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Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2008 7:17 pm | Updated: 10:12 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Trash to be collected as scheduled on Labor Day

Although most city offices will be closed for Labor Day on Sept. 1, trash will still be collected as scheduled.

Trash to be collected as scheduled on Labor Day

Although most city offices will be closed for Labor Day on Sept. 1, trash will still be collected as scheduled.

Containers should be placed by 5 a.m. that day in the place where they are usually picked up.

Call (480) 312-5600 for information.

City Desk, (480) 970-2330

DPS Web site to help identify fugitives

The Arizona Department of Public Safety has set up a Web site and 24-hour hot line for its Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.

The team is a 24-agency, multijurisdictional statewide operation to identify and arrest individuals with outstanding felony warrants.

Members of the unit, established May 12 at the direction of Gov. Janet Napolitano, have made 215 felony warrant arrests and 19 sex offenders' warrant arrests.

The team's Web site is www.azdps.gov/wanted; the tip line to report on the whereabouts of fugitives is (888) 768-4481.

John Leptich, (480) 898-5687

Event prepares for annual GAIN night in October

An event kicking off the annual GAIN, or Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods, night in October will be 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., city officials announced.

Block party planners will learn tips to make their GAIN event a success. The annual night will be Oct. 4.

For information, contact the city's Neighborhood Watch coordinator Bruce Wall at (480) 312-7787.

City Desk, (480) 970-2330

Changes to city alarm law go into effect Sept. 1

Changes to Scottsdale's Alarm Systems Ordinance become effective Sept. 1. City officials announced the following summary of changes affecting residents with burglar alarms:

Fees for an alarm permit renewal have been raised from $5 to $10 to recover costs of issuance. This is the first fee increase since the ordinance was originally approved in 1994.

Fees for false alarms have been increased, the first hike since 2001. First and second false alarms: No fees (no change); third: $50 (no change); fourth: $75 (no change); fifth: $100 (from $75); sixth: $100 (no change); seventh, eighth and ninth: $200 (from $100); 10th or more: $200 each (no change).

Alarm users will be allowed up to seven days, versus three, to apply for an alarm permit after an alarm system is in operation.

Alarm users' responsibilities are outlined for applying for permits, avoiding false alarm activations and assisting the city in responding efficiently to all alarm activations.

For information about the changes, call Scottsdale's Tax and License registration office at (480) 312-2400 or visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/licenses.asp.

City Desk, (480) 970-2330

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