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Record No: CB 118813    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 118813
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
Final Action: 9/29/2016
Ordinance No: Ord 125149
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to utility permits and regulations; amending Sections 15.32.050 and 15.32.160 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Mike O'Brien
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Presentation, 3. Signed Ord 125149, 4. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to utility permits and regulations; amending Sections 15.32.050 and 15.32.160 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
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WHEREAS, The City of Seattle (the "City") possesses a transportation system that is vital to the City's economic vitality and the City's quality of life, and is an important public function; and
WHEREAS, a substantial portion of the City's transportation funds goes to repairing and rehabilitating City streets; and
WHEREAS, the City wishes to preserve the investment in its transportation system; and
WHEREAS, the Right-of-Way Opening and Restoration Rules, formerly known as the Pavement Opening and Restoration Rules, define in technical detail the restoration requirements for any intrusion into the pavement or other right-of-way element; and
WHEREAS, utilities, including telecommunication carriers, provide essential services to City residents and businesses, and the rights-of-way are critical to the utilities' ability to provide the services; and
WHEREAS, the City authorizes public and private utilities to work in City public places to operate and maintain utility services within the limitations established by state and federal law; and
WHEREAS, the utilities' work can seriously impact the condition and useful life of the City's streets; and
WHEREAS, construction in the rights-of-way can represent an inconvenience and disruption to commerce, and the public becomes frustrated with City streets being repeatedly torn up; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 15.32.050 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 118751, is amended as follows:
15.32.050 ((Coordination of)) Coordinating projects and ((deferment of)) deferring construction ((.))
A. The authorizing official may ((, in such official's reasonable discretion,)) defer construction or other activity under any permit (...

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