Ordinance bars registered offenders from entering parks
An ordinance that bans registered sex offenders from entering city parks is up for a final vote by the Jeffersonville City Council this week.
The council meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Jeffersonville City Hall, 500 Quartermaster Court.
The ordinance, unanimously supported on previous readings, has been the subject of legal controversy during the few last years. It was first introduced in 2006 but was challenged with the help of the Indiana branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (Contact).
The ordinance up for consideration on Monday, which removes an exemption process labeled as overly burdensome by the Indiana Court of Appeals, acts as an update to the 2006 legislation.
Also on the agenda:
- The council is expected to vote one last time on a sewer bond ordinance. The ordinance, funded by recent sewer rate increases, will pay for $52.2 million in sewer system improvements — including a new treatment plant on the north end of the city.
Council members, along with Mayor Tom Galligan, have said that the increases were necessary as the city has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to correct sewer overflows.
- An ordinance regulating billboard benches is on the agenda. The issue was first brought to the council’s attention last year, after the city’s beautification committee — called City Pride — wanted to replace the bench with the decorative, green city of Jeffersonville benches that are used on Court Avenue.