BUSINESS SUPPLYING UTILITY SERVICES
Local Exchange Telephone Service 1
1. Editor’s Note — Ord. no. 2006-376 was passed in compliance with HB209 of the 2006 Missouri Legislative session. Provisions contained in HB209 were subsequently deemed unconstitutional by the Missouri Supreme Court on August 8, 2006 in City of Springfield, Appellant V Sprint Spectrum, L.P., Respondent Case No. SC87238. Consequently, ord. no. 2006-376 was not codified.
Section 615.010. Annual License Tax — Percentage of Gross Receipts. [Ord. No. 106 §1, 3-12-1968]
There is hereby levied against every person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of furnishing local exchange telephone service within the limits of the City of Goodman Missouri, an annual license tax in an amount equal to four percent (4%) of the gross receipts derived by such person, firm or corporation from the furnishing of such local exchange service within the limits of the City of Goodman.
Section 615.020. Statement of Gross Receipts — Filing — Payment of License Tax. [Ord. No. 106 §2, 3-12-1968]
All persons mentioned in Section 615.010 hereof shall file with the City Clerk on or before the first (1st) day of March of each calendar year a sworn statement as to the gross receipts derived by such person, firm or corporation from the furnishing of local exchange telephone service within the City of Goodman during the preceding calendar year. At the time of filing any such statement, the person, firm or corporation involved shall pay to the City Collector a sum equal to four percent (4%) of such gross receipts. Gross receipts derived from the furnishing of such telephone service to the City or any branch of the municipal government located in the City shall not be included in the foregoing statement, nor shall any tax be due on such portion of the gross receipts. In the event any amount be due by the City to such person, firm or corporation for telephone service rendered to the City at the date of the payment of the sum hereby assessed, the person, firm or corporation shall have the privilege of crediting the amount due it against the gross receipts tax levied by this Chapter.
Section 615.030. Tax Not To Exempt Business From Certain Other Taxes. [Ord. No. 106 §3, 3-12-1968]
The payment required by the provisions of this Article shall be in lieu of all other excises, charges, rentals, license or occupation taxes heretofore imposed or which might be imposed by the City of Goodman upon any person engaged in the business described in
Section 615.010 hereof but nothing contained in this Article shall be construed to exempt such person, firm or corporation from any general or special ad valorem tax imposed upon the public generally by the City.
Electric Light and Power Companies
Section 615.040. License and Occupation Tax. [Ord. No. 1985-213A §1, 7-2-1985]
Every light and power company, their successors and assigns, generating, manufacturing, selling, distributing, transmitting, supplying and furnishing electricity, electric power, electric energy and electric service (“Licensee”) in the City of Goodman, Missouri, shall, for the privilege of doing business and engaging in said occupation therein, pay to the City of Goodman a license and occupation tax.
Section 615.050. Tax Percentage of Gross Receipts. [Ord. No. 1985-213A §2, 7-2-1985]
The license and occupation tax herein provided shall be a sum equal to three and eight hundred forty-six thousandth percent (3.846%) of the gross receipts derived from the transaction of licensee’s business within the City of Goodman.
Section 615.060. Definitions. [Ord. No. 1985-213A §§3 — 4, 7-2-1985]
As used in this Article, the following terms shall mean:
GROSS RECEIPTS —
1. Except as otherwise provided in Subparagraph 3 hereof, all monies collected and received by licensee from the manufacture, distribution and sale of electric power and energy to all of licensee’s customers within the present and future boundaries of the City of Goodman served under rate schedules as now or hereafter approved by the Missouri Public Service Commission for residential, commercial and industrial service having a reserve capacity of forty (40) kilowatts or less before any deductions are made therefrom by the licensee for any expenses, costs or charges of any kind.
2. All monies collected and received by licensee from the sale or lease of goods and products to all of licensee’s customers within the present and future boundaries of the City of Goodman before any deductions are made therefrom by the licensee for any expenses, costs or charges of any kind.
