Borough of Seaside Heights, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Seaside Heights 2-19-1997 by Ord. No. 97-1. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 8-15-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-17]
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein:
ALARM SYSTEM
Any device designed, when actuated, to produce or emit a sound or transmit a signal or message for the purpose of alerting others to the existence of an emergency situation requiring immediate investigation by alarm, police, fire or other agent.
BOROUGH ALARM ADMINISTRATOR
The Borough Administrator is designated as the Borough alarm administrator and shall be responsible for the enforcement of this chapter and any administrative duties regarding the regulation and control of alarm businesses, agents, and systems in the Borough. The Borough alarm administrator may delegate such responsibilities and duties under this chapter to the code enforcement officers, Fire Chief, and Assistant Fire Chief, including, but not limited to, authority to issue violations under § 13-3B.
FALSE ALARM
The activation of an alarm system by causes other than those to which the alarm system was designed or intended to respond.
FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company located within the Borough.
A. 
The Borough alarm administrator or representative is authorized to, at a reasonable time and upon written or oral notice, enter any premises in the Borough to inspect the installation and/or operation of any alarm device as official business.
B. 
All businesses having fire or burglar alarms must submit the names, addresses and emergency numbers of person(s) to contact, if the alarm is activated, to the Borough alarm administrator and shall update and/or amend this list monthly. This list is confidential and shall be used by the Police and/or Fire Department only when necessary to contact such named persons for official business.
A. 
The Borough alarm administrator shall keep a written record (the police event/dispatch card) of all false alarms which summon the Fire Department or Police Department to investigate.
B. 
For the fourth false alarm, or any subsequent false alarm, in any calendar year, the Borough alarm administrator shall cause a summons to be issued for violation of this chapter.
C. 
The Borough alarm administrator is authorized to have disconnected any alarm device which is connected to the Borough offices or the Fire Department which does not meet the requirements of this chapter or is responsible for excessive false alarms, excessive false alarms being four or more in one calendar year.
D. 
Should any disconnection result due to Subsection C above, all liability shall be upon said subscriber for all losses whatsoever during the period of disconnection, and no liability shall be placed upon the Borough.
E. 
In order to reconnect to the Borough offices or the Fire Department, the alarm subscriber must submit, in writing, to the Borough alarm administrator proof that all problems with the alarm have been corrected. Approval may be given on a trial basis for 60 days. A reconnection fee will be charged as set forth hereinafter.
F. 
The owner, lessee or alarm business, after consulting with the Borough alarm administrator, may appeal to the Borough Council said administrator's decision concerning disconnection only under § 13-3C.
[Amended 8-15-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-17]
[Amended 8-15-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-17]
A. 
A fine shall be imposed for the fourth false alarm and any subsequent false alarm in any one calendar year in accordance with the following schedule:
(1) 
Fourth false alarm: The minimum fine shall be $500, and the maximum fine shall be $1,000.
(2) 
Fifth false alarm: The minimum fine shall be $750, and the maximum fine shall be $1,000.
(3) 
Sixth and subsequent false alarms: The minimum fine shall be $1,000.
B. 
Any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter, upon conviction thereof, may be punishable by the fines set forth in Subsection A, or by community service of not more than 90 days, or a combination of both fine and community service, as determined in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.
C. 
The reconnection fee, as outlined in § 13-3E, shall be $250.