Date for Pittsfield's cleanup days waits on equipment repair

Posted: Mar. 20, 2013 9:17 am Updated: Apr. 3, 2013 10:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pittsfield City Council finalized an ordinance Tuesday night putting a price tag on multiple false fire alarms but couldn't move forward yet with setting the annual cleanup days.

Repairs need to be made to the city's end loader before aldermen can set the dates for the annual event giving residents an opportunity to get rid of unwanted items.

City Clerk Cindy Prentice said repairs should be made soon on the end loader.

"We're hoping for the last two weeks in April" for the cleanup days, Prentice said.

Aldermen also gave final approval to an ordinance setting out penalties for multiple false alarms within a 30-day period.

Under the ordinance, the third false alarm in 30 days will result in a $200 service charge. Subsequent nuisance alarms in the same 30-day period will result in another $200 charge plus an additional $50 charge.

The ordinance also requires alarm owners to contact the fire department or monitoring company before conducting any system tests or demonstrations and after completing the exercise.

The city pursued the ordinance as a way to counter the growing number of nuisance, or false, alarms handled by the fire department.

Also Tuesday, aldermen gave first reading approval to an ordinance calling for use of the 2009 international building code. The ordinance updates an earlier one calling for using the 1962 international code.