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2018 Holiday Party
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Join Colorado 811 for our holiday party on Friday, December 14 at our office in Golden.

Please RSVP no later than November 30. 

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By Whitney Nichols
2018 Damage Prevention Mixer
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Join us for drinks, appetizers and a fun evening designed to bring together damage prevention stakeholders to network and celebrate their collective successes!

New Terrain Brewing Company
16401 Table Mountain Parkway, Golden, CO 80403
Tuesday; July 24, 2018 (3:00pm – 6:00pm)

Deadline to RSVP is Friday; July 13, 2018

Click here to RSVP

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By Whitney Nichols
11th Annual Weld County Damage Prevention Council Golf Tournament
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September 29, 2018

Coyote Creek Golf Course – 222 Clubhouse Drive, Fort Lupton, CO 80621

  • Format is a 4-player scramble. Each player tees off and the best shot is chosen. All players then hit again from within one club length of the chosen shot. You cannot move closer to the hole, or out of a hazard or the rough. NO SCORE WORSE THAN BOGEY CAN BE TAKEN ON ANY HOLE.
  • Prizes awarded for team winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd), special holes (Long Drive, Closest to the Pin, etc.) and a drawing to be held after the tournament.
  • ENTRY FEES ARE $110 PER PLAYER AND ARE DUE WITH THE COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 19, 2018.

Any player/players added after this date or the day of tournament (after exceeding 100 players) will be required to pay an additional $20.00/ player late fee. The shotgun start is scheduled for 8 am, with the registration beginning at 7 am.

SPONSORSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE:

$150.00 Hole Sponsors

$300.00 Breakfast (1) and Drinks (2) Sponsors

$500 Lunch Sponsors (2)

Dress code policy: For men collared shirts are required, no cutoffs or other athletic shorts. Ladies must have either collared or sleeved shirts. No Tank Tops allowed for anyone.

 Mulligans will be sold with the proceeds going to Triangle Cross Ranch which provides assistance to intellectually disabled adults.

ENTRY INCLUDES: GREEN AND CART FEES, RANGE BALLS, GIFT BAG, PRIZE MONIES, BREAKFAST, AND LUNCH.

Click here to download the registration form. Fill it out and please mail it to WCDPC, P.O. BOX 200457, Evans, CO. 80620. If you need an invoice or you would like to pay with credit card, please email your request to Georgia Harper at [email protected]  or call 970-304-2051.

Thank you for your continued support!

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By Whitney Nichols
Legislative FAQs – 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about the new law, scroll below to see FAQs by category.

Membership

When will Tier 2 Members need to start paying for tickets as a Tier 1 Member?

All Tier 2 members who convert to Tier 1 will not be charged outgoing transmission fees until January 1, 2021.

Is there a grace period for Tier Two members for ticket payment?

All Tier 2 Members who convert to Tier 1 will not be charged outgoing transmission fees until January 1st of 2021. 

Do facility owners/operators need to register service lines on private property?

No, only laterals in the public right-of-way need to be registered.

Can a member convert from Tier 2 to Tier 1 before Jan, 1, 2019?

Yes, a Tier 2 can convert to Tier-1 before Jan. 1, 2019. Colorado 811 has agreed to the conversion at no charge to allow an appropriate amount of time to accommodate all Tier 2 members.

When will the Tier-2 to Tier-1 conversions begin under the new law?

The conversions are mandatory effective Jan. 1, 2019. Colorado 811 has agreed to the conversion at no charge to allow an appropriate amount of time to accommodate all Tier-2 members.

Will there be a Tier 2 Director on the Board of Directors after the new law is passed?

Yes, there will be a Tier 2 Board of Director until December 31, 2020.

Is Positive Response mandatory through Colorado 811?

Yes, all locate tickets must have a Positive Response posted to Colorado 811 by the locate by date on the ticket starting January 1 2019. Members will now be able to include comments and attachments (photos, sketches, etc) to positive response.

