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216D.03 NOTIFICATION CENTER.
    Subdivision 1. Participation. An operator shall participate in and share in the costs of one
statewide notification center operated by a vendor selected under subdivision 2.
    Subd. 2. Establishment of notification center; rules. (a) The notification center services
must be provided by a nonprofit corporation approved in writing by the commissioner. The
nonprofit corporation must be governed by a board of directors of up to 20 members, one of
whom is the director of the Office of Pipeline Safety. The other board members must represent
and be elected by operators, excavators, and other persons eligible to participate in the center. In
deciding to approve a nonprofit corporation, the commissioner shall consider whether it meets the
requirements of this paragraph and whether it demonstrates that it has the ability to contract for
and implement the notification center service.
(b) The commissioner shall adopt rules:
(1) establishing a notification process and competitive bidding procedure for selecting a
vendor to provide the notification service;
(2) governing the operating procedures and technology needed for a statewide notification
center; and
(3) setting forth the method for assessing the cost of the service among operators.
(c) The commissioner shall select a vendor to provide the notification center service. The
commissioner may advertise for bids as provided in section 16C.06, subdivisions 1 and 2, and
base the selection of a vendor on best value as provided in section 16C.06, subdivision 6. The
commissioner shall select and contract with the vendor to provide the notification center service,
but all costs of the center must be paid by the operators. The commissioner may at any time
appoint a task force to advise on the renewal of the contract or any other matter involving the
center's operations.
(d) An operator may submit a bid and be selected to contract to provide the notification
center service under paragraph (a) or (c). The commissioner shall annually review the services
provided by the nonprofit corporation approved under paragraph (a) or the vendor selected under
paragraph (c).
    Subd. 3. Cooperation with local government. In establishing operating procedures and
technology for the statewide notification center, the board of directors or the commissioner must
work in cooperation with the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties,
and the Township Officers' Association. The purpose of this cooperation is to maximize the
participation of local governmental units that issue permits for activities involving excavation to
assure that excavators receive notice of and comply with the requirements of sections 216D.01 to
216D.07.
    Subd. 4. Notice to local government. The notification center shall provide local
governmental units with a master list, by county, of the operators in the county who are participants
in the notification center, and the telephone number and mailing address of the notification center.
History: 1987 c 353 s 9; 1997 c 187 art 1 s 15; 1998 c 386 art 2 s 69