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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 – April 22, 2015
Prepared by Dora Parks

PURPOSE OF REWRITE

    To modify the current District of Columbia One-Call Law, Title 34 “Public Utilities”; Subtitle 7, Chapter 27 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 39th meeting of the Steering Committee was called to order at 9:00am by Chairman Brown.

Meeting minutes from April 15, 2015 were approved as written.

Chairman Brown made an announcement that Washington Gas will implement an enhancement to positive response in their footprint area for Maryland and the District of Columbia.  Washington Gas will provide excavators processing tickets additional information for site markings to include a picture of the marked site, an orthophoto and a form for excavators to provide any questions and concerns regarding the marked site.  Chairman Brown further explained that during the 2014 pilot in Montgomery County Washington Gas realized a reduction in gas damages. Early May is targeted to start providing this additional service to excavators.

Jim Barron, Executive Director of the Maryland Authority reported the Cross Bore bill was passed by both the Senate (SB #401) and House committees.  It is anticipated the bill will be signed into law on October 1, 2015.  The bill was changed to include both water and sewer services on the private site to include a tracer wire for full replacements and new installations.

Committee Discussions;

Chairman Brown provided highlights of draft changes to the existing Title 34 law for the benefit of the committee; the draft is now aligned with PHMSA’s Nine Key Elements for an effective damage prevention program.  Additionally, CGA Best Practices were considered for certain elements of the draft in addition other State damage prevention laws. 

The committee continued discussions regarding the draft enforcement component regarding processes, membership and funding.

From this point, the draft will be thoroughly reviewed for sufficiency and format in preparation for review with the District’s General Council for the PSC, the Mayor and City Council and the Attorney General’s office.

Title 34 draft changes were made to;

    New 1 Terms
    New 7, Authority Makeup/Creation

The next committee meetings are planned for, May 7th and the 14th at the Miss Utility call center located at, 7223 Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Hanover, MD 21076.  Refreshments will be available at 8:00am followed by the committee meeting, 8:30am to approximately 11:30am.

The meeting adjourned at 11:15am.
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Title 34 Rewrite Steering Committee meetings are open to the public and are held at the Miss Utility Call Center located at; 7223 Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Hanover, MD 21076.

NAME
Sorted By First Name

COMPANY TELEPHONE # EMAIL ADDRESS
Bob Evans
Gas Committee Member
WGL (202) 624-6573 revans@washgas.com
Bruce Bereano
Staff Committee Member
  (410) 267-0410 lobbyannapolis@verizon.net
Denny Showalter (DC NUCA)
Excavator Committee Member
Insight, LLC (DC NUCA Rep) (703) 999-8828 dshowalter@planwithinsight.com
Dora Parks
Secretary
Call Center Committee Member
One Call Concepts (410) 782-2026 dora@missutility.net
Jim Barron
MUFDPA Committee Member
MUFDPA (410) 782-2102 jim.barron@mddpa.org
Joe Shelton (DC NUCA)
Excavator Committee Member
B.F. Joy (DC NUCA Rep) (301) 699-6002 jshelton@bfjoy.com
Kevin Woolbright
MUFDPA Committee Member
WSSC (240) 205-3684 kwoolbr@wsscwater.com
Scott Brown
Chairman
Gas Committee Member
WGL (703) 750-4388 ssbrown@washgas.com
Thurman Smith
Locator Committee Member
UtiliQuest (703) 926-0639 thurman.smith@utiliquest.com
Vincent Healy
Telephone Committee Member
Verizon (301) 791-5690 vincent.c.healy@verizon.com

Meeting minutes, attendee list and Title 34 working draft copies are available for review at,
http://www.missutility.net/SteeringCommitteeRewriteDcLaw/index.asp

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