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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 – August 19, 2015
Prepared by Dora Parks, Secretary


    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 45rd meeting of the Steering Committee was called to order at 8:55 am by Chairman Brown.

Committee discussions;

Adding a new Ticket Check code for ‘critical facility’ allowing codes for marked and unmarked (for government facilities). Discussion included; how to identify what is a critical facility, member response/onsite time frame and considerations for making this part of the rewrite for Title 34.  Committee condenses was to create a new Ticket Check code and not add to rewrite.

Lengthy discussion regarding utility marking within 18 inches of the underground lines and 24 inches for excavation, no mechanized equipment tolerance zone.  At this point, this issue remains undecided.

Committee reviewed the term for ‘test pit’ and agreed to revise the definition.

Draft revisions;

    New 1, Definitions
    New 2, Authority Creation
    New 7, Owner or Operator Responsibilities
    New 8, Excavation and Demolition, Duties of the Excavator

The next committee meetings are planned for

    Wednesday, August 26th
    Tuesday, September 1st
    Thursday, October 1st

Refreshments will be available at 8:00am followed by the committee meeting ending at approximately 11:30am.

The meeting adjourned at 11:50am.


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.

Meeting Attendees;

Sorted By First Name

Dora Parks
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
Gas Committee Member
WGL (703) 750-4388 ssbrown@washgas.com
Sean Parran
Electric Committee Member
PEPCO (240) 882-6499 slparran@pepco.com
Thurman Smith
Locator Committee Member
UtiliQuest (703) 926-0639 thurman.smith@utiliquest.com
Vince 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,

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