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 – February 8, 2016
Prepared by Dora Parks, Secretary
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 52nd meeting of the Steering Committee was called to order at 9:05 am by Chairman Brown. Customary committee and guest introductions were made, there were (13) in attendance.
Chairman Brown stated Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is considering changing their logo tag line from ‘Know What’s Below, Call 811’ to ‘Call or Click 811, Know What’s Below’. The committee agreed this was a positive move forward in light of the amount of excavators using the internet to process tickets. Miss Utility’s ITIC is at an average of 85%.
The committee discussed the current enforcement draft and considered the possible impact on the District’s City Council and Mayor, the Attorney’s General Office and Public Service Commission. It was suggested that the committee continue to move forward with the draft on a best effort basis understanding the various agencies will have a voice during their reviews.
PHMSA’s letter relating to ‘Pipeline Damage Prevention Program Final Rule’ (49 FR 43835-43869) was distributed and reviewed by the committee. The rule includes new procedures and criteria to measure a state’s damage prevention enforcement program. It was stated PHMSA has given states 10 years to implement the 2006 PIPES Act that provides for an adequate damage prevention program that includes enforcement.
The committee reviewed the DC Authority flow chart draft making changes, the revised flow chart will be available at the next committee meeting for review.
Discussion ensued regarding how violation fines are to be used; solely for education and damage prevention outreach, or to support enforcement operations and education/outreach. The committee agreed to use the Maryland approach to Authority industry seat selections. Dora Parks was asked to insert the Title 12-107, Membership into the Title 34 working copy for review at the next committee meeting.
Draft changes were made to sections; Enforcement & Penalties and Damage Prevention Fund.
Chairman Brown encouraged committee members to attend a Virginia Advisory meeting and a Maryland Authority meeting to review both state processes of enforcement.
The Maryland Authority meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7223 Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Hanover, Maryland 21076 at 9:00am.
The Virginia Advisory Committee meets the first Tuesday of the month at 1300 East Main Street Richmond, VA at 9:00am.
The meeting adjourned at 11:33am.
Scheduled committee meetings at Miss Utility, call center starting at 8:30am,
Monday, February 22, 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
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 minutes, attendee list and Title 34 working draft copies are available for review at,