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Damage Prevention Committee

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
January 23, 2007
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 November 28, 2006 were approved.

II. Damage Prevention Presentations:

Matt Ruddo (Miss Utility) and Jack Sullivan (BGE) gave a presentation to the Independent Electrical Contractors Association in Odenton, MD on December 7, 2006. He said 20 people were in attendance and they asked a lot of good questions.

Wayne Gilmer gave a presentation to Southern MD Cable on December 20, 2006. He said the owner of Southern MD Cable was in attendance as well as 15 of his employees.

Wayne Gilmer, Jack Sullivan, Mark Hamrick (Verizon), Lee Morris (Washington Gas) and Matt Ruddo will be giving a presentation to the Water and Waste Operators Association of Maryland, DC and Delaware on January 25, 2007 at the Calvert County Northeast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach, MD. Matt said that about 40 people are expected to be in attendance that day.

Jack Sullivan and Matt Ruddo will be giving a presentation to CJ Miller on February 2, 2007 at the Best Western Catering & Conference Center in Westminster, MD. Matt said that about 85 people are expected to be in attendance that day.

Wayne Gilmer, Jack Sullivan, Lee Morris and Matt Ruddo will be giving a presentation to Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc. in Crofton, MD on February 21, 2007. Matt said that about 30 people are expected to be in attendance that day.

V. Trade Shows:

Wayne Gilmer distributed copies of the trade show coverage spreadsheet. He asked that everyone consider volunteering their time to work a three hour shift at the trade show booth.

VI. Locator Achievement/Dig Smart Committee:

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the Awards night on March 29, 2007 at the Columbia Sheraton. He said the Locator winners would be announced February 20th. He also said that the Dig Smart entry forms were in the mail and the winners would be announced on February 28th. He thanked the committee for an excellent job and staying ahead of schedule.

Mark Hamrick (Verizon) thanked Kevin Woolbright (WSSC) for mailing the Locator ballots and the Dig Smart entry forms.

VIII. Marking Standards Group:

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the Marking Standards meeting held at the Miss Utility Center on November 28, 2006. He said the committee talked about the use painted dots on driveways, brick walkways and landscaped areas. He said a best practice was established on when and where flags should be utilized. He also stated the group decided to change the name of the committee from the Marking Standards to the Marking Guidelines Group.

XI. Title 12 Steering Committee:

There was a lengthy discussion about proposed changes to the Maryland Miss Utility Law. Wayne Gilmer stated that a steering committee was created at the last Title 12 meeting on November 29, 2006. He also said the steering committee would break the Maryland Law down into different parts and create subcommittees for each.

The Title 12 Steering Committee is as follows:

Chairman: Jim Barron (Ronkin Construction)

Facility Owners:

  • Pete Parr (BGE)
  • Nelson Sneed (Verizon)
  • Kevin Woolbright (WSSC)
  • Scott Brown (Washington Gas)
  • Locator Representatives:

  • Kelly Hardy (Utiliquest)
  • Tom Hastings (OCC Locating)
  • Excavator Representatives:

  • Bruce Bereano (Associated Utility Contractors of MD)
  • Brian Holmes (MD Highway Contractors Association)
  • Public Service Commission Representative:

  • Zeke Sushko (MDPSC)
  • One Call Center Representative:

  • Matt Ruddo (Miss Utility Center)
  • Kelly Hardy (Utiliquest) stated that he spoke to Jim Barron and he hoped to have the first meeting within the next couple of weeks.

    Alex Baquie (AA County) requested that the meeting minutes be added to the Miss Utility website. Wayne Gilmer stated that Matt Ruddo agreed to add the minutes to the State law section of the website.

    There was a general discussion about having a separate area on the website for those meeting minutes. Matt Ruddo stated that several requested that the previous meeting minutes be added with the Maryland Law section. He said the first meeting minutes are posted there for anyone to view.

    IX. MD/DC Subscribers Committee Meeting:

    There was a general discussion about some of the topics at the December 6, 2006 MD/DC Subscribers meeting.

    Wayne Gilmer stated that Chris McMurry of MGH presented the public awareness/advertising campaign for 2007.

    Tom Baldwin said he would contact Chris McMurry to setup a meeting to discussion the 2007 contractor nights.

    Matt Ruddo stated that the PRISM mapping function would follow the ADC map/page/grid format changes. He said ADC plans to have some of the format changes done by the summer of 2007 and have all counties done, excluding Allegany and Garrett, by the end of 2010.

