Bay City neighbors drafting halfway house ordinance

Neighbors in Bay City stopped a house on South Wenona Street from being transitioned into a halfway home.

More than 500 Bay City neighbors are backing a proposed ordinance that would give the city more control over where halfway homes are placed. Neighbors in Bay City say they're okay with transitional housing---they just want proper notification.

Austin Monteiro isn't a fan of having a halfway house near his family.

â??Everybody I talked to, doesn't want it,â?? says Monteiro, an ex-con himself.

â??I made some bad choices at a young age but the type of people they're talking about here, Iâ??ve got kids. I've got a family to look out for,â?? says Monteiro.

The father of two is joining his South Wenona Street neighbors to stop a plan from converting a home into transitional housing for parolees.

â??A lot of people feel the same way I do in the neighborhood,â?? says Monteiro. â??That they really don't want this place to be where parolees come to.â??

Now, neighbors are asking city commissioners to tighten regulations on where halfway homes are placed in Bay City.

â??Just use a common sense approach to where the placement of them would be,â?? says Doug Sommer, a Bay City commissioner.

The petition calls for a better notification system for neighbors and making sure parolees keep their distance from children.

â??Everyone deserves a second chance. We do not want them out 100-percent,â?? says Sommer.

â??Itâ??s just not something I want my kids around. I don't think they should be in this neighborhood because of the amount of kids in this neighborhood,â?? says Monteiro. â??I don't think it's right, period,â?? he adds.

A Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman telling NBC25 News, they'll be good neighbors and follow the ordinance if it's passed.

â??I think it'd be okay but I still think it needs to be left to the community whether they would want this here. These are the people that are going to have to live with it,â?? says Monteiro.

A department of corrections spokesperson points out that parolees are sent back into the communities where they committed their crimes. That means if this ordinance passes, they'll have to find another location within Bay County.