By Charles Davis
Mayor Mike Walsh cast the tie-breaking vote on Tuesday to make the city of De Pere the 12th municipality in Brown County with a sex offender residency restriction.
The City Council voted 5-4 in favor of the ordinance that prohibits sex offenders from living within 500 feet of any school, day care, park or any other place where children gather. Aldermen Dan Robinson, James Boyd, Paul Kegel, and newcomer Kevin Bauer opposed.
Walsh blamed residency restrictions of surrounding communities for loading sex offenders in the area.
- Residency restrictions are what causes clustering of offenders, and now with you passing a larger restriction, you are pushing them out into other counties, and you can bet they will do the same, and so the shuffle continues.
In 2008, De Pere passed a loitering ordinance that restricts sex offenders from hanging around 200 feet of most places children gather.
De Pere Police Chief Beiderwieden declined comment but has previously said he opposes the ordinance that would impose a fine up to $500 for each violation.