CHAPTER 8

 

CABLE TELEVISION

ARTICLE I – FRANCHISE

 

 

            8-1-1             TITLE AND PURPOSES OF ORDINANCES.  This Chapter shall be known as the Noble Cable Television Franchise Code.  The purposes of this Chapter are:

(A)               to establish the terms and conditions under which a cable television system must operated within Noble, IL (which may hereafter be referred to as “Village”, “Franchising Authority”, or “Grantor”);

          (B)               to provide for the payment of a franchise fee to the Village for costs associated with administering and regulating the system; and

          (C)               to grant a cable television franchise to Enstar Income/Growth Program Six-A (hereafter referred to as “Enstar” or “Grantee”).

 

 

          8-1-2          DEFINITIONS.  For the purposes of this Chapter the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meaning defined herein, unless the context clearly indicates that another meaning is intended.  Words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number.

 

“Cable Act” means The Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 as modified by The Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, and the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

 

“Cable Television System” means any non-broadcast facility consisting of a set of transmission paths and associated signal reception, transmission and control equipment, that is designed to distribute to subscribers or other users audio, video and other forms of communications services via electronic or electrical signals.

 

“Channel” is a band of frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum, capable of carrying one audio-visual television signal.

 

“Village” means Noble, IL in its present form or in any later reorganized, consolidated, enlarged or reincorporated form, which is legally authorized to grant a cable television franchise under state and federal law.  The Village may also be referred to as “Franchising Authority” or “Grantor”.

 

Enstar means Enstar Income/Growth Program Six-A, which may also be referred to as “Grantee”.

 

“FCC” means the Federal Communications Commission.

 

“Franchise” means the rights granted pursuant to this Chapter to construct, own and operate a cable television system along the public ways in the Village, or within specified areas in the Village.


“Franchise Area” means that portion of the Village for which a franchise is granted under the authority of this Chapter.  If not otherwise stated in an exhibit to this Chapter, the Franchise Area shall be the legal and geographic limits of the Village, including all territory which may be hereafter annexed to the Village.

 

“Franchising Authority” means Noble, IL, its duly elected governing body, its lawful successor or such other person or body duly authorized by the Village to grant a cable television franchise.

 

“Grantee” means a person or business entity, or its lawful successor or Assignee, which has been granted a franchise by the Village pursuant to this Chapter.

 

“Gross Subscriber Receipts” as the term is used in calculating franchise fees means revenues actually received by the Grantee from television services it provides to its subscribers in Noble after deducting the following:

          (A)               any fees or assessments levied on subscribers or users of the system which are collected by the Grantee for payment to a governmental entity;

          (B)               franchise fees paid by the Grantee to the Village;

          (C)               state or local sales or property taxes imposed on the Grantee and paid to a governmental entity; and

          (D)               federal copyright fees paid by the Grantee to the Copyright Tribunal in Washington, DC.

 

“Normal Business Hours” means those hours during which most similar businesses in the community are open to serve customers.

 

“Normal Operating Conditions” means those service conditions which are within the control of the Grantee.  Those conditions which are not within the control of the Grantee include, but are not limited to, natural disasters, civil disturbances, power outages, telephone network outages, and severe or unusual weather conditions.  Those conditions which are ordinarily within the control of the Grantee include, but are not limited to, special promotions, pay-per-view events rate increases, regular peak or seasonal demand periods, and maintenance or upgrade of the cable system.

 

“Public Way” or “Right-of-Way” means the surface, the air space above the surface and the area below the surface of any public street, highway, lane, path, alley, sidewalk, boulevard, drive, bridge, tunnel, park, parkways, waterways, or other public right-of-way including public utility easements or rights-of-way and any temporary or permanent fixtures or improvements located thereon now or hereafter held by the Village which shall entitle the Village and the Grantee to the use thereof for the purpose of installing and maintaining the Grantee’s cable television system.

 

“School” means any public elementary or secondary school.

 

“Service Interruption” means the loss of picture or sound on one or more cable channels.

 

“Subscriber” means any person who receives monthly cable television service provided by the Grantee’s cable television system.


          8-1-3          FRANCHISE TO OPERATE REQUIRED.  It shall be unlawful to operate a cable television system within the Village unless a valid franchise has first been obtained from the Village pursuant to the terms of this Chapter.  A franchise granted pursuant to this Chapter shall authorize the Grantee to provide cable television services within the Village and to charge subscribers for such services.  It shall also authorize and permit the Grantee to traverse any portion of the Village in order to provide service outside the Village.  Unless otherwise specified, the Franchise Area shall be the legal boundaries of the Village.

