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PUBLIC WAYS AND PROPERTY
PUBLIC WAYS AND PROPERTY
STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND PUBLIC WAYS
STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND PUBLIC WAYS
ARTICLE A. GENERAL PROVISIONS
6.1A.1: Street Construction
6.1A.2: Street Repairs
6.1A.4: Closing Streets To Traffic
6.1A.5: Removal Of Snow And Ice
6.1A.6: Obstruction Of Streets
6.1A.8: Use Of Sidewalks During Building Operations
6.1A.9: Openings In Streets
6.1A.10: Street Trees
6.1A.11: Street Numbers
6.1A.12: Maintenance Of Parkway
A. No person shall construct or lay any new pavement on any street, sidewalk, alley or other public way, without a permit. Applications for such permits shall state the location of the intended pavement, the extent thereof, and the person who is to do the actual construction work. No permit shall be issued except on order of the Director of Community Development or his designee.
B. All street and sidewalk pavements shall be made in conformity with specifications laid down or approved by the Director of Community Development or his designee. (Ord. 2315, 11-19-1991)
All street, alley and sidewalk pavements shall be kept in good repair. Repair work, whether done by the City or by the abutting owner, shall be under the supervision of the Director of Public Works or his designee. (Ord. 2315, 11-19-1991)
A. Permit: No person shall construct a driveway for vehicles across any sidewalk in the City without a permit. No permit for the construction of a driveway onto a street for commercial use, or the habitual use of anyone other than the owner or occupant of the premises served, shall be issued except upon the order of the Director of Community Development. The fee for such permit is three dollars ($3.00) per foot of drive width.
B. Construction: No driveway shall be so constructed or graded as to leave a step, sharp depression or other obstruction in the sidewalk. The grade shall be as nearly as possible the same as that of the adjoining sidewalk. The surface finish of any driveway where the same crosses the sidewalk shall not be constructed of such materials as to render it slippery and hazardous for pedestrians. Driveways across sidewalks shall be constructed of concrete or of such materials as may be approved by the City Council.
C. Repairs: Every person maintaining a driveway shall keep it in good repair where it crosses the sidewalk, and free from obstruction and openings. (Ord. 2315, 11-19-1991)
The Director of Public Works or his designee shall close to traffic any street in the City which is in such a condition that traffic upon it would do harm to the street surface. The Director of Public Works or his designee shall place adequate barricades shutting off traffic from such street, which barricades shall be lighted at night. No person shall drive any vehicle upon any street which has been so barricaded. (Ord. 2315, 11-19-1991)
It shall be unlawful for any person to place or deposit accumulations of snow from private property onto any street, road or public way in the City. (Ord. 2315, 11-19-1991; amd. Ord. 09-0-24, 4-21-2009, eff. 5-1-2009)
No person shall create or maintain any obstruction of any street, alley, sidewalk or other public way, except as may be specifically authorized by ordinance or by the Director of Public Works or his designee. (Ord. 2315, 11-19-1991)
No person shall erect or maintain any building or structure which encroaches upon any street, alley, sidewalk or public place.
A. Display Of Goods: No person shall use any street, sidewalk or other public place for the display or sale of goods or merchandise, or write or mark any signs or advertisements on any pavement without expressed approval of the City Council.
B. Materials On Streets:
1. Materials may be deposited in a street preparatory to delivery or use, provided such deposit does not reduce the usable width of the roadway at that point to less than eighteen feet (18').
2. Material other than actual building construction material shall not be permitted to remain on a street for more than three (3) hours.
3. Material shall be guarded by lights if such material remains upon any street at night.
4. Merchandise or other articles may be deposited on a sidewalk preparatory to delivery; provided, that the usable width of the walk is not thereby reduced to less than four feet (4'), and provided that no such article shall remain on such walk for more than one-half (1/2) hour.
C. Building Materials On Streets: The use of streets for the storage of materials in the process of construction or alteration of a building may be granted where it will not unduly interfere with traffic and will not reduce the usable width of the roadway to less than eighteen feet (18'). No portion of the street other than that directly abutting on the premises on which work is being done shall be used except with the consent of the owner or occupant of the premises abutting such portion. Any person seeking to make such use of the street shall file an application for a permit with the Director of Public Works, together with a bond with sureties to be approved by the Director of Public Works, to indemnify the City for any loss or damage which may be incurred by it by reason of such use and occupation. (Ord. 2315, 11-19-1991)
No sidewalk shall be obstructed in the course of building construction or alteration without a special permit from the Director of Community Development. Whenever the removal of a sidewalk is required in such work, a special permit from the Director of Community Development shall be obtained. (Ord. 2315, 11-19-1991)
No person shall construct or maintain any opening or stairway in any street, alley or sidewalk without the approval of the City Council. All such lawfully maintained openings shall be guarded by a suitable strong cover or railing, approved by the Director of Public Works or his designee. (Ord. 2315, 11-19-1991)
6.1A.10: STREET TREES 1 :
A. Trees In Streets:
1. No person shall plant any tree or bush in any street or parkway or other public place without first obtaining the approval of the Director of Public Works or his designee.
2. No person shall remove or cut down any tree or shrub in any street or public place without a permit.
3. No person shall injure any tree or shrub planted or growing in any street or public place.
4. No person shall attach any sign, advertisement or notice to any tree, pole or shrub in any street or public place.
B. Overhanging Trees:
1. Any tree or shrub which overhangs any sidewalk, street or other public place in the City so as to impede or interfere with traffic or travel shall be trimmed by the owner of the abutting premises or of the premises on which the tree or shrub grows so as to remove the obstruction.
2. Any tree or limb of a tree which is likely to fall on or across any street, sidewalk or other public place shall be removed by the owner of the premises on which such tree stands.
3. The Director of Public Works or his designee may trim or remove any tree or shrub which obstructs or endangers traffic or travel.
C. Wires On Trees: No person shall attach any wire or rope to any tree or shrub in any street, parkway or other public place without the permission of the Director of Public Works. Any person maintaining poles and wires in the streets, alleys or other public places shall, in the absence of provision in the franchise concerning the subject, keep such wires and poles free from and away from any trees and shrubs in such places so far as may be possible, and shall keep all such trees and shrubs near such wires and poles properly trimmed, subject to the supervision of the Director of Public Works or his designee so that no injury shall be done either to the poles or wires or to the shrubs and trees by their contact. (Ord. 2315, 11-19-1991)
The Director of Community Development shall keep a chart showing the proper street number of every lot in the City, which chart shall be open to inspection. (Ord. 2315, 11-19-1991; amd. Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
It shall be the duty of each owner of or person residing on property abutting on a parkway area to maintain the grass on the parkway by keeping its height at a level which complies with this Code. This duty shall extend only to grass and weed cutting and its imposition does not entail any further duties or responsibilities except as provided in section 6.1A.10 of this article. (Ord. 17-O-64, 7-18-2017)
ARTICLE B. EXCAVATIONS
6.1B.1: Excavation Notices
6.1B.2: Excavation Permits
6.1B.3: Backfilling And Resurfacing
6.1B.4: Charges For Backfilling, Resurfacing, And Final Restoration
Whenever improvement of any portion of any street or alley is ordered by the city council, the director of public works or his designee shall notify all interested utility companies and all property owners abutting the improvement and other interested persons of such order advising them to take steps, prior to the construction of the improvement, to perform all desired or necessary excavations for placing pipes, conduits, sewers, wires or other facilities in such public ways under, over, on or adjacent to the improvements. The persons so notified shall make such excavations before the improvement work is begun, or at such time deemed convenient by the director of public works or his designee prior to completion of the improvement. (1963 Code, §27.23)
A. Application: No person shall dig, excavate, remove, cut or in any manner tunnel under or break the surface of any part of any street, alley or public way unless an excavation permit to do so has been issued by the director of public works or his designee, according to the conditions of this article. Each applicant shall submit to the director of public works a sketch map showing the location and the purpose of the excavation, the date of application, and the signature of the applicant. The excavation permit shall show the date of application, the place of the excavation, the estimated date when the same will be made, the permit fee paid, and the name of the applicant, who shall state that the person has filed with the director of public works a bond as required in this article. (1963 Code, §27.24)
B. Conditions: The excavation permit shall be void thirty (30) days from the date of issue if the initial work has not been started, and the person granted the permit shall perform the work with all possible speed. The permit shall always be in the possession of the person in charge of the work or working at the location, so that the permit may be produced for inspection at any time upon request by authorized city officials. (1963 Code, §27.24; amd. 1986 Code)
C. Separate Permits: A separate excavation permit is required for each interrupted alteration of the surface or undersurface of any street or alley; provided, that when multiple cuts are made at the same approximate time for purposes of repairing or servicing underground utilities, one permit and one permit fee shall apply for each three hundred foot (300') section of gas main over which such multiple cuts are made. Minimum charges for resurfacing shall apply to each such three hundred foot (300') section. (1963 Code, §27.24)
D. Fee: The fee for each permit is one hundred dollars ($100.00), which shall be paid to the city of Woodstock at the time the permit is applied for, and no portion of that fee is refundable. In addition to the one hundred dollar ($100.00) permit fee, the applicant shall provide the city with a deposit in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100.00) at the time the permit is applied for. That deposit amount is to be refunded at the request of the applicant, less costs incurred by the city related to the permit activity, upon the final completion of all right of way restoration and approval of that restoration by the department of public works. (Ord. 08-0-18, 4-15-2008)
E. Emergencies: In case of a break of a gas main or other emergency which might, in the opinion of the director of public works or his designee, prove harmful to the public health or welfare or cause serious damage, the director of public works or his designee may grant an emergency permit verbally, to be entered subsequently as written permit as hereinabove provided.
F. Authority: The director of public works shall have authority and it shall be his duty to exercise his judgment in the public interest in the issuance of excavation permits with respect to the size, location, specifications and timing of excavations or other conditions. (1963 Code, §27.24)
A. The work of backfilling excavations in a street right of way shall be done exclusively by the city or under contract let by the city up to a point one foot (1') back on the boulevard side of the curb or curb line, except that a cut made by a private utility company shall be backfilled by the company in order to ensure protection of facilities. The backfilling of excavations more than one foot (1') back of the curb or curb line shall be the responsibility of the person who took out the excavation permit. He shall perform such backfilling promptly and shall continue to be responsible for liability and maintenance of the excavation for a period of twenty four (24) months after the permit date. He shall promptly perform such backfilling.
B. The work of removing all excess material, spoil, and debris from any excavation shall be the responsibility of the person who took out the excavation permit. The removal shall include all work to clean and sweep the street, and all material must be removed from the street right of way within twenty four (24) hours of the time the excavation was completed.
C. The work of resurfacing and constructing a base on top of backfill material and under the finished surfacing material shall be done exclusively by the city or directly under city supervision. Also, the replacement of curbs and sidewalks damaged or removed in the course of an excavation shall be performed exclusively by the city or under city supervision.
D. Any settlement within twenty four (24) months after the permit date of any resurfacing patch over a street cut backfilled by a private utility company, shall be held to be the responsibility of the utility company who shall, upon direction of the director of public works or his designee, reexcavate and properly refill the street cut.
E. The methods and materials used in performing all backfilling, resurfacing and reconstruction of curbs and sidewalks resulting from excavations in a street right of way shall be subject to the specifications and direction of the director of public works or his designee.
F. The city will accept responsibility for backfilling, repairing and safeguarding an excavation up to one foot (1') back of the curb or curb line, provided the director of public works or his designee has been notified and has acknowledged such notification by preparing a written acceptance of notification and responsibility. The city will not accept responsibility for an excavation on the same day that notification is received. If notification is received after nine o'clock (9:00) A.M., the effective time of the director of public work's acceptance of notification and responsibility shall not be sooner than nine o'clock (9:00) A.M. the following day.
