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Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
February 28, 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 9:30 am.
Introductions were made.

The minutes of January 24, 2006 were approved with one addition. Christy Stinebaugh gave the FTTP footage estimates for February as well as March and April.

February:
Montgomery County - 55,290
Prince George ’s County - 124,600
Anne Arundel County - 253,803
Howard County - 184,800

March:
Montgomery County - 0
Prince George ’s County - 220,000
Anne Arundel County - 205,450
Howard County - 242,200

April:
Montgomery County - 0
Prince George ’s County - 313,040
Anne Arundel County - 164,850
Howard County - 219,100

II. New Business:
Wayne Gilmer gave an update on the safety presentations for C.J. Miller, CNA Insurance and King Site Management. He said the C.J. Miller presentations were well attended on each day. He said that a dozen or so excavating companies were present for the CNA Insurance’s one. He said that the presentation for King Site Management was a combo English and Spanish presentation. There were a few in attendance at the King Site Management one that only spoke Spanish. Matt Ruddo thanked Jamille Winder (Verizon) for translating the presentation into Spanish. Wayne indicated that using the BGE and Miss Utility videos together worked well for all the safety presentations.

Wayne Gilmer thanked those that volunteered to work the Washington Home and Garden show at the D.C. Convention Center from February 9 th-12 th and the Landscape Contractors Association of MD/DC/VA Winter Workshop at the Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center February 14 th-17 th.

Matt Ruddo stated that several business owners at the Landscape Contractors Winter Workshop thanked us for attending and providing educational material. Tom Baldwin suggested that the Miss Utility presentation be added as one of their workshop sessions.

Wayne Gilmer went through the trade show coverage spreadsheet and stated that volunteers were still needed for some of the remaining shows.

Dora Parks (Miss Utility) gave an update on the 2005 Dig Smart and Locator Achievement Awards Event. She stated that as of February 27 th 33 Dig Smart entries have been submitted for MD and 7 for DC and that 95 Locator Achievement ballots have been received in all regions. She also stated that the ballots and information on the Event have been posted on missutility.net.

Wayne Gilmer said that a new Miss Utility booth was purchased for the upcoming trade shows. He said it is more portable and easier to handle. Matt Ruddo stated that the second booth is available for anyone who would like to use it for a company safety day.

Wayne Gilmer stated that damage prevention safety videos have been added to the Lending Library section of the website. Matt Ruddo said there are a series of videos that are now available for anyone that wishes to obtain them free of charge. Karen Watkins (SMECO) stated that she has a SMECO safety video that she would like to add to the Library. Wayne said he would contact the Chesapeake Region Safety Council to see if they would be willing to donate any safety videos. Tom Baldwin suggested that we provide a link to their website if they weren’t able to donate any of their safety videos.

There was a lengthy discussion about the formation of a Common Marking Standard Subcommittee. Wayne stated that the Subcommittee was established at the last MD/DC Subscribers meeting to see if consensus could be reached on uniform marking standards. He said that excavator input is welcomed and he asked for volunteers.

The following people volunteered for the Common Marking Standards Subcommittee: Scott Brown (Washington Gas) Co-Chair, Wayne Gilmer (Utiliquest) Co-Chair, Ken Payne (PEPCO), Tom Baldwin (BGE), Christy Stinebaugh (Verizon), Mark Hamrick (Verizon), Calvin Musgrove (Anne Arundel County), John Kern (Comcast), Jackie Berry (WSSC), Kelly Hardy (Utiliquest), John Payne (Southern Maryland Cable), Dennis Lescalleet (Pleasants Construction), Kathy Riley (Absolute Underground), and Brian Sink (S&N Communications).

Matt Ruddo said that contractor dinners are being planned for the fall of 2006.He stated that the MDPSC received $13,000 in federal grant money from the One-Call Grant Application. Zenon Sushko (MDPSC) indicated that 2006 wasn’t a good year for grant money and that about $12,000 would be available for the Western Shore of MD. He said that across the board the Priority Three One-Call Grant requests only received about seventeen percent of the total request.

Tom Baldwin stated that BGE has forged a partnership with MOSH to crack down on repeat “no call” and non test-pitting offenders. He said MOSH expressed an interest in getting involved with the MD/DC Damage Prevention meetings.

There was a brief discussion about the Verizon FIOS ticket volumes. Bob Bold (Verizon) said they had recently received a franchise agreement in Howard County and hope to have one in Anne Arundel County soon. He said everyone should expect a significant increase in ticket volumes in the coming months.

There was a lengthy discussion about FTTP cables not being locatable. Kathy Riley expressed concerns because she has experienced significant delays in getting locate marks. Mark Hamrick said that Verizon did have issues with the locatable tape when the fiber optic lines were being pulled through the conduit. He said they are continuing to replace the tape with C-wire so that the cables can be located.

