The Prescott City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance proscribing penalties on properties, such as bars, apartment complexes, even homes which receive an excessive amount of police calls in a certain period of time. They did so at Monday's city council meeting at the City Building.
The ordinance was written up in response to frustrations from city council members that police calls repeatedly to the same location or locations in the city are driving up police costs. Members expressed a desire to recoup those costs through the use of fines if an establishment, apartment complex or even private residence has repeated calls throughout the year.
The ordinance received its first reading and will get a second and possibly third reading at the next meeting of the council on Aug. 8. Or it could be passed by the full council if they are in agreement with it.