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These rules also prescribe the procedures governing the exercise of that authority and imposition of those sanctions.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.02" name="515-9-4-.02" title="515-9-4-.02">Rule 515-9-4-.02 Definitions</a></h2> <P>Terms used in these rules have the following meaning:</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.02(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Act" means the Georgia Utility Facility Protection Act (O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-1&amp;title=25&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">25-9-1</a></span><span class=""><I>et seq.</I></span><span class="">).</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.02(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Advisory committee" means the committee appointed by the Governor pursuant to O.C.G.A. 25-9-13(g)(1).</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.02(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Business days" means Monday through Friday, excluding the following holidays: New Year's Day, Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Any such holiday that falls on a Saturday shall be observed on the preceding Friday. Any such holiday that falls on a Sunday shall be observed on the following Monday.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.02(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Business hours" means the time from 7:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. local time on business days.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.02(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Commission" means the Georgia Public Service Commission.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.02(f)">(f)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Facility owner or operator" means any person or entity who owns, operates or controls the operation of a utility facility.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.02(g)">(g)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Person" means an individual, firm, joint venture, partnership, association, municipality, state or other governmental unit, authority, department, agency, or a corporation and shall include any trustee, receiver, assignees, employee, agent or personal representative thereof.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.02(h)">(h)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Utilities Protection Center" or "Center" means the corporation or other organization formed by facility owners or operators to provide a joint telephone number notification service for the purpose of receiving advance notification from persons planning to blast or excavate and distributing such notifications to its affected facility owner or operator members.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.02(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Utility facility" means an underground or submerged conductor, pipe, or structure used in providing electric or communications service, or an underground or submerged pipe used in carrying, providing or gathering gas, oil, or oil products, sewage, wastewater, storm drainage, water or other liquids, and appurtenances thereto. This does not include utility facilities owned by a homeowner for service at the homeowner's residence.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.02(j)">(j)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-3&amp;title=25#25-9-3(17)" target="_newtab">25-9-3(17)</a></span><span class="">defines "Large Project" as an excavation that involves more work to locate utility facilities than can reasonably be completed within the requirements of subsection (a) of O.C.G.A. Section </span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-7&amp;title=25#" target="_newtab">25-9-7</a></span><span class="">. This requires a facility owner or operator to locate and mark its facilities within 48 hours beginning the next business day after receipt of a locate request by the Utilities Protection Center ("UPC"). For simplicity of administration by the Commission, a "large project" shall include at a minimum, any single mechanized excavation or blasting, as those terms are defined by O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-3&amp;title=25#25-9-3(12)" target="_newtab">25-9-3(12)</a></span><span class="">, at a contiguous geographical site or area that exceeds or will exceed one linear mile or that reasonably requires or will require more than ninety (90) days to complete. Nothing in this rule shall prohibit any person from requesting a large project ticket for any other project.</span></td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.03" name="515-9-4-.03" title="515-9-4-.03">Rule 515-9-4-.03 Commission Jurisdiction</a></h2> <P>The Georgia Legislature has empowered the Commission to enforce the provisions of the Act, and to promulgate any rules and regulations necessary to implement the Commission's authority to enforce the provisions of the Act.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.04" name="515-9-4-.04" title="515-9-4-.04">Rule 515-9-4-.04 Advisory Committee</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.04(1)">(1)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The Governor shall appoint an advisory committee to assist the Commission in the enforcement of the Act. The advisory committee shall perform such duties as may be assigned by the Commission from time to time.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.04(2)">(2)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The advisory committee shall develop and implement operating procedures to delineate the advisory committee's practices and procedures relative to the performance of the duties assigned by the Commission. The operating procedures developed by the advisory committee shall include, but not be limited to, procedures for review of probable violations of the Act. Such procedures, and any amendments or modifications thereto, shall not become effective until they have been approved by the Commission.(3) If deemed necessary, the advisory committee shall establish one or more subcommittees of experts in the operations covered by the Act. These subcommittees shall assist the advisory committee in performing its assigned duties.</span></td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.05" name="515-9-4-.05" title="515-9-4-.05">Rule 515-9-4-.05 Notification of Probable Violations of the Act</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.05(1)">(1)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Any person may report a probable violation of the Act by filing a written or an electronic report in a form as may be designated by the Commission from time to time; provided that all such reports shall be filed electronically whenever and wherever possible, but a written report may be filed by any person lacking computer reporting or communication capability. All written or electronic reports shall include the information requested on an approved Commission form, if available. All probable violations shall be reported to the Commission within thirty (30) days of a person becoming aware of the circumstances constituting the probable violation.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.05(2)">(2)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> A person shall file such written report directly with the Commission. The Commission shall maintain, or cause to be maintained, a database of all written reports filed with the Commission.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.05(3)">(3)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Any person who files a written or electronic report shall conduct an investigation to examine the relevant facts regarding the reported probable violation of the Act. The results of such investigation shall be filed together with the report in accordance with these rules.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.05(4)">(4)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Each facility owner or operator whose utility facilities have been damaged as a result of a probable violation of the Act shall conduct an investigation to examine the relevant facts regarding such probable violation, and provide the Commission or its designee with the results of such investigation. The results of such investigation shall be submitted to the Commission on a form designated by the Commission.