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A. Except as noted in subsections D through F of this section, all new electric power lines (not to include transformers or enclosures containing electrical equipment including, but not limited to, switches, meters, or capacitors which may be pad mounted), telephone, cable television, and other communication lines installed must be placed underground in accordance with the specifications and policies of the respective utility service providers.

B. Utilities within the right-of-way on new roads must be installed in accordance with the most recent edition of the Pierce County Road Standards. If the distribution line originates from a point opposite any public roadway from the new construction, the service lines must be placed under the roadway by means of boring or surface excavation across the roadway.

C. For new development in existing plats or for infill development, utilities may be installed above ground, with the approval of the town engineer and the respective utility service provider.

D. If the respective utility provider determines that an underground system cannot reasonably be installed according to accepted engineering practices, the requirements of this section may be waived upon receipt of a written notice from the town engineer. The waiver must be noted in the permit or it will be considered as not being granted. If undergrounding is not determined to be feasible, the applicant must either sign a concomitant agreement or a no-protest agreement of the formation of an LID for future undergrounding. Determination of which form of promissory will be used is at the discretion of the town engineer.

E. Nothing in this section or any other section in relation to underground utilities applies to power lines carrying a voltage of 15 kV or more.

F. Nothing in this section or any other section in relation to underground utilities prohibits the placement of mounted transformers, terminal pedestal, or other electrical and communications devices above ground, as determined by the appropriate service utility provider involved. [Ord. 378 § 2 (Exh. 1), 1999.]