Town Talk 7-24-10

Motels in Warrensburg hosting sex offenders must now be licensed

WARRENSBURG - Motels or inns in Warrensburg that house sex offenders must now obtain a $3,000 license and display it prominently in their lobby, according to a law enacted July 14 by the Warrensburg Town Board.

The new law, effective immediately, applies to sex offenders living at local trailer parks, campgrounds, boarding houses, rooming houses, rehabilitation facilities, or bed and breakfast accommodations. Hosting sex offenders without obtaining the license would subject accommodation owners to stiff fines.

The law is similar to the one enacted recently by the towns of Lake George, Lake Luzerne and Queensbury.

At the public hearing July 14 held on the law, a local citizen asked if establishments would be required to tell callers making reservations they house registered sex offenders. Town officials replied only if accommodation clerks are asked such information, are they required to provide it.

It was also revealed at the meeting currently 22 registered sex offenders live in the town of Warrensburg, and several have recently resided in motels on State Route 9.

Solution sought for fowl problem

The town board members also discussed the problem of local wild geese and ducks depositing excrement in the Fred Flynn Memorial Park, which includes a memorial to those who served in various wars.

The board members said the fowl were creating a mess at the park and degrading the area. One resident raised concerns that the fowl might spread unhealthy bacteria, constituting a threat to children. The board members asked the public to offer suggestions in how to deal with the birds.

In the past several decades, however, Warrensburg residents and visitors have celebrated the birds, even erecting a "Duck Crossing" road sign and constructing a duck shelter and feeding station on Water Street, across the river and downstream a ways from the Fred Flynn park.

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