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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.

  • Wayne stated that Chris McMurry from MGH would be in at 10:30am to review some items.

  • Wayne reviewed the Safety Message on “Hydroplaning” and the key point to avoid hydroplaning is to decelerate to regain control.
  • The previous meeting minutes were reviewed and accepted with one clarification by Dora Parks: For the status of (5) to be re-statused with a (1) or a (2) is only within a 10 day period and will be within a 120 day period.
  • At this time, no Damage Prevention Presentations are scheduled. Wayne reminded everyone that this is a free service; it lasts for approximately 45 minutes to one hour and brings everyone together on the “same page”. Scott Brown of Washington Gas reminded and invited all to the Damage Prevention Meeting that is held at 6801 Industrial Road, Springfield, Va. 22151. This meeting is held the last Wednesday of every month and begins at 8am. Anyone with questions regarding the meeting should call Don Jones @ 703-750-5510.
  • Trade Shows- Wayne provided information for the upcoming event at McGrath Contractors to be held on June 27, 2007. Various contractors are invited. This is the second event of this kind. A safety message on video will be provided to Wayne to share and Dora suggested asking the rep from McGrath if a copy could be provided for the on line shared library. Wayne said that he would check on it.
  • Wayne also provided feedback on the Vender Expo held at the BGE Baltimore Complex. He said it was a worthwhile event.
  • Scheduled Trade Shows- Coverage needed! Wayne referred to the events page and asked anyone interested to contact Stephanie Schneck from MGH @ 410-902-5023. Nelson Sneed added that it’s important to share this involvement.
  • Dig Smart/ Locator Achievement- Dora Parks, Nelson Sneed and Chris McMurry take leadership on this committee and the meetings will resume in September.
  • Marking Standards Group- Wayne explained that because a group consensus is very important, this is a time consuming process. However, the committee is at approximately 70% completion. The question was raised as to whether these minutes are posted on the web site. Dora looked in to this during the meeting and discovered that they were posted on the website.
  • Title 12 Steering Committee- A meeting was held on 6/20/07, chaired by Jim Barron was well attended. At this meeting it was decided that the committee would not break down in to sub committees to handle specific topics. Instead, the steering committee will make changes and present to general committee and allow time for comments, suggestions and any necessary changes. This committee will be making changes that will affect the industry for the next 30 years. Two key elements used for changes are the “RP1162” and the “Nine Elements of a Damage Prevention Program”.
  • MD/ DC Subscribers Committee- Tom Baldwin is the chairman for the committee and the next meeting is September 19, 2007 @ 9am.
  • Nelson Sneed (Verizon) provided projected footage for FTTP/ FIOS:
  •   July
    Anne Arundel 190,919
    Baltimore 162,682
    Howard 85,026
    Prince George’s 111,418
    Montgomery 26,727

  • Nelson added that the current damage ratio is 1.78 per 10,000’. Nelson invited all prime contractors to the regularly scheduled Friday meeting to discuss any concerns. John Stump will be retiring and therefore Nelson will be taking over all of John’s contractor direct reports. Any questions about the meetings, call Nelson at 301-230-5050. Any FIOS issues call Vince Healy at 301-898-9695.
  • New Promotional Items- feedback given by Wayne Gilmer. Existing stock of promotional items for the Miss Utility Center would be depleted to allow for purchase of new items that will include 811 information. Items of interest include: lip balm, coloring books, yo-yos, bandage dispensers, mini 1st aid kits, the mighty grip, stress relievers and collapsible cozies. Final decisions will be made after sample items are viewed.
  • Chris McMurry from MGH arrived and added that these new promotional items will help make the communication to the homeowners for the 811 campaign.
    A 7.5 minute DVD and PSA has been modified to promote the 811# primarily and the 800# as a footnote.
    The Excavator’s Guide has also been changed and Chris asked that if anyone noticed issues with the changes to please contact him by phone or e-mail: 410-902-5036/ cmcmurry@mghus.com.
    The changes on the media announcement and the Damage Prevention DVDs, as well as local news excerpts covering the new 811# and the importance of them were viewed.

