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Northwest Side Neighborhood Seeks Ban On Sex Offenders

A homeowner's association is asking residents to approve an amendment to its rules that would keep convicted sex offenders out. Get the story.

Residents in a northwest side neighborhood want to keep certain people from becoming theirneighbors.

The Saddlebrook Homeowners Association has asked homeowners to vote on a proposal to ban Tier IIand Tier III sex offenders from moving in, 10TV's Andy Hirsch reported on Friday.

"I think to keep property values up, people would like to move in to a safe neighborhood," saidresident Bill Decker.

The amendment to the association's rules would make sure people know who is living around thecorner.

Under current state law, sheriff's offices must notify neighbors living within 1,000 feet of asex offender.

Charles Williams has been practicing community association law for more than 25 years and saidthere is nothing illegal about associations discriminating against sex offenders.

Williams said similar rules are in place across the state and have yet to be challenged incourt, Hirsch reported.

"Until the courts really speak about these things we're going to assume they'll be enforced,"Williams said. "It's mostly a safety issue for the children living in the community."

More than 75 percent of homeowners in the neighborhood will have to approve the measure for itto take effect.

The Saddlebrook Homeowners Association could not be reached for comment.  

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