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Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
May 23, 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 9:40 am. Introductions were made.

The minutes of April 25, 2006 were approved.

II. New Business:
Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the safety presentations for Locus Lane Farms, Frederick Fence and City of Frederick. He said that there were a lot of good questions and about 20 people were in attendance at each of them.

Matt Ruddo said that at least 120 people will be in attendance at the safety presentation for Corman Construction and that he planned on bringing the trade show booth.

Jack Sullivan (BGE) stated that he set up 3 Miss Utility training classes for the City of Baltimore.

Wayne Gilmer asked Matt Ruddo to add the October 20th-22nd Fall Maryland Home & Garden to the trade show list so that volunteers could be lined up in advance of the show.

Matt Ruddo gave a brief update on the Locator Achievement & Dig Smart Awards. He said that Dora Parks (Miss Utility) received the photos from Lisa Howard from the Awards night and hoped that they would be posted to the Miss Utility website within the next week or two. He also stated that the winners were publicized in various newspapers across the state of Maryland.

Wayne Gilmer gave an update on the Common Marking Standards working group meeting. He said the first meeting was held in the Miss Utility conference on May 3rd and that the group of 25 consisted of contractors, locators and utility owners. He said in the first meeting they were able to develop a consensus on how the group would operate. He said that the second meeting was scheduled immediately following the Damage Prevention meeting and that anyone was welcomed to attend.

There were several lengthy discussions throughout the meeting about potential Miss Utility Law changes. Zenon Sushko distributed copies of the existing Law with the proposed MDPSC changes (please see document below).

He stated that the Miss Utility Law was created many years ago and that proposed Law changes have been discussed since the early 1990ís. He indicated that he and Dick Schafer would look to establish a working group meeting towards the end of the summer. He stated that he or Matt Ruddo could be contacted if anyone would be interested in attending. There were a few that felt the Law needed to address accountability for all stakeholder groups and that consensus would be needed to make any Law changes.

Wayne Gilmer gave an update on some of the topics that were discussed at the MD/DC Subscribers on May 17th. He stated that the meetings are only for Subscribers, but if anyone is interested in attending they should contact Pete Parr who is the current MD/DC Subscribers Chairman. He said the next MD/DC Subscribers meeting would be held September 6th in the Miss Utility conference room.

Wayne Gilmer stated that Roger Campbell of MOSH was a guest at the May 17th MD/DC Subscribers meeting. Wayne indicated that they are MOSH inspectors out on jobs sites and they are looking to hire more. Jack Sullivan reiterated that MOSH is getting more involved in making sure contractors are following the dig safely best practices. Matt Ruddo stated that Roger invited him to give a Miss Utility safety presentation at SHAís offices in Hanover, MD. Wayne and Jack asked Matt to email them the date and time of the MOSH presentation.

There was a lengthy discussion about the MD/DC Subscribers approval of ordering a second trade show booth displayed. Jack Sullivan stated that it should be geared to homeowners by displaying a graphic of someone planting flowers as well as having a graphic that says Miss Utility is a free service. Tim Vancleve (Verizon) stated that 80% of the homeowners he talks to at the home and garden shows think that Miss Utility is only for contractors. A few stated that there should be a spot for 811 and also getting the message to the homeowner that it is the Law that they call before they dig. Zenon Sushko indicated that the Miss Utility exempts homeowners from calling as long as they are digging on their property.

Matt Ruddo gave brief updates on the ITIC usage, Excavator Safety nights, the PRISM mapping function and the solicitation of utility owners that arenít members of Miss Utility. He distributed copies of contractors that arenít using ITIC at the Subscribers meeting. He said the 2006 MDPSC grant money would be utilized to host two excavator nights in the Hughesville and Laurel areas. He indicated that there were some minor issues with the ADC grid overlay data that may have effect the December 2006 PRISM mapping conversion. He said that fifteen Miss Utility membership packets were mailed from the MDPSC letter that went to the utility owners that are members of Miss Utility.

There was a general discussion about why the MDSHA hasnít become a member of Miss Utility. Zenon Sushko stated that they are probably reluctant because of budgetary issues. He indicated that the PRISM mapping system may help them rethink there interest in becoming a member of Miss Utility. Jack Sullivan asked if anyone followed up with Earl Lewis of MDOT from the Dig Smart/Locator Achievement Awards night. Matt Ruddo stated that he would contact Earl to see if he could provide any assistance.

There was a general discussion about contractors providing GPS coordinates to one call centers. Dennis Lescalleet (Pleasants Construction) stated that Virginia was working on a process to allow contractors to provide GPS coordinates. Matt Ruddo stated that One Call Concepts, Inc has been utilizing that technology since the early 1990ís in other stated and that it will be available once the PRISM mapping function is installed in Western Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Christy Stinebaugh (Verizon) stated that Verizon is having issues getting locate marks in certain counties in the state of Maryland and wanted to know if a utility owner could be fined for not locating their lines. Zenon Sushko said that the new MDPSC proposed Law changes would cover that issue.

Christy Stinebaugh said that she needed to update the FTTP footage projections for May and provided everyone the projections for June and July. She also reiterated that they are only projections.

