The council took the action at its Tuesday meeting.
The ordinance as approved Tuesday bars all sex offenders listed on the state’s Sex Offender Registry from living within 500 feet of any school or licensed child care. The ordinance applies only to the offenders who move into Kearney or move to a new Kearney address after the ordinance goes into effect. It will not be retroactive, forcing anyone to move elsewhere.
Under state law, sex offenders must inform county sheriff’s offices when they move into a community. Failure to comply with the city ordinance will be a misdemeanor.