Sections 10-18-101 to 199, inclusive. General provisions.
Section 10-18-101. Alarm System Monitoring.
Section 10-18-102. Contract required.
Section 10-18-103. Definitions.
Section 10-18-104. Automatic dialing devices.
Section 10-18-105. Alarm systems.
Section 10-18-106. Confidentiality statistics.
Section 10-18-107. Violations.
Section 10-18-108. Charge & fee income.
Section 10-18-109 to 199, inclusive. Reserved.
Sections 10-18-101 to 199, inclusive. General provisions.
Section 10-18-101 Alarm System Monitoring.
Before any person, firm, or corporation shall enter into the business of providing equipment and
maintenance for alarm systems monitored by the Pierre Police Department, for their subscribers, they
shall obtain a license from the City of Pierre.
Source: Ord. No. 1195, 1987, Rev. of Ord., 1990.
Section 10-18-102 Contract Required.
Such license shall be in addition to a written agreement between the equipment provider and the
City of Pierre and shall be renewable every five (5) years. There shall be no fee for this license.
Source: Ord. No. 1195, 1987, Rev. of Ord., 1990.
Section 10-18-103 Definitions.
1. "Alarm business" means any business which engages in the activity of altering, installing,
leasing, maintaining, repairing, replacing, selling, servicing, or responding to burglar, holdup,
fire, smoke, or emergency medical service alarm systems, or which causes any of these activities
to take place.
2. "Alarm user" means the owner, lessee or renter of a premises using an alarm system
arranged to summon public safety personnel.
3. "Alarm system" means an assembly of equipment and devices (or a single device such as a
solid state unit) arranged to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention and to
which public safety authorities are expected to respond. Alarm systems used to alert or signal
persons within the premises in which the alarm system is located, of an attempted or actual
unauthorized intrusion or holdup are excluded from coverage under this ordinance.
4. "Answering service" is defined as any business or firm which answers alarm activations
from alarm users or their alarm equipment and relays such activations to the Pierre
Communications Center with a request to dispatch public safety authorities.
5. "Automatic dialing device" refers to an alarm system which automatically sends over
regular telephone lines, by direct connection or otherwise, a pre-recorded voice message or
coded signal indicating the existence of the emergency situation that the alarm system is
designed to detect; this shall specifically include tape dialers.
6. "Center" means the Communications Center located at the Pierre Police Department.
7. "Director" means the Pierre Chief of Police or his designated representative.
8. "Interconnect" means to connect an alarm system to a voice grade telephone line, either
directly or through a mechanical device that utilizes a standard telephone, for the purpose of
using the telephone line to transmit an emergency message upon the activation of the alarm
9. "Negligence" means either the failure to exercise the care that a reasonable and prudent
person would exercise in response to a known deficiency or dangerous condition, or the careless
and malfeasant response to a known deficiency or danger condition.
10. "Public safety authority" shall include, but not be limited to the Police and Fire
Departments of Pierre and Fort Pierre, the Hughes and Stanley County Sheriff Departments and
the Hughes and Stanley County Ambulance Service.
11. "Primary trunkline" means a telephone line leading directly into the center that is for the
purpose of handling emergency calls on a person-to-person basis, and which is identified as such
by a specific number included among the emergency numbers listed for the public safety
authorities above described.
Source: Ord. No. 1195,1987, Rev. of Ord. 1990.
Section 10-18-104 Automatic dialing devices.
1. No automatic dialing device shall be interconnected to a primary trunkline which terminates
in the center after the effective date of this ordinance.
2. Within ninety (90) days after the effective date of this ordinance, all automatic dialing devices
interconnected to a primary trunkline shall be disconnected there from. The owner or lessee of
such device shall be responsible for such disconnection.
3. At such time and under such conditions as the director may approve, automatic dialing
devices may be interconnected to a special trunkline into the center. The director shall designate
the number(s) to be used for such interconnection and shall provide necessary instruction and
guidelines for person(s) desiring to use such special trunklines.
4. The owner of any automatic dialing device which is interconnected to a special trunkline as
set out above shall pay a monthly fee to be set by resolution of the Pierre City Commission.
5. Dialer alarm users that install devices which interconnect to designated alarm lines within the
center shall make such alarms available for inspection and shall provide the director with the
following information before such alarm is placed in service. The alarm user shall be
responsible for the update of said information.