G. During the period of official acceptance by the city of responsibility for an excavation, the person in whose name the excavation permit was issued shall be fully responsible for suitable protection of the excavation in such manner as to prevent accidents therefrom to persons, vehicles and animals passing near the same.
H. Immediately upon acceptance of city responsibility for an excavation, the department of public works shall perform the needed work with dispatch and notify the department of finance as to volume of fill, area resurfaced or linear feet of curb repaired.
I. The department of public works may enlarge the size of the cut to the extent necessary to square off edges and shall include such enlarged area to be resurfaced in figures submitted to the department of finance for billing purposes.
J. Whenever the excavator has broken a portion of a square of sidewalk, the entire square shall be replaced, and the total square footage replaced shall be reported to the department of finance for billing purposes. (1963 Code, §27.26; amd. 1986 Code)
There shall be a charge by the city for the repair of excavations, backfilling, leveling and grading, resurfacing, topsoiling and seeding, and all related final restoration within a public right of way; at the following minimum rates and amounts:
With dirt (over 50 sq. yds. but less than 100 sq. yds.) at 4"/sq. yd.
With dirt (over 100 sq. yds.) at 4"/sq. yd.
With gravel (CA6)
With gravel (GR9)
Asphalt street - 2" base thickness
Asphalt street - 6" base thickness
Brick pavement or surface
Concrete sidewalk - 4" with gravel base
Concrete driveway - 6" with gravel base
Concrete curb and gutter - B6.12
Finish grade, topsoil, and place sod
Finish grade, seed, fertilize - less than 50 sq. ft.
Finish grade, seed, fertilize - more than 50 sq. ft.
Type II with lights
The minimum charge shall be for 4 barricades per location
Vehicles And Equipment:
Cost of vehicles and equipment shall be charged based on the city's annual rental rates, as established from time to time by the department of public works.
Labor costs shall be based on the time actually spent on the backfill and restoration project, as determined by the city, at the employee's actual rate of pay. Costs for time needed outside of normal work hours will be billed at a minimum charge of 2 hours.
1. The minimum charge per excavation shall be $30.00 for each of these items.
(Ord. 2547, 4-18-1995, eff. 5-1-1995)
A. Any person laying or repairing or making any excavation in any pavement on a street, alley, sidewalk or other public place shall maintain suitable barricades to prevent injury to any person or vehicle. The barricades shall be protected by lights at night.
B. No person shall disturb or interfere with any barricade or lights lawfully placed in any street, alley, sidewalk or other public place. (1963 Code, §27.28)
C. All barricades shall be properly placed and installed prior to beginning any work on a right of way and shall be maintained until all backfilling has been completed. (1986 Code)
ARTICLE C. OFFENSES AFFECTING PUBLIC WAYS
6.1C.2: Deposits On Streets
6.1C.3: Barbed Wire And Electric Fences
6.1C.4: Gas Pumps
6.1C.6: Articles On Windows
6.1C.7: Games In Streets
6.1C.8: Injury To Streets
No person shall throw, cast or propel any missile on any street, alley or public place. (1963 Code, §27.03; amd. 1986 Code)
No person shall deposit on any street, alley or sidewalk any material which may be harmful to the pavement thereof, or any waste material, or any glass or other articles which may injure any person or property. (1963 Code, §27.04)
No person shall maintain or construct any fence composed in whole or in part of barbed wire or similar material designed to cause injury to persons, or any wire charged with electric current. (1963 Code, §27.09; amd. 1986 Code)
No person shall maintain or erect any gasoline pump or tank in or under any public street, alley or sidewalk. (1963 Code, §27.10)
Any scaffolds or ladders placed in such a position that they overhang or can fall onto any street, alley, sidewalk, or other public way in the City shall be firmly and properly constructed and safeguarded; and no person shall leave or place any tools or articles on any such place in such a manner that the same can fall onto such street, sidewalk or other public way from a greater height than four feet (4'). (1963 Code, §27.11)
No person shall place any movable article on any window ledge, or other place abutting on a street, sidewalk, alley or other public place at a height above four feet (4') from the ground, in such a manner that the same can be or is in danger of falling onto such street, sidewalk or other public place. (1963 Code, §27.12)
No person shall play any games upon any street, alley or sidewalk where such games cause unnecessary noise or interfere with the traffic or pedestrians. (1963 Code, §27.14)
A. No person shall injure any sidewalk, street or alley pavement. (1963 Code, §27.15)
B. No person shall walk or drive any vehicle upon, or injure any newly laid street or sidewalk pavement while the same is guarded by a warning sign or barricade, or knowingly injure any soft, newly-laid pavement. (1963 Code, §27.16)
ARTICLE D. CONSTRUCTION OF UTILITY FACILITIES IN THE RIGHTS-OF- WAY
6.1D.1: Purpose And Scope
6.1D.3: Annual Registration Required
6.1D.4: Permit Required; Applications And Fees
6.1D.5: Action On Permit Applications
6.1D.6: Effect Of Permit
6.1D.7: Revised Permit Drawings
6.1D.11: Permit Suspension And Revocation
6.1D.12: Change Of Ownership Or Owner's Identity Or Legal Status
6.1D.13: General Construction Standards
6.1D.14: Traffic Control
6.1D.15: Location Of Facilities
6.1D.16: Construction Methods And Materials
6.1D.17: Vegetation Control
6.1D.18: Removal, Relocation Or Modifications Of Utility Facilities
6.1D.19: Cleanup And Restoration
6.1D.20: Maintenance And Emergency Maintenance
6.1D.24: Small Wireless Facilities
A. Purpose: The purpose of this article is to establish policies and procedures for constructing facilities on rights-of-way within the City's jurisdiction, which will provide public benefit consistent with the preservation of the integrity, safe usage and visual qualities of the City rights-of-way and the City as a whole.
B. Intent: In enacting this article, the City intends to exercise its authority over the rights-of-way in the City and, in particular, the use of the public ways and property by utilities, by establishing uniform standards to address issues presented by utility facilities, including, without limitation:
1. Prevent interference with the use of streets, sidewalks, alleys, parkways and other public ways and places;
2. Prevent the creation of visual and physical obstructions and other conditions that are hazardous to vehicular and pedestrian traffic;
3. Prevent interference with the facilities and operations of the City's utilities and of other utilities lawfully located in rights-of-way or public property;
4. Protect against environmental damage, including damage to trees, from the installation of utility facilities;
5. Protect against increased stormwater runoff due to structures and materials that increase impermeable surfaces;
6. Preserve the character of the neighborhoods in which facilities are installed;
7. Preserve open space, particularly the tree lined parkways that characterize the City's residential neighborhoods;
8. Prevent visual blight from the proliferation of facilities in the rights-of-way; and
9. Assure the continued safe use and enjoyment of private properties adjacent to utility facilities locations.
C. Facilities Subject To This Article: This article applies to all facilities on, over, above, along, upon, under, across, or within the rights-of-way within the jurisdiction of the City. A facility lawfully established prior to the effective date of this article may continue to be maintained, repaired and operated by the utility as presently constructed and located, except as may be otherwise provided in any applicable franchise, license or similar agreement.
D. Franchises, Licenses, Or Similar Agreements: The City, in its discretion and as limited by law, may require utilities to enter into a franchise, license or similar agreement for the privilege of locating their facilities on, over, above, along, upon, under, across, or within the City rights-of-way. Utilities that are not required by law to enter into such an agreement may request that the City enter into such an agreement. In such an agreement, the City may provide for terms and conditions inconsistent with this article.
E. Effect Of Franchises, Licenses, Or Similar Agreements:
1. Utilities Other Than Telecommunications Providers: In the event that a utility other than a telecommunications provider has a franchise, license or similar agreement with the City, such franchise, license or similar agreement shall govern and control during the term of such agreement and any lawful renewal or extension thereof.
2. Telecommunications Providers: In the event of any conflict with, or inconsistency between, the provisions of this article and the provisions of any franchise, license or similar agreement between the City and any telecommunications provider, the provisions of such franchise, license or similar agreement shall govern and control during the term of such agreement and any lawful renewal or extension thereof.
F. Conflicts With Other Chapters: This article supersedes all chapters or parts of chapters adopted prior hereto that are in conflict herewith, to the extent of such conflict.
G. Conflicts With State And Federal Laws: In the event that applicable Federal or State laws or regulations conflict with the requirements of this article, the utility shall comply with the requirements of this article to the maximum extent possible without violating Federal or State laws or regulations.
H. Sound Engineering Judgment: The City shall use sound engineering judgment when administering this article and may vary the standards, conditions, and requirements expressed in this article when the City so determines. Nothing herein shall be construed to limit the ability of the City to regulate its rights-of-way for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
As used in this article and unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the words and terms listed shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section. Any term not defined in this section shall have the meaning ascribed to it in section 1.3.2 of this Code or 92 Illinois Administrative Code section 530.30, unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
AASHTO: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
ANSI: American National Standards Institute.
ASTM: American Society for Testing and Materials.
APPLICANT: A person applying for a permit under this article.
BACKFILL: The methods or materials for replacing excavated material in a trench or pit.
BORE OR BORING: To excavate an underground cylindrical cavity for the insertion of a pipe or electrical conductor.
CABLE OPERATOR: That term as defined in 47 USC 522(5).
CABLE SERVICE: That term as defined in 47 USC 522(6).
CABLE SYSTEM: That term as defined in 47 USC 522(7).
CARRIER PIPE: The pipe enclosing the liquid, gas or slurry to be transported.
CASING: A structural protective enclosure for transmittal devices such as: carrier pipes, electrical conductors, and fiber optic devices.
CLEAR ZONE: The total roadside border area, starting at the edge of the pavement, available for safe use by errant vehicles. This area may consist of a shoulder, a recoverable slope, a nonrecoverable slope, and a clear run out area. The desired width is dependent upon the traffic volumes and speeds, and on the roadside geometry. Distances are specified in the AASHTO "Roadside Design Guide".
COATING: Protective wrapping or mastic cover applied to buried pipe for protection against external corrosion.
CONDUCTOR: Wire carrying electrical current.
CONDUIT: A casing or encasement for wires or cables.
CONSTRUCTION OR CONSTRUCT: The installation, repair, maintenance, placement, alteration, enlargement, demolition, modification or abandonment in place of facilities.
COVER: The depth of earth or backfill over buried utility pipe or conductor.
CROSSING FACILITY: A facility that crosses one or more right-of- way lines of a right-of-way.
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS: Pursuant to section 1.7D.2 of this Code, the duly appointed Director of Public Works or his or her designee.
DISRUPT THE RIGHT-OF-WAY: For the purposes of this article, any work that obstructs the right-of-way or causes a material adverse effect on the use of the right-of-way for its intended use. Such work may include, without limitation, the following: excavating or other cutting; placement (whether temporary or permanent) of materials, equipment, devices, or structures; damage to vegetation; and compaction or loosening of the soil, and shall not include the parking of vehicles or equipment in a manner that does not materially obstruct the flow of traffic on a highway.
EMERGENCY: Any immediate maintenance to the facility required for the safety of the public using or in the vicinity of the right- of-way or immediate maintenance required for the health and safety of the general public served by the utility.
ENCASEMENT: Provision of a protective casing.
EQUIPMENT: Materials, tools, implements, supplies, and/or other items used to facilitate construction of facilities.
EXCAVATION: The making of a hole or cavity by removing material, or laying bare by digging.
EXTRA HEAVY PIPE: Pipe meeting ASTM standards for this pipe designation.
FACILITY: All structures, devices, objects, and materials (including, but not limited to, track and rails, wires, ducts, fiber optic cable, antennas, vaults, boxes, equipment enclosures, cabinets, pedestals, poles, conduits, grates, covers, pipes, cables and appurtenances thereto) located on, over, above, along, upon, under, across or within rights-of-way under this article. For purposes of this article, the term "facility" shall not include any facility owned or operated by the City.
