The Big Rapids City Commission voted to padlock a house located on 120 Locust St., occupied by Delta Chi members, due to numerous noise violations.
Responding to party complaints on Sept. 8 and 19 and a disturbing the peace complaint on Nov. 22, the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety suggested the fraternity house be padlocked beginning May 9.
The city of Big Rapids has a nuisance padlock ordinance allowing the city commission to padlock homes receiving three or more nuisance complaints in nine months.
City commission members advised that there be no fraternity or sorority events until May 9. The city also requested there be no more than four people occupying the home, along with the house being subject to inspection. Prior to padlocking the house at 120 Locust St., the commission has enforced this regulation at only one other location.
Among those occupying the house was Ferris State University student and Delta Chi member Brandon Archambault. Archambault, who met with city commissioners to discuss the incident, has spoken openly regarding his remorse toward the situation.
Archambault said recently the Big Rapids Pioneer ran an article which included a statement from his Facebook stating he wasn’t worried about the padlocking enforcement. Though Archambault has since personally apologized for the community disturbances, he says quotes taken from his Facebook page were taken out of context by the Pioneer.
“When the Pioneer quoted my Facebook page they took bits and pieces of my comment, which changed the message I wanted to portray. I am a very positive person and I was just trying to put a positive aspect on a bad situation,” said Archambault. “I want to apologize to the community for my actions regarding the nuisance.”
Craig Chapman, the owner of the house, was unavailable for comment. The Big Rapids City Commission has ordered the padlock to remain on the property through Dec. 9. n