ORDINANCE NO. 879
AN ORDINANCE, GRANTING TO WESTERN RESOURCES, INC., (DOING BUSINESS AS KPL, A WESTERN RESOURCES COMPANY), A KANSAS CORPORATION, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, AN ELECTRIC FRANCHISE, PRESCRIBING THE TERMS THEREOF AND RELATING THERETO, AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES INCONSISTENT WITH OR IN CONFLICT WITH THE TERMS HEREOF.
Section 1. That in consideration of the benefits to be derived by the City of De Soto, Kansas, and its inhabitants, there is hereby granted to Western Resources, Inc., a Kansas corporation, hereinafter sometimes designated as company, the company being a corporation operating a system for the transmission of electric current between two or more incorporated cities in the State of Kansas, into and through which it has built transmission lines, the right, privilege, and authority for a period of 20 years from the effective date of this ordinance, to occupy and use the several streets, avenues, alleys, bridges, parks, parkings, and public places of the city, for the placing and maintaining of equipment and property necessary to carry on the business of selling and distributing electricity for all purposes to the city and its inhabitants, and through the city and beyond the limits thereof; to obtain the electricity from any source available; and to do all things necessary or proper to carry on the business in the city.
Section 2. As further consideration for the granting of this franchise, and in lieu of any city occupation, license, or revenue taxes, the company shall pay to the city during the term of this franchise five percent of its gross revenue from the sale of electric energy within the corporate limits of the city, such payment to be made monthly for the preceding monthly period.
Section 3. That company, its successors and assigns, in the construction, maintenance, and operation of its electric transmission, distribution and street lighting system, shall use all reasonable and proper precaution to avoid damage or injury to persons and property, and shall hold and save harmless the city from any and all damage, injury and expense caused by the negligence of the company, its successors and assigns, or its or their agents or servants.