3. Gross receipts shall not include:
a. Late charges and interest collected and received by licensee.
b. All monies collected and received by licensee from the following customers of licensee:
(1) Schools, churches and church schools.
LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY — Includes every corporation, company, association, firm and individual which is an “electrical corporation” owning and operating an “electric plant” as a “public utility” within the meaning of and as defined in the Missouri Public Service Commission law (Chapters 386 and 393, RSMo.).
Section 615.070. Monthly Tax Payment. [Ord. No. 1985-213A §5, 7-2-1985]
The licensee shall pay the tax herein provided monthly, said tax to be computed upon the basis of gross receipts collected and received by licensee which are subject to said tax from the first (1st) day through the last day of each month during which licensee is doing business and engaged in said occupation, beginning on July 2, 1985.
Section 615.080. Gross Receipt Statement. [Ord. No. 1985-213A §6, 7-2-1985]
The exact date after the end of each month on which licensee shall pay the tax herein provided, the form and contents of reports filed by licensee with the City of Goodman showing the gross receipts which are subject to said tax and the date on which said reports are due, shall be as mutually agreed upon by the City of Goodman and the licensee.
Section 615.090. Tax in Addition To All Other Taxes, Payments or Fees. [Ord. No. 1985-213A §7, 7-2-1985]
The license and occupation tax herein provided shall be in addition to all other taxes, payments or fees now or hereafter required by law or ordinance.
Section 615.100. Maintaining Gross Receipts Tax Imposed On Power and Light Company. [Ord. No. 1987-226, 3-17-1987; Ord. No. 2004-360, 12-21-2004]
The City of Goodman, in order to maintain its sources of revenue at its historical level, hereby determines to maintain the three percent (3%) gross receipts tax against the gross receipts of the Kansas Power and Light Company.
Cable Franchise Regulations
Section 615.110. Definition of Terms. [Ord. No. 2004-355 §1, 2-3-2004]
For the purpose of this franchise, the following terms, phrases, words and abbreviations shall have the meanings ascribed to them below. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future tense, words in the plural number include the singular number and words in the singular number include the plural number:
BASIC CABLE — The lowest priced tier of cable service that includes the retransmission of local broadcast television signals.
CABLE ACT — Title VI of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.
CABLE SERVICES —
1. The one-way transmission to subscribers of:
a. Video programming, or
b. Other programming service.
2. Subscriber interaction, if any, which is required for the selection or use of such video programming or other programming service.
CABLE SYSTEM — The grantee’s facility, consisting of a set of closed transmission paths and associated signal generation, reception and control equipment, that is designed to provide cable service which includes video programming and which is provided to multiple subscribers within the service area.
FCC — Federal Communications Commission or successor governmental entity thereto.
FRANCHISING AUTHORITY — The City of Goodman, Missouri.
GRANTEE — Mediacom Southeast LLC or the lawful successor, transferee or assignee thereof.
GROSS REVENUE — Any revenues from the operation of the cable system to provide basic cable services in the service area received by grantee from subscribers, provided however, that gross revenues shall not include franchise fees, the FCC user fee or any tax, fee or assessment of general applicability collected by the grantee from subscribers for pass through to a government agency.
PERSON — An individual, partnership, association, joint stock company, trust, corporation or governmental entity.
PUBLIC WAY — The surface of and the space above and below any public street, highway, freeway, bridge, land path, alley, court, boulevard, sidewalk, parkway, way, lane, public way, drive, circle or other public right-of-way, including, but not limited to, public utility easements, dedicated utility strips or rights-of-way dedicated for compatible uses now or hereafter held by the franchising authority in the service area, which shall entitle the grantee to the use thereof for the purpose of installing, operating, repairing and maintaining the cable system.
SERVICE AREA — The present boundaries of the franchising authority and shall include any additions thereto by annexation or other legal means, subject to the exceptions in Subsection 615.130(I).
STANDARD INSTALLATION — One hundred twenty-five (125) feet from the nearest tap to the subscriber’s terminal.
SUBSCRIBER — A person who lawfully receives cable service of the cable system with the grantee’s express permission.
