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A. Enforcement; Remedies:
1. City Designee: The city is responsible for enforcing and administering this chapter and the city or its designee, as appointed by the mayor or city council, is authorized to give any notice required by law or under any franchise agreement. (Ord. 2000-05, 5-4-2000, eff. 5-4-2000; amd. 2003 Code)
2. Enforcement Provisions: Any franchise granted pursuant to this chapter shall contain appropriate provisions for enforcement, compensation and protection of the public, consistent with the other provisions of this chapter, including, but not limited to, defining events of default, procedures for accessing the bond/security fund and rights of termination or revocation.
B. Force Majeure: In the event a provider's performance of any of the terms, conditions or obligations required by this chapter or a franchise is prevented by a cause or event not within a provider's control, such inability to perform shall be deemed excused and no penalties or sanctions shall be imposed as a result thereof. For the purpose of this subsection, causes or events not within the control of a provider shall include, without limitation, acts of God, strikes, sabotage, riots or civil disturbances, failure or loss of utilities, explosions, acts of public enemies and natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, landslides and fires.
C. Extended Operation; Continuity Of Services:
1. Continuation After Expiration: Upon either expiration or revocation of a franchise granted pursuant to this chapter, the city shall have discretion to permit a provider to continue to operate its system or provide services for an extended period of time not to exceed six (6) months from the date of such expiration or revocation. A provider shall continue to operate its system under the terms and conditions of this chapter and the franchise granted pursuant to this chapter.
2. Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier; Negotiate Renewal: If the provider is the incumbent local exchange carrier, it shall be permitted to continue to operate its system and provide services without regard to revocation or expiration, but shall be obligated to negotiate a renewal in good faith.
D. Removal Or Abandonment Of Franchise Property:
1. Abandoned System: In the event that: a) the use of any portion of the system is discontinued for a continuous period of twelve (12) months and thirty (30) days after no response to written notice from the city to the last known address of provider; b) any system has been installed in the rights of way without complying with the requirements of this chapter or franchise; or c) the provisions of subsection 7-5-5E of this chapter are applicable and no franchise is granted, a provider, except the provider who is an incumbent local exchange carrier, shall be deemed to have abandoned such system.
2. Removal Of Abandoned System: The city, upon such terms as it may impose, may give a provider written permission to abandon, without removing, any system, or portion thereof, directly constructed, operated or maintained under a franchise. Unless such permission is granted or unless otherwise provided in this chapter, a provider shall remove within a reasonable time the abandoned system and shall restore, using prudent construction standards, any affected rights of way to their former state at the time such system was installed, so as not to impair their usefulness. In removing its plant, structures and equipment, a provider shall refill, at its own expense, any excavation necessarily made by it and shall leave all rights of way in as good condition as that prevailing prior to such removal without materially interfering with any electrical or telephone cable or other utility wires, poles or attachments. The city shall have the right to inspect and approve the condition of the rights of way cables, wires, attachments and poles prior to and after removal. The liability, indemnity and insurance provisions of this chapter and any security fund provided in a franchise shall continue in full force and effect during the period of removal and until full compliance by a provider with the terms and conditions of this section.
3. Transfer Of Abandoned System To City: Upon abandonment of any system in place, a provider, if required by the city, shall submit to the city a written instrument, satisfactory in form to the city, transferring to the city the ownership of the abandoned system.
4. Removal Of Aboveground System: At the expiration of the term for which a franchise is granted, or upon its revocation or earlier expiration, as provided for by this chapter, in any such case without renewal, extension or transfer, the city shall have the right to require a provider to remove, at its expense, all aboveground portions of a system from the rights of way within a reasonable period of time, which shall not be less than one hundred eighty (180) days. If the provider is the incumbent local exchange carrier, it shall not be required to remove its system, but shall negotiate a renewal in good faith.
5. Leaving Underground System: Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in this chapter, a provider may abandon any underground system in place so long as it does not materially interfere with the use of the rights of way or with the use thereof by any public utility, cable operator or other person. (Ord. 2000-05, 5-4-2000, eff. 5-4-2000)