Miss Utility7223 Parkway Drive, Suite 100
Hanover, MD 21076

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
January 22, 2008
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 November 27, 2007 were approved with one correction. Tom Baldwin (BGE) asked that the ITIC percentage be brought up to date.

II. Safety Item:

Wayne Gilmer reviewed frostbite to include causes of, degrees of severity and prevention.

III. Chris McMcurry/MGH Advertising Public Awareness Campaign Update:

Chris McMurry reviewed marketing efforts for 2008 to promote damage prevention. He said that ITIC Lite brochures will be given out at the home and garden shows.

  • ITIC Lite brochures will be given out at the home and garden shows.
  • A “Diamond Dig” promotion with the Bowie Baysox is being created to gain media coverage and promote safe digging practices.
  • IV. Damage Prevention Presentations:

    Wayne Gilmer gave feedback on recent presentations for WSSC, WM Schlosser and RHN Splicing. He also provided feedback on the pipeline safety meetings held by Paradigm Liaison Services in November 2007.

    Wayne stated there were several presentations scheduled with Anchor Construction, Wagman, Inc. and Miles Electric Company in the coming weeks.

    V. Trade Shows/Safety Events:

    Chris McMurry reviewed the upcoming trade show schedule and stressed the need for volunteers.

    VI. Locator Achievement/Dig Smart Committee:

    Dora Parks reviewed the Awards process and also gave an update on the nominations received as well as the ballot mailings. The Awards night is scheduled for April 17, 2008 at the Columbia Sheraton.

    VII. Marking Standards Group:

    Wayne Gilmer said the meeting would not be held because of the pending weather. He stated that the Committee is “wrapping things up” and they would be choosing photos for the brochure at the next meeting.

    VII. Title 12 Steering Committee:

    Updates were reviewed by Matt Ruddo to include topics such as “ticket life” and definitions. The next set of meetings are scheduled for February 8th & 15th, 2008.

    IX. MD/DC Subscribers Committee Meeting:

    Wayne Gilmer reviewed meeting topics such as advertising budget, Federal one-call grants, contractor nights and public awareness campaigns.

    Dora Parks explained the process of ADC’s Mid Atlantic numbering system and the grid format changes that are affecting the Subscribers grid databases.

    X. FTTP/FIOS Progress Report:

    Nelson Sneed (Verizon) provided the following two month FTTP trench footage projections:

      February March
    Anne Arundel 95,000 131,000
    Baltimore 86,000 106,000
    Howard 30,000 5,000
    Montgomery 2,000 5,000
    Prince George’s 11,000 32,000

    XI. Open Discussion:

    Wayne Gilmer asked Alice Gilmore (Long Fence) how things were going and she replied that they needed to find out how they could go about getting a Miss Utility damage prevention presentation. Andy Kaldmaa (Long Fence) added that they work statewide and would need several presentations at different locations. Wayne asked Andy to email him some projected dates and he would follow up with Alice and Andy.

    John Wiebenson (Georgetown BID) asked questions about the Marking Guidleines Committee and wanted to know if he could join the group. Wayne replied with some history on the reasons for the Committee and covered the guidelines in more detail.

    There was a general discussion about Damage Prevention Chairman Position and the nominating process. Everyone agreed that Wayne should continue as the Chairman and he accepted.

    Upcoming Damage Prevention Presentations:

    January 25, 2008: Anchor Construction in Landover, MD at 7:00am

    February 1, 2008: Wagman, Inc. in York, PA at 11:00am.

    February 7, 2008: Miles Electric Co. in Baltimore, MD at 3:00pm.

    Upcoming Trade Shows:

