About Us

Kansas 811 is the underground utility notification center for the state of Kansas. Through this facility, a person can notify operators of underground facilities of proposed excavations to request that the underground facilities be marked before they dig.

Mission

Kansas 811 is committed to serving its membership and providing excellent notification services for excavators, promoting damage prevention, and protecting the public welfare

Company Organization

Kansas 811 is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kansas One-Call System, Inc., an incorporated not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization, operates the statewide notification center for the State of Kansas. The organization is owned by the member underground utilities and is managed by a Board of Directors of underground utility owners/operators elected from the membership. The Notification Center has a full time Executive Director and two Public Relations Coordinators to carry out the day-to-day operations, activities, policies, goals & objectives, and oversight of all contracts & obligations of the Notification Center.


Our Staff

Kansas 811 Staff

Tom Shimon
Executive Director
Phone: (316) 687-0494
tshimon@swbell.net

Arch York
Damage Prevention Manager
Phone: (913) 219-4174
aayork@gmail.com

Russ Baxter
Damage Prevention Manager
Phone: (316) 570-4774
russbaxter811@gmail.com

Operations/Call Center Staff

Dawn Jester
General Manager
Phone: (316) 612-4001
dawn@occinc.com

Marcus Corbin
Office Manager
Phone: (316) 612-4007
marcus@occinc.com

Linda Ronco
Office Administrator
Membership Billing/General Membership
Phone: (316) 612-4002
lindaronco@occinc.com

Peggi Nicholas
Database Administrator
Member Changes
Phone: (316) 612-4003
pnicholas@occinc.com

Jessica Lewis
Kansas ITIC Administrator
(Internet Tickets)

Phone: (316) 687-2102
ksitic@occinc.com

Elly Wolf
Senior Office Supervisor
Phone: (316) 687-2102
koc@occinc.com

Daniel Bills
Office Supervisor
Phone: (316) 687-2102
koc@occinc.com

Ticket Receiving and Contact Information Changes
Phone: (316) 687-2102
koc@occinc.com


Damage Prevention

Kansas 811 spends approximately 10% of its annual budget on public awareness and damage prevention through various media outlets throughout the state of Kansas. During the first four months of each year, the PR Coordinators concentrate on excavator education meetings in about 50 separate locations in the state. April is “Safe Digging Month” nationwide. Each year, Kansas 811, with the assistance of the Kansas Corporation Commission, obtains a Proclamation from the Governor’s office declaring April as “Safe Digging Month” throughout the State of Kansas.. This is also the month that Kansas 811 commits thousands of dollars of media buys of radio and TV ads, billboards, website banners, and print ads on behalf of the member utilities. Kansas 811 also sponsors several sporting events with banners, public service announcements, and video ads to a captured public audience.

The remainder of the year, Kansas 811 purchases and staffs booth space at various industry-related trade shows. Meets with individual excavation companies, county planning, permitting and extension departments/agencies, member companies, the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Regional Committees, and equipment rental companies with the damage prevention message, brochures, pens, decals, and various other items to promote “Call Before You Dig”. Additional radio, TV, and website ads are purchased during the months of August and September. Kansas 811 also takes part in various school activities and Progressive Agriculture Safety Days across the state.


Our History

  • It all began in 1978 as organization known as “Kan-U-Dig-It”, a small call center located in the Southwestern Bell Telephone office in downtown Wichita, serving only the City of Wichita area. In the beginning, there were only four member utilities that had underground facilities in the City of Wichita. During the early 1980’s, the Department of Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safety began to encourage/require that all interstate pipelines either join or create a notification center to accept notices of intent to excavate. These companies, along with several telecommunications companies, approached the original four members about creating a single statewide notification center for the State of Kansas.Committees were formed and seed money was raised to hire an attorney to fill out and file all of the necessary paperwork to create a corporation (Kansas One-Call System, Inc.), by-laws, IRS Not-for-Profit status, and create an RFP for call center operations. Academy Computing out of Oklahoma City was hired as the first operator of the call center. Within the first year of operation, Kansas One-Call grew from four members to over 90 members.
  • In 1987, Kansas One-Call hired One Call Concepts to replace Academy Computing to operate the notification center. The organization continued to grow its membership. Then in 1993, legislation was passed that officially designated a single notification center for the entire State of Kansas which required all underground facilities, systems or structures of gas, electricity, communications, crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products to become members of Kansas One-Call. For the first time, the new legislation required that anyone who excavates in the State must file the notice of intent to excavate with the notification center. In the years following 1993, the Kansas Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act (KUUDPA) or “Call Before You Dig” statute/law has been modified a few times.Due to legislative changes to KUUDPA in 2008 (which required water and sewer utilities to become members), it was deemed that the Notification Center be a Public Agency subject to Open Meeting and Open Records. With these new requirements, the existing operator of the Notification Center (Kansas One-Call System, Inc.) needed to be reorganized.
  • In 2012, the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) created a new Public Agency Board of Directors to meet the requirements of the new legislation. This new organization was called the Kansas Underground Utility Notification Center (KUUNC). KUUNC was ordered by a Docket Order to begin organizing themselves to eventually operate the Notification Center for the State of Kansas.Committees were formed from the two Boards of Directors to begin transferring responsibility of the operation under the direction of KUUNC. In the fall of 2017, formal agreements to merge the two organizations (Kansas One-Call Systems, Inc. and KUUNC) together were signed by both Kansas One-Call and KUUNC. These documents, along with new by-laws, were sent to the KCC for final approval through a Docket Order, which was completed in February 2018. This resulted in a new parent organization called Kansas 811, formally known as KUUNC, to begin operations of the Notification Center and fully comply with the legislative changes of 2008. In 2018, while Kansas One-Call remained as a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) entity, it is fully owned and governed by the new Kansas 811 Board of Directors.The Board of Directors of Kansas 811 is proud to say that the Notification Center has provided uninterrupted service to the membership, excavators, and the public for the past 30+ years with a safe and efficient communications link between the underground facility owners and the excavating community throughout the State of Kansas.
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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for Kansas 811 is comprised of various member utility companies.