FREESTANDING FACILITY: A facility that is not a crossing facility or a parallel facility, such as an antenna, transformer, pump, or meter station.
FRONTAGE ROAD: Roadway, usually parallel, providing access to land adjacent to the highway where it is precluded by control of access to a highway.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: Any substance or material which, due to its quantity, form, concentration, location or other characteristics, is determined by the engineer or Director of Public Works to pose an unreasonable and imminent risk to the life, health or safety of persons or property or to the ecological balance of the environment, including, but not limited to, explosives, radioactive materials, petroleum or petroleum products or gases, poisons, etiology (biological) agents, flammables, corrosives or any substance determined to be hazardous or toxic under any Federal or State law, statute or regulation.
HIGHWAY: A specific type of right-of-way used for vehicular traffic including rural or urban roads or streets. Highway includes all highway land and improvements, including roadways, ditches and embankments, bridges, drainage structures, signs, guardrails, protective structures and appurtenances necessary or convenient for vehicle traffic.
HIGHWAY CODE: The Illinois Highway Code, 605 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/1-101 et seq., as amended from time to time.
HOLDER: A person or entity that has received authorization to offer or provide cable or video service from the ICC pursuant to the Illinois Cable and Video Competition Law, 220 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/21-401.
ICC: Illinois Commerce Commission.
IDOT: Illinois Department of Transportation.
JULIE: The joint utility locating information for excavators utility notification program, operated pursuant to 220 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/1 et seq.
JACKING: Pushing a pipe horizontally under a roadway by mechanical means with or without boring.
JETTING: Pushing a pipe through the earth using water under pressure to create a cavity ahead of the pipe.
JOINT USE: The use of pole lines, trenches or other facilities by two (2) or more utilities.
MAJOR INTERSECTION: The intersection of two (2) or more major arterial highways.
OCCUPANCY: The presence of facilities on, over or under the right-of-way.
PARALLEL FACILITY: A facility that is generally parallel or longitudinal to the centerline of a right-of-way.
PARKWAY: Any portion of the right-of-way not improved by street or sidewalk.
PAVEMENT CUT: The removal of an area of pavement for access to facility or for the construction of a facility.
PERSONAL WIRELESS SERVICES ANTENNA: A structure, antenna, equipment, accessory equipment and related improvements used, or designed to be used, to provide wireless transmission of voice, data, images, or other information, including, but not limited to, cellular phone service, personal communication service, and paging service.
PETROLEUM PRODUCTS PIPELINES: Pipelines carrying crude or refined liquid petroleum products including, but not limited to, gasoline, distillates, propane, butane or coal slurry.
PRACTICABLE: That which is performable, feasible or possible, rather than that which is simply convenient.
PRESSURE: The internal force acting radially against the walls of a carrier pipe expressed in pounds per square inch gauge (psig).
PROMPT: That which is done within a period of time specified by the City. If no time period is specified, the period shall be thirty (30) days.
PUBLIC ENTITY: A legal entity that constitutes or is part of the government, whether at local, State or Federal level.
RESTORATION: The repair of a right-of-way, highway, roadway or other area disrupted by the construction of a facility.
RIGHT-OF-WAY OR RIGHTS-OF-WAY: Any street, alley, other land or waterway, dedicated or commonly used for pedestrian or vehicular traffic or other similar purposes, including utility easements, in which the City has the right and authority to authorize, regulate or permit the location of facilities other than those of the City. Right-of-way or rights-of-way shall not include any real or personal City property that is not specifically described in the previous sentence and shall not include City buildings, fixtures and other structures or improvements, regardless of whether they are situated in the right-of-way.
ROADWAY: That part of the highway that includes the pavement and shoulders.
SALE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AT RETAIL: The transmitting, supplying or furnishing of telecommunications and all services rendered in connection therewith for a consideration, other than between a parent corporation and its wholly owned subsidiaries or between wholly owned subsidiaries, when the gross charge made by one such corporation to another such corporation is not greater than the gross charge paid to the retailer for their use or consumption and not for sale.
SECURITY FUND: That amount of security required pursuant to section 6.1D.10 of this article.
SHOULDER: A width of roadway, adjacent to the pavement, providing lateral support to the pavement edge and providing an area for emergency vehicular stops and storage of snow removed from the pavement.
SOUND ENGINEERING JUDGMENT: A decision(s) consistent with generally accepted engineering principles, practices and experience.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS: This term includes, but is not limited to, messages or information transmitted through use of local, toll and wide area telephone service, channel services, telegraph services, teletypewriter service, computer exchange service, private line services, mobile radio services, cellular mobile telecommunications services, stationary two-way radio, paging service and any other form of mobile or portable one-way or two-way communications, and any other transmission of messages or information by electronic or similar means, between or among points by wire, cable, fiber optics, laser, microwave, radio, satellite or similar facilities. "Private line" means a dedicated nontraffic sensitive service for a single customer that entitles the customer to exclusive or priority use of a communications channel, or a group of such channels, from one or more specified locations to one or more other specified locations.
A. Telecommunications shall not include:
1. Value added services in which computer processing applications are used to act on the form, content, code and protocol of the information for purposes other than transmission.
2. Purchase of telecommunications by a telecommunications service provider for use as a component part of the service provided by such provider to the ultimate retail consumer who originates or terminates the end to end communications.
3. The provision of cable services through a cable system as defined in the Cable Communications Act of 1984 (47 USC section 521 and following), as now or hereafter amended, or cable or other programming services subject to an open video system fee payable to the City through an open video system as defined in the rules of the Federal Communications Commission (47 CFR section 76.1500 and following), as now or hereafter amended.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROVIDER: Any person that installs, owns, operates or controls facilities in the right-of-way used or designed to be used to transmit telecommunications in any form.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS RETAILER: Every person engaged in making sales of telecommunications at retail as defined herein.
TRENCH: A relatively narrow open excavation for the installation of an underground facility.
UTILITY: The individual or entity owning or operating any "facility" as defined in this article.
VENT: A pipe to allow the dissipation into the atmosphere of gases or vapors from an underground casing.
VIDEO SERVICE: That term as defined in section 21-201(v) of the Illinois Cable and Video Competition Law of 2007, 220 Illinois Compiled Statutes 21-201(v).
WATER LINES: Pipelines carrying raw or potable water.
WET BORING: Boring using water under pressure at the cutting auger to soften the earth and to provide a sluice for the excavated material. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007; amd. Ord. 16-O-46, 8-2-2016; Ord. 17-O-26, 3-21-2017; Ord. 18-O-43, 6-16-2018)
Every utility that occupies right-of-way within the City shall register by January 1 of each year with the Director of Public Works, providing the utility's name, address and regular business telephone and telecopy numbers, the name of one or more contact persons who can act on behalf of the utility in connection with emergencies involving the utility's facilities in the right-of- way and a twenty four (24) hour telephone number for each such person, and evidence of insurance as required in section 6.1D.8 of this article, in the form of a certificate of insurance. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
A. Permit Required: Except as otherwise provided in this article, no person shall construct any facility on, over, above, along, upon, under, across or within any City right-of-way which: 1) changes the location of the facility, 2) adds a new facility, 3) disrupts the right-of-way, or 4) materially increases the amount of area or space occupied by the facility on, over, above, along, under, across or within the right-of-way, without first filing an application with the Director of Public Works and obtaining a permit from the City. No permit shall be required for installation and maintenance of service connections to customers' premises where there will be no disruption of the right-of-way.
B. Permit Application: All applications for permits pursuant to this article shall be filed on a form provided by the City and shall be filed in such number of duplicate copies as the City may designate. The applicant may designate those portions of its application materials that it reasonably believes contain proprietary or confidential information as "proprietary" or "confidential" by clearly marking each page of such materials accordingly.
C. Minimum General Application Requirements: The application shall be made by the utility or its duly authorized representative and shall contain, at a minimum, the following:
1. The utility's name and address, telephone and telecopy numbers and an e-mail address contact.
2. The applicant's name and address, if different than the utility, its telephone and telecopy numbers, e-mail address and its interest in the work.
3. The names, addresses and telephone and telecopy numbers and e-mail addresses of all professional consultants, if any, advising the applicant with respect to the application.
4. A general description of the proposed work and the purposes and intent of the facility and the uses to which the facility will be put. The scope and detail of such description shall be appropriate to the nature and character of the work to be performed, with special emphasis on those matters likely to be affected or impacted by the work proposed.
5. Evidence that the utility has placed on file with the City:
a. A written traffic control plan demonstrating the protective measures and devices that will be employed consistent with the "Illinois Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices", to prevent injury or damage to persons or property and to minimize disruptions to efficient pedestrian and vehicular traffic; and
b. An emergency contingency plan which shall specify the nature of potential emergencies, including, without limitation, construction and hazardous materials emergencies, and the intended response by the applicant. The intended response shall include notification to the City and shall promote protection of the safety and convenience of the public. Compliance with ICC regulations for emergency contingency plans constitutes compliance with this section unless the City finds that additional information or assurances are needed.
6. Drawings, plans and specifications showing the work proposed, including the certification of an engineer that such drawings, plans, and specifications comply with applicable codes, rules, and regulations.
7. Evidence of insurance as required in section 6.1D.8 of this article.
8. Evidence of posting of the Security Fund as required in section 6.1D.10 of this article.
9. Any request for a variance from one or more provisions of this article (see section 6.1D.21 of this article).
10. Such additional information as may be reasonably required by the City.
D. Supplemental Application Requirements For Specific Types Of Utilities: In addition to the requirements of subsection C of this section, the permit application shall include the following items, as applicable to the specific utility that is the subject of the permit application:
1. In the case of the installation of a new electric power, communications, telecommunications, cable television service, video service or natural gas distribution system, evidence that any "certificate of public convenience and necessity" or other regulatory authorization that the applicant is required by law to obtain, or that the applicant has elected to obtain, has been issued by the ICC or other jurisdictional authority.
2. In the case of natural gas systems, state the proposed pipe size, design, construction class and operating pressures.
3. In the case of water lines, indicate that all requirements of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Public Water Supplies, have been satisfied.
4. In the case of sewer line installations, indicate that the land and water pollution requirements of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Water Pollution Control, and City have been satisfied.
5. In the case of petroleum products pipelines, state the type or types of petroleum products, pipe size, maximum working pressure and the design standard to be followed. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
6. In the case of the installation of small wireless antenna/towers on either new or existing poles or structures, the provisions of section 6.1D.24 of this article also shall apply, and in the event of any conflict, those provisions shall control. (Ord. 18-O-43, 6-16-2018)
E. Applicant's Duty To Update Information: Throughout the entire permit application review period and the construction period authorized by the permit, any amendments to information contained in a permit application shall be submitted by the utility in writing to the City within thirty (30) days after the change necessitating the amendment. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
A. City Review Of Permit Applications: Completed permit applications, containing all required documentation, shall be examined by the Director of Public Works within a reasonable time after filing. If the application does not conform to the requirements of applicable ordinances, codes, laws, rules and regulations, the Director of Public Works shall reject such application in writing, stating the reasons. If the Director of Public Works is satisfied that the proposed work conforms to the requirements of this article and applicable ordinances, codes, laws, rules and regulations, the Director of Public Works shall issue a permit as soon as practicable. In all instances, it shall be the duty of the applicant to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Director of Public Works, that the construction proposed under the application shall be in full compliance with the requirements of this article. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
The City may retain an independent qualified consultant to review any application for a permit to install a personal wireless telecommunication facility, wireless services facility or wireless facility or modification to such an existing facility. The review is intended to be a review of technical aspects of the proposed improvement and the cost of the independent review shall be paid by the applicant prior to issuance of the permit. No independent review cost is required to be paid by any telecommunication retailer that is currently paying the Municipal Telecommunication Tax. (Ord. 17-O-26, 3-21-2017)
B. Additional City Review Of Applications Of Telecommunications Retailers:
1. Pursuant to section 4 of the Telephone Company Act, 220 Illinois Compiled Statutes 65/4, a telecommunications retailer shall notify the City that it intends to commence work governed by this article for facilities for the provision of telecommunications services. Such notice shall consist of plans, specifications, and other documentation sufficient to demonstrate the purpose and intent of the facilities, and shall be provided by the telecommunications retailer to the City not less than ten (10) days prior to the commencement of work requiring no excavation and not less than thirty (30) days prior to the commencement of work requiring excavation. The Director of Public Works shall specify the portion of the right-of-way upon which the facility may be placed, used and constructed.
