[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Plattsburgh 9-30-1982 (Ch. 127 of the 1989 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter may be known and cited by the following short title: "An Ordinance Regulating the Sales, Installation and Maintenance of Burglar and Other Emergency Alarms in the City of Plattsburgh."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM SUPPLIER AND/OR INSTALLER
- Any person, company or party who sells, constructs, installs or maintains or otherwise prepares emergency alarms to be installed anywhere in the City of Plattsburgh.
- EMERGENCY ALARMS
- Any alarm system designed to send a signal, recorded or otherwise, which terminates in any manner at the Police Department of the City of Plattsburgh, New York, or any alarm system designed to emit an externally audible signal at the scene of the installation.
No alarm supplier or installer or maintainer shall be permitted to do business in the City of Plattsburgh without first being licensed to do so by said City.
Any and all emergency alarm systems must be adequately maintained. This maintenance will be carried out only by personnel licensed by the City pursuant to § 116-3 of this chapter.
Rules and regulations governing operation, testing, violations, etc., will be determined by the Emergency Alarm Review Board which shall be composed of the following: Chief of Police and/or his representative; two licensed alarm suppliers or installers; and two owners of active alarm systems.
All emergency alarm systems which terminate in the module at the Police Department must be electrically wired with a reversing relay at the subscriber's residence or place of business so that the alarm will be properly transmitted to be secured at the module.
All at-scene audible alarms must include an automatic disabling device which controls the operation and the time of audible signal.
The City of Plattsburgh shall take every reasonable precaution to ensure that the emergency alarm signals received by the City are given appropriate and immediate attention. Nevertheless, the City shall not be liable for any defects in operation of emergency alarm systems, for any failure to respond appropriately or any errant response upon receipt of an emergency alarm signal, nor for the failure or defect of any licensee pursuant to § 116-3 of this chapter in respect to the installation, operation or maintenance of equipment, the transmission of alarm signals or message or the relay of such signal or message. In the event that the City finds it necessary to disconnect a defective automatic signaling device, the City shall incur no liability therefrom.
[Amended 10-5-1989 by L.L. No. 4-1989]
Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not exceeding $250 or be imprisoned for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both, for each offense.