City of Erie, PA
Erie County
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CROSS REFERENCES
Requiring wires to be placed underground — See 3rd Class § 2403(50) (53 P.S. § 37403(50)).
Community Antenna Television System — See BUS. REG. Art. 343.
Signs on poles prohibited — See GEN. OFF. 713.01.
Underground conduits — See S.U. & P.S. 921.06.
[Ord. 42 § 1, passed 10-23-1882]
No person shall erect in the streets of the City poles of any kind to be used for supporting telegraph wires, or wires used for any other purpose, or extend such wires across any streets in any manner without first having obtained the permission of Council.
[Ord. 42 § 2, passed 10-23-1882]
Permission to erect such poles and wires shall be granted only by ordinance. Unless when such an ordinance is passed it shall be provided to the contrary, the right to erect poles and wires shall be considered as granted and, by the party applying therefor, accepted subject to the terms and conditions of this article.
[Ord. 42 § 2, passed 10-23-1882]
The right is reserved by the City to place one wire on any pole so erected, and maintain the same there without charge or expense to the City. Such wire shall be placed in such place as the City Electrician may elect, but when reasonably practicable on the top of the poles.
[Ord. 42 § 2, passed 10-23-1882]
The license granted to use the streets for the purposes aforesaid may be revoked at any time and, when revoked, the poles and wires shall be immediately removed from the streets.
[Ord. 42 § 6, passed 10-23-1882]
If any person has heretofore erected any poles or wires in the streets without the permission of Council, such poles and wires shall be immediately removed by the parties erecting them. In default of compliance with notice to do so, it shall be the duty of the Chief of the Bureau of Streets to remove the same without delay.
[Ord. 42 § 7, passed 10-23-1882]
All licenses heretofore granted to any person to erect poles and wires in the streets are hereby revoked, but nothing herein shall be construed to prevent a renewal of the license heretofore granted to such person upon application duly made, as provided for in this article, and subject to its conditions.
[Ord. 42 § 2, passed 10-23-1882]
Such poles and wires shall be erected in such manner and in such places as the proper municipal authorities shall direct, and particularly in such manner that the wires shall not come in contact with those of the fire alarm telegraph.
[Ord. 42 § 2, passed 10-23-1882]
The person erecting such poles and wires shall at all times keep the same in safe condition, and be responsible to the City, for all damages it may be made liable for arising from the same.
[Ord. 42 § 3, passed 10-23-1882]
Whenever any wires erected for any purpose whatsoever shall intersect or cross those of the fire alarm telegraph, the person erecting such wires shall set a post or pole with crossarms at least two feet apart at the point of intersection or crossing, and properly attach such wires to the crossarms in such manner that the wires cannot possibly come in contact with each other, always when practicable placing the wires of the fire alarm telegraph on the highest arm.
[Ord. 42 § 4, passed 10-23-1882]
No person shall place any wires on the poles erected by the City for the use of the fire alarm telegraph without the consent, in writing, of the City Electrician, which license may be revoked at the pleasure of Council. When such permission is granted, the wires shall be placed on the poles in such manner as the City Electrician shall direct.
[Ord. 42 § 6, passed 10-23-1882]
If any person has heretofore placed any wires on any poles erected for the use of the fire alarm telegraph, such person shall immediately remove the same from the poles if so directed by the City Electrician, or with his consent in writing, attach the wires to the poles in such manner as he shall direct.
[Ord. 42 § 5, passed 10-23-1882]
No person in moving any building or other thing shall cause the same to come in contact with the wires of the fire alarm telegraph without first having given notice to the City Electrician of the fact that such building or other thing will come in contact with the wire, so that the City Electrician may be present, and the fire alarm telegraph wire shall not be cut under any circumstances except by the express direction of the City Electrician.
[Ord. 2010 § 1, passed 12-18-1902]
All telegraph, telephone and electric light poles and all other poles now erected or hereafter to be erected for the support of electric wires upon any street or other City property, which are or shall be owned by any person other than the City itself, shall be designated by the name of such owner, and each of such poles shall have a distinct number which, together with the name, shall be legibly marked and so maintained, open to public view, upon the poles so designated, not higher than 10 feet from the grade of street.
