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11/6/2013 6:00:00 AM
Prescott Valley council to consider false alarm ordinance
The Daily Courier


PRESCOTT VALLEY - A proposed ordinance to crack down on false alarms advances to the Town Council Thursday.

Council members have conducted two meetings in open session with Interim Police Chief James Edelstein to discuss a remedy to false alarms, which cost the police money in staff time and divert them from responding to serious matters.

Edelstein helped to craft an ordinance to create a civil fine for false alarms at $52, a registration process for homeowners and businesses that have false alarms, and other measures. The fine would recover the cost that police face when they respond to false alarms.

Police would enforce the ordinance through a third-party vendor and by appointing an alarm coordinator who works for the police department.

The ordinance will face its first reading Thursday and require a follow-up vote before it goes into effect.

The council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and takes place in the library auditorium, 7401 E. Civic Circle.

Also on the agenda are:

• Presentation of the Mayor's Recognition Award to Rosanna Feyerabend, publisher of a Hispanic newspaper.

• A proclamation on National American Heritage Month.

• Re-appointment of Sally Landes to the board of the Municipal Property Corporation.

• A public hearing on a rezoning for 15.5 acres to accommodate plans to expand the SunGate Villa senior apartment complex by 66 units, bringing the total to 292. The site is located 400 feet south of Long Look Drive, between Viewpoint and Civic drives.

• A public hearing on a proposed ordinance to revise fees to make them correspond more closely to the costs of making copies of General Plan 2025.

• A memorandum of understanding for the town to annex lots and public rights of way in the Tapadero Domestic Wastewater District in the Prescott Country Club.

• A discussion on building the Northside sewer trunk lines to entice growth. Northside refers to commercial zoned land north of Highway 89A and south of the Viewpoint and Pronghorn Ranch subdivisions.






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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2013
Article comment by: TO: Prescott Valley Resident

Yeah right, there's a gold mine in those alarm permits and fines...

The city is just coming in line with most every other city of comparable size in enacting an alarm ordinance. Relax, the city isn't looking to turn a profit at your expense. Besides, this has no impact on you whatsoever if you choose not to have an alarm system.

Save your whining for something that really matters (better yet, save it all together...it's tiresome.)


Posted: Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Article comment by: Fire Alarm or Burglar Alarm?

Thank you courier for correcting the article to say false alarm instead of fire alarm. I just wish that when you correct something that you would say you did it or not post a blog that was written based on your mistake. Now it just looks like my earlier post makes no sense.

Posted: Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Article comment by: Prescott Valley Resident

As foretold in the last Mayoral election in P.V. the town is broke. Even though denied by the current Mayor during the election, the facts remain the town is broke . They will now nickel and dime us to make up for their squandering our tax money. I guess it is too late to do anything to stop this . Time for the voters to take their medicine .

Posted: Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Article comment by: Please explain...

Why would the town of PV charge for FIRE alarms when CYFD does not? I am pretty sure that CYFD responds to more fire alarms in PV than the cops do.

Posted: Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Article comment by: Fire Alarm or Burglar Alarm?

Police do not respond to false fire alarms unless the FD trips the burglar alarm when investigating. And there are just not that many fire alarms going off in Prescott Valley. Just saying. Maybe the Courier should clarify that point.



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