[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Downingtown 3-10-1976 by Ord. No. 76-10. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Mobile home parks — See Ch. 181.
All telephone, telegraph, electric or other utility poles now erected or hereafter erected upon the public streets, lanes or alleys of the Borough of Downingtown which are or shall be owned by any business entity shall be identified by the name or initial of said owner, along with a specific number, all legibly and permanently marked upon each pole aforesaid.
Each owner of any poles heretofore or hereafter erected shall, on or before January 1, 1977, and annually thereafter on or before January 1, apply at the Borough Office for the issuance of a license to maintain said poles for the ensuing calendar year. The charge for issuing licenses as aforesaid to the owner shall be $1 for each and every pole, to be paid to the Borough of Downingtown. The amount of such license charge may be amended from time to time as the Borough Council, by resolution or regulation, shall determine.
The Borough of Downingtown, through an appropriate agency, shall effect a thorough and careful inspection at least once during the calendar year, as aforesaid, of all poles subject to this chapter. Should any pole be found in a defective or dangerous condition, the Borough shall notify the owner of said condition. The owner of said pole, within 48 hours after receipt of the notice aforesaid, shall correct the defect or take such other steps as may be required to remove the existing hazard. Failure to take such action shall be deemed a violation of this chapter, whereupon the Borough of Downingtown shall promptly and without further notice to the owner take such steps as reasonably are required to remove the existing hazard, for all costs and expenses of which the owner shall be liable to the Borough. Nothing contained in this chapter shall relieve or otherwise discharge the owner from erecting, repairing, maintaining or otherwise operating its poles in a safe and proper manner.
On and after January 1, 1977, no telephone, telegraph, electric or other utility pole shall be erected or maintained within Borough limits unless a license for the same shall have been previously applied for and received as aforesaid.
[Amended 10-10-1990 by Ord. No. 90-16]
Any owner violating the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $600 and costs of prosecution, for each pole, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 30 days.