[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Farmington 9-28-1982 by Ord. No. 81; amended 8-28-1984; 12-15-1987; 2-28-1989. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the installation and use of burglar, fire, medical and any other alarms or emergency signaling devices within the Town of Farmington.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to any person, other than the Town of Farmington, who uses, operates or owns any alarm system that automatically summons the police, fire, medical or ambulance personnel or other Town agency in response to an alarm signal.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM BUSINESS
- Any business that installs, maintains, alters, repairs, replaces or services alarm systems located within the Town of Farmington.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- An assembly of equipment and devices or a single device designed
to detect and signal an unauthorized intrusion, fire or other similar emergency
at the protected premises. This term, however, shall apply only to such systems
that automatically summon police, fire, medical, ambulance or other Town emergency
vehicles or personnel.[Amended 7-28-1992]
- ALARM USER
- Any person who owns or operates an alarm system located within the Town of Farmington.
- AUTOMATIC DIALING DEVICE
- A device that transmits a prerecorded message over telephone lines.
- BILLING CYCLE
- A one-year period of time to coincide with the Town of Farmington
fiscal year, i.e., July 1 to June 30.[Added 12-10-2002]
- FALSE ALARM
- Any alarm signal necessitating the response of Town emergency vehicles or personnel that is actuated in any fashion, including a malfunction of the alarm system or other equipment, where no emergency situation exists.
- An individual, firm, partnership, association, corporation or organization of any nature.
No automatic dialing device or alarm system shall be connected to or use any telephone lines assigned to any agency of the Town of Farmington, including the 911 emergency line, except those lines authorized by the Police Chief.
Editor's Note: Original Sections 4.2 and 4.3, which immediately followed this section and dealt with penalties for violation of original Section 4.1, were deleted 7-28-1992.
A charge shall be imposed upon an alarm user, payable to the Town of Farmington, for each false alarm generated as described below:
False alarms of any type, burglar, fire or medical, will be charged at the same rate.
The procedure for false alarm charges outlined in § 75-5A(3) will reset on the first day of each billing cycle.
In each billing cycle the first three false alarms will not be chargeable. The next four false alarms will be billed at $25 for each false alarm. Any subsequent false alarms during the billing cycle will be billed at $100.
If an alarm user notifies the Police Chief or his agent one hour prior to any service, test, repair or adjustment of an alarm system that may activate a false alarm, no such charge shall be imposed.
The Police Chief, with the approval of the Town Manager, may waive any of the charges imposed by Subsection A of this section. The Police Chief must state the reason for such waiver in writing and duly signed by him.
Editor's Note: Original Section 6, which immediately followed this section and dealt with existing alarm systems, was deleted 7-28-1992.
Former § 75-5. Waiver of penalties, was repealed 12-10-2002. This ordinance also renumbered former §§ 75-7 and 75-8 as 75-6 and 75-7, respectively.
Except as otherwise provided, any alarm user or alarm business that violates any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty not to exceed $100.
This chapter has been specifically designated for enforcement by citations issued by designated municipal officers or employees, and the citation hearing procedure established by Chapter 91 of the Farmington Code shall be followed.