2. In the event the Director of Public Works fails to provide such specification of location to the telecommunications retailer within either: a) ten (10) days after service of notice to the City by the telecommunications retailer in the case of work not involving excavation for new construction or b) twenty five (25) days after service of notice by the telecommunications retailer in the case of work involving excavation for new construction, the telecommunications retailer may commence work without obtaining a permit under this article, although in all other appropriate respects, the telecommunications retailer shall be bound by the provisions of this article.
3. Upon the provision of such specification by the City, where a permit is required for work pursuant to section 6.1D.4 of this article the telecommunications retailer shall submit to the City an application for a permit and any and all plans, specifications and documentation available regarding the facility to be constructed. Such application shall be subject to the requirements of subsection A of this section.
C. Additional City Review Of Applications Of Holders Of State Authorization Under The Cable And Video Competition Law Of 2007: Applications by a utility that is a holder of a State issued authorization under the Cable and Video Competition Law of 2007 shall be deemed granted forty five (45) days after submission to the City, unless otherwise acted upon by the City, provided the holder has complied with applicable City codes, ordinances and regulations. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
A. Authority Granted; No Property Right Or Other Interest Created: A permit from the City authorizes a permittee to undertake only certain activities in accordance with this article on City rights-of-way, and does not create a property right or grant authority to the permittee to impinge upon the rights of others who may have an interest in the rights-of-way.
B. Duration: No permit issued under this article shall be valid for a period longer than six (6) months unless construction is actually begun within that period and is thereafter diligently pursued to completion.
C. Preconstruction Meeting Required: At the election of the city, no construction shall begin pursuant to a permit issued under this article prior to attendance by the permittee and all major contractors and subcontractors who will perform any work under the permit at a preconstruction meeting. The preconstruction meeting shall be held at a date, time and place designated by the city with such city representatives in attendance as the city deems necessary. The meeting shall be for the purpose of reviewing the work under the permit, and reviewing special considerations necessary in the areas where work will occur, including, without limitation, presence or absence of other utility facilities in the area and their locations, procedures to avoid disruption of other utilities, use of rights of way by the public during construction, and access and egress by adjacent property owners.
D. Compliance With All Required Laws: The issuance of a city permit does not excuse the permittee from complying with other requirements of the city and applicable statutes, laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. (Ord. 07-0-102, 12-4-2007)
In the event the actual locations of any facilities deviate in any material respect from the locations identified in the plans, drawings and specifications submitted with the permit application, the permittee shall submit a revised set of drawings or plans to the city within ninety (90) days after the completion of the permitted work. The revised drawings or plans shall specifically identify where the locations of the actual facilities deviate from the locations approved in the permit. If any deviation from the permit also deviates from the requirements of this article, it shall be treated as a request for a variance in accordance with section 6.1D.21 of this article. If the city denies the request, then the permittee shall either remove the facility from the right of way or modify the facility so it conforms to the permit and submit revised drawings or plans therefor. (Ord. 07-0-102, 12-4-2007)
A. Required Coverages And Limits: Unless otherwise provided by franchise, license or similar agreement, each utility occupying right of way or constructing any facility in the right of way shall secure and maintain the following liability insurance policies insuring the utility as named insured and naming the city, and its elected and appointed officers, officials, agents and employees as additional insureds on the policies listed below:
1. Commercial general liability insurance, including premises-operations, explosion, collapse, and underground hazard (commonly referred to as "X", "C" and "U" coverages) and products-completed operations coverage with limits not less than:
a. Five million dollars ($5,000,000.00) for bodily injury or death to each person;
b. Five million dollars ($5,000,000.00) for property damage resulting from any one accident; and
c. Five million dollars ($5,000,000.00) for all other types of liability;
2. Automobile liability for owned, nonowned and hired vehicles with a combined single limit of one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) for personal injury and property damage for each accident;
3. Workers' compensation with statutory limits; and
4. Employer's liability insurance with limits of not less than one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) per employee and per accident.
If the utility is not providing such insurance to protect the contractors and subcontractors performing the work, then such contractors and subcontractors shall comply with this section.
B. Excess Or Umbrella Policies: The coverages required by this section may be in any combination of primary, excess and umbrella policies. Any excess or umbrella policy must provide excess coverage over underlying insurance on a following form basis such that when any loss covered by the primary policy exceeds the limits under the primary policy, the excess or umbrella policy becomes effective to cover such loss.
C. Copies Required: The utility shall provide copies of any of the required policies to the city within ten (10) days following receipt of a written request from the city.
D. Maintenance And Renewal Of Required Coverages: The insurance policies required by this section shall contain the following endorsement:
It is hereby understood and agreed that this policy may not be canceled nor the intention not to renew be stated until 30 days after receipt by the City, by registered mail or certified mail, return receipt requested, of a written notice addressed to the City Manager of such intent to cancel or not to renew.
Within ten (10) days after receipt by the city of said notice, and in no event later than ten (10) days prior to cancellation, the utility shall obtain and furnish to the city evidence of replacement insurance policies meeting the requirements of this section.
E. Self-Insurance: A utility may self-insure all or a portion of the insurance coverage and limit requirements required by subsection A of this section. A utility that self-insures is not required, to the extent of such self-insurance, to comply with the requirement for the naming of additional insureds under subsection A of this section, or the requirements of subsections B, C and D of this section. A utility that elects to self-insure shall provide to the city evidence sufficient to demonstrate its financial ability to self-insure the insurance coverage and limit requirements required under subsection A of this section, such as evidence that the utility is a "private self-insurer" under the workers' compensation act.
F. Effect Of Insurance And Self-Insurance On Utility's Liability: The legal liability of the utility to the city and any person for any of the matters that are the subject of the insurance policies or self-insurance required by this section shall not be limited by such insurance policies or self-insurance or by the recovery of any amounts thereunder.
G. Insurance Companies: All insurance provided pursuant to this section shall be effected under valid and enforceable policies, issued by insurers legally able to conduct business with the licensee in the state of Illinois. All insurance carriers and surplus line carriers shall be rated "A-" or better and of a class size "X" or higher by A.M. Best Company. (Ord. 07-0-102, 12-4-2007)
By occupying or constructing facilities in the right of way, a utility shall be deemed to agree to defend, indemnify and hold the city and its elected and appointed officials and officers, employees, agents and representatives harmless from and against any and all injuries, claims, demands, judgments, damages, losses and expenses, including reasonable attorney fees and costs of suit or defense, arising out of, resulting from or alleged to arise out of or result from the negligent, careless or wrongful acts, omissions, failures to act or misconduct of the utility or its affiliates, officers, employees, agents, contractors or subcontractors in the construction of facilities or occupancy of the rights of way, and in providing or offering service over the facilities, whether such acts or omissions are authorized, allowed or prohibited by this article or by a franchise, license or similar agreement; provided, however, that the utility's indemnity obligations hereunder shall not apply to any injuries, claims, demands, judgments, damages, losses or expenses arising out of or resulting from the negligence, misconduct or breach of this article by the city, its officials, officers, employees, agents or representatives. (Ord. 07-0-102, 12-4-2007)
A. Purpose: The permittee shall establish a security fund in a form and in an amount set forth in this section. The security fund shall be continuously maintained in accordance with this section at the permittee's sole cost and expense until the completion of the work authorized under the permit. The security fund shall serve as security for:
1. The faithful performance by the permittee of all the requirements of this article;
2. Any expenditure, damage or loss incurred by the city occasioned by the permittee's failure to comply with any codes, rules, regulations, orders, permits and other directives of the city issued pursuant to this article; and
3. The payment by permittee of all liens and all damages, claims, costs or expenses that the city may pay or incur by reason of any action or nonperformance by permittee in violation of this article including, without limitation, any damage to public property or restoration work the permittee is required by this article to perform that the city must perform itself or have completed as a consequence solely of the permittee's failure to perform or complete, and all other payments due the city from the permittee pursuant to this article or any other applicable law.
B. Form: The permittee shall provide the security fund to the city in the form, at the permittee's election, of cash, a surety bond in a form acceptable to the city, or an unconditional letter of credit in a form acceptable to the city. Any surety bond or letter of credit provided pursuant to this section shall, at a minimum:
1. Provide that it will not be canceled without prior notice to the city and the permittee;
2. Not require the consent of the permittee prior to the collection by the city of any amounts covered by it; and
3. Shall provide a location convenient to the city and within the state at which it can be drawn.
C. Amount: The dollar amount of the security fund shall be sufficient to provide for the reasonably estimated cost to restore the right of way to at least as good a condition as that existing prior to the construction under the permit, as determined by the director of public works, and may also include reasonable, directly related costs that the city estimates are likely to be incurred if the permittee fails to perform such restoration. Where the construction of facilities proposed under the permit will be performed in phases in multiple locations in the city, with each phase consisting of construction of facilities in one location or a related group of locations, and where construction in another phase will not be undertaken prior to substantial completion of restoration in the previous phase or phases, the director of public works may, in the exercise of sound discretion, allow the permittee to post a single amount of security which shall be applicable to each phase of the construction under the permit. The amount of the security fund for phased construction shall be equal to the greatest amount that would have been required under the provisions of this subsection for any single phase.
D. Withdrawals: The city, upon fourteen (14) days' advance written notice clearly stating the reason for, and its intention to exercise withdrawal rights under this section, may withdraw an amount from the security fund, provided that the permittee has not reimbursed the city for such amount within the fourteen (14) day notice period. Withdrawals may be made if the permittee:
1. Fails to make any payment required to be made by the permittee hereunder;
2. Fails to pay any liens relating to the facilities that are due and unpaid;
3. Fails to reimburse the city for any damages, claims, costs or expenses which the city has been compelled to pay or incur by reason of any action or nonperformance by the permittee; or
4. Fails to comply with any provision of this article that the city determines can be remedied by an expenditure of an amount in the security fund.
E. Replenishment: Within fourteen (14) days after receipt of written notice from the city that any amount has been withdrawn from the security fund, the permittee shall restore the security fund to the amount specified in this section.
F. Interest: The permittee may request that any and all interest accrued on the amount in the security fund be returned to the permittee by the city, upon written request for said withdrawal to the city, provided that any such withdrawal does not reduce the security fund below the minimum balance required in this section.
G. Closing And Return Of Security Fund: Upon completion of the work authorized under the permit, the permittee shall be entitled to the return of the security fund, or such portion thereof as remains on deposit, within a reasonable time after account is taken for all offsets necessary to compensate the city for failure by the permittee to comply with any provisions of this article or other applicable law. In the event of any revocation of the permit, the security fund, and any and all accrued interest therein, shall become the property of the city to the extent necessary to cover any reasonable costs, loss or damage incurred by the city as a result of said revocation, provided that any amounts in excess of said costs, loss or damage shall be refunded to the permittee.
