Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article I - Generally

(A) Fran­chise Fee.  A Fran­chisee shall pay the Coun­ty a Fran­chise Fee of five per­cent (5%) of Gross Rev­enues.  In accor­dance fed­er­al law, the twelve (12) monthperi­od applic­a­ble under the Fran­chise for the com­pu­ta­tion of such Fran­chise Fee shall be a cal­en­dar year.  Pay­ment of the Fran­chise Fee shall be due annu­al­ly and payable with­in nine­ty (90) days after the close of the cal­en­dar year.  Each annu­al pay­ment shall be accom­pa­nied by a report from the Fran­chisee show­ing the basis for the com­pu­ta­tion of the Fran­chisee Fee payable for the applic­a­ble cal­en­dar year.

(B) Reg­u­la­tion of Rates.  The Coun­ty may reg­u­late rates for the pro­vi­sion of Cable Ser­vice to the extent per­mit­ted by fed­er­al law.

(See 55 ILCS 5/5–1095 and 1096)

(Ord. No. 2010–2; 03–01–10)

(A) Fran­chise Required.  No per­son shall pro­vide Cable Ser­vice with­in the Fran­chise Area with­out a Fran­chise Agreement.

(B) Grant­i­ng of Fran­chise.  The Board may grant one or more non-exclu­­­sive Fran­chis­es for the use of the Pub­lic Right-of-Way with­in the Fran­chise Area for the con­struc­tion, oper­a­tion and main­te­nance of a Cable System.

(C) Fran­chise Non-Exclu­­­sive.  Any Fran­chise grant­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter shall be non-exclusive.

(D) Fran­chise Appli­ca­tion.  The Coun­ty may require that any Per­son seek­ing a Fran­chise under this Chap­ter pro­vide the Coun­ty with a writ­ten appli­ca­tion in a for­mat pre­scribed by the County.

(E) Term, Expi­ra­tion, Renew­al and Transfer.

  1. Any Fran­chise grant­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter shall be for a term no longer than fif­teen (15) years.
  2. Any Fran­chise grant­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter shall ter­mi­nate upon the expi­ra­tion of the term of the Fran­chise unless renewed pur­suant to this Section.
  3. Any Fran­chise grant­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter may be renewed by mutu­al agree­ment of the Coun­ty and a Fran­chisee pur­suant to fed­er­al law.
  4. Any right, title, or inter­est in a Fran­chise grant­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter shall not be sold, trans­ferred, assigned, or oth­er­wise encum­bered, oth­er than to an enti­ty con­trol­ling, con­trolled by, or under com­mon con­trol with a Fran­chisee, with­out pri­or writ­ten notice to the Coun­ty.  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 a Fran­chisee in the Fran­chise or Cable Sys­tem in order to secure indebtedness.

(D) Fran­chise Area.  The geo­graph­ic area cov­ered by any Fran­chise grant­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter shall be the unin­cor­po­rat­ed por­tions of the County.

(E) Use of Pub­lic Right-of-Way Non-Exclu­­­sive.  Any use of the Pub­lic Right-of-Way grant­ed pur­suant to this Chap­ter and any Fran­chise Agree­ment shall be non-exclu­­­sive and the Coun­ty may grant sim­i­lar use of the Pub­lic Right-of-Way to any oth­er per­son at any time.

(F) Use of Coun­ty Prop­er­ty.  Noth­ing in this Chap­ter or any Fran­chise Agree­ment shall grant a Fran­chisee any right to prop­er­ty owned by the County.

(G) Revo­ca­tion of Franchise.

  1. The Coun­ty may revoke a Fran­chise and any and all rights and priv­i­leges of a Fran­chisee under this Chap­ter, and under any Fran­chise Agree­ment, upon the occur­rence of any sub­stan­tial breach of this Chap­ter or of any Fran­chise Agree­ment.  For pur­pos­es of this Chap­ter, and any Fran­chise Agree­ment made pur­suant to this Chap­ter, sub­stan­tial breach shall include the following:
    • Fail­ure, after notice and an oppor­tu­ni­ty to cure, of a Fran­chisee to pay any por­tion of a Fran­chise Fee; or
    • Fail­ure, after notice and an oppor­tu­ni­ty to cure, of a Fran­chisee to com­ply with any mate­r­i­al pro­vi­sion of this Chap­ter or any Fran­chise Agree­ment; or
    • Mate­r­i­al fraud or mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion by the Fran­chisee in obtain­ing the Fran­chise; or
    • Insol­ven­cy or bank­rupt­cy of the Franchisee.
  2. Upon the occur­rence of any sub­stan­tial breach, the Coun­ty shall pro­vide the Fran­chisee with writ­ten notice describ­ing the nature of the sub­stan­tial breach and, if applic­a­ble, requir­ing that the Fran­chisee cor­rect the sub­stan­tial breach with­in thir­ty (30) days.  With­in thir­ty (30) days of deliv­ery of such writ­ten notice, the Fran­chisee shall respond in writ­ing either con­test­ing the County’s notice of sub­stan­tial breach or out­lin­ing cor­rec­tion mea­sure being under­tak­en by the Fran­chisee.  The Fran­chisee may file a writ­ten request for a hear­ing on the mat­ter.  The Coun­ty shall hold such hear­ing with­in thir­ty (30) days of any such request filed by the Fran­chisee.  The Board shall pre­side at any such hear­ing and deter­mine whether a sub­stan­tial breach has occurred.  The Board shall ren­der a record of its pro­ceed­ings and of its findings.

