Discussion held over problem properties ordinance

Officers with FWPD said more than 12 calls in 90 days results in a $250 fine.

Posted: Feb 15, 2018 5:46 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- An ordinance that was passed back in October left a lot of people with questions. The ordinance was put in place to reduce the number of complaints at commercial businesses.

A meeting was held Thursday to break down the details of the ordinance.

Commercial properties such as hotels, bars, and gas stations that have frequent calls and complaints to police have to pay a fine. Officers with FWPD said more than 12 calls in 90 days results in a $250 fine.

Officer JC Gutierrez said they've seen a dramatic decrease in complaints. He also said there are some scenarios that are not valid complaints.

"Emergency calls, where there's a victim involved, whether it be a victim of something violent or a theft or something like that, it doesn't cover that. It covers stuff like noise ordinances where a citation might be issued or smoking, stuff like that," Gutierrez said.

Other agencies such as the health department, fire department, and Animal Care and Control can also file valid complaints against commercial businesses.

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