Phoenix Considering Chronic Nuisance Ordinance

Some people in a Phoenix neighborhood say they don't feel safe on their own street and they want the city to do something about it. Phoenix is now considering a chronic nuisance ordinance.

Posted: May. 7, 2018 11:49 PM
Updated: May. 7, 2018 11:55 PM

PHOENIX, Ore.-- In 11 months, Phoenix Police have been called to Orchard Place, a small cul-de-sac near the High School, over 100 times.

The chronic nuisance house on that street has neighbors feeling like they're being held hostage.

The police chief says they've been called out for all sorts of calls, like suspicious vehicles, people, noise, and more.
Any many arrests have been made of people who come and go from the residence.

But the calls continue, and now the city agrees having a chronic nuisance ordinance in place could help neighbors and other residents in similar situations moving forward.

Neighbor says, "I hope the city is able to get this together and it will help us. I hope we can not feel like we're held hostage in our own homes or that we have to put up security cameras that cost hundreds of dollars."

Chief Bowker says, "With the establishment of that ordnance we will be able to contact the homeowner as these issues arise and they can take the appropriate action to where it won't get to that point and all the neighbors can get along."

The city does have ordinances in place for nuisances that affect public safety and health, but Chief Bowker says this problem house would fall under a new category which is why the city is drafting up the chronic nuisance property ordinance.

The Phoenix City Council has postponed the discussion for the next city council meeting.

They agreed they're in support of drafting an ordinance but they want the wording to be correct.

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