    Show name:   Suburban ACS
    Date:   February 1-3, 2008
    City, State:   Upper Marlboro, MD
    Place:   The Show Place Arena
    Website:   www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/HAS.html
    Show name:   Landscape Contractors Association, Winter Workshop 2008
    Date:   February 12th - 14th
    City, State:   Ellicott City,MD
    Place:   The Turf Valley Resort
    Website:   www.lcamddcva.org/conference/winter.cfm
    Show name:   Maryland Home & Garden Show
    Date:   February 29 - March 2nd
    City, State:   Timonium,MD
    Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
    Website:   www.mdhomeandgarden.com/0_HG/01_HG_show_info.html
    Show name:   Maryland Home & Garden Show
    Date:   March 7th - 9th
    City, State:   Timonium,MD
    Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
    Website:   www.mdhomeandgarden.com/0_HG/01_HG_show_info.html
    Show name:   Suburban Maryland Spring Home Show
    Date:   March 7th - 9th
    City, State:   Germantown, MD
    Place:   Discovery Sports Center at Maryland Soccerplex
    Website:   www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/HGS.html
    Show name:   Maryland Plumbing, Heating and Contractors Seminar
    Date:   March 13th
    City, State:   Pikesville, MD
    Place:   Pikesville Armory
    Website:   www.phccweb.org
    Show name:   Washington Home, Garden & Flower Show
    Date:   March 13th - 16th
    City, State:   Washington, D.C.
    Place:   Washington Convention Center
    Website:   www.washingtonhomeandgardenshow.com
    Show Name:   Frederick County Builders Association Home Show
    Date:   March 15th - 16th
    City, State:   Frederick, MD
    Place:   Great Frederick Fairgrounds
    Website:   www.fcbal.org/html/homeshow.cfm
    Show name:   Builder Mart
    Date:   March 19th
    City, State:   Timonium,MD
    Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
    Website:   www.homebuilders.org/page/55597/
    Show name:   Suburban Maryland Spring Home Show/b>
    Date:   March 28th - March 30th
    City, State:   Landover, MD
    Place:   FedEx Field
    Website:   www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/FFS.html
    Show name:   Maryland Municipal League
    Date:   June 22nd - 25th
    City, State:   Ocean City, MD
    Place:   Ocean City Convention Center
    Website:   www.mdmunicipal.org/cv08/cvinfowlinks.cfm
    Show name:   Maryland Association of Counties
    Date:   August 13th - 16th
    City, State:   Ocean City, MD
    Place:   Roland Powell Convention Center
    Website:   www.mdcounties.org/events/eventDetails.cfm?EventID=58
    Show name:   Chesapeake Safety Conference
    Date:   September 12th
    City, State:  
    Show name:   Suburban Maryland Fall Home Show
    Date:   September 12th - 14th
    City, State:   Germantown, MD
    Place:   Discovery Sports Center at Maryland Soccerplex
    Website:   www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/HGF.html
    Show Name:   Harford LIVE!
    Date:   September 27th - 29th
    City, State:   Aberdeen, MD
    Place:   Ripken Stadium
    Website:   www.harfordlive.com/assets/har_live_contract.pdf
    Show Name:   Maryland Home & Garden Show
    Date:   October 17th - 19th
    City, State:   Timonium, MD
    Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
    Website:   www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/HAF.html>
    Show Name:   Suburban Maryland Fall Home Show
    Date:   October 24th - 26th
    City, State:   Upper Marlboro, MD
    Place:   The Show Place Arena
    Website:   www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/HAF.html

    Upcoming Meetings:

    The next Maryland/DC Damage Prevention meeting is scheduled for February 26, 2008 at the Miss Utility Center. Coffee and donuts will be served at 9:00 am. The meeting will begin at 9:30 am. The next Marking Guidelines Group meeting will be held immediately following the MD/DC Damage Prevention meeting.

    The 2008 Maryland/DC Subscribers meeting will be held February 14th, April 10th, and June 12th, 2008 at the Miss Utility Center. Coffee and donuts will be served at 9:30 am, and the meeting will begin at 10:00 am.

    There being no further business to be brought before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 11:10 am.

    ITIC % Report for Maryland and Washington D.C.
    Month   Call Center Tickets   ITIC Tickets   Percentage
    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%
    Sep-07   68,418   47,376   69%
    Oct-07   74,837   51,712   69%
    Nov-07   60,718   42,868   71%
    Dec-07   53,677   39,652   74%
    Jan-08   58,159   41,586   72%
    Attendee List
    Name   Company   Phone   Email
    Wayne Gilmer   Utiliquest   301-674-2769   walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
    David A Drewyer   Bowen & Kron Ent.   443-324-2312   dave@bowen-kron.com
    Richard Cleveland   Chesapeake Utilities   302-363-3183   rcleveland@chpk.com
    Matt Ruddo   Miss Utility Center   410-712-0056   matt@missutility.net
    Tom Baldwin   BGE   410-291-3121   t.c.baldwin@bge.com
    John Wieberson   Georgetown BID   202-298-9222   jwieberson@georgetowndc.com
    Mark Hamrick   Verizon   410-610-1371   mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
    Karen Watkins   SMECO   301-274-4350   karen.watkins@smeco.coop
    Dan Wiles   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   dan.wiles@utiliquest.com
    Raul Torres   Utiliquest   301-343-8770   raul.torres@utiliquest.com
    Rick Behrens   CableCom   916-712-5028   rlbehrens@bellsouth.net
    Sherell Stone   NPL Construction   410-355-1083   sstone@nplcc.com
    Chris McMurry   MGH Advertising   410-902-5036   cmcmurry@mghus.com
    Andy Kaldmaa   Long Fence   301-350-2400   akaldmaa@longfence.com
    Alice Gilmore   Long Fence   301-350-2400   agilmore@longfence.com
    Vince Floyd   3 E   920-378-2278   vince.floyd@3eutilityservice.com
    Don Wiles   3 E   920-378-7335   don.wiles@3eutilityservice.com
    Scott Brown   Washington Gas   703-750-4388  
    Tony Goodman   Washington Gas   703-750-4708  
    Tim Kempa   Comcast   410-371-3304   tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
    Cal Brooks   Howard County   410-313-4952   cbrooks@co.ho.md.us
    Sean Davis   S&N   540-717-3204   sdavis@sncommfc.com
    Dora Parks   Miss Utility Center   410-782-2026   dora@missutility.net
    Erik Phillips   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   erik.phillips@utiliquest.com
    Paul Elwood   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   paul.elwood@utiliquest.com
    Dena Walters   OCCLS   3410-712-0202   dena@occls.com
    Nelson Sneed   Verizon   301-230-5050   nelson.sneed@verizon.com
    Samuel H. Jones   Verizon   301-475-9904   samuel.h.jones@verizon.com
    David Kertis   Delmarva Power   302-429-3423   dave.kertis@delmarva.com
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