Article X. Security Lock Boxes.

Section 9-22 Key Lock Box System

(a) The following structures shall be equipped with a key lock box at or near the main entrance or such other location required by the Chief of the Easton Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. or his or her designee:

(1) Commercial or industrial structures protected by an automatic alarm system or automatic suppression system, or such structures that are secured in a manner that restricts access during an emergency;

(2) Multi-family residential structures that have restricted access through locked doors and have common corridor for access to the living units;

(3) Governmental structures and nursing care facilities.

(b) All newly constructed structures which are subject to this section shall have the key lock box installed and operational prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit. All structures in existence on the effective date of this section and subject to this section shall have one year from the effective date of this section to have a key lock box installed and operational.

(c) The Fire Chief shall designate the type of key lock box system to be implemented within the Town and shall have the authority to require all structures to use the designated system.

(d) The owner or operator of a structure required to have a key lock box shall, at all times, keep a key in the lock box that will allow for access to the structure.

(e) The Fire Chief shall be authorized to implement rules and regulations for the use of the lock box system.

(f) No Person other than the Fire Chief or his or her designee shall have access to the master key for the lock box system.

(g) Any person who owns or operates a structure which is subject to this section who violates there terms hereof shall be guilty of a municipal infraction and shall be subject to the penalties set forth in section 1-8 of the Code for any violation of this section, provided that the minimum fine for a conviction for a violation of this section shall be $100.00. Any person found guilty shall also be subject to an abatement order or similar remedial order for a court having jurisdiction over the enforcement proceeding. Each day of violation shall constitutea separate offence.

(Ordinance 477, effective 11/3/2004)