Any franchise granted pursuant to this Chapter may be revoked by the City Council following a hearing before the City Council or hearing panel of the Council and upon the recommendation of the City Administrator or the Telecommunications Advisory Commission and in the following manner.
(a) Notice of the intention to revoke and a written statement of the charges on which it is based shall be sent to the franchisee’s main business address by certified or registered mail, advising the franchisee of the charges, the intent to revoke the franchise and the franchisee’s right to a hearing.
(b) The franchisee shall have 20 days from the date of mailing the notice of intent to revoke or to request a hearing before the City Council or a hearing panel of the Council with respect to the revocation. Failure on the part of the franchisee to request such a hearing shall result in the revocation of the franchise immediately following the expiration of the 20 days.
(c) Upon receipt of the franchisee’s request for a hearing, the City Council shall set a time and date for the hearing, such time and date being not later than 30 days from the date of receipt of the franchisee’s request for the hearing. Written notice of the time, date and place of the meeting shall be sent to the franchisee’s main business address by certified or registered mail at least ten days prior to the date of the meeting.
(d) At the hearing, the City Administrator or Chief Legal Officer shall present to the Council or hearing panel of the Council the evidence upon which the recommendation for termination of the franchise is based and the franchisee shall have the opportunity to present any evidence it may have as to why the franchise should not be revoked.
(e) Upon hearing all of the evidence, the City Council shall decide whether to revoke the franchise.
(f) The franchisee shall be permitted to continue its operations after the initial action by the City Council so long as it makes its request for a hearing within the time limits specified in subsection (b) of this section.
(Ord. 2428, passed 2-18-1974; Ord. 2899, passed 3-21-1984; Ord. 3486, passed 1-28-2002)