THE FLORIDA UTILITY Coordinating Committee (FUCC) was established in 1932 as a confederation of all public and private utilities, transportation engineers, utility coordinators, contractors, state, city and county agencies. Our mission is “to improve the safety and efficiency of operation, maintenance, and construction of utility and transportation infrastructure through coordination, communication, education, and facilitating cooperative relationships.”
Through the chairperson and the executive committee, we continue the vision of our organization. Sunshine 811, the One Call center for Florida, maintains a strong connection to the FUCC as an Emeritus sponsor and holds a permanent position on the executive committee. Sunshine 811 staff gives presentations to the group at every meeting to update the group on changes to the One Call system as well as to seek comments and concerns from the group to take back to Sunshine 811 management. Their staff has held officer and committee chairman positions for several decades. They provide safety workshops and partner with other safety agencies to provide the most up-to-date information. They recently held a “technology safety workshop” where several safety companies came in and demonstrated their products. This afforded many UAOs to address safety concerns they had experienced.
We have a UAM committee that we enact as changes are needed to this vital piece of legislation. Education is key and we host an education workshop at each meeting that is developed by a specific utility committee (Power Interest, Telecom, Underground, and Joint Use). These committees provide utility agencies the opportunity to discuss with their peers any transportation concerns while working in the right of way.”
The FUCC is utilized by all local governments and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) as a way to meet with the entire utility industry three times a year and bring forth any new policies or work together on issues affecting the industry. The FDOT partners with us and utilizes our group for input as part of the review process of the FDOT Utility Accommodation Manual, a legislated document governing the state rights of way. We have a UAM committee that we enact as changes are needed to this vital piece of legislation. Education is key and we host an education workshop at each meeting that is developed by a specific utility committee (Power Interest, Telecom, Underground, and Joint Use). These committees provide utility agencies the opportunity to discuss with their peers any transportation concerns while working in the right of way. It allows everyone the opportunity to bring those concerns to the forefront so as a unit with all stakeholder represented, we can focus on a resolution. Sunshine 811 is part of the Underground committee to help remind us that safety is our priority and responsibility. We create task teams based on the need of the industry.
As chair, I am proud to say we have assisted many other states in their coordination efforts. If you are dealing with industry issues in your state, or would like to come and visit, I invite you to attend one of our annual meetings. We may appear as a casual group with a funny acronym, but the years of networking, building relationships and being passionate about safety and our industry has created a family environment. When you are in the field, in need of assistance and the pressure is on, it helps to know that help is as close as a phone call or two away. Please visit our website http://www.fucc.org.
Jeanna Dean has over 23 years of utility coordination experience and has been recognized for excellence in utility coordination by the State of Florida. She has provided utility coordination services for various small and large transportation and design/build projects within the United States and other countries.