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Tonight, the Mesquite City Council took another step towards enhancing neighborhoods in Mesquite by passing an amendment to the City’s Code of Ordinances to provide stricter enforcement of parties, with 10 or more attendees, that create a nuisance to neighboring property owners.
City Manager Cliff Keheley said, “We want to be clear about this new ordinance. This is about asking our residents to enjoy their parties with respect and responsibility. We do not want to discourage our residents from hosting social events. Instead, we ask that they host parties with consideration and regard to their neighbors. The issue of Neighborhood Appearance and Condition is a priority issue for the City Council and this new ordinance will aid city staff in upholding the integrity of our neighborhoods.”
The ordinance provides Mesquite Police Officers called to a nuisance complaint with new tools of enforcement. The responding police officers will have the ability to close down a party if there is evidence of excessive noise, streets blocked by vehicles or other actions of disorderly conduct. The city can cite a property owner or the host of the party for violating the ordinance. Each offense is a Class C Misdemeanor and carries a fine of up to $500.
Keheley indicated this ordinance provides stability in neighborhoods by placing greater accountability on property owners and rental occupants for the social activities happening at their premises. He also stated the ordinance will protect the limited resources of the Mesquite Police Department from having to make repeated visits to a property and take subsequent actions with the property owner or tenant in regards to nuisance complaints.