Fox Point — The Village Board adopted tough restrictions Tuesday on where designated sex offenders can live - restrictions that would bar them from most properties in the village.
The ordinance was sought by neighbors of a man who moved in September to Fox Point on a block of N. Regent Road after serving prison time for repeated second-degree assault of a child. The man, Anthony Jazinski, 41, is one of four Fox Point residents on the state's sex offender registry.
Neighbors want the ordinance to be retroactive so it would apply to Jazinski.
The board met in closed session late Tuesday with its attorney to discuss retroactivity but took no action.
"We've already seen the damage it's done," Kristy Suing, Jazinski's next-door neighbor, said of the lack of a stronger ordinance and that a sex offender now lives on her block.
"It's destroyed our children's sense of freedom and parents' peace of mind," she said.
Village President Michael West suggested at the meeting that changes to the ordinance, including possible retroactivity, could be put on the board's next agenda. He said after the closed session that no decision had been made on that yet.
The ordinance bans sex offenders who didn't live in the village at the time of their offense and prohibits designated sex offenders from living within 1,500 feet of schools, parks and other places where children gather. It also prohibits sex offenders from loitering or prowling in village areas where they are prohibited from living.
A map distributed with the ordinance shows a small number of properties where sex offenders could live under the 1,500-foot rule, and an even smaller number under the 2,000-foot rule.
Residents at Tuesday’s meeting argued for 2,000 feet, and for making other changes to make the ordinance more restrictive, including the retroactivity.
Jazinski is under GPS monitoring by the state Department of Corrections. Rules the department set up for his placement in Fox Point prohibit him from being within two blocks of schools, playgrounds or other places frequented by children.
Neighbors said his placement less than two blocks from playgrounds and athletic fields already violates that rule — but the department said that the rule grants an exception where there is prior approval of a parole agent, which the Department of Corrections says has been given.
Jazinski’s mother, Barbara Ollenburg, has said in a letter to neighbors that the family would “make every effort to vacate this environment.”
The family couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.