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The following subsections of the International Fire Code as adopted pursuant to Section 1610.01 of the Howell City Code are hereby amended as follows:
Section 109.5 Prohibited parking; exception; bus-loading zone; violation as civil infraction. The code official may issue a civil infraction against a person who parks a vehicle in such a manner as to conflict, obscure, prevent or obstruct access to fire hydrants, fire stations, accidents, emergency exits for egress from a building, within 500 feet of a fire blocking designated fire lanes or any other violation under Ordinance No. 745 or Ordinance 746 of the Howell City Code as it relates to fire safety violations.
Section 110.4 Violation penalties. Persons who shall violate a provision of this code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, install, alter, repair, or do work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the code official, or of a permit or certificate used under provisions of this code, shall be responsible for a municipal civil infraction. The sanction for a violation which is a municipal civil infraction shall be a civil fine in an amount as set forth in section 202.99 of the Howell City Code, plus any costs, damages, expenses and other sanctions, as authorized by the Revised Judicature Act, MCL 600.101, et seq., that being Act No 236 of the Public Acts of 1961, as amended, and other applicable laws.
Section 110.5 Fee Schedule. For any violation of the parking requirements listed in Section 109.54 of this Code, the fine for such an offense shall be as set forth in Chapter 430.05 of the Howell City Code.
Section 110.5.1 Towing and Storage Costs. In addition to the above violation penalties, a person who violates this section shall be responsible for all vehicle towing and storage costs incurred if the Fire Chief and/or his/her designees, as defined in Section 109.5 (2) herein, determines that the vehicle parked in violation of section 109.5 must be towed to insure public safety and/or fire department access to a building or emergency scene.
Section 110.6 Application and allocation for fees, fines. Payment for any permit fees shall be paid to the Howell Area Fire Authority. Payment for civil infraction or municipal civil infraction fines and costs shall be paid to the City.
Section 110.6.1 Issuing of tickets for violations. The Fire Chief and/or his/her designees, who shall be the Deputy Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chiefs, Fire Marshal, and fire inspectors assigned to the Fire Marshal's Division shall be authorized to issue tickets for violation of any code within this Chapter.
Section 112.4 Failure to comply. Any person who shall continue any work after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be issued a municipal civil infraction violation notice pursuant to Chapter 202 of the Howell City Code.
Section 112.5 Collection of charges. The Howell Area Fire Authority may proceed in a court of appropriate jurisdiction to collect any monies remaining unpaid for services provided as a mature debt of the Howell Area Fire Authority and shall have any and all other remedies provided by law for the collection of all charges.
Section 114.1 False alarms; inspections; orders to correct.
(1) A fire, sprinkler, or water alarm system experiencing more than two false alarms within a thirty-day (30) period or four false alarms within the calendar year is deemed defective. Upon written notice to the owner or lessee of the alarm system by the Fire Chief and/or his/her designee, the owner or lessee shall have the system inspected by an alarm system contractor who shall, within fifteen days, file a written report to the fire chief and/or his/her designee of the result of his/her inspection, the probable cause of the false alarms and his/her recommendation for eliminating false alarms.
(2) Upon receipt of the report, the fire chief and/or his/her designee shall forward the same to the owner or lessee, ordering corrections, based upon recommendations contained in the report.
(3) The owner or lessee shall have three working days from the receipt of the order to make such corrections. Thereafter, to defray the cost of responding to false alarms, the owner or lessee of an alarm system shall pay to the fire authority the amount of the response as per the cost recovery fees for each false alarm received and responded to by the fire department during the calendar year in which the order to correct the system was issued. The amount due to the fire authority shall be paid forthwith upon demand by the fire department and if not so paid, the fire authority and/or designee shall have the right, along with all of the other rights it may have, to impose a lien on the real and personal property of the owner or lessee and such lien shall be enforced in the same manner as are delinquent taxes.
Section 114.2 Misrepresented False Alarms. It shall be unlawful for any person to summon, in any way, the fire department unless a valid reason for its response is present. The fire chief and/or his/her designee shall have the authority to issue fines as per the cost recovery ordinance to any person causing a false alarm, if the person causing a false alarm is a minor the fines shall be the responsibly of the minors legal supervisor.
(Ord. 763. Passed 9-27-04; Ord. 893. Passed 5-4-15; Ord. 926. Passed 7-22-19.)