Claremore Daily Progress


March 17, 2013

Utility permit measure may avert legal action



Curtis has contacted the utility companies that work in the county.
“A number of the rural water districts voiced concerns about the cash bond,” Curtis said.
Curtis said his department would have some discretion.
Bonds may be carried over from one project to another on a case-by-case basis, making the permits more affordable, he added. 
The permit will require the utility company to have an inspector on site at all times while work was underway.
Additionally, companies will be required to provide engineering documentation of the project. 
The fees will include $200 for administration, $200 for each road crossing; parallel installation will be 15 cent  per foot of occupied right-of-way and a cash bond of $500 to $1000. 
Installations that are completed without a permit shall incur a fee of $2,500.
Companies that plan to perform underground boring, pushing, overhead crossing and other methods of utility work dealing with county easements and right-of-way, should apply for a permit.
The fees collected from the permits will be used for administration of the policy including the addition of a Rogers County Utility Inspector.

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