The city commissioners approved a change in the city code to allow for a $40 penalty on the third and subsequent false alarms. This will not go into effect until after the second reading is approved.
Public Safety Director and Police Chief Frank Strickland said the change ups the penalty from $20 to $40, but said “we never charged for false alarms before.”
Strickland said, “if you have an issue, we probably won’t charge you, if you are getting it fixed.”
City Commissioner Cora Flowers admitted she may end up getting a ticket, but she made the motion to approve the change, which was approved unanimously by the six commissioners present at Tuesday’s meeting.
The ordinance allows for two false alarms a month and new alarm systems will be allowed a 30-day grace period after installation before the penalties shall apply.
Each false alarm in excess of two during any month shall be punishable by a $40 fine.
The second and final reading is scheduled for July 24.