Council begins discussion on group home opened in Elmwood Subdivision
Posted on 5/16/2018 7:50:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- The Seguin City Council wants to know if there's any way to regulate the recent opening of a group home in a local neighborhood. The home, located in the 1800 block of Montclair Street in the Elmwood Subdivision, operates under the umbrella of the Oxford House. Some neighbors in the area have complained, and that's one of the reasons why the issue was up for discussion during Tuesday's council meeting.

City Attorney Andy Quittner says Oxford House has hundreds of these types of homes around the nation, including two in New Braunfels. Quittner says there's not much that the city can do to regulate the home's operation. He says it's something that cities all over the country have dealt with over the years.

Mayor Don Keil asked staff to continue to research the issue to determine if there were actually some agencies responsible for oversight. He said the city needs to know who to complain to if there is ever a problem with the operation of the home. The home currently has two to three female residents living there, but neighbors fear that that number could grow much higher. There were no representatives from Oxford House on hand for Tuesday night's meeting, so there was no direct input from the organization in this discussion.

While the city grapples with what to do about the group home recently opened in a local neighborhood, the residents in the Elmwood Subdivision say they are very upset that the home was ever allowed to open up their neighborhood.

Jean Reynolds was one of the people who spoke out during Tuesday's council meeting. Reynolds lives near the group home, run by Oxford House in the 1800 block of Monclair Street. She says all the neighbors were shocked to find out that the home could open without letting the rest of the neighborhood know what was happening.

The neighbors readily admit that there's a "not in my backyard" element to this story. But Reynolds and others say there's more to it than that. She says they have some legitmate concerns about this home going from two to three residents to up to 12. She says that would create a very different environment in their neighborhood.
 
You can hear the full story Wednesday on AM 1580 KWED, or listen live online here.


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