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The Gainesville city commissioners on Thursday denied a treatment center the ability to treat registered sex offenders at a location near two day cares and a residential area.
Intensive Treatment Modalities (ITM), the center located at 1208 NW Sixth St., doesn treat sexual offenders at the location currently, but does at its 225 SW Seventh Ter. location.
The commission passed a motion that will update a city ordinance, separating treatment centers and sexual treatment centers. The change doesn’t call for buffer zones from child care facilities or residential areas from ITM, the city Planning Manager Ralph Hillard said, but will restrict ITM from obtaining a permit to offer sexual treatment services at its Sixth Street address.
Commissioners will still need to pass the ordinance after two readings for the change to take effect.
Before the vote, Gainesville police Crime Analyst Bridgett Smart provided commissioners data showing Alachua County has 405 registered sex offenders and predators, 275 of which live in Gainesville.
GPD data showed 12 sexual offenses were committed in the last three years by sex offenders or predators within a half mile radius of ITM three locations 1208 NE Sixth St., 225 SW Seventh Ter. and 2002 NW 13th St.
Eight offenses (seven of were computer crimes) occurred near ITM Sixth Street location and two near each of the other facilities. Only one offense has so far 2017, according to the data.
However, an attorney for ITM said the data provided is flawed.
He said one of the facility identified by GPD isn an ITM facility, but an abandoned building and those nearby offenses shouldn be considered. He argued that two of the offenses near another identified ITM location were for failure to register and is not an accurate correlation to offenses near a treatment facility. Aside from the computer crimes, he added, only one offense occurred in person and was recorded at a GPD station, which is also within a half mile radius from ITM.
Alvin Butler, a program director at ITM, argued the business should be able to offer the services at both its locations.
Several commissioners said they weren pleased with the data provided and previously requested information to see if more offenses occur near treatment facilities compared to other areas in the city.
Commissioner Harvey Ward said he wanted to see national statistics and that the board was put in a bad position before voting.
that data, I feel like we making decisions off who makes the best argument and I don feel that a fair way to make a decision, Ward said.
Several concerned citizens urged commissioners not to allow offenders be treated at the business near their homes in fear of recidivism.
Citizen Deborah Hart provided statistics to commissioners for sex offenses over the last three years. In 2015, she said, at least 108 crimes were logged by GPD and 123 crimes in 2016. As of June 19, Hart said 73 sex offenses occurred in 2017.
Also Thursday, commissioners approved $90,000 in added security measures for the Thomas Center and City Hall proposed by City Manager Anthony Lyons. A security guard, patrolling by foot, will be at each facility from open to close. The budget will be dispersed over the next three years, with at least $60,000 hitting the city 2018 budget.
The security guards were proposed by who previously called for upgrades after a city employee was sexually battered in March on her way into work. Some of the upgrades include additional lighting, cameras and added fencing.
Commissioners also briefly spoke on the status of a delayed hotel development, commonly referred to as Lot 10.
The developer, Nim Patel, who is CEO of Horizon Hospitality Management, recently failed to meet another payment deadline to the city after he and his consultants, Avis Butler and Rodney Long, were granted multiple extensions. At a recent city meeting, the group assured commissioners they make good on their promise to deliver $50,000 on June 26, but didn subject is expected to be discussed in more detail at the city July 20 meeting.
want to make sure that we end it correctly and legally before we move onto whatever is next, Ward said.