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West Fargo Weighs Ordinance to Evict Unruly Neighbor

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"I would like to see him evicted from the house," Brian Wendt said of a neighbor he claims has been harassing the community for years. "I'd like to see him out of the house and have our neighborhood back in peace."

Wendt showed up the West Fargo City Commission meeting Tuesday evening along with dozens of others fighting for the same cause. They're hoping the city will understand their frustrations and adopt an ordinance that would allow a majority vote by neighbors to evict an unruly tenant.

The meeting was their first opportunity to bring their concerns to commissioners, though neighbors say the issues stretch back ten years. Neighbors say the man makes life in the Chateau Cheyenne Mobile Home Development miserable, saying he shouts obscenities and makes unwarranted calls to the police. At the meeting, the West Fargo Police Department reported officers had been called out to the man's house 104 times since 2010. The majority of those calls involved complaints over neighbors.

Kevin Rod, a concerned neighbor, brought his petition of 40 signatures to the commission.

"I was surprised at how enthusiastic people were about signing this," Rod said. "Half the people said I don't even need to read it. I'll just sign it!"

Rod says he asked 43 neighbors to sign his petition asking the city to adopt this "unruly tenant" ordinance. 

Cities rarely get involved in civil matters, according to the city's attorney. But, the commission agreed to look at how other cities have adopted similar ordinances.

"We all sympathize with what's going on here," Mayor Rich Mattern said.

Karen Bender lives with the man about whom neighbors are complaining. She says they're just as sick of the fighting as anyone.

"The place is up for sale. The owner knows about all of this," Bender said. "We should be moving shortly which should make everybody happy."

But, neighbors aren't convinced an end is near.

Harold Curtis, another neighbor, thinks the home will be a hard sale.

"They've had a for sale sign up there for over a year now, and I don't think they've had too many bites," Curtis said.

The commission concluded the meeting saying they'll reach out to the owner of the property to communicate the neighborhood's concerns. They also said they'd take a look to see if an ordinance would be the right fit for West Fargo.


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