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 GUY GUARDS for max­i­mum visibility.