H. Rights Not Limited: The rights reserved to the city with respect to the security fund are in addition to all other rights of the city, whether reserved by this article or otherwise authorized by law, and no action, proceeding or exercise of right with respect to said security fund shall affect any other right the city may have. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the city shall not be entitled to a double monetary recovery with respect to any of its rights which may be infringed or otherwise violated. (Ord. 07-0-102, 12-4-2007)
A. City Right To Revoke Permit: The city may revoke or suspend a permit issued pursuant to this article for one or more of the following reasons:
1. Fraudulent, false, misrepresenting or materially incomplete statements in the permit application;
2. Noncompliance with this article;
3. Permittee's physical presence or presence of permittee's facilities on, over, above, along, upon, under, across or within the rights of way presents a direct or imminent threat to the public health, safety or welfare; or
4. Permittee's failure to construct the facilities substantially in accordance with the permit and approved plans.
B. Notice Of Revocation Or Suspension: The city shall send written notice of its intent to revoke or suspend a permit issued pursuant to this article stating the reason or reasons for the revocation or suspension and the alternatives available to permittee under this section.
C. Permittee Alternatives Upon Receipt Of Notice Of Revocation Or Suspension: Upon receipt of a written notice of revocation or suspension from the city, the permittee shall have the following options:
1. Immediately provide the city with evidence that no cause exists for the revocation or suspension;
2. Immediately correct, to the satisfaction of the city, the deficiencies stated in the written notice, providing written proof of such correction to the city within five (5) working days after receipt of the written notice of revocation; or
3. Immediately remove the facilities located on, over, above, along, upon, under, across or within the rights of way and restore the rights of way to the satisfaction of the city providing written proof of such removal to the city within ten (10) days after receipt of the written notice of revocation.
The city may, in its discretion, for good cause shown, extend the time periods provided in this section.
D. Stop Work Order: In addition to the issuance of a notice of revocation or suspension, the city may issue a stop work order immediately upon discovery of any of the reasons for revocation set forth within this section.
E. Failure Or Refusal Of The Permittee To Comply: If the permittee fails to comply with the provisions of this section, the city or its designee may, at the option of the city: 1) correct the deficiencies; 2) upon not less than twenty (20) days' notice to the permittee, remove the subject facilities or equipment; or 3) after not less than thirty (30) days' notice to the permittee of failure to cure the noncompliance, deem them abandoned and property of the city. The permittee shall be liable in all events to the city for all costs of removal. (Ord. 07-0-102, 12-4-2007)
A. Notification Of Change: A utility shall notify the city no less than thirty (30) days prior to the transfer of ownership of any facility in the right of way or change in identity of the utility. The new owner of the utility or the facility shall have all the obligations and privileges enjoyed by the former owner under the permit, if any, and applicable laws, ordinances, rules and regulations, including this article, with respect to the work and facilities in the right of way.
B. Amended Permit: A new owner shall request that any current permit be amended to show current ownership. If the new owner fails to have a new or amended permit issued in its name, the new owner shall be presumed to have accepted, and agreed to be bound by, the terms and conditions of the permit if the new owner uses the facility or allows it to remain on the city's right of way.
C. Insurance And Bonding: All required insurance coverage or bonding must be changed to reflect the name of the new owner upon transfer. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
A. Standards And Principles: All construction in the right-of-way shall be consistent with applicable ordinances, codes, laws, rules and regulations, and commonly recognized and accepted traffic control and construction principles, sound engineering judgment and, where applicable, the principles and standards set forth in the following IDOT publications, as amended from time to time:
1. "Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction";
2. "Supplemental Specifications and Recurring Special Provisions";
3. "Highway Design Manual";
4. "Highway Standards Manual";
5. "Standard Specifications for Traffic Control Items";
6. "Illinois Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices" (92 Ill. Adm. Code section 545);
7. "Flagger's Handbook"; and
8. "Work Site Protection Manual for Daylight Maintenance Operations".
B. Interpretation Of Municipal Standards And Principles: If a discrepancy exists between or among differing principles and standards required by this article, the Director of Public Works shall determine, in the exercise of sound engineering judgment, which principles apply and such decision shall be final. If requested, the Director of Public Works shall state which standard or principle will apply to the construction, maintenance or operation of a facility in the future. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
A. Minimum Requirements: The City's minimum requirements for traffic protection are contained in IDOT's "Illinois Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices" and this Code.
B. Warning Signs, Protective Devices And Flaggers: The utility is responsible for providing and installing warning signs, protective devices and flaggers, when necessary, meeting applicable Federal, State, and local requirements for protection of the public and the utility's workers when performing any work on the rights-of-way.
C. Interference With Traffic: All work shall be phased so there is minimum interference with pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
D. Notice When Access Is Blocked: At least forty eight (48) hours prior to beginning work that will partially or completely block access to any residence, business or institution, the utility shall notify the resident, business or institution of the approximate beginning time and duration of such work; provided, however, that in cases involving emergency repairs pursuant to section 6.1D.20 of this article, the utility shall provide such notice as is practicable under the circumstances.
E. Compliance: The utility shall take immediate action to correct any deficiencies in traffic protection requirements that are brought to the utility's attention by the City. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
A. General Requirements: In addition to location requirements applicable to specific types of utility facilities, all utility facilities, regardless of type, shall be subject to the general location requirements of this section.
1. No Interference With City Facilities: No utility facilities shall be placed in any location if the Director of Public Works determines that the proposed location will require the relocation or displacement of any of the City's utility facilities or will otherwise interfere with the operation or maintenance of any of the City's utility facilities.
2. Minimum Interference And Impact: The proposed location shall cause only the minimum possible interference with the use of the right-of-way and shall cause only the minimum possible impact upon, and interference with the rights and reasonable convenience of property owners who adjoin said right-of-way.
3. No Interference With Travel: No utility facility shall be placed in any location that interferes with the usual travel on such right-of-way.
4. No Limitations On Visibility: No utility facility shall be placed in any location so as to limit visibility of or by users of the right-of-way.
5. Size Of Utility Facilities: The proposed installation shall use the smallest suitable vaults, boxes, equipment enclosures, power pedestals and/or cabinets then in use by the facility owner, regardless of location, for the particular application.
B. Parallel Facilities Located Within Highways:
1. Overhead Parallel Facilities: An overhead parallel facility may be located within the right-of-way lines of a highway only if:
a. Lines are located as near as practicable to the right-of-way line and as nearly parallel to the right-of-way line as reasonable pole alignment will permit;
b. Where pavement is curbed, poles are as remote as practicable from the curb with a minimum distance of two feet (2') (0.6 m) behind the face of the curb, where available;
c. Where pavement is uncurbed, poles are as remote from pavement edge as practicable with minimum distance of four feet (4') (1.2 m) outside the outer shoulder line of the roadway and are not within the clear zone;
d. No pole is located in the ditch line of a highway; and
e. Any ground mounted appurtenance is located within one foot (1') (0.3 m) of the right of way line or as near as possible to the right of way line.
2. Underground Parallel Facilities: An underground parallel facility may be located within the right of way lines of a highway only if:
a. The facility is located as near the right of way line as practicable and not more than eight feet (8') (2.4 m) from and parallel to the right of way line;
b. A new facility may be located under the paved portion of a highway only if other locations are impracticable or inconsistent with sound engineering judgment (e.g., a new cable may be installed in existing conduit without disrupting the pavement); and
c. In the case of an underground power or communications line, the facility shall be located as near the right of way line as practicable and not more than five feet (5') (1.5 m) from the right of way line and any above grounded appurtenance shall be located within one foot (1') (0.3 m) of the right of way line or as near as practicable.
C. Facilities Crossing Highways:
1. No Future Disruption: The construction and design of crossing facilities installed between the ditch lines or curb lines of city highways may require the incorporation of materials and protections (such as encasement or additional cover) to avoid settlement or future repairs to the roadbed resulting from the installation of such crossing facilities.
2. Cattle Passes, Culverts, Or Drainage Facilities: Crossing facilities shall not be located in cattle passes, culverts or drainage facilities.
3. Ninety Degree Crossing Required: Crossing facilities shall cross at or as near to a ninety degree (90°) angle to the centerline as practicable.
4. Overhead Power Or Communication Facility: An overhead power or communication facility may cross a highway only if:
a. It has a minimum vertical line clearance as required by ICC's rules entitled "construction of electric power and communication lines" (83 Ill. adm. code 305);
b. Poles are located within one foot (1') (0.3 m) of the right of way line of the highway and outside of the clear zone; and
c. Overhead crossings at major intersections are avoided.
5. Underground Power Or Communication Facility: An underground power or communication facility may cross a highway only if:
a. The design materials and construction methods will provide maximum maintenance free service life; and
b. Capacity for the utility's foreseeable future expansion needs is provided in the initial installation.
6. Markers: The city may require the utility to provide a marker at each right of way line where an underground facility other than a power or communication facility crosses a highway. Each marker shall identify the type of facility, the utility, and an emergency phone number. Markers may also be eliminated as provided in current federal regulations (49 CFR section 192.707 ).
D. Facilities To Be Located Within Particular Rights Of Way: The city may require that facilities be located within particular rights of way that are not highways, rather than within particular highways.
E. Freestanding Facilities:
1. The city may restrict the location and size of any freestanding facility located within a right of way.
2. The city may require any freestanding facility located within a right of way to be screened from view in a manner appropriate for the surrounding environment, and the city may require the facility's owner to maintain such screening.
F. Facilities Installed Aboveground: Aboveground facilities may be installed only if:
1. No other existing facilities in the area are located underground;
2. New underground installation is not technically feasible; and
3. The proposed installation will be made at a location, and will employ suitable design and materials, to provide the greatest protection of aesthetic qualities of the area being traversed without adversely affecting safety. Suitable designs include, but are not limited to, self-supporting armless, single pole construction with vertical configuration of conductors and cable. Existing utility poles and light standards shall be used wherever practicable; the installation of additional utility poles is strongly discouraged.
G. Facility Attachments To Bridges Or Roadway Structures:
1. Facilities may be installed as attachments to bridges or roadway structures only where the utility has demonstrated that all other means of accommodating the facility are not practicable. Other means shall include, but are not limited to, underground, underwater, independent poles, cable supports and tower supports, all of which are completely separated from the bridge or roadway structure. Facilities transmitting commodities that are volatile, flammable, corrosive or energized, especially those under significant pressure or potential, present high degrees of risk and such installations are not permitted.
2. A utility shall include in its request to accommodate a facility installation on a bridge or roadway structure supporting data demonstrating the impracticability of alternate routing. Approval or disapproval of an application for facility attachment to a bridge or roadway structure will be based upon the following considerations:
a. The type, volume, pressure or voltage of the commodity to be transmitted and an evaluation of the resulting risk to persons and property in the event of damage to or failure of the facility;
b. The type, length, value and relative importance of the highway structure in the transportation system;
c. The alternative routings available to the utility and their comparative practicability;
d. The proposed method of attachment;
e. The ability of the structure to bear the increased load of the proposed facility;
f. The degree of interference with bridge maintenance and painting;
g. The effect on the visual quality of the structure; and
h. The public benefit expected from the utility service as compared to the risk involved.
H. Appearance Standards:
1. The city may prohibit the installation of facilities in particular locations in order to preserve visual quality.
2. A facility may be constructed only if its construction does not require extensive removal or alteration of trees or terrain features visible to the right of way user or to adjacent residents and property owners, and if it does not impair the aesthetic quality of the lands being traversed. (Ord. 07-0-102, 12-4-2007)
A. Standards And Requirements For Particular Types Of Construction Methods:
1. Boring Or Jacking:
a. Pits And Shoring: Boring or jacking under rights of way shall be accomplished from pits located at a minimum distance specified by the director of public works from the edge of the pavement. Pits for boring or jacking shall be excavated no more than forty eight (48) hours in advance of boring or jacking operations and backfilled within forty eight (48) hours after boring or jacking operations are completed. While pits are open, they shall be clearly marked and protected by barricades. Shoring shall be designed, erected, supported, braced, and maintained so that it will safely support all vertical and lateral loads that may be imposed upon it during the boring or jacking operation.
b. Wet Boring Or Jetting: Wet boring or jetting shall not be permitted under the roadway.
c. Borings With Diameters Greater Than Six Inches: Borings over six inches (6") (0.15 m) in diameter shall be accomplished with an auger and following pipe, and the diameter of the auger shall not exceed the outside diameter of the following pipe by more than one inch (1") (25 mm).
d. Borings With Diameters Six Inches Or Less: Borings of six inches (6") or less in diameter may be accomplished by either jacking, guided with auger, or auger and following pipe method.
e. Tree Preservation: Any facility located within the drip line of any tree designated by the city to be preserved or protected shall be bored under or around the root system.
