AN ORDINANCE GRANTING UNITED TELEPHONE COMPANY OF ARKANSAS D/B/A UNITED TELEPHONE COMPANY OF SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS, A FRANCHISE TO USE THE STREETS, AVENUES, BOULEVARDS, ALLEYS, AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES IN THE CITY OF STERLING, COUNTY OF RICE, STATE OF KANSAS, TO CONTINUE TO CONDUCT THE BUSINESS OF CONSTRUCTING, INSTALLING, MAINTAINING, MANAGING, AND OPERATING A TELEPHONE SYSTEM WITH ALL NECESSARY POLES, WIRES, CABLES, FIXTURES, CONDUIT AND APPARATUS.
United Telephone Company of Arkansas d/b/a United Telephone Company of South Central Kansas, grantee, a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Arkansas, with a license to do business in the State of Kansas, and its successors and assigns, are hereby granted the right, in operating a telephone system, to construct, install, maintain, and repair all the necessary poles, wires, cables, pole and wire fixtures, telephone plant, and telephone apparatus of whatsoever nature for the purpose of conducting such business; to erect, maintain, and repair such telephone poles and string the same with wire and cable along the streets, avenues, boulevards, alleys, and other public places of the City of Sterling, grantor; and to construct, lay, maintain, and repair such cable as Grantee, its successors and assigns, may require, under those streets, avenues, boulevards, alleys, and other public places for the purpose of such business under the following terms and restrictions:
Section 1. This grant shall be effective in accordance with Section 13, below and shall continue for a term of 10 years from its effective date, and for successive terms of like duration unless written notice is given by either the grantor or the grantee to the other 120 days or more prior to the expiration of the initial term or any successive term of its intention to terminate the same at the expiration of the then current term.
Section 2. Grantee, its successors and assigns, shall conduct telephone business in such a manner as shall be to the benefit of the city and its inhabitants, rendering good telephone service at reasonable rates as authorized by the Kansas Corporation Commission or any other state or local governmental agency charged by law with the power to regulate telephone public utilities.
Section 3. All poles and overhead wires or cables erected in accordance with this ordinance shall be placed, whether on streets; avenues, boulevards, alleys, or other public places, so as not to interfere with ordinary travel on such streets, avenues, boulevards, alleys, or other public places. Grantee agrees to consult with the city prior to the placement of all poles and shall not injure any drains, sewers, B-1 catch basins, or other like public improvements and, if, such be injured, grantee shall repair any damages caused to the satisfaction of the mayor of the city and, in default thereof, the city may repair such damage and charge the cost to grantee.
Section 4. The poles of grantee, its successors and assigns, shall be placed and erected in such a manner so as not to interfere unreasonably with the orderly conduct of the business and rights of any other public service corporation having a right or franchise to operate its business in the city. Further, grantee agrees to allow city and other franchisees the use of such poles upon payment of reasonable compensation provided such other use does not interfere with grantee's normal operations.
Section 5. Grantee shall remove, raise, or adjust its aerial plant, after 48 hours’ notice by a properly authorized city official, for the purpose of permitting the moving of houses or other structures along the streets of the city. The person or persons for whose benefit such telephone plant is removed, raised, or adjusted, however, shall first secure proper permission from the city for the movement and agree to pay grantee for its related costs and damages. If desired, an advance deposit from the mover may be required by grantee.
Section 6. Permission is hereby granted to grantee to trim trees upon and overhanging streets, alleys, sidewalks, and public places of the city so as to prevent the branches of such trees from coming into contact with grantee's wires and cables. All such trimming will be done under the supervision and direction of any city official to whom such duties have been or may be delegated.
Section 7. In consideration for rights and privileges herein granted, grantee shall pay to the city a fixed sum in arrears for the year 1995, commencing January 1, 1995, 3% of the annual gross receipts from billings for local exchange service rendered wholly within the corporate limits of the city as set out in tariffs filed with the Kansas Corporation Commission. Such fixed percentage of annual gross receipts may be changed from time to time during the lifetime of this franchise agreement as the city may determine, in an amount not to exceed 5%, upon giving grantee 90 days written notice prior to January 1 of each year of the city's intent to change the percentage. Should grantee not be informed of any change as specified in this agreement, then such percentage of gross receipts shall remain unchanged for the following year. The gross receipts are for the regular basic local exchange service rates to customers or subscribers for telephone service in the city, but does not include charges for special services, long distance calls, access charges, or any other charges not considered basic local exchange service. Such payment shall be made in two installments, on or before the 1st day of February and the 1st day of August of each year during the term of this ordinance. The city agrees to accept those sums as full and fair compensation, which sums shall be in lieu of any general or special license tax, occupation tax, or any other such tax for the term of this ordinance.
Section 8. Nothing herein shall affect any prior or existing rights of grantee to maintain a telephone company within the city. B-2
Section 9. The franchise and all rights hereunder may be assigned by the grantee, as well as all succeeding grantees, at their option, and the successors and/or assigns shall succeed to all the rights, duties, and liabilities of the Grantee hereunder.
Section 10. All ordinances and agreements or parts of ordinances and agreements in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.
Section 11. This ordinance shall be effective at the expiration of 65 days from the date of its final passage.
Section 12. If this ordinance expires either prior to the effective date of a passed subsequent ordinance granting grantee a franchise, or while the city and grantee are engaged in good faith negotiations intended to result in the passage of such a subsequent ordinance, the terms of this ordinance shall apply until the effect date of the subsequent ordinance.
Section 13. If any portion of this ordinance for any reason is held to be invalid, such portion shall be considered severed from the remainder of this ordinance and the remainder shall be unaffected and continue in full force and effect.