    Tom Baldwin stated that 811 is coming, but there are issues with some telephone companies requesting that they be reimbursed for there implementation work. He also stated that a CGA rep would be at the February 21, 2007 meeting to do an 811 presentation.

    X. FTTP/FIOS Progress Report:

    Mark Hamrick (Verizon) stated that approximately 4,000 FIOS tickets are being called in a month for all areas except Baltimore County.

    Shawn Breen (Verizon) provided the following three month FTTP trench footage projections:

      February March April
    Anne Arundel 60,664 202,579 239,811
    Baltimore 80,700 234,216 239,122
    Howard 64,910 55,282 38,429
    Montgomery 6,934 13,204 10,336
    Prince George’s 34,571 148,707 210,050

    XI. Open Discussion:

    Wayne Gilmer stated that nominations for the MD/DC Damage Prevention Chairman position are held at the first MD/DC Damage Prevention meeting of the year. He said nominations would go to the MD/DC Subscribers Committee for review. Matt Ruddo made a motion for Wayne to continue as Chairman and Tom Baldwin seconded the motion. Several commented at the excellent job Wayne has done through the years.

    Kevin Woolbright said he spoke with Chris McMurry and he would like to schedule the first contractor night meeting on the same day as the Locator Achievement/Dig Smart Awards meeting.

    Paul Leatherman (Midasco) saidt he is having issues getting Code 5 statuses on the large jobs. There was a lengthy discussion about how large project tickets get statused through Ticket Check and how to better communicate with the locators in the field. A few suggested that Paul create a 2 part copy form and request locators to sign off on what they’ve located before they leave the job site. He also indicated that he is having issues getting locate marks from the MD State Highway Administration.

    Mitzi Ambush (PEPCO) expressed concerns with fence companies installing posts right on top utility lines. She said that most fence companies are telling her that they are putting the fences where the homeowners want them.

    Andy Kaldmaa (Long Fence) said that those issues comes up from time to time and they work with their sales staff to let the homeowners know of the dangers of putting fences on top of utility lines.

    There was a general discussion about educating homeowners through county permitting offices. Matt Ruddo stated that letter is mailed each year to all the county permitting offices letting them know that we offer free Miss Utility materials they can give homeowners that apply for a permit.

    Mitzi Ambush said she is having issues with contractors not calling in tickets when they are working in fenced areas in new subdivisions as well as townhouse communities.

    Kevin Woolbright said that a lot of the people that attend the home and garden shows ask if they should call Miss Utility before they dig.

    Alex Dankich (DOT/PHMSA) stated there is a new Federal Law that enforces excavation safety practices around hazardous liquid pipelines.

    Subsequent to the meeting Alex emailed Matt Ruddo the link:

    http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=109_cong_bills&docid=f:h5782enr.txt.pdf

    There was a general discussion about the enforcement portion of the Miss Utility law and how it pertains to the Federal legislation.

    Sherell Stone asked if there was a ticket size requirement in Maryland. Matt Ruddo said that ticket size is not addressed in the Miss Utility Law, but a policy of no more than three grids per ticket was established many years ago. He also stated that only one grid is permitted per ticket in the District of Columbia.

    Alex Dankich said the CGA Excavation Safety Conference & Expo in being held March 6-8, 2007 in Orlando, FL. Matt Ruddo said there is a link to the Expo on the Miss Utility website home page.

    Upcoming Damage Prevention Presentations:

    January 25, 2007 Water and Waste Operators Association of Maryland, DC and Delaware at the Calvert County Northeast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach, MD.

    February 2, 2007 CJ Miller at the Best Western Catering & Conference Center in Westminster, MD

    February 21, 2007 Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc. in Crofton, MD

    February 22, 2007 Paddock Pools in Rockville, MD

    February 23, 2007 Highway and Safety Services, Inc Gaithersburg, MD

    Upcoming Trade Shows:

