Miss Utility7223 Parkway Drive, Suite 100
Hanover, MD 21076

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
July 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 June 24, 2008 were approved.

II. Safety Item:

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on stop sign awareness and the “rules of the road.”

III. Diamond Dig Event at Baysox Stadium:

Chris McMurry gave the following update:

Pre-Event Topics Discussed and Action Items

  • Ticket link – Phil Wrye will send to MGH.
  • Comp tickets – MGH will provide Phil with a volunteer list on July 28.
  • Volunteer captain – Nick Kelly from MGH will be coordinating Miss Utility volunteers at the event.
  • Press release – MGH will provide Phil with Miss Utility basic information and quote by 7/11.
  • Media outreach – Baysox will handle outreach to their media friends (Mix 106.5, Washington Post blog, Baltimore Sun blog and WNST) as well as Bowie media. MGH will handle other media outreach.
  • Baysox will promote contest with live read and logo on video board during the upcoming home games. Photo will be provided to MGH by August 15.
  • Information will be on website by next week. Baysox will document to MGH.
  • Baysox will promote contest on 50/301 road sign. Photo will be provided to MGH by August 15.
  • MGH will secure proof of promotion from DC101.

Event Topics Discussed and Action Items

  • Promotional reads will start pre-game and will continue into the 5th inning.
  • DC 101 table will register some people as they enter.
  • Miss Utility will have two marketing booths at the stadium where people can also enter to win.
  • Baysox will manage announcing the 25 people eligible to win. From there, they will manage this process from the announcement of the names to the completion of the contest.
  • MGH will provide an 811 mascot suit, which a Baysox intern will wear a few times during the night.
  • MGH will provide Phil with T-shirts and hats to sling in advance to be shot into the stands. Baysox promo team can wear the hats during the night if they’d like.
  • MGH will provide Phil with the contest shirts the night of the promotion.
  • Miss Utility volunteers and Baysox staff (as needed) will hand out Miss Utility homeowner brochures outside the gates beginning in the top of the 8th inning.

IV. Locator Achievement/Dig Smart Awards:

Mark Hamrick (Verizon) gave a brief update on the following topics that would be discussed at the next meeting in August 26, 2008:

  • Voting process
  • Winner Prizes
  • Guest Speaker
  • Video
  • Venue coordination

V. Contractor Nights:

Chris McMurry stated that Nights would consist of a member utility owner booths/networking, damage prevention presentations, great food and door prizes. He also stated that a conference call would be held in early August to discuss the food options and invitation recommendations.

The following dates/locations have been selected:

Cooksville:   Wednesday, October 29
    Glenwood Community Center
    2400 Route 97
Laurel:   Thursday, November 6
    Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
    14501 Sweitzer Lane
Joppa:   Thursday, November 13
    Joppa Magnolia Fire Company
    1403 Old Mountain Rd. South

Everyone thanked Howard County Utilities for hosting and sponsoring the Cooksville, MD Night.

IV. Damage Prevention Presentations:

There was a general discussion about the Cecil County Children’s Safety Fair attended by Paul Elwood (Utiliquest), Marc Haines (BGE) and Dave Kertis (Delmarva Power). A few commented that we should do more to reach out to kids. Scott Brown (Washington Gas) suggested everyone visit www.safegasmaryland.orgto find more information on how the gas and propane operators reach out to kids.

Wayne also gave a brief update on the upcoming presentations:

  • Turner Construction on July 23rd at 1133 East West Highway Silver Spring, MD
  • ABC of Baltimore on August 19th at 1220 B East Joppa Road Suite 322 Towson, MD
  • ABC of Baltimore on October 23rd at 245 Shawan Road Hunt Valley, MD
  • Frederick County Government Picnic Middletown Community Park in Frederick, MD
  • MD National Capital Building Industry Association on September 24th in Bethesda, MD
V. Trade Shows & Safety Events:

A list of the upcoming trade shows are listed below with the addition of the Prince Georges County Fair which will be held September 4th-7th.

Trade show coordinator contact is Nick Kelly of MGH and he can be reached at nkelly@mghus.comor 410-504-8338.
VI. Marking Standards Group:

There was a lengthy discussion about several symbols, abbreviations and diagram edits that needed to be made prior to the printing of the Marking Standards Guide. There was also a general discussion about whether water and sewer lateral path would be noted at the beginning of the private symbol marking. Cal Brooks (Howard County Utilities) stated that they will mark up to their facilities and would not be putting down arrows or the private symbol.

