Council talks false alarms, $500 million in green power, and stealth dorms

FILE - Austin City Hall (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Austin City Hall (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Council members approved a resolution Thursday to review penalties for false alarms. They’ll also look at the city’s alarm systems and work to reduce the number of false alarms at their facilities.

Austin Energy will also spend $500  to provide green power to your home. Council members approved a 25-year contract to purchase 150-megawatts of solar power each year from Sun-Edison.

And hoping to prevent ‘stealth dorms’, the city council has changed the occupancy rules. Under the new rules, a home zoned for single-family use cannot have more than four unrelated people living in it.

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