Flower Mound amends alarm, solicitation ordinances

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The Flower Mound Town Council recently approved an amendment to the town’s alarm ordinance that provides relief for residents and businesses that have a limited amount of false alarms.

The current renewal fee of $35 for residents and $50 for businesses is no longer required for residents and businesses that have zero false alarms within a 12-month period.

Businesses and residents who are responsible for 1-3 false alarms, as a false alarm is defined as a police officer being dispatched to a scene in which no incident occurred, will be responsible for their renewal, but will not be subject to penalty fees.

Homeowners and businesses that have 4–7 false alarms will be responsible for a $50 for every reported false alarm.

Homeowners and businesses that incur more than seven false alarms in a 12-month period will be charged a $150 fee for every occurrence thereafter. The change will go into effect October 1, 2014.

Council members recently approved revisions to the town’s solicitation ordinance to prohibit the distribution of handbills after “civil twilight”, roughly 30 minutes after sunset.

The ordinance also makes it illegal for someone to hand out handbills, canvass the property, or solicit if there is a “no trespassing” or “no solicitation” sign displayed. Signage must be no smaller than three by four inches in size, and contain the words “no trespassing” or “no solicitors” in letters no smaller than two-thirds of an inch tall.

If a resident believes they have received a handbill after hours, they have the option to pursue a legal remedy at the town’s municipal court.

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