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City clears Metronet to work again

The City of Carmel and Metronet have reached an agreement

Post Date:01/28/2018 2:09 PM

 

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City of Carmel
www.carmel.in.gov
One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032

 

NEWS RELEASE

Date:                January 25, 2018
Contact:          Nancy Heck (317) 571-2474
Release:          Immediate

 

City clears Metronet to work again

Carmel, IN –. Metronet has updated its safety practices, including improved sub-contractor training. The updated safety plan follows the recommendations put forth by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

The agreement provides that any breach of safety protocol may result in a stop work order. Metronet has expressed strong commitment to working with the City of Carmel to ensure the safety plan is followed. Before digging resumes in neighborhoods, Metronet will be providing notice to residents affected 30 days prior to entering their property.

This action comes after the City and Metronet signed an agreement that affords local residents assurances that proper steps will be taken to prevent problems and issues that arose prior to the issuance of a stop work order last year.

Prior to the agreement, the Carmel City Council passed a new ordinance in December that establishes new conditions for anyone wishing excavate in City right-of-way. Much of those provisions were included in the Metronet agreement – including the need for contractors to have participated in a “Gold Shovel Standard” or similar program of training, Indiana 811 Online excavation training, new right-of-way permit fees of $50, the posting of cash bonds prior to a project’s inception, proper notice to property owners and adjacent property owners and the requirement of hand-digging or vacuum excavation techniques for all underground utility locates.

Under the Metronet memorandum of understanding, the following assurances were made:

Training – Metronet construction personnel assigned to supervise and monitor work will complete the IURC Pipeline Safety Division training and shall require its contractors to do the same.

Personnel – Metronet will have a Metronet employee available at each dig site who can effectively communicate with property owners about the digging, construction and restoration activities.

Complaints – Metronet will visit each property where an outstanding restoration complaint has been made in order to resolve the situation.

Notification to property owners – Metronet will notify each property owner and homeowners association (if one exists) at least 30 days prior to entering any property for excavation.

Notification to 911 – If any further underground facility hits occur, Metronet will ensure that 911, 811, the underground utility and the City of Carmel Engineering Department are notified.

Violation of the memorandum could result in a new stop work order and fines of up to $500 per breach of contract, in addition to reimbursement of costs incurred due to the breach.

 

Any questions regarding Metronet planned projects in Carmel can be directed to Keith Leonhardt at 812-213-1016

 

 

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