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7.12.23 – Cecil Daily – Perryville -By Jane Bellmyer jbellmyer@cecilwhig.com

The mayor and commissioners of Perryville have approved an ordinance that establishes penalties for errant alarm systems for homes and businesses.

When passing the ordinance on Tuesday, the elected body said that responses to false alarms are a waste of resources of both the Community Fire Company of Perryville — which relies mostly on volunteers — and the Perryville Police Department.

The first two false alarms in a 12 month period come without penalty. However, that grace ends with the third alarm. Penalties start at $100 and increase up to $250 per response.

“It’s about accountability,” said Mayor Matt Roath.

“This protects us from getting calls unnecessarily,” said Town Administrator George Patchell.