(1) In addition to satisfying any other applicable notice and hearing requirements, the legislative authority of a political subdivision of this state shall provide notice in accordance with division (B) of this section of its consideration of an ordinance or resolution that would authorize the expenditure of public money for a cable system or the provision of cable service over a cable system, including, but not limited to, an ordinance or resolution that would authorize any of the following:
(a) A feasibility study, marketing study, or any cost-benefit analysis concerning the establishment, acquisition, construction, improvement, financing, leasing, management, or operation of a cable system or the provision of cable service over a cable system;
(b) The acquisition, construction, installation, improvement, financing, lease, or agreement for management or operation of facilities capable of providing cable service over a cable system;
(c) An agreement or arrangement for the use of a cable system or for the provision of cable service over a cable system;
(d) Approval of the terms of a franchise agreement for the political subdivision as a public cable service provider, if any such agreement exists, or with any other public cable service provider to provide cable service over a cable system.
(2) Any ordinance or resolution enacted by the legislative authority of a political subdivision of this state authorizing the formation of a public cable service provider by the political subdivision shall include a comprehensible statement of the general plan for financing the acquisition, construction, installation, improvement, or lease of the cable system. No such ordinance or resolution shall be deemed an emergency ordinance or resolution or a measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety in the political subdivision, and no such ordinance or resolution shall take effect sooner than thirty days after its date of enactment. If, within thirty days after such date of enactment, a petition signed by ten per cent of the electors of the political subdivision, based upon the total number of votes cast at the last preceding general election of the political subdivision, shall be filed with the appropriate office demanding a referendum on the ordinance or resolution, the ordinance or resolution shall not take effect until submitted to the electors and approved by a majority of those voting on it.
(3) Divisions (A)(1) and (2) of this section apply only with respect to the first time an ordinance or resolution described, respectively, in division (A)(1) or (2) of this section is considered or enacted, respectively, by a legislative authority, and a legislative authority need not comply with division (A)(1) or (2) of this section regarding any ordinance or resolution that pertains to the same cable system and that is considered or enacted, respectively, subsequent to an ordinance or resolution that was enacted and that complied with division (A)(1) or (2) of this section, respectively.
(B) Notice under division (A)(1) of this section shall be given at least forty-five days prior to the enactment of the ordinance or resolution and shall be given to all persons that have filed a pending application with the political subdivision to provide within its jurisdiction cable service over a cable system or are providing cable service over a cable system pursuant to a franchise granted by the political subdivision. The notice shall be in writing, delivered to the address designated by the person as the address for receipt of notices or, if no such designation has been made, to the operating address of that person as registered with the political subdivision. The notice shall be delivered by certified mail, registered mail, overnight delivery, or a similar method of receipted delivery.
(C) No political subdivision shall fail to comply with division (A) of this section.
Effective Date: 10-05-2000