City of Camden, NJ
Camden County
By using eCode360 you agree to be legally bound by the Terms of Use. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use, please do not use eCode360.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Camden 12-9-1971 as Art. 4 of Ch. 24 of the Revised Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Alarm systems — See Ch. 124.

Sewers — See Ch. 465.

Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 491.

Water — See Ch. 564.

Cable television — See Ch. A589.

§ 412-1
Applicability; conformity required. 

§ 412-2
Authorizing ordinance required to break street. 

§ 412-3
Size of street opening; time limit for opening. 

§ 412-4
Permits required to install underground conduits. 

§ 412-5
Conduit permit fee. 

§ 412-6
Failure to file conduit permit plans and specifications. 

§ 412-7
Officials to direct conduit installation and street repair. 

§ 412-8
Liability for damages caused by conduit installation. 

§ 412-9
Furnishing conductors in underground conduits to City. 

§ 412-10
Annual reports of conductors above ground and underground. 

§ 412-11
Bond required for conduits. 

§ 412-12
Forfeiture of rights by disposal of franchise. 

§ 412-13
Conduits and wires to be placed clear of other pipes. 

§ 412-14
Permit required to erect post or pole. 

§ 412-15
Pole permit application. 

§ 412-16
Pole permit application approval; permit fee.  

§ 412-17
Permit allows City to use poles; removal requirement. 

§ 412-18
Installation of poles. 

§ 412-19
City consent required to lease or sell poles. 

§ 412-20
Right of City to use poles. 

§ 412-21
Removal of poles replaced by underground conduits. 

§ 412-22
Effect on telephone company's rights. 

§ 412-23
Violations and penalties. 

§ 412-1 Applicability; conformity required.

A. 

All corporations, firms and persons to whom permission has been or may be granted for running or laying underground conduits, tubes or pipes for electrical conductors or cables or wires shall conform to the requirements and regulations of this chapter.

B. 

All corporations, firms and persons to whom permission has been or may hereafter be granted for the erection of poles, fixtures, cables, wires and conductors in or over the streets or housetops in the City shall conform to the requirements and regulations of this chapter.

§ 412-2 Authorizing ordinance required to break street.

No street in the City shall be broken or occupied by any corporation, firm or person for the purpose of laying down conduits, tubes or pipes for electrical conductors, cables or wires, unless authority for such purpose, by ordinance, is first obtained.

§ 412-3 Size of street opening; time limit for opening.

During the construction or laying of said underground conduits, tubes, pipes, conductors, cables and wires, no street shall be opened or the paving broken into for a greater distance than 500 feet at any one time, and the opening or trench shall not be of greater width than two feet. No such five-hundred-foot section shall be kept open for a longer period than five days, and, as the work progresses, the paving shall be promptly relaid and the street put in good condition.

§ 412-4 Permits required to install underground conduits.

A. 

Prior to making an opening in any street for the laying of conduits, tubes or pipes for electrical conductors, cables or wires, the corporation, firm or person desiring to lay the same shall make application, in writing, to the Department of Public Works and shall file plans and specifications with said Department showing the location and route and length of the proposed conduits, pipes or tubes and shall file duplicates of such application and plans and specifications with the City Engineer.

B. 

If the City Engineer approves the proposed route or routes and plans and specifications and finds that they otherwise comply with the provisions of this chapter, he shall issue a certificate to that effect.

C. 

Upon issuance of the certificate referred to in Subsection B of this section, the Department of Public Works shall have the authority to issue a permit for the proposed opening of the street.

§ 412-5 Conduit permit fee.

Payment of a fee of $0.05 per foot of conduit proposed to be laid shall be made by the applicant at the time of issuance of the permit.

§ 412-6 Failure to file conduit permit plans and specifications.

Failure by the applicant to file the plans and specifications required under § 412-4A and obtain the permit referred to in § 412-4C shall forfeit the right of any corporation, firm or person to use or occupy any street.

§ 412-7 Officials to direct conduit installation and street repair.

[Amended 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289]

The work of laying underground conduits, tubes, pipes, electrical conductors, cables and wires shall be under the direction and to the satisfaction of the Director of Utilities and the City Engineer, and all streets shall be repaired immediately after the filling of the trench to the satisfaction of the Director of Public Works.

§ 412-8 Liability for damages caused by conduit installation.

All corporations, firms or persons occupying any street with underground conduits, tubes, pipes, cables, electrical conductors or wires shall be liable for all damages to gas and water mains, services, sewers, connections to sewers and also for any damages caused by the opening of trenches or condition of the streets resulting from the laying of the conduits, pipes, electrical conductors, cables or wires, or making connections for which the City would otherwise be liable, and the bond required under § 412-11 of this chapter shall contain a provision specifying the liability described in this section.

§ 412-9 Furnishing conductors in underground conduits to City.

