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Damage Prevention Committee

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
March 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 February 27, 2007 were approved.

II. Damage Prevention Presentations:

Wayne Gilmer, Jack Sullivan (BGE) and Matt Ruddo (Miss Utility) gave a presentation to the Main Lining Services at 10301 Batavia Farm Road in Rosedale, MD.

V. Trade Shows:

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.

Tom Baldwin (BGE) stated that Northern Pipeline was the Dig Smart winner for Maryland and Iacoboni Site Specialists was the winner for the District of Columbia. Mark Hamrick (Verizon) stated that 170 people have responded that they would be attending the Awards night.

VIII. Marking Standards Group:

Wayne Gilmer gave a few highlights from the meeting held on February 27th. He said there was a lengthy discussion about where public facilities end and private facilities start. A consensus was reached by the Group that a locator could indicate where the private facility starts by placing a PRV symbol on the ground.

XI. Title 12 Steering Committee:

Tom Baldwin said he spoke with Jim Barron at the CGA Expo and he hoped to have a meeting in the middle of April. Tom stated he would be following up with him within the next week or so.

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:

    No report.

    X. FTTP/FIOS Progress Report:

    Kenton Jones (Verizon) provided the following three month FTTP trench footage projections:

      March April May
    Anne Arundel 189,900 228,056 64,895
    Baltimore 152,794 112,783 234,786
    Howard 42,654 138,345 0
    Montgomery 10,336 0 0
    Prince George’s 298,717 120,614 99,148

    XI. Open Discussion:

    There were a few in attendance that expressed concerns with the depth of FIOS service drops. A couple indicated that are cutting drops that are just under the grass. Tom Baldwin stated that it is important to start at least 18 inches outside of the mark and work in towards the mark with a shovel. He said contractors are less likely to damage a line digging in sideways versus putting the shovel right down on the marks. Bede DuPree (Mastec) stated that they are ripping up the sod instead of placing shovels in the ground around FIOS marks.

    There was a lengthy discussion about the depth of all types of utility lines. A few indicated that there aren’t depth requirements for telecommunication facilities. Mark Hamrick (Verizon) stated they have had issues with developers changing grades which causes their facilities to be a lot shallower when they were first installed in the ground.

    Rick Behrens (CableCom) wanted to know why Montgomery County’s hand dig zone is 36 inches and the rest of the state of Maryland is 18 inches. Tom Baldwin stated that deals must have been made with Montgomery County in order to get the Miss Utility Law passed. He also stated that in order to get the Law passed municipalities were given the option to charge for locates.

    Dennis Gahan (Comcast) expressed concerns with the amount of time it is taking to get locate marks in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard Counties. Several stated that the snow and ice created a back log and everyone is trying to get caught up with the work load.

    There was also a discussion about an extra Ticket Check status code for inclement weather. Matt Ruddo requested that Tom Baldwin talked to Pete Parr (BGE) about adding that to the May 16th MD/DC Subscribers meeting agenda.

    Scott Brown (Washington Gas) gave a brief update on the CGA Excavation Safety Conference he attended in Orlando, FL March 6th – 9th. He said there was a Verizon FTTP seminar that highlighted a significant reduction of damages in southern region of Florida. He also said that the national 811 rollout would be May 1, 2007 and that CGA is asking all states to wait until after May 1st to advertise 811 to the general public. Tom Baldwin stated that the MD/DC Subscribers approved an additional $10,000 to be spent promoting 811 after the national roll out campaign.

    There was a general discussion about ADC’s grid format changes. Matt Ruddo stated that he and Dora Parks (Miss Utility Center) would be meeting with ADC to discuss their changes. He said he hoped to have more details before the next Damage Prevention meeting.

    Scott Brown stated that the Montgomery County map book is scheduled to be available to the public by May 2007. Matt Ruddo said they the Miss Utility Center has experience with ADC map changes on the Delmarva Peninsula and does foresee any issues in Montgomery County.

    Upcoming Damage Prevention Presentations:

    None at this time.

    Upcoming Trade Shows:

    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 April 24, 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
    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%
    Mar-07   68,632   46,108   67%




    March 27, 2007 MD/DC Damage Prevention Meeting Attendee List
    Name   Company   Phone   Email
    Wayne Gilmer   Utiliquest   301-674-2769   walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
    Bede DuPree   Mastec   410-255-9316   bebe.dupree@mastec.com
    Sean Davis   S&N Comm.   240-285-8875   bsdavis@sncommfo.com
    Matt Ruddo   Miss Utility Center   410-712-0056   matt@missutility.net
    Tom Baldwin   BGE   410-291-3121   t.c.baldwin@bge.com
    Robert Timon   Pleasants Construction   301-428-0800   rtimon@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
    Kenton Jones   Verizon   301-230-1056   kenton.l.jones@verizon.com
    Tom Hastings   OCC Locating Services   410-712-0202   thastings@occls.com
    Sherell Stone   NPL Construction   410-355-1083   sstone@nplcc.com
    Tony Goodman   Washington Gas   703-750-4708   agoodman@washgas.com
    Robert Vicks   PEPCO   202-388-2141   rvicks@pepco.com
    Jeff Novotny   NTIs   443-277-3694   jnovotny@trenching.com
    Greg Johnson   PEPCO   301-670-8735   gmj@pepco.com
    Bob Norman   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   bob.norman@utiliquest.com
    Rick Behrens   Cablecom   301-595-4707   rlbeherens@bellsouth.net
    John Payne   Southern MD Cable   410-867-7577   jpayne@smcinc.biz
    Tim Kempa   Comcast   410-371-3304   tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
    Dennis Gahan   Comcast   410-729-8060   dennis_gahan@cable.comcast.com
    Jack Sullivan   BGE   410-291-3304  
    Kevin Woolbright   WSSC   301-206-8216   kwoolbr@wsscwater.com
    Kathy Riley   Absolute   410-768-2607  
    Karen Richardson   Absolute   410-768-2607  
    Dave Richardson   Absolute   410-768-2607  
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