Nuisance property solution proposed by Juneau Police

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau Police want to address chronic nuisance properties in the borough.

Lt. Jeremy Weske said the proposal would set a limit on the number of calls to one address and impose a fine for calls that exceed that number.

He noted emergency calls are exempt as police do not want to discourage residents from calling them during an emergency.

Calls that qualify include nuisance, litter, burns, tobacco, and criminal complaints.  Calls that are exempt are false information, false alarms, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and medical emergencies.

Once the complaints exceed seven for residential property and 15 for commercial property within a 12 month period the CBJ would send a warning letter to the property owner.  The warning would be sent to the address listed on the property tax records. 

The notice of chronic nuisance would be sent to the property owner by certified mail, includes the address of the complaints, the number of complaints and applicable fines.  The notice gives the property owner 30 days to take corrective actions and tells them who to contact.

Notices to quit, eviction, restraining order, and increased security measures are considered corrective actions.

If no action is taken, the property owner could face a $400 fine for each additional incident.   

Non-profit religious, charity, cemetery, hospital, or facility used for educational purposes are exempt.

The owner can also appeal to the city manager the determination that the property is a chronic nuisance. 

The ordinance would also give the CBJ power to place a lien on the property.

The Assembly Committee of the Whole decided to continue discussions on the proposed ordinance.

 

 

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