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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 29, 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 54th meeting of the Steering Committee was called to order at 8:58 am by Chairman Brown. Customary committee and guest introductions were made, twelve committee members in attendance and two guests.

Meeting minutes were approved for meeting February 22, 2016 as written.

The revised District of Columbia Authority flow chart was reviewed and accepted. The flow chart outlines the course of a notice of probable violation claim to the ending point of an appeal to the District’s Court of Appeals, suggesting the Attorney General’s Office represent the District’s Authority. A copy will be attached to the minutes.

Committee discussions included the following topics;

  • Title 34 support and influence regarding the AG’s office, DC PSC, Mayor and DC Council

  • Selection and approval of board members

  • Board members residency

  • Best time to approach the DC Government regarding support for the Title 34 rewrite

  • Creating an Authority fund name for collected fines and funding grants

  • Cross bore issue on a national level –represented as a CGA best practice based on the proactive approach of the MD/DC Subscribers Committee and BOD

The committee resumed draft reviews concentrating on part one, definitions.

Chairman Brown once again reiterated the importance of attending an enforcement hearing to better understand the processes for Maryland and Virginia;

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 11:20am.

Scheduled committee meetings at the Miss Utility Call Center starting at 8:30am,

Monday, March 21, 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016

Attachments; PHMSA 2006 Nine PIPES Act and the DC Authority Flow Chart revision dated February 24, 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

Angela Lee
Manager, State Government Relations
Verizon (202) 515-2513 angela.lee@verizon.com
Dora Parks
Call Center Committee Member
One Call Concepts (410) 782-2026 dora@missutility.net
Denny Showalter (DC NUCA)
Excavator Committee Member
Insight, LLC (DC NUCA Rep) (703) 999-8828 dshowalter@planwithinsight.com

Joe Shelton (DC NUCA)
Excavator Committee Member

B.F. Joy (DC NUCA Rep) (301) 699-6002 jshelton@bfjoy.com
Kevin Woolbright
MDUFDPA Committee Member
WSSC (240) 205-3684 kwoolbr@wsscwater.com
Meena Gowda, Esq.
Vice Chair
Water Committee Member
DC Water (202) 787-2628 meena.gowda@dcwater.com
Mark K. Battle, Esq. "PEPCO
Vice President, PEPCO Region
202-872-3360 mkbattle@pepco.com
Bob Evans
Gas Committee Member
WGL (202) 624-6573 revans@washgas.com
Scott Brown
Gas Committee Member
WGL (703) 750-4388 ssbrown@washgas.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


Sorted By First Name

GUEST - Donald Jackson DC PSC (202) 626-0201 djackson@psc.dc.gov
GUEST-Susan Stroud MD AUTHORITY Ex. Asst.   susan.stroude@mddpg.org

Meeting minutes, attendee list and Title 34 working draft copies are available for review at,

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