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Damage Prevention Committee

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
October 24, 2006
Miss Utility Call Center
Hanover, MD  21076

I. Call To Order and Introduction:
Wayne Gilmer (Utiliquest) called the regular monthly meeting to order at 9:35 am.
Introductions were made.

The minutes of September 26, 2006 were approved.

II. Damage Prevention Presentations:
None at this time.

III. Safety Events:
Tom Baldwin (BGE) stated that he, Mark Hamrick (Verizon) and Matt Ruddo (Miss Utility Center) attended a safety meeting for Anne Arundel County on October 3, 2006 in Millersville, MD. The group viewed the BGE Dig Smart training video. He said approximately 30 people were in attendance. He also said there were a lot of good questions asked during the Q & A session.

Wayne Gilmer stated that he and Matt Ruddo will be attending the 24th Annual MNCPPC Safety Management Conference at the College Park Holiday Inn on November 14, 2006. The Miss Utility presentation is scheduled from 2:15 to 3:15. Matt Ruddo will be setting up the booth in the exhibit area.

IV. 2006 Contractor Nights:
Wayne Gilmer gave an update on the contractor nights that were held on October 17th and 19th. He said there were approximately 40 people in attendance at the Hughesville event and about 30 at the Spencerville event. He said that MOSH, Miss Utility, BGE, WSSC, SMECO, Mirant, Verizon and Miss Utility of Virginia had trade show booths setup at each event. Wayne said the turnout was good considering the small mailing that was done for each event. He said surveys were passed out and he was waiting to get them back from Chris McMurry of MGH. He said the surveys would determine if the contactor nights would be done again in 2007. He also thanked everyone that helped with the setup and cleanup.

V. Trade Shows:
Wayne Gilmer gave a brief overview of the home and garden trade shows that were held at Ripken Stadium and the Timonium Fairgrounds. A few people indicated that the Miss Utility booth was in a great location on the club level at Ripken Stadium. There was a general discussion about the Fall MD Home and Garden Show at the Timonium Fairgrounds not being as well attended from the previous year. A few felt that it wasn’t promoted as well as it had been in previous years.

Wayne Gilmer stated that Suburban MD Home and Garden Show would be held October 27-29, 2006 at the Show Place Arena. He stated that a volunteer would be needed on the 10am-2pm shift with Kevin Woolbright (WSSC) on Sunday October 29th.

VI. SafetyComm Solutions Pipeline Safety Presentations/Dinners:
Wayne Gilmer stated that SafetyComm Solutions requested that we participate in their upcoming pipeline safety presentation. He said that he and Matt Ruddo would be taking the booth and would be on hand to answer any questions from the audience. Matt Ruddo stated that they used to run the Pipeline Group Midwest. He also said contractors and emergency responders would be on hand for the presentations. Wayne stated that November 6th would be held in Waldorf, November 8th in Aberdeen, November 27th in Frederick, November 28th in McHenry and November 29th in Columbia. Matt said that everyone could visit www.safetycommsolutions.com to RSVP to the dinner meetings.

Tom Baldwin stated that it might not be a bad idea to have folks register on the Miss Utility website if there are plans to do the contractor nights again.

VII. Pipeline Group, Inc. Presentations:
Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the Pipeline group, Inc pipeline safety meetings held October 10th-12th. Wayne said that breakfast meetings were held for contractors and a lunch meeting for emergency responders. He said that the attendance was light and thought it would have been better to have dinner meetings instead of breakfast ones. Matt Ruddo said that they plan on having a dinner meeting on November 14th at the Clarion Hotel, 980 Hospitality Way in Aberdeen.

VIII. Marking Standards Group:
Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the Marking Standard meetings that have been held after the Damage Prevention meetings. He said they have been moving at a conservative pace because they want to make sure they take into account all stakeholders needs. He said the group established a standard for excavating around visible structures such as pad mounted equipment. He said the group agreed that a 3 x 3 foot box around visible structures should only be done by vacuum excavating and/or hand digging. He said the group also identified the use of corridor marking styles and considered any mainline above 4 inches as a high profile line.

IX. Locator Achievement & Dig Smart Awards:
Dora Parks (Miss Utility Center) gave a lengthy update on the Awards meeting that was held Friday October 20, 2006. She also gave the history on how the event came to be and how the event had been structured in the past. She requested that everyone email her (dora@missutiliuty.net) pictures of excavating, locating, etc. which will be shown in a video during the Awards Night. She said that each regional winner would be interviewed and a short bio would be projected on the screen when they are receiving their awards. She stated the main focus of the meeting was on improving the banquet and prizes. She also stated that the locator ballots would be mailed to the utility owners much earlier then previous years.

Wayne Gilmer asked Dora Parks if there was any word from the Governor’s office on proclaiming the third week of March 2007 as Underground Excavation Safety Week. She stated that we would need to wait until after the general election results in November.

IX. MD/DC Subscribers Group:
Wayne Gilmer stated that the next meeting would be held December 6, 2006.

X. FTTP/FIOS Progress Report:
Shawn Breen (Verizon) provided the following three month FTTP trench footage projections:

  NOV DEC JAN
Anne Arundel 175,089 131,511 31,874
Baltimore 9,176 44,076 65,477
Howard 230,578 163,097 53,465
Montgomery 3,677 24,724 0
Prince George’s 272,762 151,263 30,787

XI. Open Discussion:
Jim Noha and Bob Murray of Focus Networks stated their company is placing fiber optics for Baltimore County schools and they are having issues with time delays from the ongoing status codes they are receiving from Ticket Check. Kelly Hardy (Utiliquest) stated that he would talk to Jim and Bob after the meeting.

Wayne Gilmer indicated that it is important that ticket numbers and the time of the issue be addressed right away versus several weeks down the road.

