REGULATORY COMPLIANCE ANALYST POSITION OPENING

The Gas Authority is seeking candidates for the position of Regulatory Compliance Analyst for its Subscribed Regulatory Compliance Service.  The Analyst will assist subscribing municipal gas system Operators and master meter Operators achieve and maintain compliance with 49 CFR Parts 191, 192, and 199/40, and Georgia Public Service Commission Rules, including assistance with administration of a web-based work order and record keeping system; administration of a web-based Operator Qualification Program; assistance with and deliver of OQ training and evaluating; report preparation; inspection preparation, attendance and response; and manuals development, implementation, and maintenance.  The Operator Qualification portions of the service will also be made available to contractors.

Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related technical field, or equivalent related industry experience, and at least five years of recent, relevant experience in gas distribution operations. Candidates should have a thorough understanding of the pipeline safety code, excellent written and oral communication skills, and a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet Explorer. The successful candidate will be responsible for implementation of the service with a designated group of up to 20 Subscribers in middle Georgia.

Applications will be accepted until October 19, 2018.  Interested individuals should send their resumes, including references and salary requirements to bdefoor@gasauthority.com. The Gas Authority is an equal opportunity employer.

 

TIM FRANKLIN PROMOTED TO SRCS MANAGER

Tim Franklin has been promoted to Manager of Subscribed Regulatory Compliance Service.  Tim joined the SRCS as Assistant Manager two weeks after its inception in 2006, bringing a wealth of experience from the Georgia Public Service Commission, Atlanta Gas Light Company, and the United States Marine Corps.

Tim has played an integral part in the growth of the SRCS from 25 Charter Subscribers to 65 Municipal, 4 Master Meter, and 20 Contractor Subscribers.  His roles and responsibilities have included direct support of Subscribers, development of the gas work order and inspection modules for the HiperWeb system, creation of the SRCS Emergency Plan and Welding Procedures, maintenance of all SRCS Manuals and Plans, participation in Security & Integrity Foundation working groups and the GPERI committee, and supervision of the SRCS Compliance Analysts.

Tim and his wife, Marie, live in Commerce and spend a lot of time with their young grandson.

 

CORDELE JOINS SRCS

We are pleased to announce that the SRCS has a new Subscriber – the City of Cordele.  Public Works Director Steve Fulford and Administrative Superintendent Tina Bearden explored several options before deciding to join our service.  Compliance Analyst Chris Welborn will soon begin working with Tina to set up SRCS products and services.

Located on I-75 about halfway between Atlanta and the Florida State Line, Cordele has a healthy residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customer base.  The addition of Cordele and its 1,100 customers brings the SRCS Subscriber count to 65 municipal Operators (62 in Georgia and 3 in Alabama), along with five Master Meter Operators, one Production Operator, and 19 contractors.

Please join us in welcoming Cordele to the SRCS!

WEDOWEE JOINS SRCS

Effective April 1, the Water, Sewer and Gas Board of Wedowee is an SRCS Subscriber.  Wedowee, which is already a Gas Authority Member, is located in east central Alabama near the other two current SRCS Subscribers – East Central Alabama Gas District and Roanoke Utilities.  This proximity to other Subscribers in Alabama and Georgia makes this a perfect fit for efficient delivery of SRCS products and services.  Mayor Tim Coe and Gas Superintendent Phil Thompson will soon begin working with Compliance Analyst Chris Welborn to set up Wedowee in the SRCS.

With the addition of Wedowee, the SRCS now serves 64 Municipal Operators (61 in Georgia and 3 in Alabama), 5 Master Meter Operators, 1 Production Operator, and 14 Contractors.

Please join us in welcoming Wedowee to the SRCS!

DECATUR COUNTY INDUSTRIAL PARK JOINS SRCS

Please join us in welcoming Decatur County Industrial Air Park as an SRCS Subscriber.

Located near Bainbridge in southwest Georgia, the Industrial Park provides natural gas, water, wastewater, and other infrastructure services to 20 industrial customers with room for more.  And, as the name implies, the Decatur County Airport is part of the Industrial Park.

Earlier this year, Decatur County and the City of Bainbridge entered an agreement for Bainbridge to operate the Industrial Park gas system.  County Administrator Alan Thomas and City Manager Chris Hobby recognized that combined operations would result in more effective and efficient performance and compliance.  Since Bainbridge is a longtime SRCS Subscriber, it made sense for Decatur County to become a Subscriber so that the City can perform operation, maintenance, and emergency response activities seamlessly between the two systems.

Industrial Park Manager Andy Oliver and his staff are working with Bainbridge gas personnel and SRCS Compliance Analyst Sam Yarley to make a smooth transition to SRCS products and services by the end of June.

GRANTVILLE JOINS SRCS

2016 began with great news as Grantville joined Subscriber on January 1!

Al Grieshaber, who became Grantville’s City Manager in July of last year, first heard about the SRCS during a Member Orientation Session in the fall and asked for more information.  After hearing details about the history and services of the SRCS, he decided to join right away.  Along with Director of Public Works & Utilities Ron Owens, Coordinator of Public Works & Utilities Joan Henry, and City Clerk Lynn Basham, Al will soon meet with SRCS Compliance Analyst Maurice Chaney to begin setting Grantville up in the SRCS products and services.

Grantville’s 667 customers bring the total SRCS meter count to more than 281,000.  Sixty-two Municipal Operators – 60 in Georgia and 2 in Alabama – are now SRCS Subscribers, as well as five Master Meter Operators, one Production Operator, and thirteen Contractor-Subscribers.

Please join us in welcoming Grantville to the SRCS!

CARTERSVILLE JOINS SRCS

Please join us in welcoming the City of Cartersville to the SRCS effective September 1.  Serving much of Bartow County and a portion of Floyd County, Cartersville has more than 9,400 customers including several large industrials.  Over the past two decades, Cartersville Gas Director Gary Riggs and his staff have promoted the interests of municipal natural gas systems through leadership roles on the GMA Gas Section Executive Committee, the Georgia Utility Coordinating Council Legislative Committee, the Georgia Utility Facility Protection Advisory Committee, and the North Georgia Corrosion Control Committee.

Along with Gary, we will work closely with Regulatory Compliance Supervisor Greg Thacker, Regulatory and Construction Coordinator Jacob O’Bryant, and Distribution and Construction Superintendent Michael Dickson.  SRCS Compliance Analyst Maurice Chaney and Assistant Manager Tim Franklin have already begun setting Cartersville up in our products and services.

The addition of Cartersville brings the SRCS to 59 Georgia Municipal Operators, 2 Alabama Municipal Operators, 1 Producer, 5 Master Meter Operators, and 12 Contractors.  The total active meter count for SRCS Subscribers is now more than 290,000.

Welcome aboard, Cartersville!

ANNUAL REVIEW OF MANUALS AND PLANS

As you know, 49 CFR Part 192 requires that certain manuals and plans are to be reviewed and updated by you at intervals not exceeding 15 months, but at least once each calendar year.  September is typically when we send a reminder of this requirement.

Please take the time to ensure that the following manuals and plans have been reviewed and updated as needed:

  • Operations and Maintenance Manual (O&M) – this should also include a review of your Welding Procedures, Operations and Maintenance Procedures (B31Q Procedures)
  • Emergency Manual
  • Operator Qualification Plan
  • Public Awareness Plan

Once the review has been completed and any updates have been made, complete the documentation in those manuals where a review sheet is included.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your SRCS analyst for assistance.