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Damage Prevention Committee

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
September 25, 2007
Miss Utility Call Center
Hanover, MD  21076

  • At 9:40am Wayne Gilmer called the meeting to order. Introductions were made.
  • The previous meeting minutes were reviewed and accepted with two clarifications: 1st by Tom Baldwin: Page 2 refers to subtitle (12.1.08) and should by (12.108) 2nd by Dora Parks: Page 3 the next MD/DC Subscribers Meeting should read to begin at 10am and coffee & doughnuts to be served at 9:30am.
  • Dora Parks showed the updated Miss Utility DVD that includes the 811 updates.
  • Wayne reviewed the Safety Message on “Hard Hats”. They should be worn on all required job sites, should be worn properly and should be inspected and replaced as necessary.
  • MGH Update- In Chris McMurray’s absence, Wayne reviewed that the homeowner brochures are complete and have been popular at recent Home & Garden Shows. As well, the new promo items (lip balm, yo-yos, etc) are very popular. The new carpet that was ordered has arrived and is very attractive. Also, Wayne reviewed the detailed events for the upcoming
  • Contractor Nights-
  • Waldorf:   Wednesday, October 3
      Jaycess Hall
      3090 Crain Highway
    Frederick:   Wednesday, October 10
      Ft. Detrick Holiday Inn
      999 W. Patrick Street

    RSVP for the above two dates by September 19, 2007.

    Joppa:   Thursday, October 18
      Joppa Magnolia Fire Company
      1403 Old Mountain Road South
    Laurel:   Wednesday, October 24
      WSSC Headquarters
      14501 Sweitzer Lane

    RSVP for the above two dates by October 4, 2007.

    Wayne wanted to give special thanks to WSSC for their tremendous support for these upcoming Contractor Nights. no

  • Damage Prevention Presentations- feedback provided by Wayne for presentation at Wagman Construction. Wayne stated that they were well received with many questions being asked and as a result, the communication lines have been opened. Mark Hamrick added that there is an upcoming presentation in Southern Maryland on November 7th.
  • Trade Shows- Wayne provided feedback from the Chesapeake Region Safety Conference. He said it was a great event, put together well with good attendance. Wayne also provided feedback from the Fall Montgomery County Home & Garden Show. They had a perfect spot for the booth and the promo items were a big hit.
  • Scheduled Trade Shows- No coverage needed! All upcoming trade shows are booked for volunteers. Thank you!
  • Dig Smart/ Locator Achievement- Dora Parks explained that we are hoping for another outstanding event. Nelson Sneed will chair this committee, again and welcomes any feedback to promote another successful event.
  • Marking Standards Group- During the last meeting, the group clarified language relating to white lining and discussed the marking of laterals. Also two labeling items were added: (1) Korduct (KD) and (2) Fiberglass (FG).
  • Title 12 Steering Committee- A meeting was held on 9/5/07 and Tom Baldwin explained that the committee discussed for four hours definitions; to include the definition of a designer. Also, it’s expected that the attendees trickle the meeting information back to their counterparts. The next meeting will be on 9/27/07 at 8am.
  • MD/DC Subscribers Committee- Wayne reviewed topics discussed at the last meeting, to include: Advertising, 811 usage, ITIC and ticket statusing.
  • Nelson Sneed (Verizon) provided the FTTP/ FIOS progress Report:
  •   September October
    Anne Arundel 94,595 24,298
    Baltimore 228,083 279,615
    Howard 36,027 1,618
    Montgomery 12,395 13,005
    Prince George’s 153,402 162,735

    2007 Trade Shows

    Miss Utility and our representatives will be participating in the following Trade Shows. Come on out and see us.

    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:   Suburban Maryland Home & Garden Show
    Date:   October 26th - 28th
    City, State:   Upper Marlboro, MD
    Place:   The Show Place Arena
    Website:   www.americanconsumershows.com

    Open Discussion: Dora wanted to thank Verizon and their primes/ subs for making a conscious effort to use ITIC. The center and the subscribers greatly appreciate it. Nelson thanked Wayne for leading these meetings and for always having a passion for Damage Prevention. Nelson than asked what else can this group do to help prevent damages. He suggested the need to educate the companies who are not calling in tickets before digging. Wayne suggested better promoting the Damage Prevention Presentations. Dennis Lescaleet referred to Va and the SCC and their requirements for training of offenders of One Call Law/ Requirements. Tony Goodman from WG stated that there are many levels/ avenues for training and sometimes the most effective training happens right at the job site. Tom Baldwin stated that BGE sends repeat offenders of digging with no tickets a letter to remind them of the law and names of these companies are forwarded to MOSH, as well.

    Meeting adjourned at 11:05am.

    Next Damage Prevention Meeting will be on October 23, 2007 at 9:30am.

    ITIC % Report for Maryland and Washington D.C.
    Month   Call Center Tickets   ITIC Tickets   Percentage
    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%
    Jun-07   74,055   50,649   68%
    Jul-07   75,034   52,724   70%
    Aug-07   76,641   54,537   71%
    Attendee List
    Name   Company   Phone   Email
    Wayne Gilmer   Utiliquest   301-674-2769   walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
    Jeff Novotny   NTI   443-277-3694   jnovotny@trenching.com
    Dennis Lescalleet   Pleasants Construction   301-428-0800   dlescalleet@pleasants.org
    Dan Wiles   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   dan.wiles@utiliquest.com
    Tom Baldwin   BGE   410-291-3121   t.c.baldwin@bge.com
    Greg Johnson   PEPCO   301-670-8735   gmjohnson@pepco.com
    Mark Hamrick   Verizon   410-610-1371   mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
    Karen Watkins   SMECO   301-274-4350   karen.watkins@smeco.coop
    Donna Steckler   Premier Safety   301-829-2416   premiersafety@comcast.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
    Joe Feronti   Utiliquest   301-343-8762   joe.feronti@utiliquest.com
    Robert Vicks   PEPCO   202-388-2141   rlvicks@pepco.com
    Veronica Rozier   Utiliquest   301-356-1566   veronica.rozier@utiliquest.com
      CableCom   301-595-4704   b.dow@att.net
    Tony Goodman   Washington Gas   703-750-4708  
    Tim Kempa   Comcast   410-371-3304   tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
    Sean Davis   S&N   540-717-3204   sdavis@sncommfc.com
    Paul Elwood   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   paul.elwood@utiliquest.com
    Dora Parks   Miss Utility Center   410-782-2026   dora@missutility.net
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