[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Schuylkill 10-6-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-05. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire suppression systems — See Ch. 179.
From and after the effective date of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or other entity to maintain in operation any device capable of transmitting an alarm, whether by prerecorded voice, alarm company, or otherwise, over regular telephone lines to any organization, official or volunteer, for dealing with emergencies involving danger to life or property, knowing or having reason to know that such device transmits such alarms to any such organization in the absence of an actual and existing emergency involving danger to life or property.
Any person, firm, corporation or other entity owning, operating or maintaining a device as aforesaid shall be presumed to know that the said device transmits such alarms in the absence of any actual emergency whenever such device has, within the immediately preceding 12 months per calendar year, transmitted an alarm under such circumstances.
There shall be no penalty for maintaining in operation any such device which has not, at any time in the past, transmitted such an alarm in the absence of an actual emergency. Each time such device transmits such an alarm in the absence of an actual emergency, after the third such time, shall be a separate violation of this chapter. Any person, firm, corporation, or other entity found guilty of a violation of this chapter shall be liable to a fine according to the following schedule, the said fines to be collectable by Schuylkill Township. Failure of payment will result in the Township filing at District Court for time payments and applicable court costs.
Fines shall be imposed as follows, per calendar year:
First through third false alarm: no fee with a warning letter to the person, firm, corporation, or other entity after third alarm.