</span></td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.06" name="515-9-4-.06" title="515-9-4-.06">Rule 515-9-4-.06 Repealed</a></h2> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.07" name="515-9-4-.07" title="515-9-4-.07">Rule 515-9-4-.07 Commission Staff Investigation of Probable Violation</a></h2> <P>Whenever the Commission Staff ("Staff") becomes aware of a probable violation of the Act by means of a written or an electronic report or otherwise, the Staff shall conduct an investigation to examine all the relevant facts regarding the probable violation. The investigation may include, among other factors, records verification, informal meetings, teleconferences, and photo documentation. Responses to reports of probable violations may be provided to the Commission in writing, by phone, fax, e-mail, or in person.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.08" name="515-9-4-.08" title="515-9-4-.08">Rule 515-9-4-.08 Advisory Committee Review of Probable Violations of the Act</a></h2> <P>The Advisory Committee shall meet on a periodic basis to review contested probable violations of the Act and the Staff's finding and recommendations relative to such probable violations. Following such review, the Advisory Committee shall make its recommendations for review by the Commission, together with any recommendations of the Staff, regarding resolution of such contested probable violations.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.09" name="515-9-4-.09" title="515-9-4-.09">Rule 515-9-4-.09 Commission Staff Action</a></h2> <P>Upon a determination that a violation of the Act may have occurred, the Commission Staff shall take one or more of the following actions:</P> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.09(1)">(1)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Enter settlement negotiations with the Respondent. Upon reaching agreement on settlement terms, the Commission Staff shall present the proposed settlement to the Commission for acceptance or rejection. If the Commission Staff and the Respondent are unable to reach agreement on settlement terms, the Respondent may present additional facts to the Advisory Committee;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.09(2)">(2)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Request that the Commission issue a Rule Nisi pursuant to Commission Rules.</span></td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.10" name="515-9-4-.10" title="515-9-4-.10">Rule 515-9-4-.10 Commission Action</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.10(1)">(1)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The Commission may accept or reject a proposed settlement to resolve probable violations of the Act. If the Commission rejects a proposed settlement, a hearing may be scheduled to receive evidence and take appropriate enforcement action as provided by Commission Rule.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.10(2)">(2)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> If the Commission finds, after a hearing, that a violation of the Act has occurred, it may impose a civil penalty as provided by O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-13&amp;title=25#" target="_newtab">25-9-13</a></span><span class="">.</span></td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.11" name="515-9-4-.11" title="515-9-4-.11">Rule 515-9-4-.11 Civil Penalties</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11(1)">(1)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> In determining the amount of any civil penalty to be assessed, the Commission may consider the nature, circumstances and gravity of the violation of the Act; the degree of the Respondent's culpability; the Respondent's history of prior violations of the Act; and such other factors as may be appropriate.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11(2)">(2)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> A Respondent shall pay any civil penalty that has been assessed by submitting to the Commission, in care of Case Manager, Utility Facility Protection Section, a certified check payable to the Georgia Public Service Commission for ultimate forwarding to the State of Georgia general fund.</span></td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.11.1" name="515-9-4-.11.1" title="515-9-4-.11.1">Rule 515-9-4-.11.1 Civil Penalties for Local Governing Authorities (Tiered Penalty Structure)</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(1)">(1)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Definitions: </span><span class=""><P>For the purpose of this rule and the assessment and enforcement of civil penalties under this Chapter 515-9-4 of the Commission's Utility Rules, the following definitions apply:</P></span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(1)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Local governing authority" means a county, municipality or local authority created by or pursuant to general, local or special Act of the General Assembly or by the Constitution of the State of Georgia, and also includes any local authority that is created or activated by an appropriate ordinance or resolution of the governing body of a county or municipality individually or jointly with other political subdivisions of this state that provide service that includes but not limited to road and street construction and maintenance, water supply and distribution, waste-water, sewage, and storm-water collection and disposal.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(1)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Willful noncompliance" means intentional or knowing refusal or failure to perform, or comply with, a duty created or imposed by statute or by this Commission's Utility Rules. "Willful noncompliance" also includes bad faith or a conscious indifference to the consequences of failure to comply with GUFPA or this Commission's rules issued thereunder. A local governing authority's failure to file a timely response to a notice of probable violation of the Act or the Commission's Utility Rules shall constitute a presumption of willful noncompliance by a local governing authority receiving such notice, which presumption may be rebutted by evidence demonstrating that the local governing authority did not receive actual or constructive notice of its alleged violation of the Act.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(1)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Refusal to comply" means that a utility facility owner or operator does not respond in the Positive Response Information System ("PRIS") to a locate request, does not respond to a direct telephone call to locate their facilities, or other such direct refusal. "Refusal to comply" does not mean a case where the volume of requests or some other mitigating circumstance prevents the utility owner or operator from locating in accordance with O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-7&amp;title=25#" target="_newtab">25-9-7</a></span><span class="">. "Refusal to comply" also means a refusal or failure to file a timely response to a notice of probable violation of the Act or of the Commission's Utility Rules; and such refusal or failure shall constitute a presumption of a local governing authority's "willful refusal to comply," which presumption may be rebutted by evidence demonstrating that the local governing authority did not receive actual or constructive notice of its alleged violation of the Act.