Chronic nuisance ordinances have been used by other municipalities, such as Milwaukee, to encourage responsibility from establishment and property owners in handling the reoccurring need for police intervention for certain disturbances, City Attorney Logan Beveridge said.
Although he has not been able to review a draft of the ordinance that is expected to be on the October Common Council agenda, Chief of Police Kevin Ruder thinks it will be a useful tool, particularly for residential areas, such as student housing that have repeated noise complaints against them.
“It’s frustrating for the officers to be called to loud properties several times and not be able to do anything about it because their hands are tied,” Ruder said.
If officers are called for a noise disturbance to a house party, all they can do is knock on the door, unless obvious signs of distress are observed.
If nobody answers the door and the noise is sedated, officers can not legally enter the premise, Ruder said.