Borough of Larksville, PA
Luzerne County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Larksville 5-17-1995 by Ord. No. 4-1995[1] (Ch. 65 of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also superseded former Ch. 65, Alarm Systems, adopted 3-4-1974 by Ord. No. 2-1974, as amended.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Alarm System Ordinance."[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 65-2, Annual fee for use of alarms connected to Police Department, was repealed 5-18-2004 by Ord. No. 3-2004.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
YEAR or CURRENT YEAR
The twelve-month period commencing January 1 and ending December 31.
[Amended 5-18-2004 by Ord. No. 3-2004]
The Borough shall, if it deems necessary, have the right to inspect the connection, operation and maintenance of the systems and make reasonable charges for such inspections pursuant to the Borough Electrical Code.
A. 
Each individual, establishment, partnership, corporation, entity or concern using alarm systems which when activated would cause the Borough Police Department or Fire Department to be dispatched by Luzerne County 911 Center to their location shall pay a service charge for false alarms as hereinafter defined upon the basis set forth in this section.
[Amended 5-18-2004 by Ord. No. 3-2004]
B. 
Service charge; definition.
[Amended 5-18-2004 by Ord. No. 3-2004]
(1) 
Should any burglar or fire alarm system cause a false alarm to occur during any twelve-month period, then a graduated service charge shall be levied against the owner of said system in accordance with the following schedule during a twelve-month period:
False Alarms
Service Charge
0 to 3
No service charge
4 or more
$100 each occurrence
(2) 
A "false alarm" shall be any emergency alarm which is activated by inadvertence, negligence or unintentional act to which the Borough Police or Fire Department responds, including alarms caused by malfunction of the alarm system, except that the following shall not be considered false alarms:
(a) 
Alarms caused by the testing, failure or repair of telephone equipment or lines.
(b) 
Alarms caused by an act of God, such as earthquakes, flood, windstorm, thunder or lightning.
(c) 
Alarms caused by an attempted illegal entry or any other crime of which there is visible or reasonable evidence.
(d) 
Alarms followed by a call to the Luzerne County 911 Center with the proper coded identification canceling the alarm prior to the arrival of the Police or Fire Department.
C. 
Said service charge shall be payable by such individual, establishment, partnership, corporation, entity or concern to the Borough of Larksville within 30 days of the mailing of a statement, bill or notice by the Borough of Larksville to the individual, establishment, partnership, corporation, entity or concern.
D. 
Any individual, establishment, partnership, entity or concern who fails to pay said sum within 30 days following the above-mentioned date shall have his alarms connection service with the Borough suspended until such time as the aforesaid service charge is remitted to the Borough of Larksville.
E. 
In addition to Subsection D above, any individual, establishment, partnership, corporation, entity or concern who fails to pay said service charge within 30 days of the above-mentioned date, as set forth in Subsection C, shall be liable for interest at lawful rate of 6% per annum, payable from the mailing date of such notice and for reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Borough in its efforts to collect said service charge.
A. 
Any individual, establishment, partnership, corporation, entity or concern installing a burglar or fire alarm system within the Borough of Larksville shall be required to obtain a building permit from the Borough Code Enforcement Officer prior to the installing of any of the above-described systems. Additionally, any individual, establishment, partnership, corporation, entity or concern engaged in the business of installing a burglar or fire alarm system within the Borough of Larksville shall be required to obtain a contractor's license for the Borough of Larksville. The cost for the building permit and the contractor's license shall be determined by the Building Permit Fee Ordinance of Larksville Borough[1] and/or the Borough Building Code.[2]
[Amended 5-18-2004 by Ord. No. 3-2004]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 170, Uniform Construction Codes, Art. I, Permit Fees.
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 170, Uniform Construction Codes.
B. 
Any violation of this section shall result in the prosecution of the violator by the Borough and a fine imposed of not less than $50 nor more than $300 and costs, plus the appropriate yearly fees from the date of installation.