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Oregon Joint Use Association Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Prepared for and Presented to

Oregon Public Utility Commissioners

July 2013 Workshop

Presented on behalf of OJUA by President Tom McGowan


  • In November 1999 a task force was established by the Oregon Public Utility Commission at the direction of the Oregon Legislature to address issues pertaining to utility poles.

  • The task force submitted proposed rules for determining appropriate sanctions for unauthorized attachments and criteria for certifying compliance with laws regulating pole attachments.

  • The Oregon Joint Use Association (OJUA) was formed based on the initial work from the task force.

Regulatory Mandate

  • OAR 860-028-0200 directs pole owners and pole occupants to establish a Joint Use Association

  • The Association shall elect a Board to include representatives of pole owners, pole occupants, government entities

  • The Board shall act as an advisor to the Commission regarding adoption, amendment, or repeal of administrative rules governing pole owners and occupants

  • Assist pole owner and pole occupant disputes

  • The Oregon Joint Use Association is one of the nation’s few comprehensive legislatively created industry workgroups

OJUA Board of Directors

Tom McGowan CenturyLinkPresident

Janet EbrightPGEVice President

Terry BlancTillamook PUDTreasurer

Scott WheelerComcastSecretary

Stuart SloanConsumers Power Inc. Immediate Past President

Sam AckleyHunter CommunicationsCLEC representative

Doug MortonCity of St HelensSmall City representative

Richard GrayCity of PortlandLarge Municipal representative

Gary LeeCharter CommunicationsCable representative

Mark BeaudryBeaver Creek TelephoneCooperative representative

Jeff KentPacifiCorpLarge Utility representative

Scott RosenbalmMcMinnville Water & LightMunicipal Electric representative

The OJUA Board represents over 55 member companies and organizations including

some from outside of Oregon.

OJUA Core Services

  • Serve as advocate and advisor on joint use issues to industry and government

  • Create a cooperative and collaborative environment for all pole facility owners and users

  • Provide accessible, quality, and affordable training

  • Provide an avenue for conflict resolution within the industry

  • Recommend and adopt industry standards and methodologies in the areas of best construction practices, facility identification, and inspection/correction practices

  • Provide management and oversight of the association to ensure its financial stability

  • Promote and expand membership

  • Review and make recommendations on proposed legislation


Six active committees

1)Executive Committee – Oversees and manages the Association

Chair - Janet Ebright (PGE)

2) Standards Committee – Makes recommendations regarding joint use standards

Chair - Gary Payne (CenturyLink)

Current Focus

  • NESC Grandfathering Matrix

  • Steetlights

    Past Recommendations and Products

  • NESC Violation Coding

  • Aerial Clearance tri-fold Reference Guide

    3)Conflict Resolution Committee – Offers objective non-binding peer recommendations related to member and non-member disputes

    Chair – Jeff Kent (PacifiCorp)

    No disputes in progress


4) Publicity and Education Committee – Develops and provides oversight of training programs to meet the needs of pole owners and users.

Chair – Jerry Donovan (PGE)

Currently reviewing feedback from the April Spring Training event which welcomed over 200 attendees with 45% as first time attendance this year from many states as well as Canada

5) Legislative Committee – Reviews legislative proposals of interest to joint pole facility owners and users

Chair – Richard Gray (City of Portland)

6) Inspection/Correction Efficiency Committee – Newly formed committee to explore the misalignment of inspection schedules and differing inspection criteria which results in increased administrative burden & reduces operational efficiency without commensurately increasing safety

Target date for work product is October 2013

Co Chairs – Janet Ebright (PGE) and Gary Lee (Charter Comm)

P & E Committee, 10 am – noon, 1st Thursday (unless noted—call OJUA office for location)

January 10February 7

March 7April 4

May 2June 10

July 11August 1

September 5October 3

November 14December 5

Standards Committee, 10 am – noon, 3rd Wednesday (alternate months unless noted)

January 16March 20

May 15July 17

September 18November TBD

Spring Training Event

April 24 and 25, Embassy Suites – Portland, OR

Annual Meeting

October 10 and 11, 7th Hallmark Resort – Newport

OJUA Meeting Schedule

Full Board, 10 am – noon, 3rd Thursday (unless otherwise noted)

March 21, Comcast – Nimbus Ave, Beaverton

June 13, Northern Wasco PUD, The Dalles

September 19, TBD

December 19, Salem, OJUA Office

Inspection/Correction Efficiency, 9:00 am

June 24 July 24

August 19

Executive Committee, 9 am – 11 am, 2nd Wed. (by invitation only)

January 9

February 13

March (no meeting)

April 10-P&E Chair invited

May 8-Standards Chair invited

June (no meeting)

July 10-P&E Chair invited

August 14- Standards Chair invited)

September (no meeting)

October 11 – Hallmark Inn, Newport

November 13

December (no meeting)

Main Income Source.

The Oregon Joint Use Associations main source of income is generated both by annual

membership dues and two events, the Spring Training Event and the Annual Meeting

Main Expenses

The Oregon Joint Use Associations primary expenses are related to event expenses

and support staff

Last independent financial review was conducted by Antico Forbes for the period 2009-2010-2011

Financial The OJUA is a self-sustaining , non-profit association.

Purpose and Mission

  • Expand awareness and collaboration on joint use issues

  • Develop and recommend solutions on ever changing joint use issues to industry and government

  • Promote education and training

  • To be a self sustaining non-profit organization

  • To provide a mechanism and structure for the industry to vet out joint use issues

  • Maintain open communication between the Oregon PUC Commissioners and the OJUA in all future rulemaking considerations, discussions and changes

  • Build trust between pole owners and pole users emphasizing;

    • Fair, reasonable, and consistent standards

    • Standardized communications and processes

    • Managed costs

    • Clear compliance definition

    • Safe and efficient use of the right of way

  • The OJUA was intricately involved with the AR 506 and AR 510 rulemaking process and devoted countless hours to crafting proposals which were aligned with the OJUA’s mission. Many of OJUA’s proposals were adopted by the Oregon PUC and are reflected in the current pole attachment and safety rules

  • Maintain open communication between the Oregon PUC Commissioners and the OJUA in all future rulemaking considerations, discussions and changes

  • The membership of the OJUA collectively agree that the current pole attachment and safety rules adopted five years ago represent a brokered compromise between pole owners and users and that the rules are promoting productive working relationships within the industry as intended

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