finds and declarer that in addition to schools and day care centers, children congregate or play at child oriented facilities such as parks and playgrounds.

The addition goes on to further state definitions such as child being a person age 16 or younger for purposes of the ordinance addition. A designated offender is any person who is required to register under ss 301.45, Wis. Stats., and is under court ordered supervision by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for any sexual offense against a child, unless the person is under the age of 18 at the time of the offense and the offender was not tried or convicted of the offense as an adult. Included is an official loiter free zone map showing prohibited locations in Ordinance 220-29.

The following areas included in a surrounding 50-foot radius where children congregate are designated by the Village to be loiter-free zones, including but not limited to schools, public parks, parkways, parkland, or park facility, a public playground, a public, recreational trail, licensed day care center or any other place designated by the Village as a place where children are known to congregate. Loitering is defined as whether in a group, crowd, or an individual, to stand idly about, loaf, prowl, congregate, wander, stand, linger aimlessly, proceed slowly or with many stops, to delay or dawdle, for the purpose of interacting or attempting to interact with children (except children or relatives of the designated offender), taking or attempting to take photographs of children (except children or relatives of the designated offender), or engaging in activities that would be of interest to children or when otherwise serving no legitimate purpose.

Included in the addition is a Holiday prohibition which states that it is unlawful for any designated offender to participate in a holiday event involving children under 16 years of age, such as distributing candy or other items to children on Halloween, wearing a Santa Claus costume on or preceding Christmas or wearing an Easter Bunny costume on or preceding Easter. A person who violates the ordinance addition (or article) shall be punished by a forfeiture not exceeding $2,000 together with the actual costs of prosecution including attorney fees if necessary.

Under General Provisions of 220-31 Zoning, Residential density restriction for designated sex offenders was added. The addition states that any structure or other place intended for human habitation, on a temporary or permanent basis, including, without limitation, a single-family dwelling, boardinghouse, lodging house, apartment house, multi-family dwelling, a hotel, or motel, shall not include more than one individual who is a designated sex offender under the provisions of ss301.45 and 301.46, Wis. Stats.

The Town of Beaver has been added to Coleman's Joint Municipal Court. The Court will now include towns of Pound and Beaver and the Village of Coleman. The court will become operative and function on June 13.

Two class "A" liquor license approved were Dennis F. Pelkin of Pelkin's Piggly Wiggly and Kurt Boulanger of Cougar Shell. Four class "B" liquor license for Shanon Knope of Cheers Too, Rosmemary Nowak of Rosie & Jeff's, Loise Gralewski of Green Lantern Tavern and Natalie M Talbot of Barnstormers LTD were approved. Three tobacco licenses approved were Pelkin's Piggly Wiggly, Bay BP LLC, and Family Dollar Stores.


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