Union City Council attaining goal of reducing number of false alarms

Union City Council attaining goal of reducing number of false alarms

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 9:09 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Reducing false alarms in Union City has been a goal of city leaders.
Recent actions taken by the council to enact a fine schedule for false alarms and the addition of training to help avoid such alarms have worked.
And now the city is being recognized for its efforts.
Glen Mowery, National Law Enforcement Liaison for Security Industry Alarm Coalition, was on hand at the Union City Council meeting Tuesday night to present the SIAC Directors Award of Distinction for Excellence in Alarm Management to the Union City Police Department.
Mowery said alarm management is an issue across the nation, with 98 percent of alarm calls responded to being false calls. He said a number of agencies have been very exceptional in reducing their alarm situations and Union City is one of them. He said in 2004 the local department responded to 1,143 alarms, with 99 percent of them being false calls. At the end of 2009, the police department responded to 509 calls, a 60 percent reduction.
This is significant nationwide, Mowery told the council, saying the award is only given to three or four departments nationwide each year.
Mowery said Police Chief Joe Garner was recently recognized on the state level for his leadership in helping to reduce false alarm calls across Tennessee.
Mowery said Union City’s program is so successful that other cities, including Jackson, are planning to adopt it.
In other business, after the meeting was opened in prayer by city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr., the council:
• Approved “no heavy trucks” signs being placed on Westgate at WQAK and Davis Auto Body. Garner said the radio station’s manager said semi trucks are parking in front of the business, which is causing problems.
• Received the Planning Commission meeting minutes from Aug. 19. No action was required by the council.
• Agreed to place “Children at Play” signs on Highland Avenue. Residents would also like to reduce the speed limit, but the council decided to try the “Children at Play” signs first.
• Learned Sara Lee has been given until Sept. 30 to vacate city-owned property at 1415 North Fifth St. The building will be used as an animal shelter.
• Discussed the mobile traffic enforcement vehicles and the reason the speed limit on Everett Boulevard is 45 miles per hour. Mayor Terry Hailey told Garner several people have called him about the issue and wanted to know why the speed limit is not 55 mph. Garner replied that there have been several traffic deaths on Everett Boulevard at Mount Zion Road and that they were caused by speed. Garner added the department is not being unfair using the mobile traffic enforcement vehicles, giving some additional miles per hour before an offense is recorded, and they hope to keep the roadway safe.
“We don’t want to be known as a speed trap,” the chief added.
Aldermen Billy Jack Cranford and Bill “Rat” Harrison were absent from the meeting.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 9.8.10

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