Borough of West Mifflin, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of West Mifflin as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire companies — See Ch. 22.
Police Department — See Ch. 50.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 126.
Noise — See Ch. 180.
[Adopted 10-1-1991 by Ord. No. 981 (Ch. 13, Part 1, of the 1999 Code of Ordinances)]
[Amended 3-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1094]
Hereinafter, for each false alarm that is in excess of three alarms in any calendar year, a fee is hereby imposed from time to time by resolution of Borough Council for each false fire or false burglar alarm sounded to the Borough of West Mifflin which is responded to by the Borough of West Mifflin Police Department.
The aforesaid fee is hereby assessed, imposed, and charged against and upon each person, corporation, partnership, association or any other legal entity which owns the realty or controls the realty by lease or which provides a service for a fee available to the general public that maintains and/or leases fire and burglar alarms to said site and, as a part of said services, notifies the West Mifflin Police Department when a fire or burglar alarm has been sounded. The duty to pay the fee when more than one person or entity may be liable shall be jointly and severally.
The calendar year shall commence January 1 and shall end December 31.
Said fee is made and assessed to defray the additional expenses of confirming or responding to fire or burglar alarm signals transmitted to the Borough police station, whether by telephone, facsimile, personal notification or mechanical notification.
[Amended 3-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1094]
A. 
The Chief of Police or his designee shall maintain a record or log on all fire and burglar alarms answered by the Police Department. In addition, the Chief or his designee shall maintain a record or log as to the disposition of the police officer in answering said alarm. The Chief or his designee shall report to the Borough Manager all false alarms received from the same site that are subsequent to three false alarms in a calendar year.
B. 
The Borough Manager, upon notification from the Chief or his designee of a false alarm which occurred subsequent to three in any calendar year from the same site, shall notify the person, corporation, partnership, association or any other entity which owns and/or maintains said alarm system, and made the report to the Borough police station, that an additional fee as established from time to time by resolution of Borough Council is due and owing the Borough for the answering of a false alarm.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FALSE ALARM
Any alarm reported to the Police Department, and if, upon investigation by a police officer, it is determined by the police officer that there are no signs of forced entry or attempted entry and, in case of fire, that there is no evidence of a fire or smoke, then it shall be conclusively presumed that the sounding of the alarm signal was a false alarm which was either accidentally tripped or activated through mechanical deficiency.
[Amended 3-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1094]
The fee as established from time to time by resolution of Borough Council for each false alarm is due and payable immediately upon written notice issued by the Borough Manager and shall be a municipal lien on the realty where the alarm is situate.
The failure to pay the fee assessed within 30 days from the date of notice by the Borough Manager shall result in an action being filed in a court of proper jurisdiction to recover said costs, plus attorney fees and costs allowable by law. The false alarm fee set shall also be imposed as a lien upon the realty which houses the burglar alarm, and said lien may be assessed and recovered according to law, together with allowable costs and allowable attorney fees.