KEYSER - In late January, Mineral County sheriff Jeremy Taylor brought the subject of false alarms to the Mineral County Commission, and that same subject was again discussed at the Tuesday afternoon meeting of the county government agency.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - In late January, Mineral County sheriff Jeremy Taylor brought the subject of false alarms to the Mineral County Commission, and that same subject was again discussed at the Tuesday afternoon meeting of the county government agency.
Taylor had said that answering false alarm calls “takes valuable time” of law enforcement when at the same time an emergency might be happening in the county.
On Tuesday, he said, “Currently, false alarms are costing us money,” adding that “recouping costs” equal to about one hour pay rate for law enforcement officers that would be answering the false alarms, plus fuel costs may be needed.
Taylor said that the county is not in the market to make money, however, he suggested fines be imposed when deputies answer false alarms.
He gave the quote of $50 for what could be charged for the false alarms and could be imposed at least once every six months if law enforcement is called to the same area.
Taylor also suggested “a county ordinance” addressing false alarms could take place.
He also said that on March 7, a meeting with an agency has been planned for the possibility of having the agency to implement procedures and policies in dealing with false alarms.
Taylor also received permission from the commissioners to move forward with setting a date for the Civil Service testing for the position of a deputy lieutenant.