Town of Sharon, MA
Norfolk County
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[Adopted as Art. 10, § 30A, of the Town Bylaws]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
911 CALL
A call received by the Sharon Police Department as a result of a user of telephone service dialing or causing to be dialed the numbers "911" on a telephone, whether by manually dialing such numbers or by the use of an automatic alarm or other alerting device used to dial the numbers "911" automatically or a prerecorded message which accesses emergency services directly.
A. 
The dialing of the numbers "911" on a telephone by either:
(1) 
Activation, through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or negligence of the user or its employees or agents, of an automatic alarm or other alerting device used to dial the numbers "911" automatically; or
(2) 
A user of a telephone system who negligently dials, causes to be dialed, or allows to be dialed the numbers "911" when in fact there has been no emergency or event requiring a response by public safety officials, including, but not limited to, the Police Department, the Fire Department, or emergency medical technicians.
B. 
For purposes of this article, activation of 911 telephone calls by Acts of God, including, but not limited to, power outages, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and similar weather or atmospheric disturbances, shall not be deemed to be a false alarm. In addition, any documented error or omission of the company providing telephone service which causes to be placed a 911 call in error shall not be deemed to be a false alarm.
Upon receipt of three or more false alarms within a calendar year from the same user, said user shall be assessed $50 as a false alarm service fee for each false alarm in excess of three occurring within a calendar year. All fees assessed hereunder shall be paid to the Town Treasurer for deposit into the general fund.