[Ord. 2010 § 1, passed 12-18-1902]
Such poles shall be placed, replaced, erected or maintained only at such points as may be designated by the City Electrician, who shall keep in his office an accurate record of the location of each pole as designated and permitted by him. It shall be the duty of the City Electrician at least once a year to cause a thorough count, inspection and record of all telegraph, telephone and electric light poles, and all other poles erected within the limits of the City, also count and record the number of crossarms thereon, and the distance between the crossarms, and count and report to the Mayor the number of brackets thereon, if any. If any pole shall be found to be defective, unsuitable or unsound, he shall notify the owner of the pole to forthwith replace the same with a sound pole. It shall be the duty of such owner to replace such defective, unsuitable or unsound pole within 48 hours after receiving such notice.
[Ord. 2010 § 1, passed 12-18-1902]
No person shall place or use a bracket on any pole for the purpose of supporting, attaching or carrying a wire.
[Ord. 2010 § 1, passed 12-18-1902]
If any person shall violate the provisions of this article, it shall be the duty of the City Electrician to report such violation to the Mayor, who shall notify such person of such violation, and it shall then be the duty of the person to correct the violation within 10 days from receipt of the notice.
[Ord. 2010 § 1, passed 12-18-1902]
Any pole not lettered and numbered as provided for in this article shall be considered a "dead" or unused pole, and it may be removed by the City or its officers as an obstruction of the highway, without liability therefor and at the expense of the owner of such pole.
[Ord. of 6-11-1879]
No person who may be authorized to put up wires in the streets for telegraphic or other purposes shall place such wires less than 18 feet above the roadways of the streets.
[Ord. 2218 § 1, passed 8-17-1903]
No person shall erect or maintain a guy wire in the streets or public grounds of the City unless the lowest part of such wire shall be at least 12 feet above the grade.
[Ord. 2205 § 1, 2, passed 7-17-1903]
No person shall paste, tack or affix any advertisement or sign on any pole in the City which is used or intended to be used for carrying or supporting wires.
[Ord. 7120 § 1, 2, passed 8-31-1928]
No person shall paste or otherwise affix any advertisement or sign on any ornamental or other lighting poles owned by the City. However, Council may, by resolution duly approved, authorize the placing of temporary signs of an approved type, in connection with any civic or community project. Council may also give permission by resolution to place direction and information signs of a design and type to be approved by it, to bus line companies operating within the City.
[Ord. 1045 § 1, passed 2-14-1895]
It shall be the duty of the City Electrician to care for and maintain the wires and boxes of the fire alarm system of the City, under such reasonable rules and regulations as may be made for that purpose by the Chief of the Bureau of Fire. However, such rules and regulations shall in no way interfere with the present duty of the City Electrician in caring for the wires and boxes of the police call system.
[Ord. of 6-11-1879; Ord. 42 § 8, passed 10-23-1882; Ord. 2010 § 1, passed 12-18-1902; Ord. 2218 § 1, 2, passed 8-17-1903; Ord. 2205 § 1, 2, passed 7-17-1903; Ord. 7120 § 1, 2, passed 8-31-1928]
(a) 
Any person violating any of the provisions of Sections 925.01 to 925.12 shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $100.
(b) 
Any person violating any of the provisions of Sections 925.13 to 925.17 or 925.23 shall be fined not more than $100 for each offense. The erection or maintenance of any single pole or crossarm in violation of the provisions of this article shall constitute a distinct and separate offense.
(c) 
Any person violating any of the provisions of Section 925.18 shall be fined $10. For each day that such wire or wires are permitted to remain in violation of this section, after notice to raise the same, there shall be an additional penalty of $5 per day.
(d) 
Any person violating any of the provisions of Sections 925.19, 925.20 or 925.21 shall be fined not more than $50 for each offense and, in default of payment of fine and costs shall be imprisoned for not more than 30 days.