Butte police were dispatched to one specific address 138 times since 2018 and were finally able to shut the house down and board it up and could do more if local laws would allow it. Montana has a law that broadly speaks to the issue in defining a public nuisance and Butte-Silver Bow has provisions that mention public nuisances but most are tied to animals or building and zoning codes. An offense under state law carries a fine up to $500 with each day it happens a separate offense but some residents content state law is difficult for local police to enforce. Commissioners are planning on creating new rules that clearly define chronic nuisance properties and the activities they can include and cannot.
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