2. Trenching: Trenching for facility installation, repair or maintenance on rights of way shall be done in accord with the applicable portions of section 603 of IDOT's "Standard Specifications For Road And Bridge Construction".
a. Length: The length of open trench shall be kept to the practicable minimum consistent with requirements for pipe/line testing. Only one-half (1/2) of any intersection may have an open trench at any time unless special permission is obtained from the director of public works.
b. Open Trench And Excavated Material: Open trench and windrowed excavated material shall be protected as required by chapter 6 of the "Illinois Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices". Where practicable, the excavated material shall be deposited between the roadway and the trench as added protection. Excavated material shall not be allowed to remain on the paved portion of the roadway. Where right of way width does not allow for windrowing excavated material off the paved portion of the roadway, excavated material shall be hauled to an off road location.
c. Drip Line Of Trees: The utility shall not trench within the drip line of any tree designated by the city to be preserved.
a. Any pit, trench or excavation created during the installation of facilities shall be backfilled for its full width, depth and length using methods and materials in accordance with IDOT's "Standard Specifications For Road And Bridge Construction". When excavated material is hauled away or is unsuitable for backfill, suitable granular backfill shall be used.
b. For a period of three (3) years from the date construction of a facility is completed, the utility shall be responsible to remove and restore any backfilled area that has settled due to construction of the facility. If so ordered by the director of public works, the utility, at its expense, shall remove any pavement and backfill material to the top of the installed facility, place and properly compact new backfill material, and restore new pavement, sidewalk, curbs and driveways to the proper grades, as determined by the director of public works.
4. Pavement Cuts: Pavement cuts for facility installation or repair shall be permitted on a highway only if that portion of the highway is closed to traffic. If a variance to the limitation set forth in this subsection A4 is permitted under section 6.1D.21 of this article, the following requirements shall apply:
a. Any excavation under pavements shall be backfilled and compacted as soon as practicable with granular material of CA-6 or CA-10 gradation, as designated by the director of public works.
b. Restoration of pavement, in kind, shall be accomplished as soon as practicable, and temporary repair with bituminous mixture shall be provided immediately. Any subsequent failure of either the temporary repair or the restoration shall be rebuilt upon notification by the city.
c. All saw cuts shall be full depth.
d. For all rights of way which have been reconstructed with a concrete surface/base in the last seven (7) years, or resurfaced in the last three (3) years, permits shall not be issued unless such work is determined to be an emergency repair or other work considered necessary and unforeseen before the time of the reconstruction or unless a pavement cut is necessary for a JULIE locate.
a. Casing pipe shall be designed to withstand the load of the highway and any other superimposed loads. The casing shall be continuous either by one piece fabrication or by welding or jointed installation approved by the city.
b. The venting, if any, of any encasement shall extend within one foot (1') (0.3 m) of the right of way line. No aboveground vent pipes shall be located in the area established as clear zone for that particular section of the highway.
c. In the case of water main or service crossing, encasement shall be furnished between bore pits unless continuous pipe or city approved jointed pipe is used under the roadway. Casing may be omitted only if pipe is installed prior to highway construction and carrier pipe is continuous or mechanical joints are of a type approved by the city. Bell and spigot type pipe shall be encased regardless of installation method.
d. In the case of gas pipelines of sixty (60) psig or less, encasement may be eliminated.
e. In the case of gas pipelines or petroleum products pipelines with installations of more than sixty (60) psig, encasement may be eliminated only if: 1) extra heavy pipe is used that precludes future maintenance or repair and 2) cathodic protection of the pipe is provided.
f. If encasement is eliminated for a gas or petroleum products pipeline, the facility shall be located so as to provide that construction does not disrupt the right of way.
6. Minimum Cover Of Underground Facilities: Cover shall be provided and maintained at least in the amount specified in the following table for minimum cover for the type of facility:
Type Of Facility
30 inches (0.8 m)
Communication, cable or video service lines
18 to 24 inches (0.46 m to 0.6 m, as determined by the city)
Gas or petroleum products
30 inches (0.8 m)
Sufficient cover to provide freeze protection
Sanitary sewer, storm sewer or drainage line
Sufficient cover to provide freeze protection
B. Standards And Requirements For Particular Types Of Facilities:
1. Electric Power Or Communication Lines:
a. Code Compliance: Electric power or communications facilities within city rights of way shall be constructed, operated and maintained in conformity with the provisions of 83 Illinois administrative code part 305 (formerly general order 160 of the ICC) entitled "rules for construction of electric power and communications lines", and the national electrical safety code.
b. Overhead Facilities: Overhead power or communication facilities shall use single pole construction and, where practicable, joint use of poles shall be used. Utilities shall make every reasonable effort to design the installation so guys and braces will not be needed. Variances may be allowed if there is no feasible alternative and if guywires are equipped with guy guards for maximum visibility.
c. Underground Facilities:
(1) Cable may be installed by trenching or plowing, provided that special consideration is given to boring in order to minimize damage when crossing improved entrances and side roads.
(2) If a crossing is installed by boring or jacking, encasement shall be provided between jacking or bore pits. Encasement may be eliminated only if: a) the crossing is installed by the use of "moles", "whip augers" or other approved method which compress the earth to make the opening for cable installation or b) the installation is by the open trench method which is only permitted prior to roadway construction.
(3) Cable shall be grounded in accordance with the national electrical safety code.
d. Burial Of Drops: All temporary service drops placed between November 1 of the prior year and March 15 of the current year, also known as snow drops, shall be buried by May 31 of the current year, weather permitting, unless otherwise permitted by the city. Weather permitting, utilities shall bury all temporary drops, excluding snow drops, within ten (10) business days after placement.
2. Underground Facilities Other Than Electric Power Or Communication Lines: Underground facilities other than electric power or communication lines may be installed by:
a. The use of "moles", "whip augers" or other approved methods which compress the earth to move the opening for the pipe;
b. Jacking or boring with vented encasement provided between the ditch lines or toes of slopes of the highway;
c. Open trench with vented encasement between ultimate ditch lines or toes of slopes, but only if prior to roadway construction; or
d. Tunneling with vented encasement, but only if installation is not possible by other means.
3. Gas Transmission, Distribution And Service: Gas pipelines within rights of way shall be constructed, maintained and operated in a city approved manner and in conformance with the federal code of the office of pipeline safety operations, department of transportation, part 192 - transportation of natural and other gas by pipeline: minimum federal safety standards (49 CFR section 192), IDOT's "Standard Specifications For Road And Bridge Construction" and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations.
4. Petroleum Products Pipelines: Petroleum products pipelines within rights of way shall conform to the applicable sections of ANSI standard code for pressure piping (liquid petroleum transportation piping systems ANSI-B 31.4).
5. Water Lines, Sanitary Sewer Lines, Storm Water Sewer Lines Or Drainage Lines: Water lines, sanitary sewer lines, storm sewer lines and drainage lines within rights of way shall meet or exceed the recommendations of the current "Standard Specifications For Water And Sewer Main Construction In Illinois".
6. Ground Mounted Appurtenances: Ground mounted appurtenances to overhead or underground facilities, when permitted within a right of way, shall be provided with a vegetation free area extending one foot (1') (305 mm) in width beyond the appurtenance in all directions. The vegetation free area may be provided by an extension of the mounting pad, or by heavy duty plastic or similar material approved by the director of public works. With the approval of the director of public works, shrubbery surrounding the appurtenance may be used in place of vegetation free area. The housing for ground mounted appurtenances shall be painted a neutral color to blend with the surroundings.
1. General Standards: The materials used in constructing facilities within rights of way shall be those meeting the accepted standards of the appropriate industry, the applicable portions of IDOT's "Standard Specifications For Road And Bridge Construction", the requirements of the ICC or the standards established by other official regulatory agencies for the appropriate industry.
2. Material Storage On Right Of Way: No material shall be stored on the right of way without the prior written approval of the director of public works. When such storage is permitted, all pipe, conduit, wire, poles, cross arms or other materials shall be distributed along the right of way prior to and during installation in a manner to minimize hazards to the public or an obstacle to right of way maintenance or damage to the right of way and other property. If material is to be stored on right of way, prior approval must be obtained from the city.
3. Hazardous Materials: The plans submitted by the utility to the city shall identify any hazardous materials that may be involved in the construction of the new facilities or removal of any existing facilities.
D. Operational Restrictions:
1. Construction operations on rights of way may, at the discretion of the city, be required to be discontinued when such operations would create hazards to traffic or the public health, safety and welfare. Such operations may also be required to be discontinued or restricted when conditions are such that construction would result in extensive damage to the right of way or other property.
2. These restrictions may be waived by the director of public works when emergency work is required to restore vital utility services.
E. Location Of Existing Facilities: Any utility proposing to construct facilities in the city shall contact JULIE and ascertain the presence and location of existing aboveground and underground facilities within the rights of way to be occupied by its proposed facilities. The city will make its permit records available to a utility for the purpose of identifying possible facilities. When notified of an excavation or when requested by the city or by JULIE, a utility shall locate and physically mark its underground facilities within forty eight (48) hours, excluding weekends and holidays, in accordance with the Illinois underground facilities damage prevention act 2 . (Ord. 07-0-102, 12-4-2007)
A. Electric Utilities; Compliance With State Laws And Regulations: An electric utility shall conduct all tree trimming and vegetation control activities in the right of way in accordance with applicable state laws and regulations, and additionally, with such local franchise or other agreement with the city as permitted by law.
B. Other Utilities; Tree Trimming Permit Required: Tree trimming that is done by any other utility with facilities in the right of way and that is not performed pursuant to applicable state laws and regulations specifically governing same, shall not be considered a normal maintenance operation, but shall require the application for, and the issuance of, a permit, in addition to any other permit required under this article.
1. Application For Tree Trimming Permit: Applications for tree trimming permits shall include assurance that the work will be accomplished by competent workers with supervision who are experienced in accepted tree pruning practices. Tree trimming permits shall designate an expiration date in the interest of assuring that the work will be expeditiously accomplished.
2. Damage To Trees: Poor pruning practices resulting in damaged or misshapen trees will not be tolerated and shall be grounds for cancellation of the tree trimming permit and for assessment of damages. The city will require compensation for trees extensively damaged and for trees removed without authorization. The formula developed by the International Society of Arboriculture will be used as a basis for determining the compensation for damaged trees or unauthorized removal of trees. The City may require the removal and replacement of trees if trimming or radical pruning would leave them in an unacceptable condition.
C. Specimen Trees Or Trees Of Special Significance: The City may require that special measures be taken to preserve specimen trees or trees of special significance. The required measures may consist of higher poles, side arm extensions, covered wire or other means.
D. Chemical Use:
1. Except as provided in the following subsection, no utility shall spray, inject or pour any chemicals on or near any trees, shrubs or vegetation in the City for any purpose, including the control of growth, insects or disease.
2. Spraying of any type of brush killing chemicals will not be permitted on rights-of-way unless the utility demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Director of Public Works that such spraying is the only practicable method of vegetation control. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
A. Notice: Within ninety (90) days following written notice from the City, a utility shall, at its own expense, protect, support, temporarily or permanently disconnect, remove, relocate, change or alter the position of any utility facilities within the rights-of-way whenever the Corporate Authorities have determined that such removal, relocation, change or alteration, is reasonably necessary for the construction, repair, maintenance or installation of any City initiated or mandated improvement in or upon, or the operations of the City in or upon, the rights-of- way.
