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Dunwoody council aims to stop false alarms
by Bridgette Bonner
May 01, 2013 09:32 AM | 2396 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It is soon going to cost residents and business owners in Dunwoody if their alarm systems trigger for non-emergencies.

City council members Monday awarded a contract to a company called Cry Wolf to manage a new ordinance that holds people financially responsible for false alarms. The ordinance requires people to register their system, such as Brinks or XFinity, with a carrier. The registration will allow Cry Wolf to detect false alarms.

“What the police department realized was that last year there were 4,000 false alarms,” said Bob Mullen, spokesman for the city of Dunwoody. “The idea is that the ordinance will reduce the number of false alarms the police are being called out for, validating police resources to urgent matters.”

The program will work on a two-strike system, and when the third false alarm comes from the same source, there will be a $50 fine. The fine could get as high as $500 with multiple counts, Mullen said.

Financial support for the contract comes from the city’s general fund.

The council also approved additional funding for a sidewalk and school safety project on Mt. Vernon Way and Hensley Drive, which Public Works Director Michael Smith expects to be underway by the end of this year. The $300,000 project — funded through the city’s general fund — is budgeted for 2013, but the price does not include construction, Smith said. It is a budget for a study.

After discussion about the student pedestrian traffic on Mt. Vernon Way and whether sidewalks for school safety were needed on the street, the council approved the study.

“Many other roads are more of a priority,” said Mayor Mike Davis, who opposed the study including Mt. Vernon Way. “Fiscal constraint isn’t always easy. It makes you look good to vote for everything, but be aware of the financial impact down the road.”

Council approved more infrastructure upgrades, including a stormwater engineering study at the intersection of Tilly Mill Road and North Peachtree. The study is part of the state’s new initiative to include stormwater improvements. Council awarded a $20,000 contract, from the city’s general fund, to Gresham, Smith and Partners.

The city will also dip into the general fund to resurface streets. Council members sealed approval for Blount Construction Company, Inc., to do the repaving work, which should not exceed $2.2 million from the general fund. The council will have a list of recommended streets in the near future.

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