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Lorain Council OKs nuisance ordinance


LORAIN — A quality of life ordinance designed to change and punish bad behavior was unanimously approved Monday by City Council members.

The nuisance ordinance fines property owners if firefighters or police are called to a property more than five times in one year for nuisance activities.

Fines are calculated by hourly wages of the city employees involved with abating the nuisance plus 75 percent and multiplied by the hours taken for abatement.

If contractors are needed for abatement, their costs would be added into the fine.

An ordinance fining business or homeowners for having more than three false alarms at their properties within a year was approved in June.

Activities defined as nuisances include:

  • Animal violations such as barking dogs, roaming dogs or vicious dogs.
  • Disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace.
  • Fireworks violations.
  • Drug use or prostitution.
  • Assault, child endangerment or weapons violations.

In addition to improving quality of life, the goal of the ordinances is to maximize fire and police resources. Police responded to 58,835 calls last year-up 8 percent from 54,402 in 2011.

Police spokesman Lt. Roger Watkins said last week that too many calls are to the same homes for non-emergencies and the ordinance will allow police to be more proactive.

Mayor Chase Ritenauer said last week that in one case, police were called to the same home between 35 and 50 times within a year for non-emergency calls.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or

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