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)">(2)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Enforcement Procedures for Violations of the Act by Local Governing Authorities. </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><U>Notice of Probable Violation and Request for Information</U></span><span class="">. Upon receipt of a complaint or other information concerning a probable violation of the Act by a local governing authority, the Commission Staff shall conduct a preliminary investigation of such complaint or information; and as part of such preliminary investigation, the Commission's investigator may send notice of a probable violation and a request for information to the local governing authority. The authority receiving such notice and request for information shall respond within thirty (30) days to such notice and request. The Commission's request for information may request any or all of the following information: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(a)(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Submission of written explanations, information or other materials in response to the allegations;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(a)(ii)">(ii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Information concerning the size, annual budget, and gross receipts of the authority;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(a)(iii)">(iii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Where applicable and available, the total number of utility connections and types of utilities within the territory of the local governing authority;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(a)(iv)">(iv)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Total number of locate tickets received annually by the local governing authority;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(a)(v)">(v)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The number of locate codes and calls made annually to the local governing authority from the UPC; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(a)(vi)">(vi)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> When applicable, the number of utility customers whose service may have been interrupted as a result of the violations and the duration of such interruption. </span><span class=""><P>Such list is not meant to be exhaustive, and the Commission's investigator may request additional information during his or her investigation. Responses shall be due within thirty (30) days after receipt of such notice and request from the local governing authority, unless such time is extended by the Commission or its investigator pursuant to a written request from the local governing authority before the expiration of such thirty (30) day period.</P></span><span class=""><P>As noted in Paragraph (1) of this Rule, failure of the alleged violator to respond in a timely manner to the Commission investigator's notice of probable violation(s) and provide to the Commission the information requested shall constitute a presumption of willful noncompliance with the Act or applicable Commission rules on the part of the non-responding recipient of such notice and request, but such presumption may be rebutted by evidence demonstrating that the local governing authority did not receive actual or constructive notice of its alleged violation of the Act.</P></span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><U>Proposed Compliance Order.</U></span><span class=""> At any time during the investigation, the Commission's investigator may submit a written compliance order to the local governing authority, and the the local governing authority may respond during the investigation or proceedings as follows: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(b)(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The authority may agree to the Commission's proposed compliance order, if such proposed order has not been withdrawn by the Commission;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(b)(ii)">(ii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The authority may object to the proposed compliance order and submit written explanations, information or other materials in response to the allegations in the notice of probable violation; and the authority can request: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(b)(ii)(A)">(A)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> review before the GUFPA Advisory Committee; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(b)(ii)(B)">(B)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> an informal conference with the Commission Staff; or</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(b)(ii)(C)">(C)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> a full evidentiary hearing before the Commission or its duly appointed hearing officer.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><U>Commission Staff Action.</U></span><span class=""> After investigation, the Commission's investigator may take appropriate action to enforce the Act and the Commission's rules issued thereunder, including any or all of the following: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(c)(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Recommend no action and terminate the investigation;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(c)(ii)">(ii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Recommend that a warning letter be issued to the person alleged to have committed the violation ("the respondent");</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(c)(iii)">(iii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Enter settlement negotiations with the respondent; and upon reaching agreement on settlement terms, the Commission Staff shall present such proposed settlement agreement to the Commission for its acceptance or rejection;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(c)(iv)">(iv)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Recommend training be required (in lieu of or in addition to any otherwise recommended civil penalties, or any portion thereof) for violations of the Act;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(c)(v)">(v)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Recommend that the Commission assess civil penalties for violations of the Act in accordance with O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-13&amp;title=25#" target="_newtab">25-9-13</a></span><span class=""> and in accordance with the tiered penalty structure set forth below in Paragraph (3) of this Rule.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(2)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Notices. All notices under the Act from the Commission to any local governing authority shall be sent by certified mail (return receipt requested). A signed delivery receipt or post office return marked refused or unclaimed shall constitute a presumption of notice to and legal service upon the local governing authority to whom it is addressed; however, such presumption may be rebutted by evidence demonstrating that the local governing authority did not receive actual or constructive notice of its alleged violation of the Act.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)">(3)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Tiered Structure To Be Utilized in Assessing Civil Penalties against Local Governing Authorities for Violations of the Act. </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><U>Factors To Be Considered.</U></span><span class=""> When determining to recommend assessment of a civil penalty, the Commission's investigators shall consider the following factors in applying the tiered penalty structure established in Subparagraph (3) (b) of this Rule: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(a)(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The nature, circumstances and gravity of the violation, (including, but not limited to, adverse impact on the area, the general public and utility customers);</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(a)(ii)">(ii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The degree of the respondent's culpability;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(a)(iii)">(iii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The respondent's history of prior offenses;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(a)(iv)">(iv)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The respondent's ability to pay;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(a)(v)">(v)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Any good faith effort by the Authority respondent in attempting to achieve compliance;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(a)(vi)">(vi)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The effect on the respondent's ability to continue in business;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(a)(vii)">(vii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The number of locate tickets and locate call and codes received annually by the local governing authority;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(a)(viii)">(viii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The cost of the local government's compliance with the statute or rule violated;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(a)(ix)">(ix)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The number of utility customers whose services may have been interrupted by the local governing authority's violation and the duration of such interruption; and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(a)(x)">(x)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The size, annual budget, gross receipts number of utility connections and types of connections and types of utilities within the territory of the local governing authority and whether owned or operated by such authority.