Section 615.120. Grant of Franchise. [Ord. No. 2004-355 §2, 2-3-2004]
A. Grant. The franchising authority hereby grants to the grantee a non-exclusive franchise which authorizes the grantee to construct and operate a cable system in, along, among, upon, across, above, over, under or in any manner connected with public ways within the service area and for that purpose to erect, install, construct,
repair, replace, reconstruct, maintain or retain in, on, over, under, upon, across or along any public way such facilities and equipment as may be necessary or appurtenant to the cable system for the transmission and distribution of cable services, data services, information and other communications services or for any other lawful purposes.
B. Other Ordinances. The grantee agrees to comply with the terms of any lawfully adopted generally applicable local ordinance, to the extent that the provisions of the ordinance do not have the effect of limiting the benefits or expanding the obligations of the grantee that are granted by this franchise. Neither party may unilaterally alter the material rights and obligations set forth in this franchise. In the event of a conflict between any ordinance and this franchise, the franchise shall control.
C. Other Authorizations. The franchising authority shall not permit any person to provide services similar to those provided by the grantee in the service area without first having secured a non-exclusive franchise from the franchising authority. The franchising authority agrees that any grant of additional franchises or other authorizations including OVS authorizations by the franchising authority to provide services similar to those provided by the grantee pursuant to this agreement to any other entity shall cover the entire service area and shall not be on terms and conditions more favorable or less burdensome to the grantee of any such additional franchise or other authorization than those which are set forth herein. In any renewal of this franchise, the franchising authority, should it seek to impose increased obligations upon the grantee, must take into account any additional franchise(s) or authorizations previously granted and find that the proposed increased obligations in the renewal are not more burdensome and/or less favorable than those contained in any such additional franchise(s) or authorizations.
Section 615.130. Standards of Service. [Ord. No. 2004-355 §3, 2-3-2004]
A. Conditions Of Occupancy. The cable system installed by the grantee pursuant to the terms hereof shall be located so as to cause a minimum of interference with the proper use of public ways and with the rights and reasonable convenience of property owners who own property that adjoins any of such public ways.
B. Restoration Of Public Ways. If during the course of the grantee’s construction, operation or maintenance of the cable system there occurs a disturbance of any public way by the grantee, grantee shall replace and restore such public way to a condition reasonably comparable to the condition of the public way existing immediately prior to such disturbance.
C. Relocation For The Franchising Authority. Upon its receipt of reasonable advance written notice, to be not less than ten (10) business days, the grantee shall protect, support, raise, lower, temporarily disconnect, relocate in or remove from the public way any property of the grantee when lawfully required by the franchising authority by reason of traffic conditions, public safety, street abandonment, freeway and street construction, change or establishment of street grade, installation of sewers,
drains, gas or water pipes or any other type of public structures or improvements which are not used to compete with the grantee’s services. The grantee shall in all cases have the right of abandonment of its property.
D. Relocation For A Third Party. The grantee shall, on the request of any person holding a lawful permit issued by the franchising authority, protect, support, raise, lower, temporarily disconnect, relocate in or remove from the public way as necessary any property of the grantee, provided:
1. The expense of such is paid by said person benefiting from the relocation, including, if required by the grantee, making such payment in advance; and
2. The grantee is given reasonable advance written notice to prepare for such changes. For purposes of this Subsection, “reasonable advance written notice” shall be no less than thirty (30) business days in the event of a temporary relocation and no less than one hundred twenty (120) days for a permanent relocation.
E. Trimming Of Trees And Shrubbery. The grantee shall have the authority to trim trees or other natural growth in order to access and maintain the cable system.
F. Safety Requirements. Construction, operation and maintenance of the cable system shall be performed in an orderly and workmanlike manner. All such work shall be performed in substantial accordance with generally applicable Federal, State and local regulations and the National Electric Safety Code.
G. Underground Construction. In those areas of the service area where all of the transmission or distribution facilities of the respective public utilities providing telephone communications and electric services are underground, the grantee likewise shall construct, operate and maintain its cable system underground. Nothing contained in this Subsection shall require the grantee to construct, operate and maintain underground any ground-mounted appurtenances.