Dennis Lescalleet stated that he was told by a representative with the Mind Safety and Health Organization that their underground facilities were exempt from being registered with Miss Utility. Zenon Sushko (MDPSC) stated that only Miss Utility Law exemption was homeowners digging on their own private property.

There was a general discussion about homeowners using mechanized equipment on their property. Tom Baldwin indicated that they handle utility line cuts such as that on a case by case basis.

Wayne Gilmer said that Roger Campbell of MOSH stated that there have been 31 fatalities in the state of Maryland this year which is above average. Wayne said that MOSH has increased their field inspections and most of the fines are at least five figures.

Dennis Lescalleet stated that his company is challenging MOSH’s training requirement for an excavator. He said they will have a hearing with MOSH in November. Wayne asked Dennis to check with his company to see if they would be willing to share their excavator equipment training manual.

Rudy McCumber (Rommel Engineering & Construction) stated that he is having issues getting tickets marked in Montgomery, Prince Georges and Baltimore Counties. He said he brought ticket numbers with him with the hope that someone could assist. Wayne Gilmer stated that he would get together with Rudy after the meeting.

Upcoming Damage Prevention Presentations:

  • December 7, 2006 Independent Electrical Contractors at 1424 Odenton Road in Odenton, MD from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Upcoming Safety Events:
November

  • 6th SafetyComm Solutions Pipeline Safety Awareness Dinner at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center 3090 Crain Highway Waldorf, MD 20601
  • 8th SafetyComm Solutions Pipeline Safety Awareness Dinner at the Clarion Hotel Aberdeen 980 Hospitality Way Aberdeen, MD 21001
  • 14th 24th Annual MNCPPC Safety Management Conference at the College Park Holiday Inn 10000 Baltimore Blvd. College Park, MD 20740
  • 14th Pipeline Group, Inc. Pipeline Safety Awareness Dinner at the Clarion Hotel Aberdeen 980 Hospitality Way Aberdeen, MD 21001
  • 27th SafetyComm Solutions Pipeline Safety Awareness Dinner at the Holiday Inn Frederick- Ft. Detrick 999 W. Patrick St. Frederick, MD 21701
  • 28th SafetyComm Solutions Pipeline Safety Awareness Dinner at the Wisp Resort 296 Marsh Hill Road McHenry, MD 21541
  • 29th SafetyComm Solutions Pipeline Safety Awareness Dinner at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel 10207 Wincopin Circle Columbia, MD 21044

Upcoming Trade shows:
None at this time.

Upcoming Meetings:
The next Maryland/DC Damage Prevention meeting is scheduled for November 28, 2006 at the Miss Utility Center. Coffee and donuts will be served at 9:00 am. The meeting will begin at 9:30 am.

The next Maryland/DC Marking Standards Committee will meet immediately following the Damage Prevention Meeting. Lunch will be available for those that attend.

The Maryland/DC Subscribers meeting will be held December 6, 2006 at the Miss Utility Center. Coffee and donuts will be served at 8:30 am, and the meeting will begin at 9:00 am.

There being no further business to be brought before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 10:30 am.

Attendee List
Name   Company   Phone   Email
Wayne Gilmer   Utiliquest   301-674-2769   Walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
Zenon Sushko   MDPSC   410-767-8113   zsushko@psc.state.md.us
Shawn Breen   Verizon   410-737-4042   Shawn.p.breen@verizon.com
Matt Ruddo   Miss Utility Center   410-712-0056   matt@missutility.net
Tom Baldwin   BGE   410-291-3121   t.c.baldwin@bge.com
Dennis Lescalleet   Pleasants Construction   301-428-0800   dlescalleet@pleasants.org
Kenton Jones   Verizon   410-746-7097   Kenton.l.jones@verizon.com
Karen Watkins   SMECO   301-274-4350   Karen.watkins@smeco.coop
Kelly Hardy   Utiliquest, LLC   410-536-0070   Kelly.hardy@utiliquest.com
Robert Vicks   PEPCO   202-388-2141   rvicks@pepco.com
Tom Hastings   OCC Locating   410-712-0202   thastings@occls.com
Sherell Stone   NPL Construction   410-355-1083   sstone@nplcc.com
Rick Behrens   CableCom   916-712-5028   rlbehrens@bellsouth.net
Veronica Rozier   Utiliquest   407-697-7161   Veronica.rozier@utiliquest.com
Dave Dubs   Networx   703-989-1715   ddubs@networxusa.com
John Eichhorn   Comcast   410-513-0450   John_eichhorn@cable.comcast.com
Joe Wilkinson   Verizon   301-904-6024   Joseph.a.wilkinson@verizon.com
Ed McDaniel   CableCom   301-536-8681   mrcablecop@aol.com
Tim Vancleve   Verizon   410-303-3987   Timothy.m.vancleve@verizon.com
Jim Noha   Focus Networks   410-391-9560    
Bob Murray   Focus Networks   410-391-9560   focustm@hotmail.com
Kevin Woolbright   WSSC   301-206-8216   kwoolbr@wssc.water.com
Don Jones   Washington Gas   703-750-5510   djones@washgas.com
Cal Brooks   Howard County   410-313-4952   cbrooks@co.ho.md.us
Andy Kaldmaa   Long Fence   301-350-2400   akaldmaa@longfence.com
Matt Bryant   Verizon   410-737-4057   Matt.e.bryant@verizon.com
Joe Feronti   Utiliquest   301-343-8762   Joe.feronti@utiliquest.com
Greg Johnson   PEPCO   301-670-8735   gmjohnson@pepco.com
Rudy McCumber   Rommel Engineering & Const   301-912-5740   rmccumber@rommelco.com
Alex Baquie   AA County   410-222-7344   alexboquie@aacounty.org
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