The Sandy Springs City Council will discuss a master plan for downtown and will also consider setting new fees for false alarms during its regular meeting.

The City Council meeting will begin at 6 p.m., Nov. 6 at City Hall, located at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500.

The downtown master planning process has been in the works for much of the last year as city consultant Goody Clancy has gathered input from residents to include in its final presentation. The council will get a chance to view some of the consultant’s recommendations. To see the presentation, click here.

The presentation on the downtown plans will occur during the work session, which will follow the 6 p.m. regular meeting.

During the regular meeting the council will be asked to consider new fees for false alarms. Police Chief Terry Sult said the current ordinance on the books isn’t being enforced for a variety of reasons.

The current fee structure is:

(1) For the third and each subsequent false alarm that occurs at the same premises within any 12-month period, a fine shall be assessed in the amount of $50; provided, however, that no burglar alarm user shall be assessed fines in excess of $200 for false alarms that occur at the same premises in any 24-hour period.

(2) For all other violations of this article, not including false alarms, a fine shall be assessed in the amount of $100 and, in addition thereto, the violator may be enjoined by the municipal court judge from continuing the violation.

Here is the proposed new fee structure:

Fee to obtain Alarm Permit: No Charge

Penalties for Excessive False Alarms to Summon Police Department:

(a) First and second False Alarm No Charge

(b) Third through fifth False Alarm $ 50

(c) Sixth False Alarm $100

(d) Seventh False Alarm $150

(e) Eighth False Alarm $250

(f) Ninth False Alarm $350

(g) Tenth and over False Alarm $500

(h) Failure to register $100

Penalties for Excessive False Alarms to Summon Fire Department:

(i) First False Fire Alarm No Charge

(j) Second through tenth False Fire Alarm $250

(k) Tenth and over False Fire Alarm $500

(l) Failure to register $100

To see the full presentation on the new fees, click here.

Dan Whisenhunt

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