Borough of Moosic, PA
Lackawanna County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Moosic 11-10-2020 by Ord. No. 19-2020.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 72, Alarms, adopted 8-14-2003 by Ord. No. 14-2003.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
Any other property other than a residence.
FALSE ALARM ACTIVATION
Any emergency alarm which is activated by inadvertence, negligence, or an intentional or unintentional act to which the Borough of Moosic Police, Fire, or EMS respond. This includes alarms caused by malfunction of the alarm system and testing of alarms without proper notification of the proper emergency service organization.
RESIDENCE
A single-family dwelling, a duplex, or a two-family dwelling.
A. 
Graduated fee: residence. Should any fire alarm, medical alarm system, burglar alarm system or any other emergency alarm system cause multiple false alarms to occur during a twenty-four-month period, then a graduated service charge shall be levied against the owner or lessee of the said system in accordance with the following schedule during the said twenty-four-month period, beginning January 1, 2021, and running every calendar year thereafter:
(1) 
First through third false alarm: no service charge.
(2) 
Fourth through eighth: $250 per each alarm activation.
(3) 
Ninth through 12th: $500 per each alarm activation.
(4) 
Over 12: $1,000 per each alarm activation.
B. 
Graduated fee: commercial property. Should any fire alarm, medical alarm system, burglar alarm system or any other emergency alarm system cause multiple false alarms to occur during a twelve-month period, then a graduated service charge shall be levied against the owner or lessee of the said system in accordance with the following schedule during the said twelve-month period, beginning January 1, 2021, and running every calendar year thereafter:
(1) 
First false alarm: no service charge.
(2) 
Second false alarm: $250.
(3) 
Third false alarm: $400.
(4) 
Fourth and over: $1,000 per each alarm activation.
Alarms caused by an act of God, such as earthquakes, flood, windstorm, thunder or lightning, shall be exempt from this chapter. The responding agency's (Police, Fire, EMS) ranking official will act as the determining factor as to the classification of the alarm being considered false or in violation of this chapter.
It shall be illegal to discontinue any alarm system currently in operation to circumvent any or all parts of this chapter.
All new alarms or revised systems of any type installed in the Municipality of Moosic shall be designed and installed as to current applicable codes (residential and commercial) for installation of the particular type of alarm system. All new or revised alarms must be inspected and registered into the Lackawanna County Communications Center CAD system by the appropriate emergency service authority (Police, Fire, EMS) responsible for the type of alarm system. A $25 inspection fee will be charged for each system. Monies derived from these inspections will be deposited into the appropriate inspecting agency operating accounts.
The Moosic Greenwood Hose Company will be responsible for keeping records on each activation, and upon any one property reaching a level of the graduated fee schedule, the Hose Company will notify the Borough Administrator. The Borough Administrator will be advised as to the number of alarm activations that have occurred and the fee which should be billed to the owner of the property.
The responsible party will be promptly billed within 10 days, and payment will be considered current if not received in a thirty-day period from the date of billing. Any billing open and not paid within these limits shall be considered past due and turned over to the Moosic Police Department or the Code Enforcement Officer for issuance of a citation in violation of this chapter, which will allow for collection of the chapter amounts and court costs associated with the violation.