40:14B-40 Additional powers.
40. a. In addition to other powers conferred by this act or by any other law, and not in limitation thereof, every municipal authority, in connection with construction or operation of any part of a utility system, shall have power to make reasonable regulations for the installation, construction, maintenance, repair, renewal, relocation and removal of tracks, pipes, mains, conduits, cables, wires, towers, poles or any other equipment and appliances (herein called "facilities" ) of any public utility, as defined in section 48:2-13 of the Revised Statutes, in, on, along, over or under any real property, including public lands, waters, parks, roads, streets, highways, playgrounds and reservations. Whenever in connection with construction or operation of any part of a utility system, any municipal authority shall determine that it is necessary that any such facilities, which now are, or hereafter may be, located in, on, along, over or under any such real property, including public lands, waters, parks, roads, streets, highways, playgrounds and reservations, should be relocated in such real property, including public lands, waters, parks, roads, streets, highways, playgrounds and reservations, or should be removed therefrom, the public utility owning or operating such facilities shall relocate or remove the same in accordance with the order of the municipal authority, provided, however, that the cost and expenses of such relocation or removal, including the cost of installing such facilities in a new location, or new locations, and the cost of any lands or any rights or interest in lands, or any other rights acquired to accomplish such relocation or removal, less the cost of any lands or any rights or interests in lands or any other rights of the public utility paid to the public utility in connection with the relocation or removal of such property, shall be paid by the municipal authority and may be included in the cost of such utility system. In case of any such relocation or removal of facilities, as aforesaid, the public utility owning or operating the same, its successors or assigns, may maintain and operate such facilities, with the necessary appurtenances, in the new location or new locations for as long a period, and upon the same terms and conditions, as it had the right to maintain and operate such facilities in their former location.
b.In addition to the powers conferred by subsection a. of this section, an authority that is a pilot county utilities authority also shall have the power to fund improvements to county infrastructure in municipalities that are located in the pilot county and are served by the pilot county utilities authority, through the pilot county utilities authority's undesignated fund balance or unreserved retained earnings. Any such infrastructure improvements shall only be made by written agreement between the pilot county utilities authority and the governing body of the pilot county, and only following application to and approval by the Director of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs.
L.1957, c.183, s.40; amended 2013, c.190, s.6.
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