[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Stanhope 3-31-1981 as Ord. No. 1981-3. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 48:17-10 and N.J.S.A. 48:17-11 and subject to the provisions of § A157-4 hereof, permission and consent is hereby granted to New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, its successors and assigns, to erect, construct, reconstruct, remove, locate, relocate, replace, inspect, maintain, repair and operate its communications facilities and other transmission or process equipment, including underground facilities, such as conduits, manholes, cables, subways and facilities appurtenant thereto, and aerial and buried facilities, such as cables, wires, antennas, poles, posts, supports, guys, pedestals, cable termination and distribution cabinets and all other facilities appurtenant thereto, in, through, upon, along, over, under and across all of the various sidewalks, streets, roads, avenues, highways, bridges and waterways, and parts thereof, throughout their entire length, and to effect the necessary street openings and lateral connections to curb poles, property lines and other facilities in the Borough of Stanhope for said company's local and through lines and other communications facilities in connection with the transaction of its business. All of the various sidewalks, streets, roads, avenues, highways, bridges and waterways, and parts thereof, throughout their entire length located in this municipality are hereby designated and prescribed for the uses and purposes of said company, as aforementioned; provided, however, that the company shall not place any poles, posts, supports, guys, pedestals, cable terminations, distribution cabinets or other facilities in such a location as will obstruct the use of the borough's sidewalks.
All poles, posts, pedestals, cabinets or other facilities hereafter to be erected, constructed, reconstructed, located, relocated, maintained, repaired or operated shall be located and placed back of the curblines and adjacent to the curblines where shown on the Official Map(s) of the Borough of Stanhope. The poles and posts, however, shall be located within eighteen (18) inches of the face of much curbline or as may otherwise be mutually agreed upon by both parties or at the points or places now occupied by the poles, posts, pedestals, cabinets or other facilities of New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, its successors and assigns, and where there are no curblines, at other convenient points or places in, upon, along, adjacent to or across the streets, roads, avenues or highways, as may be mutually agreed upon between the parties.
New Jersey Bell Telephone Company may bury its cables and associated equipment, fixtures, process equipment and appurtenances within the right-of-way of the various sidewalks, streets, roads, avenues, highways and parts thereof and at such locations as shall be mutually agreed upon by the parties for said company's local and through lines and communications facilities.
Underground conduits shall be placed below the surface of said sidewalks, streets, roads, avenues, highways and parts thereof, and, with the exception of lateral branches to curb poles and property lines and other facilities, said conduits generally shall not be constructed more than ten (10) feet from the curbline, unless obstructions make it necessary to deviate from such course or unless the parties mutually agree to another location. Underground conduits shall be placed at least eighteen (18) inches below the surface.
Manholes shall be located at such points along the line of subways or underground conduits as may be necessary or convenient for placing, maintaining and operating the facilities, cables, conductors and other appurtenances or process equipment which said company may from time to time place in said subways or underground conduits and which shall be so constructed as to conform to the cross-sectional and longitudinal grade of the surface so as not to interfere with the safety or convenience of persons or vehicles.
Before proceeding with any new construction or relocation work in an area covered by this ordinance, New Jersey Bell Telephone Company shall give prior notice in writing thereof to the Borough of Stanhope, by its designated representative, of its intention to perform such work, including therewith a map or plan showing the location and size of such facilities, and shall first obtain the approval of the Borough Council or its authorized representative of said map or plan. Such maps or plans are for information of the municipality only and shall not be considered as construction specifications upon which subsequent excavation or other work may proceed either by the municipality or a third party.
Prior to the opening or excavating of any sidewalks, streets, roads, avenues, highways or parts thereof, for the purpose of installing, maintaining or operating its underground systems as aforementioned, the company shall be required to first obtain such street opening or excavation permits and pay such reasonable fees therefor as may be required to cover the costs of administration and inspection as provided by any ordinances regulating such openings or excavations.
The surface of the sidewalks, streets, roads, avenues, highways and any pavement or other surface and/or planting disturbed by New Jersey Bell Telephone Company in constructing its facilities shall be restored to as good condition as it was before the commencement of work thereon. No highways or other public ways shall be encumbered for a period longer than shall be necessary to execute the work. Such restoration shall be subject to the approval of the Borough of Stanhope after an inspection by its authorized representative upon completion of the work.
Whenever a curbline shall be established on streets where one does not now exist or where an established curbline shall be relocated in order to widen an existing street or highway in conjunction with road construction being performed by the Borough of Stanhope, or should an existing pole location conflict with other proposed Borough projects or improvement, New Jersey Bell Telephone Company shall change the location of its poles, pedestals and related appurtenances at its own cost and expense (provided, however, that the company shall not be precluded from recouping said costs and expenses as may be permitted by law) so that the same shall be back of and adjacent to the new curbline so established, upon receipt of notice that the curbline has been so established.
