HAGERSTOWN - City properties frequently visited by police responding to calls could start yielding fines for their owners under a new ordinance reviewed Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.
Deemed "nuisance properties," fines are assessed on a scale that escalates to $500 for each disturbance call. Disturbances include disorderly conduct, loud noise, prostitution and liquor law violations in the draft ordinance.
Commercial properties with 20 or more calls in six months could be placed on probationary nuisance status, which is the precursor to fines and liens on the property. Residential properties qualify at 10 or more calls and multi-family units at 25 or more calls to the Hagerstown Police Department.
Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said he might return to the council in the future to request the status be applied after fewer calls.