Skip to comments.Town Makes Residents Hand Over Their Keys
Posted on 06/14/2011 9:05:45 PM PDT by freedommom
Seven years ago the Cedar Falls City Council passed an ordinance requiring lock boxes on commercial buildings and larger apartment complexes. Hardly a soul made a peep about it.
On Monday the council voted 6-1 on a third and final reading to expand the ordinance to include more apartment buildings. In the days leading up to the vote, they received hundreds of phone calls and e-mails from people all over the country from people upset about the issue.
Some calls came in the middle of the night. Some writers threatened them and called them scumbags, or worse.
The issue had blown up on the Internet in recent days with message boards, primarily those tilting toward conservative and tea party viewpoints, spreading the story nationwide.
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If this a trend we are in trouble....
I wounder how many people will put a copy of all their keys to their residence in a lockbox in front of their house............
Even a mediocre lawyer could beat the crap out of this with little effort.
This is an outright outrage!
I’ll put keys in their stupid box. They won’t be to anything useful like my door ;)
>> Some writers threatened them and called them scumbags, or worse.
Making threats is completely stupid, unnecessary, pointless, and illegal. Hey, but “scumbags”, if the shoe fits...
Back when I lived in apartments, I always changed the locks when I moved in. Then, I changed them back when I left. I’m sure it would have cheesed them off if they had known about it.
We don't need no stinkin' lockbox!
This is not new nor is it some great threat to property rights and freedom and security.
Lock boxes (Knox) for commercial occupancies over a certain square footage and/or equpped with centralized alarm systems are part of the NFPA Life Safety and Fire Prevention Codes. If States adopt these codes part of having commercial plans approved by the Fire District is that they have these lock boxes. Sometimes the code may be amended to more broad requirements but I don’t know if that is the case here.
This is a fairly typical adoption of the code from Millington, Tennessee.
“7-2A01. Key lock box required. All buildings or parts of buildings served by an internal automatic fire detection or suppression system, having a connection to a central monitoring station facility, shall be provided with a key lock box approved prior to installation by the city fire department. Those facilities which provide proprietary services, such as, but not limited to, hotels,motels, hazardous, factory/industrial, etc. (as added by Ord. #2001-1, April 2001)
7-2A02. Location of key lock box. The key lock box shall be located:
(3) At or near the recognized public entrance, adjacent to the fire annunciator panel, on the exterior of the structure, or above the F.D.C., when occupancy is serviced by the fire sprinkler system with internal control valves and wall mounted F.D.C. Locations of key lock boxes must be approved by the fire department.
(4) The key lock box shall be located at a height of not less than six (6)feet and not more than twelve (12) feet above final grade.
(5) No steps, displays, signs, or other fixtures or structure protrusions which would allow intruders to access the box without assistance shall be located under the key lock box.
(6) The key lock box shall be connected to the NFPA 72A fire alarm control panel, when such a panel is provided. Wiring shall be supervised as required in NFPA 72. Tampering with or opening of the key lock box shall produce a supervisory signal on Supervisory Zone 1. The signal will then be transmitted through NFPA 71 panel as a supervisory signal. If an NFPA 71 panel only is used, wiring shall be supervised as required in NFPA 71.
Tampering with or opening of the key lock box shall produce a supervisory signal. (as added by Ord. #2001-1, April 2001)Change 11, July 6, 2009 7-5
7-2A03. Key lock box contents. The key lock box shall contain the keys for the following. The keys shall be labeled so as to be easily identified in the field.
(1) The main entrance door. Mixed occupancies and strip shopping center keys shall be provided only for occupancies where system control valves or fire alarm system panel exists;
(2) Alarm room (if one exists);
(3) Mechanical rooms and sprinkler control rooms;
(4) Fire alarm control rooms;
(5) Electrical rooms;
(6) Special keys to reset pull-stations of other fire protection devices;
(7) Elevator keys; and
(8) All other rooms as specified during the plans review process. (as added by Ord. #2001-1, April 2001)
7-2A04. Key lock boxes for apartment complexes. (1) All new
apartment complexes served by manual fire alarm systems shall be required to install a key lock box.
(a) Location of the key lock box will be determined by plans review of by a fire department field inspector.
(b) The box shall be placed at a height of not less than six (6) feet and not more than twelve (12) feet above finished grade.
(c) Key lock box contents: The key lock box shall contain keys for the following. The keys shall be labeled to be easily identified in the field.
(i) Alarm room or area where alarm panel is installed;
(ii) Alarm panel;
(iii) Any special keys or tools to reset pull-stations; and
(iv) All other areas as specified during the plans review
(2) The key lock box need not be supervised.
(3) Only apartment complex owners, management companies, or
manager may purchase key lock boxes for apartment complexes. (as added by Ord. #2001-1, April 2001)
7-2A05. Administration. (1) New structures. The plans review section of the fire department shall be responsible for the administration of these
requirements and shall indicate specific requirements for each building or part of a building subject to this chapter.
(2) Existing structures. The inspection section of the fire department shall be responsible for administration of these standards and shall notify the owner or operator in writing that the owner or operator must comply with one or more of the following:
(a) Contact a licensed fire alarm contractor;
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(b) Contractor may obtain applications for key lock box from the fire department’s plans review section;
(c) Only licensed fire alarm contractors or general contractors may obtain key lock boxes;
(d) Contractors must obtain a fire department permit to install key lock box; and
(e) Owner or manager must obtain a fire department permit toinstall key lock box.
(f) Existing structures do not include existing apartment
complexes. (as added by Ord. #2001-1, April 2001)
7-2A06. Permit applications. Applications for key lock box permits may be obtained from the City of Millington Fire Department, 4836 Navy Road,Millington, Tennessee 38053. (as added by Ord. #2001-1, April 2001)
7-2A07. Appeal. Any party aggrieved by this chapter or the enforcement hereof may exercise appeal pursuant to general law. (as added by Ord. #2001-1,
7-2A08. Application of chapter. This chapter shall not apply to single family or two-family residential buildings. (as added by Ord. #2001-1, April
You can pry my keys from my cold, dead hands...
Never changed anything, just had a shotgun next to my bed ... slept like a baby.
So much for the First Amendment.
I live in a condo bldg and keep a deadbolt on my bedroom door, locks from the outside. They don’t have that key.
Forget this topic, the bigger question is who the hell cares about Iowa in selecting a POTUS in the primary?
A blue state parading some red for attention.
They would not have a key to your individual apartment.
Do they realize that once they step one inch inside they can be shot as the common crimminals they proved they are in castlr doctrine steaes (whch I happen to lie in)?