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Push for an "Unruly Neighbor" ordinance in West Fargo

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In the Chateau Cheyenne Mobile Home Development in West Fargo, neighbors have banded together.

"We're sick and tired of cops in our street all the time," says Resident Kevin Rod.

They say an unruly resident has caused escalating neighborhood disputes for the past 10 years.

"All of us neighbors are tired of it. There should be a law to help protect us and have a peaceful neighborhood like it used to be," says Resident Ron Gillund.

So they're hoping for a new city ordinance to restore the peace.

"If a landlord will not get rid of a tenant, the city can. If they have too many police calls, for example, the city can tell the landlord, 'You have to get rid of your tenant,'" says Rod.

The neighbors say they plan to propose their ideas at the next city commission meeting. West Fargo Police Chief Arland Rasmussen says he sees a few issues with neighbors working to evict another tenant.

"How many neighbors is the majority and should you do that?" says Rasmussen. "Then it's a popularity contest," he says.

He says a person's home is their castle.

"This is their home and this is their property... and historically, we've always respected that," he says.

Rasmussen says if you're having problems with a neighbor, the best thing to do is call the cops while it's happening and make a complaint that can be investigated.

West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern says anyone can propose an ordinance. He says legitimate concerns would be written up by the city attorney and could go through the process of being read before the commission.

As far as this proposition, the mayor says city leaders will have to take a look at it before making any decisions.


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