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Damage Prevention Committee

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
May 22, 2007
Miss Utility Call Center
Hanover, MD  21076

  • At 9:35am Wayne Gilmer called the meeting to order. Introductions were made.
  • The previous meeting minutes were reviewed and approved.
  • Wayne stated that Chris McMurray from MGH would be in at 10:30am to review some items.
  • At this time, no Damage Prevention Presentations are scheduled. Wayne provided feedback on a Damage Prevention Presentation that was held at K&K Adams. He said it was informal and positive information was shared.
  • Upcoming Trade Shows - Wayne referred to page 3 of the minutes and asked everyone to consider volunteering.
  • Dig Smart/ Locator Achievement-Dora Parks reminded everyone that photos, etc. of the event could be found on the Miss-U website. Also, meetings will begin again in September to prepare for next year’s event. Finally, the subscribers have raised the funds available for this event to between 20K & 25K.
  • Marking Standards Group - Electric Label Definitions were discussed: Primary, Secondary and Voltage
  • Title 12 Steering Committee - Wayne stated that it will be moving forward and that Dick Schaefer continues to drive the importance of this committee and its efforts. PHMSA may use Maryland as an example for non-compliance as it relates to pipeline requirements.
  • MD/ DC Subscribers Committee - Pete Parr will be accepting another position within BGE. Therefore Tom Baldwin, by a unanimous vote, will be accepting the position as Chairman. Wayne stated that Pete would be sorely missed and that one thing that Pete would always do is start the subscriber’s meetings with a safety msg.. Wayne shared that msg. with the group. The msg. related to lawn mower safety.
  • Tom Baldwin discussed the “status 5” issue: Tickets that are statused with a code of 5 sometimes are never re-statused with a 1 or 2 before they are closed out. Subscribers will extend the statusing to up to 120 days when an existing ticket is updated. Tom Baldwin suggested that maybe a new status of “replaced with new ticket” could be implemented. Dora suggested that maybe footage on tickets could be broken down in to smaller quantities.
  • Kenton Jones (Verizon) provided projected footage for FTTP/FIOS:
  •   June July August
    Anne Arundel 154,375 22,295 5,934
    Baltimore 235,513 155,030 110,396
    Howard 41,341 17,000 0
    Montgomery 104,514 62,304 76,949
    Prince George’s 11,102 0 0

    Open Discussion:

  • Sherell Stone of NPL brought up issues on conduit/ corridor marks: The marks are almost 2’ wide to denote an 1-1/4” conduit. This causes NPL employees to hand dig a 5’ long test hole to clear the hand dig zone requirements.
  • Dennis Lescaleet brought up a situation where a locator asked his supervisor to break down a ticket in to 30 tickets. This issue was eventually resolved, but held up the project for appx. 2 weeks. Also, Dennis said that Matt Ruddo is assisting Dennis with some trend tracking in relation to ticket responses using the NTMS (National Ticket Management System) Sonja Miles (@ 410-782-2024) is heading up this database system and can be utilized subscribers and contractors.
  • Tom Baldwin said that during today’s meeting, Jim Barron left him a msg. stating they are aiming for a meeting at the end of June (either the 20th or the 22nd).
  • Dora Parks discussed the use of “Polygon Mapping” the use of the Del-Marva positive response system. She also stated that “ITIC Lite” which is for use by homeowners will be on line no later than August and will be very user friendly.
  • Kelly Hardy thanked the subscribers group for addressing the “status 5” issue. He asked that the subscribers discuss creating a new status to further help with this issue.
  • Chris McMurray from MGH arrived and added that the marketing campaign has been heavily focusing on the new 811 service. The message of “call before you dig” will reach homeowners more now than just at Home and Garden Shows. Adding the “811” to the show display board has made it very easy to bring recognition to homeowners, creates flexibility in messaging and ties in to the existing marketing campaign.
  • Upcoming Damage Prevention Presentations:

    May 30, 2007 Maryland Aviation Administration 991 Corporate Blvd Linthicum, MD at 2:00 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 JUne 26, 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 10:40 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   64,581   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%
    Apr-07   71,453   47,548   67%
    May-07   79,243   53,201   67%

    May22, 2007 MD/DC Damage Prevention Meeting Attendee List
    Name   Company   Phone   Email
    Wayne Gilmer   Utiliquest   301-674-2769   walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
    Glen Peacock   Mid Atlantic Deck   800-833-9310   glenp@madfence.com
    Roger Brown   Dominion Transmission   304-627-3494   roger.d.brown@dom.com
    Ron Rose   Anne Arundel County   410-222-7344   pwrose182aacounty.org
    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
    Sherrell Stone   NPL Construction   410-355-1083   sstone@nplcc.com
    Chris McMurry   MGH Advertising   410-902-5036   cmcmurry@aghus.com
    Carol Brumfield   Consolidated   804-727-9275   carl.brumfield@clsinc.com
    Veronica Rozier   Utiliquest   301-356-1566   veronica.rozier@utiliquest.com
    Sean Davis   S&N Comm.   540-717-3204   sdavis@sncommfo.com
    Bob Norman   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   bob.norman@utiliquest.com
    Rick Behrens   Cablecom   301-595-4707   rlbeherens@bellsouth.net
    Bede DuPree/td>   MasTec   410-255-9316   bedee.dupree@mastec.com
    Tim Kempa   Comcast   410-371-3304   tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
    Stephanie Schneck   MGH   410-902-5023   sschneck@mghus.com
    Dora Parks   Miss Utility Center   410-782-2026   dora@missutility.net
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