[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ossining 12-1-2009 by L.L. No. 8-2009. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Village of Ossining has determined that the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Village of Ossining are promoted by requiring certain structures to have a key lock box installed on the exterior of the structure to aid the Ossining Fire Department in gaining access to the structure when responding to calls for emergency service. The key lock box system will eliminate forced entries into structures, thereby avoiding costly and time-consuming efforts in gaining access to locked structures during an emergency. Many properties are equipped with automatic alarm systems and/or sprinkler/standpipe systems, and these automatic systems may cause the Ossining Fire Department to be summoned at a time when the building or business is not occupied or when the occupant is not available to provide entry for the Fire Department. The Village of Ossining is authorized to promulgate this and other local laws in furtherance of the health, safety and welfare of its citizens pursuant to its police power and its home rule power.
The following structures shall be equipped with a key lock box at or near the main entrance or such other location as determined by the Code Enforcement Official:
Commercial or industrial structures protected by an automatic alarm system or automatic suppression system or such structures that are secured in a manner that restricts access during an emergency.
Multifamily residential structures consisting of three or more dwelling units that have restricted access through locked doors and have a common corridor for access to the living units.
Government structures and nursing care facilities.
The cost of purchasing and installing, along with any cost associated with implementation of the program at a specific property, will be borne by the property owner.
When a property is protected through a locked gate and where immediate access to the property is necessary for life-saving and fire-fighting purposes, it shall be equipped with a security padlock, to be installed in a location approved by the Code Enforcement Official. In lieu of a key lock box, an optional system approved by the Code Enforcement Official may be implemented.
When a construction site is to be secured by a locked fence or gate, that site will fall under Subsection C above during the duration of the construction or until said fence or gate is removed.
This chapter shall not apply to those structures where an on-site police force is present 24 hours per day, seven days a week, provided members of that police force respond to all Fire Department responses with the correct means of accessing the affected structures.
All newly constructed structures subject to this chapter shall have the key lock box installed and operational prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the Code Enforcement Official. All structures in existence on the effective date of this chapter, subject to this chapter shall have six months from the effective date of this chapter to have a key lock box installed and operational.
The Code Enforcement Official shall designate the type of key lock box system to be implemented within the Village of Ossining and shall have the authority to require all structures to use the designated system.
The owner or operator of a structure required to have a key lock box shall, at all times, keep the following in the lock box:
Labeled keys to locked access points of ingress and egress, whether interior or exterior of such buildings.
Labeled keys to the locked mechanical rooms.
Labeled keys to any fenced or secured areas on the property.
Labeled keys to any other areas that may be required by the Code Enforcement Official.
A card containing a minimum of one emergency contact person and the phone number for each contact.
Hazardous materials MSDS, as requested.
Keys to the locked elevator rooms and elevator controls.
Floor plans of the common areas within the building may also be required to be submitted to the Code Enforcement Official.
The Code Enforcement Official shall be authorized to implement rules and regulations for the use of the lock box system.
When a building is protected by an automatic sprinkler system or standpipe system and the Fire Department connection is exposed to undue vandalism, the Code Enforcement Official may require that a Fire Department connection security cap(s) be installed. The Fire Department connection security cap(s) shall be a type approved by the Code Enforcement Official. Existing sprinkler installations will require approved locking Fire Department connection caps to be installed when directed by the Code Enforcement Official.
It shall be the duty of the Code Enforcement Official to enforce the provisions of this chapter and of all rules, conditions and requirements adopted or specified pursuant thereto.
The Code Enforcement Official, or his duly authorized assistant(s), shall have the right to enter any building or enter upon any land at any reasonable hour, as necessary, in the execution of his or her duties.
Violation of any provision or requirement of this chapter shall constitute a violation pursuant to the penal law.
The owner, general agent or contractor of a building, premises or part thereof where such a violation has been committed or does exist shall be guilty of such an offense.
Any agent, contractor, architect, builder, corporation or other person who commits, takes part or assists in such violation shall also be guilty of such an offense.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter, or who shall knowingly assist therein, shall be liable to a minimum fine of $100 and a maximum fine of $1,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each and every day that any such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.