An application for a permit for a new proper or communication installation system shall include evidence, if required, that a “Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity” has been issued by the Illinois Commerce Commission. Electric power or communications installations on County highway rights of way shall be constructed, operated, and maintained in conformity with the provisions of the National Electric Safety Code and General Order No. 160 Revised of the Illinois Commerce Commission entitled “Rules for Construction of Electric Power and Communication Lines” except for certain vertical clearance requirements as hereinafter noted.
(A) Ground Mounted Appurtenances. Ground mounted appurtenances, when permitted on County highway rights of way, shall be provided with a vegetation-free area extending one (1) foot (305mm) in width beyond the appurtenance in all directions. The vegetation-free area may be provided by an extension of the mounting pad, or by heavy duty plastic or similar material meeting the approval of the Department. With the approval of the district, shrubbery surrounding the appurtenance may be used in place of vegetation-free area. The housing for ground mounted appurtenances shall be painted an inconspicuous color.
(B) Guy Wires and Brace Posts. The utility companies shall make every reasonable effort to design the installation so guys and braces will not be needed on the rights of way.
Exceptions may be allowed when there is no feasible alternative. When an exception is allowed, guy wires shall be equipped with GUYGUARDS for maximum visibility.