What is Positive Response Re-Notification?

If Positive Response is not provided by the owners/operator by the locate by date, Colorado 811 will send an additional re-notification to that owner/operator. Colorado 811 will continue to send out re-notifications daily until Colorado 811 receives Positive Response. These notifications will be charged to the member at the standard ticket transmission fee.

Will the member ticket delivery format change?
  • Yes, there will be new fields in the locate ticket information being sent to members, for example, new fields for mailing addresses for excavators, new fields for secondary excavator contact and a link to view Colorado 811's map with the dig site highlighted.
FYI - CO811 will be Relabeling 2nd Notice tickets to Excavator Re-Notification
  • Excavators requesting some or all facility owners to be re-notified due to not receiving locates, facility not found in locate area, incomplete locate, incorrect area located, facility owner no show or facility owner no show at meet time will be sent as an Excavator Re-Notification instead of 2nd Notice.
How do members respond to the new Subsurface Utility Engineering Ticket
  • Member Facilities will have 10 business days to respond to Subsurface Utility Engineering Ticket by; 
    • Providing location records - giving available information on the location, not to include depth
    • Providing marks on the ground - giving approximate location, not to include depth
    • Providing available information - giving approximate location, not to include depth 
When will Tier Two's begin receiving locate requests via email?
  • Tier Two Members will start receiving locate ticket notifications starting January 1, 2019 if an email address has been provided to CO811.
  • Excavators are still required to contact Tier Two members directly.
Can Tier Two members post positive responses to locate tickets?
  • No, Positive Response will only be available to Tier One members. Start your transition today!
What is the members responsibility on Road Grading tickets?
  • Road grading tickets are annual road maintenance that does not exceed six inches in depth conducted by a governmental agency on existing unpaved roads. The markings shall be considered valid for up to 180 days.
  • Members within the county will be notified of a road grading ticket and should work with the governmental agency to coordinate the excavation activity accordingly.
  • Members have 10 business days to respond.
Secondary Excavator

 

  • Secondary excavators may be listed on locate requests for potholing purposes only.
Canceled Tickets
  • After listening to our facility owners and operators, the Board of Directors approved the request from management to no longer charge a ticket fee for canceled outgoing transmissions. This change will take effect on January 1, 2019. 

Safety Commission

What are home rule cities and how are they different?

Home rule cities by the Colorado constitution are cities that have the full right of self-government in local and municipal matters.  The larger home rule cities include Denver, Aurora, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Grand Junction. Home Rule cities can create their own safety commissions and can enforce the one-call law and imposed penalties for failure to comply with the law.

Will Colorado 811 provide data to the Safety Commission on an annual basis?

Yes.  Colorado 811 will annually provide a report as well as real time data for the Safety Commission’s work related to underground excavations and safety.

Can engineering companies give feedback to Safety Commission once in place?

Any person can provide feedback to the Safety Commission.

Will there be an entity responsible for holding stakeholders accountable under the new law?

Yes, the Colorado Safety Commission will have the responsibility to enforce the provisions of the law related to safe practices.  The Safety Commission can impose penalties for failure to comply with the law.  Home Rule cities may create a safety commission which also have the power to impose penalties for failure to comply with the law.  Facility owners and operators and excavators may bring civil actions for damage claims separate from the actions of the Safety Commission.

What cities are exempt from complying with the new Safety Commission requirements?

Only Home Rule cities are exempt from complying with the Safety Commission requirements but they must create their own safety commissions.

Regarding "home rule", if a municipality decides to invoke the home rule, doesn't this simply mean that the State cannot enforce any penalties against the municipality? Yet, can't the state still impose penalties against an excavator that has violated the state law against the municipality. i.e. damage caused due to no locate request? Or does this require the municipality to establish their own safety commission?
CO 811 is not in a position to offer an opinion regarding whether or not the State of Colorado can enforce penalties against a municipality under the new law.  The newly created Safety Commission will establish regulations that address this issue in cooperation with the Colorado Attorney General.CO 811 is not in a position to offer an opinion regarding whether or not the State of Colorado can enforce penalties against a municipality under the new law.  The newly created Safety Commission will establish regulations that address this issue in cooperation with the Colorado Attorney General.

Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE)

Will there be a fee for engineering tickets that is different from the existing fee?

 The cost or fee for the outgoing transmission will remain the same for all members. The costs associated with an engineering locate request will be paid by the project owner.

What is ASCE 38 Standard?

ASCE Standards provide technical guidelines for promoting safety, reliability, productivity, and efficiency in civil engineering. For more information please visit https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/programadmin/asce.cfm

How will licensed professional engineers receive documentation related to Subsurface Utility Engineering Notifications?

Within 10 days of the notice provided, licensed professional engineers will receive documentation through the Positive Response system at Colorado 811.

Exemptions

Did the definition for exemptions change under the new law?

Yes, there are several modifications in the new law regarding exemptions they include: farmers/ranchers and new requirements for governmental agencies relative to road grading. Please note, there is no exemption for gravity fed systems. Although, these exemptions exist it is extremely dangerous to dig without first notifying Colorado 811 for the location of underground facilities.

What is the significance of defining “gravity-fed systems” in the law? Where is it referenced under the new legislation?

Gravity fed systems are now defined to clarify what information has to be provided in the event there is a request for a locate related to sub-surface utility engineering. The law defining this exemption is located at section 9-1.5-102 (3.4).

Are there new requirements regarding road grading?

Yes, there are new requirements regarding road grading. The Procedures Committee of Colorado 811 is currently devising specific procedures and guidelines that will be available within the next couple of months. (From law: ANNUAL ROAD MAINTENANCE THAT DOES NOT EXCEED SIX INCHES IN DEPTH CONDUCTED BY A GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY ON AN EXISTING UNPAVED ROAD, THE MARKING SHALL BE CONSIDERED VALID FOR UP TO ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS.)

Other

Who is required to locate laterals in the public right-of-way?

 All underground facility owner/operators are responsible for the location of service laterals in the public right-of-way.

How will Colorado 811 provide documentation of the underground facilities in the form of hand written/ digital sketches or photography?

It is Colorado 811’s intent to provide the excavator this information through the Positive Response system.

Can an excavator put another excavator on his/her ticket? How many can you list on one ticket?

 Yes, an excavator requiring existing marked underground facilities to be exposed may list a single secondary excavator on its notice to Colorado 811.

It also says in (c) (1) (A) "When utilizing trenchless excavation methods, the excavator shall expose underground facilities and visually observe the safe crossing of marked underground facilities when requested to do so by the underground facility owner or operator or the government agency that issued a permit for the excavation." Question is, will this require a new positive response code?
A new positive response code will not be necessary as the facility owner will still be required to locate the area of excavation, if applicable. However, the facility owner and excavator must communicate to ensure that the visual crossing of marked underground facilities has been exercised.

Click here to submit any legislative questions

Click here to download a pdf of the 2018 Legislative FAQs

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By Whitney Nichols
Memorial Day 2018 – Holiday Closure
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Colorado 811 will be closed Monday, May 28th, 2018 for Memorial Day. This means the Contact Center will only process Damage and Emergency Requests on the 28th. Normal Locate Requests processed on Thursday, May 24th will be due Tuesday, May 29th at 11:59pm. Normal Locate Requests processed on Friday, May 25th will be due on Wednesday, May 30th at 11:59pm. For any questions or concerns regarding holiday closures, please contact our front desk at (303) 232-1991.

Reminder to Colorado 811 Members:

  • Mark by (Locate By) dates are NOT scheduled on any Federal Holiday
  • The phone number for Colorado 811 to call during holiday closures should be the same as your after hours number
  • If your organization is a non-participant in after hours notification, you WILL NOT be notified on holidays

 

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By Whitney Nichols
2018 Mock Line Strike – Save the Date
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Colorado 811 will be conducting a free PipelineResponse and Mock Line Strike. The purpose of this course is to educate excavators, contractors, public officials and emergency responders about pipeline safety and awareness.

