[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Saco 5-1-1995 as Ch. V, Sec. 5-5, of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The City Council may contract, on such terms and conditions as are in the best interests of the city, including the grant of a non-exclusive franchise(s) for a period not to exceed 10 years, for the placing and maintenance Cable System and appurtenances or parts thereof along public ways, including contracts with operators of such systems which receive the services of television signal transmission offered by any public utilities using public ways for such transmission and subject to the City cable television franchising process including, but not being limited to, procedures mandated by the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated, Title 30-A, Part 2, Subpart 4, Chapter 141, § 3008, Subdivision 4A, as follows:
The holding of a public proceeding to ascertain special local needs or interests before issuing a cable television franchise(s), and such proceeding shall include a period for public comment on the needs to be addressed in the franchising process and in a request for proposals if any;
The filing of franchise applications and related documents as public records, with reasonable notice to the public that the records are open to inspection during reasonable hours;
A reasonable opportunity for public input before granting franchises; and
Subject to the limitations of federal law, the assessment of reasonable fees or other lawful appropriation of funds to defray the costs of public notice, advertising and other expenses incurred by the municipality in acting upon applications.
Further to the implementation of cable television franchising, the City Council, in its capacity as cable television franchise franchising authority, shall have any and all rights and powers set forth in or available pursuant to applicable federal, state and local law, including but not limited to the federal Cable Communications Act of 1984 as codified at 47 U.S.C. § 521 et seq.