GREEN BAY - If you live in Green Bay, you could soon be receiving more notifications about sex offenders requesting to live in your neighborhood.
Residents in an east side neighborhood prompted the action, after they say they were left in the dark about an offender moving in.
“We weren't aware that he was requesting to move in our neighborhood and if we were aware we would have definitely gone to the meeting ahead of time,” said Jennifer Peotter of Green Bay.
Green Bay's Sex Offender Residency Board approved Samuel Brandt's request to move into a home on Huron Road when he is released from jail later this month
In 2005 Brandt was convicted of first-degree sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl.
The home he is approved to live in is on a golf course, near parks and a day care.
“I didn't know about it until I read it in the paper that they did this,” said Alderman Jerry Wiezbieskie. “My first thought was this isn't going to work too well in this area and then the phone starts ringing.”
Board members say they approved Brandt's request because he'd be living with family. However, the board agreed to reconsider its decision either at its September meeting or earlier at a special session.
The alderman in the district wants to make sure the public is notified better in the future so a similar situation doesn't happen again.
“Nobody really called me,” said Wiezbieskie. “Nobody really made light of it.”
The current notification requirement for the meetings is three days warning through the media.
“I don't want to read about it in the paper as far as a notice goes,” said Wiezbieskie.
The board approved a motion for an ordinance to be drafted and voted on at a future meeting. It would require neighbors within 200 feet of an offender's requested living location to be notified, along with the district's alderman and the area's nearest neighborhood association.
“Some type of notification has to happen,” said Peotter.
To go into affect he ordinance will need to be approved by the sex offender residency board and then by the city council.
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