CITY OF TEXARKANA, AR

REQUEST FOR BOARD ACTION

 

AGENDA TITLE: Adopt an Ordinance to amend Chapter 9 of the Code of Ordinances to revise fees. (FIN) (THIRD READING)

 

AGENDA DATE: 07/17/2017

ITEM#:  9  

DEPARTMENT: Finance Department

DATE SUBMITTED: 05/23/2017

PREPARED BY: TyRhonda Henderson

SUBJECT: Revision to the Fire Department’s Fee Schedule

EXHIBITS: Ordinance

APPROVAL:

 

EXPENSE REQUIRED: $0

AMOUNT BUDGETED: $0

APPROPRIATION REQUIRED: $0

SUMMARY: This item is to amend Chapter 9, Fire Prevention and Protection, of the Code of Ordinances and to approve an addition to the current fee schedule. Section 9-12 of the Code of Ordinances should be revised to replace ‘Manufacturing Business’ with ‘Factory/Industrial 20,000 Sq. Ft +’. The wording ‘Manufacturing Business’ is vague and has presented a challenge in correctly classifying facilities. Section 9-12 of the Code of Ordinances should also be revised to replace ‘Fee for the Second and Any Subsequent Re-Inspections’ to ‘Fee for the Second Re-Inspection and Any Subsequent Re-Inspections’. The current reading is vague and has caused some confusion as to when the fee should be charged. Section 9-12 of the Code of Ordinances should also be revised to add ‘All Other Commercial Business; Annual Inspection Fee $0; Fee for the Second Re-Inspection and Any Subsequent Re-Inspections Occurring Prior to the Next Annual Inspection $75’. This section currently reads as if the fee is only associated with the businesses categories listed and not all commercial businesses, as it was intended.   Section 9-12 of Code of Ordinances should also be revised to add a $75 annual permit fee per commercial fire alarm system. The City Manager recommends approving the revisions.

BOARD ACTION: The City Manager and staff recommend that the City Board of Directors approve the attached resolutions.

 

EMERGENCY CLAUSE: Not required.

 


ORDINANCE NO. _______

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 9-12 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS, TO MAKE CLARIFICATIONS AND INCLUDE ANNUAL COMMERCIAL FIRE ALARM PERMITTING; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

 

WHEREAS, it is necessary to clarify certain language contained in Section 9-12 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas (as adopted by Ordinance No. 12-17) in order to facilitate certain classification of businesses and to assist in application of such provision; and

WHEREAS, in order to better track and identify commercial fire alarm systems, it is further necessary to include in such Section permitting requirements for monitored fire alarm systems serving businesses subject to annual fire inspection services and to provide for fees associated therewith to recoup expense incurred; and

WHEREAS, the City Manager and staff recommend approval;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Directors of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, that:

Section 1.  The schedule of fees following “Fire Inspection Service” in Section 9-12 to the Code of Ordinances is deleted and the following is inserted therefore (italicized language below included for ease of reference in changes made, but not intended to be codified as italicized); following is added as:

Fire Inspection Service:   

 

Annual Inspection Fee

Fee for the Second Re-Inspection and Any Subsequent Re-Inspections Occurring Prior to the Next Annual Inspection

Nursing Home or Assisted Living Center:

$75.00

$75.00

Day Care:                   

$40.00

$75.00

Group Home:             

$40.00

$75.00

Hotel/Motel:               

$20.00, plus $2.00 per hotel room

$75.00

Factory/Industrial 20,000 or more square feet:

$75.00

$75.00

All Other Commercial Businesses

$0.00

$75.00

Section 2.  The following is added following to Section 9-12 to the Code of Ordinances following the schedule of fees above:

Businesses of any type subject to annual fire inspections having monitored fire alarm systems shall be required to procure a permit from the fire department for the same.  Annual monitored fire alarm permit fee:  $75.00, payable upon each annual fire inspection. 

Section 3.  If, for any reason, any portion of this ordinance should be held to be invalid, such invalidity shall in no way affect the remaining portions thereof which are valid, but said valid portions shall be and remain in full force and effect.

Section 4.  All other fees not expressly amended or superseded hereby remain in full force and effect.  

PASSED AND APPROVED this 17th day of July, 2017.

 

 

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Ruth Penney Bell, Mayor

ATTEST:

 

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Heather Soyars, City Clerk

 

APPROVED:

 

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George M. Matteson, City Attorney