LAKE GEORGE -- A law that will give property owners an extra incentive to keep their alarm systems from malfunctioning gained unanimous approval from the Lake George Village Board of Trustees.
The law imposes fines on people whose properties call first responders out on multiple false alarms. There is no fee for the first or second within a 12-month period, but after that, the fines go as high as $350 plus $100 for each false alarm beyond five.
The new law will require properties with alarm systems to fill out a form so village officials have emergency contact information for the owner and tenants, which Mayor Robert Blais said is a major benefit since in many cases the property owners are not home when first responders arrive at the scene of a property with a malfunctioning alarm system.
“We’ll have to do our research and find out the various properties that have alarms in them. That’s going to take us some time. It calls for getting the forms (with contact information) within 90 days,” Blais said. “That’s one of the principal reasons for this, not so much the fact that we’d glean a fine from these people or charge them, but to be able to have contact information. Being a resort area, we have a lot of properties that are not occupied (year-round).”
The law has not yet taken effect. First it must be filed with the state Secretary of State, which usually takes about 30 days from the date the law was passed, which was Nov. 17.