Government & Politics

City Council Approves False Alarm Ordinance Changes

cityhall21111By Terry Rogers

On Monday, April 14, Milford City Council voted unanimously to accept changes to the False Alarm Ordinance that had been discussed at previous council meetings. The major adjustment to the ordinance is that when the police respond to a false alarm generated by an automatic alarm system, the penalty will be a civil penalty rather than a civil penalty.

Effective with the new ordinance, a business or residence will receive a written warning for the first three false alarm calls.  Beginning with the fourth false alarm call, the business will be assessed a fine of $50 for each call, and for six to nine calls the fine would be $100 for each call. Ten to 15 calls would be subject to a $200 fine per call, while 16 or more alarm calls would be subject to $250 for each call. The new ordinance also provides a process for those fined to appeal and there is a provision that requires those with automatic alarms to register them with the City. All appeals will be heard by the Justice of the Peace Court.

“I am in agreement with the changes to the ordinance,” said Chief of Police Keith Hudson when asked if he supported the changes.  Councilman Garrett Grier stated that he felt the new policy was “more than fair.”

Councilman Skip Pikus submitted a request to City Council asking that the Planning Commission review the current R1 and R2 zoning district restriction regarding the height of accessory buildings, such as sheds or garages. Currently, the building code requires a height of no more than 15 feet, which residents say is too low.

“I was approached by a resident asking that we review the posibility of increasing the height from 15 feet to 22 feet,” Councilman Pikus said.  “The building code manager went out and  measured various garages throughout the town, and most of them are higher than the 15 feet noted in the code.” Council members voted to refer the request to the Planning Commission for review.

In other business, the Council approved annexation of the Anna M. Legates and JoAnn L. Currey lands, changing the zoning on the property from AR1 to C3. In addition, Council voted unanimously to adjust the 2013 Comprehensive Plan amending the zoning for all properties located on the south end of Route 113 across from Redner’s Market. Currently, some of the properties are zoned a Low Density Residential. City Council voted to change that zoning to Highway Commercial to bring the zoning of those properties in line with surrounding properties.

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