The Mock Line Strike features a simulated natural gas release caused by unsafe digging practices. Attendees will witness response procedures as local emergency responders and utility operators work in unified command to resolve the situation.

September 19th, 2018

  • Emergency Responder Registration: 9:00am
  • PipelineResponse: 9:30am
  • Excavator Registration: 10:00am
  • Mock Line Strike: 10:30am
  • Lunch/Giveaways: 11:30am

Jefferson County Fairgrounds15200 W 6th Ave Frontage Rd. Golden, CO 80401

Click here to Register!

For more information contact Jeannette Wood at 316-880-8008 ext 1022 or [email protected].

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By Whitney Nichols
7th Annual Western Slope Damage Prevention Golf Tournament
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Friday, June 22, 2018  |  Adobe Creek Golf Course  |  Fruita, CO

Hole Sponsorships go to support the Western Slope Damage Prevention Council’s ongoing Community and Construction Awareness programs. All proceeds from Mulligan sales will be donated to Kids Aid and The House.

Cash Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and the last place teams.

Player Info:

  • Registration 7 am
  • Shotgun Tournament begins at 8 am
  • Team of 4 – $300
  • Individual Player – $75
  • Mulligans – $5 each or 3 for $10 (maximum 3 per player)
  • Lunch is included

 

Sponsor Info:

  • Hole Sponsorship – $150 per hole
  • Beverage Cart Sponsorship – $125

 

To Register, sponsor or with any questions please contact Julie at [email protected] 720-788-8705 oLinda at [email protected] 970-256-2880

Western Slope Damage Prevention Council meets every third Wednesday of each month at 2190 H ¼ Rd at 9:30am.

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By Whitney Nichols
Results – 811 Run 2018 – AUGUST 11, 2018 – ARVADA, CO
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2018 Photos

Thank you all for joining us this year for the Annual 811 Day Run!

2018 RESULTS
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811 Run Description:

What: The 811 Run is a public awareness event to highlight the safety message – Know What’s Below**. Call 811 before you dig.** This certified 5k run is only $8.11 and takes place at the Apex Center in Arvada, CO. T-shirts are included with registration. This family-friendly (including your four-legged furry family members) run/walk will start at 8:11 a.m. and will have a post-run safety expo that will include utility companies, entertaining industry related demonstrations, music, prizes and other giveaways.

When: August 11th 2018 @ 8:11am 

Where: Apex Center in Arvada, CO (13150 W 72nd Ave, Arvada, CO 80005)

Cost: $8.11

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Charity

Veterans Expeditions empowers veterans to overcome challenges associated with military service through outdoor leadership and community. All profits made from the 811 Run will be donated to Veterans Expeditions to sponsor an upcoming trip.

Thank you to our sponsors

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By vmaniscalco
National Safe Digging Month 2018
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April 1st marks the start of National Safe Dig Month in Colorado and across the country. On this page you will find Colorado 811’s various campaigns to promote Safe Digging Month. You will also find resources to help your organization support and promote safe digging practices during the month of April.

To view the 2018 Governor’s Proclamation, click here.

To view and download CO811’s 2018 Safe Digging Month press release, click here.

To view and download CO811’s Safe Digging Month social media messages, click here.

COLORADO FIRE STATION BANNER CAMPAIGN

In 2017 Colorado 811 partnered with fire stations across the state to hang banners outside of their fire stations in hopes to reach more local communities to spread the safe digging message. For the 2018 banner campaign, CO811 is asking the fire stations to hang the banners again, but get creative in sharing the messages on social media through the Safe Dig Month Banner Photo Contest.

The contest will start on April 1st and end on April 30th. The stations must take a creative photo displaying their banner and post it to Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #SafeDigMonth and #CO811. The winning fire stations will receive a $750 King Soopers gift card.

