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Damage Prevention Committee

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
April 22, 2008
Miss Utility Call Center
Hanover, MD  21076

I. Call To Order and Introduction:

Wayne Gilmer (Utiliquest) called the regular meeting to order at 9:35am.
Introductions were made.

The minutes of March 25, 2008 were approved.

II. Safety Item:

Wayne Gilmer reviewed safety tips on how to protect yourself from bites and scratches from rodents, snakes and insects.

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

Chris McMurry discussed the following initiatives:

  • Full Radio Campaign
    • Negotiated and ready to air in the spring
    • Looking into additional media buys in the summer time to suppliment the minor league baseball sponsorships

  • Association outreach – for DP speaking engagement opportunities
  • Other mailings
    • Permit offices
    • Equipment rental
    • Realtors

  • Miss Utility Day at the Bowie Baysox Stadium
    • Scheduled for Thursday, July 31.
    • More details to come at upcoming DP meetings.

  • Summer homeowner outreach (county fairs)
      • Prince George’s County Fair (September 4th-7th)

    • Others being considered include:
      • Montgomery County
      • Howard County

  • Miss Utility Contractor Nights
    • Kickoff meeting will be held May 16, 2008 following the Dig Smart/LAA post Awards Night meeting
    • 2 contractor dinners will be held this fall
    • The nights will consist of dinner, damage prevention presentations, question/answer session and networking opportunities
    • Cal Brooks (Howard County Utilities) offered to host one of them

IV. Damage Prevention Presentations

Wayne Gilmer gave feedback on recent presentation for Nothern Pipeline.

Wayne stated there would be a future presentation for Mainling Services.

V. Trade Shows/Safety Events:

Wayne Gilmer stated he and Matt Ruddo (Miss Utility) would be attending the a safety day for the Department of Army in Fort Detrick, MD on May 8, 2008

Chris McMurry thanked everyone for volunteering at the 2008 spring home and garden shows. He also said that he received approval from the MD/DC Subscribers Committee to book the 2009 in order to get the best locations.

There was a brief discussion about the Miss Utility booth locations being switched around at the last minute. Chris McMurry indicated that they would address that issue for the fall 2008 shows as well as the ones for 2009

VI. Locator Achievement/Dig Smart Awards

The follwing update was provided:

  • 70 people RSVP for this years event
  • Khrysanne Kerr was an execellent guest speaker
  • Alvin Collins, Secretary of General Services, presented Tom Hoff (One Call Concepts, Inc.) with the Underground Excavation Safety Week proclamation
  • Dig Smart Award Winners were B. Frank Joy for DC, Northern Piepline for MD and Sunrise Safety Services received the first ever honorable mention award
  • Locator Achievement Award Winners were recognized via a 10 minute video
  • 15 door prizes were given out
  • 95% of the surveys returned rated the event a 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best
  • Post Awards meeting would be held May 16, 2008 at 10:00am.
  • Daryl “Blue Shows” Cox was very graciuos in receiving the overall Locator Achievement Award

VII. Marking Standards Group:

Chris McMurry stated the text of Marking Guidelines book had been completed and a photoshoot will be scheduled in the very near future to select the photos for the book. He stated that the Group would be meeting after today’s meeting to select the front cover design and discuss the photos that would be inserted into the book.

VIII. Title 12 Steering Committee:

Tom Baldwin (BGE) stated the Committee revied the first draft of the proposed Law changes document. He sadi the next meeting would be held on May 12, 2008 and the focus would be to address the “scope of work” on tickets as well as start the review of the “9 Key Elelments of Damage Prevention” document. is really hung up on enforcement.

IX. MD/DC Subscribers Committee Meeting:

Wayne Gilmer reviewed meeting topics such as the advertising/ public awareness campaign, Dig Smart/Locator Achievement Awards and trade shows.

Matt Ruddo and Dora Parks reviewd the ADC grid format changes. The Miss Utilty Center began accepting the new ADC Montgomery County grid coordinates on March 19, 2008. Dora stated they are currently working on the map databases for the Prince Georges and District of Colimbia Subscribers.Dora also indicated the the mapbooks for Caroll, Howard and Frederick Counties are done, but she was waiting on the digital files.

Matt Ruddo gave a brief update on 811 usage. He said the “lion share” of the calls do not go to a Miss Utility operator. He said the ITIC usage is very strong in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

X. FTTP Projections:

Sam Jones (Verizon) provided the following two month FTTP trench footage projections:

  May June
Anne Arundel 48,000 5,000
Baltimore 116,000 125,000
Howard 8,000 30,000
Montgomery 17,000 15,000
Prince George’s 121,000 125,000

XI. Open Discussion:

Tony Goodman (Washington Gas) expressed concerns with a gas damage they recently had at Reagan National Airport. A lenghty discussion ensued about locating issues at aiports and military bases. A few expressed concenrs over who has the jurisdiction/authority to mark underground utility lines at airports and military bases.

Matt Ruddo gave the following update on Ticket Check enhancements:

  • DC Ticket Check went online for a half a dozen Subscribers on April 1, 2008
  • Emergency Tickets were added to Ticket Check on April 1, 2008
  • Ticket Check statuses would be sent via email to individuals that provide an email address at the time of the call or ITIC transaction

Tom Baldwin thanked the Dig Smart/Locator Achievement Committee for a job well done.

Upcoming Damage Prevention Presentations:

May 8, 2008: Department Of The Army Safety Awareness Day Fort Detrick, MD 7:00am-2:00pm

Upcoming Trade Shows:

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 May 27, 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 is scheduled ford 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 10:30 am.

ITIC % Report for Maryland and Washington D.C.
Month   Call Center Tickets   ITIC Tickets   Percentage
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%
Feb-08   51,004   36,810   72%
Mar-08   57,239   39,568   69%
Attendee List
Name   Company   Phone   Email
Wayne Gilmer   Utiliquest   301-674-2769   walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
Andy Kaldmaa   Long Fence   301-350-2400   akaldmaa@longfence.com
Alice Gilmore   Long Fence   301-350-2400   agilmore@longfence.com
Matt Ruddo   Miss Utility Center   410-712-0056   matt@missutility.net
Tom Baldwin   BGE   410-291-3121   t.c.baldwin@bge.com
Chris McMurry   MGH Advertising   410-902-5036   cmcmurry@mghus.com
Mark Hamrick   Verizon   410-610-1371   mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
Karen Watkins   SMECO   301-274-4350   karen.watkins@smeco.coop
Erik Phillips   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   erik.phillips@utiliquest.com
Tony Goodman   Washington Gas   703-750-4708   agoodman@washgas.com
Tim Kempa   Comcast   410-371-3304   tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
Sherell Stone   NPL Construction   410-355-1083   sstone@nplcc.com
Cal Brooks   Howard County   410-313-4952   cbrooks@howardcountymd.gov
Dora Parks   Miss Utility Center   410-782-2026   dora@missutility.net
Sam Jones   Verizon   301-475-9904   samuel.h.jones@verizon.com
Bill Taylor   Verizon   410-916-7726   james.william.e.taylor.jr@verizon.com
Greg Johnson   PEPCO   301-670-8735   gmjohnson@pepco.com
Rick Behrens   CableCom   916-712-5028   rlbehrens@bellsouth.net
Dena Walters   OCCLS   3410-712-0202   dena@occls.com
Oliva Herrera   Utiliquest   301-356-1566   oliva.herrera@utiliquest.com
Guy Arcieri   Utiliquest   301-356-1566   guy.arcieri@utiliquest.com
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