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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 – February 22, 2016
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 53rd meeting of the Steering Committee was called to order at 9:10 am by Chairman Brown. Customary committee and guest introductions were made, there were (12) in attendance.

Chairman Brown started the meeting by reviewing the committee’s progress to date regarding the Title 34 rewrite.  The committee’s attention to public safety through initiatives to prevent utility damages considering PHMSA’s 9 Key Elements, Common Ground Alliance Best Practices and surrounding states (Maryland and Virginia) damage prevention laws. The future enforcement plan for Title 34, if enacted could be the model for the nation.

The committee reviewed the Notice of Probable Violator flow chart process #2, revisions were made. The flow chart depicts each juncture of the violation process to the point of an appeal to the District’s Court of Appeals, suggesting the Attorney General’s Office represent the District’s Authority.

Committee member Kate Kelley, stated the Mayor’s office has received the PHMSA letter regarding its Pipeline Damage Prevention Final Rule and the Title 34 working draft. A staff person has been designated from the Office of Federal & Regional Affairs to monitor the progress of the rewrite.   Kate provided information on how other enforcement boards function within the District of Columbia.

The committee outlined its intention for the District’s damage prevention and public safety Authority Board;
            Stakeholder administered
            Board will include stakeholder subject matter expert volunteers
            Focus is public safety through utility damage prevention efforts
            Due process for probable law violators
            Non partisan
            Mayor to select the board members from a list provided by the stakeholder entities
            Meetings are open to the public and transparent
Fines and funding will not go to a general fund; they will provide the means for a proactive District damage prevention outreach, education and operations
            Authority to maintain the integrity of enforcement purpose and intent

The committee agreed this approach is unlike current District enforcement but believes it would serve the best possible result in the utility damage prevention and safety arena.
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.

Chairman Brown asked committee members to review the draft in its entirety and be prepared to offer comments and revisions at the next meeting in preparation of draft legal format.

The meeting adjourned at 11:00am. 

Scheduled committee meetings at Miss Utility, call center starting at 8:30am,

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 Attendees;

Sorted By First Name

Bob Evans
Gas Committee Member
WGL (202) 624-6573 revans@washgas.com
Bruce Bereano)
Staff Committee Member
  (410) 267-0410 lobbyannapolis@verizon.net
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
Katherine V. Kelley
Assistant Attorney General, DC
Attorney General's Office (202) 724-5533 katherine.kelley@dc.gov
Kevin Woolbright
MDUFDPA Committee Member
WSSC (240) 205-3684 kwoolbr@wsscwater.com
Matt Ruddo
Call Center Committee Member
One Call Concepts (410) 782-2025 mruddo@occinc.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
Udeozo Ogbue
DC PSC Committee Member
DC PSC (202) 626-9190 uogbue@psc.dc.gov
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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