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Town expected to pass Sex Offender Placement ordinance in July

Sex Offender graphic (properly sized)
Sex Offender graphic (properly sized)

EAGLE RIVER, WI (WSAU) -  People in a rural area between Eagle River and Sayner spoke out in support of efforts to keep past sex offenders away.

Town of Cloverland residents strongly expressed that they are not happy about the Wisconsin Department of Corrections placing 37-year-old Steven Burgess on extended release in their neighborhood, in close proximity to several children. Burgess has already served 17 years in prison, and was placed in a rented house last August.

Cloverland residents want to create an ordinance that establishes child safety zones, and dictates how far away from school zones and bus stops past offenders must be.

A preliminary draft of the anti-sex offender placement ordinance was tossed out because of too many potential loopholes and legal problems. Town Board members have created a stronger version of the proposed ordinance.  The Town Board is expected to vote on the ordinance in July.

Even if it passes, it may be struck down by the state. It is also not likely to force Burgess out of the neighborhood.