May:
Montgomery County - 20,000
Prince George’s County - 325,000
Anne Arundel County - 275,000
Howard County - 280,000

June:
Montgomery County - 20,000
Prince George’s County - 325,000
Anne Arundel County - 275,000
Howard County - 280,000

July:
Montgomery County - 50,000
Prince George’s County - 325,000
Anne Arundel County - 250,000
Howard County - 275,000

Wayne Gilmer asked the Verizon representatives if all new FIOS service drops were locatable. A few indicated that are locatable and that there were some issues with the FIOS drops that were placed in the early stages of the project. Wayne asked if they planned to go back to the untraceable ones and a few from Verizon stated that there isnít a plan to do it.

Bob Bold (Verizon) stated that they hope to get the TV franchise for Anne Arundel County in mid June which would increase the ticket load by August. He said that Verizon has seen a significant increase in the requests for FIOS in Howard County. He said they are hoping to get information from their marketing department to provide the locators with the ticket volume projections for FIOS. Bob also stated that he was moving on and that Pat Knickman (Verizon) would be taking his place as the FIOS representative.

John Payne (Southern MD Cable) stated they are having issues with statuses not appearing on the website in a timely fashion. Matt Ruddo stated that it has been an ongoing issue with statuses appearing a couple hours after they have been statused, but that a more real-time solution is in the works. He said he hoped to have an update by the next meeting. He asked everyone to use the toll-free number in the meantime because it is the best option to receive the most update to date statuses for their tickets.

Alex Dankanich (DOT/Pipeline Safety) said that CGA has created a free guide book that is available at www.commongroundalliance.com. He said the next CGA Excavation Safety Conference & Expo will be held in Orlando, FL in March 2007. He indicated that there will be a lot of informative seminars at the Conference & Expo and he encouraged everyone attend.

There was a general discussion from concerns Dennis Lescalleet raised about how he could get his employees certificates to operate backhoes, skid steers, etc. He said he didnít realize that his employees needed to go through training and asked if anyone could point him in the right direction. Christy Stinebaugh gave him a website and a toll-free number and Jack Sullivan gave him Keith Owens telephone number at MOSH. Wayne Gilmer suggested that Dennis contact the Safety Council of Maryland.

Upcoming Damage Prevention Presentations:

  • June 14th MOSH at the MDSHA complex at 7491 Connelly Drive Hanover, MD. Approximately 50 people will be in attendance
  • June 20th Corman Construction at the Holiday Inn - 15101 Sweitzer Lane Laurel, MD 20707 at 3:30PM. Approximately 120 people will be in attendance.

Upcoming Trade shows:

    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
  • October
  • 20th-22nd Fall Maryland Home and Garden Show at the Timonium Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD

Upcoming Meetings:
The next Maryland/DC Damage Prevention meeting is scheduled for June 27, 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 September 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 11:40 am.

Attendee List
Name   Company   Phone   Email
Wayne Gilmer   Utiliquest   301-674-2769   Walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
Mark Hamrick   Verizon   410-610-1371   Mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
Tom Hastings   OCCLS   410-712-0202   thastings@occls.com
Matt Ruddo   Miss Utility Center   410-712-0056   matt@missutility.net
Joe Shelton   B. Frank Joy LLC   301-699-6002   jshelton@bfjoy.com
Jack Sullivan   BGE   410-291-3304   John.a.sullivan@bge.com
Tim Kempa   Comcast   410-371-3304   Tim_kempa@cbale.comcast.com
John Payne   Southern MD Cable   410-867-7577   jpayne@smcinc.biz
Bob Bold   Verizon   410-224-9458   Robert.R.Bold@verizon.com
Shawn Breen   Verizon   410-737-4042   Shawn.p.breen@verizon.com
Cal Brooks   Howard County   410-313-4952    
Calvin Musgrove   AA County DPW   443-790-9791   Pwmusg62@aaco.org
G. M. Johnson   PEPCO   301-670-8735   gmjohnson@pepco.com
Z. Sushko   PSC   410-767-8113   zsushko@psc.state.md.us
Karen Watkins   SMECO   301-274-4350   Karen.watkins@smeco.coop
Glenn Fox   KCI   410-785-0300   gfox@kci.com
Christy Stinebaugh   Verizon   410-737-4150   Christy.m.stinebaugh@verizon.com
Kevin Woolbright   WSSC   301-206-8216    
Kelly Hardy   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   Kelly.hardy@utiliquest.com
Sheri LaFleur   NTI   410-796-7770   slafleur@trenching.com
Dave Dubs   Networx   703-989-1715   ddubs@netwroxusa.com
Sean Davis   S&N   240-285-8875   sdavis@sncommfo.com
Denise Collins   Networx, Inc.   410-414-8494   dcollins@networxusa.com
Dennis Lescalleet   Pleasants   301-370-7286   dlescalleet@pleasants.org
Ron Rose   Anne Arundel Co.   410-222-7344    
Pat Knickman   Verizon   410-224-9270   Patrick.p.knickman@verizon.com
Don Jones   Washington Gas   703-750-5510   djones@washgas.com
Michael Jewell   Columbia Gas of MD   240-240-2026   mjewell@nisource.com
Bob Freeman   S&N Communications   301-874-5102   bfreeman@sncommfo.com
Alex Dankanich   DOT/Pipeline Safety   202-260-8518   Alex.dankanich@dot.gov
Kenneth Smith   Water Dept. Baltimore City   410-396-7758    
Darren Henson   Water Dept. Baltimore City   410-396-3671   Darren.henson@baltimorecity.gov
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