Carroll town likely to scrap proposal on nuisance calls

March 24, 2004|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Union Bridge officials said yesterday that they will probably scrap a proposal to start fining property owners for repeat nuisance calls that tie up their police service, but are hoping to come up with another solution.

Mayor Bret D. Grossnickle said the council will likely start looking for other options in dealing with repeated police calls to the same addresses for loud music, drinking, arguing and fighting.

Grossnickle's comments came the day after residents overflowed Monday night's public hearing in nearly unanimous opposition to a proposed ordinance that they characterized as overly punitive, possibly illegal and a deterrent to calling police for help.

Grossnickle initially had hoped to salvage portions of the ordinance, but said yesterday, "I think if that isn't the way to go, then we should scrap this one and begin again."

Many in the standing-room-only crowd, which numbered more than 50 before the hearing began, told officials that the proposed ordinance was not the answer, but thanked the mayor and council for attempting to do something about problems they think are hurting the town.

"This is our town. ... We don't want these troublemakers in town," said George Keeney, whose message was the briefest, but drew the loudest applause when he concluded, "Throw this one in the trash can and let's start over."

After the meeting, Grossnickle and several council members said they probably will vote on the proposed ordinance next month, because it had been formally introduced and advertised, but it likely would not pass.

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