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ocoee <br /> fiorida <br /> AGENDA ITEM COVER SHEET <br /> Meeting Date: March 17, 2015 <br /> Item # 5 <br /> Reviewed By: <br /> Contact Name: William Wagner Department Director: Charl -; 1 w`y/ 4 <br /> Contact Number: (407) 905 -3160 x3319 City Manager: Rob Frank /�,/ 4 <br /> Subject: Change in Chapter 75, false alarm response fees <br /> Background Summary: <br /> Chapter 75 of the City Code provides procedures and fines /fees for City Police and Fire Department responses <br /> to false alarms or the activation of an alarm system due to reasons including, but not limited to, mechanical <br /> failure, malfunction, improper maintenance, or other negligent or intentional acts. Responding to a false alarm is <br /> a poor use of resources, resulting in unnecessary costs to the City and presenting a risk to public safety due to <br /> the unnecessary diversion of critical public safety resources. For this reason, staff believes the ordinance <br /> should be updated and clarified. <br /> Currently, enforcement of alleged false alarm violations are heard by the City's Code Enforcement Board. <br /> However, under the proposed changes, alleged violations will be heard by the City's Violations Hearing Board. <br /> Current fines /fees escalate starting at $35.00 for the fourth response to a false alarm, $75.00 for a fifth <br /> response to a false alarm, and $150.00 for sixth and subsequent responses to a false alarm, all occurring in a <br /> six month period. The proposed changes include establishing a flat fine of $100.00 for fourth and any <br /> subsequent violations occurring in a six month period. <br /> Issue: <br /> Should the Honorable Mayor and City Commissioners approve an ordinance amending Chapter 75, relating to <br /> nuisance false alarms, to allow for hearings before the City's Violation Hearing Board, to establish a fine of <br /> $100.00 for fourth and any subsequent violations occurring in a six month period, and to update the code <br /> provisions? An associated amendment to Resolution 2013 -005, Fine and Fee Schedule, is also required. <br /> Recommendations <br /> Staff respectfully recommends that the Honorable Mayor and City Commissioners approve an Ordinance <br /> providing for amendments to the City Code as described above and, following second reading of the <br /> Ordinance, approve an amendment to Resolution 2013 -005 to establish a fine for fourth and subsequent <br /> violations occurring in a six month period. <br /> Attachments: <br />