CANNON BEACH - The City Council has approved an alarm ordinance that will encourage alarm users and alarm businesses to assume increased responsibility for the reliability and proper use of alarms.

The ordinance will apply to all monitored and unmonitored silent or audible alarm systems, including burglary, robbery, heat, smoke and medical systems. Vehicle alarms are not included. All new businesses and residences with monitored alarms will be required to obtain an alarm permit and install key lock boxes to allow police and fire entry.

Existing businesses are encouraged but not required to install a lock box. Access to the key lock boxes will be kept under exclusive control of the Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District. A permit fee schedule will be developed by staff and brought to the council for approval in November or December. The ordinance will go into effect after fees are approved, City Manager Peggy Coats said.

Also Tuesday, councilors:

• Appointed Carmen Swigart as council president. She will preside over council meetings in the mayor's absence.

• Established an annual budget review process. The council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 to review the Capital Improvement Plan and schedule.

• Approved a letter that will be sent from the mayor to Oregon Department of Transportation Project Manager Greg Gifford, regarding the council's unanimous concern about the lack of a concrete barrier in the curve at the end of the entrance ramp. ODOT had concluded that only a berm and reflectors were needed at the curve.

• Authorized a Memorandum of Understanding with the North Coast Land Conservancy to assist in securing funds to purchase a 120-acre parcel of land from Weyerhaeuser. The NCLC has identified an Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board grant program that may provide between $90,000 and $120,000 to help purchase the property.

• Set dates for executive and work sessions: 7 p.m. Monday to discuss historical building preservation; 6 p.m. Oct. 27 executive session; 9:30 a.m. Dec. 1 executive session: 7 p.m. Dec. 4 to discuss Parks and Community Services grant applications.


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