[Amended 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289]

When the City of Camden may desire to use or occupy any of the wires or conductors in any of the conduits, tubes, pipes or cables for police or fire alarm or municipal purposes, the corporation, firm or person to whom privileges have heretofore or shall hereafter be granted for laying underground tubes, pipes, electrical conductors, cables or wires shall furnish the Divisions of Fire and Police with at least one and not more than three conductors or wires, upon 30 days' notice to any such corporation, firm or person, free of any cost to the City.

§ 412-10 Annual reports of conductors above ground and underground.

All corporations, firms or persons having telegraph, telephone or electric lighting wires, electrical conductors or cables on telegraph poles or on any other poles or fixtures or over housetops or in any way suspended above ground or placed underground shall, in writing, on or before the first Monday of January in each year, certify under oath to the City Clerk the actual number of wires, location and the miles of wire and electrical conductors, whether suspended singly or in cables, tubes, pipes or conduits, above ground or underground, owned or controlled by them in the City.

§ 412-11 Bond required for conduits.

No person, firm or corporation shall erect or lay any conduits, tubes, pipes, cables, electrical conductors or wires before first giving a bond with good and sufficient surety, satisfactory to the City, in the sum of $50,000, conditioned upon the proper relaying and paving of all openings made by it or them and thereafter keeping in repair the paving of said openings and conditioned upon making return of all conduits, tubes and pipes, including all the electrical conduits and wires contained in such conduits or tubes or pipes of cables or conductors, and further conditioned upon compliance with this chapter and all other applicable ordinances of the City. The bond shall be approved as to form and sufficiency by the City counsel and filed with the City Clerk, and a certificate of such approval and filing shall be furnished to the Director of Public Works before he shall issue a permit for the opening of any street.

§ 412-12 Forfeiture of rights by disposal of franchise.

If any underground conduit company or individual shall, at any time, dispose of any of the franchises granted by any ordinance of the Council or consolidate with any other company, the company so selling or consolidating shall forfeit all rights and privileges granted by such ordinance.

§ 412-13 Conduits and wires to be placed clear of other pipes.

Any corporation, firm or person erecting or laying any conduits, tubes, pipes, cables, electrical conductors or wires shall erect or lay such conduits, tubes, pipes, cables, electrical conductors or wires clear of all other pipes.

§ 412-14 Permit required to erect post or pole.

No corporation, firm or person shall break ground for the purpose of erecting any post or pole within any street in the City without first obtaining a permit for the erection of such post or pole from the City Clerk, as hereinafter provided in §§ 412-15 through 412-19.

§ 412-15 Pole permit application.

The application for a permit to erect such poles shall be made in writing to the City Clerk. The application shall state the proposed location of each pole.

§ 412-16 Pole permit application approval; permit fee.

[Amended 8-13-1981 by Ord. No. MC-1766]

The permit shall not be issued by the City Clerk unless and until the application shall have been approved by the Division of Engineering and a permit fee of $1 for each pole to be erected shall have been paid to the City Clerk.

§ 412-17 Permit allows City to use poles; removal requirement.

The permit shall set forth the right of the City to use the poles for municipal purposes, as more particularly set forth in § 412-20, and to require the removal thereof as set forth in § 412-21.

§ 412-18 Installation of poles.

Any pole permitted to be erected under §§ 412-14 through 412-19 shall be placed 10 inches from the outer curbline of the street and at least five feet below the ground level.

§ 412-19 City consent required to lease or sell poles.

No such pole erected shall be let, leased or sold without the written consent of the City.

§ 412-20 Right of City to use poles.

Editor's Note: See also § 412-17.

In the case of any poles erected after March 27, 1913, the City shall have the right to a reasonable use thereof for municipal purposes; provided, however, that the City shall have no right to the use of telephone poles erected and used to connect subscribers' stations with stations with underground telephone cables.

§ 412-21 Removal of poles replaced by underground conduits.

In the case of poles erected after March 27, 1913, other than telephone poles for distribution purposes, the corporation, firm or person erecting such poles shall remove the same as soon as such person constructs an underground conduit system along the same street or highway within the City block or square. Upon failure to remove said poles and after 10 days notice given by the City, the City may cause such removal at the expense of the person erecting said poles.

§ 412-22 Effect on telephone company's rights.

[Amended 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289]

No provision or regulation in this chapter governing the erection and use of poles, including the acceptance of a permit for erection of the poles, shall be construed, in any way, to alter the rights and liabilities of the Delaware & Atlantic Telegraph & Telephone Company, its heirs, successors or assigns, and of the City of Camden under the agreement between them of June 30, 1909, except as such alteration is authorized and provided by said agreement.

§ 412-23 Violations and penalties.

[Added 4-9-1987 by Ord. No. MC-2289; amended 10-12-2006 by Ord. No. MC-4234]

Unless otherwise provided in the chapter, penalties against persons violating the provisions of this chapter shall be imposed in accordance with the provisions of § 1-16A.