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MUCA Member Updates - December 6, 2016
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016


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MN CGA Best Practices

Best Practice 5-11: Documentation of Marks

Practice Statement: An excavator uses dated pictures, videos, or sketches with distance from markings to fixed objects recorded, to document the actual placement of markings.

Practice Description: In most situations, when underground facilities are not properly marked, excavators have no way of knowing where underground utilities are located. If locate markings are adequately documented through the use of photographs, video tape, or sketches before excavation work begins, it is easier to resolve disputes if an underground facility is damaged as a result of improper marking, failure to mark or markings that have been moved, removed, or covered. It is important for excavators and locators to document the location of markings before excavation work begins. The primary purpose of this best practice is to avoid unnecessary litigation and expensive legal fees for all parties involved.

What’s Your Biggest Asset?

Some organizations believe their equipment is their biggest asset — the price of purchase, the cost of maintenance and insurance required, etc. A true capital expenditure.

I’ve always believed your employees are your biggest asset. Think of your best employee — the one who is always on time, leads by example, has a desire to increase their knowledge of company operations so they can be more valuable and trustworthy to you. Someone who looks for ways to help your company succeed.

Now think of what it costs to replace that employee, train in a new one, and hope they have the right skillset and attitude. The time and effort to “grow” a good team leader is a very wise investment and a very valuable asset!

- Stephanie


MUCA Member Update

Call For Ads: MUCA 2017 Directory!

Now is the time to reserve your ad space for MUCA’s 2017 Member Directory. This publication is received by over 1,000 individuals in the underground utility industry across Minnesota — including construction business owners, supervisors, foremen, city and county engineers, vendors, suppliers and associates.

Reserve Your Ad Space Now!

Thank You Message From John Sweeney

Our Annual Meeting keynote speaker sent us a nice thank-you video:

Thank You for Renewing!

THANKS to G.F. Jedlicki, Inc. and LaTour Construction 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 and password. If you don’t know it, email or call (651) 735-3908.

Contractors who renew in December receive 1 Free Training Credit!

Planet Underground TV – Training Resource

MUCA has found another FREE Training Resource for our members; it’s called Planet Underground TV. This unique YouTube video series draws from contractors on real job sites and focuses on damage prevention and locating. Titles include: “Excavators Are Not the Problem, They Are the Solution”, “Safely Crossing an Exposed Utility” and “811 War Stories”.

You can access these through MUCA’s Training Page or subscribe to Planet Underground TV on its YouTube Channel.

216D Stakeholder Review Meeting

Thursday, January 19, 10 AM-2:30 PM
Connexus Energy, 14601 Ramsey Blvd NW, Ramsey

Minnesota State Law Chapter 216D is the law that established Minnesota’s One Call Excavation and Notification System, known as Gopher State One Call. From time to time, adjustments and updates to this law are proposed. Amendments include everything from the definition of excavation, what’s the definition of an emergency situation and establishment (or increase) in civil penalties. Have Your Voice Heard! Contractor input is needed in these discussions — please join us.

For more information, please read the minutes from the Oct. 7 meeting. To participate, by phone or in person, please contact Mike Mendiola at the Office of Pipeline Safety by email or by phone at (651) 201-7248 to get on the email list.

MPCA Offers $400,000 to Clean Up Big, Old, Diesel Engines

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) encourages owners of older, heavy-duty diesel engines to apply for its Clean Diesel grant funding to improve their fleets and everyone’s air quality.

  • The DERA Grant closes at 2:30 PM on December 22.
  • All application materials are on this web page.
  • All applications and questions should be sent to: with the subject line: “DERA Grant 2017”.
    • All answers to questions will be posted on the web page.
  • New for this year — Class 5 on-road trucks are eligible.

Employee Handbook Seminar

Thursday, December 16, 8 -10 AM
Crowne Plaza Bloomington MSP Airport/MOA
5401 Green Valley Drive, Bloomington

Hosted by Seaton|Peters|Revnew. Attorney Greg Peters will discuss practical tips and legal considerations based upon recent case law regarding items that should be included and not included in your employee handbook, and updates for your current handbook.

Topics include: WESA and Paid Sick Leave Updates; EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity); Anti-Harassment; At-Will Disclaimers; Payroll/Overtime/Hours/Breaks; Absenteeism; Privacy; Electronic Communications; Various Leaves/Paid Time Off; Employee Benefits; Discipline/Work Rules and Acknowledgement.

To register, please visit the Seaton|Peters|Revnew website and hit submit, then wait for the PayPal screen to pop up. If you would prefer to mail in a check, simply fill out the form and bypass the online payment option. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Melissa Gross at 952-921-4610 or

Mark Your Calendars!

Don't forget these upcoming events!

  • 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:

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