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Hanover, MD 21076

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
April 24, 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 March 27, 2007 were approved.

II. Chris McMurry/MGH Advertising Public Awareness Campaign Update:

Chris McMurry gave a lengthy update on the 811 public awareness campaign. He stated that MGH is currently working with the MD/DC media outlets for media coverage after the 811 national rollout event that will be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2007. Matt Ruddo (Miss Utility Center) distributed copies of the 811 event details.

Chris McMurry stated that the first flight of the spring radio campaign is currently running on 20 radio stations in the Western Maryland and District of Columbia areas during the hours of 4:00 am and 8:00 am. He said a thirty second PSA is currently running in heavy rotation on the Comcast system and he thanked them for their partnership.

Chris McMurry said that four Maryland contractor nights are being planned this fall in Waldorf, Frederick, Laurel and Joppa. He said he would ask the Dig Smart winners (Iacoboni Site Specialists and Northern Pipeline) to be guest speakers.

III. Damage Prevention Presentations:

Wayne Gilmer, Jack Sullivan (BGE) and Matt Ruddo (Miss Utility) gave a presentation to several contractors that are insured by CNA Insurance. The meeting was held at 10:00 AM in Hunt Valley, MD on March 29, 2007.

IV. Safety Events:

Wayne Gilmer thanked Kevin Woolbright (WSSC) for volunteering his people to work the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Department Safety Day. The event was held on Saturday March 31,2007 in Pasadena, MD.

Wayne Gilmer stated that he would be attending the Pax River Safety Fair hosted by McGrath Contractors on April 19, 2007 in California, MD.

V. Trade Shows:

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the Harford Live Spring Home and Garden Show held at Ripken Stadium on April 21 & 22, 2007 in Aberdeen, MD. Wayne thanked Dave Wilkins, Lynette Michie, Kelly Hardy, Rick Merriman, Rose Sullivan and Jack Sullivan for volunteering their time.

There was a brief discussion about requesting free admission passes to the trade shows so that the volunteers can bring their spouses, kids, etc.

Wayne asked Chris McMurry to update the trade show volunteer spreadsheet with the shows scheduled in summer and fall.

VI. Locator Achievement & Dig Smart Awards:

There was a lengthy discussion about the Awards night that was held at the Columbia Sheraton on March 29, 2007. Chris McMurry said that one hundred surveys were returned from the night and eighty-five percent gave it an excellent rating. He also stated that the Awards night would probably be held the third week of April 2008.

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

Northern Pipeline was the Dig Smart winner for Maryland and Iacoboni Site Specialists was the winner for the District of Columbia.

Information on the Awards can be found at the following link:

VIII. Marking Standards Group:

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the March 27, 2007 meeting. He said there was a lengthy discussion about the various types of materials that utility lines are made of and how to go about locating them. He also said the Group wouldn’t meet in May.

IX. Title 12 Steering Committee:

There was a general discussion and concerns raised as to why the Steering Committee hasn’t moved forward yet. Tom Baldwin said it would be best to wait on Jim Barron because he is the CGA liaison to PHMSA. A few indicated that it may be best to wait three or four more months to see what the impact would be from the recently passed federal pipeline safety legislation.

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:

  May June July
Anne Arundel 198,583 155,975 10,701
Baltimore 128,695 229,468 151,845
Howard 57,494 73,017 1,618
Montgomery 11,012 0 0
Prince George’s 92,648 154,158 6,416

XI. Open Discussion:

Jeff Shriner (NPL) said he is having issues getting locate marks on MCI fiber optic cables. He said it has created a lot of downtime for their company and that they are doing their best to locate the fiber optic cables.

There was a lengthy discussion about the use of status Codes 3 (24-Hour Delay), 4 (48-Hour Delay) and 5 (Not Complete/In Progress…). A few had commented that they are not getting call backs on code 5’s and that more than twenty-five percent of tickets are being coded with 3 and 4 delays codes.

Dennis Lescalleet (Pleasants Construction) asked what happens when his company statuses back to Ticket Check with a Code 7 (Not Complete/In Progress dispute). Dora Parks (Miss Utility Center) stated that a Code 7 is logged and reported to the Maryland utility owner members. Tom Baldwin stated that it is important that locators make the phone calls to the contractors.

Upcoming Damage Prevention Presentations:

May 14, 2007 K&K Adams 2901 Druid Park Drive Baltimore, MD at 3:00 pm.

Upcoming Trade Shows:

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 May 22, 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 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 11:15 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%

April 24, 2007 MD/DC Damage Prevention Meeting Attendee List
Name   Company   Phone   Email
Wayne Gilmer   Utiliquest   301-674-2769   walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
Jay Spence   Mirant Piney Point   301-884-4654   james.spence@mirant.com
Trinidad Almeda   Comcast Mont.   301-294-7764   trini_almeda@cable.comcast.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
Kenton Jones   Verizon   301-230-1056   kenton.l.jones@verizon.com
Tom Hastings   OCC Locating Services   410-712-0202   thastings@occls.com
Jeff Shriner   NPL Construction   410-355-1083  
Chris McMurry   MGH Advertising/td>   410-902-5036   cmcmurry@aghus.com
Robert Vicks   PEPCO   202-388-2141   rivicks@pepco.com
Veronica Rozier   Utiliquest   301-356-1566   veronica.rozier@utiliquest.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
Jimmy Jennings   OCC Locating   443-783-4211   jimmy@occls.com
Tim Kempa   Comcast   410-371-3304   tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
Cal Brooks   Howard County   410-313-4952   cbrooks@howardcountymd.gov
Jack Sullivan   BGE   410-291-3304  
Kevin Woolbright   WSSC   301-206-8216   kwoolbr@wsscwater.com
Bill Dow   CableCom     bdow@att.net
Carolyn Lehman   Verizon   410-737-4012   carolyn.lehman@verizon.com
Lee M. Morris   Washington Gas   703-282-3527  
Dora Parks   Miss Utility Center   410-782-2026   doraparks@missutility.net
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