Salesville, resident at impasse over sex offender sign, Nazi flags
SCOTT LILES and JOSH DOOLEY, The Baxter Bulletin Published 3:16 p.m. CT June 13, 2017 |
SALESVILLE — A large sign identifying a sex offender — and apparently the controversial flags the resident has reportedly displayed in protest — will not be coming down, Mayor Tim Mayfield told a concerned businessman Tuesday night.
The sign, maintained by the city and sitting in front of the Salesville Fire Department, identifies **** as a Level 4 sex offender and lists his address. ***, reportedly as a form of protest against the sign, has three Nazi flags and two Confederate flags displayed on his property along AR Hwy. 177 South.
Jon Zabroski, who is developing the Angler’s Rest fishing cabins and Hog Wild ice cream parlor on AR Hwy. 5 South, attended Tuesday night’s City Council meeting and asked to talk about the sex offender sign and ****'s flags.
“As a businessman here in town, that’s bad for business,” he said. “It scares a lot of people, and I would like to see something done about it. I've talked to a talk of people, and I’ve heard that once that sign goes, the flags will go.”
Alderman Thomas Bensman, who lives across the highway from Floyd, said after the meeting that Floyd was displaying the flags in response to the sign.
Zabroski said he was worried that the sign and flags were affecting area businesses.
“You come through town for the river, to go camping, and you see that?” he said. “That’s not what you want to see.”
Mayfield said the city had no jurisdiction over the flags, since they are on private property. The sign is used to make the public aware of who is living nearby, he said.
“It is the total responsibility of this body to make sure the people who come here to visit and the people who live here are notified that that person is in the area,” Mayfield said. “I don’t know if it has ever been done, but I see this big lawsuit that you didn’t do your duty as a public officer to make sure it was known to the public that the person was known to be in the area … I want everyone to know that he’s here.”...
|Head Nazi Tim Mayfield|
*** has owned the property in Salesville since 2011, county land records indicate. Mayfield said that the decision to list sex offenders on a city sign was made by the City Council five or six years ago. According to the BCSO website, *** is the only registered sex offender living in Salesville.
Zabroski suggested that the city print warning posters that area businesses could post as an alternative to the large sign in front of the Fire Department.
“Don’t get me wrong. I think sex offenders should be tossed into jail, the cell doors welded shut and when the door falls off they are free to go,” Zabroski said. “But the sign and the flags aren’t good for the city.”