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Ordinance Amending Chapter 3 - Liability for Fire Calls
May 02, 2011

 

TOWN OF HARMONY
ORDINANCE NO. 050211

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 3 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF HARMONY CONCERNING FIRES, BURNING, AND FIRE PROTECTION, RELATING TO THE LIABILITY FOR FIRE CALLS.

RECITALS

A. The Town Board has previously adopted Chapter 3 of the Town of Harmony Municipal Code, which restricts and regulates fires, burning, and fire protection within the Town of Harmony and makes residents of the Town of Harmony liable for the cost of fire calls under certain circumstances;

B. The Town is no longer billed by fire departments for calls on a per call basis;

C. The Town Board wishes to revise Chapter 3 as it relates to the extent to which residents of the Town of Harmony are liable for said fire calls;

D. The Town Board believes that, in order to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the Town of Harmony, residents of the Town of Harmony must continue to be liable for fire calls made to properties located within the Town of Harmony.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Town of Harmony, County of Rock, State of Wisconsin, ordains as follows:

SECTION 1. Section 12 of Chapter 3 of the Town of Harmony Municipal Code shall be amended to read as follows:

If any person or corporation initiates a fire in violation of this Chapter which results in a call to which a fire department responds, the owner of the property in which said fire is initiated shall be liable to the Town of Harmony for the fire call in the amount of $ 500.00 . The amount set forth herein may be changed upon resolution by the Town Board.

SECTION 2. Section 13 of Chapter 3 of the Town of Harmony Municipal Code shall be amended to read as follows:

If any fire call is initiated as a result of a malfunctioning fire alarm, the owner of the property on which such fire alarm is located shall be liable to the Town of Harmony for the fire call in the amount of $ 500.00 . The amount set forth herein may be changed upon resolution by the Town Board. 

SECTION 3. Section 14 of Chapter 3 of the Town of Harmony Municipal Code shall be amended to read as follows:

The owner of the parcel to which the fire department is called as a result of a fire call shall be liable to the Town of Harmony in the amount of $ 500.00 . The amount set forth herein may be changed upon resolution by the Town Board. Liability under this section may be waived by the Town Board upon a showing by the owner of a substantial financial hardship.

Adpoted May 2, 2011
Published May 12, 2011

Lisa Tollefson, Town Clerk
Town of Harmony

 


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