Borough of Sharon Hill, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Borough of Sharon Hill 12-28-1972 by Ord. No. 1019 (Ch. 117 of the 1972 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Electrical installations — See Ch. 160.
Plumbing — See Ch. 260.
Sewers — See Ch. 298.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 320.

§ 345-1 Standards of work for installations.

All installations of underground utility mains, pipes, conduits and other underground structures shall be made in a workmanlike manner, properly connected with a system approved by the governmental agency which regulates such system, adequate to handle all present and probable future development which may reasonably be foreseen, and in accordance with the provisions of all applicable federal and state laws and regulations and the requirements of all Borough ordinances regulating the construction of buildings, plumbing, sewers, streets and sidewalks.

§ 345-2 Annual license required.

Every person, firm, corporation or association which owns, maintains or uses any mains, pipes, conduits or other underground structures within the right-of-way of any street of the Borough of Sharon Hill shall annually, on or before the first day of January in each year, secure a license from the Borough Secretary so to own, maintain or use.

§ 345-3 License application fee; issuance of licenses.

[Amended 5-24-2012 by Ord. No. 1359]
Applicants for licenses shall, at the time such application is made, pay to the Borough Secretary, for the Borough account, a license application fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council for each mile or fraction thereof in length of its mains, pipes, conduits or other underground structures laid or constructed within the rights-of-way of Borough streets, to compensate the Borough for the costs of considering license applications, issuing licenses and regulating the orderly installation, operation, maintenance and repair of such mains, pipes, conduits or other underground structures within the rights-of-way of Borough streets. The Borough Secretary shall refer such applications to the Borough Superintendent for review and approval and shall issue said license upon receiving notice of approval of the application from the Borough Superintendent.

§ 345-4 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 7-14-1988 by Ord. No. 1180]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this article before any Magisterial District Judge shall be sentenced to pay a maximum fine as provided from time to time by state statute, together with costs of prosecution, or to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or both.

§ 345-5 Permit required.

No person, firm, corporation or association shall install, erect or thereafter maintain any pole used for communication or other electrical transmission within the right-of-way of any Borough street or any other public place, or support any wires or cables thereon, unless such person, firm, corporation or association has obtained a permit therefor from the Borough.

§ 345-6 Applications for permits.

Applications for such permits shall be submitted in writing to the Borough Secretary, shall be signed by the person or an authorized representative of the firm, corporation or association owning, maintaining or using such poles, wires or cables, and shall set forth the size and kind of poles to be installed, erected or maintained, the purpose for which they are to be used, the exact location thereof, the number and size of the wires or cables to be supported thereon, the purpose for which such wires or cables are to be used, and the name and address of the person, firm, corporation or association owning, maintaining and using said poles, wires or cables.

§ 345-7 Map or plan locating poles required.

All applications for permits shall be accompanied by a map or plan, drawn to a uniform scale, showing the exact location of each pole.

§ 345-8 Application fees.

A. 
Applications for permits to install or erect new poles or to replace or remove poles shall be accompanied by a fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council for the Borough account.
[Amended 5-24-2012 by Ord. No. 1359]
B. 
Applications for permits to maintain existing poles and the wires and cables supported thereon shall be made annually on or before the first day of January and shall be accompanied by a fee as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council for each pole and for each mile or fraction thereof of wire or cable supported by such poles.
[Amended 5-24-2012 by Ord. No. 1359]
C. 
The fees required by this section shall be for the purpose of defraying the costs of considering and issuing permits, inspections of installations and removal of poles, and inspections of the condition of poles, wires and cables.

§ 345-9 Consideration of applications; issuance of permits.

All applications for permits shall be reviewed by the Borough Superintendent, under the supervision of the Highway Committee of the Borough Council. Upon notice of approval of the application by the Borough Superintendent, the Borough Secretary shall issue the permit.

§ 345-10 Erection, replacement or removal work.

A. 
All poles shall be located at such points and in such manner as the Highway Committee of the Borough Council or the delegate of said Committee may direct. Unless the Highway Committee or its delegate shall direct otherwise, the outer face of every pole shall be six inches inside the established curbline of the street upon which it is located.
B. 
The permittee shall notify the Borough Superintendent of the proposed time and place of the erection, replacement or removal of any pole. Such work shall be supervised and directed by the Borough Superintendent or his delegate, who shall require the work to be done in accordance with the permit authorizing it and the location prescribed in the permit.
C. 
No tree or trees standing upon or projecting into any street or highway shall be cut or trimmed for the purpose of erecting any such pole or poles except with the consent and under the supervision of the Borough Superintendent or his delegate.
D. 
Upon completion of the work, the Borough Superintendent or his delegate shall certify in writing to the Borough Secretary that the work was completed in accordance with the provisions of this article.

§ 345-11 Street or sidewalk excavations.

Any excavation made in any public street or sidewalk by any permittee shall be made in accordance with the requirements of all applicable state laws and regulations and all applicable Borough ordinances.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 320, Streets and Sidewalks, Art. III, Excavations in State Highways, and Art. IV, Excavations in Borough Streets.

§ 345-12 Marking of poles required.

Every pole within the right-of-way of any Borough street or any other public place shall be plainly marked with the name or initials of the person, firm, corporation or association owning, maintaining or using the same, together with a distinctive number, which number shall be noted on the map or plan required to be submitted with the application for permit.

§ 345-13 Required records of permits and poles.

The Borough Secretary shall file and preserve copies of all permits and applications for permits, as well as all maps, plans or certificates required to be furnished, and shall enter in a book or books to be kept for that purpose a record of the location, character, purpose and ownership of all such poles, wires and cables.

§ 345-14 Inspection of poles; correction of defects.

A. 
All poles, wires and cables shall be subject to inspection from time to time by the Borough Superintendent or his delegate or by the Police Department of the Borough of Sharon Hill. The person inspecting the poles, wires and cables shall immediately report to the Chairman of the Highway Committee of the Borough Council any defects in such poles, wires or cables and any actual or threatened injury to any street, sidewalk, tree or any thing or person caused thereby. The Chairman of the Highway Committee shall thereupon notify the person, firm, corporation or association owning, maintaining or using such poles, wires or cables to correct such condition and may take such other action as may in his judgment be proper.
B. 
The person, firm, corporation or association owning, using or maintaining such poles, wires and cables shall immediately correct any defect, injury or dangerous condition caused thereby if the Chairman of the Highway Committee shall deem such condition to be an emergency. All other defects or injuries shall be corrected within three days after the time of notice. In default of such correction, such defect, injury or dangerous condition may be abated by the Borough. All corrections of defects, injuries or dangerous conditions shall be accomplished at the sole expense of the person, firm, corporation or association owning, using or maintaining the poles, wires and cables affected, and any expenses incurred by the Borough in abating such conditions shall be collectible from the person, firm, corporation or association owning, using or maintaining such poles, wires and cables, as provided by law.

§ 345-15 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 7-14-1988 by Ord. No. 1180]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this article before any Magisterial District Judge shall be sentenced to pay a maximum fine as provided from time to time by state statute, together with costs of prosecution, or to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or both.