H. Access To Open Trenches. The franchising authority agrees to include the grantee in the platting process for any new subdivision. At a minimum, the franchising authority agrees to require as a condition of issuing a permit for open trenching to any utility or developer that:
1. The utility or developer give the grantee at least ten (10) days’ advance written notice of the availability of the open trench; and
2. The utility or developer provide the grantee with reasonable access to the open trench.
I. Required Extensions Of The Cable System. Grantee agrees to provide cable service to all residences in the service area subject to the density requirements specified in this Subsection. Whenever the grantee receives a request for cable service from a potential subscriber in an unserved area contiguous to grantee’s existing distribution
facilities where there are at least ten (10) residences within one thousand three hundred twenty (1,320) cable-bearing strand feet (one-quarter (¼) cable mile) from the portion of the grantee’s trunk or distribution cable which is to be extended, it shall extend its cable system to such subscribers at no cost to said subscribers for the cable system extension, other than the published standard/non-installation fees charged to all subscribers. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the grantee shall have the right, but not the obligation, to extend the cable system into any portion of the service area where another operator is providing cable service into any annexed area which is not contiguous to the present service area of the grantee or into any area which is financially or technically infeasible due to extraordinary circumstances, such as a runway or freeway crossing.
J. Subscriber Charges For Extensions Of The Cable System. No subscriber shall be refused service arbitrarily. However, if an area does not meet the density requirements of Subsection 615.130(I) above, the grantee shall only be required to extend the cable system to subscriber(s) in that area if the subscriber(s) are willing to share the capital costs of extending the cable system. Specifically, the grantee shall contribute a capital amount equal to the construction cost per mile, multiplied by a fraction whose numerator equals the actual number of residences per one thousand three hundred twenty (1,320) cable-bearing strand feet from the grantee’s trunk or distribution cable and whose denominator equals ten (10). Subscribers who request service hereunder shall bear the remaining cost to extend the cable system on a pro rata basis. The grantee may require that payment of the capital contribution in aid of construction borne by such potential subscribers be paid in advance. Subscribers shall also be responsible for any standard/non-standard installation charges to extend the cable system from the tap to the residence.
K. Cable Service To Public Buildings. The grantee, upon request, shall provide without charge a standard installation and one (1) outlet of basic cable to those administrative buildings owned and occupied by the franchising authority, fire station(s), police station(s) and K-12 public school(s) that are passed by its cable system. The cable service provided shall not be distributed beyond the originally installed outlet without authorization from the grantee. The cable service provided shall not be used for commercial purposes and such outlets shall not be located in areas open to the public. The franchising authority shall take reasonable precautions to prevent any inappropriate use of the grantee’s cable system or any loss or damage to grantee’s cable system. The franchising authority shall hold the grantee harmless from any and all liability or claims arising out of the provision and use of cable service required by this Subsection. The grantee shall not be required to provide an outlet to such buildings where a non-standard installation is required, unless the franchising authority or building owner/occupant agrees to pay the incremental cost of any necessary cable system extension and/or non-standard installation. If additional outlets of basic cable are provided to such buildings, the building owner/occupant shall pay the usual installation and service fees associated therewith.
L. Emergency Alert. Any emergency alert system (“EAS”) provided by grantee shall be operated in accordance with FCC regulations. Except to the extent expressly
prohibited by law, the franchising authority will hold the grantee, its employees, officers and assigns harmless from any claims arising out of use of the EAS, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.
M. Reimbursement Of Costs. If funds are available to any person using the public way for the purpose of defraying the cost of any of the foregoing, the franchising authority shall reimburse the grantee in the same manner in which other persons affected by the requirement are reimbursed. If the funds are controlled by another governmental entity, the franchising authority shall make application for such funds on behalf of the grantee.