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><U>Tiered Penalty Structure</U></span><span class="">. The tiered penalty structure set forth below takes into account many of the above-mentioned factors by focusing on the number of employees employed by the local governing authority, or the number of utility, water and sewer connections a local governing authority has, which are functions and indicators of such authority's population, gross revenues, customer base, service area and annual budget. In determining the tier classification for a local governing authority, the Commission's investigators shall look to the number of utility, water and sewer connections such local governing authority has in making such determination. In cases where the local governing authority has no connections, the Commission's investigator shall determine the tier by the number of employees employed by such local governing authority in utility, road maintenance, water and sewer or public works functions (including contract personnel who perform work for the authority). Along with the considerations delineated in Subparagraph (a) of this Subsection (3), such tier classifications shall be made as follows: </span><span class=""><P>Tiered Penalty Structure:</P></span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(b)(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Tier One </span><span class=""><P>Authorities that have 25,000 or less total utility, water and sewer connections or that employ 1 through 25 people in utility, road maintenance, water, sewer or public works functions (including contractor personnel), may be assessed a penalty of up to $500 per violation for the first three and up to $1,000 per violation thereafter not to exceed $10,000 total per rolling 12-month period.</P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(b)(ii)">(ii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Tier Two </span><span class=""><P>Authorities that have more than 25,000 but less than 50,000 total utility, water and sewer connections or that employ 26 through 50 people in utility, road maintenance, water, sewer or public works functions (including contractor personnel), may be assessed a penalty of up to $750 per violation for the first three and up to $1,250 per violation thereafter not to exceed $20,000 total per rolling 12-month period.</P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(b)(iii)">(iii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Tier Three </span><span class=""><P>Authorities that have 50,000 or more, but less than 100,000 total utility, water and sewer connections, or that employ 51 through 75 people in utility, road maintenance, water, sewer or public works functions (including contractor personnel), may be assessed a penalty of up to $1,000 per violation for the first three and up to $1,500 per violation thereafter not to exceed $30,000 total per rolling 12-month period.</P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(b)(iv)">(iv)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Tier Four </span><span class=""><P>Authorities that have 100,000 or more, but less than 200,000 total utility, water and sewer connections or that employ 76 through 100 people in utility, road maintenance, water, sewer or public works functions (including contractor personnel), may be assessed a penalty of up to $1500 per violation for the first three and up to $2,500 per violation thereafter not to exceed $40,000 total per rolling 12-month period.</P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(3)(b)(v)">(v)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Tier Five </span><span class=""><P>Authorities that have 200,000 or more total utility, water and sewer connections or that employs 101 or more people in utility, road maintenance, water, sewer or public works functions (including contractor personnel), may be assessed a penalty of up to $2,000 per violation for the first three and up to $5,000 per violation thereafter not to exceed $50,000 total per rolling 12-month period.</P></span><span class=""><P>The tiered penalty structure shall be established as a maximum. No minimum penalty is specified.</P></span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.11.1(4)">(4)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Commission Discretion in Assessing Civil Penalties against Local Governing Authorities. </span><span class=""><P>Nothing set forth elsewhere in this Rule shall require the Commission or its investigators to assess civil penalties against a local governing for violations of the Act or the Commission's Utility Rules. Under each penalty tier, the investigator may recommend training. If the investigator finds that a probable violation has occurred, the investigator may recommend training in lieu of all or any portion of any otherwise recommended civil penalties for any local governing authority's violation. The investigator shall provide suggestions for corrective action to any person requesting such assistance on behalf of a local governing Upon determination after investigation, the Commission's investigator may, subject to Commission review and approval, make recommended offers of settlement to the respondent or make recommended findings for assessment of civil penalties or other corrective action, subject to respondent's right to hearing thereon before the Advisory Committee and/or the Commission.</P></span></td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.12" name="515-9-4-.12" title="515-9-4-.12">Rule 515-9-4-.12 Appeals Generally</a></h2> <P>Any person subject to an order from the Commission may petition the Commission for reconsideration of the order under Rule <a title="515-2-1-.08" href="515-2-1-.08">515-2-1-.08</a> of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure. Moreover, any person aggrieved by an order of the Commission may seek relief pursuant to O.C.G.A. Chapter 50-13.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.13" name="515-9-4-.13" title="515-9-4-.13">Rule 515-9-4-.13 Procedures for Large Projects</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(1)">(1)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Purpose and Scope: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(1)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The purpose of this rule is to set forth procedures that provide for the waiver in writing, of the 48 hour notice and the 21 calendar day expiration for any projects that cannot be located pursuant to O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-7&amp;title=25#" target="_newtab">25-9-7</a></span><span class="">. This Rule is necessary in order to allow proper planning and scheduling of the locating of utility facilities within the geographical area of a designated "Large Project." Because most large projects require multiple re-stakes, it has proven difficult and cumbersome for facility owner/operators to respond to locate requests within the 48 hour notice time frame normally required by the Georgia Utility Facility Protection Act ("GUFPA"). Excavators on such large projects lasting for months and even years have similarly found it cumbersome and oppressive to have a locate ticket expire after 21 calendar days and have to reapply for renewal or refreshing of such locate ticket repeatedly over the life of a large project.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(1)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> This Rule allows for parameters to be set for all parties involved in a large project so that such parties may enjoy more flexibility and less rigidity in reporting without any loss or sacrifice in the record-keeping, locating of utility facilities, prevention of damage to such facilities, and public safety protections which GUFPA was designed and intended to implement.