City of Columbia, IL
Monroe County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Columbia as Ch. 12.12 of the 1997 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to tunnel under or to make an excavation in any street, alley, parkway or other public place in the City without having obtained a permit as is herein required, or without complying with the provisions of this chapter or in violation of or variance from the terms of any such permit.
Applications for such permits shall be made to the Clerk on appropriate forms furnished by the City, and shall describe the location of the intended excavation or tunnel, the size thereof, the purpose therefor, and the person, firm or corporation doing the actual excavating work, and the name of the person, firm or corporation for whom or which the work is being done and shall contain an agreement that the applicant will comply with all ordinances and laws relating to the work to be done.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
The permit shall be issued by the Building Official.
No such permit shall be issued unless and until the applicant therefor has filed with the Clerk a bond in an amount required by the City Council conditioned to indemnify the City for any loss, liability or damage that may result or accrue from or because of the making, existence or manner of guarding or constructing any such tunnel or excavation. Such bond shall have as surety a corporation licensed to do business in the State of Illinois as a surety company.
[Amended 1997 by Ord. No. 1604]
No such permit shall be issued unless and until the applicant therefor has deposited with the Clerk a cash deposit in an amount to be set by City ordinance from time to time if no pavement is involved, and if the excavation is in a paved area, to ensure the proper restoration of the ground and laying of the pavement, if any. From this deposit shall be deducted the expense to the City of relaying the surface of the ground or pavement and of making the refill if this is done by the City or at its expense, and the balance shall be returned to the applicant without interest after the tunnel or excavation is completely refilled and the surface or pavement is restored.
Any person, firm or corporation making or maintaining any excavation in any street or alley shall keep the same adequately guarded by barricades and lights to protect persons and property from injury.
A. 
It is unlawful to make any such excavation or tunnel in any way contrary to or at variance with the terms of the permit therefor. Proper bracing shall be maintained to prevent the collapse of adjoining ground; and in excavations, the excavation shall not have anywhere below the surface any portion which extends beyond the opening at the surface.
B. 
No injury shall be done to any pipes, cables or conduits in the making of such excavations or tunnel; and notice shall be given to the persons maintaining any such pipes, cables or conduits or to the City department or officer charged with the care thereof, which are or may be endangered or affected by the making of any such excavation or tunnel before such pipes, cables or conduits shall be disturbed.
C. 
No unnecessary damage or injury shall be done to any tree or shrub or the roots thereof.
If any sidewalk is blocked by any such work, a temporary sidewalk shall be constructed or provided which shall be safe for travel and convenient for users.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
Each application for a permit shall state the length of time it is estimated will elapse from the commencement of the work until the restoration of the surface of the ground, or until the refill is made ready for the pavement to be put on by the City if the City restores such surface pavement. It shall be unlawful to fail to comply with this time limitation unless permission for an extension of time is granted by the Building Official.
A. 
Any person, firm or corporation making any excavation in or under any public street, alley or public place in the City shall restore the surface thereof to its original condition if there is no pavement there. Refills shall be properly tamped down, and any bracing in such excavation shall be removed.
B. 
Any opening in a paved or improved portion of a street shall be repaired and the surface relaid by the applicant, in compliance with the ordinances and subject to the supervision of the Director of Public Works; and if such work is not done within 10 days after restoration is possible, the City may restore the surface and charge the cost thereof to the permittee.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
The Director of Public Works shall, from time to time, inspect all excavations and tunnels being made in or under any public street, alley or other public place in the City to see to the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter. Notice shall be given to him at least 10 hours before the work of refilling any such excavation or tunnel commences.
The provisions of this chapter relative to securing permits shall not apply to officers or employees of the City engaged in doing work for the City under contract; nor to persons or corporations which are operating under a franchise or grant from the City if such franchise provides for the making of excavations and tunnels without securing a permit therefor.