Oak Park gets stricter on alarm permit renewal deadlines

Village to implement escalating fees for those who don't renew on time

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Every alarm user in Oak Park must register their alarm by getting a permit for each system, according to village code, but until recently the village had no enforcement to ensure people renewed the permits.

The permit fee is just $25 for residential users and $50 for nonresidential users. The ordinance covers fire, burglar, dual purpose fire and burglar, holdup and burglar, and medical alert alarms.

Permits are set to be renewed ever September, with a due date of Oct. 1, but as often discovered by the fire department when its staff shows up to calls many people aren't renewing that registration.

New software, however, has made available data on how many users have not renewed in a timely manner, according to a report presented at a recent village board meeting. Without an enforcement mechanism for late payments or not renewing at all, that is a "sizable figure," the report states.

The new ordinance addresses that issue as it implements an escalating fee system for permits that are one month late or more than two months late. The cost of the alarm permit after Oct. 1 would double the rate, and after Dec. 1, the initial $25 fee would raise to $100 and $50 fee to $200.

All trustees were in favor of the measure though it will go through a second reading before going into effect.

Email: anna@oakpark.com Twitter: @AnnaLothson

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Q from Oak Park  

Posted: June 27th, 2012 10:44 AM

Has anyone gone by the cheese place at Marion and South blvd.? The village used tax payers money to build the 5 million dollar street and gave the cheese store the right to build on the public sidewalk. Are taxpayers sharing in the profits? Stop by the cheese shop and ask for your share of the profits.

Want to stay in Oak Park from Oak Park  

Posted: June 27th, 2012 8:50 AM

I have an alarm system, but do not remember being billed for a renewal permit. How is this supposed to happen? I think if people were billed, they would pay.

Alarmed by taxes from op  

Posted: June 27th, 2012 3:59 AM

Yes, I'm glad the village charges this fee granting "permission" to protect my home and family. Given the high number of predatory property criminals, the village has rightly deduced that this would be a good revenue generator. I think they should also charge and collect fees granting permission for toilet flushes-they should capitalize on all sh**ty aspects of living in the village

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