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Committee to look at options for sexual predator ordinance
Jan. 25, 2016

Ivan Raconteur
Editor

DASSEL, MN – The City of Dassel has taken some preliminary steps toward a sexual predator ordinance, but after reviewing the proposed restrictions on a map, city attorney Kurt Greenly told the city council during the Jan. 19 meeting there would be no areas in the city available to sexual predators.

The proposed ordinance would probably not stand up to attack in court, Greenly said.

He explained that, in drafting the proposed ordinance, the city had used distances similar to those used in ordinances in other municipalities.

Under the proposal, sexual predators would not be allowed within specified distances from schools, daycare facilities, parks, and similar places.

Greenly said it is up to the council to decide if the city should explore alternative ways of designating restrictions, or whether it should abandon the matter for now.

“I don’t recommend proceeding with what is currently drafted,” Greenly said.

After discussion, the council agreed to form a committee to explore alternatives.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• approved spending $2,000 from the 2015 budget, and $2,000 from the 2016 budget to purchase Christmas decorations this month. The city can get a 40 percent discount if the decorations are purchased in January.

• scheduled a special council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 to discuss enterprise fund budgets and whether or not to adjust sewer and water rates.

• heard the fire department responded to 228 calls last year, and members logged a total of 3,133 hours on calls.

• heard the municipal liquor store experienced 5 percent growth in 2015.

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