 

 

          8-1-4             GRANT OF FRANCHISE.  A franchise is hereby granted to Enstar Income/Growth Program Six-A (which may be referred to herein as “Wabash Independent Network” or “Grantee”) to operate and maintain a cable television system in the Village.  A review of this franchise should be conducted every ten (10) years to ensure compliance and suitability.

 

 

          8-1-5             FRANCHISE FEES.

          (A)               The Grantee shall pay a franchise fee which is intended to compensate the Village for all costs which may be associated with administering or regulating Grantee’s cable system.  The amount of the franchise fee shall be five percent (5%) of the Grantee’s annual gross subscriber receipts, as defined herein.  Such fee shall be paid on an annual basis.  Grantee shall be entitled to list the franchise fee as a separate line item on monthly bills.

          (B)               Due to federal and local regulations requiring that Grantee notify cable subscribers at least thirty (30) days prior to the effective date of any increases in monthly charges on subscriber bills, any increased franchise fee amounts which may be due to the Village shall begin accruing sixty (60) days following the effective date of this Chapter.  If the Village requires more than thirty (30) days notice to subscribers of increased rates, then any increased franchise fee amounts which may be due to the Village shall begin accruing sixty (60) days after the Village’s required notice period.

          (C)               At the Village’s request, the Grantee shall file a report showing Grantee’s Gross Subscriber Receipts for the calendar year and the amount of franchise fees due to the Village.  Such reports may be requested once per calendar year.  The Grantee shall have an obligation to maintain financial records of its Gross Subscriber Receipts and Grantee fee payments for audit purposes for a period of three (3) years, and the Village shall have the right to audit the Grantee’s books at the offices where such books are maintained.

 

 

          8-1-6          SUBSCRIBER RATES.

          (A)               All charges to subscribers shall be consistent with a schedule of fees for services offered and established by the Grantee.  Rates shall be nondiscriminatory in nature and uniform to persons of like classes under similar circumstances and conditions.

          (B)               The Grantee will provide the Village with thirty (30) days advance written notice of any change in rates and charges whenever possible.

          (C)               Grantee may offer different or discounted rates at its discretion for promotional purposes and may establish different rates for different classes of subscribers where appropriate, such as offering discounted rates to low income individuals or groups or bulk rates to multiple unit dwellings.

          (D)               Grantee shall inform each new subscriber of all applicable fees and charges for providing cable television service.


          (E)               Grantee may, at its own discretion and in a non-discriminatory manner, waive, reduce or suspend connection fees, monthly service fees or other charges on a one time or monthly basis for promotional purposes.

          (F)               Grantee may refuse to provide service to any person because a prior account with that person remains due and owing.

          (G)               A Grantee may offer service which requires advance payment of periodic service charges.

          (H)               The Grantee shall provide refunds to subscribers in the following cases:

(1)      If the Grantee fails within a reasonable time to commence service requested by a subscriber, it will refund all deposits or advance charges that the subscriber had paid in connection with the request for such service at the request of the subscriber.

(2)      If a subscriber terminates any service at any time and has a credit balance for deposits or unused services, upon request from the subscriber and upon return of all of Grantee’s equipment, the Grantee will refund the appropriate credit balance to the subscriber.  The subscriber will be responsible for furnishing the Grantee a proper address to which to mail the refund.

(3)      If any subscriber’s cable service is out of order for more than forty-eight (48) consecutive hours during the month due to technical failure, damage, or circumstances within the control of the Grantee, the Grantee will credit the account of that subscriber on a pro rata basis upon the subscriber’s written request.  The credit will be calculated using the number of twenty-four (24) hour periods that service is impaired and the number of channels on which service is impaired as a fraction of the total number of days in the month that the service impairment occurs and the total number of channels provided by the system in the absence of an impairment.

 

 

          8-1-7          CUSTOMER SERVICE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION.

(A)               Cable System Office Hours and Telephone Availability.  The Grantee will maintain a local, toll-free or collect call telephone access line which will be available to its subscribers twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week.  Trained company representatives will be available to respond to customer telephone inquiries during normal business hours.  After normal business hours, the access line may be answered by a service or an automated response system, including an answering machine.  Inquiries received after normal business hours must be responded to by a trained company representative on the next business day.  Customer service center and bill payment locations will be open at least during normal business hours.

