[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Newburgh 10-10-1989 by Ord. No. 32-89. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It has been found by the Council, after considerable study, that the Fire Department keeps approximately 200 keys to various buildings in the City so that its members can gain entry to the buildings in case of fire at night or when the buildings are otherwise unattended. This method of entry is slow, inefficient and is not in the best interest of the health, safety and welfare of the members of the community. The Council finds that the key-box system for gaining emergency entry to certain buildings would best serve those community interests.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- EXISTING BUILDINGS
- Any existing commercial building not normally occupied 24 hours a day and all buildings with security gates that block any door or window and all buildings with fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems or elevators.
- KEY BOX or BOX
- A box which is affixed to the outside of a building which is intended to hold a key to the building to which it is affixed for the purpose of emergency entry to the building by the Fire Department.
- NEW BUILDING
- All newly constructed buildings after the effective date of this chapter, regardless of occupancy, except for those buildings specifically excepted herein. Also, the term includes residential buildings required by the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code to have an alarm system, fire- and smoke-detecting system or sprinkler system. Other residential buildings are excepted.
All existing buildings and new buildings as herein defined must be equipped with a key box.
Only key boxes approved by the Fire Chief shall be used when required by this chapter.
Key boxes shall be placed in position on the building as may be directed by the Fire Chief or his designee and not otherwise.
If a building is protected by a burglar alarm system, the key box shall be connected so that if the box is opened or removal attempts are made, the burglar alarm system will sound.
If the building is not protected by a burglar alarm system, the box may be connected to the fire alarm system, provided that the connection is on the fire side, signaling an alarm. Connection to the fire alarm must be zoned separately from any fire detection and noted on the fire alarm annunciator panel and approved by the Fire Chief or his designee.
All existing buildings must be equipped with the key box, as required by this chapter, not later than two years after the effective date of this chapter. All new buildings for which a building permit is issued, after the effective date of this chapter, shall be equipped with a key box before a certificate of occupancy is issued for the building. After the boxes are installed, they must be kept intact and in working order with the key or keys enclosed therein.
The owner of the building requiring a key box is responsible for the purchase and installation of the key box, as directed by the Fire Chief or his designee, as well as the maintenance thereof.
[Amended 9-28-1998 by Ord. No. 12-98]
It shall be a violation of this chapter for the owner of a building to fail to equip a building with a key box when required to do so by this chapter or to fail to keep such building so equipped with the key or keys contained therein when required to by this chapter after the initial installation thereof.
[Amended 9-28-1998 by Ord. No. 12-98]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or fail to comply therewith or who shall violate or fail to comply with any order made thereunder shall be punished as provided in § 1-12 for violation of this chapter of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Newburgh.
The imposition of one penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue, and all such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations or defects. Each day that prohibited conditions exist shall constitute a separate offense.
The application of the above penalty shall not be held to prevent the enforced removal of prohibited conditions.