Supporting Village JULIE locates

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JULIE (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators) is a
not-for-profit corporation that provides homeowners and professional
excavators with a place to call when planning to dig. Before any ground
breaking occurs, the homeowner or excavator has to call JULIE and answer
questions about the excavation. JULIE will then notify its members with
underground utilities in that area to be marked. Because the Village of
Wheeling is a member of JULIE and owns a majority of the sewer and
water lines in the village, they are responsible for going out and
marking utility locations.

Previously, municipalities indicated to JULIE the location of utility
lines according to quarter-section numbers from large plat maps. If a
community had just one utility feature in a quarter section, any
excavation in that quarter section would require notification to the
municipality and field verification of the location. This has lead to
many erroneous calls and locates to areas where no actual municipal
underground utility existed, even in neighboring communities.

JULIE is now allowing municipalities to submit boundaries, using GIS,
based on their utility systems to be used in JULIE’s notification
system in place of the quarter section method used in the past. This
submission can potentially cut down the number of JULIE related service
calls a community will receive and perform, saving the community in
JULIE costs per notification and time for conducting unneeded locates.

The Village of Wheeling has taken advantage of this opportunity and
submitted a new boundary that solely encompasses the utilities in the
village. This will result in the village not having to respond to JULIE
locates outside of the village limits saving time and money. Without
GIS, the village would have had to keep the current boundary and
potentially waste even more money and time with any future JULIE
locates.

Supporting Village JULIE locates

Blog_Supporting_Village_JULIE_locates.jpg

JULIE (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators) is a
not-for-profit corporation that provides homeowners and professional
excavators with a place to call when planning to dig. Before any ground
breaking occurs, the homeowner or excavator has to call JULIE and answer
questions about the excavation. JULIE will then notify its members with
underground utilities in that area to be marked. Because the Village of
Wheeling is a member of JULIE and owns a majority of the sewer and
water lines in the village, they are responsible for going out and
marking utility locations.

Previously, municipalities indicated to JULIE the location of utility
lines according to quarter-section numbers from large plat maps. If a
community had just one utility feature in a quarter section, any
excavation in that quarter section would require notification to the
municipality and field verification of the location. This has lead to
many erroneous calls and locates to areas where no actual municipal
underground utility existed, even in neighboring communities.

JULIE is now allowing municipalities to submit boundaries, using GIS,
based on their utility systems to be used in JULIE’s notification
system in place of the quarter section method used in the past. This
submission can potentially cut down the number of JULIE related service
calls a community will receive and perform, saving the community in
JULIE costs per notification and time for conducting unneeded locates.

The Village of Wheeling has taken advantage of this opportunity and
submitted a new boundary that solely encompasses the utilities in the
village. This will result in the village not having to respond to JULIE
locates outside of the village limits saving time and money. Without
GIS, the village would have had to keep the current boundary and
potentially waste even more money and time with any future JULIE
locates.