A. The name, home address and telephone number of the device's owner or lessee;
B. The address of the location where the device is installed and the telephone number at
that location; and
C. The name and telephone number of at least three other persons who can be reached at
any time, day or night, and who is authorized to respond to an emergency upon request of
the public safety authorities, and who can open the premises wherein the device is
6. Automatic dialing devices which are interconnected into the center and which shall be
responded to by public safety authorities shall meet the following minimum standards, as
determined by the director.
A. The contents of the recorded message to be transmitted by such device shall be
intelligible and in a format approved by the director as appropriate for the type of
emergency being reported.
B. No such call shall be longer than one minute and fifteen seconds in duration. There
must be at least three minutes elapsed between the completion of the first call and the
initiation of the second; and the second call must be carefully indentified as the second
C. The sensory apparatus and hardware comprising such devices shall be maintained by
the owner or lessee in such physical condition that false alarms will be minimized.
7. Every alarm business selling or leasing to any person an automatic dialing device which is
installed on such persons' premises after the effective date of this ordinance shall furnish that
person with instructions that provide adequate information to enable persons using such device
to properly operate it and, if the device is to be serviced or maintained by another alarm business,
furnish such other alarm business with a manual or other information necessary to enable it to
service or properly maintain such device. Copies of such manuals or other information shall be
made available to the director of the alarm business.
Source: Ord. No. 1195, 1987, Rev. of Ord., 1990.
Section 10-18-105 Alarm systems.
1. If there is insufficient space, the Pierre City Commission may authorize alarms to be
terminated in the center.
2. With the authorization of the director, alarms may be installed in the center by the alarm
company owning the receiving equipment, and the maintenance and repair of any portion of said
alarm receiving equipment located at or connected to the center shall be coordinated by the
3. The owner of any said alarm shall pay a monthly monitor fee and false alarm charge set by
resolution of the Pierre City Commission. Failure to pay the monthly fee, any false alarm
charges assessed as provided in this ordinance or failure to assist the director in maintenance and
repair shall be cause for disconnection of the alarm.
4. Before hookup into the center, inspection at the option of the director may be made.
5. If such inspection reveals any substandard or deficient installation, a written report shall be
promptly sent to the Pierre City Commission for private review. A copy of this report shall also
be sent by the director to the owner, lessee or other person responsible for the alarm system or
business which installed the alarm system. The director shall pursue the matter until such time
as the installation is corrected or the alarm system is removed.
6. No alarm system designed to transmit emergency messages directly to the center shall be
tested or demonstrated without first obtaining permission from the director. Permission is not
required to test or demonstrate alarm devices not transmitting emergency messages directly to
the center, unless the messages are relayed to the center. The director shall be empowered with
the authority to establish minimum standards for installation of alarm systems, as he deems
necessary, subject to Commission approval.
7. When an alarm business' service to its users is disrupted for any reason by the alarm business,
or the alarm business becomes aware of such disruption, it shall be the responsibility of the
service to promptly notify its users that protection is no longer being provided.
8. Answering services, and the alarm users who utilize said answering service, shall be
specifically covered under terms of this ordinance, except that alarm users shall be exempt from
paying a monthly monitor fee. All other provisions of this ordinance shall apply where
Source: Ord. No. 1195, 1987, Rev. of Ord., 1990.
Section 10-18-106 Confidentiality statistics.
All information submitted in compliance with this ordinance shall be held in the strictest
confidence and shall be deemed nonpublic data and security information exempt from disclosure. Any
violation of confidentiality should be deemed a violation of this ordinance.
Source: Ord. No. 1195, 1987, Rev. of Ord., 1990.
Section 10-18-107 Violations.
It is declared unlawful for any person to violate this ordinance. Violation thereof shall be
punishable by a fine of up to $100.00 for each and every day that any violator fails to comply with the
provisions of this ordinance.
In the event of a violation or a threatened violation of this ordinance, the Pierre City Commission
or any member thereof in addition to other remedies, may institute an appropriate action or proceedings
to seek an injunction in a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent, restrain, correct or abate such
violation or threatened violation.
Source: Ord. No. 1195, 1987, Rev. of Ord., 1990.
Section 10-18-108 Charge & fee income.
All false alarm charges and monitoring fees shall be paid to the City of Pierre Finance Officer.
Source: Ord. No. 1195, 1987, Rev. of Ord., 1990.
Section 10-18-109 to 199, inclusive. Reserved.
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