Tuesday, October 11, 2016


legislative update

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MUCA Minute

MN CGA Best Practices

Best Practice 5-9: Facility Owner/Operator Failure to Respond

Practice Statement: If the facility owner/operator fails to respond to the excavator’s timely request for a locate (e.g. within the time specified by state/provincial requirements) or if the facility owner/operator notifies the excavator the underground facility cannot be marked within the time frame and a mutually agreeable date for marking cannot be arrived at, then the excavator re-calls the one call center. However, this does not preclude the excavator from continuing work on the project. The excavator may proceed with excavation at the end of two working days, unless otherwise stated in state/provincial law, provided the excavator exercises due care in all endeavors.

Practice Description: The facility owner/operator and the excavator partner together to ensure that facilities are being marked in an acceptable time frame to allow for underground facility protection.


Many thanks to the team at Quam Construction for the site visit last week.


I learned a lot about this challenging project in Hector, MN. Thanks to Jason, TJ, Red and the crew for taking time out of their busy day to share with me!


MUCA Member Update

Register Now! Annual Meeting Date: November 10

Mystic Lake Casino
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd. NW, Prior Lake

This is your Invitation to Innovation at our 2016 Annual Meeting! We'll gather with industry friends, colleagues and family for a look back, noting our accomplishments, and a look ahead to what the future holds.

We'll review our legislative efforts, vote for your new Board leadership and share our plans for continued growth and value for your membership in MUCA.

We have a superb keynote speaker, John Sweeney, whose program (Innovation at the Speed of Laughter) will provoke thought, spark laughter, and help you live and work better through discovery and innovation.

Bring the spouse or significant other and stay at Mystic for the MUCA negotiated rate of $129. Call (952) 445-9000 and reserve your room under the “MUCA Annual Meeting” block.

CALL FOR SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS: Promote Your Company, Support MUCA and Save Your Space — Register today!

Register to attend or sponsor.

Thank You for Renewing!

THANKS to Advance Drainage Systems (ADS), Bituminous Roadways, Brenteson Companies, CliftonLarsonAllen, Elcor Construction, Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, Forterra Pipe & Precast, Hancock Concrete Products, HG&K, Ltd., Hjerpe Contracting, KHC Construction, Larkin Hoffman Attorneys, Minnesota Pipe & Equipment, Northern Dewatering, OECS, Inc., Olson’s Sewer Service, Inc., Q3 Contracting, Rice Lake Construction Group, Road Machinery & Supplies, Strike Products, Visu-Sewer, Winona Mechanical, and WSB & Associates for investing in your Association for 2017!

To join or renew, simply log in to the MUCA Membership page on the website. You’ll need your login & password. If you don’t know it, email or call (651) 735-3908.

Contractors who renew in October receive 3 Free Training Credits!

Board of Directors Announce 2017 Dues Increase — After 7 years with no increase in dues, your Board of Directors has determined the value for your investment is worthy of a moderate increase. Starting January 1, 2017, MUCA Dues Structure (by sales volume, based on overall underground work) will be:

  • Contractors Under $1 Mil: $1,300
  • Contractors $1-2 Mil: $2,250
  • Contractors $2.1-5 Mil: $3,400
  • Contractors Over 5 Mil: $4,000
  • Associates: $950
  • Government/Institutions: $300

2017 Erosion Control Site Management Certification Dates

Erosion Control Site Management: MUCA’s Erosion Control Site Management course has been audited by both MnDOT and MPCA and is valid for any contractor who works on a MnDOT project and is a co-permittee on the NPDES permit.

This one-day class is valid for initial or re-certification. We have three dates available in 2017: February 9, March 9, and April 13. Learn more and register here.

Mark Your Calendars!

Don't forget these upcoming events!

  • Annual Meeting, November 10 — Register Here

  • Erosion Control Site Management — Register Here

  • Pipelayers Certification Training — Register for the Online Pipe Layers Certification course — available 365 days, 24/7

Stephanie Menning, Executive Director
Phone: 651-735-3908 | Fax: 651-290-2266 | Email: info@muca.org