First reading of ordinance is held to establish a moratorium on residency of predatory offenders


By Kurt Menk

The Arlington City Council, at its regular meeting on Monday night, May 6, held the first reading of an interim ordinance to establish a moratorium on the residency of predatory offenders within the city limits.

The issue of an interim ordinance was raised after a Community Notification Meeting was held in conjunction with a Level 3 sex offender who recently moved into the City of Arlington.

According to City Attorney Ross Arneson, the City of Arlington has the authority under state statute to impose a temporary moratorium on certain uses within the city, pending the study of an issue before enactment of long-term official controls.

Risk Level 3 predatory sex offenders, as defined under state statute, are shown by statistical studies to have a high risk of re-offense, according to the interim ordinance. The location of such individuals within the city limits therefore presents a significant threat to public safety, especially to children and vulnerable adults.

Find the complete story in the May 9, 2019 edition of the Arlington Enterprise.