(B)                          Installation, Outages and Service Calls.

(1)      Standard installations will be performed within seven (7) business days after an order has been placed.  “Standard” installations are those that are located up to one hundred twenty-five (125) feet from the existing distribution system.

(2)      Excluding conditions beyond the control of the Grantee, the Grantee will begin working on “service interruptions” promptly and in no event later than twenty-four (24) hours after the
interruption becomes known.  The Grantee must begin actions to correct other service problems the next business day after notification of the service problem.

(3)      The “appointment window” alternatives for installations, service calls, and other installation activities will be either a specific time or a four-hour time block during normal business hours.  The Grantee may schedule service calls and other installation activities outside of normal business hours for the express convenience of the customer.

(4)      If Grantee’s representative is running late for an appointment with a customer and will not be able to keep the appointment as scheduled, the customer will be contacted.  The appointment will be rescheduled, as necessary, at a time which is convenient for the customer.

(5)      If the Grantee’s service representative appears for an appointment scheduled by a customer within the time period promised and no one is present at the customer’s dwelling to permit necessary physical access to the dwelling unit, then Grantee may charge the customer for the service call, up to a maximum of Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00).

 

 

          8-1-8          INFORMATION PROVIDED BY GRANTEE TO SUBSCRIBERS.         (A)               The Grantee shall provide written information on each of the following areas at the time of installation of service, at least annually to all subscribers, and at any time upon request: products and services offered; prices and options for programming services and conditions of subscription to programming services and conditions of subscription to programming and other services; installation and services maintenance policies; instructions on how to use the cable service; channel positions of programming carried on the system; and billing and complaint procedures, including the address and telephone number of the local franchise authority’s cable office.

          (B)               Customers will be notified of any changes in rates, programming services or channel positions thirty (30) days in advance of such changes if the change is within the control of the Grantee.  In addition, the Grantee shall notify subscribers thirty (30) days in advance of any significant changes in the other information required by the preceding paragraph.  Notwithstanding any other provision of Part 76, Grantee shall not be required to provide prior notice of any rate change that is the result of a regulatory fee, franchise fee, or any other fee, tax, assessment, or charge of any kind imposed by any Federal agency, State, or Franchising Authority on the transaction between the Grantee and the subscriber.

          (C)               Bills will be clear, concise and understandable.  Bills will be itemized, with itemizations including basic and premium service charges and equipment charges.  Bills will also clearly delineate all activity during the billing period, including optional charges, rebates and credits.  In case of a billing dispute, the Grantee must respond to a written complaint from a subscriber within thirty (30) days.

          (D)               Refund checks will be issued promptly, but no later than either: the customer’s next billing cycle following resolution of the request or sixty (60) days, or the return of the equipment supplied by the Grantee if service is terminated.

          (E)               Credits for services will be issued no later than the customer’s next billing cycle following the determination that a credit is warranted.


          8-1-9             TECHNICAL STANDARDS.

          (A)               Grantee shall be responsible for insuring that the cable system is designed, installed, and operated in a manner that fully complies with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules regarding cable television technical standards.  Grantee shall be prepared to show, on request by an authorized representative of the Commission or the Franchising Authority, that the system does, in fact, comply with the rules.

          (B)               Grantee shall conduct complete performance tests of the system at least twice each calendar year (at intervals not to exceed seven (7) months), and shall maintain the resulting test data on file at the Grantee’s local business office for at least five (5) years.  The test data shall be made available for inspection by the Commission or the local franchiser, upon request.  The performance test shall be directed at determining the extent to which the system complies with all the technical standards set forth in §76.605(a) of the Commission’s rules.

 

 

          8-1-10         EXTENSION OF CABLE SERVICE.

(A)               A Grantee which is not already serving the entire franchise area shall provide service to all portions of the franchise area reaching a minimum density of thirty (30) dwelling units per linear strand mile, as measured from the nearest coaxial cable line, within twelve (12) months after the grant of a franchise.

          (B)               Grantee shall provide aerial or buried drop lines to new subdivisions within the franchise area at the request of the developer provided that the developer contracts and agrees with the Grantee to pay the cost of the extension of the service.