B. Removal Of Unauthorized Facilities: Within thirty (30) days following written notice from the City, any utility that owns, controls or maintains any unauthorized facility or related appurtenances within the rights-of-way shall, at its own expense, remove all or any part of such facilities or appurtenances from the rights-of-way. A facility is unauthorized and subject to removal in the following circumstances:
1. Upon expiration or termination of the permittee's license or franchise, unless otherwise permitted by applicable law;
2. If the facility was constructed or installed without the prior grant of a license or franchise, if required;
3. If the facility was constructed or installed without prior issuance of a required permit in violation of this article; or
4. If the facility was constructed or installed at a location not permitted by the permittee's license or franchise.
C. Emergency Removal Or Relocation Of Facilities: The City retains the right and privilege to cut or move any facilities located within the rights-of-way of the City, as the City may determine to be necessary, appropriate or useful in response to any public health or safety emergency. If circumstances permit, the City shall attempt to notify the utility, if known, prior to cutting or removing a facility and shall notify the utility, if known, after cutting or removing a facility.
D. Abandonment Of Facilities: Upon abandonment of a facility within the rights-of-way of the City, the utility shall notify the City within ninety (90) days. Following receipt of such notice the City may direct the utility to remove all or any portion of the facility if the Director of Public Works determines that such removal will be in the best interest of the public health, safety and welfare. In the event the City does not direct the utility that abandoned the facility to remove it, by giving notice of abandonment to the City, the abandoning utility shall be deemed to consent to the alteration or removal of all or any portion of the facility by another utility or person. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
The utility shall remove all excess material and restore all turf and terrain and other property within ten (10) days after any portion of the rights-of-way are disturbed, damaged or destroyed due to construction or maintenance by the utility, all to the satisfaction of the City. This includes restoration of entrances and side roads. Restoration of roadway surfaces shall be made using materials and methods approved by the Director of Public Works. Such cleanup and repair may be required to consist of backfilling, regrading, reseeding, resodding or any other requirement to restore the right-of-way to a condition substantially equivalent to that which existed prior to the commencement of the project. The time period provided in this section may be extended by the Director of Public Works for good cause shown. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
A. General: Facilities and any associated screening or landscaping on, over, above, along, upon, under, across or within rights-of-way are to be maintained by or for the utility in a manner satisfactory to the City and at the utility's expense.
B. Emergency Maintenance Procedures: Emergencies may justify noncompliance with normal procedures for securing a permit:
1. If an emergency creates a hazard on the traveled portion of the right-of-way, the utility shall take immediate steps to provide all necessary protection for traffic on the highway or the public on the right-of-way including the use of signs, lights, barricades or flaggers. If a hazard does not exist on the traveled way, but the nature of the emergency is such as to require the parking on the shoulder of equipment required in repair operations, adequate signs and lights shall be provided. Parking on the shoulder in such an emergency will only be permitted when no other means of access to the facility is available.
2. In an emergency, the utility shall, as soon as possible, notify the Director of Public Works, or his or her duly authorized agent, of the emergency, informing him or her as to what steps have been taken for protection of the traveling public and what will be required to make the necessary repairs. If the nature of the emergency is such as to interfere with the free movement of traffic, the Police Department shall be notified immediately.
3. In an emergency, the utility shall use all means at hand to complete repairs as rapidly as practicable and with the least inconvenience to the traveling public.
C. Emergency Repairs: The utility must file in writing with the City a description of the repairs undertaken in the right-of-way within forty eight (48) hours after an emergency repair. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
A. Request For Variance: A utility requesting a variance from one or more of the provisions of this article must do so in writing to the Director of Public Works as a part of the permit application. The request shall identify each provision of this article from which a variance is requested and the reasons why a variance should be granted.
B. Authority To Grant Variances: The Director of Public Works shall decide whether a variance is authorized for each provision of this article identified in the variance request on an individual basis.
C. Conditions For Granting Of Variance: The Director of Public Works may authorize a variance only if the utility requesting the variance has demonstrated that:
1. One or more conditions not under the control of the utility (such as terrain features or an irregular right-of-way line) create a special hardship that would make enforcement of the provision unreasonable, given the public purposes to be achieved by the provision; and
2. All other designs, methods, materials, locations or facilities that would conform with the provision from which a variance is requested are not practical in relation to the requested approach.
D. Additional Conditions For Granting A Variance: As a condition for authorizing a variance, the Director of Public Works may require the utility requesting the variance to meet reasonable standards and conditions that may or may not be expressly contained within this article but which carry out the purposes of this article.
E. Right To Appeal: Any utility aggrieved by any order, requirement, decision or determination, including denial of a variance, made by the Director of Public Works under the provisions of this article shall have the right to appeal to the City Council, or such other council or commission as it may designate. The application for appeal shall be submitted in writing to the City Clerk within thirty (30) days after the date of such order, requirement, decision or determination. The City Council shall commence its consideration of the appeal at the Council's next regularly scheduled meeting occurring at least seven (7) days after the filing of the appeal. The City Council shall timely decide the appeal. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
Any person who violates, disobeys, omits, neglects or refuses to comply with any of the provisions of this article shall be subject to a fine in accordance with the penalty provisions of this Code, not to exceed seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) per violation per day. There may be times when the City will incur delay or other costs, including third party claims, because the utility will not or cannot perform its duties under its permit and this article. Unless the utility shows that another allocation of the cost of undertaking the requested action is appropriate, the utility shall bear the City's costs of damages and its costs of installing, maintaining, modifying, relocating or removing the facility that is the subject of the permit. No other administrative agency or commission may review or overrule a permit related cost apportionment of the City. Sanctions may be imposed upon a utility that does not pay the costs apportioned to it. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
Nothing in this article shall be construed as limiting any additional or further remedies that the City may have for enforcement of this article. (Ord. 07-O-102, 12-4-2007)
A. Purpose And Scope:
1. Purpose: The purpose of this section is to establish regulations, standards and procedures for the siting and collocation of small wireless facilities on rights-of-way within the City's jurisdiction, or outside the rights-of-way on property zoned by the City exclusively for commercial or industrial use, in a manner that is consistent with the Illinois Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act (PA 100-0585).
2. Conflicts With Other Ordinances: This section supersedes all ordinances or parts of ordinances adopted prior hereto that are in conflict herewith, to the extent of such conflict.
3. Conflicts With State And Federal Laws: In the event that applicable Federal or State laws or regulations conflict with the requirements of this section, the wireless provider shall comply with the requirements of this section to the maximum extent possible without violating Federal or State laws or regulations.
B. Definitions: For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
ACT: The Illinois Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act (PA 100-0585), as may be subsequently amended.
ANTENNA: Communications equipment that transmits or receives electromagnetic radio frequency signals used in the provision of wireless services.
APPLICABLE CODES: Building, Fire, Electrical, Plumbing, or Mechanical Codes adopted by a recognized national code organization or local amendments to those codes, including the National Electric Safety Code.
APPLICANT: Any person who submits an application and is a wireless provider.
APPLICATION: A request submitted by an applicant to the City for a permit to collocate small wireless facilities, and a request that includes the installation of a new utility pole for such collocation, as well as any applicable fee for the review of such application.
COLLOCATE OR COLLOCATION: To install, mount, maintain, modify, operate, or replace wireless facilities on or adjacent to a wireless support structure or utility pole.
COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE: Cable service, as defined in 47 USC 522(6), as amended; information service, as defined in 47 USC 153(24), as amended; telecommunications service, as defined in 47 USC 153(53), as amended; mobile service, as defined in 47 USC 153(53), as amended; or wireless service other than mobile service.
COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE PROVIDER: A cable operator, as defined in 47 USC 522(5), as amended; a provider of information service, as defined in 47 USC 153(24), as amended; a telecommunications carrier, as defined in 47 USC 153(51), as amended; or a wireless provider.
FCC: The Federal Communications Commission of the United States.
FEE: A one-time charge.
HISTORIC DISTRICT OR HISTORIC LANDMARK: A building, property, or site, or group of buildings, properties, or sites that are either: 1) listed in the National Register of Historic Places or formally determined eligible for listing by the Keeper of the National Register, the individual who has been delegated the authority by the Federal agency to list properties and determine their eligibility for the National Register, in accordance with section VI.D.1.a.i through section VI.D.1.a.v of the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement codified at 47 CFR part 1, appendix C; or 2) designated as a locally landmarked building, property, site, or historic district by an ordinance adopted by the City pursuant to a preservation program that meets the requirements of the Certified Local Government Program of the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office or where such certification of the preservation program by the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office is pending.
LAW: A Federal or State Statute, common law, code, rule, regulation, order, or local ordinance or resolution.
MICRO WIRELESS FACILITY: A small wireless facility that is not larger in dimension than twenty four inches (24") in length, fifteen inches (15") in width, and twelve inches (12") in height and that has an exterior antenna, if any, no longer than eleven inches (11").
MUNICIPAL UTILITY POLE: A utility pole owned or operated by the City in public rights-of-way.
PERMIT: A written authorization required by the City to perform an action or initiate, continue, or complete a project.
PERSON: An individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association, trust, or other entity or organization.
PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCY: The functional division of the Federal government, the State, a unit of local government, or a special purpose district located in whole or in part within this State, that provides or has authority to provide firefighting, police, ambulance, medical, or other emergency services to respond to and manage emergency incidents.
RATE: A recurring charge.
RIGHT-OF-WAY: The area on, below, or above a public roadway, highway, street, public sidewalk, alley, or utility easement dedicated for compatible use. Right-of-way does not include City-owned aerial lines.
SMALL WIRELESS FACILITY: A wireless facility that meets both of the following qualifications: 1) each antenna is located inside an enclosure of no more than six (6) cubic feet in volume or, in the case of an antenna that has exposed elements, the antenna and all of its exposed elements could fit within an imaginary enclosure of no more than six (6) cubic feet; and 2) all other wireless equipment attached directly to a utility pole associated with the facility is cumulatively no more than twenty five (25) cubic feet in volume. The following types of associated ancillary equipment are not included in the calculation of equipment volume: electric meter, concealment elements, telecommunications demarcation box, ground-based enclosures, grounding equipment, power transfer switch, cut-off switch, and vertical cable runs for the connection of power and other services.
UTILITY POLE: A pole or similar structure that is used in whole or in part by a communications service provider or for electric distribution, lighting, traffic control, or a similar function.
WIRELESS FACILITY: Equipment at a fixed location that enables wireless communications between user equipment and a communications network, including: 1) equipment associated with wireless communications; and 2) radio transceivers, antennas, coaxial or fiber-optic cable, regular and backup power supplies, and comparable equipment, regardless of technological configuration. Wireless facility includes small wireless facilities. Wireless facility does not include: 1) the structure or improvements on, under, or within which the equipment is collocated; or 2) wireline backhaul facilities, coaxial or fiber optic cable that is between wireless support structures or utility poles or coaxial, or fiber optic cable that is otherwise not immediately adjacent to or directly associated with an antenna.
WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE PROVIDER: Any person authorized to provide telecommunications service in the State that builds or installs wireless communication transmission equipment, wireless facilities, wireless support structures, or utility poles and that is not a wireless services provider but is acting as an agent or a contractor for a wireless services provider for the application submitted to the City.
WIRELESS PROVIDER: A wireless infrastructure provider or a wireless services provider.
WIRELESS SERVICES: Any services provided to the general public, including a particular class of customers, and made available on a nondiscriminatory basis using licensed or unlicensed spectrum, whether at a fixed location or mobile, provided using wireless facilities.
WIRELESS SERVICES PROVIDER: A person who provides wireless services.
