Municipality of Kingston, PA
Luzerne County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Municipality of Kingston 7-6-1992 as Ord. No. 1992-10. (This ordinance superseded former Ch. 45, Alarm Systems, adopted 11-1-1982, and Ord. No. 1992-1, adopted 1-6-1992.) Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 45-1 Permit required; fee; penalty.

[Amended 9-13-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-13; 2-6-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-4]
Any individual, establishment, partnership, corporation, entity or concern installing a fire and/or burglar alarm and/or medical emergency alert system or systems shall first be required to obtain a permit from the Municipal Building Inspector prior to the installation of any such system or systems. The cost of this permit shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.). Any violation of this section shall result in the prosecution of the violator by the municipality and a fine imposed of not more than fifty dollars ($50.) and costs, plus the appropriate yearly fee from the date of installation of such system or systems.

§ 45-2 License fee for connection to Fire or Police Department.

[Amended 9-13-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-13; 2-6-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-4; 7-7-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-9]
Each and every owner or occupier of any premises, whether an individual, establishment, partnership, corporation, entity or concern, utilizing any electrical or mechanical communication burglar and/or fire and/or medical emergency alert alarm system or systems connected into and with the Bureaus of Fire, Police, Ambulance and Rescue of the Municipality of Kingston shall pay annually a license fee of two hundred dollars ($200.) to the Municipality of Kingston for the benefits and advantages received through the use of such system or systems from the Bureaus of Fire, Police, Ambulance and Rescue, and to aid in defraying the cost of the maintenance and operation of such system or systems within, upon and through the use of municipal facilities in responding thereto. Connection into and with the Bureaus shall not be deemed to include alarms which are transmitted to a central alarm system or station by automatic telephone dialer and relayed to Kingston Central Dispatch for said Bureaus' response thereto. It is the intent that the license fee provided for in this section apply only to those alarms connect directly to the municipality and that are monitored by the municipality. Any violation of this section of this chapter shall result in the prosecution of the violator by the Municipality and a fine imposed of not more than $100 and costs.

§ 45-3 Furnishing of names; permit for installation.

[Amended 7-7-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-9]
Each and every individual, establishment, partnership, corporation, entity or concern engaged in the sale and/or installation of fire and/or burglar and/or medical emergency alert alarm systems within the Municipality of Kingston shall provide and furnish to the Chief of Police or the Fire Chief of the Municipality a list of the names of the owners or occupiers of premises and the location thereof within the Municipality of Kingston, upon or within which such a system or systems shall have been installed, together with a current listing of the owner or occupier's emergency telephone listing, including any such system or systems installed prior to the effective date of this chapter; and no such system or systems shall be installed within the Municipality of Kingston unless and until a permit, as required by § 45-1 hereof, shall have been first obtained by the owner or occupier of any premises upon which such a system or systems is to be installed.

§ 45-4 False alarms.

Should any burglar and/or fire alarm and/or medical emergency alert system or systems herein before described cause more than three (3) false alarms to occur during any twelve-month period, then a service charge shall be levied against the owner or occupier of the premises in or upon which such system or systems is installed for each and every false alarm occurring more than three (3) times during such a twelve-month period. The service charge hereby imposed shall be as follows:
A. 
Burglar alarms: twenty-five dollars ($25.) per occurrence.
B. 
Fire alarms: one hundred dollars ($100.) per occurrence, plus all fire pay incurred by the municipality for volunteer firemen responding to such alarm.
C. 
Medical emergency alert alarms: twenty-five dollars ($25.) per occurrence, plus all ambulance pay incurred by the municipality for volunteer firemen responding to such an alarm.
D. 
In addition to the service charges set forth in this section of this chapter, should a burglar and/or fire alarm and/or medical emergency alert system or systems hereinbefore described cause more than three false alarms to occur during any twelve-month period, the fourth such event shall be considered a violation of this section of this chapter and shall result in the prosecution of the violator/homeowner by the Municipality and a fine imposed of not more than $100 and costs for each such violation.
[Added 7-7-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-9]

§ 45-5 Responsibility for charges; collection.

Any fees or charges due or payable by reason of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be the responsibility of and payable by the owner or occupier of the premises upon which such alarm system or systems is installed, whether individual, establishment, partnership, corporation, entity or concern, within thirty (30) days from the date of receipt of billing by the Finance Secretary and shall thereafter be collected by appropriate legal action as permitted by law.

§ 45-6 Fee payment.

The installation permit fee imposed by § 45-1 shall be nonrecurring and shall be paid at or prior to the installation of the fire and/or burglar alarm and/or medical emergency alert system or systems herein before described.

§ 45-7 Right to inspect facility.

The municipality shall, if it deems necessary, have the right and privilege, upon prior notification to the owner or occupier of any premises upon which any such burglar and/or fire alarm and/or medical emergency alert system or systems shall have been installed, to inspect the connection, operation and maintenance of the system or systems in order to ensure the safe or proper operation thereof in order to avoid or minimize the malfunction of any such system or systems.

§ 45-8 Exceptions.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any self-contained battery-operated fire or smoke-alarm detector.