Planning commission votes down proposed group home

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Winfield, Kan. -- A proposed group home for former prison inmates in Winfield-only has one chance left. Tuesday niight, the city's planning comission voted "no" to their request to rezone.

It was a packed house with standing room only as people on both sides of a heated debate tried their best to sway to the Winfield Planning Commission.

The current owner of house at the center of the debate wants to allow the Working Men of Christ Ministries to open up a home for men recently out of prison.

"This is not a sex offender house I want to say that up front because the rumor mill has been going," the home's owner Wendy McFarland said.

The faith based group's founder, and former prison inmate, told us each man would have to apply, follow rules, get a job, and be christian.

"That's the most improtant thing that's what changed my life, Jesus Christ, and I have to see the same thing happen to someone else," founder of Working Men of Christ Ministries, Spencer Lindsay said.

But in order to run the home in the residential area, the city has to re-zone the house to operate as a group home.

"We have raised three wonderful adult children and never felt unsafe or vulnerable until now," one neighbor said.

After more than two dozen people had their say, the city's planning commission voted no to rezoning, which means they are recommending the Winfield City Commission vote no as well at their next meeting.

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