COG reminded to call before digging

Call before you dig.

That was the message brought by Pa. One Call Liaison Kirk Kirkpatrick during a presentation to the Warren County Council of Governments on Wednesday at the Elk Township Community Center.

He walked the local officials through how lines are marked as well as the specifics dimensions that those who dig are required to leave around lines while they dig, called the tolerance zone.

Municipalities voluntarily become members of the Pa. One Call system and all but two municipalities in Warren County are members.

Kirkpatrick said there are electric lines in Warren County that carry 34,000 volts, making the point as a reminder about the importance of knowing where lines are before digging from a safety perspective. As the liaison, he said it is his intention “to try to get everyone on board so everyone knows what is going on.”

He encouraged COG members to call with questions should any situations arise regarding line location and digging.

In other business, COG members heard from Public Safety Director Todd Lake, who said Warren County School District Superintendent Dr. William Clark has been “very proactive on drills and getting plans updated.” He explained that this year’s severe weather drill incorporated the school district and noted, “It was a very good exercise because we really made them think.”

He also announced that the county is seeking to facilitate a class next spring to assist business owners in planning for surviving disasters. “It’s a proven fact that over 60 percent of small businesses that have a disaster don’t re-open,” he said.

Regarding the fire service committee of the COG, Chairman Paul Pascuzzi noted that all of the Warren County fire companies received donations through Warren Gives. Spring Creek VFD raised the most at over $1,700, Pascuzzi said.