Section 615.140. Regulation By The Franchising Authority. [Ord. No. 2004-355 §4, 2-3-2004]
A. Franchise Fee.
1. The grantee shall pay to the franchising authority a franchise fee of five percent (5%) of annual gross revenues (as defined in Subsection 615.110 of this Article). In accordance with the Cable Act, the twelve (12) month period applicable under the franchise for the computation of the franchise fee shall be a calendar year. The franchise fee payment shall be due annually and payable within ninety (90) days after the close of the preceding calendar year. Each payment shall be accompanied by a brief report prepared by a representative of the grantee showing the basis for the computation.
2. Limitation on franchise fee actions. The period of limitation for recovery by the franchising authority of any franchise fee payable hereunder shall be three (3) years from the date on which payment by the grantee is due to the franchising authority.
B. Rates And Charges. The franchising authority may regulate rates for the provision of basic cable and equipment as expressly permitted by Federal law.
C. Renewal Of Franchise.
1. The franchising authority and the grantee agree that any proceedings undertaken by the franchising authority that relate to the renewal of the grantee’s franchise shall be governed by and comply with the renewal provisions of Federal law.
2. In addition to the procedures set forth in the Cable Act, the franchising authority agrees to notify the grantee of all of its assessments regarding the identity of future cable-related community needs and interests, as well as the past performance of the grantee under the then current franchise term. The franchising authority further agrees that such assessments shall be provided to the grantee promptly so that the grantee has adequate time to submit a proposal pursuant to the Cable Act and complete renewal of the franchise prior to expiration of its term.
3. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in this Subsection (C), the grantee and the franchising authority agree that at any time during the term of the then current franchise, while affording the public appropriate notice and opportunity to comment in accordance with the provisions of Federal law the franchising authority and the grantee may agree to undertake and finalize informal negotiations regarding renewal of the then current franchise and the franchising authority may grant a renewal thereof.
4. The grantee and the franchising authority consider the terms set forth in this Subsection (C) to be consistent with the express renewal provisions of the Cable Act.
D. Conditions Of Sale.
1. If a renewal or extension of the grantee’s franchise is denied or the franchise is lawfully terminated and the franchising authority either lawfully acquires ownership of the cable system or by its actions lawfully effects a transfer of ownership of the cable system to another party, any such acquisition or transfer shall be at the price determined pursuant to the provisions set forth in Section 627 of the Cable Act.
2. The grantee and the franchising authority agree that in the case of a final determination of a lawful revocation of the franchise, the grantee shall be given at least twelve (12) months to effectuate a transfer of its cable system to a qualified third party. Furthermore, the grantee shall be authorized to continue to operate pursuant to the terms of its prior franchise during this period. If, at the end of that time, the grantee is unsuccessful in procuring a qualified transferee or assignee of its cable system which is reasonably acceptable to the franchising authority, the grantee and the franchising authority may avail themselves of any rights they may have pursuant to Federal or State law. It is further agreed that the grantee’s continued operation of the cable system during the twelve (12) month period shall not be deemed to be a waiver, nor an extinguishment of, any rights of either the franchising authority or the grantee.
E. Transfer Of Franchise. The grantee’s right, title or interest in the franchise shall not be sold, transferred, assigned or otherwise encumbered, other than to an entity controlling, controlled by or under common control with the grantee, without prior written notice to the franchising authority. No such notice shall be required, however, for a transfer in trust, by mortgage, by other hypothecation or by assignment of any rights, title or interest of the grantee in the franchise or cable system in order to secure indebtedness.
Section 615.150. Books and Records. [Ord. No. 2004-355 §5, 2-3-2004]
The grantee agrees that the franchising authority, upon thirty (30) days’ written notice to the grantee and no more than once annually, may review such of its books and records at the grantee’s business office, during normal business hours and on a non-disruptive basis, as is reasonably necessary to ensure compliance with the terms of this franchise. Such
notice shall specifically reference the Subsection of the franchise which is under review, so that the grantee may organize the necessary books and records for easy access by the franchising authority. Alternatively, if the books and records are not easily accessible at the local office of the grantee, the grantee may, at its sole option, choose to pay the reasonable travel costs of the franchising authority’s representative to view the books and records at the appropriate location. The grantee shall not be required to maintain any books and records for franchise compliance purposes longer than three (3) years. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth herein, the grantee shall not be required to disclose information which it reasonably deems to be proprietary or confidential in nature, nor disclose books and records of any affiliate which is not providing cable service in the service area. The franchising authority agrees to treat any information disclosed by the grantee as confidential and only to disclose it to employees, representatives and agents thereof that have a need to know or in order to enforce the provisions hereof. The grantee shall not be required to provide subscriber information in violation of Section 631 of the Cable Act.
