AN ORDINANCE GRANTING TO KANSAS GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY, A CORPORATION, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, AN ELECTRIC LIGHT, HEAT AND POWER FRANCHISE, PRESCRIBING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS THEREOF AND RELATING THERETO, AND REPEALING ALL OTHER ORDINANCES AND PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT THEREWITH.
Section 1. That there be and is hereby granted to Kansas Gas and Electric Company, a corporation herein called the grantee, its successors and assigns, the right, privilege and franchise until April 4, 1997, to construct, maintain and operate in the present and future streets, alleys and public places in the city, electric distribution and transmission lines, together with all necessary or desirable appurtenances, including underground conduits, poles, towers, wires and other appurtenances, for the purposes of supplying electricity to the city, the inhabitants thereof, and persons, and corporations beyond the limits thereof, for light, heat, power and other purposes.
Section 2. That in consideration of and as compensation for the franchise and privilege hereby granted, and in lieu of all occupation and license taxes, grantee shall make a written report to the governing body of the city, on or before the 15th days of February and August, respectively, in each year, of all its gross receipts during the preceding six months periods ending December 31 and June 30, respectively, derived from and after the date this franchise is effective, from consumers from the sale of electric energy used within the present or future corporate boundaries of the city, during such periods, and shall pay to the city, at the time of making such reports, an amount equal to two percent of such gross receipts of the grantee during such preceding six months periods. The governing body of the city shall have access and the right to examine, at all reasonable times, all books, receipts, files, records and documents of the grantee necessary to verify the correctness of such semi-annual statement and to correct the same, if found to be erroneous. If such statement of gross receipts be incorrect, then such payment shall be made upon such corrected statement.
Section 3. Poles and towers shall be so erected as to interfere as little as practicable with traffic over the streets and alleys. The location of all poles, towers and conduits shall be fixed under the supervision of the governing body of the city or its authorized representative, but not so as unreasonably to interfere with the proper operation of the lines.
Section 4. The city shall not, in any way, be liable or responsible for any accident or damage that may occur in the construction, operation or maintenance by the grantee of its lines and appurtenances hereunder, and the acceptance of this franchise shall be deemed an agreement on the part of the grantee, its successors, and assigns, to indemnify the city and hold it harmless against any and all liability, loss, cost, damages or expense which may accrue to the city by reason of the negligence, default or misconduct of the grantee in the construction, operation or maintenance of the grantee's lines and appurtenances hereunder.
Section 5. Grantee, its successors and assigns, shall furnish and install for its patrons reliable meters and shall keep same in repair without cost to the patrons. All meters used by the grantee, its successors and assigns, shall at all reasonable times be subject to inspection by the city, and the city shall have the right to test the meters or cause the same to be tested by the grantee, its successors and assigns, at all reasonable times.
Section 6. Grantee, its successors and assigns, shall at all times make extensions of its lines in compliance with such rules, regulations and orders as may be authorized or permitted, from time to time, by such regulatory body, municipal or otherwise, as may be vested bylaw with regulatory authority over such matters. In ordering such extensions, the regulatory body shall give due consideration to the elements of cost of installation and income.
Section 7. Grantee, its successors and assigns, shall during the life of this franchise, furnish electricity to the city, and the inhabitants thereof, at such compensatory rates without discrimination, as shall be fixed or permitted from time to time by such regulatory body, municipal or otherwise, as may be authorized bylaw to fix rats for such service; provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall b construed as waiving the right of either the city or the grantee, its successors and assigns, to review in the courts, in such manner as is now or may hereafter be provided by law, any findings or order of the regulatory body, or other authority, establishing rates for electric current furnished under this franchise.
Section 8. Grantee, its successors and assigns, shall have the right to make such reasonable rules and regulations for the protection of its property, for the prevent of loss and waste in the conduct and management of its business, and for the sale and distribution of electricity, as may from time to time be deemed necessary.
Section 9. All other ordinances and parts of ordinances in conflict with the terms hereof shall be and the same are hereby repealed.