Tuesday, January 3, 2017


legislative update

Get the latest news from MUCA's Government Relations team


MN CGA Best Practices

Best Practice 5-4:
Pre-excavation Meeting

Practice Statement: When practical, the excavator requests a meeting with the facility locator at the job site prior to marking the facility locations. Such pre-job meetings are important for major, or unusual excavations.

Practice Description: The meeting facilitates communications, coordinates the marking with actual excavation, and ensures identification of high-priority facilities. An on-site pre-excavation meeting between the excavator, facility owners/operators, and locators (where applicable) is recommended on major or large projects. This includes projects such as road, sewer, water, or other projects that cover a large area, that progress from one area to the next, or that are located near critical or high-priority facilities. Such facilities include, but are not limited to, high-pressure gas, high-voltage electric, fiber-optic communication, and major pipe or water lines.

Upcoming Conferences That May Interest You

The National Utility Contractors Association is hosting its 2017 Convention (Mar. 4-6) in conjunction with CONEXPO at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. To learn more or register,
click here.

CGA Excavation Safety Conference & Expo
The Common Ground Alliance will host its Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida (Mar. 14-16). To learn more or register, click here.

- Stephanie


MUCA Member Update

$10 Billion in NEW Water Infrastructure Signed into Law!

The Clean Water Council reports that Congress passed The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, and it was signed into law before the 114th Congress came to a close in December. WIIN authorizes $10 billion in new water infrastructure, navigation, flood control and clean drinking water projects. For MUCA Members in particular, it provides substantial funding for water infrastructure repair through the EPA’s State Revolving Funds and also appropriated $20 million for the WIFIA program, which translates into $1.2 billion in new water infrastructure projects. Read the full report here.

MUCA continues to actively lobby our friends in DC to promote funding for these projects, and will now focus our efforts in St. Paul for state-level infrastructure funding. The Legislative Session starts today!

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 for Renewing!

THANKS to KS Energy Services and Nuss Truck and Equipment 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.

Welcome NEW Member!

MUCA is pleased to welcome Valley Paving as a new Contractor member. Valley Paving is located in Shakopee and is a leader in the industry providing asphalt paving, excavation and grading, aggregate and hot mix production, and RCA trucking services. Learn more about them here.

Contractor Workforce Development Opportunity!

Workforce Development is KEY to Your Success

As you know, MUCA has been engaged with The Legacy I-3 Initiative to develop qualified candidates for your construction jobs. The Legacy program is seeking construction ‘Ambassadors’ to talk to the students and their parents about our industry, your job, the duties involved, the education required, etc. The students want to know what are the advantages of having a career in this industry and what suggestions you would have for those wanting to enter this career.

The Legacy program is hosting a Legacy Career Day on January 21st from 8 AM – 2 PM at a local high school. If you’re interested in helping, please contact Lana Nguyen, Legacy Lead Facilitator, at (877) 880-5842, ext. 6 or lnguyen@tcisolutionsllc.com

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.

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: info@muca.org