          (C)               Grantee shall extend and make cable television service available to any resident within the franchise area who requests connection at the standard connection charge if the connection to the resident would require no more than a standard one hundred fifty (150) foot aerial drop or a seventy-five (75) foot buried drop line or extension from the nearest coaxial feeder cable.  With respect to requests for connection requiring an aerial or buried drop line in excess of the maximum standard distance, Grantee shall extend and make available cable television service to such residents at a connection charge not to exceed its actual costs for the distance exceeding the standard one hundred fifty (150) feet of aerial or seventy-five (75) feet of underground cable respectively.

          (D)               In areas with fewer than thirty (30) residential units per proposed cable bearing strand mile, Grantee shall offer a cost-sharing arrangement with residents.  A dwelling unit will be counted for this purpose if its lot fronts a street.  The cost-sharing arrangement shall consist of the following:

(1)      At the request of a resident desiring service, Grantee shall determine the cost of the plant extension required to provide service to the potential subscriber from the closest point on the cable system where it is technically feasible.  The cost of construction shall be allocated based on the following formula:

(a)      If a request for extension of service into a residential area requires the construction of cable plant which does not pass at least thirty (30) potential subscribers per proposed cable bearing strand mile, Grantee and residents who agree to subscribe to cable service will each bear their proportionate share of construction costs.  For example, if there are five (5) dwelling units per proposed cable bearing strand mile, Grantee’s share will
equal 5/30ths or one-sixth (1/6) of the construction cost.  The remaining cost will be shared equally by each subscriber.

(b)     Should additional residents actually subscribe to cable television service in areas where subscribers have already paid a proportionate share under the extension cost sharing formula, subscribers who have previously paid a proportionate share under the extension formula shall be reimbursed pro rata for their contribution or a proportional share thereof.  In such case, the pro rata shares shall be recalculated and each new subscriber shall pay the new pro rata share, and all subscribers who previously paid a proportionate share shall receive pro rata funds.  In the event such subscribers (or prior subscribers) have been disconnected or have moved and owe the Grantee money which has not been recovered, Grantee shall have the right to first apply the refund to amounts owed the Grantee and give the balance, if any to the subscriber.  At such time as there are thirty (30) potential subscribers per cable bearing strand mile, the subscribers shall receive their pro rata share of construction costs.  In any event, one (1) year after the completion of a project, subscribers who have paid a share of line extension costs are no longer eligible for refunds, and the amounts paid in construction costs will be credited to the plant account of Grantee.

(c)      Where the density of residential dwelling and occupied commercial or industrial structures, adverse terrain, or other factors render extension of the system and offering of cable service impractical, technically infeasible or would create an economic hardship, the Village may, upon petition of the Grantee, either waive the extension of the system into such areas, or allow the extension and offer of service on special terms or conditions which are reasonable and fair to the Village, the Grantee and potential subscribers in such areas.

 

 

          8-1-11         FREE BASIC CABLE SERVICE TO PUBLIC BUILDINGS.  Grantee shall provide, without charge, one service outlet activated for basic subscriber service to each police station, fire station, public school, public library and the Village office.  If it is necessary to extend Grantee’s trunk or feeder lines more than two hundred (200) feet solely to provide service to any such school or public building, the Village or the building owner or occupants shall have the option of either paying Grantee’s direct costs for line extensions in excess of two hundred (200) feet or releasing the Grantee from the obligation to provide service to such building.  Furthermore, Grantee shall be permitted to recover the direct cost of installing cable service, when requested to do so, in order to provide:

          (A)               more than one (1) outlet,

          (B)               inside wiring, or


          (C)               a service outlet requiring more than two hundred (200) feet of drop cable to any public building.

 

 

          8-1-12         PROGRAMMING.  Grantee agrees to add eleven (11) additional programming options within ninety (90) days of the effective date of this franchise.

 

 

          8-1-13         INSURANCE.  Within ninety (90) days following the grant of a franchise the Grantee shall obtain the following insurance policies:

          (A)               A general comprehensive liability policy indemnifying, defending and saving harmless the Village, its officers, boards, commissions, agents or employees from any and all claims by any person whatsoever on account of injury to or death of a person or persons occasioned by the operations of the Grantee under the franchise herein granted, or alleged to have been so caused or occurred, with a minimum liability of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00) per personal injury, death of any one (1) person or damage to property and One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) for personal injury, death of any two (2) or more persons in any one occurrence or damage to property.

