Steering Committee to Rewrite the District One-Call Law
Chairman, Scott Brown: Vice Chairman, Meena Gowda, Esq.
Host Venue – Miss Utility Call Center in Hanover,MD
Minutes of the Meeting – March 31, 2014
Prepared by Dora Parks, Secretary
PURPOSE OF REWRITE
To modify the current District of Columbia One-Call Law to meet the requirements of PHMSA’s Nine Key Elements of an effective damage prevention program and to reflect best and current practices. Enforcement of the DC law will have its foundation in outreach and education.
The meeting was called to order at 8:40am by Chairman Brown, followed by introductions of committee members and guests.
The committee approved the March 24, 2014 minutes.
Anthony Lawson representing DDOT stated in an email he will no longer attend the committee meetings. The committee agreed DDOT needs to be represented on the committee and perhaps DDOT does not understand the importance of their participation. Vice Chairman Gowda will contact DDOT to discuss this matter. A suggestion was made that PEPCO and WGL should also reach out to DDOT supporting Vice Chairman, Gowda’s intent. If this effort is unsuccessful, Bruce Bereano volunteered to contact the Mayor’s office. The committee requested Dora Parks to provide Jeffery Powell of DDOT past meeting minutes and to add his email address to the DC Law Rewrite distribution list.
Vice Chairman Gowda will contact Aerial Levinson Waldman and Janet Robinson of the Attorney General’s Office regarding committee involvement.
There was discussion regarding what entity would provide oversight of the one-call center vendor. In most states, the Public Service Commission provides this service. Felicia West (DC PSC) will follow up regarding current vendor certification. The committee agreed upon the significance of having (1) one-call center to serve the District of Columbia with the current vendor being grandfathered in as provided in the law rewrite.
Chairman Brown reevaluated the suggested flow of law sections and made changes based on the process, sequence of events and ease of working within each section. All current law sections (34-2701 to 34-2709) are part of the new reorganization as outlined;
- Definitions and General Provisions – Section 2701
- Formation and Operations of the One-Call Center - Section 2702
- Excavation and Demolition - Section 2704, 2709, 2705 and 2706
- Owner or Operator Responsibilities (new section)
- Authority Creation (new section)
- Enforcement and Penalties – Section 2707 and 2708
- Education and Outreach Fund (new section)
- Designer Request – Section 2703
Future meeting schedule and venue;
Monday, April 14th at the Miss Utility Call Center, 7223 Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Hanover, MD
Monday, April 21st – to be determined
The Meeting adjourned at 11:20am.