[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Paterson 7-12-1994 as Ord. No. 94-046. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 48:17-10, N.J.S.A. 48:17-11, and N.J.S.A. 48:17-12, permission and consent is hereby granted to Bell Atlantic - New Jersey (the "company"), its successors and assigns to install, operate, inspect, maintain, repair, replace and remove its communication facilities and other transmission or process equipment, including underground facilities, such as conduits, manholes, cables, wires and all other facilities appurtenant thereto, and aboveground facilities, such as cables, wires, antennas, poles, posts, supports, guys, pedestals, cable termination and distribution cabinets and other facilities appurtenant thereto, in, through, upon, along, over, under and across all of the various public streets, ways, which include the roads, avenues, rights-of-way, sidewalks, highways, bridges, waterways, and other public places and parts thereof, throughout their entire length, and to effect the necessary street opening and lateral connections to curb poles, property lines and other facilities in the City of Paterson (the "city") for said company's local and through lines and other communication facilities in connection with the transaction of its business. In the event that any public street or way where the company has facilities is vacated by the city, the city agrees to reserve unto said company the rights granted the company by the present ordinance.
All poles, posts, pedestals, cabinets or other facilities shall be located and placed back of the curblines where shown on the Official Map(s) of the city; the poles and posts, however, shall be located within eighteen (18) inches of the face of such curbline or as may otherwise be mutually agreed by both parties or at the points or places now occupied by the poles, posts, pedestals, cabinets or other facilities of the company, its successors and assigns and, where there are no curblines, at other convenient points or places in, upon, along, adjacent or across the public streets and ways as may be mutually agreed upon between the parties.
The company may bury its local and through communication facilities such as cables, conduit, manholes and associated equipment, fixtures, process equipment and appurtenances within the rights-of-way of the various public streets and ways and at such locations as shall be mutually agreed upon by the parties for said company's local and through lines and communications facilities. Underground and associated facilities, as aforementioned, shall be placed at least eighteen (18) inches below the surface of said public interest and ways, and with the exception of lateral branches to curb poles and property lines and other facilities, the same shall generally not be constructed more than ten (10) feet from the curbline, unless obstructions make it necessary to deviate from such course or unless the parties mutually agree to another location. Manholes shall be located at such points along the line of underground conduits as may be necessary or convenient for placing, maintaining and operating the facilities, as aforementioned, which the company may from time to time use in connection with its underground conduit system and shall be so constructed as to conform to the cross-sectional and longitudinal grade of the surface so as not to interfere with the safety or convenience of persons or vehicles.
Before proceeding with any new construction or relocation work in an area covered by this ordinance, the company shall give prior notice, in writing, thereof to the city, through its designated representative, of its intention to perform such work. The company shall obtain such street opening or excavation permits as may be lawfully required by any applicable ordinances regulating such openings or excavations. Any such area affected by the company in constructing its facilities shall be restored to as good condition as it was before the commencement of work thereon. No public streets or ways shall be encumbered for a period longer than shall be reasonable to execute the work.
The company agrees to indemnify and save harmless the city from and against all claims and liabilities resulting from any injury or damage to the person or property of any person, firm or corporation caused by or arising out of road conditions resulting from any negligent or faulty excavations, installation or maintenance connected with the work or equipment of said company, and not attributable to the fault or negligence of the city, except that if such injury or damage shall be caused by the joint concurring negligence or fault of the company and the city, the same shall be borne by them to the extent of their respective fault or negligence.
Whenever a curbline shall be established on streets where one does not now exist or where an established curbline shall be relocated in order to widen an existing street in conjunction with road construction being performed by the city, the company shall change the location of its aboveground facilities covered by this ordinance in accordance with applicable law so that the same shall be back of and adjacent to the new curbline, so long as the city has acted in accordance with applicable law and with reasonable care in establishing the new curbline and providing notice thereof.
Any company or corporation having legal authority to place its facilities in the public streets and ways of the city may jointly use the company's poles, posts, pedestals or other structures for all lawful purposes, provided that the company consents to such use, on terms and conditions acceptable to the company and not inconsistent with the provisions of the present ordinance.