Any company or corporation having legal authority to erect and maintain poles, posts or pedestals upon any of the sidewalks, streets, roads, avenues or highways in the Borough of Stanhope may jointly use the company's poles, posts, pedestals or other structures for all lawful purposes, provided that the company consents to such use and on terms and conditions acceptable to the company and not inconsistent with the provisions of the present ordinance.
New Jersey Bell Telephone Company shall provide, without charge, for the sole benefit of the Borough of Stanhope and for as long as this ordinance shall continue in effect, space on its poles so long as said poles are occupied by the company and space, to the extent available, in its main subways existing on the date of passage of this ordinance, but not exceeding one (1) clear duct of standard size, solely to accommodate the wires or electrical conductors required for one-way signal control in connection with this municipality's police patrol, fire alarm signal control and traffic signal control systems, but for no other uses or purposes, either alone or in conjunction therewith, nor for circuits for the supply of electrical energy for traffic or other signals, nor for wires, conductors, cable or the equivalent which provide a means of transmitting any signal to a private commercial or residential location and which is normally provided by a nongovernmental supplier; provided, further, that no such use or attachment by the municipality shall interfere with the plant or facilities of or the use thereof by the company. All costs or expenses incurred by the company in connection therewith shall be paid by the Borough of Stanhope.
Before proceeding with the attachment of its wires to the poles or the placing of its electrical conductors in the main subways or manholes of the company, either by itself or by a person, firm or corporation engaged to perform such work, the Borough of Stanhope shall give the company thirty (30) days' prior notice in writing. All such work shall be performed under the supervision of said company and shall be performed in a workmanlike manner and in accordance with all applicable safety and electrical codes, laws and regulations. If any or all of said streets or highways are later taken over by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Sussex or the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation, such Board of Chosen Freeholders or the Department of Transportation shall have such rights and privileges and be subject to the same terms, conditions and limitations of use as herein granted by this ordinance to the Borough of Stanhope; provided, however, that satisfactory prior arrangements as may be necessary are made with the Borough of Stanhope and the company for the full protection of the respective interests of each.
In the event of vacation of any public streets or way (which has facilities of the company located on, over, under or above said street or way) by the Borough of Stanhope, the municipality agrees to reserve unto New Jersey Bell Telephone Company the rights granted the company by the present ordinance.
Following final passage of this ordinance and acceptance thereof by New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, the permission and consent granted herein shall continue and be in full force and effect for a period of twenty-five (25) years from the date of its approval by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities as required by law, subject to the right of the company to seek such changes herein as it may deem necessary and reasonable from time to time and prior to the expiration of said period.
New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, for itself, its successors and assigns, agrees to maintain its property within the Borough of Stanhope in good order throughout the full term of the present ordinance and shall furnish safe, adequate and proper service within the Borough of Stanhope at just and reasonable rates and, at and after expiration of the term of the present ordinance, to safeguard the public interest in continuous and uninterrupted service within the Borough of Stanhope.
New Jersey Bell Telephone Company agrees to indemnify and save harmless the Borough of Stanhope, its officers, agents or employees from and against all costs or expenses resulting from any loss of life or property or injury or damage to the person or property of any person, firm or corporation (including but not limited to the parties hereto and their respective officers, agents and employees) and from any and all claims, demands, liabilities or actions for such loss, injury or damage caused by or arising out of conditions in the public right-of-way resulting from, any excavations, installation or maintenance connected with the work or equipment of said company, or both, when not attributable to the fault, failure or negligence of the Borough of Stanhope, except that, if such loss, injury or damage shall be caused by the joint or concurring negligence or fault of the company and the Borough of Stanhope, the same shall be borne by them to the extent of their respective fault or negligence.
Nothing herein contained shall be construed to grant unto said New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, its successors and assigns an exclusive right or to prevent the granting of permission and consent to other companies for like purposes on any of the streets, roads, avenues or highways of the Borough of Stanhope.
As used in this ordinance, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Shall be held to apply to and include any form of municipality or government into which the Borough of Stanhope or any part thereof may at any time hereafter be changed, annexed or merged, and the term "borough" or any other term herein used in referring to the governing body of the Borough of Stanhope shall be held to apply to and include the governing body of such other form of municipality.
The permission and consent hereby granted shall apply to and cover all communications facilities of the company existing at any time and related structures, process equipment and appurtenances heretofore or hereafter erected, constructed, reconstructed, removed, located, relocated, replaced, maintained, repaired or operated by New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, its predecessors, successors or assigns within the Borough of Stanhope.
Upon adoption, this ordinance will cancel and supersede an ordinance enacted on April 27, 1931, by the Borough of Stanhope.
New Jersey Bell Telephone Company shall pay the expenses incurred for advertising required in connection with the passage of this ordinance, after the date of its first reading, within thirty (30) days after the company has received a bill for said advertising from the publisher.
Upon passage of this ordinance in accordance with law, the Municipal Clerk shall provide New Jersey Bell Telephone Company with written notice thereof by certified mail. Said company shall file with the Municipal Clerk its written acceptance of said ordinance within thirty (30) days after receipt of said notice.