Deephaven City Council follows Greenwood in adopting level 3 sex offender ordinance 

The Deephaven City Council passed an ordinance Jan. 3 restricting where level three sex offenders can live in the city. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Paige Kieffer)

Deephaven has followed the City of Greenwood and advice from the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department, and on Jan. 3, adopted an ordinance regarding predatory sex offenders.

In October, South Lake Minnetonka Police Chief Mike Meehan advised the cities of Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood and Tonka Bay to adopt an ordinance regulating where a level three predatory sex offender can reside in those cities.

Deephaven City Administrator Dana Young said that he spoke with Meehan at the police department and Deephaven Police’s Coordinating Committee on adopting an ordinance.

The City of Greenwood passed an ordinance on to Deephaven to use. The ordinance is based on Albertville’s ordinance, that Meehan said is the most ordiance restrictive in the state.

The approved Deephaven ordinance prohibits level three predatory offenders from:

  • Residing within 1,000 feet of a school, day care, park, place of worship, playground or other locations where children are known to congregate.
  • Participating in a holiday event that involves children such as Christmas, Easter or Halloween celebrations.
  • Any offender who violates a provision of the ordinance shall be charged with a misdemeanor.

The ordinance measures the distance from a residence based on a straight line from the edge of the offender’s property. In addition, the ordinance makes it unlawful to rent any place or structure with the knowledge that it will be used as a permanent or temporary residence by a designated offender.

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