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Borough seeks to raise false alarm fees

January 25, 2002

Borough seeks to raise false alarm fees



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Businesses and residents with more than three false alarms in a six-month period could face stiffer penalties if Chambersburg Borough Council adopts a new ordinance next month.

Under the current policy for false fire and burglar alarms, the owners of buildings whose automatic alarms have more than three false alarms in a half-year period pay $10 for each additional call at the end of the six-month term, borough secretary Tanya Mickey said.

Under the revised fee schedule, building owners must pay $50 for each false alarm over three in a six-month calendar period, Mickey said.

The new ordinance would also stagger fees. Residents, businesses and other establishments would pay $75 for each false alarm over 10, and $100 for each false alarm over 20, she said.

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Council members approved the recommendation and will vote on a new ordinance at its next meeting Feb. 12.

Last year, the Chambersburg Fire Department responded to about 250 false alarms.

The current fee was established in 1983 and needed to be updated. The proposed higher fees are also to discourage false alarms, which tie up borough fire equipment on unnecessary calls, Mickey said.

"This is one more way to entice owners to make sure their equipment functions properly," she said.

- Stacey Danzuso

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