[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Walworth 5-20-1999 by L.L. No. 4-1999; amended in its entirety 11-16-2000 by L.L. No. 4-2000. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 11-5-2015 by L.L. No. 5-2015]
Any owner or lessee of real property having a fire and/or police alarm system or system of fire and/or police alarm devices on his/her or its property on the effective date of this chapter shall pay to the Town of Walworth a charge for each and every false fire or police emergency alarm to which a Fire Department or police agency, including but not limited to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department or State Police, in the Town of Walworth responds in any twelve-month period as follows:
The first three false emergency alarms in any calendar year, a written warning shall be issued by the Fire Marshal, and for each of these false alarms no charge shall be imposed.
For each of the next three false emergency alarms in any calendar year, the property owner shall pay a fee to the Town of Walworth as set forth from time to time by Town Board resolution, which fee shall be reflected in the Town of Walworth Fee Schedule on file with the Walworth Town Clerk.
For each subsequent false emergency alarm in any calendar year beyond the first six, the property owner shall pay a fee to the Town of Walworth as set forth from time to time by Town Board resolution, which fee shall be reflected in the Town of Walworth Fee Schedule on file with the Walworth Town Clerk.
Any property owner who is charged for one or more false alarms may contest such charge, by mailing written notice, setting forth that he/she or it objects to the charge, to the Supervisor of the Town of Walworth within 10 days after the notice of the charges are sent to the property owner. The Supervisor shall then within the next succeeding 30 days send notice to the property owner at its last known address of a date for a hearing before the Supervisor of the Town. The hearing shall be informal, and the property owner shall not be required to be put under oath. The Supervisor of the Town shall send written notice of his or her decision to the property owner within 10 days of the hearing and the decision of the Supervisor of the Town shall be final.
All notices sent pursuant to this chapter shall be sent by certified mail or registered mail, return receipt requested, and shall be considered sent on the date of mailing.
The malfunction of an alarm user's system which causes a false alarm shall, even though it is a malfunction, constitute a false alarm and a charge shall be imposed for a false alarm as set forth in this chapter.
All charges imposed for false alarms as established by this chapter shall be paid within 30 days of the charge being final.
If the charge is not paid within 30 days of the charge being a final charge, then a late penalty of 10% shall be added to the amount charged. For each month thereafter, an interest charge of 1% per month shall be added to the charge until paid. Any charge overdue for 30 days or more, together with interest and penalties, shall be added to the next Town and county tax bill on which the fire and/or police alarm system is located if the charge plus late penalties and interest have not been paid by the last date on which said delinquent payments can be added to the Town and county tax bill.