          (B)               All insurance policies called for herein shall be in a form satisfactory to the Village and shall require thirty (30) days written notice of any cancellation to both the Village and the Grantee.  The Grantee shall, in the event of any such cancellation notice, obtain, pay all premiums for, and file with the Village, written evidence of the issuance of replacement policies within thirty (30) days following receipt by the Village or the Grantee of any notice of cancellation.  In recognition of the foregoing each party agrees to cause their respective insurance carriers to waive any rights of subrogation.

 

 

          8-1-14         INDEMNIFICATION.  The Grantee, by its acceptance of a franchise granted pursuant to this Chapter, shall indemnify and hold harmless the Village, its officials, boards, commissions and employees against any and all claims, suits, causes of action, proceedings, and judgments for damage arising out of the award of a franchise to the Grantee and its operation of the cable television system under the franchise.  These damages shall include, but not be limited to, penalties arising out of copyright infringements and damages arising out of any failure by Grantee to secure consents from the owners, authorized distributors or licenses of programs to be delivered by the Grantee’s cable television system whether or not any act or omission complained of is authorized, allowed, or prohibited by the franchise.

 

 

          8-1-15         FRANCHISE VIOLATIONS: PROCEDURES, NOTICE AND CURE.  Before exercising any right of redress available to it under the terms of this Chapter, including determination of any penalty assessable under applicable law, the Village shall follow the procedures set forth in this Section.

          (A)               The Village shall notify Grantee in writing, by Certified Mail, of any alleged violation, (“Violation Notice”) which notice shall include a detailed description of any alleged violation and a request for cure of such violation.

          (B)               Grantee shall have thirty (30) days from the date of receipt of such notice to respond in writing, indicating:


(1)      that Grantee has cured the alleged violation, providing reasonable documentation demonstrating that the alleged violation has been cured;

(2)      that Grantee has commenced or will commence actions to cure the alleged violation, but that the alleged violation cannot reasonably be cured immediately, describing the steps to be taken to cure the alleged violation; or

(3)      that Grantee disagrees with the allegation that a violation has occurred and contests the Violation Notice, stating the reasons therefor.  If a violation is cured by Grantee within sixty (60) days of receipt of notice, then no penalty shall be imposed.

          (C)               Upon receipt of Grantee’s response to the Violation Notice, the Village may either accept Grantee’s proposed cure and/or explanation, or if it believes that the violation will not be cured within a reasonable period of time, the Village may schedule an administrative hearing, providing Grantee no less than fifteen (15) days written notice of the hearing which shall afford Grantee due process including an opportunity to present evidence.

          (D)               Within fifteen (15) days following an administrative hearing on an alleged violation, the Village shall issue a written report stating its findings and the reasons therefor.  The Village may determine:

(1)      that the alleged violation has been corrected, or is in the process of being corrected by Grantee, and that no further action is required;

(2)      that an extension of the time or other appropriate relief should be granted until the cure for the problem can be completed by Grantee;

(3)      that the problem is beyond Grantee’s direct control and that Grantee is not at fault; or

(4)      that other appropriate action should be taken.

          (E)               In cases involving construction codes or technical standards, if the alleged violation does not pose a substantial and immediate safety hazard, Grantee shall be allowed a reasonable and sufficient time to complete any required corrections or repairs to the system to remedy any alleged noncompliance.  So long as Grantee is making a good faith effort to correct the alleged noncompliance, no penalties shall be assessed.  A “substantial and immediate safety hazard” shall be defined as one posing an imminent likelihood of injury to persons if not repaired immediately.  Grantee shall not be penalized for other minor violations of the Franchise or applicable codes, so long as it demonstrates it is making good faith efforts to correct any problem or violation within a reasonable period of time of the discovery of alleged violation.

 

 

          8-1-16         FRANCHISE TERMINATION AND CONTINUITY OF SERVICE.

          (A)               In the event of a formal denial of renewal or revocation of a franchise, which denial or revocation is upheld by final judicial adjudication of any appeal(s) which may be filed, the Grantee shall have a period of one (1) year from such final adjudication within which to transfer or convey the assets of the cable system to another owner.  Approval of such proposed transfer or assignment shall not be unreasonably withheld by the Village.

          (B)               In the event the franchise term expires prior to formal action being taken by the Village either to renew the franchise or deny renewal, the term of this franchise shall automatically be extended until such time as formal action to renew or deny renewal is taken
by the Village.  The renewal procedures and criteria contained in Section 626(c) of the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984, as amended, shall be followed by the Village and the Grantee.

