Minutes of The Marking Guidelines Meeting
May 3, 2006
Miss Utility Call Center
Hanover, MD 21076
Wayne opened the meeting with Team expectations and
Mission: To create consistency amongst locating markings and current standards
to eliminate confusion/discrepancies in efforts to increase the safety of MD
and DC communities.
Tom: the best practices developed in this team,
may be incorporated into new legislation for utilities. Kelly
was asked to spearhead those efforts. Kelly was
heavily involved with Common Ground Alliance. There
are also multiple complaints associated with marking
graffiti. Kelly would like to develop standards
and accepted protocol for white lining. Are we
going to establish standards on consensus or majority? Wayne,
we should first look at current standards and procedures
developed and decide if they are applicable to MD and
DC needs. Tom, I agree that we should look at what
CGA put together, VA standards, FL standards, and other
areas and see what we are comfortable with and look at
various facilities concerns. Wayne: Once
we have examined all materials, and dissect the information,
and develop a consistency to avoid confusion with the
standards and from going from one state to another. Mark: In
VA and WV the standards are the same, although if the
contractor is coming from PA, there is a large difference. Wayne: gave
examples of standards we need to look at to develop i.e.
multiple cables in a trench. Then we need to have
the MD/DC standards available in booklets, on the Miss
Utility website, and enforce training certification before
an excavator can dig. When to use offsets, when
to use flags, when to use dots. The marking colors
Wayne: Let’s look at gas, using a yellow
mark, how wide/large should the markings be, how it should
be marked, etc.
ACTION: Tom: we should get materials for
everyone in the team so we can all look at what has
been developed. Tom: FL, Kelly: CGA, Nulca, Don
Christy: will depth be addressed? Wayne: no, just
marking standards. Kelly: we should discuss
team goals today, expectations, etc. Wayne: we
should discuss what constitutes a majority. Kelly:
and labeling. Once we develop the standards, we should
distribute them to the major utilities and get a 75%
ACTION: We do not have a presence from
SMECO, WSSC, and Baltimore City. Wayne will
contact WSSC and DC Water. Tom Hastings is going
to try to contact Baltimore City. Ken will Contact
USPCD. John: SMECO.
- To pass a vote: 75% agreement, quorum, and one person
present for each stakeholder above.
- Votes may go out by e-mail, rules above apply.
- Wayne will tally votes.
- Quorum: 75% of member present
- Attendance: Wayne will designate the removal of
Next Meeting after the MD/DC Damage Prevention Meeting,
May 17, 2006, to receive materials.