City of Williston, ND
Williams County
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[Ord. No. 817, § 1, 11-23-1999]
Except as otherwise provided by law, a person, firm, corporation or utility may not utilize a public right-of-way by placing or maintaining any permanent or semi-permanent medium used to transmit or transport electric or electronic signals, natural gas, or other materials in order to provide a service within the city without a franchise to do so from the city. No person, firm, corporation or utility may operate in and upon the streets, alleys, public ways, and places in the city for the purpose of collecting and conveying garbage accumulated in the city without a franchise issued by the city. The board of city commissioners may grant, by resolution, any franchise that provides a service within the City of Williston.
[Ord. No. 817, § 2, 11-23-1999]
An exclusive, perpetual or irrevocable franchise may not be granted. A franchise may not be granted for a term exceeding 20 years. A franchise may not be extended but may be renewed in the same manner as a new franchise.
[Ord. No. 817, § 3, 11-23-1999]
Before any franchise is granted, the board of city commissioners shall hold a public hearing. Notice of the hearing must be published at least once in the official newspaper not less than 10 days prior to the date of the hearing.
[Ord. No. 817, § 4, 11-23-1999]
Before any franchise is granted, the applicant shall file with the city auditor an application containing such information as may be necessary and helpful to act on the application. All applications for a franchise must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $500.
[Ord. No. 817, § 5, 11-23-1999]
Any franchise granted by the municipality will not be exclusive and shall not be construed to prevent the municipality from granting to any other party the right to use the public right-of-ways.
[Ord. No. 817, § 6, 11-23-1999]
A fee or a right to negotiate a future fee shall be included in all franchises.