 

 

          8-1-17         FORCE MAJEUR.  In the event the Grantee is prevented or delayed in the performance of any of its obligations under this Chapter by reason of flood, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or other acts of God, unavoidable casualty, insurrections, war, riot, sabotage, unavailability of materials or supplies, vandalism, strikes, boycotts, lockouts, labor disputes, shortage of labor, unusually severe weather conditions, acts or omissions or delays by utility companies upon whom Grantee is dependent for pole attachments or easement use, Grantee is unable to obtain necessary financing or any other event which is beyond the reasonable control of the Grantee, the Grantee shall have a reasonable time under the circumstances to perform its obligations under this Chapter or to procure a reasonable and comparable substitute for such obligations.  Under such circumstances the Grantee shall not be held in default or noncompliance with the provisions of the Chapter nor shall it suffer any penalty relating thereto.

 

 

            8-1-18           GRANT OF ADDITIONAL FRANCHISE AND COMPETING SERVICE PROVIDERS.

          (A)               Grant of Additional Franchises.  Any franchise granted by the Village shall be non-exclusive.  However, nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to require it to grant more than one franchise if the Village determines that granting additional franchises would be detrimental to the public interest.  Any franchise which may be granted by the Village to another franchisee shall require the new Grantee to provide cable service to the entire franchise area then served by the existing Grantee, and shall be offered under similar terms and conditions.  An existing Grantee may, at its discretion, comply with the most favorable terms contained in any subsequent franchise granted by the Village.

          (B)               Competing Service Providers.  In the event a competing service provider commences operation of a communications facility which offers services similar to those offered by Grantee, the Village shall not require Grantee to operate under terms or conditions otherwise required by this Chapter which are either less favorable or more burdensome than those under which the competing service provider must operate.

          (C)               Permits for Non-Franchised Entities.  The Village may issue a license, easement or other permit to a person other than the Grantee to permit that person to traverse any portion of the Grantee’s franchise area within the Village in order to provide service outside, but not within the Village.  Such license or easement, absent a grant of a franchise in accordance with this Chapter, shall not authorize nor permit said person to provide cable television service of any type to any home or place of business within the Village nor render any other service within the Village.

 

 

          8-1-19           TRANSFER OR ASSIGNMENT OF FRANCHISE.

          (A)               A Grantee may transfer or assign its franchise to another entity (the “Assignee”) upon thirty (30) days notice to the Village.  The Grantee shall provide to the Village a reasonable showing that the proposed Assignee or Transferee possesses the technical and financial qualifications to operate the cable TV system properly.  The proposed Transferee or Assignee shall provide the Village with a written statement that it agrees to comply with all
material terms of the franchise to be transferred.  The Village shall not unreasonably delay or deny the assignment or transfer of a franchise.  The reasonableness of the Village’s actions shall be subject to judicial review by a court of appropriate jurisdiction.  The proposed transfer or assignment shall be deemed approved if no action is taken by the Village within sixty (60) days of the written request for transfer by the Grantee.

          (B)               The Grantee may secure financing or an indebtedness by trust, mortgage, or other instrument of hypothecation of the franchise, in whole or in part, without requiring the consent of the Village.  Consent shall not be required to assign a franchise from one business entity to another which is operated or managed by the Grantee or any affiliated entity.  In addition, so long as the manager and/or general partner of the Grantee remains the same, consent shall not be required to transfer the interests of any limited partner of the Grantee, who has no day to day operational control of the Grantee or the system.

          (C)               A Grantee may transfer or assign its franchise to an affiliated entity upon thirty (30) days notice to the Village.  Consent of the Village shall not be required for such an assignment, provided that:

(1)      the Village is provided with a reasonable showing that the proposed Assignee possesses the technical and financial qualifications to operate the cable TV system and,

(2)      that the Assignee agrees to comply with the terms of this Chapter.

 

 

            8-1-20           COMPLIANCE WITH STATE AND FEDERAL LAW.  The Grantee and the Village shall at all times comply with all applicable State and Federal laws and the applicable rules and regulations of administrative agencies.  If the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) or any other federal or state governmental body or agency enacts any law or regulation or exercises any paramount jurisdiction over the subject matter of this Chapter or any franchise granted hereunder, the jurisdiction of the Village shall cease and no longer exist to the extent such superseding jurisdiction shall preempt or preclude the exercise of like jurisdiction by the Village.  The Village and the Grantee reserve all rights they each may possess under law, unless expressly waived herein.