VII. Title 12 Steering Committee:

Wayne Gilmer stated the Committee is currently working through ticket size, life and response times.

Tom Baldwin said two representatives from PHSMA attended the last meeting and they didn’t seem to be locked in on the MDPSC having complete enforcement authority. Tom also said that PHSMA would not be reducing the federal funding that the MDPSC receives; however, no enforcement authority would lessen the amount of one-call grant money Maryland receives each year.

The next two meetings would be held August 12th and September 5th at the Miss Utility Center.

VIII. MD/DC Subscribers Committee Meeting:

The next meeting is scheduled for July 25th at 10:00am.

XI. FTTP/FIOS Progress Report:

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

Anne Arundel 7,000
Baltimore 150,000
Howard 15,000
Montgomery 35,000
Prince George’s 100,000
Harford 3,000

XII. Open Discussion:
Tom Baldwin stated that it would be Nelson Sneed’s last meeting and he presented him with a plaque for his service to the MD/DC Subscribers & Damage Prevention Committees. Nelson Sneed thanked everyone for making his job easier. He also said that FTTP damage ratios went from 6.0 to 1.2 because of everyone’s commitment and partnership.

Alice Gilmore (Long Fence) introduced Martin Wetzler (Long Fence) as Andy Kaldmaa’s replacement.

Tim Precht (Qwest Communications) said that North Carolina One Call had a person calling in bogus tickets to increase ticket volumes. He said they suspect that it may have been a locating technician.

Scott Brown stated that contractors are receiving misdemeanor fines for damage to gas lines in Virginia. He said the fines only apply to egregious offenders at this time.

 Upcoming Trade Shows:

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 Preventionmeeting is scheduled for August 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 2007 Maryland/DC Subscribersmeeting will be held October 10th and December 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 11:00 am.

ITIC % Report for Maryland and Washington D.C.
Month   Call Center Tickets   ITIC Tickets   Percentage
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%
Apr-08   63,265   42,709   68%
May-08   60,597   41,305   68%
Jun-08   61,717   42,510   69%
Jul-08   63,231   44,582   71%


Name Company Telephone Number E-mail Address
Wayne Gilmer Utiliquest 301-674-2769 Walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
Dora Parks Miss Utility Center 410-782-2026 dora@missutility.net
Dennis Lescalleet Pleasants Construction 301-428-0800 dlescalleet@pleasants.org
Matt Ruddo Miss Utility Center 410-712-0056 matt@missutility.net
Tom Baldwin BGE 410-291-3121 t.c.baldwin@bge.com
John Rothe Southern MD Cable 443-532-7195 jrothe@smcinc.biz
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
Tim Precht Qwest Communications 302-373-6127 Timothy.precht@qwest.com
Tom Hastings OCC Locating 410-712-0202 thastings@occls.com
Sherell Stone NPL Construction 410-355-1083 sstone@nplcc.com
Bill Taylor Verizon 410-916-7726 William.e.taylor.jr@verizon.com
Joe Feronti Utiliquest 301-343-8762 Joe.feronti@utiliquest.com
Raul Torres Utiliquest 301-343-5224 Raul.torres@utiliquest.comm
Paul Elwood Utiliquest 410-536-0070 Paul.elwood@utiliquest.com
Kevin Woolbright WSSC 301-206-8216 kwoolbr@wsscwater.com
Tony Goodman Washington Gas 703-750-4708 agoodman@washgas.com
Tim Kempa Comcast 410-371-3304 Tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
Sean Davis S&N 540-717-3204 sdavis@sncommfc.com
David Wilkins WSSC 301-206-4371 Dwilkin1@wsscwater.com
Chuck Baur   804-814-3674 Baurx4@verizon.net
Cal Brooks Howard County 410-313-4952 cbrooks@howardcounty.gov
Chris McMurry MGH 410-902-5036 cmcmurry@mghus.com
Nelson Sneed Verizon 301-230-5050 Nelson.sneed@verizon.com
Rick Behrens CableCom 916-712-5028 rlbehrens@bellsouth.net
Alice Gilmore Long Fence 301-350-2400 agilmore@longfence.com
Martin Wetzler Long Fence 301-350-2400 mwetzler@longfence.com
Scott Brown Washington Gas 703-750-4388 ssbrown@washgas.com
Greg Johnson PEPCO 301-670-8735 gmjohnson@pepco.com
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