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Proclamation #209 - Pennsylvania 811 Safe Digging Month

PROCLAMATION
“Pennsylvania 811 Safe Digging Month.”
WHEREAS, As engineers, designers, excavators and homeowners work to keep pace with this Commonwealth’s unprecedented economic development, it is important to minimize damage to underground utility lines, danger to workers, environmental pollution and loss of utility service to Pennsylvania citizens; and
WHEREAS, The Pennsylvania One Call System, a utility service information center celebrating more than 44 years of continuous service to the Commonwealth, is key to preventing injuries and damage when excavating; and
WHEREAS, This unique service provides easy, one-call notification about construction and excavation projects which may endanger workers and jeopardize utility lines while promoting workplace and public safety, reducing underground utility damage, minimizing utility service interruptions and protecting the environment; and
WHEREAS, This vital service, which began with only six utility companies in western Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh, now serves more than 100,000 excavators and 3,600 critical infrastructure owners throughout this Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, Each year, the Pennsylvania One Call System receives more than 750,000 notification requests and transmits more than six million notifications, providing protection to utility companies, their employees and customers; now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the Warren County Commissioners designate the month of April 2016 as “Pennsylvania 811 Safe Digging Month” to encourage all excavators and homeowners of Warren County to dial 8-1-1 or 1-800-242-1776 before digging in order to “Know What’s Below,” avoid injury, protect the environment, and prevent millions of dollars in damages and to remind excavators that three business days’ notice is the law, for safe digging is no accident, and that more information may be obtained by visiting www.paonecall.org.
ADOPTED, this 23rd day of March, 2016.
COMMISSIONERS OF WARREN COUNTY
Cindy Morrison
Chair
Benjamin Kafferlin
Attest: Vice Chair
Pamela J. Matve Jeff Eggleston
Chief Clerk Secretary