For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   ALARM SYSTEM.  Any equipment or device which emits an audible, visual, or electronic signal upon the detection of a potential burglary, robbery, fire, medical emergency, trespass, or property intrusion.  The term ALARM SYSTEM does not include anti-theft or tampering alarms installed in any motor vehicle.
   ALARM USER.  Any person in control of any building, structure, facility, or tract of land wherein or whereon an alarm system is used or maintained within the City of Cologne.
   FALSE ALARM.  An alarm signal eliciting a response by public safety personnel when a situation requiring a response does not exist, and which is caused by the activation of the alarm system through mechanical failure, alarm malfunction, improper installation, or the inadvertence of the owner or lessee of the alarm system or of his or her employees or agents.  FALSE ALARMS do not include alarms caused by climatic conditions such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, utility line mishaps, violent conditions of nature, or any other conditions which are clearly beyond the control of the alarm manufacturer, installer, or alarm user.
   PERSON.  Any human being, any corporation, partnership, fire association, or other organization, any receiver, trustee, assignee, agent, or other legal representative of any of the foregoing, or any other legal entity.
   PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER.  The central facility used to receive emergency requests for public safety services and general information from the public to be dispatched to public safety personnel.
   PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL.  All personnel employed by any law enforcement agency, and any firefighting personnel and any ambulance personnel.
   SHERIFF.  The Carver County Sheriff or his or her designee.
(Ord. 101, passed 10-4-1982)