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  88.613.  Lighting of streets. — 1.  The council may provide for and regulate the lighting of streets and the erection of lamp posts, poles and lights therefor, and may make contracts with any person, association or corporation for the lighting of the streets and other public places of the city with gas, electricity or otherwise.  Any initial contract must be ratified by a majority of the voters of the city voting on the question.  Any renewal contracts entered into under the provisions of this section shall be subject to voter approval of the majority of the voters voting on the question, pursuant to the provisions of section 88.251.

  2.  The council may also erect, maintain and operate gas works, electric light works or light works of any other kind or name, and may erect lamp posts, electric light poles, or any other apparatus or appliances necessary to light the streets, avenues, alleys or other public places, and may supply private lights for the use of the inhabitants of the city and its suburbs, and may regulate the same, and may prescribe and regulate the rates to be paid by the consumers thereof, and may acquire, by purchase, donation or condemnation, suitable ground within or without the city upon which to erect such works, and the right-of-way to and from said works, and also the right-of-way for laying gas pipes, electric wires under or above ground, and erecting posts and poles and such other apparatus and appliances as may be necessary for the efficient operation of such works, except that the council may in its discretion grant the right to any person or persons or corporation to erect such works and lay the pipe, wires and erect the posts, poles and other necessary apparatus and appliances therefor, upon such terms as may be prescribed by ordinance and that such right to any such person, persons or corporation shall not extend for a longer period than twenty years, except that such right may be renewed for another period or periods not to exceed twenty years per period.  Every initial grant for such services shall be approved by a majority of the voters of the municipality voting on the question.  Every renewal or extension shall be subject to voter approval of the majority of the voters voting on the question, pursuant to the provisions of section 88.251. Nothing herein contained shall be construed as to prevent the council from contracting with any person, association or corporation for furnishing the city with gas or electric lights in cities where franchises have already been granted, and where gas or electric lights plants already exist, without a vote of the people.

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(RSMo 1939 § 6961, A. 1949 H.B. 2036, A.L. 1978 H.B. 971, A.L. 1986 H.B. 1471, et al., A.L. 1987 S.B. 412, A.L. 1989 H.B. 451)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 6815; 1919 § 8302; 1909 § 9238


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