[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Schenectady 2-9-1970 by Ord. No. 15274. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also specifically repealed provisions of Ch. 17, Art. I, of the former Revised Ordinances, adopted 2-9-1970 by Ord. No. 15274.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all wires hereafter strung or suspended in, through or across any and all public streets, avenues, public places and squares in the City.
[Amended 6-2-1986 by L.L. No. 3-1986]
The City Engineer, under the direction of the Mayor and City Council, shall have supervision of and charge over all telegraph, telephone and electric lines. He shall forthwith report to the Mayor any violation of this chapter.
No telegraph, telephone or electric line shall be erected or maintained until the owner thereof shall file with the Mayor a written agreement accepting and promising to abide by and perform all the conditions and provisions of this chapter.
On streets where curbs are set, all posts shall be erected in the sidewalk within and adjoining the curbs. The posts shall be so erected as not to interfere with the gutters. No posts shall be erected within five feet of any hydrant nor so as to interfere with any water pipe, shade tree, driveway or intersection of streets.
All posts for telegraph, telephone and electric lines shall be straight, properly trimmed and painted. They shall not be less than 25 feet in height from the ground. They shall be either of iron, cedar, pine, chestnut or other approved material; and if of wood, not less than six inches in diameter at the smaller end and 10 inches in diameter at the ground. Such posts shall be properly set in the ground to a depth of at least five feet. Wherever any wire shall hereafter cross any street or way, it shall be at a height of not less than 25 feet above such street or way and, where practicable, cross at right angles.
All wires for the transmission of electricity for lighting and power shall at all times be insulated so as to resist abrasion and be impervious to water. When placed above the surface of the ground, all wires, telegraph, electric lighting or others, shall be suspended upon posts and so arranged as to prevent contact with foreign wires.
When any such wires shall be broken or its insulation shall become imperfect, the electric current shall forthwith be discontinued and the wire not used until properly repaired and insulated.
Wire for the transmission of electricity for lighting and motor power shall be secured to insulating fastenings of glass, hard rubber or other approved insulating material. All tie-wires shall be insulated from conducting wires. All joints in wires shall be securely made and, where possible, soldered and wrapped with proper insulating material. Continuous wires without joints shall be used as far as possible.
Wires for the transmission of electricity passing through the exterior walls of buildings shall be firmly encased in substantial tubes of nonconducting material not liable to absorb moisture and so placed as to prevent water from entering the building along the wire. Outgoing and returning wires for arc lights or incandescent lights shall enter and leave buildings at points at least eight inches from each other. In running along outside walls, cornices and the like, all such wires shall be rigidly fastened by nonconducting fastenings of glass and, where carried over or attached to buildings, must be at least seven feet above the highest point of flat roofs and 1 1/2 feet above pitched roofs and placed so as to avoid ladders of the Fire Department. They shall not be run over or attached to buildings other than those desiring light and power.
Wires for the transmission of electricity and also telegraph and telephone wires passing through trees shall be firmly encased in substantial tubes of nonconducting material not liable to absorb moisture and so placed as to prevent any damage to such trees, and it shall be unlawful in the construction of such wires to so cut said trees or any part thereof so as to cause damage or injury to such trees.
Any person violating this section shall be punished by a fine of $10 for each offense and stand committed until such fine is paid, not exceeding 10 days, besides being liable in damages for the injuries the owner may suffer.
In case of fire, the Chief of the Fire Department or the assistant in command shall have full power and authority to order and cause any electric wires to be cut or removed and electric current discontinued until the fire is extinguished.
All dead wires, where crossing public streets or ways, shall be removed.
[Amended 6-2-1986 by L.L. No. 3-1986]
The owner or owners, lessee or lessees of every telegraph, telephone and all other poles, for whatever purpose used, shall reserve and cause to be reserved a space 12 inches above telephone lines and 48 inches below secondary lines, which space shall be used by the City and its officers or employees for the purpose of stringing police and fire alarm wires and all other systems requiring the stringing of wires by the said authorities, and, wherever necessary, said owners of said telegraph or telephone poles shall cause a guard wire to be placed over City wires in such a manner as to thoroughly protect the same from any foreign wire or wires dropping or coming in contact with such City wires.