ORDINANCE NO. BL2000-129
An ordinance authorizing Vanderbilt University to construct, install, and maintain three underground utility tunnels below the following streets within and around the Vanderbilt University campus: 22nd Avenue South; 24th Avenue South; 25th Avenue South; Capers Avenue; Pierce Avenue; Highland Avenue; Garland Avenue; Dixie Place; and Kirkland Place (Proposal No. 99M-152U-10), all of which is more particularly described herein.
WHEREAS: Vanderbilt University plans to construct, install and maintain three underground utility tunnels for electrical, communications, natural gas, steam and chilled water below certain streets;
WHEREAS: Vanderbilt University has agreed to indemnify and hold The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County harmless of any and all claims for damages of every nature and kind resulting from or growing out of the installation of said underground tunnels;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:
SECTION 1. That subject to the requirements, limitations and conditions, Vanderbilt University is hereby granted the privilege to construct and maintain three underground utility tunnels (A, B, and C) for electrical, communications, natural gas, steam and chilled water measuring 8 feet SIX Inches to 11 feet zero inches in diameter at a depth of fifty to one hundred feet below the following streets in an around the Vanderbilt University campus: 22nd Avenue South; 24th Avenue South; 25th Avenue South; Capers Avenue; Pierce Avenue; Highland Avenue; Garland Avenue; Dixie Place; and Kirkland Place, in accordance with the plans which are on file in the office of the Director of Public Works, and which, by reference, are made a part of this Ordinance.
SECTION 2. That the authority granted hereby for the construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of the said underground tunnels shall not be construed as a surrender by the Metropolitan Government of its rights or power to pass resolutions or ordinances regulating the use of its streets, or the right of the Metropolitan Government through its legislative body, in the interest of public necessity and convenience to order the relocation of said facilities at the expense of Vanderbilt University.
SECTION 3. That plans and specifications for said underground tunnels shall be submitted to the Director of Public Works of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County for approval before any work is begun; and all work, material, and other details of said installation shall be approved by the Director of Public Works prior to its use by Vanderbilt University.
SECTION 4. That construction and maintenance of said underground tunnels shall be under the direction and supervision and control of the Director of Public Works, and its installation, when completed, must be approved by said Director.
SECTION 5. That this Ordinance confers upon Vanderbilt University, a privilege and not a franchise, and the Mayor and the Metropolitan Council herein expressly reserve the right to repeal this Ordinance, whenever, in their Judgement, a repeal may be demanded by public welfare, and such repeal shall confer no liability on The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, its successors and assigns, by reason of said repeal. In the event of such repeal by said Metropolitan Government, Vanderbilt University, its Successors and assigns, shall remove said underground tunnels at their own expense.
SECTION 6. Vanderbilt University shall pay all cost incident to the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of said underground tunnels and shall save and hold The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County harmless from all suits, costs, claims, damages or judgements in any way connected with said construction, installation, operation and maintenance of said underground tunnels and shall not claim, set up or plead, as a defense, in the event of joint liability, with or without suit, that it and the Metropolitan Government were joint wrongdoers. Vanderbilt University shall be responsible for the expense, if any, of repairing and returning street or other area of the public right of' way to the condition which it was in prior to the installation of said underground tunnels and for any street closure.
SECTION 7. That the authority granted to Vanderbilt University as herein described, shall not in any way interfere with the rights of the Metropolitan Government, its agents, servants, and/or contractors and utility companies, operating under franchise from the Metropolitan Government to enter, construct, operate, maintain, repair, rebuild, enlarge, and patrol its now existing or future utilities, including drainage facilities, together with their appurtenances, and to do any and all things necessary and incidental thereto.
SECTION 8. Vanderbilt University shall be and it is hereby required to furnish The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County a certificate of public liability insurance, naming the Metropolitan Government as an insured party, of at least three hundred thousand ($300,000) dollars aggregate, for the payment of any judgement had on any claim, of whatever nature made for actions or causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the construction of installation of said underground tunnels. Said certificate of insurance shall be filed with the Metropolitan Clerk prior to the granting of a permit and the insurance required herein shall not be canceled without the Insurance company or companies first giving thirty (30) days written notice to The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.
SECTION 9. That said construction shall be carefully guarded and protected and shall be completed promptly, so as to cause the least inconvenience to the public. The acceptance by Vanderbilt University, of all provisions of this Ordinance shall be determined by the beginning of work.
SECTION 10. That this Ordinance shall take effect immediately after its adoption, and after the posting of the insurance required in Section 8, with the Metropolitan Clerk, the public welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.
Sponsored by: Ginger Hausser & Don Majors
|Introduced:||January 4, 2000|
|Passed First Reading:||January 4, 2000|
Commission - Approved 7-0 (12/9/99)
Public Works Committee
Planning & Zoning Committee
|Passed Second Reading:||January 18, 2000|
|Passed Third Reading:||February 1, 2000|
|Approved:||February 3, 2000|