The company shall provide space, to the extent available, on its poles so long as said poles are occupied by the company and space, to the extent available, in its main conduits existing on the date of passage of this ordinance, but not exceeding one (1) duct of standard size, for the sole benefit of the city during the pendency of this ordinance. Such space shall be provided for the exclusive use of the city, which use shall be limited to accommodating the wires or electrical conductors required for one-way signal control in connection with municipal police patrol, fire alarm signal control and traffic signal control systems only; but for no other uses or purposes, either alone or in conjunction therewith; nor for circuits for the supply of electrical energy for traffic or other signals; nor for wires, conductors, cable or the equivalent which provide a means of transmitting any signal to private, commercial or residential location, and which is normally provided by a nongovernmental supplier; provided, further, that no such use or attachment by the city shall interfere with the plant or facilities of or the use thereof by the company. All costs or expenses incurred by the company in connection therewith shall be paid by the city. It shall be the obligation of the city to attach its wires to the poles or place its electric conductors in the conduits or manholes of the company, provided that before proceeding with said work, either by itself or by a person, firm or corporation engaged to perform such work, the city shall give the company thirty (30) days' prior notice, in writing. All such work shall be performed under the supervision of said company. The city will indemnify and save harmless the company from and against all claims, liabilities or demands arising in any manner in connection with the city's wires or facilities or their installation, maintenance, operation or removal or the city's use or enjoyment of the company's plant or facilities provided under this § A513-8.
If any or all of said streets or ways are later taken over by the County of Passaic or the State of New Jersey, such county or state shall have such rights and privileges and be subject to the same terms, conditions and limitations of use as apply herein to the city; provided, however, that satisfactory prior arrangements as may be necessary are made with the city and the company for the full protection of the respective interest of each.
The term "city," as used in this ordinance, shall be held to apply to and include any form of municipality or government into which the city or any part thereof may at any time hereafter be changed, annexed or merged.
The permission and consent hereby granted shall apply to and cover all communication facilities (except those listed below) of the company existing at any time and related structures, process equipment and appurtenances heretofore or hereafter erected, constructed, reconstructed, removed, located, relocated, replaced, maintained, repaired or operated by the company, its predecessors, successors or assigns within the city. This ordinance shall cancel and supersede all prior consent ordinances between the city and the company regarding the subject matter hereof.
This ordinance specifically grants permission to Bell Atlantic - New Jersey to operate its lines, poles and equipment in the public ways. This ordinance shall not be construed as to exempt the company from complying with any and all city ordinances relating to the installation of telephones within the City of Paterson, including but not limited to Chapter 452, Telephones, Public, and any amendments thereto. Moreover, the company is not authorized by this ordinance to operate public pay telephones on the streets and public ways of the City of Paterson, and any such telephones shall be governed by all ordinances and/or separate agreement(s) with the City of Paterson.
The company shall maintain its property within the city and shall comply with applicable law for the provision of safe, adequate and proper service at just and reasonable rates and safeguard the public interest in continuous and uninterrupted service within the city.
In the event that any provision herein shall for any reason be illegal or unenforceable under applicable law, such illegality or unenforceability shall not affect any other provisions of this ordinance, and this ordinance shall be construed as if such illegal or unenforceable provision(s) had never been contained herein.
The company shall pay the expenses incurred for advertising required in connection with the passage of this ordinance, from the date of its first reading, within thirty (30) days after the company has received a bill for said advertising from the publisher. Following final passage of this ordinance, the City Clerk shall provide the company with written notice thereof by certified mail. As provided by applicable law, this ordinance and any subsequent amendments shall not become effective until acceptance thereof by the company and approval thereof by the Board of Regulatory Commissioners.
If any section of this ordinance or part thereof shall be declared to be invalid or inoperative, such section to the extent that it is not invalid or inoperative shall not be affected thereby and should be enforced and effectuated.
The Municipal Clerk shall have this ordinance codified and incorporated in the official copies of the Paterson Code.
This ordinance shall take effect upon the passage, approval and publication as required by law.
The Municipal Clerk and the Corporation Counsel may change any chapter numbers, Article numbers and section numbers if codification of this ordinance reveals a conflict between those numbers and the existing code, in order to avoid confusion and possible accidental and/or inadvertent repealers of existing provisions.