[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Eden 6-14-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Eden Town Board hereby finds the adoption of Megan's Law has increased public awareness of sexual offenders by requiring them to become registered with authorities and making such information available to the public. New York State has not adopted uniform, statewide standards regulating the residency of registered sex offenders in proximity to public places frequented by persons most vulnerable as possible targets of sex offenders, thus leaving it to local governments to adopt such regulations. The Town Board of the Town of Eden believes this legislation, adopted under authority of Municipal Home Rule Law, §§ 10 and 22, is necessary to further protect the best interests of all children, and to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents in the Town of Eden.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- DANCE HALL
- Any place (whether inside or outside a building) where a public dance, concert or related activity is permitted or conducted as part of the business of such place.
- PUBLIC DANCE
- Any dance, concert or related activity to which persons under the age of 18 are admitted for which an attendance charge or donation is imposed as a condition of attendance.
- TEEN/COMMUNITY CENTER
- Any building/structure where persons under the age of 18 years of are invited and congregate for the purpose of social activity, education, athletics and/or entertainment.
No person over the age of 18 years who has been convicted of a violation of a sexual offense upon a child of the age of 16 years or under, as defined by the New York State Penal Law, which would require that individual to register as a sex offender under state and/or federal laws, shall be permitted to reside or live within 1,500 feet, measured as the shortest distance from property line to property line, of the real property of any school; park; playground; day-care center; teen/community center; church which operates any child or youth-centered program; dance hall; skating rink; public swimming pools; group family providers; and family care providers in the Town of Eden, unless such residence has been assigned by a supervised release program, which provides close supervision of the sex offender's daily activity, or the residency of said offender was established prior to the enactment of this legislation.
Failure to comply with this chapter shall be considered a violation punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,500 or imprisonment not to exceed 15 days, or both.