[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Corbin City 2-11-1974. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Permission and consent is hereby granted to New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, its successors and assigns, to erect, construct, reconstruct, remove, inspect, maintain and operate its communications facilities, including underground conduits, subways, cables and related appurtenances, aerial and buried cables, wires and related appurtenances, poles, posts, guys, pedestals, manholes and all other related appurtenances, in, through, upon along, over, under and across all of the various streets, roads, avenues, highways, bridges and waterways and parts thereof, throughout their entire length, and to effect necessary street openings and lateral connections to curb poles, property lines and other facilities in this City for its local and through lines and communications facilities, in connection with the transaction of its business. All of the various streets, roads, avenues, highways, bridges and waterways and parts thereof, throughout their entire length in this City, are hereby designated and prescribed for the uses and purpose of said company as aforementioned.
All poles, posts or pedestals hereafter to be erected, constructed, reconstructed, maintained and operated shall be located and placed back of and adjacent to the curblines, where shown by official maps of this City, and within 18 inches thereof, or as may be mutually agreed to by both parties, and at the points or places now occupied by the poles, posts or pedestals of said company, its successors and assigns, and where there are no curblines, at other convenient points or places upon the streets, roads, avenues and highways as may be mutually agreed to by both parties.
Underground conduits shall be placed below the surface of said streets, roads, avenues and 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 10 feet from the curbline, unless obstructions make it necessary to deviate from such course or unless the parts mutually agreed to another location. All underground conduits shall be placed at least 18 inches below the surface.
All manholes shall be located at such points along the line of the subways or underground conduits as may be necessary or convenient for placing, maintaining and operating the cables and other conductors and appurtenances which said company may from time to time place in said subways or underground conduits, and 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.
Said company may bury its cables and associated equipment, fixtures and appurtenances within the right-of-way of the various streets, roads, avenues and highways and parts thereof and to such locations as shall be mutually agreed upon by the parties in this City for its local and through lines and communications facilities.
Before proceeding with any of the work for which permission and consent is required under this ordinance, said company shall file with the Mayor and Council of this City a map or plan showing the location and size of any such facilities, which map or plan shall be first approved by said Mayor and Council or its authorized representatives.
Prior to the opening or excavating of any streets, roads, avenues and highways and parts thereof for the purpose of laying, maintaining and operating its underground systems after the approval of the map and plan as aforementioned, the said company shall first obtain a permit for such opening or excavation upon payment of such reasonable fee therefor as may be required to cover the costs of administration and inspection and as provided by any ordinance regulating openings and excavations of streets.
The surface of the streets, roads, avenues and highways and any pavement or flagging taken up or soil and/or planting disturbed by said company in building its lines shall be restored to as good condition as it was before the commencement of work thereon. No highways shall be encumbered for a longer period than shall be necessary to execute the work. Such restoration shall be subject to the approval of the City after an inspection by its authorized representative upon completion of the work.
Except as provided in § A108-4 of this ordinance, said company shall be exempt from any fee which may be required by any ordinance regulating the openings and excavations of streets within the City.
Wherever the curbline shall be established on streets where on does not now exist or where an established curbline shall be relocated in order to widen an existing street or highway, said company shall change the location of its poles, pedestals and related appurtenances at its own expense so that the same shall be back of and adjacent to the new curbline so established, upon receipt of notice form the municipal officials that the curbline has been so established, so long as the City has acted with reasonable care in establishing the new curbline and providing notice thereof.
Upon any of the streets, roads, avenues and highways in this City now or hereafter occupied by the poles, posts or pedestals of said New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, its successors and assigns, or any other companies or corporations having legal authority to erect and maintain poles, posts or pedestals, the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company and such other companies or corporations may use the same poles, posts or pedestals, provided they can agree so to do.
Said Telephone company shall provide free of charge to this City as long as this ordinance continues I effect, space on its poles, so long as said poles are occupied by said company, and space in its main subways [not exceeding one clear duct of standard sized to accommodate the wires or electrical conductors, required for signal control in connection with its police patrol, fire alarm telegraphy signal systems and traffic signal control systems, but not to include circuits for the supply of electrical energy for the traffic or other signals; provided, however, that such use by the municipality shall not interfere with the equipment or operation of said company, and said City shall indemnify and save harmless said telephone company from all claims or suits for damages arising from the attachment to its poles or the location in its main subways of any such crossarms, wires or electrical conductors used by this City. 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 said company, either by itself or by a person, firm or corporation engaged to perform such work, this City shall give the said company 30 days' notice in writing. All such work shall be performed under the supervision of said company. If any or all of the said streets or highways shall be later taken over by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Atlantic or the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation, then such Board of Chosen Freeholders or the Department of Transportation may use the same clear duct of standard size referred to for their respective police control, fire alarm telegraphs and traffic signal control systems in conjunction with the City's use thereof for similar purposes, but only after making such satisfactory arrangements as may be necessary with the City and the telephone company for the full protection of each other's interests.
Following final passage of this ordinance and acceptance thereof by said company, the permission and consent granted herein shall continue and be in force for a period of 50 years from the date of its approval by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Commission as required by law. Throughout the full term of this ordinance, said company, its successors and assigns, shall furnish safe, adequate and proper service within this City and keep and maintain its property and equipment in such condition as to enable it to do so.
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 this City.
As used in this ordinance, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes any form of municipality or government into which this City or any part thereof may at any time hereafter be changed, annexed or merged, and the term "city" or any other term herein used in referring to the governing body of this City 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 existing communications facilities and related appurtenance heretofore erected, constructed, reconstructed, maintained and operated by New Jersey Bell Telephone Company or its predecessors.
Said company shall pay the expenses incurred for advertising done in connection with the passage of this ordinance with 30 days after the date of its going into effect.
Upon passage of this ordinance in accordance with law, the City Clerk shall provide said company with written notice thereof by certified mail. Said company shall file with the City Clerk its written acceptance of said ordinance within 30 days of the receipt of said notice.