[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Avalon as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-19-1982 by Ord. No. 1147]
This article shall be known and entitled "False Alarm Ordinance of the Borough of Avalon."
It shall be illegal for any person, firm, corporation, or association to render a false alarm to the Borough Building of the Borough of Avalon. Such "false alarm" to be defined as any criminal activity or any fire alarm notice given to the Borough fire or police office that there is a fire burning or criminal misconduct being committed when, in fact, no fire or crime was in evidence.
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this article shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred by the Borough in the enforcement proceedings. Upon judgment against any person by summary conviction, or by proceedings by summons on default of the payment of the fine or penalty imposed and the costs, the defendant may be sentenced and committed to the Borough correctional facility for a period not exceeding 10 days or to the county correctional facility for a period not exceeding 30 days. Each day that such violation exists shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this article that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense. In addition to or in lieu of enforcement under this section, the Borough may enforce this article in equity in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
In the case of firms or association, the penalties may be imposed on the partners or members thereof; in the case of corporation, upon the officers thereof.