City of Monessen, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Monessen as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 153.
Disorderly conduct — See Ch. 182.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 224.
117a Fire Police Alarm Monitoring Serv
[Adopted 4-27-1965 by Ord. No. 614]
[1]
Editor's Note: See also 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 4905, Knowingly causing a false alarm.

§ 117-1 False alarms prohibited.

It is prohibited to knowingly give, turn in or cause to be given or raise or turn in a false alarm of fire by ringing of fire bells or to give any other common or recognized alarm of fire.

§ 117-2 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person, firm or corporation who or which violates the provisions outlined in this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a summary offense and be fined in an amount of not more than $50 for the first offense and, for each offense thereafter, be sentenced to pay a fine of $100 and costs of prosecution and/or be imprisoned for a period not to exceed 10 days.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[Adopted 11-8-1978 by Ord. No. 6-1978]

§ 117-3 Hookup service provided.

The Monessen Police Department is hereby authorized to provide hookup service for burglar alarm and fire alarm systems for buildings situated in the City of Monessen and certain other facilities within the limits of its ability to do the same.

§ 117-4 Application; fees.

A. 
Any person seeking to have a burglar alarm or fire alarm hookup with the Monessen Police Department must first make application on a form provided by the city and, upon approval of said application, shall pay to the City of Monessen the following charges and fees for said service:
(1) 
The complete costs of installing, between the individual's building and the Police Department and on the city's alarm monitoring system, all hardware and software necessary to enable the city to provide the alarm service to the individual account. Said costs shall be all those costs which shall be incurred by the city under agreement with an installer authorized by the city.
[Amended 3-25-1994 by Ord. No. 3-1994]
(2) 
A service fee as set from time to time by resolution of the City Council, per year, per each separate alarm hookup. Said service fee shall be paid in advance and shall be nonrefundable.
[Amended 3-25-1994 by Ord. No. 3-1994]
B. 
Each burglar alarm hookup shall constitute a separate and individual account. Each fire alarm hookup shall constitute a separate and individual account.
C. 
Each facility serviced shall constitute a separate account.
D. 
The annual fee is nonrefundable and nonapportionable.

§ 117-5 Installation.

Upon approval by the Chief of Police of the application for alarm hookup, the appropriate personnel shall be authorized to do the necessary work to install the system in the police station.

§ 117-6 Disapproval of application.

Upon notification by the Chief of Police or disapproval of the application, any fee submitted with the application form shall be refunded by the city.

§ 117-7 Responsibility of costs.

The applicant, at its own expense, shall make all arrangements and contract to have the alarm system and telephone hookup made in their place of business or their residence.

§ 117-8 City held harmless.

The City of Monessen shall not be responsible for the operation of the system and shall not be responsible for any failure of the system. All applicants and/or subscribers to said service shall hold the City of Monessen harmless for any loss, claim or damages resulting from malfunctioning or failure of the system.

§ 117-9 Failure to comply.

Upon failure of the applicant to pay the annual fee as provided for in § 117-4 of this article, the Chief of Police of the City of Monessen is authorized and directed to discontinue any services theretofore installed.