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Town council has once again upheld penalties for false fire alarms after a request to appeal fines.
Members of council discussed a recent appeal of fines from two false alarm invoices on Nov. 27 at their regular meeting. The request came from a local hotel business after it experienced two false fire alarms in the same day due, in part, to a mechanical glitch.
According to a letter from the hotel, the first false alarm occurred at about 1:30 a.m. after a guest was smoking in the hallway on the third floor. The alarm was cleared and, at about 8:30 a.m., it was triggered again by the same smoke detector on the third floor.
The letter states that a mechanical glitch with the alarm system caused the smoke detector to activate for a second time. The hotel submitted a work order from the alarm company to the town with its letter to appeal the fines.
Bernie Morton, the town’s chief administrative officer (CAO), said the false alarm policy is covered by the town’s Fire Prevention Bylaw, which details how false alarms are handled. The fines are $500 for a first offence, $3,000 for a second offence and $3,000 plus 10 per cent for each subsequent offence within a set time frame.For more on this story, please see the Nov. 29 print edition of The Clarion.