Kathy Riley expressed concerns with some of her tickets that are being statused with Code 2 (Marked) and there’s no locate marks on the ground. Several in attendance asked to speak to Kathy after the meeting to get specific details.

There was a brief discussion Emergency locate requests and the response time given expected on those types of tickets. Kathy Riley said she is being told by certain locators that cable television repair work is not an emergency. Tom Baldwin said that service outages are considered an Emergency; however, the Miss Utility Law does not address a less than forty-eight hour response time.

Tom Hastings (OCCLS) stated that there is a contractor working in the Baltimore area that is calling in Emergency tickets and are turning around and canceling them shortly after calling them in. Tom Baldwin said that he would talk to Tom Hastings after the meeting.

George Pedri (CNA Insurance Co.) thanked Wayne Gilmer, Jack Sullivan (BGE) and Matt Ruddo for the Miss Utility damage prevention presentation on February 23 rd. He said he is trying to get some of his smaller clients educated about Miss Utility and is in the process of putting together pre-dig checklist. He said he would like to schedule a few one on one meetings for his clients similar to the presentation on February 23 rd.

Upcoming Damage Prevention Presentations:
None are scheduled at this time.

Upcoming Trade shows:

March

  • 3rd-5th & 10th-12th Spring MD Home & Garden Show at the Timonium Fairgrounds
  • 9th MD Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Expo at the Timonium Holiday Inn Select
  • 18th - 19th Frederick County Builders Home Show at the Great Frederick Fairgrounds
  • 22nd Builder Mart at the Timonium Fairgrounds
  • 24th - 26th Allegany County Home Show at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD
  • 31st - April 2nd Suburban Maryland Home & Garden Show at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD

April

  • 22nd -23rd Harford Home & Garden Show at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, MD

June

  • 25th - 28th Maryland Municipal League Convention at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD

August

  • 16th -19th Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD

Upcoming Meetings:
The next Maryland/DC Damage Prevention meeting is scheduled for March 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 Maryland/DC Subscribers meeting will be held May 17, 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 :55 am.

 

Attendee List
Name   Company   Phone   Email
Jamille Winder   Verizon   443-845-6114   EMAIL
George Pedri   CNA Insurance Co.   410-692-5233   EMAIL
Matt Ruddo   Miss Utility Center   410-712-0056   EMAIL
Tom Hastings   OCCLS   410-712-0202   EMAIL
Joe Feronti   Utiliquest   301-343-8762   EMAIL
Wayne Gilmer   Utilitquest   301-210-0355   EMAIL
Tim Kempa   Comcast   410-612-0808   EMAIL
John Payne   Southern MD Cable   410-867-7577   EMAIL
Vic Giordani   NTI   410-796-7770   EMAIL
Bill Tayor   Verizon   410-760-1871   EMAIL
Karen Watkins   SMECO   301-274-4350   EMAIL
Bob Bold   Verizon   410-224-9458   EMAIL
Z. Sushko   PSC   410-767-8113   EMAIL
Tom Baldwin   BGE   410-291-3121   EMAIL
Josh Skillman   BGE   410-291-3617   EMAIL
Mark Hambrick   Verizon   410-610-1371   EMAIL
Jim Quade   Verizon   301-350-0806   EMAIL
Chuck Baker   Verizon   301-725-3966   EMAIL
Joe Wilkson   Verizon   301-904-6024   EMAIL
D L Mattox   PEPCO   202-331-6176   EMAIL
Dennis Lescalleet   Pleasants Construction   301-428-0800   EMAIL
Christy Stinebaugh   Verizon   410-737-4150   EMAIL
Brian Sink   S&N   301-874-8173   EMAIL
Monty Crawford   S&N   301-874-8173   EMAIL
Bob Norman   Utiliquest   443-790-0052   EMAIL
Kelly Hardy   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   EMAIL
Ron Miles   Williams/Transco   410-465-0960   EMAIL
Cerise Hart   PEPCO   202-331-6176   EMAIL
Ron Rose   AA County   410-222-7344   EMAIL
Tony Goodman   Washington Gas   703-750-4708   EMAIL
Sherell Stone   NPL Construction   410-355-1083   EMAIL
Ed McDaniel   CableCom, LLC   301-595-4704   EMAIL
Rick Behrens   CableCom, LLC   916-712-5028   EMAIL
Sherell Stone   NPL Construction   410-355-1083   EMAIL
Tim Colmus   Absolute   410-768-2607   EMAIL
Kathy Riley   Absolute   410-768-2607   EMAIL
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