ARTICLE IRemoval of Active Energy Facilities (§ 425-1 — § 425-5)
§ 425-1Access to abandoned structures.
§ 425-2Notice of entry.
§ 425-3Supervision; costs to be borne by utility.
§ 425-4Claims for damages; indemnification of
§ 425-5Review of procedures.
Upon approval of the City of Camden, certain public utilities legally franchised to conduct business within the city will be permitted access to abandoned structures within the city for the express and supervised purpose of removing utility-owned facilities.
Upon application by a public utility which has signed the agreement described in § 425-4, the city shall prepare a statement of notice to owners, absentee owners or other interested parties, posted on a document containing the Official City Seal, discussing the urgent need to obtain access to the structure for the purpose of removing live energy facilities which may present fire, health and safety hazards to the public. This notice will also state that, in not less than 10 days from the date of posting, the city shall supervise the utility's entry to remove the energy facilities from within the structure. The notice will further contain the information necessary for contracting either the city or the utility to arrange for owner-admitted entry.
Public utility employees assigned to remove said facilities shall be accompanied by a duly authorized representative of the city, who will supervise the entry and removal of facilities and the reclosure of the subject property. All costs for these services will be specified by the city and will be borne by the utility.
The authorized public utility shall be responsible for any claims arising from damages caused to the structure proximately caused by the entry, removal and reclosure. Reasonable claims will be accepted, consistent with conditions prior to obtaining said access and recorded by photograph both prior to entry and subsequent to reclosure. The public utility shall agree, in writing, to hold the City of Camden harmless for any damage claims filed by owners, absentee owners or interested parties as a result of the entry, removal and reclosure.
The City Council shall further review with the utility on an ongoing basis any problems associated with the administration of this procedure in order to make alterations as may be necessary.