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Damage Prevention Committee

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
February 27, 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 9:35 am.
Introductions were made.

The minutes of January 23, 2007 were approved.

II. Damage Prevention Presentations:

Wayne Gilmer, Jack Sullivan, Mark Hamrick (Verizon), Lee Morris (Washington Gas) and Matt Ruddo (Miss Utility) gave 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.

Jack Sullivan and Matt Ruddo gave a presentation to CJ Miller on February 2, 2007 at the Best Western Catering & Conference Center in Westminster, MD.

Wayne Gilmer, Jack Sullivan, Lee Morris and Matt Ruddo gave a presentation to Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc. in Crofton, MD on February 21, 2007.

Wayne Gilmer, Bill Hymes (Washington Gas) and Matt Ruddo gave a presentation to CNA Insurance/Paddock Pools on February 22,2007 in Rockville, MD

Wayne Gilmer, Lee Morris, Jack Sullivan and Matt Ruddo gave a presentation to approximately 120 Spanish speaking employees of Highway Safety Services, Inc. in Gaithersburg, MD on February 23, 2007.

V. Trade Shows:

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the Baltimore Construction Expo, Suburban Home & Garden Show and the Landscape Contractors Association Winter Workshop trade shows. Matt Ruddo said the Baltimore Construction Expo was poorly attended and recommended not exhibiting there next year. Wayne also distributed copies of the trade show coverage spreadsheet. He asked that everyone consider volunteering their time to work a three hour shift at one the remaining trade shows.

VI. Locator Achievement & Dig Smart Committee:

Wayne Gilmer gave an update on the Awards night on March 29, 2007 at the Columbia Sheraton.

The following is a list of the Locator Achievement winners by region:
Region 1 (Harford/Cecil) Barry West of Harford County Water & Sewer
Region 2 (District of Columbia) Dave Brunson of Utilitquest
Region 3 (Montgomery/Prince Georges) Heather Folks of Utiliquest
Region 4 (Baltimore/Baltimore City) Pierre Brown of OCC Locating
Region 5 (Calvert/Charles) Ralph Violett of SMECO
Region 6 (Allegany/Carroll/Frederick/Garrett/Washington) Randy Bowen of Utiliquest

Region 7 (Anne Arundel/Howard) Herman Wilson of Utiliquest

Wayne said that Herman Wilson was the overall winner for the second year in a row. He also stated that Nelson Sneed (Verizon) and Dora Parks (Miss Utility) were working on a video and PowerPoint presentations for the Awards night.

VIII. Marking Standards Group:

Wayne Gilmer gave an update on the topics that were discussed during the 2006 meetings. He said a considerable amount of time was spent on multiple cable and joint trench utility line locates. He said consensus was reached on establishing markings guidelines as a best practice versus the creation of marking standards.

Don Jones (Washington Gas) said he got the ok from Frank Hudik of the Virginia State Corporation Commission to use language from their Virginia marking standards pamphlet for Maryland/DC.

XI. Title 12 Steering Committee:

There was a general discussion about proposed changes to the Maryland Miss Utility Law. Kelly Hardy (Utiliquest) and Tom Baldwin said they hadnít heard back from Jim Barron about setting up the first meeting. Wayne Gilmer suggested that maybe one of the facility owners should Co-Chair the Steering Committee if Jim Barron is busy.

A few discussed the enforcement piece of the Federal Pipeline Safety Act and the impact it would have on future MDPSC grant funding requests.

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)
  • IX. MD/DC Subscribers Committee Meeting:

    There was a general discussion about some of the topics discussed at the February 21, 2007 MD/DC Subscribers meeting. Wayne Gilmer stated that Khrysanne Kerr (CGA) provided an hour long presentation on the 811 campaign. He said there was also a discussion about Verizonís 811 implementation costs. He stated the MD/DC Subscribers Committee agreed to pay Verizon from the Miss Utility Advertising/Public Awareness Escrow Account.

    Tom Baldwin said it was interesting to hear the 811 market research found that 45% of damages reported across the United States were a result of no calls to the one-call centers.

    Carolyn Lehman (Verizon) requested that the ITIC percentage report be added to the meeting minutes that are posted on the Miss Utility website.

    X. FTTP/FIOS Progress Report:

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

      March April May
    Anne Arundel 126,735 174,192 156,091
    Baltimore 125,012 189,776 95,875
    Howard 18,047 13,515 52,416
    Montgomery 0 0 0
    Prince George’s 151,802 66,464 213,312

    XI. Open Discussion:

    Robert Vicks (PEPCO) said that a couple of his crews were having issues getting locate marks and responses on Emergency tickets. Mark Hamrick suggested that he contact a Verizon compliance officer if he has issues with Verizon locates. Wayne Gilmer said he seen situations in which crews call in a ticket for a specific intersection and end up working a couple blocks away. Matt Ruddo said they might want to consider providing an onsite contact number in case the locator has problems getting to their work site.

    Sherrell Stone (NPL Construction) asked if it was ok to call in two different tickets for one area. A few indicated that a contractor could call in multiple tickets for one area.

    Dennis Lescallett (Pleasants Construction) indicated that his company would begin shortly on a couple large projects in Maryland and would be calling in tickets in the very near future. A lengthy discussion ensued from Dennisí comments. A few suggested that a meeting be set up so that the locate marks could be coordinated amongst the crew and locators. Tom Baldwin stated that it would be best if Pleasants provides plans on the scope of work.

    Upcoming Damage Prevention Presentations:

    None at this time.

    Upcoming Trade Shows:

    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 March 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 2007 Maryland/DC Subscribers meeting will be held 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.

    ITIC % Report for Maryland and Washington D.C.
    Month   Call Center Tickets   ITIC Tickets   Percentage
    Jan-06   55,461   35,134   63%
    Feb-06   53,992   35,420   66%
    Mar-06   68,973   42,524   62%
    Apr-06   66,046   40,853   62%
    May-06   73,459   45,474   62%
    Jun-06   73,787   47,588   64%
    Jul-06   68,103   44,388   65%
    Aug-06   76,513   50,595   66%
    Sep-06   64,5811   41,709   65%
    Oct-06   68,748   45,427   66%
    Nov-06   57,801   38,407   66%
    Dec-06   58,388   35,595   68%
    Jan-07   58,657   40,008   68%
    Feb-07   50,152   35,148   70%




    Attendee List
    Name   Company   Phone   Email
    Wayne Gilmer   Utiliquest   301-674-2769   walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
    Carolyn Lehman   Verizon   410-737-4012   carolyn.lehman@verizon.com
    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
    Kelly Hardy   Utiliquest   410-536-0071   kelly.hardy@utiliquest.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
    Veronica Rozier   Utiliquest   301-356-1566   veronicas.rozier@utiliquest.com
    Robert Vicks   PEPCO   202-388-2141   rvicks@pepco.com
    Don Jones   Washington Gas   703-750-5510   djones@washgas.com
    Joe Proctor   Washington Gas   703-750-1000  
    Bob Norman   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   bob.norman@utiliquest.com
    Kevin A. Bullion   NPL Construction   571-921-0187   kbullion@nplcc.com
    John Payne   Southern MD Cable   410-867-7577   jpayne@smcinc.biz
    Tim Kempa   Comcast   410-371-3304   tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
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