Mrsc Franchise Agreement
Sometimes a road project has an impact on distribution companies in the ROW, and sometimes a supply company has to replace underground pipes – these projects need to be coordinated to minimize costs and inconvenience to the public who use roads for driving, walking or cycling. Sometimes, in the middle of the night, a main part of the water or a canal breaks, or a driver pushes a telephone pole — at times like this, it`s important for everyone to have a good understanding of emergency management. A good franchise agreement contains provisions that cover such situations, so that all parties involved know their rights and obligations – and that is financially responsible when a utility causes damage or disruption to another ROW user. No state statute provides that cities must enter into contracts with utility companies that install their facilities within transportation infrastructure, but a well-developed franchise is an essential way to avoid disagreements and disputes. Water and sewer pipes, natural gas distribution systems, fibre optics, electrical cables and wireless telephone systems — all of these distribution companies rely on public radio frequencies to provide services to businesses and residents — and in one way or another, all infrastructure must be installed and maintained inside space stations without compromising the use of our roads and sidewalks for public travel. In addition, there are federal regulations that predict local authorities on certain aspects of telecommunications and cable television services. These are just a few of the many factors to consider when negotiating and managing franchise agreements. You can access franchise agreements, for example, via the MRSC WEB site – one way to find them is to enter “franchise” into the search field using the “Sample Documents” category. A well-developed franchise should include clauses covering all practical problems that arise when multiple distribution companies share a common corridor. If you have rarely heard of franchise problems in your jurisdiction, this may indicate that your local officials and employees are dealing with these issues. Many cities and counties also have large energy pipelines that carry natural gas or petroleum products through their jurisdictions. (These large pipelines are called “transportation pipelines” to distinguish them from the smaller “distribution pipelines.”) They raise specific issues and raise security concerns. They often pass through a considerable amount of private property because the facilities were negotiated decades ago, when the land was less developed.
The regulation of transmission lines is under federal jurisdiction, but there are significant issues that need to be addressed in a municipal franchise for these facilities. Franchises are contracts, and they have a time frame – sometimes five, ten or twenty years – we have seen gas distribution franchises with even longer durations. As a franchise nears the end of its mandate, the parties should take the opportunity to consider the changes to be made. Renewal of some franchises is expected to begin well before expiry (particularly cable franchises due to special procedures contained in the federal cable television statutes).