    Show name:   Baltimore Construction Expo
    Date:   February 1st
    City, State:   Timonium, MD
    Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
    Website:   N/A
    Show name:   Suburban Maryland Home & Garden Show
    Date:   February 2nd - 4th
    City, State:   Upper Marlboro, MD
    Place:   The Show Place Arena
    Website:   www.americanconsumershows.com
    Show name:   Landscape Contractors Association
    Date:   February 13th - 16th
    City, State:   Ellicott City,MD
    Place:   Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center
    Website:   www.lcamddcva.org
    Show name:   Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show
    Date:   March 2nd - 4th & March 9th - 11th
    City, State:   Timonium,MD
    Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
    Website:   www.mdhomeandgarden.com
    Show name:   Washington Home & Garden Show
    Date:   March 9th - 11th
    City, State:   Washington, D.C.
    Place:   Washington Convention Center
    Website:   www.washingtonhomeandgarden.com
    Show Name:   Frederick Home & Garden Show
    Date:   March 17th - 18th
    City, State:   Frederick, MD
    Place:   The Great Frederick Fairgrounds
    Website:   www.fcbal.org/html/homeshow.cfm
    Show name:   Builder Mart
    Date:   March 21st
    City, State:   Timonium,MD
    Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
    Website:   www.homebuilders.org/page/55597/index.v3page
    Show name:   Spring Montgomery County Home & Garden Show
    Date:   March 23rd - March 25th
    City, State:   Germantown, MD
    Place:   Discovery Center at Maryland Soccer Plex
    Website:   www.americanconsumershows.com
    Show name:   Harford LIVE!
    Date:   April 21st - 22nd
    City, State:   Aberdeen, MD
    Place:   Ripken Stadium
    Website:   www.harfordlive.com
    Show name:   Maryland Municipal League
    Date:   June 24th - 27th
    City, State:   Ocean City, MD
    Place:   Ocean City Convention Center
    Website:   www.mdmunicipal.org/mmlhome/index.cfm
    Show name:   Maryland Association of Counties
    Date:   August 15th - 18th
    City, State:   Ocean City, MD
    Place:   Ocean City Convention Center
    Website:   www.mdcounties.org/events/sc_overview.cfm
    Show name:   Chesapeake Region Conference & Expo
    Date:   September 14th
    City, State:   Baltimore, MD
    Place:   Martin's West
    Website:   N/A
    Show name:   Suburban Maryland Home & Garden Show
    Date:   September 14th - 16th
    City, State:   Upper Marlboro, MD
    Place:   The Show Place Arena
    Website:   www.americanconsumershows.com
    Show Name:   Harford LIVE!
    Date:   September 29th - 30th
    City, State:   Aberdeen, MD
    Place:   Ripken Stadium
    Website:   www.harfordlive.com
    Show Name:   Fall Maryland Home & Garden Show
    Date:   October 19th - 21st
    City, State:   Timonium, MD
    Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
    Website:   www.mdhomeandgarden.com
    Show Name:   Fall Montgomery County Home & Garden Show
    Date:   October 26th - 28th
    City, State:   Germantown, MD
    Place:   Discovery Center at Maryland Soccer Plex
    Website:   www.americanconsumershows.com

    Upcoming Meetings:

    The next Maryland/DC Damage Prevention meeting is scheduled for February 27, 2007 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.

    The 2007 Maryland/DC Subscribers meeting will be held February 21st, May 16th, September 19th and December 6th 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 11:55 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
    Mark Hamrick   Verizon   410-610-1371   mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
    Karen Watkins   SMECO   301-274-4350   karen.watkins@smeco.coop
    Mike Stecker   Premier Safety   301-829-2416   premier16@aol.com
    Donna Stecker   Premier Safety   301-829-2416   premier16@aol.com
    Tom Hastings   OCC Locating Services   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
    Robert Vicks   PEPCO   202-388-2141   rvicks@pepco.com
    Bede DuPree   Mastec   443-336-2842   bedee.dupree@mastec.com
    Mitzi Ambush   PEPCO   240-508-4075   mambush@pepco.com
    Bob Norman   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   bob.norman@utiliquest.com
    Tina Shores   Cherry Hill Const.   410-799-2396   tshores@chconstr.com
    Darren McClain   Cherry Hill Const.   410-799-2380   dmcclain@chconstr.com
    Tim Kempa   Comcast   410-371-3304   tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
    Lisa Stephan   Midasco   410-579-6736   lshanestephan@midasco.net
    Paul Leatherman   Midasco   410-579-6736   pleatherman@midasco.net
    Kevin Woolbright   WSSC   301-206-8216   kwoolbr@wssc.water.com
    Cal Brooks   Howard County   410-313-4952   cbrooks@co.ho.md.us
    Andy Kaldmaa   Long Fence   301-350-2400   akaldmaa@longfence.com
    Dena Walters   OCCLS   3410-712-0202   dena@occls.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
    Anthony Goodman   Washington Gas   703-750-4708   agoodman@washgas.com
    Alex Dankanich   DOT/PHMSA   202-260-8518   alex.dankanich@dot.gov
    Kelly Hardy   Utiliquest   410-536-0071   kelly.hardy@utiliquest.com
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