Section 615.160. Insurance and Indemnification. [Ord. No. 2004-355 §6, 2-3-2004]
A. Insurance Requirements. The grantee shall maintain insurance in full force and effect, at its own cost and expense, during the term of the franchise. The franchising authority shall be designated as an additional insured and such insurance shall be non-cancelable except upon thirty (30) days’ prior written notice to the franchising authority. Upon written request, the grantee shall provide a Certificate of Insurance showing evidence of the coverage required by this Subsection.
B. Indemnification. The grantee agrees to indemnify, save and hold harmless and defend the franchising authority, its officers, boards and employees from and against any liability for damages and for any liability or claims resulting from property damage or bodily injury (including accidental death) which arise out of the grantee’s construction, operation or maintenance of its cable system in the service area provided that the franchising authority shall give the grantee written notice of its obligation to indemnify the franchising authority within ten (10) days of receipt of a claim or action pursuant to this Subsection. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the grantee shall not indemnify the franchising authority for any damages, liability or claims resulting from the willful misconduct or negligence of the franchising authority.
Section 615.170. Enforcement and Termination of Franchise. [Ord. No. 2004-355 §7, 2-3-2004]
A. Notice Of Violation. In the event that the franchising authority believes that the grantee has not complied with the any material term of the franchise, the franchising authority shall informally discuss the matter with grantee. If these discussions do not lead to resolution of the problem, the franchising authority shall notify the grantee in writing of the exact nature of such alleged non-compliance.
B. The Grantee’s Right To Cure Or Respond. The grantee shall have thirty (30) days from receipt of the notice described in Subsection (A):
1. To respond to the franchising authority, contesting the assertion of such non-compliance, or
2. To cure such default, or
3. In the event that, by the nature of such default, it cannot be cured within the thirty (30) day period, initiate reasonable steps to remedy such default and notify the franchising authority of the steps being taken and the projected date that they will be completed.
C. Public Hearing. In the event that the grantee fails to respond to the notice described in Subsection (A) pursuant to the procedures set forth in Subsection (B) or in the event that the alleged default is not remedied within thirty (30) days or the date projected pursuant to (B)(3) above, if it intends to continue its investigation into the default, then the franchising authority shall schedule a public hearing. The franchising authority shall provide the grantee at least ten (10) days’ prior written notice of such hearing, which specifies the time, place and purpose of such hearing and provide the grantee the opportunity to be heard.
D. Enforcement. Subject to applicable Federal and State law, in the event the franchising authority, after the hearing set forth in Subsection (C), determines that the grantee is in material default of any provision of the franchise, the franchising authority may:
1. Commence an action at law for monetary damages or seek other equitable relief; or
2. In the case of repeated or ongoing substantial non-compliance with a material term or terms of the franchise, seek to revoke the franchise in accordance with Subsection (E).
1. Should the franchising authority seek to revoke the franchise after following the procedures set forth in Subsections (A — D) above, the franchising authority shall give written notice to the grantee of its intent. The notice shall set forth the exact nature of the repeated or ongoing substantial non-compliance with a material term or terms of the franchise. The grantee shall have ninety (90) days from such notice to object in writing and to state its reasons for such objection. In the event the franchising authority has not received a satisfactory response from the grantee, it may then seek termination of the franchise at a public hearing. The franchising authority shall cause to be served upon the grantee, at least thirty (30) days prior to such public hearing, a written notice specifying the time and place of such hearing and stating its intent to revoke the franchise.
