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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies a provision of the Utah Underground Conversion of Utilities Law.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . adds definitions for "point of delivery" and "service entrance equipment";
14 . modifies a utility's responsibility regarding the construction work to be done in the
15 conversion of facilities from overhead to underground;
16 . modifies the notice that a county or municipality is required to give to property
17 owners in an improvement district for the conversion of overhead facilities to
19 . modifies provisions related to the conversion of overhead utility facilities to
20 underground and an owner's responsibilities; and
21 . modifies a provision relating to the cost of converting facilities from overhead to
23 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
25 Other Special Clauses:
27 Utah Code Sections Affected:
29 54-8-3, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1969, Chapter 157
30 54-8-25, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1969, Chapter 157
31 54-8-26, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 129
33 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
34 Section 1. Section 54-8-3 is amended to read:
35 54-8-3. Definitions.
36 As used in this chapter [
38 (1) "Assessment" [
39 wherever appropriate.
40 (2) "Communication service" means the transmission of intelligence by electrical
41 means, including[
42 alarm, and traffic control circuits or the transmission of standard television or radio signals.
43 (3) "Convert" or "conversion" means the removal of all or any part of any existing
44 overhead electric or communications facilities and the replacement thereof with underground
45 electric or communication facilities constructed at the same or different locations.
46 (4) (a) "Electric or communication facilities" means any works or improvements used
47 or useful in providing electric or communication service, including[
48 supports, tunnels, manholes, vaults, conduits, pipes, wires, conductors, guys, stubs, platforms,
49 crossarms, braces, transformers, insulators, cut-outs, switches, capacitors, meters,
50 communication circuits, appliances, attachments and appurtenances.
51 (b) "Electric facilities" [
52 used for the transmission of electric energy at nominal voltages in excess of thirty-five
53 thousand volts.
54 (5) "Electric service" means the distribution of electricity by an electrical corporation
55 for heat, cooling, light or power.
56 (6) "Governing body" means the board of commissioners, city council, or board of
57 trustees as may be appropriate depending on whether the improvement district is located in a
58 county or within a city or town.
59 (7) "Overhead electric or communication facilities" means electric or communication
60 facilities located, in whole or in part, above the surface of the ground.
61 (8) "Point of delivery" means:
62 (a) a meter, for electric facilities; or
63 (b) a network interface device, for communication facilities.
64 (9) "Public utility" means any electric corporation or communications corporation that
65 provides electric or communication service to the general public by means of electric or
66 communication facilities.
67 (10) "Resolution" [
68 body properly acts by ordinance rather than by resolution.
69 (11) "Service entrance equipment" means facilities on the property owner's side of the
70 point of delivery that are necessary to accommodate service from a public utility.
71 (12) "Underground electric or communication facilities" means electric or
72 communication facilities located, in whole or in part, beneath the surface of the ground.
73 Section 2. Section 54-8-25 is amended to read:
74 54-8-25. Utilities responsible for work -- May subcontract -- Title to converted
75 facilities retained.
76 (1) The utility concerned:
77 (a) shall be responsible for the accomplishment of all construction work to the point of
78 delivery; and
79 (b) may contract out [
81 (2) Title to the converted facilities shall be at all times solely and exclusively vested in
82 the public utility corporations involved.
83 (3) The public body, improvement district, or the public generally will not own the
84 facilities at any time and the public is purchasing only the intangible benefits which come from
85 converted facilities, that is the removal of the overhead facilities and replacement by
86 underground facilities.
87 Section 3. Section 54-8-26 is amended to read:
88 54-8-26. Notice that service from underground facilities is available --
89 Consequences of failure to convert overhead facilities.
90 (1) (a) If service from the underground public utility is to be made available to all or
91 part of an improvement district area, the governing body of the county or municipality that
92 created the district shall mail a notice to each owner of real property served from existing
93 overhead facilities stating that:
95 (i) conversion of all facilities owned within the improvement district by a public utility
96 from overhead to underground to the point of delivery is proceeding;
97 (ii) the property owner is responsible for the changes in the service entrance equipment
98 located on the property to accommodate the conversion of the applicable public utility's
99 facilities from overhead to underground at the point of delivery; and
103 utility to make the conversion from overhead to underground service.
104 (b) In addition to improvement district assessments, the property owner shall bear the
105 expense of the conversion from overhead to underground described in Subsections (1)(a)(ii)
106 and (iii).
108 facilities shall comply with all applicable state and local laws, ordinances, rules, and
109 regulations, and with all tariffs of the applicable public utility.
110 (d) The public utility or its contractor shall perform the necessary construction to the
111 point of delivery, unless the public utility authorizes another to perform the construction.
112 (2) (a) Failure to [
113 entrance equipment described in Subsection (1)(a)(ii) converted to accommodate underground
115 governing body specifies in writing shall be considered as [
116 and grant of a construction easement to the county or municipality and as express authority to
117 the county or municipality [
118 persons to enter upon the lot or parcel for the purpose of making the [
120 (b) A construction easement under Subsection (2)(a) terminates upon completion of the
121 conversion of overhead facilities to underground.
122 (3) If the county or municipality [
124 and public utility costs and expenses of the conversion, including the engineering, legal,
125 advertising, and incidental expenses, shall be assessed against the property [
126 which the service entrance equipment was converted and become a lien upon the property
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