  • Contractor Nights-The standard Miss-Utility presentation is used along with a Q&A session and dinner. The schedule for this fall is as follows:

    Wednesday, October 3 - Waldorf, MD - Jaycees Hall - 3090 Crain Highway

    Wednesday, October 10 - Frederick, MD - Ft. Detrick Holiday Inn - 999 W. Patrick St

    Thursday, October 18 - Joppa, MD - Joppa Magnolia Fire Company – 1403 Old Mountain Rd. South

    Wednesday, October 24 - Laurel, MD - WSSC Headquarters – 14501 Sweitzer Lane

    Either NPL or Iacaboni, the 2006 Dig Smart winners will speak at each of these events, as well. MGH will send out invites in August and there will be a link on the Miss Utility web site to allow for “e-viting”. The next meeting for the Contractors Nights committee will be held on 7/17/07 and Chris invited anyone to attend the upcoming meeting as well as the Contractor Nights to support the group during the Q&A portion of the event.

  • Open Discussion:
  • Dennis Lescalleet received a damage notification from Comcast simply because his company had a valid dig ticket and it was further determined that another company was the culprit. Phoenix Loss Control was the collection agency who Dennis received this bill from and as of yet, has not received a letter to redeem Pleasants Construction. Also, Dennis wanted to know why he had not heard a thing about the damage until the bill arrived in the mail. Wayne commented about Phoenix Loss Control stating that for the most part, they have done a good job and that after the meeting, he will forward some contacts to Dennis. Wayne also suggested going to the client (utility damaged) before dealing with the collection agency as they have more knowledge of the specific incident. Sherell Stone of NPL asked if there is any specific procedures followed when a utility is damaged. Mark Hamrick stated that all utilities are different, but that Verizon likes to get all parties involved immediately (within two hours, if possible). Dennis brought up a situation where a ticket was called in and the response of #1-clear/ no conflict was given. On the next update for this ticket, marks were painted and it was statused as marked. Dennis wanted to know how this could be. Paul Elwood added that between these two tickets, that more than likely, the utilities had been installed. Dennis added that he cannot understand why if permits are applied for, why shouldn’t it be clear as to the proposed excavation? Bob Norman and Wayne both suggested that Dennis start with the locating company when there are issues with marking responses on tickets. If not resolved, than deal with the utility owner. Mark Hamrick stated that Verizon locators use visual inspection in new developments. Scott Brown added that WG flags locations for proposed excavation, so the locator is aware that something is going in the ground. Mark Hamrick added that WG has the most current information going out to their locators.
  • The situation of bad addresses was brought up as it relates to coding or marking of such tickets. Mark Hamrick stated that for Verizon, when coded with a #10, the ticket becomes closed. An excavator will have to call in a new ticket. So, in consideration of excavators, Matt Ruddo is looking in to the possibility of being able to re-status a#10 to a #2.
    Dora added that locators should not mark tickets with innacurrate information(address or map page & grid) even if they know where a location is simply because another member may not be notified who should’ve been which could cause a damage or injury.
  • Paul Elwood was introduced as the Operations Manager for Utiliquest in Baltimore and comes from the Delaware area.
  • The meeting adjourned at 11:45am.
  • Upcoming Trade Shows:

    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 July 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 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.

    ITIC % Report for Maryland and Washington D.C.
    Month   Call Center Tickets   ITIC Tickets   Percentage
    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%

    June 26, 2007 MD/DC Damage Prevention Meeting Attendee List
    Name   Company   Phone   Email
    Wayne Gilmer   Utiliquest   301-674-2769   walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
    John Payne   Southern MD Cable   410-867-7577   jpayne@smcinc.biz
    Paul Elwood   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   aul.elwood@utiliquest.com
    Dan Wiles   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   dan.wiles@utiliquest.com
    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   Consolidated Utility Services   410-310-8412   kelly.hardy@cusinc.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
    Erik Phillips   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   erik.phillips@utiliquest.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   MasTec   410-255-9316   bedee.dupree@mastec.com
    Tim Kempa   Comcast   410-371-3304   tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
    Andy Kaldmaa   Long Fence   301-350-2400   akaldmaa@longfence.com
    Dora Parks   Miss Utility Center   410-782-2026   dora@missutility.net
    Nelson Sneed   Verizon   301-230-5050   nelson.sneed@verizon.com
    Jeff Novotny   NTI   443-277-3694   jnovotny@trenching.com
    Scott Brown   WGL   703-750-4388  
    Tony Goodman   WGL   703-750-2749  
    Kevin Woolbright   WSSC   301-206-8216  
    Vince Healy   Verizon   301-898-96995   vincent.healy@verizon.com
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