For the pur­pose of this Chap­ter, the fol­low­ing terms shall be giv­en these definitions:

(A) “Act” means the Fed­er­al Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Act of 1934, as amended.

(B) “Board” means the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers of the County.

(C) “Cable Ser­vice” means:

  1. the one-way trans­mis­sion to Sub­scribers of video pro­gram­ming or oth­er pro­gram­ming ser­vice; and
  2. Sub­scriber inter­ac­tion, if any, which is required for the selec­tion of such video pro­gram­ming or oth­er pro­gram­ming service.

(D) “Cable Sys­tem” means a facil­i­ty con­sist­ing of a set of closed trans­mis­sion paths and asso­ci­at­ed sig­nal gen­er­a­tion, recep­tion and con­trol equip­ment that is designed to pro­vide Cable Ser­vice to Sub­scribers with­in the Coun­ty; pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, Cable Sys­tem does not include the following:

  1. a facil­i­ty that serves only to re-tran­s­mit the tele­vi­sion sig­nals of one or more tele­vi­sion broad­cast sta­tions; and
  2. a facil­i­ty that serves only Sub­scribers in one or more mul­ti­ple unit dwellings under com­mon own­er­ship, con­trol or man­age­ment, unless such facil­i­ty uses any Pub­lic Right-of-Way; and
  3.  a facil­i­ty of a com­mon car­ri­er which is sub­ject, in whole or in part, to the pro­vi­sions of Title II of the Act; pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, that such a facil­i­ty shall be con­sid­ered a Cable Sys­tem (oth­er than for pur­pos­es of Sec­tion 621(c) of such Act) to the extent such facil­i­ty is used in the trans­mis­sion of video pro­gram­ming direct­ly to Sub­scribers, unless the extent of such use is sole­ly to pro­vide inter­ac­tive on-demand ser­vices; and
  4. an open video sys­tem that com­plies with Sec­tion 653 of Title VI of the Act; and
  5. a facil­i­ty of an elec­tric util­i­ty used sole­ly for oper­at­ing its elec­tric util­i­ty system.

(E) “Coun­ty” means the Coun­ty of Union, Illinois.

(F) “Fran­chise” means an ini­tial autho­riza­tion, or renew­al of such autho­riza­tion, by the Coun­ty which autho­rizes the con­struc­tion or oper­a­tion of a Cable Sys­tem with­in the Fran­chise Area by a Franchisee.

(G) “Fran­chise Agree­ment” means a writ­ten agree­ment by and between the Coun­ty and a Fran­chisee regard­ing a Franchise.

(H) “Fran­chise Area” means the unin­cor­po­rat­ed por­tions of the County.

(I)  “Fran­chise Fee” means any tax, fee or assess­ment imposed by the Coun­ty on a Fran­chisee sole­ly because of such Franchisee’s sta­tus as a Fran­chisee; pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, Fran­chise Fee shall not include the following:

  1. Any tax, fee or assess­ment of gen­er­al applic­a­bil­i­ty; and
  2. Cap­i­tal costs incurred by a Fran­chisee asso­ci­at­ed with the instal­la­tion or main­te­nance of PEG Access Facil­i­ties required under this Chap­ter or a Fran­chise Agree­ment; and
  3. Require­ments or charges inci­den­tal to the award­ing or enforc­ing of a Fran­chise as pro­vid­ed for or required under this Chap­ter or a Fran­chise Agree­ment includ­ing, but not lim­it­ed to, pay­ments for bonds, secu­ri­ty funds, let­ters of cred­it, insur­ance, indem­ni­fi­ca­tion, penal­ties or liq­ui­dat­ed dam­ages; and
  4. Any fee imposed pur­suant to fed­er­al law.

(J) “Fran­chisee” means any Per­son hold­ing a Fran­chise pur­suant to this Chap­ter and any law­ful suc­ces­sor or assign of such Person.

(K) “Gross Rev­enues” means all rev­enues of a Fran­chisee derived from the oper­a­tion of a Cable Sys­tem with­in the Coun­ty; pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, Gross Rev­enues shall not include any Fran­chise Fee col­lect­ed by a Fran­chisee from Subscribers.

(L) PEG Access Facil­i­ties” means:

  1. Chan­nel capac­i­ty for pub­lic, edu­ca­tion­al or gov­ern­men­tal use; and
  2. Facil­i­ties and equip­ment for the use of such chan­nel capacity.

(M) “Per­son” means an indi­vid­ual, part­ner­ship, asso­ci­a­tion, joint stock com­pa­ny, trust, cor­po­ra­tion or gov­ern­men­tal entity.

(N) “Pub­lic Right-of-Way” means 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 Coun­ty in the Fran­chise Area.

(O) “Sub­scriber” means a Per­son who law­ful­ly receives Cable Ser­vice from a Franchisee.

This Chap­ter shall be known as the Union Coun­ty Cable Tele­vi­sion Code.