Council adopts ordinance changes for chronic nuisance regulations, alcohol use in city parks

ABERDEEN, S.D.(Aberdeen American News)- New city ordinances concerning chronic nuisances and alcohol use in parks have both been approved by the Aberdeen City Council.

Both ordinances were unanimously approved at Monday’s meeting.

According to the ordinance, a property would be considered a chronic nuisance if it is subject to three or more public nuisance complaints within 60 days or four or more complaints within a year.

If that happens, the property owner would be sent a notice to address the complaints within seven days and keep the property free of more complaints for at least a year. The property owner would also be required to appear in court and handle both fines and court costs. Initially, the fine would be $122.50. A second violation would double that penalty and a third chronic nuisance violation would result in the maximum fine of $500.

The council’s ordinance on alcohol use in city parks was adopted with one amendment.

It aims to clarify the city’s current regulations, repeals some language and outlines a list of places where alcohol consumption is prohibited. It also requires the adoption of an alcohol policy by the Parks and Recreation Board, which is in progress.

The ordinance expressly prohibits alcohol consumption in certain places like playgrounds; recreation trails; the Aberdeen Aquatic Center; parking lots and streets; restrooms; pickle ball, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts; Nicollet Park; ice skating rinks; dog parks and cemeteries and memorial parks.

The council was asked to remove dog parks from that list on Monday and did before approval. City Attorney Ron Wager said the recommendation came from members of the Parks and Recreation Board during a work session last week.