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Owners of faulty fire and burglar alarms that go off when there is no emergency could be fined, under a proposed Village of Hamburg ordinance.

"It's starting to become a problem with a couple of businesses," which have had a number of false fire alarms, Village Attorney Edward J. Murphy III said Monday.

The proposed ordinance, which will be the subject of a public hearing at 7 p.m. May 2, allows the fire chief and police chief to levy fines after three false alarms, if it is determined that they were avoidable.

Proposed fines are $50 for the fourth and fifth occurrences and $100 each after that.

"It's mostly a safety issue" as equipment and personnel rush to the scene of an alarm, Murphy said.

It will be up to the respective chief to determine whether it was a mistake made in good faith or an avoidable alarm, perhaps due a mechanical problem the owner has failed to fix.

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