South Sioux City, NE leaders approach local hotel about repeated police calls
After numerous police reports, South Sioux City, Nebraska, leaders are raising red flags about the number of calls they get at a motel.
Last year, police received 186 calls to the Budget Host Inn. So far this year it's 97. The majority are nuisance calls, that include loud music, parties, fights, disputes, and drunkenness.
Wednesday, the business owners told police and city council members they were unaware of the extent of the calls made.
So far this year those 97 calls have resulted in about 28 man hours for police. It costs police just under $30 an hour for each officer who responds. So, the bill has added up to about $840 already this year.
City leaders and neighbors say they're annoyed and concerned about safety. "We can not tolerate this number of calls and this amount of police time allocated to one particular location. It's an extremely safe community and we intend to keep it that way, " said Lance Hedquist, City Administrator, South Sioux City, Nebraska.
Hedquist says they expect to receive a corrective action plan from the Budget Host Inn owners this week. It'll go before the city council on Monday followed by another meeting May 13th.
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