2. At the designated hearing, grantee shall be provided a fair opportunity for full participation, including the right to be represented by legal counsel, to introduce relevant evidence, to require the production of evidence, to compel the relevant testimony of the officials, agents, employees or consultants of the
franchising authority, to compel the testimony of other persons as permitted by law and to question witnesses. A complete verbatim record and transcript shall be made of such hearing.
3. Following the hearing, the franchising authority shall determine whether or not the franchise shall be revoked. If the franchising authority determines that the franchise shall be revoked, the franchising authority shall promptly provide grantee with its decision in writing. The grantee may appeal such determination of the franchising authority to an appropriate court which shall have the power to review the decision of the franchising authority de novo. Grantee shall be entitled to such relief as the court finds appropriate. Such appeal must be taken within sixty (60) days of grantee’s receipt of the determination of the franchising authority.
4. The franchising authority may, at its sole discretion, take any lawful action which it deems appropriate to enforce the franchising authority’s rights under the franchise in lieu of revocation of the franchise.
F. Force Majeure.
1. The grantee shall not be held in default under, or in non-compliance with, the provisions of the franchise, nor suffer any enforcement or penalty relating to non-compliance or default, where such non-compliance or alleged defaults occurred or were caused by circumstances reasonably beyond the ability of the grantee to anticipate and control. This provision includes work delays caused by waiting for utility providers to service or monitor their utility poles to which the grantee’s cable system is attached, as well as unavailability of materials and/or qualified labor to perform the work necessary.
2. Furthermore, the parties hereby agree that it is not the franchising authority’s intention to subject the grantee to penalties, fines, forfeitures or revocation of the franchise for violations of the franchise where the violation was a good faith error that resulted in no or minimal negative impact on the subscribers within the service area or where strict performance would result in practical difficulties and hardship to the grantee which outweigh the benefit to be derived by the franchising authority and/or subscribers.
Section 615.180. Miscellaneous Provisions. [Ord. No. 2004-355 §8, 2-3-2004]
A. Actions Of Parties. In any action by the franchising authority or the grantee that is mandated or permitted under the terms hereof, such party shall act in a reasonable, expeditious and timely manner. Furthermore, in any instance where approval or consent is required under the terms hereof, such approval or consent shall not be unreasonably withheld.
B. Entire Agreement. This franchise constitutes the entire agreement between the grantee and the franchising authority and supersedes all other prior understandings and agreements oral or written. Any amendments to this franchise shall be mutually agreed to in writing by the parties.
C. Reservation Of Rights. Acceptance of the terms and conditions of this franchise will not constitute, or be deemed to constitute, a waiver, either expressly or impliedly, by grantee of any constitutional or legal right which it may have or may be determined to have, either by subsequent legislation or court decisions. The franchising authority acknowledges that grantee reserves all of its rights under applicable Federal and State Constitutions and laws.
D. Notice. Unless expressly otherwise agreed between the parties, every notice or response required by this franchise to be served upon the franchising authority or the grantee shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given to the required party when placed in a properly sealed and correctly addressed envelope:
1. Upon receipt when hand delivered with receipt/acknowledgment,
2. Upon receipt when sent certified, registered mail,
3. Within five (5) business days after having been posted in the regular mail, or
|4. The next business day if sent by express mail or overnight air courier. The notices or responses to the franchising authority shall be addressed as follows:|
|City of Goodman|
|Attn: City Clerk|
|203 West Barlow; P.O. Box 246|
|Goodman, Missouri 64843|
|The notices or responses to the grantee shall be addressed as follows:|
|Mediacom Southeast LLC|
|Attn: Legal Department; Bruce Gluckman|
|100 Crystal Run Road|
|Middletown, New York 10941|
|With a copy to:|
|Government Relations Manager|
|Mediacom Southeast LLC|
|1533 South Enterprise Avenue|
|Springfield, Missouri 65804|
|The franchising authority and the grantee may designate such other address or addresses from time to time by giving notice to the other in the manner provided for in this Subsection.|