Cushing votes to restrict where sex offenders can live

Posted March 19, 2013, at 9:11 a.m.
Last modified March 19, 2013, at 12:42 p.m.

CUSHING, Maine — Cushing voters overwhelmingly agreed Monday to restrict where sex offenders can live in town.

A referendum that prohibits convicted sex offenders from living within 750 feet of any municipal-owned property where children are the primary users was approved 152-20.

The properties covered under the town ordinance are schools, athletic fields, playgrounds and recreational areas.

Violation of the ordinance is subject to fines of $500 per day.

Sex offenders who already reside within those limits will be exempt from the ordinance.

The ordinance will be enforced by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Residents and town officials have worked on the proposed ordinance for nearly a year after they found that a registered sex offender lived in town, near a school.

Selectman Alton Grover said when a group of residents came to the board last summer to voice concerns about that situation, selectmen were surprised to learn there was no state prohibition. They then worked on drafting the ordinance.

Cushing voters also elected Martha Marchut to a seat on the Board of Selectmen. Marchut received 121 votes to Randolph Robbins’ 48. Marchut will succeed Willard Payson, who did not seek re-election.

Incumbent Selectman Alton Grover was re-elected, without opposition, to another selectman seat. Evelyn Kalloch was unopposed for re-election to the board of assessors. John Harrington was elected without opposition to the budget committee.

Despite the snowstorm, the annual town meeting remained scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the town office.

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