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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Marlborough sex offender ordinance stalls

MARLBOROUGH

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Mayor Stevens vetoed the ordinance
(Globe Staff Photo by Bill Polo)

The City Council voted to send an ordinance banning sex offenders from living in most of Marlborough back to a subcommittee for review.

The council last month voted 8-3 to restrict offenders from living within 2,500 feet of a school, playground, or other places where children congregate.

Mayor Nancy Stevens vetoed that ordinance, citing concerns over its fairness and how it would be enforced.

Rather than holding an override vote, the council followed member Scott Schafer's request to have a subcommittee address the mayor's concerns.

Schafer said he was disturbed that the mayor had not raised her concerns last summer when the issue was first under consideration.

The mayor's aide, Karen Kisty, said Stevens would meet with department heads after the holidays and then issue a response.

--Megan Woolhouse

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