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(1)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Unless hereinafter specifically excepted, all other provisions of O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-1&amp;title=25&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">25-9-1</a></span><span class=""><I>et seq.</I></span><span class="">, shall apply to large projects.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(2)">(2)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Procedures: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(2)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Upon an excavator's contacting the Utilities Protection Center (UPC) to procure a locate ticket and upon the UPC's concluding that the proposed excavation qualifies as a large project ticket under Commission Utility Rule </span><span class=""> <a title="515-9-4-.02(j)" href="515-9-4-.02#515-9-4-.02(j)">515-9-4-.02(j)</a></span><span class=""> (through the process of handling such request(s) for one or more locates), the UPC shall provide instructions for excavator(s) that the involved excavation project shall be treated as a large project under Commission rules and that the excavator has a duty to submit to the UPC a Large Project Planning Meeting Notification.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(2)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Upon the UPCs concluding that a particular locate request or requests qualify as a Large Project as defined by Commission Rule </span><span class=""> <a title="515-9-4-.02(j)" href="515-9-4-.02#515-9-4-.02(j)">515-9-4-.02(j)</a></span><span class="">, a mandatory Large Project Planning Meeting Notification shall be issued by the excavator, no less than 10 business days prior to beginning excavation or blasting activities, to the UPC, for immediate forwarding to all facility owner/operators having facilities in the area. Such notification shall include the excavator's suggested date, time, location, and contact person for the proposed meeting. The date of the mandatory meeting shall be a minimum of 48 hours after the notification is submitted to the UPC, starting at 7:00 a.m. the next business day and excluding non-business days. This mandatory large project meeting notification requirement shall not apply to re-activated large projects that have continued in full force and effect, and without deactivation. Notwithstanding the above, nothing in this rule shall prevent the excavator and the utility facility owner/operators from choosing to meet otherwise.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(2)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> After receiving the Large Project request, the UPC shall notify all affected facility owners or operators of the mandatory Large Project Planning Meeting. The mandatory Large Project Planning Meeting shall be scheduled no less than 5 business days prior to beginning excavation or blasting activities. Each facility owner/operator shall provide an automated response to the UPC indicating agreement to the date and time of the mandatory Large Project Planning Meeting within 2 business days of such notice, through the use of the Positive Response Information System (PRIS).</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(2)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> All provisions of this "Large Project" rule shall apply to the utility facility owner/operator and all locates shall be conducted pursuant to these rules and the negotiated marking agreement arising here from.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(2)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> No later than two business days following the mandatory Large Project Planning Meeting, whichever comes first, the UPC shall update the status of the ticket from a "Large Project Planning Meeting Notification" to a "Large Project Excavation Notification." At that point, the "Large Project Excavation Notification" will become an active ticket and will be transmitted by the UPC to all affected utility facility owner/operators.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(2)(f)">(f)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> During the life of the large project ticket, all requests for locates and notices of marking performed that deviate from the marking agreement shall be documented through the UPC. Once all excavation activities have been completed by a particular excavator, such excavator will notify the UPC to close or de-activate the notification.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(2)(g)">(g)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Unless renewed beforehand by the excavator, all Large Project Excavation Notifications will be automatically closed/de-activated once ninety (90) days have elapsed from the date of activation. The excavator may re-new the notification as necessary so long as excavation on the project continues. The notification will be automatically closed/deactivated ninety (90) days following the most recent renewal.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(3)">(3)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The excavator and facility owner(s)/operator(s) or LOCATOR(S)/UTILITY(S) shall enter into a negotiated written agreement setting out the schedule for marking the project (see attached example form) at the Large Project planning meeting. Steps shall be taken to work together, including the Large Project Planning Meeting, so that a negotiated marking plan may be agreed upon allowing the facility owner(s)/operator(s) to locate the utility facilities at a time reasonably in advance of the actual start of excavation or blasting for each phase of the work. A working relationship shall be established between the excavator and the facility owner/operator representatives to reduce confusion at the work site. Emergency phone numbers and contact people shall be identified for notification of problems, delays or changes in the marking plan. In addition to the Large Project Planning Meeting, the excavator shall conduct periodic utility coordination meetings to enhance the communication and progress of the planned schedule and markings. IF FOR ANY REASON A FACILITY OWNER/OPERATOR CANNOT ATTEND SUCH MEETING, THE FACILITY OWNER/OPERATOR'S REPRESENTATIVE MAY CONTACT THE EXCAVATOR AND MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS IF THE EXCAVATOR IS AGREEABLE, OR HAVE THE LINES MARKED WITHIN THE 48 HOURS REQUIRED BY LAW (O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-1&amp;title=25&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">25-9-1</a></span><span class=""><I>ET SEQ</I></span><span class="">.).</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(4)">(4)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The terms and conditions of such negotiated marking agreement must be in writing, and executed by the excavator and the facility owner/operator or locate representative (i.e. contract LOCATOR/UTILITY for the facility owner/operator) before excavation commences. If the LOCATOR/UTILITY is going to execute the negotiated marking agreement on behalf of the facility owner/operator, the facility owner/operator shall have on file with the UPC, written documentation of such grant of authority from the facility owner/operator to the LOCATOR/UTILITY. Such negotiated marking agreement and compliance with the terms thereof, shall constitute an exemption from the requirements of subsections O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-7&amp;title=25#25-9-7(a)(1), (b)(1), (c), (e) and (k)(1)" target="_newtab">25-9-7(a)(1), (b)(1), (c), (e) and (k)(1)</a></span><span class=""> and subsections O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-6&amp;title=25#25-9-6(c), (e) and (h)" target="_newtab">25-9-6(c), (e) and (h)</a></span><span class="">. The excavator and facility owner/operator shall each retain a copy of the executed marking agreement.