[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Green Lake County 4-17-1984 by Ord. No. 288-84; amended in its entirety 9-21-2006 by Ord. No. 876-06. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the purpose of this chapter to set minimum standards and regulations pertaining to emergency alarms of which Green Lake County takes cognizance, the intent of this chapter being to minimize the amount of time spent on responding to false alarms and to provide for a more efficient operation of emergency services provided by the Green Lake County Sheriff's Department.
This chapter shall be applicable to all alarm systems and users within Green Lake County that fall under the jurisdiction of the Green Lake County Sheriff's Department.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any assembly of equipment, devices or services which by means of its design is intended to warn of a hazardous incident to which emergency services are expected to respond. The term "alarm system" shall include but is not limited to burglar alarm systems, holdup alarm systems, fire alarm systems, and supervisor alarm systems, which are used to monitor temperature, humidity, or other conditions. If the system emits an audible signal or a signal by means of a lighting device, it shall be within the definition of "alarm system" and shall be subject to this chapter.
- APPROVED ALARM SYSTEM
- An alarm system that has been approved by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. The system shall be of the type that shall not cause false alarms to be emitted due to power failure.
- EMERGENCY SERVICES
- Any law enforcement, fire or EMS units.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any alarm signal, whether transmitted or relayed to the Green Lake County Sheriff's Department, and canceled by the owner or his/her representative, including the initiating caller, prior to emergency services arriving at the scene.
[Amended 3-18-2008 by Ord. No. 921-08; 6-21-2011 by Ord. No. 996-2011]
Except for calls made from elevators or from the Green Lake County Nurse's vaccine refrigerators, no person shall interconnect or permit the interconnection of any automatic telephone dialing device with the telephone lines of the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Such devices may be connected to an answering service. The relaying of messages must be done on a person-to-person basis.
A fee shall be charged for each alarm to which emergency services arrived at the site of the call. Fees shall be assessed as approved by the Judicial and Law Enforcement Committee and posted at the Green Lake County Sheriff's Office. Fees shall be paid within 30 days of the billing date.
There shall be no fee charged for false alarms when the property owner or his/her representative notifies the Sheriff's Department that the alarm was accidental and the responding emergency services unit has not yet arrived at the site.
Testing. Alarms may be tested, provided that prior notification is given.
The Green Lake County Sheriff may issue a waiver for any provision of this chapter.
Except as otherwise provided herein, the penalty for violation of any provision of this chapter shall be a forfeiture as hereinafter provided together with the costs of prosecution and the penalty assessment imposed by Wisconsin Statutes, where applicable. Payment of the judgment may be suspended by the sentencing judge for not more than 60 days. Any person who shall fail to pay the amount of the forfeiture, cost of prosecution and the penalty assessment imposed for violation of any provision of this chapter may, upon order of the court entering judgment therefor and having jurisdiction of the case, be imprisoned until such forfeiture, costs and assessments are paid, but not exceeding 90 days. The forfeiture penalty shall not exceed $500.