City of Newberg goes that extra mile to reduce damages to it’s sewer system

spotlight-feb08During the recent Verizon FTTP project in the City of Newberg, Verizon worked to place almost 300,000 ft of new underground conduit in the public right of way. At times during the project, there could be as many as 15 underground directional drilling crews working at one time. To minimize impact on the city water, sewer and storm systems, and the citizens, Ron Layne, one of the public works staff members was assigned full time to work with Verizon and the contractors. Ron was the point of contact between Verizon field crews and the city, worked closely with the locators, and often worked long daily hours to personally locate sewer laterals that had been installed before records were kept to help minimize utility damages and service interruptions. Due to Ron’s actions, the project was completed on schedule, with fewer that anticipated damages to the City of Newberg sewer system and other utilities. Ron also coordinated all repairs with the contractors and city staff, insuring that all parties worked together to resolve damages and insure repairs were done correctly, and quickly. This cooperation between the City of Newberg and Verizon reduced the overall costs to both the city and Verizon, and helped keep the project on schedule.

In the Picture, Ron is seen checking on an excavation repair of a damaged sewer lateral.

Spreading the Word and Honoring the Vets!

Parade-2On Saturday, November 10, 2007, employees of Cascade Natural Gas Corp in Ontario, Oregon decided they wanted to honor the Veterans of this country by participating in annual Veteran’s Day Parade in Ontario. They decorated one of their trucks and purchased 75 pounds of candy to hand out to local youngsters who braved the 40 degree damp day to line the parade route and watch the 70 plus participants, including other utilities such as Idaho Power Company and Malheur Bell.

The gas company thought along with honoring the Veterans, they could use the opportunity to spread the word about calling before digging by adding a couple signs on the truck to remind folks to call the One Call Center before digging.

A good time was had by all and we want to remind everyone to support our troops home and abroad, and to thank a Vet!