[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Aldermen (now City Council) of the City of Chicopee as Ch. 25 of the 1976 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction — See Ch. 122.
An Inspector of Wires shall be appointed to supervise electric lines to carry electric light or power current in accordance with the provisions of MGL c. 166, § 32.
Whenever the City Council is applied to for a location of such lines, it shall, if it grants the same, first determine the streets through which the lines shall run and shall then require the company or persons so applying to furnish a plan of the streets so designated therefor upon a scale of not less than 150 or more than 200 feet to the inch; and the City Council shall then determine and specify on said plan where each pole may be located and shall cause to be issued to the party applying therefor a certificate specifically enumerating the streets where the lines may run and the location of each pole thereon, as exhibited on said plan, the kind of poles, the height at which all wires must be placed and the dimensions and location of the underground conduit, if said lines or any part thereof shall be laid underground. Said plan and a copy of said certificate shall be filed in the office of the City Clerk, and the construction of the line shall conform thereto in every particular, and any pole placed otherwise than as therein designated shall forthwith be removed.
Any license granted hereunder shall be subject to the right of the City, free of charge, to place its fire alarm, telegraph or other electric wires upon the poles or through the conduit so licensed to be maintained and to the right of the City to license the location of lines by any other person or corporation upon said poles and through said conduit upon payment to the owner thereof of a reasonable compensation to be determined by the parties or, if they fail to agree, to be determined by the Mayor. Whenever a location is granted upon poles already erected, a plan of the streets so traversed need not be required.
All corporations, companies and individuals licensed to erect poles and fixtures and to maintain electric wires shall, before proceeding to act under the license, give to the City an agreement, in writing, satisfactory to the City Solicitor, that they will save the City harmless from any and all claims for damages, costs, expenses, charges or compensation for or on account of or in any way growing out of the erection, maintenance or use of said poles, fixtures or wires.
Said agreement, after its approval by the City Solicitor, shall be filed with the City Clerk, and no certificate of such license shall be issued until said agreement is so filed.
Every such line of wire along or across streets, ways or other public places shall be placed underground or at a height not less than 20 feet from the ground, except under bridges upon suitable poles or from building to building, except that such electrical conductors and fixtures as may be required in the construction and operation of electrical railways may not be less than 18 feet from the ground. Every such line of wire shall be so constructed, placed and maintained as not to interfere with any other line nor with the operation of the fire alarm telegraph, and all unused lines of wire shall forthwith be removed. Except for street railway purposes, no more than one line of poles or one conduit shall be maintained in any street, and no tree upon any street or other public place shall be cut or trimmed to make room for such wires without the consent of the Superintendent of Streets.
Every employee, official or agent of any telegraph, telephone or electric company who desires access to any premises within the City upon business of the company appertaining to the repairing or laying of lines over, through or along said premises shall be furnished by the company with a certificate of his authority to act therefor and shall not enter said premises without first exhibiting such certificate to the owner or occupant thereof and receiving permission so to enter.
The poles shall be kept well painted, of a uniform color and in good condition to the satisfaction of the Superintendent of Streets and of the Mayor; and the location of any poles, when once erected, shall not be changed without the consent of the City Council. The City shall have the exclusive use of the one crossbar and the top of each pole free of cost for the purpose of placing wires thereon, and said crossbar shall be well-braced, not less than five feet long and shall be placed not less than three feet from the crossbar next to it.