Thursday, January 31, 2013
Mile Markers

LOWER KEYS

Utility identifying power pole locations

Keys Energy Services (KEYS) advises its customers that contractors are continuing to gather and update the Global Positioning System (GPS) location of all utility poles within the KEYS service area from Key West to the Seven-Mile Bridge. The project began in November and is scheduled to be complete by the end of February. All work in the Lower Keys has been complete, and crews are now focusing their attention within Key West. Workers will be working seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. until sunset, according to a press release from the utility.

Customers likely will see workers walking and/or driving to all utility poles to update their GPS coordinates using a handheld device. All workers will be wearing orange or yellow vests when collecting the GPS information, and will be wearing badges identifying them as KEYS' contractors. Additionally, KEYS' customers should note that at no time will contractors need to gain entrance to homes or businesses in order to perform their work, however, they may need to enter backyards for utility pole access.

"With advances in technology and decreased costs we will soon be able to have GPS-accurate maps of our infrastructure," said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS' general nanager and CEO. The firm Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc. is the vendor for this project, which is costing the utility $40,102.

FLORIDA KEYS

Sheriff's office holds citizen academies

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office will be holding Citizen Police Academies in April and is looking for people who want to learn more about law enforcement.

Classes will begin the first week of April and continue through mid-May. There will be academies held in the Lower, Middle and Upper Keys. Attendees will be asked to commit to spending one night a week between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. They will also be asked to participate in at least one ride-along with a deputy.

"We don't just stand in a classroom and lecture; you will have the opportunity to have a hands-on law enforcement experience If you attend these classes," Sheriff Rick Ramsay said.

Classes will include an introduction to patrol procedures, a tour of jail facilities, an introduction to weapons, traffic and felony stops, crime scene investigations, building searches and an introduction to specialty units such as SWAT, Bomb, Dive, Major Crimes and Special Investigations.

Graduation will take place the week of May 20.

Space is limited. Anyone who is interested should contact the sheriff's office. In the Upper Keys, call 305-853-3211; Middle Keys call 305-289-2430 and Lower Keys call 305-745-3184.