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(A) Each time the County Sheriff’s Office or the Lower St. Croix Valley Fire Protection District responds to a false alarm due to system malfunction or when no reason can be determined for such false alarm, the County Sheriff’s Office or the Lower St. Croix Valley Fire Protection District shall issue a warning notice.
(B) A service fee for excessive false alarms shall be charged as follows:
(1) No service fee shall be charged for the first three false alarms occurring within a 12-month period, calculated from the date of the first such alarm;
(2) Each false alarm in excess of three and up to and including six within a 12-month period shall result in a service fee of $100 per false alarm;
(3) Each false alarm in excess of six within a 12-month period shall result in a service fee of $2,000 per false alarm.
(C) No service fee shall be assessed if the false alarm is:
(1) Caused by an electrical storm, tornado or other act of God where there is clear evidence of damage to the alarm system;
(2) Caused by the intermittent disruption of telephone circuits beyond the control of the alarm site owner; or
(3) Caused by electrical lower disruption or failure in excess of two hours beyond the control of the alarm site owner.
(D) All false alarm service fees are due and payable within 30 days from date of invoice. In the event that false alarm service fees are not paid as required by this chapter, the County Sheriff’s Office may refer the matter to the City Attorney for appropriate legal action, including, but not limited to, certifying same for collection against real property taxes as with other unpaid municipal services.
(E) A person commits an offense in violation of this chapter if such person suffers or permits false alarms in excess of three within a 12-month period, each false alarm constituting a separate violation.
(1990 Code, § 1506.040) (Ord. 98-137, passed 5-18-1998; Ord. 137, passed 6-4-1998) Penalty, see § 10.99