2017 Safe Dig Month Banner Contest winner – Federal Heights Fire Rescue

Follow Colorado on Facebook and Twitter to see photos from the various fire stations.

CAN YOU DIG IT? GAME!

Join CO811 for a month-long web promotion beginning April 1, 2018. “Dig” for prizes each day of April with a virtual shovel into 1 of 20 virtual “dirt piles” in hopes of finding a prize underneath. Get ready to win $8,500 of great prizes during the month. Users may return to www.Safedigging.me each day for another chance to win until April 30.

The promotion allows visitors one dig per day. However, bonus questions are included as well, to not only give users the ability to learn more about 811 and the importance of safe digging, but also to earn an extra “dig” to double a user’s chances of winning a prize every day. Be careful! Dig in the wrong area and you could hit a water, gas, power, phone or sewer line, resulting in no prize for that particular day. Lucky diggers have the chance to win an iPad, Apple Watch, GoPro, Beats Headphones, Macbook Air, Amazon Alexa, XBox 360, Call 811 shirts and mugs and gift cards from VISA, iTunes, Amazon and Starbucks. Contact 8-1-1 before starting any digging project.

Lowe’s Tree Wrap Partnership

Colorado 811 and 811’s nationwide are working with home improvement retailer Lowe’s to share an important message – call before you dig. By placing an 811 safe digging partner sticker and “Call 811 before you dig” message on the planting instructions of tree wraps, customers are reminded of the importance of locating underground utilities before beginning a project. Visit any Lowe’s store nationwide. #811Lowes

Home Depot Tree Wrap Partnership

We have exciting news! 811 and Home Depot have collaborated to share the Call Before You Dig message on all of their tree wraps nationwide! Georgia 811 Corporate Communications Manager, Megan Estes, secured the national partnership with the world’s largest home improvement store in 2017 with a scheduled debut for the 2018 growing season. By the end of February 2018, there were over 500,000 wraps already distributed and that number will only continue to grow throughout the Spring. So next time you find yourself in Home Depot, make sure to visit the gardening department to snap a photo with our 811 tree wraps. Share your photo on social media with #811HomeDepot so we can all participate in this exciting new partnership.

 

CU Buff Partnership

Colorado 811 is teaming up with the Colorado Buffaloes to promote 811 to students, alumni and Buff fans during the month of April. Keep your eye out for collaborative social media posts from the CU Buffs and CO 811! We will also be partnering with the Buffs for their 2018 football season.

 

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By Whitney Nichols
PHMSA 811 Poster Contest
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This is an exciting contest that provides teaching and learning opportunities for students on the critical topic of safety awareness. Students who understand the importance of being safe near underground pipelines and where energy sources are present are better prepared to make critical decisions that will ensure a safe environment. It is designed to combine a student’s originality and artistic talent with the ability to share the important message of Know What’s Below, Call 811 Before You Dig.

Grade levels for entries are 4-6. Home-schooled students are eligible also. Parents may register for an informational packet.

For classroom registrations, the teacher’s role is to direct and motivate students and to submit all student entries. The student’s role is to produce an original poster and write an explanation of his or her understanding of the 811 theme. The contest packet includes: an instructional poster, brochure, flier, classroom set of poster boards for student art and a postage-paid return envelope to submit entries.  Notification of awards will occur by May 24, 2018.  Contest entry deadline is April 27, 2018. Click here for more information.

Click here to Register

Prizes

  • The first 811 student entries received will be awarded Call 811 T-shirts and all other entries will receive Certificates of Appreciation.
  • The grand prize winner will be awarded: a trip to Washington D.C. (for the student and a parent/guardian) in 0r before August 2018.
  • The teacher of the grand prize winner will be awarded: a classroom education grant of $811.
  • Two honorable mention winners and their teachers will be awarded Kindle Fire with Alexa tablets.
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By Whitney Nichols