AN ORDINANCE
NO.__________


An ordinance adopting a new Chapter 15A so as to regulate burglar and fire alarm sales and installation in Columbus, Georgia; and for other purposes.
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THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY ORDAINS:
SECTION 1.

The Columbus Code is hereby amended by adding a new Chapter 15A to read as follows:

Section 15A-1. Applicability.

This Chapter shall apply to all businesses engaged in burglar and fire alarm sales and installation in Columbus, Georgia and is adopted pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 48-13-9.

Section 15A-2. Definitions.

“Owner” shall mean any person, salesperson, partner, stockholder or any entity owning 25 percent or more of a business engaged in burglar and fire alarm sales and installation.

“Salesperson” shall mean any individual employed or authorized by a company or business to engage in burglar and fire alarm sales and installation.

Section 15A-3. Regulatory fee.

All businesses involving burglar and fire alarm sales and installation shall pay an annual regulatory fee of $300.00, plus an occupational tax as provided by law. Such regulatory fee shall not be pro-rated.

Section 15A-4. Revocation of License.

(a) License issued under this Chapter may be revoked upon a conviction of the owner, licensee or any salesperson of the owner or licensee or plea of guilty or nolo contendere by the owner, licensee or any salesperson of the owner or licensee in the Recorder’s Court or any other court of a violation of any of this Chapter’s provisions or upon a conviction, plea of guilty or nolo contendere of the owner, licensee or any salesperson of the owner or licensee in any state of any felony involving any offense or any misdemeanor involving theft-related offenses.


(b) The following procedures shall be followed in the revocation of license under this Chapter:
Section 15A-5. Application and Issuance of License. Section 15A-6. Bonding Requirements.

All owners, licensees and salespersons of any owner or licensee shall be covered by a surety bond in the amount of $5,000 in favor of Columbus, Georgia, conditioned upon faithful compliance with the laws of Columbus, Georgia and the State of Georgia. Said surety shall be issued by a bonding, surety, or insurance company licensed to do business in the State of Georgia. The term of the bond shall be for one year and shall correspond to the period of any license issued under this chapter. The Director of Finance shall have the right to recover on the bond for the breach of its conditions whenever an owner, licensee or salesperson of an owner or licensee violates any provisions of this chapter or any laws or regulations of the State of Georgia governing burglar and fire alarm sales and installation.

Section 15A-7. Location of business.

All businesses regulated by this chapter shall be located at an identifiable street address in Columbus, Georgia, specifically excluding any hotel or extended stay lodging facility, which shall be provided to the Director of Finance on a license or renewal application. No licensee shall change the address for any business without giving thirty (30) days advance written notice to the Director of Finance and the Chief of Police. All business locations shall meet all requirements of the Unified Development Ordinance of Columbus, Georgia.

Section 15A-8. Penalty.

Any person who violates any provision of this Chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished as provided in Section 1-8 of this Code.


SECTION 2.

This Chapter shall apply to any application for burglar and fire alarm sales and installation licensing filed after April 1, 2014.

SECTION 3.

All ordinances and parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the 11th day of February, 2014, introduced a second time at a regular meeting of said Council held on the ______ day of ________, 2014, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting____________.
Councilor Baker voting____________.
Councilor Barnes voting___________.
Councilor Davis voting____________.
Councilor Henderson voting________.
Councilor Huff voting_____________.
Councilor McDaniel voting_________.
Councilor Pugh voting_____________.
Councilor Thomas voting___________.
Councilor Woodson voting__________.



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TINY B. WASHINGTON TERESA PIKE TOMLINSON
CLERK MAYOR