Co-STARS are awarded to outstanding teams of employees.
Pictured above from left to right: Dan Genrich, Evan Vail, Shai Comay, Corey Kaldunski and Bryan Kost. Not pictured: John Schmitt.
Traffic and Parking Services, Public Works
Engineering Technician Supervisor Greg Guerrino nominated the team for managing thousands of Gopher State One Call requests for the City’s traffic infrastructure. Gopher State One Call is the notification system established to inform all Minnesota underground facility operators of intended excavation. The communication link between excavators and the underground facility operators has increased public safety while decreasing underground facility damage, monetary loss and personal injury by coordinating the locating of underground facilities.
“In the last year alone, these six outstanding employees not only had to handle more than 42,000 Gopher State One Call requests, including 8,100 tasks to locate infrastructure in the field, they also recorded all necessary new above- and below-ground traffic infrastructure from both the City and private contractors’ projects. Capturing field notes for about 100 projects was essential to keep our database up to date.
“The complexity of our traffic infrastructure has been increasing throughout the years with corners becoming more and more crowded with assets. As we all know, the City has seen a significant increase in the number of construction projects in the last couple of years; being short-staffed during this period, these individuals stepped up as a team to accomplish their goals.
“Gopher State One Call work is a state-mandated task, so whatever the weather conditions are and no matter the increase in workload, the work has to get done accurately and efficiently every day to ensure that the requests are satisfied. This team’s error rate was a remarkable 0.06 percent of the total field locates. That keeps our City’s projects moving forward and cuts down on departmental and project costs. Whether it’s City departments, private contractors or private citizens that request a Gopher State One Call locate, our group has shown that they have the capability and commitment to tackle the task as a team.
“As we move toward becoming even more efficient at our daily tasks, we’ve had to embrace the new and at times cumbersome software expansions. We are strong partners with the software provider for our Gopher State One Call ticket distribution company and have had the chance to work closely with them on advancing their product for future development. Unfortunately, at times, these partial deployments of software create some bumps in the road for our team. Our employees have not only embraced each modification to the software that is vital to their daily tasks, they have also been part of giving feedback to the company to help them understand the industry needs.
“As well as the above mentioned external difficulties that this team faces, each member has been an integral part of advancing our own digital database. We have taken on the way we store our records of the thousands of above- and below-ground traffic assets and are migrating old records into our new system. Each one of these employees is part of the team that will tackle the southern third of the City to draft old records into our new system using MicroStation. This will include gathering, reviewing and drafting the records for more than 100 intersections, numerous communication drawings and all of our lighting records in that zone. As one of their supervisors, I have the utmost confidence that this team can handle their daily duties and accomplish this special project because we have a phenomenal team that has the most to offer the City when it comes to these tasks.”
Published Feb 22, 2017