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City approves parolee housing ordinance

Three Rivers city officials on Tuesday approved a long-discussed ordinance amendment to allow for parolee group housing at a location near downtown.

Sought by Twin County Probation Center, the approval means property at 308 S. Main St. will be used to house parolees.

City commission members have discussed the issue at length and struggled to find a balance between compassion to help parolees and a need to protect citizens and maintain a safe community, according to city officials.

The 4-2 vote featured dissenting votes by Mayor Tom Lowry and Commissioner Carolyn McNary.

Lowry said he and McNary felt the ordinance, as presented, was too restrictive and they would have liked to have had some changes made in the wording of the ordinance.

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