Minutes of The Marking Guidelines
July 24, 2007
Miss Utility Call Center
Hanover, MD 21076
The meeting began at 11:40am with introductions of attendees.
Paul Elwood from Utiliquest has taken a seat on this committee since he has replaced Kelly Hardy.
Consensus was reached by the committee that Kelly Hardy, although not working for Utiliquest at this time will remain on
this committee. The committee welcomes his years of experience and knowledge. However, since he is not employed by a
stakeholder, he would not have voting privileges.
Paul Elwood asked what the objective of this committee was. Tom Baldwin explained that this group is creating Marking
Guidelines/ Best Practices that possibly could be driven in to law. Wayne added that Virginia’s Best Practices have been
made in to law and are strictly enforced by the PSC.
Wayne suggested that the group review the “voted & accepted” definitions in their spare time and suggested the topic of
white lining for discussion.
Tom Hastings from OCC said that white lining allows the excavator to survey the job site before the work begins and
hopefully before the ticket is called in. He added that it has been known to cut down on paint graffiti calls from
The committee discussed whether or not to make white lining mandatory or should it be referred to as a best practice.
Tim Kempa stated that he has used white lining and thought that it was a positive approach all around. He asked what the
Tom Baldwin said that in busy metro area, the white lines are hard to differentiate due to congestion.
Wayne suggested that the committee review the following and complete final discussions on white lining at the next
White lining is a widely suggested best practice for proposed excavations.
When utilizing white lining, a clear footage definition of radius (in feet) around the white paint markings should be
established in the ticket instructions for utility markings involving single point excavations, such as: signs, poles, pole
bases, anchors, drilling, blasting etc.; or continuous excavation, such as: trenching, plowing, boring, grading etc. When
white lining is not practical, other means of area of excavation descriptions can be used, such as site meetings,
documents transfers, etc.
The meeting adjourned at 1:15pm
Next meeting will be held at the One Call Center on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 immediately following the Damage Prevention