A.   Compliance With State Laws: This chapter shall be interpreted consistently with 1997 session laws, chapter 123, substantially codified in Minnesota statutes sections 237.16, 237.162, 237.163, 237.79, 237.81, and 238.086 (the "act") and the other laws governing applicable rights of the city and users of the rights of way. This chapter shall also be interpreted consistent with Minnesota rules 7819.0050 to 7819.9950, where possible. To the extent any provision of this chapter cannot be interpreted consistently with the Minnesota rules, that interpretation most consistent with the act and other applicable statutory and case law is intended. This chapter shall not be interpreted to limit the regulatory and police powers of the city to adopt and enforce general ordinances necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
   B.   Severability: If any portion of this chapter is for any reason held invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct, and independent provision, and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions hereof. Nothing in this chapter precludes the city from requiring a franchise agreement with the applicant, as allowed by law, in addition to requirements set forth herein. (Ord. 2004-13)