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(5)">(5)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> If the facility owner/operator fails to respond to the excavator's terms of the negotiated marking agreement or the facility owner/operator notifies the excavator that the facilities cannot be marked within the time frame delineated within the negotiated marking agreement and a mutually agreeable date for marking cannot be reached, the excavator may attempt to locate the facilities in accordance with subsection O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-7&amp;title=25#25-9-7(f)" target="_newtab">25-9-7(f)</a></span><span class="">, then proceed with excavation or blasting provided reasonable care is exercised. At the option of the excavator and as an alternative to the excavator's attempting to locate the facilities at issue, such facilities shall revert back to the locate time-frame mandated by O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-7&amp;title=25#" target="_newtab">25-9-7</a></span><span class="">.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(6)">(6)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Failure of any party to abide by the terms of the negotiated marking agreement shall be a violation of the Commission's Large Project Rule delineated herein. Any such violation shall be grounds for and may result in sanctions including but not limited to civil and/or criminal penalties being imposed upon the violating party in accordance with Georgia Law. Moreover, where an excavator fails to abide by the terms of the negotiated marking agreement and causes damage to a utility facility as a result, the excavator may be subject to penalties delineated in O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-13&amp;title=25#25-9-13(7)" target="_newtab">25-9-13(7)</a></span><span class="">.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(7)">(7)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Good Faith Negotiation Required. The failure of any party to negotiate in good faith shall constitute a violation of the Commission's Large Project Rules and may result in the imposition of penalties under O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-13&amp;title=25#" target="_newtab">25-9-13</a></span><span class=""> and/or 46-2-91 as well as any other penalties that may be imposed pursuant to Georgia Law or the Commission's Rules. The failure of any party to negotiate in good faith shall also result in all locates being performed in accordance with the procedures and timelines set forth in O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-1&amp;title=25&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">25-9-1</a></span><span class=""><I>et. seq.</I></span><span class=""> with the cost for all such locates to be paid for by the party having negotiated in bad faith.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(8)">(8)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Any person holding an active large project ticket may allow any dually authorized subcontractors to work under such large project ticket provided the provisions of O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-6&amp;title=25#25-9-6(g)" target="_newtab">25-9-6(g)</a></span><span class="">are met. For purposes of this rule, any contractual agreement entered into pursuant to O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-6&amp;title=25#25-9-6(g)" target="_newtab">25-9-6(g)</a></span><span class="">shall be in writing.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.13(9)">(9)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Nothing in this Rule exempts any facility owner/operator, excavator, LOCATOR/UTILITY or any other person from the duty he or she would otherwise have under GUFPA or the Commission's Utility Rules to report damages to buried utility facilities.</span></td> </tr> </table> <P><B>SAMPLE SAMPLE</B></P> <P>Large Project - Sample Utility Facility Locating Agreement</P> <P>THIS AGREEMENT, made this___________________________ (month/date/year), by and between______________________, hereinafter called the EXCAVATOR, and ___________________, hereinafter called the LOCATOR/UTILITY: Due to the construction of this large project, it will become necessary to make certain arrangements for the locating of the utility facilities in accordance with the Georgia Public Service Commission's Rule 515-9-4.</P> <P>This Agreement is for the sole purpose of each party working together to minimize or eliminate any damages to utility facilities as well as allow the EXCAVATOR to pursue the work more expeditiously.</P> <P>In consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants of the parties hereinafter set forth, it is agreed:</P> <P>1. The LOCATOR/UTILITY shall provide the EXCAVATOR with correct contact information, including but not limited to, business address, business phone numbers, business facsimile numbers and any available pager or cellular numbers for all available locate technicians/representatives and their supervisors for this project at the time of executing this Agreement.</P> <P>2. Attached and made part of this agreement is the negotiated marking plan, which is prepared by the EXCAVATOR. Any modifications or changes to the negotiated marking plan shall be reviewed and agreed to by both parties.</P> <P>3. It is specifically understood that the EXCAVATOR will notify the LOCATOR/UTILITY by telephone, electronic mail or other means as provided by the LOCATOR/UTILITY prior to commencing any excavation activities to ensure the specific work sites have been marked.</P> <P>4. If EXCAVATOR needs to move to a project work site involving excavation that has not been marked by the LOCATOR/UTILITY or the LOCATOR/UTILITY has not confirmed the accuracy of the existing marks at such site, the EXCAVATOR shall make contact with the LOCATOR/UTILITY and allow time to respond.</P> <P>5. The LOCATOR/UTILITY shall be available within 24 hours and shall respond within such time frame in order for the work site to be marked or confirm the accuracy of the existing marks.</P> <P>6. If for any reason, the negotiated marking agreement is terminated, the Large Project Procedures under the Georgia Public Service Commission's Rule 515-9-4 are hereby waived and the provisions of the Official Code of Georgia, Annotated Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-1&amp;title=25&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">25-9-1</a><I>et. seq.</I> shall continue in full force and effect. </P> <P>LOCATOR/UTILITY Name (print):__________________________</P> <P>LOCATOR/UTILITY Signature:_____________________________</P> <P>EXCAVATOR Name (print):________________________</P> <P>EXCAVATOR Signature:___________________________</P> <P>Date: _____________________________</P> <P>(insert date on page one of the agreement)</P> <P><B>SAMPLE SAMPLE</B></P> <h2><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.14" name="515-9-4-.14" title="515-9-4-.14">Rule 515-9-4-.14 Georgia Underground Marking Standards</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(1)">(1)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><B>White Lining.</B></span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(1)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><B> Scope. </B></span><span class="">This Rule shall have statewide application; provided, however, that any municipal or county governing authority in this State may adopt, by resolution or ordinance, more stringent requirements relating to white lining, but no local governing authority may adopt less stringent marking standards requirements.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(1)(b)">(b)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><B> Purpose.</B></span><span class=""> The purpose of white lining the area to be located is to allow everyone involved with the dig site to know the exact location of the proposed excavation. White-lining the excavation site is an excellent way to assist the utilities or utility locators in marking lines in the work area right the first time and in less time. This technique eliminates speculation by the locator about where the excavation will take place and will often enable the utility or its agent to locate faster and more accurately. In short, pre-marking the area and the extent of the intended excavation can reduce delays and the time it takes to conduct the locate.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(1)(c)">(c)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><B> Background.</B></span><span class=""> White lining is a practice that has been widely used in the United States where the National Transportation Board concluded that pre-marking is a practice that helps prevent excavation damage. The procedure simply involves an excavator using white paint to indicate the route or area that is going to be excavated, such that the locator then knows exactly how much marking is required and where. White lining reduces confusion about what utility facilities need to be marked or not marked.