Suisun City

Suisun council takes action on sex offenders, train station renovation

By From page A6 | July 02, 2014

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Council repealed its municipal code concerning how far sex offenders have to keep from children’s facilities and moved forward with renovations to the city’s train station Tuesday night.

The council repealed parts of its municipal code dealing with the sex offenders’ proximity to childrens’ facilities in response to two recent state appeals courts decisions that found that similar ordinances for Orange County and Irvine were void because they were preempted by state laws regulating sex offenders.

Suisun City took its own action after it received an April 8 letter from the American Civil Liberties Union requesting an immediate appeal of the city’s sex offender ordinance based on the court of appeals decisions. The letter stated the city could avoid litigation costs by agreeing to repeal or stop enforcement of the code.

The council also authorized City Manager Suzanne Bragdon Tuesday night to enter into an agreement for the second design phase of the Suisun-Fairfield Train Depot Improvement Project.

The approval will award Interact Resources the job of preparing the construction documents. Interact Resources also did the first phase, the historical review.

The resolution also awarded the contract to complete the historic compliance report, required by the California Department of Transportation as part of the environmental review process. The construction contract will be brought back the council at a later date.

The work to improve train station is being paid for by a $600,000 grant, which required a local match of $47,600. An additional $100,100 will be used from other funding sources to bring the total available for the project to $700,100.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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