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Council approves nuisance ordinance

November 29, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Owners of properties in Hagerstown will be fined if police are frequently sent there for nuisance calls, under an ordinance that the Hagerstown City Council unanimously approved Tuesday.

The fine will be $100 for the first offense, $250 for the second offense and $500 for third and subsequent offenses.

The ordinance sets minimum levels of police calls within six months before a property can be considered a nuisance: 20 for commercial, 10 for residential and 25 for multiunit residential.

As examples of nuisance calls, the ordinance lists: possession or sale of drugs, disorderly conduct, littering, prostitution, public urination and indecent exposure.

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Property owners may appeal nuisance designations.

The ordinance will take effect Dec. 28.

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