WIRELESS SUPPORT STRUCTURE: A freestanding structure, such as a monopole; tower, either guyed or self-supporting; billboard; or other existing or proposed structure designed to support or capable of supporting wireless facilities. Wireless support structure does not include a utility pole.
C. Regulation Of Small Wireless Facilities:
1. Permitted Use: Small wireless facilities shall be classified as permitted uses and subject to administrative review, but not subject to zoning review or approval if they are collocated: a) in rights-of-way in any zoning district, or b) outside rights-of- way in property zoned exclusively for commercial or industrial use.
2. Permit Required: An applicant shall obtain one or more permits from the City to collocate a small wireless facility. An application shall be received and processed, and permits issued shall be subject to the following conditions and requirements.
D. Application Requirements: A wireless provider shall provide the following information to the City, together with the City's Small Wireless Facilities Permit Application, as a condition of any permit application to collocate small wireless facilities on a utility pole or wireless support structure:
1. Site specific structural integrity and, for a Municipal utility pole, make-ready analysis prepared by a structural engineer, as that term is defined in section 4 of the Structural Engineering Practice Act of 1989;
2. The location where each proposed small wireless facility or utility pole would be installed and photographs of the location and its immediate surroundings depicting the utility poles or structures on which each proposed small wireless facility would be mounted or location where utility poles or structures would be installed. This should include a depiction of the completed facility;
3. Specifications and drawings prepared by a structural engineer, as that term is defined in section 4 of the Structural Engineering Practice Act of 1989, for each proposed small wireless facility covered by the application as it is proposed to be installed;
4. The equipment type and model numbers for the antennas and all other wireless equipment associated with the small wireless facility;
5. A proposed schedule for the installation and completion of each small wireless facility covered by the application, if approved; and
6. Certification that the collocation complies with the collocation requirements and conditions contained herein, to the best of the applicant's knowledge; and
7. In the event that the proposed small wireless facility is to be attached to an existing pole owned by an entity other than the City, the wireless provider shall provide legally competent evidence of the consent of the owner of such pole to the proposed collocation.
E. Application Process: The City shall process applications as follows:
1. The first completed application shall have priority over applications received by different applicants for collocation on the same utility pole or wireless support structure.
2. An application to collocate a small wireless facility on an existing utility pole or wireless support structure, or replacement of an existing utility pole or wireless support structure shall be processed on a nondiscriminatory basis and shall be deemed approved if the City fails to approve or deny the application within ninety (90) days after the submission of a completed application.
However, if an applicant intends to proceed with the permitted activity on a deemed approved basis, the applicant shall notify the City in writing of its intention to invoke the deemed approved remedy no sooner than seventy five (75) days after the submission of a completed application.
The permit shall be deemed approved on the latter of the 90th day after submission of the complete application or the 10th day after the receipt of the deemed approved notice by the City. The receipt of the deemed approved notice shall not preclude the City's denial of the permit request within the time limits as provided under this section.
3. An application to collocate a small wireless facility that includes the installation of a new utility pole shall be processed on a nondiscriminatory basis and deemed approved if the City fails to approve or deny the application within one hundred twenty (120) days after the submission of a completed application.
However, if an applicant intends to proceed with the permitted activity on a deemed approved basis, the applicant shall notify the City in writing of its intention to invoke the deemed approved remedy no sooner than one hundred five (105) days after the submission of a completed application.
The permit shall be deemed approved on the latter of the 120th day after submission of the complete application or the 10th day after the receipt of the deemed approved notice by the City. The receipt of the deemed approved notice shall not preclude the City's denial of the permit request within the time limits as provided under this section.
4. The City shall deny an application which does not meet the requirements of this section.
If the City determines that applicable codes, ordinances or regulations that concern public safety, or the collocation requirements and conditions contained herein require that the utility pole or wireless support structure be replaced before the requested collocation, approval shall be conditioned on the replacement of the utility pole or wireless support structure at the cost of the provider.
The City shall document the basis for a denial, including the specific code provisions or application conditions on which the denial is based, and send the documentation to the applicant on or before the day the City denies an application.
The applicant may cure the deficiencies identified by the City and resubmit the revised application once within thirty (30) days after notice of denial is sent to the applicant without paying an additional application fee. The City shall approve or deny the revised application within thirty (30) days after the applicant resubmits the application or it is deemed approved. Failure to resubmit the revised application within thirty (30) days of denial shall require the applicant to submit a new application with applicable fees, and recommencement of the City's review period.
The applicant must notify the City in writing of its intention to proceed with the permitted activity on a deemed approved basis, which may be submitted with the revised application.
Any review of a revised application shall be limited to the deficiencies cited in the denial. However, this revised application does not apply if the cure requires the review of a new location, new or different structure to be collocated upon, new antennas, or other wireless equipment associated with the small wireless facility.
5. Within thirty (30) days after an approved permit to collocate a small wireless facility on a Municipal utility pole, the City and the applicant shall enter into a Master Pole Attachment Agreement, provided by the City for the initial collocation on a Municipal utility pole by the application. For subsequent approved permits to collocate a small wireless facility on a Municipal utility pole, the City and the applicant shall enter into a License Supplement of the Master Pole Attachment Agreement.
F. Completeness Of Application: Within thirty (30) days after receiving an application, the City shall determine whether the application is complete and notify the applicant. If an application is incomplete, the City must specifically identify the missing information. An application shall be deemed complete if the City fails to provide notification to the applicant within thirty (30) days after all documents, information and fees specifically enumerated in the City's permit application form are submitted by the applicant to the City.
Processing deadlines are tolled from the time the City sends the notice of incompleteness to the time the applicant provides the missing information.
G. Tolling: The time period for applications may be further tolled by:
1. An express written agreement by both the applicant and the City; or
2. A local, State or Federal disaster declaration or similar emergency that causes the delay.
H. Consolidated Applications: An applicant seeking to collocate small wireless facilities within the jurisdiction of the City shall be allowed, at the applicant's discretion, to file a consolidated application and receive a single permit for the collocation of up to twenty five (25) small wireless facilities if the collocations each involve substantially the same type of small wireless facility and substantially the same type of structure.
If an application includes multiple small wireless facilities, the City may remove small wireless facility collocations from the application and treat separately small wireless facility collocations for which incomplete information has been provided or that do not qualify for consolidated treatment or that are denied. The City may issue separate permits for each collocation that is approved in a consolidated application.
I. Duration Of Permits: The duration of a permit shall be for a period of not less than five (5) years, and the permit shall be renewed for equivalent durations unless the City makes a finding that the small wireless facilities or the new or modified utility pole do not comply with the applicable City codes or any provision, condition or requirement contained in this section.
If the Act is repealed as provided in section 90 therein, renewals of permits shall be subject to the applicable City Code provisions or regulations in effect at the time of renewal.
J. Means Of Submitting Applications: Applicants shall submit applications, supporting information and notices to the City by personal delivery at the City's designated place of business, by regular mail postmarked on the date due or by any other commonly used means, including electronic mail.
K. Collocation Requirements And Conditions:
1. Public Safety Space Reservation: The City may reserve space on Municipal utility poles for future public safety uses, for the City's electric utility uses, or both, but a reservation of space may not preclude the collocation of a small wireless facility unless the City reasonably determines that the Municipal utility pole cannot accommodate both uses.
2. Installation And Maintenance: The wireless provider shall install, maintain, repair and modify its small wireless facilities in safe condition and good repair and in compliance with the requirements and conditions of this section. The wireless provider shall ensure that its employees, agents or contractors that perform work in connection with its small wireless facilities are adequately trained and skilled in accordance with all applicable industry and governmental standards and regulations.
3. No Interference With Public Safety Communication Frequencies: The wireless provider's operation of the small wireless facilities shall not interfere with the frequencies used by a public safety agency for public safety communications.
A wireless provider shall install small wireless facilities of the type and frequency that will not cause unacceptable interference with a public safety agency's communications equipment.
Unacceptable interference will be determined by and measured in accordance with industry standards and the FCC's regulations addressing unacceptable interference to public safety spectrum or any other spectrum licensed by a public safety agency.
If a small wireless facility causes such interference, and the wireless provider has been given written notice of the interference by the public safety agency, the wireless provider, at its own expense, shall remedy the interference in a manner consistent with the abatement and resolution procedures for interference with public safety spectrum established by the FCC including 47 CFR 22.970 through 47 CFR 22.973 and 47 CFR 90.672 through 47 CFR 90.675.
The City may terminate a permit for a small wireless facility based on such interference if the wireless provider is not in compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations cited in the previous paragraph. Failure to remedy the interference as required herein shall constitute a public nuisance.
4. Utility Pole Restrictions: The wireless provider shall not collocate small wireless facilities on City utility poles that are part of an electric distribution or transmission system within the communication worker safety zone of the pole or the electric supply zone of the pole.
However, the antenna and support equipment of the small wireless facility may be located in the communications space on the City utility pole and on the top of the pole, if not otherwise unavailable, if the wireless provider complies with applicable codes for work involving the top of the pole.
For purposes of this subparagraph, the terms "communications space", "communication worker safety zone", and "electric supply zone" have the meanings given to those terms in the National Electric Safety Code as published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
5. Compliance: The wireless provider shall comply with all applicable codes and local code provisions or regulations that concern public safety.
6. Design Standards: The wireless provider shall comply with the following design standards and any variations from these design standards may only be granted pursuant to the variance provisions of section 6.1D.21 of this article:
a. Screening: Whenever any equipment or appurtenances are to be installed at grade, screening must be installed to minimize the visibility of the facility and shall not be permitted to obstruct sight lines or to create other traffic or safety problems.
b. Color And Stealth: All wireless facilities subject to this section, including all related equipment and appurtenances, must be a color that blends with the surroundings of the pole, structure tower or infrastructure on which it is mounted. The color must be comprised of nonreflective materials which blend with the materials and colors of the surrounding area and structures. The applicant shall use good faith efforts to employ reasonable stealth techniques to conceal the appearance of the wireless facilities. Any pole extension shall not be metallic or wood and shall blend with the color of the pole upon which they are mounted.
c. Wiring And Cabling: Wires and cables connecting the antenna to the remainder of the facility must be installed in accordance with the National Electrical Code and National Electrical Safety Code adopted by the City and in force at the time of the installation of the facility. Any wiring must be covered with an appropriate cover. No wiring and cabling serving the facility will be allowed to interfere with any existing uses.
7. Alternate Placements: Except as provided in this collocation requirements and conditions subsection, a wireless provider shall not be required to collocate small wireless facilities on any specific utility pole, or category of utility poles, or be required to collocate multiple antenna systems on a single utility pole. However, with respect to an application for the collocation of a small wireless facility associated with a new utility pole, the City may propose that the small wireless facility be collocated on an existing utility pole or existing wireless support structure within one hundred feet (100') of the proposed collocation, which the applicant shall accept if it has the right to use the alternate structure on reasonable terms and conditions, and the alternate location and structure does not impose technical limits or additional material costs as determined by the applicant.
If the applicant refuses a collocation proposed by the City, the applicant shall provide written certification describing the property rights, technical limits or material cost reasons the alternate location does not satisfy the criteria in this paragraph.
8. Height Limitations: The maximum height of a small wireless facility shall be no more than ten feet (10') above the utility pole or wireless support structure on which the small wireless facility is collocated.
New or replacement utility poles or wireless support structures on which small wireless facilities are collocated may not exceed the higher of:
a. Ten feet (10') in height above the tallest existing utility pole, other than a utility pole supporting only wireless facilities, that is in place on the date the application is submitted to the City, that is located within three hundred feet (300') of the new or replacement utility pole or wireless support structure and that is in the same right-of-way within the jurisdictional boundary of the City, provided the City may designate which intersecting right-of-way within three hundred feet (300') of the proposed utility pole or wireless support structures shall control the height limitation for such facilit