H.P. 1425 - L.D. 1989
An Act to Amend the Charter of the Houlton Water Company
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. P&SL 1880, c. 227, §3, as amended by P&SL 1967, c. 28, §2, is further amended by adding at the end a new paragraph to read:
The company may not take by eminent domain the property or facilities of another public utility used or acquired for use in providing service to the public or in the performance of a public duty unless the company applies to the Public Utilities Commission and the commission finds that the taking is in the public interest.
Sec. 2. P&SL 1905, c. 31, §1, as amended by P&SL 1937, c. 14, §3, is further amended by adding after the first paragraph a new paragraph to read:
The Houlton Water Company is authorized to construct and operate fiber-optic cable telecommunications facilities or equivalent facilities and to provide natural gas service in those towns in which the company may provide electricity.
Sec. 3. P&SL 1905, c. 31, §2, as amended by P&SL 1937, c. 14, §4, is further amended by adding after the first paragraph a new paragraph to read:
The company is authorized to exercise the same powers for the purposes of constructing and operating fiber-optic cable telecommunications facilities or equivalent facilities and for providing natural gas service as for supplying electricity as set out in this section.
Sec. 4. P&SL 1905, c. 31, §3 is amended to read:
Sec. 3. May erect poles, etc.; limitations. In erecting poles and lines of wires along, upon and over streets, ways and bridges, and in constructing and laying lines of wires and conduits under any stream, river, street or highway,
said the company shall be is subject to the general laws of the state State applicable to corporations which that are authorized to make, generate, sell, distribute and supply electricity and to construct and operate natural gas and fiber-optic cable telecommunications service for power, lighting, heating, manufacturing and other purposes, and shall have has all the rights and powers of such corporations.
Effective June 30, 1998.
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