 

 

          8-1-21           NOTICE TO GRANTEE.  Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter, the Village shall not meet to take any action involving the Grantee’s franchise unless the Village has notified the Grantee by certified mail at least thirty (30) days prior to such meeting, as to its time, place and purpose.  The notice provided for in this Section shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other notice to the Grantee provided for in this Chapter.  All notices, requests, demands and other communications required or permitted hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given if mailed by certified mail return receipt requested, addressed to the Grantee’s corporate office as follows:

 

                             Charter Communications

                             Government Relations

                             12444 Powerscourt, 4th Floor

                             St. Louis, MO  63131

                             Attn:  Vice President Gov’n Affairs

 


                             And

 

                             Falcon Cable TV

                             11 Clearing Ave.

                             Taylorville, IL  62568

                             Attn: Regional Manager

 

 

          8-1-22           STREET OCCUPANCY.

          (A)               Grantee shall utilize existing poles, conduits and other facilities whenever possible, but may construct or install new, different, or additional poles, conduits, or other facilities whether on the public way or on privately-owned property with the written approval of the appropriate government authority, and, if necessary the property owner.  Such approval shall not be unreasonably withheld by the governmental agency.

          (B)               All transmission lines, equipment and structures shall be so installed and located as to cause minimum interference with the rights and appearance and reasonable convenience of property owners who adjoin on any public way and at all times shall be kept and maintained in a safe condition and in good order and repair.  The Grantee shall at all times employ reasonable care and shall use commonly accepted methods and devices for preventing failures and accidents which are likely to cause damage, injuries or nuisances to the public.

          (C)               Grantee shall have the authority to trim trees on public property at its own expense as may be necessary to protect its wires and facilities, subject to the direction of the Village or other appropriate governmental authority.

 

 

          8-1-23           ACCESS TO PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY.

          (A)               Grantee shall have the right to enter and have access to the property and premises of the Village or that of any subscriber for purposes of installing cable TV service or recovering and removing Grantee’s property and equipment when a subscriber’s service is terminated and a subscriber refuses to return such equipment to the Grantee.

          (B)               The Village shall not permit any person who owns or controls a residential multiple unit dwelling, trailer park, condominium, apartment complex, subdivision or other property to interfere with the right of any tenant, resident or lawful occupant thereof to receive cable installation, service or maintenance from Grantee, except as federal or state law shall otherwise require.

          (C)               Upon request by Grantee, the Village shall promptly exercise any rights it may have to permit or enable Grantee to obtain or utilize easements with respect to any residential multiple unit dwelling, trailer park, condominium, apartment complex, subdivision or other property as required to facilitate Grantee’s use thereof for purposes of providing system service to the tenants, residents or lawful occupants thereof.  In any such proceeding, the restitution to the Owner for the amount of space utilized by the system, considering the enhanced value to the premises resulting from the installation of cable television facilities, shall be a one-time charge of One Dollar ($1.00) per dwelling unit.

 

 

          8-1-24           NONDISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT.  The Grantee shall neither refuse to hire nor discharge from employment nor discriminate against any person in
compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of age, sex, race, color, creed, or national origin.  The Grantee shall insure that employees are treated without regard to their age, sex, race, color, creed or national origin.

 

 

          8-1-25           GRANTEE MAY ISSUE RULES.  The Grantee shall have the authority to issue such rules, regulations, terms and conditions of its business as shall be reasonably necessary to enable it to exercise its rights and perform its services under this Chapter and the Rules of the FCC, and to assure uninterrupted service to each and all of its subscribers.  Such rules and regulations shall not be deemed to have the force of law.

 

 

          8-1-26           SEVERABILITY OF ORDINANCE PROVISIONS.  If any section of this Chapter or the franchise, or any portion thereof, is held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction or administrative agency, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of the Chapter or franchise.

 

 

          8-1-27           EFFECTIVE DATE.  This Chapter shall become effective upon the date of its adoption by the Village.  Any failure by the Village to follow proper procedures under state or local law in adopting this Chapter or granting a franchise shall not abrogate the rights or obligations of either the Grantee or the Village under this Chapter.  If, following adoption of this Chapter it is subsequently determined that proper legal procedures have not been followed by the Village, it shall be the responsibility of the Village to rectify any procedural defects and ratify the terms of this Chapter.

 

(07-10-00)