Summer 2018 – Vol.4 Issue 3

One Call Legislation Focus and Timeline

Colorado 811 is initiating regular correspondence with its members and industry stakeholders to inform them of the status of the 2018 legislative changes to the Colorado State One Call Law. The Colorado 811 correspondence will take the following forms: 1) “Legislative Bits” which are monthly emails and social media posts addressed to interested stakeholders; 2) the legislative page on the CO811 website; 3) A FAQ or Frequently Asked Questions page on the CO811 website; 4) a series of educational videos on the CO811 YouTube channel; and 5) free presentations offered by the CO811 Damage Prevention Liaisons around the state. The Colorado 811 resources are posted  on the One Call Legislation page on the co811 website and they will be frequently updated.

CO811 embraces the changes made to the One Call Law mandated by the Colorado Legislature and will continue to deliver the highest level of service while providing exceptional value to all our members and stakeholders. Our stakeholders include, but are not limited to: facility owners and operators, excavators, government agencies, industry associations and the general public. The recent changes in the One Call Law should encourage and result in improved damage prevention practices that will protect the critical underground infrastructure we all depend upon daily. The changes in the law will also provide a safer environment for workers and the citizens of Colorado.

Additional information on the One Call Law changes and the potential impact to CO811 operations and procedures will be communicated in coming months.

Read the full legislative focus and timeline letter here.

Register for the 811 Run

Saturday August 11th at the Apex Center in Arvada.
REGISTER HERE for the 2018 811 Run.

2018 Safety Summit and Mock Line Strike

Registration for the 2018 Safety Summit and Mock Line Strike is now open. The 2018 Damage Prevention Safety Summit will include legislative and safety sessions, (New for 2018) a Mock Line Strike demonstration, as well as an opportunity to meet some of Colorado’s top vendors and safe excavation leaders. The 2018 Colorado Damage Prevention Safety Summit will be held on September 18th at the Sheraton Hotel (Lakewood) and September 19th at Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

View the mock line strike video here!

New Colorado 811 Mobile App

The new Colorado 811 mobile app is fully redesigned and is now available for iPhone. 

– Ticket Express 
– Web Ticket Entry 
– Web Ticket Management System
– Positive Response 
– Expedite
– News and calendar of events
– Official CO811 Blog
– Inquires form
– Online access to all of our resources (color code card, CO811 Law, Procedure Guide, Excavator Handbook)

Our new app is user-friendly and free to download. Find it in the iTunes App store and download it for your iPhone or iPad.

Colorado 811 Hired New Information and Technology Director

Colorado 811 is excited to announce the hiring of Juan Ruiz as Information and Technology Director. Juan is a Colorado Native and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelors in Business Administration, Information Systems. Juan spent the last 12 years with Tuff Shed, Inc. where he climbed the ranks from Business Systems Analyst to Director of Information and Technology. He has a long record of leading a team and developing their skills to provide customers with top-notch IT support. We look forward to Juan joining our team and helping establish CO811 as the technology leader in the damage prevention industry. 

Brad Vitale Retires from Xcel Energy and CO811 Board of Directors

Colorado 811 Board Chairman, Brad Vitale retired from Xcel Energy and the CO811 Board of Directors. Brad retired from Xcel Energy after 38 years with the company. He joined the Board of Directors in 2009 and was focused on enhancing damage prevention and improving CO811 operations. We thank Brad for serving on the CO811 Board of Directors for nine years and are grateful for his passion and dedication to safety and damage prevention.

Eric Kirkpatrick with Xcel Energy will represent electric distribution and Jim Hanson with Encana Oil & Gas will now lead the CO811 Board of Directors as board chairman. 

Legislative Stakeholder Forums – Proposed Schedule

Colorado 811, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the Colorado Contractors Association (CCA), Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and other Industry Organizations will hold Legislative Stakeholder Forums to discuss the new One Call Law and impacts on stakeholders. The proposed dates and locations are as follows: 

  • August 28th – Denver, CO
  • August 29th – Pueblo, CO
  • August 29th – Colorado Springs, CO
  • August 30 – Greeley, CO
  • September 11 – Eagle/Vail, CO
  • September 12 – Grand Junction, CO
  • September 13 – Durango, CO

The final dates of the Legislative Forums will be posted on the CO811 events page, please check back in the next two week.