Cascade denies guard rail request, considers sex offender residency restrictions

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

CASCADE — Because of scheduling conflicts, the Village Board meeting was held this past Thursday.

The board considered a resident’s request to install a guard rail on Lake Street. Trustee Jason Harrison said the resident is concerned that someone could accidentally drive off the road and into his house.

Village President David Jaeckels said, “There are a lot of other homes along there, that are at a lower level, that would need the same thing.” Board members agreed that a precedent would be set by a guard rail being placed at the requested location.

Harrison said another resident with a similar concern had built a rock garden, which looked better than a guard rail and served the same purpose. Another board member said planting trees was an option.

The board took no action on the guard rail request.

Trustee Tom Horner had requested a discussion on a possible ordinance addressing sex offender residency restrictions.

Horner said he’d researched the issue on the Wisconsin Municipalities website. He’d also discussed the subject with a municipal judge in Cudahy. From that, he had some tentative guidelines on implementing such an ordinance.

Horner told the board, “It seems to me we have a capacity to have an ordinance restricting residency based on distances from parks.” He said other ordinances have minimum distances ranging from 500 to 2000 feet, with 1500 feet being the most common.

Horner and other board members discussed the fact that minimum distances from parks and licensed daycare, if made too restrictive, would close the entire community to residency for sex offenders, which was not an acceptable option.

Jaeckels said he’d discussed the subject with Capt. Cory Roeseler of the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department. Roeseler thought 1,500 feet was a distance that could withstand legal challenge.

Jaeckels told the board, “If there is interest in going in this direction, what we probably should do is have [Clerk Kayla Simanovski] contact the League of Wisconsin Municipalities to get a sampling.”

Jaeckels said one reason the village was a member of the League was accessibility to that kind of data. While not legal guidance, it could assist with decisions. He said Simanovski should be able to “call the league’s attorneys, explain what we’re looking for, size of our community, and ask what the allowable distances would be. And they should give us those answers.”

The board agreed to have Simanovski contact the league for further information, to be discussed at a future date.

Jaeckels told the board that a storm sewer had failed at the bridge. A steel pipe had corroded. Jaeckels estimated the lifetime of such a pipe at 30 to 40 years; he believed this pipe to be over 50 years old. Jaeckels had arranged to have the county replace the failed pipe with a plastic one.

“This is the perfect example of why I support that half-percent sales tax,” Jaeckels said. “This is going to be a substantial bill. This will eat up a good portion of what we had allocated for streets this year.”

Simanovski explained that the village’s current utility billing software has the capacity to be enhanced to alert village offi- cials of utilities problems. “If there’s a water main break, or the water’s not safe, or being shut off, we would have a way to contact everybody.”

She said the cost of setting up an alert system would have to be considered against the benefits.

Jaeckels said, “The Utilities Board basically felt that the cost didn’t justify it at this time.” They thought an alert system would have been used only once in the past three years. But they thought it worth considering again in another year or so.

Jaeckels reported that a resident is in the process of remodeling a property that was considered unsightly.

Liquor licenses were unanimously approved for John and Sherry Gallagher.

Trustee Jim Larson reported that the village had received six building permit applications. The board reviewed them and approved them unanimously.

Larson also told the board that a police report had not been received, so he will give a double report next month.

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