Today on Monday, September 27, a crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, is finishing the connection of the natural gas service lines to the new mains. When they are finished with the work, they will move their equipment off site. Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will follow to restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work.
A crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, replaced the natural gas main on Burd Place and activated it with natural gas. They began connecting the natural gas service lines to the new main and anticipate finishing this portion of the project in the week of September 27. Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, anticipates restoring the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work in early October.
A crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, began replacing the project’s natural gas main and connecting the service lines to the new main. On Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24, they will leave for another CenterPoint Energy job and return in the week of September 27. They anticipate finishing the project’s natural gas work by Wednesday, September 29.
During this time, the crew does not anticipate any road closures. Parking will be limited on the side of the road wherever the crews are working. Otherwise parking will remain available on Burd Place. The crew anticipates that approximately three weeks after the natural gas work is finished, Q3 Contracting will come to restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work.
What will CenterPoint Energy do?
Beginning in the week of September 20 and lasting into October 2021, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in St. Louis Park on Burd Place south of Cedar Lake Road. While Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas main on the odd-numbered side of Burd Place, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, and move any inside residential meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by their work.
What is CenterPoint Energy’s COVID-19 protocol?
The construction crews and personnel will continue to use the Covid-19 Customer Permission Flyer, which requests customer permission prior to entering homes. Personnel, contractors and CenterPoint Energy employees will continue to practice CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, sanitary practices and wearing face masks when entering customer homes.
What if I have an inside gas meter?
The customer will receive a CenterPoint Energy postcard in the mail typically within one or two weeks prior to the day when the Michels Corporation crews will perform the work. The crews will have CenterPoint Energy-authorized photo IDs stating that they are employees of Michels Corporation.
After the customer receives the postcard, the foreman will arrive at the customer’s house to schedule an appointment that typically meets with the customer’s schedule. If the customer isn’t home when they arrives, he will leave a door tag with his contact information to schedule an appointment with him.
Customers are advised to set aside a two- to four-hour time frame for the inside-to-outside gas meter move. They are also advised to mark their privately-installed utilities such as dog fences or sprinklers. Marking can be accomplished with tools such as spray paint or utility flags. The foreman will access the natural gas meter inside the house, move the meter outside, and relight the natural gas appliance pilot lights after the new meter has been relocated.
Customers with outside meters will be notified prior to the replacement or connection of the service lines to the new mains. Areas affected by our work will be restored to their original condition.
What should I expect during restoration?
Crews from Q3 Contracting, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, will follow to restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work, including hard and soft surfaces. On the soft surfaces such as boulevards and lawns, various erosion control measures keep the restored area moist, hold seed in the soil, and enhance seed germination. If an erosion blanket is needed it is secured in place with staples. The mesh is a wood fiber that will completely degrade. Prior to mowing the restored area, remove any loose staples that secured the blanket.