What happens when you call before you dig:
- You call us.
- We notify member companies.
- Member utilities mark burried utilities.
- You dig safely.
What happens if you don't call:
- Interruption of service
- Job and project delays
- Legal problems
- Accidents and injuries
Lane Utilities Coordinating Council is a non-profit organization of utilities, government agencies, contractors, and vendors in Lane County, Oregon promoting the call-before-you-dig law and one-call number. LUCC coordinates street encroachments between various utilities to ensure efficient use by all parties. Regular meetings are scheduled on the first Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Sizzler's, 1010 Postal Way, Springfield, Oregon.
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LUCC Meeting Minutes
March 1, 2018
Welcome – President Roman Hernandez called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees @12:05PM
Self-Introductions – 22 people were present.
Meeting Minutes –Meeting minutes were approved at the opening of the meeting.
Treasurers Report – Naomi Shirtcliff: presented Jan & Feb 2018 Budget summaries. Need to remove the Spring Home Show from budget and add Run to Stay Warm Event - Approved sponsoring at the $2500 level again this year ($1000 from LUCC, $1500 from OUCC). The Contractors Breakfast came in under budget this year. Proposed allocating funds to sponsor Brochure Program and shirts for a Kids Sports team. $40 was spent on participation in My Neighborhood Expo, Debbie and Naomi worked 2hr shifts each. Good turnout for a small event.
Publicity & Education- Jim Franklin: Needs to start replenishing brochures that are placed out on sales counters (Equipment rental stores, etc). It was suggested to expand this brochure program to Home Improvement stores, the Home Builders Association, HOA’s, etc. and/or consider sending them out as a mailer.
Damage Report- Brian Siria:
Web Page- Debbie Jenkins: Website has a password protected secure area.
Roman: suggested developing a “cloud” space for storing meeting minutes, bank info, etc. Needs to be secure. More research needed.
OUCC Standards Review – Robert Spencer:
Old Business: The Safety Summit was effected by the winter weather and had lower attendance than expected, couldn’t fly the helicopter but did mock line strike and caught a backhoe on fire for demonstration. Overall it was a great event. They expect it could be bigger and better if they do it again next year. The Contractors breakfast went well again, Good attendance. Venue and food was great as always.
New Business: Jason W. – NWN Gas: spoke about issues he has been encountering with contractors driving stakes without locates, especially concrete and landscape contractors working in new subdivisions. There has been gas damages caused by these situations. Feels they are pressured to work quickly and with short notice so they choose not to call for locates. Some Sub-contractors also believe they can work under the builders locate ticket so they don’t call in their own. Jason has offered to do Damage Prevention education trainings to help educate contractors on the 811 system. It was also suggested to create a flyer/handout to give to contractors found working without locates to educate them of the laws and potential consequence; we want to make them aware through direct communication when possible.
The locators would like to see the Alternative Contact phone number on the ticket be someone that is familiar with the job and has been onsite or will be on the job. This should be someone that can be reached directly during business hours. Office numbers alone are not sufficient. Situations such as the locator is unable to find the exact work site by the directions given, the locator won’t be able to finish the job on time, the locator finds other un-marked utilities in the area and wants to communicate that (and/or other important information) directly to the excavator. This is often time-sensitive information and can’t wait to be relayed through an office.
White paint is always the most helpful way to communicate the scope of a locate request. An “X” or circle can be used to indicate exact location for small digs, and brackets (~10ft radius, etc) can be added to give a buffer for conflicts.
Meeting Adjourned- 1:09pm
Next Meeting Topic: “Changes to Traffic Control Permitting Requirements in the City of Eugene” – Presented by Kris Olson and Brian Siria.
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LUCC Meeting Minutes
January 4, 2018
Welcome – President, Roman Hernandez, called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees.
Self-Introductions – 29 people were present.
Meeting Minutes – December, 2017 meeting minutes were approved at the opening of the meeting.
Treasurers Report – Naomi Shirtcliff: Not present. She has been working with Roman and Kent to get bank account and debit card set up. Also needs the mailbox key. Still need to get bank statement to know our budget for the Contractor’s Breakfast.
Publicity & Education – Jim Franklin: Not present. The decision to hold the Contractor’s Breakfast on Feb. 1st at 6:30am at Roaring Rapids Pizza was voted in by all present. Flyers for the breakfast have been made and will be emailed out by Dawna. Unable to determine what our contribution to door prizes will be until we get our bank statement / budget. Also looking for door prize donations.
Damage Report – Brian Siria: We no longer need to send damage reports to Brian, instead compile and store them internally and then submit to DIRT after your account is set up. There is a DIRT tutorial on the OUNC website. The first person to register for your organization is the admin for the company. The admin can then assign multiple users. Roman: looking into getting a DIRT rep to come give us a training on the new reporting system. Going to talk to Scott and ask for a quick overview at the Contractors Breakfast.
Web Page – Debbie Jenkins: The website is up to date. Reminder that the meeting minutes are posted after they are approved at the next meeting. (i.e. December meeting minutes approved at January meeting, posted on website after approved.)
OUCC Standards Review – Robert Spencer: read from standards manual: Pg. 12, 757.993
“Penalty for violation of utility excavation notification provisions”
“…shall incur a penalty of not more than $1000 for the first violation…”
Old Business: Kent stepped down as Treasurer. Naomi Shirtcliff volunteered and was voted in as the new Treasurer at the December meeting. Safety Summit has 350 vendors / organizations registered, will be capped at 400. Email Jessica Malmsted to sign up. There are not many representatives from Lane County registered.
New Business: Roman attended OUNC meeting and learned that nearly 50% of presidents are new to the position this year. Many people are retiring, including Tom Henerty from Comcast. Also, Tobin has a new position that has moved his territory to North of Corvallis.
Diana Kennett has stepped down as Secretary. Amy Abramson volunteered and was voted in as new secretary.
There was a near-miss due to the wrong location being described on the locate ticket. The locator questioned it and called for clarification. CenturyLink had a damage in Albany because the contractor called the gas company directly for locates instead of using 811.
LUCC Officer Elections
Vice President-Robert Spencer
Secretary/Information Liaison-Amy Abramson
Publicity and Education-Jim Franklin
Program Chair-Sandi Bonn
Damage Reporting-Brian Siria
Web Page-Debbie Jenkins
Program: Group discussion: Emergency Response -- Inter-agency Coordination
What are the Challenges? How do we communicate with each other during storms or other ICS events?
It is often a challenge to determine what the “backdoor” phone number is for each utility. During a large event the regular numbers are inundated with customer calls. CTL has a local phone number for the On-duty supervisor. EWEB uses a phone number and email for the ICS Liaison. It was suggested that we compile and share a phone list with each other for more efficient communication. Does 911 have a similar list? Most of the groups in the room utilize some form of ICS during emergency incidents. How do we effectively communicate who the Liaison is and their contact info? EWEB has discussed building a multi-agency communication platform for ICS, only in the idea stage at this time. CTL has utilized EWEB’s website to determine if an area has been cleared of downed power lines before sending in their crews for repairs. Coordination with repair crews and tree crews has worked well. How did locators deal with line safety during last year’s ice storm? EWEB locators were trained for how to approach and communicate with line crews. There was also communication between the various locators working the storm.
EWEB (Mark Maguire) recently trained 200 City of Eugene employees on Downed Line Safety, highlighting the point that all lines should be treated as live until an Electric Line crew has determined otherwise. A video was also made from the training presentation to use for training more COE staff and/or other local agencies.
Meeting Adjourned – 1:00 pm
Next Meeting Topic – No meeting in February in lieu of Contractors Breakfast.
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