Chairman

Brad Mears
Kansas Municipal Utilities
Stakeholder: Municipal Utility

Treasurer

Ben Whiteside
Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative
Stakeholder: Electric 2 (Rural)

Secretary

Tim Maier
McPherson Board of Public Utilities
Stakeholder: Tier 2 Water/Waste 1

Members

Marshall Johnson
AT&T
Stakeholder: Communications 3

Dan Maschka
Northern Natural Gas
Stakeholder: Gas & Dist. 2

Josh Newman
Evergy
Stakeholder: Electric 1

David Rinaldi
Leavenworth RWD 7
Stakeholder: Tier 2 Water/Waste 2

Dusty Sease
Johnson County Water One
Stakeholder: Tier 3 Water/Waste

Jeremy Wallace
Cox Communications
Stakeholder: Communications 1

Steve Preister
USIC
Stakeholder: Locating Industry

Rex Schick
K&W Underground
Stakeholder: Excavator

Joe Williams
Kansas Resident
Stakeholder: Public-at-Large

Tom Shimon
Executive Director, Kansas 811


Operating Committee

The Operating Committee was created and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Directors (BOD) to advise them on matters affecting the business and affairs of the Notification Center. Members of the Operating Committee are generally employees of member utility companies who deal directly with the Notification Center receiving locate requests and deal with the Notification Center on a daily basis. From time-to-time the BOD will charge the committee to discuss various topics and bring the results of those discussions back to the BOD for a vote.

Chairman

Harold Nelson
Atmos Energy
Olathe, KS
Affiliate: Pipeline

Secretary

Tina Beach
CHS Inc
Affiliate: Pipeline

Members

Scott Alfaro
Nustar Energy
Wichita, KS
Affiliate: Pipeline

Tony Chavez
Kansas Gas Service
Wichita, KS
Affiliate: Gas

Autumn Chisholm
Marion County RWD #1
Durham, KS
Affiliate: Rural Water

Justin Clements
Kansas Gas Service
Overland Park, KS
Affiliate: Gas

Adam Cowart
KPC Pipeline
Olathe, KS
Affiliate: Pipeline

Sean Cummings
Kinder Morgan, Inc.
Houston, TX
Affiliate: Pipeline

Steve Degenhardt
City of Wichita
Wichita, KS
Affiliate: Municipal

Mark Doebele
City of Wichita
Lebo, KS
Affiliate: Electric

Russell Downey
Enbridge
Humboldt, KS
Affiliate: Pipeline

Tom Eis
Kinder Morgan, Inc.
Affiliate: Pipeline

Chris Elmore
Cox Communications
Wichita, KS
Affiliate: Cable TV

Verdis Green
Evergy
Kansas City, MO
Affiliate: Electric

Keely Hosmann
Nustar Energy
Kansas City, MO
Affiliate: Pipeline

Bill Huth
Enbridge
Salisbury, MO
Affiliate: Pipeline

Tyson Konen
ONEOK, Inc
Windom, KS
Affiliate: Pipeline

Mike Munoz
Black Hills Energy
Wichita, KS
Affiliate: Gas

Alan Prieb
CenturyLink
Hesston, KS
Affiliate: Telephone

Katherine Reed
BP Pipelines
Freeman, MO
Affiliate: Pipeline

Kevin Scheer
Southern Star Pipeline
Wichita, KS
Affiliate: Pipeline

Richard Senst
Northern Natural Gas
Mullinville, KS
Affiliate: Pipeline

Alan Shaw
Charter Communications (dba Spectrum)
Overland Park, KS
Affiliate: Cable TV

Tina Steele
Evergy
Kansas City, MO
Affiliate: Electric

Fred Taylor
Midwest Energy
Hays, KS
Affiliate: Gas/Electric

Gary Tolle
Southern Star Pipepine
Olathe, KS
Affiliate: Pipeline

Richard Ubben
Tallgrass Energy
Phillipsburg, KS
Affiliate: Pipeline

Mike Wooley
Riviera Resources
Ulysses, KS
Affiliate: Pipeline

Loren Zimmerman
Panhandle Eastern Pipieline
Haven, KS
Affiliate: Pipeline

Advisory

Russ Baxter
Kansas 811
Wichita, KS
Affiliate: PR Coordinator

Dawn Jester
One Call Concepts
Wichita, KS
Affiliate: General Manager

Max Pendergrass
Kansas 811
Wichita, KS
Affiliate: PR Coordinator

Steve Preister
USIC Locating
Wichita, KS
Affiliate: Locator

Tom Shimon
Kansas 811
Wichita, KS
Affiliate: Executive Director

Arch York
Kansas 811
Wichita, KS
Affiliate: PR Coordinator

Kansas 811

8100 E 22nd St. N, Bldg 2300-1
Wichita, KS 67226
phone: 316-687-2102

TO FILE A LOCATE REQUEST:
811 or 1-800-DIG-SAFE (800-344-7233)

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QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS REGARDING A SPECIFIC TICKET NUMBER:
email: koc@occinc.com

Please Note: Any modification, concerns, or questions regarding a ticket locate must be done by calling 811 or 1-800-DIG-SAFE