Fox Point — A convicted sex offender's recent move into the village has prompted officials to look into adopting an ordinance tightening regulatory controls.
Last month, residents packed the monthly Village Board meeting, imploring elected officials to consider an ordinance after Anthony Jazinski, 41, moved into a house at 8314 N. Regent Road. He is living near a park frequented by children. Nearly 20 girls younger than age 15 live within one block of Jazinski's home. Within a three-block radius, the number increases to about 40.
A state law prohibits convicted sex offenders from loitering within 200 feet of areas frequented by children, including schools, day care facilities and parks. Registered offenders, however, can live anywhere within Fox Point.
The board has directed Village Attorney Eric Larson to research the issue of residency restrictions and create a draft version of an ordinance.
Larson is expected to present that ordinance to the board next month. At that time, elected officials could put the issue to a vote.
Several residents again spoke to the board this week, expressing fears about Jazinski's presence.
"We must protect and keep our children safe," said nearby resident Donalda Hammersmith, who was the victim of sexual abuse as a child. "Fox Point has been known to be a community where children are safe and secure."
Another resident, Nancy Lewander, pointed to a study that correlated the presence of a registered sex offender with declining property values.
"Home sellers absorb a larger risk when living by a sex offender," Lewander said. "I want us to be able to live in a neighborhood where people get to know one another without fear."
The board this week briefly explored what components could be included in an ordinance. Locally, the city of Franklin was the forerunner in adopting a municipal ordinance on the issue. It was tested in the courts, and it has been upheld.
Village officials expressed a desire - based on preliminary input - to incorporate elements of Franklin's ordinance into the one being drafted for Fox Point. Conditions could include only allowing a registered offender to live within the village if he or she was a resident at the time of the crime. The individual also would be prohibited from living within 2,000 feet of schools, day care facilities and parks.
Jazinski in 2004 was convicted in Dodge County Circuit Court of repeated second-degree sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl who lived in a house where Jazinski resided for about two months. He is under extended supervision with the Department of Corrections for 6 1/2 years and is prohibited from having unsupervised contact with females younger than 18.
WHAT: Village Board discussion, possible adoption of an ordinance to regulate convicted sex offenders
WHEN: 7 p.m. Nov. 9
WHERE: Village Hall, 7200 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
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