The Pittsfield City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday that will fine businesses for too many nuisance alarms.
City Clerk Cindy Prentice says the ordinance will call for a $200 service charge if the fire department receives three false alarms within a 30-day period. Subsequent false alarms that occur during that same 30-day period call for another $250.
Prentice said it has been an issue for a while, and a recent flurry of false alarms at one Pittsfield location prompted the council to take action.
The ordinance also requires any alarm testing to be reported to authorities ahead of time.
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