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Senior Safety Zones Finally Passes Muster; Council Votes To Bless New Law

But not everyone was on board. Councilors McFee and Jones opposed the measure they said will open the town up to potential litigation.

 

It’s official.

The Montville Town Council voted 4 to 2 Monday to approve a resolution that creates Senior Safety Zones in an effort to, keep senior citizens safe from sex offenders.

But it was not unanimous.

Town Councilor Rosetta Jones, a 22-year veteran of the state department of corrections where she served as a prison warden was opposed but not because she doesn’t want seniors to be safe, she said, but because the law is at once ineffectual and places the town in a precarious position and open to potential civil liberties lawsuits.

“The intent is one of good will,” she said, referring to the law as a “litigation magnet” which will trust the town into an “unnecessary legal quagmire.” Jones, who spent three years as the correction’s legislative liaison, encouraged the town to help seniors feel safe by providing self defense education and programming.

And Councilor Dana McFee, who also voted against the zone, has long been opposed because of his concern about possible lawsuits.

“If we end up being sued,” McFee said, directing his comments to councilors in favor of the ordinance, “You’ll be remembered for this, for doing this. That will be your legacy.” Challenges to the law are anticpated by the Connecticut affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. 

But with support from Senior Center president Sandy Stauffer and State Sen. Edith Prague (D-19), the council – which had already approved the zones in October but the wrong version – was convinced.

And Prague even went so far as to state she believes sex offenders should not be permitted to live in senior housing.

Councilor Gary Murphy was absent due to illness, Town Council President Candy Buebendorf said.

 

 

jane December 11, 2012 at 10:18 AM
History shows us that Montville loves losing lawsuits. It's such a great way to waste the taxpayers money.
Kelly schitz December 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM
The second the ACLU files a suit I demand these democrats resign. They no longer represent the town or its citizens. They make stupid ineffective ordanances that cost us money to implement and then defend. Stupid stupid stupid.
Donna Jacobson December 11, 2012 at 05:13 PM
No, the Town of Montville does not only have a Senior Safety Zone, the Town Council has now created a "No Sex Offender Zone" for the entire town. This was done in response to the January House which is suppose to rehabilitate sex offenders. However, it's kind of odd that 98% of the offenders at the January House have been convicted for child sexual assaults and not seniors sexual assault. To me, the Council has designated anyone over the age of 60 as child-like. That is an insult to a large population in town. Oh, and by the way - has any of these Councilors who are so concerned about the welfare of Montville's citizens checked the sex offender registry lately? Maybe they can explain why two of the child sex offenders at the January house are listed as "non-compliant." Where are these offenders now?
Harry Crappzs December 11, 2012 at 05:30 PM
These city councilors have no common sense. How crazy and stupid to pass this.
REVMAN December 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Harry the reason they passed it is THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE DOING !! I keep asking myself are all politicians that dumb.I think they should pass a NO POLITICIAN ZONE INSTEAD.

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