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(1)(d)">(d)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><B> Directive to UPC.</B></span><span class=""> Pursuant to O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-4&amp;title=25#25-9-4(a) (1)" target="_newtab">25-9-4(a) (1)</a></span><span class="">, </span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-6&amp;title=25#25-9-6(a) (1) and (b)" target="_newtab">25-9-6(a) (1) and (b)</a></span><span class="">, </span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-7&amp;title=25#25-9-7(a) (2)" target="_newtab">25-9-7(a) (2)</a></span><span class="">, and </span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-13&amp;title=25#25-9-13(f)" target="_newtab">25-9-13(f)</a></span><span class=""> and pursuant to Commission Utility Rule </span><span class=""> <a title="515-9-6-.01" href="515-9-6-.01">515-9-6-.01</a></span><span class="">, the Utilities Protection Center, Inc. ("UPC" or "One-Call Center") is hereby directed to establish policies and procedures which identify when white lining is required. Examples of areas to be white lined are smaller (involving only a portion of a particular address) or linear excavations such as telecommunication drops and lines, service lines (such as for water, gas, electricity and sewer), utility pits, cuts and repairs, curb repairs, bore holes, directional boring pathways, pole and signage placements, etc. Such examples are merely explanatory of the type of excavation where white lining is appropriate and are not meant to be exclusive.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(1)(e)">(e)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><B> Exceptions to White Lining. </B></span><span class="">Unless otherwise required by applicable municipal or county ordinance, white lining will not be required in the following situations: </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(1)(e)(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Any large project so designated in accordance with GPSC Rule </span><span class=""> <a title="515-9-4-.13" href="515-9-4-.13">515-9-4-.13</a></span><span class="">;</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(1)(e)(ii)">(ii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Any jobsite that can be described with such particularity as required by O.C.G.A. 25-9-6(b); and</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(1)(e)(iii)">(iii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> "Emergencies" and "extraordinary circumstances" as such terms are defined in O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-3&amp;title=25#25-9-3(10)" target="_newtab">25-9-3(10)</a></span><span class=""> and O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-3&amp;title=25#25-9-3(14)" target="_newtab">25-9-3(14)</a></span><span class="">, respectively, are [pursuant to O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-12&amp;title=25#" target="_newtab">25-9-12</a></span><span class="">] statutory exceptions to O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-6&amp;title=25#25-9-6(a)" target="_newtab">25-9-6(a)</a></span><span class="">requirement for obtaining a locate ticket prior to commencing mechanized excavation and, hence, also exceptions to the requirement for white lining under this Rule. However, if a particular emergency notification is later determined not to have been an emergency or an extraordinary circumstance, then the excavator's failure to procure a locate ticket before excavating will be treated as a violation of O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-6&amp;title=25#" target="_newtab">25-9-6</a></span><span class=""> and of this Rule as per O.C.G.A. </span><span class="">§</span><span class=""> <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=25-9-12&amp;title=25#" target="_newtab">25-9-12</a></span><span class="">. Also, pre-excavation emergency locate ticket requests (that is, a requests for a locate ticket on an expedited basis sooner than the prescribed statutory time limit) will not be an exception to white lining as required in this Rule.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(1)(f)">(f)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><B> White Lining Symbols as Directions to Locator. </B></span><span class="">White lining proposed dig sites that will follow a single path or trench shall be marked using white lines and/or arrows and shall be located for twenty (20) feet on either side of the white line and for twenty (20) feet outward beyond the designate "START" and "END" of such linear white line. Therefore, it is important to identify the starting &amp; ending points. </span><span class=""><P> <P><img class="ImageLink" src="/pdf/ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_001.gif" alt=" image: ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_001.gif"></P> </P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(1)(g)">(g)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><B> Identification of White Lining Excavator. </B></span><span class="">In order toenable the locating utility or its locators to quickly identify the requested locate at the job site and expedite the locating process, each excavator when white lining shall identify himself or itself by labeling the white line area with the excavator's name or the applicable locate ticket number or both.</span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)">(2)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><B>Facility Marking by or for Utilities.</B></span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)">(a)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""><B>Utility Markings.</B></span><span class=""> Facility owners or their locate contractors shall indicate utility facilities by placing their UPC alpha code, along with the type material (if known) that the facility consists of, at the beginning and end of locates. Also, arrows should be placed at the ends of markings to indicate that the underground facility continues. In accomplishing the locate task, the line locator shall use industry-approved and generally accepted methods of locating. </span> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)(i)">(i)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> To avoid confusion on long runs, the marks shall be frequent enough to identify the owner.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)(ii)">(ii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The marks shall indicate the approximate center-line of the underground lines. For example, the middle of the cable, line or pipe shall be at the center of the dashed marks.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)(iii)">(iii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Location marks shall be 4 to 12 inches in length and at intervals of 5 to 10 feet. </span><span class=""><P> <P><img class="ImageLink" src="/pdf/ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_002.gif" alt=" image: ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_002.gif"></P> </P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)(iv)">(iv)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> The line locator (person marking the lines) shall extend marks outside the proposed work area by 20 to 30 feet if those facilities extend outside the proposed excavation area. </span><span class=""><P> <P><img class="ImageLink" src="/pdf/ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_003.jpg" alt=" image: ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_003.jpg"></P> </P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)(v)">(v)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> In areas such as flower beds, rock gardens, etc., flags or stakes may be an alternative to paint. The decision to use flags, paint, or stakes shall be based on the terrain and job conditions. For instance, flags or stakes in wet areas, offsets in dirt construction zones that have a high volume of traffic crossing their line location marks. </span><span class=""><P> <P><img class="ImageLink" src="/pdf/ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_004.gif" alt=" image: ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_004.gif"></P> </P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)(vi)">(vi)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Dead ends, stub-outs, termination points, etc., shall be marked as follows: </span><span class=""><P> <P><img class="ImageLink" src="/pdf/ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_005.jpg" alt=" image: ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_005.jpg"></P> </P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)(vii)">(vii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Lines that have connections (e.g., T's or Y's) or changes in directions shall be clearly indicated. Marks indicating lines or connections shall clearly show the intersection and path of the line or connection. Marks that show changes in direction shall be placed closer together for more clarity and accuracy. </span><span class=""><P> <P><img class="ImageLink" src="/pdf/ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_006.jpg" alt=" image: ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_006.jpg"></P> </P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)(viii)">(viii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Manholes and valves shall be identified by using a circle and letters if they are not visible (dirt covering valve boxes or pavement covering manhole cover). </span><span class=""><P> <P><img class="ImageLink" src="/pdf/ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_007.gif" alt=" image: ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_007.gif"></P> </P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)(ix)">(ix)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Facilities that cross but do not intersect shall be marked as described to indicate such installation manner. </span><span class=""><P> <P><img class="ImageLink" src="/pdf/ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_008.jpg" alt=" image: ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_008.jpg"></P> </P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)(x)">(x)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Unlocateable sewer laterals shall be marked by placing a green triangle on the sewer main and, if the location of the tap for such unlocateable sewer lateral is known, by placing a green "T" or "Y" or other appropriate symbol at the tap pointing generally toward the address served by such unlocateable sewer lateral. </span><span class=""><P> <P><img class="ImageLink" src="/pdf/ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_009.jpg" alt=" image: ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_009.jpg"></P> </P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)(xi)">(xi)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> When facilities share the same trench, they shall be heavily identified and separated enough so that they can be readily identified. This would apply to lines that share the same color code. For example, cable television &amp; telephone lines: </span><span class=""><P> <P><img class="ImageLink" src="/pdf/ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_010.jpg" alt=" image: ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_010.jpg"></P> </P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)(xii)">(xii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> If the facility to be marked has a diameter greater than 12", the size of the facility shall be indicated if known. If the size is not known, then the mark shall indicate greater than 12 inches.</span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)(xiii)">(xiii)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> Duct structures shall be marked by using a dot with parallel boundary on each side of the dot. </span><span class=""><P> <P><img class="ImageLink" src="/pdf/ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_011.jpg" alt=" image: ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_011.jpg"></P> </P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)(xiv)">(xiv)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> In areas where there is a strong likelihood that any or all marker types showing line location would be destroyed, offsets shall be placed on a permanent surface. However, offsets should be used only in conjunction with marks placed above a facility. Offset spacing should be every third or fourth mark. For example, the following mark would indicate the line is 16 feet from the end of the arrow. </span><span class=""><P> <P><img class="ImageLink" src="/pdf/ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_012.jpg" alt=" image: ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_012.jpg"></P> </P></span></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><span class=""><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="515-9-4-.14(2)(a)(xv)">(xv)</a></span></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><span class=""> In areas where cables are spliced, the facilities should be located individually as far as possible on both sides of the splice. When the signal is distorted due to the near proximity to the splice a circle with "SP" should indicate the area of distortion or "splice pit". </span><span class=""><P> <P><img class="ImageLink" src="/pdf/ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_013.jpg" alt=" image: ga/admin/2017/515-9-4-.14_013.jpg"></P> </P></span></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </div> </div> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.01" name="515-9-4-.01" title="515-9-4-.01">Rule 515-9-4-.01 Purpose of Procedures</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.02" name="515-9-4-.02" title="515-9-4-.02">Rule 515-9-4-.02 Definitions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.03" name="515-9-4-.03" title="515-9-4-.03">Rule 515-9-4-.03 Commission Jurisdiction</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.04" name="515-9-4-.04" title="515-9-4-.04">Rule 515-9-4-.04 Advisory Committee</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.05" name="515-9-4-.05" title="515-9-4-.05">Rule 515-9-4-.05 Notification of Probable Violations of the Act</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.06" name="515-9-4-.06" title="515-9-4-.06">Rule 515-9-4-.06 Repealed</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.07" name="515-9-4-.07" title="515-9-4-.07">Rule 515-9-4-.07 Commission Staff Investigation of Probable Violation</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.08" name="515-9-4-.08" title="515-9-4-.08">Rule 515-9-4-.08 Advisory Committee Review of Probable Violations of the Act</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.09" name="515-9-4-.09" title="515-9-4-.09">Rule 515-9-4-.09 Commission Staff Action</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.10" name="515-9-4-.10" title="515-9-4-.10">Rule 515-9-4-.10 Commission Action</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.11" name="515-9-4-.11" title="515-9-4-.11">Rule 515-9-4-.11 Civil Penalties</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.11.1" name="515-9-4-.11.1" title="515-9-4-.11.1">Rule 515-9-4-.11.1 Civil Penalties for Local Governing Authorities (Tiered Penalty Structure)</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.12" name="515-9-4-.12" title="515-9-4-.12">Rule 515-9-4-.12 Appeals Generally</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.13" name="515-9-4-.13" title="515-9-4-.13">Rule 515-9-4-.13 Procedures for Large Projects</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/515-9-4-.14" name="515-9-4-.14" title="515-9-4-.14">Rule 515-9-4-.14 Georgia Underground Marking Standards</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 2017 Lawriter LLC - All rights reserved.</span>| <a href="mailto:support@casemakerlegal.com?subject=Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia">Email Us</a> | 844-838-0769 | <a href="http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en" target="_blank" onclick="if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf('opera') != -1 && window.event.preventDefault)window.event.preventDefault();this.newWindow = window.open('http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en&url='+escape(document.location.href)+'&referrer='+escape(document.referrer), 'webim','toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,status=1,menubar=0,width=640,height=480,resizable=1');this.newWindow.focus();this.newWindow.opener=window;return false;">Live Chat</a> </div> </div> </body> </html>