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Ordinance 2008-14

AN ORDINANCE REQUIRING CERTAIN STRUCTURES TO HAVE
A KEY LOCK BOX INSTALLED ON THE EXTERIOR OF THE
STRUCTURE FOR EMERGENCY PURPOSES.
WHEREAS, the City Council has determined that the health, safety, and welfare
of the citizens of the City of Johnson are promoted by requiring certain structures to have
a key lock box installed on the exterior of the structure to aid the Johnson Fire
Department and Johnson Police Department in gaining access to the structure when
responding to calls for emergency service, and
WHEREAS, the key lock box system is being adopted nationally and will
expedite entry into certain structures during an emergency, and
WHEREAS, the key lock box system will eliminate forced entry into certain
structures thereby avoiding costly and time-consuming efforts in gaining access to locked
structures during an emergency, and
WHEREAS, the City of Johnson is authorized to pass this Ordinance pursuant to
its police power and its home rule power.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE
CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1: From and after the effective date hereof:
a) Commercial or industrial structures protected by an
automatic alarm system or automatic fire suppression system shall
be equipped with a key lock box at or near the main entrance
or such other location as required by the Fire Marshal/Chief of
Police:
b) All newly constructed structures subject to this ordinance shall
have the key lock box installed and operational prior to the
issuance of an occupancy permit. All structures subject to this
ordinance which are in existence on the effective date of this
ordinance shall have one year from the effective date of this
ordinance to have a key lock box installed and operational.
c) The Fire Marshal/Chief of Police shall designate the type of
key lock box system to be implemented within the City and
shall have the authority to require all structures subject to this
ordinance to use the designated system.
Mimicipal/coj Emergency Lock Box Ord.
d) The owner or operator of a structure required to have a key lock
box as described above shall, at all times, keep a key in the lock
box that will allow for access to the structure by authorized
emergency personnel.
e) The Fire Marshal/Chief of Police shall be authorized to implement
rules and regulations for the use of the lock box system.
f) Any person who owns or operates a structure as described above
subject to this ordinance shall be subject to a fine of $50.00 plus
costs of the Court for each violation of this ordinance, with each
day of non-compliance constituting a separate offense.