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Damage Prevention Committee

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
February 24, 2009
Miss Utility Call Center
Hanover, MD  21076

I. Call To Order and Introduction:

Wayne Gilmer (Utiliquest) called the regular monthly meeting to order at 9:40 am.

Introductions were made.

The minutes of January 27, 2009 were approved.

II. Safety Item:

Wayne Gilmer’s monthly safety topic covered seat belt safety and the proper way to wear them.

III. Dig Smart/Locator Achievement Awards:

Mark Hamrick (Verizon) gave a brief history on the Awards night and stated that all locators would be recognized instead of picking one overall winner. He also stated that he and Dora Parks (Miss Utility Center) began video interviews of the winners last week.

      20th – Posting    http://www.missutility.net/missutilityawards/maryland_awards2008.asp
      24th – Meeting to finalize event logistics, prizes and agenda

      24th – Meeting to finalize event logistics


      7th – Meeting at venue to discuss final event logistics/run through
      16th – Event to be held at Harper’s Choice in Columbia, MD

  TOTAL = 35 Entries
Tom Barton - Harford Co. W&S Chris Terrell - OCCLS
Kevin Kimmel - Harford Co. W&S Chaz Osbourn - OCCLS
Dan Heiles - Harford Co. W&S Mike Figgins - OCCLS
  Robert Gilhaly - Charles Co. Utilities
  Jim Havelka - UtiliQuest, Beltsville
  Justin Lowthert - UtiliQuest, Beltsville
  Neil Dieudonne - UtiliQuest, Beltsville
  Terri Thompson - UtiliQuest, Baltimore
Darnell Maddox - UtiliQuest, Beltsville William Allen Billman - Hagerstown Light
Alonzo Miller - UtiliQuest, Beltsville  
Jamie Seaton - UtiliQuest, Beltsville Justin Lilly - OCCLS
Perry Lee - UtiliQuest, Beltsville Ian Owens - OCCLS
Sean Self - UtiliQuest, Beltsville Justin Golliday - OCCLS
  Ray King - Howard Co. Utilities
  Shaun Vanderveer - Howard Co. Utilities
  Mike Pittman - Howard Co. Utilities
  Herman Wilson - UtiliQuest, Baltimore
  Damien LePore - UtiliQuest, Baltimore
  Donald Schurman - UtiliQuest, Baltimore
Frank Weese - OCCLS Heather Fowkes - UtiliQuest, Beltsville
Buddy Poulson - OCCLS Jeff Kurtz - UtiliQuest, Beltsville
Jermaine Street - OCCLS George Daffin - UtiliQuest, Beltsville
Eric Doering - UtiliQuest, Baltimore Christian MacKnowitz - UtiliQuest, Baltimore
  Scott Lindenberger - UtiliQuest, Baltimore

IV. Damage Prevention Presentations:

Matt Ruddo and Vince Healy gave a brief update on the February 3, 2009 presentation for Frederick County Public Schools at 7446 Hayward Road in Frederick, MD.

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the February 17, 2009 presentation that he and Jack Sullivan (BGE) gave to ABC of Baltimore at 1220 B East Joppa Road Towson, MD.

Wayne Gilmer referenced the following upcoming damage prevention presentations:

Shirley Construction at the Laurel VFD on February 25, 2009

ABC Metro Washington Chapter in Hyattsville, MD on March 19, 2009

Allegany County Government at Allegany Community College on March 25, 2009

V. 2009 Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference (GCDPTC):

Matt Ruddo (MGH) gave an update on the GCDPTC that will be held at the Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel on October 21-23, 2009.

He stated that the breakout session survey had only been online a couple of days from today and there were a couple hundred individuals that had already provided feedback. He also stated that early bird registration would begin on April 1, 2009 and ask everyone to visit www.missutility.net/2009conference for updates and more details.

 VI. Trade Shows & Safety Events:

Several commented that the Suburban Maryland Home & Garden Show was a success and the booth location was excellent. Nick Kelly (MGH) stated there were several shifts for the Washington Home, Garden and Flower Show at the DC Convention Center that needed to be filled prior to March 13, 2009.

There was a general discussion about the poor attendance at the Landscape Contractors Winter Workshop in Ellicott City, MD and whether or not to attend next year.

Trade show coordinator contact is Nick Kelly of MGH and he can be reached at nkelly@mghus.com or 410-504-8338.

VII. Title XII Steering Committee:

Wayne Gilmer said there were a number of individuals that were unable to attend the last meeting; however, the Committee began the process of reviewing the proposed changes again and stopped at the Ticket Life section.

Matt Ruddo stated that the enforcement authority program would not be discussed again until after the MD legislative session was over the second week in April. Wayne said there are a lot of people around the country that are very interested in how the Committee is going to address the enforcement authority since it doesn’t involve the MDPSC.

Khrysanne Kerr (CGA) is scheduled to give a presentation on CGA’s Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) at the March 9, 2009 meeting.

X. MD/DC Subscribers Committee Meeting:

Wayne Gilmer gave the following update on a few of the items that were discussed at the February 6, 2009 MD/DC Subscribers Meeting:

  • Miss Utility Diamond Dig event added a second event in Frederick, MD in 2009 in addition to the one being held again at the Baysox Stadium in Bowie, MD
  • Dora Parks provided an update on the ADC 2 digit vs. 4 digit map usage report
  • Matt Ruddo gave an update on the advertising expense reports as well as ITIC usage reports
  • Tom Baldwin would be staying on a MD/DC Subscribers Chairman for an additional two year term

XI. FTTP/FIOS Progress Report:

Mark Hamrick (Verizon) provided the following FTTP trench footage projections:

  March April
Anne Arundel 5,000 10,000
Baltimore 51,000 32,000
Charles 250,000 430,000
Howard 183,000 67,000
Harford 7,100 14,000
Montgomery 13,000 1,000
Prince George’s 20,000 3,000

Mark commented that Verizon’s current damage ratio is 0.7 damages per 10,000 trench feet.                                                               

Open Discussion:

Vincent Healy (Verizon) stated that Verizon facilities are being damaged in Washington DC and the impact on customer service is a very serious issue for Verizon. He stated that Verizon is giving out excavator manuals, providing information on the monthly MD/DC Damage prevention meetings and how companies can go about scheduling damage prevention training through the MD/DC Damage Prevention team. Verizon is encouraging all excavators they come in contact with to use these resources and he would like to ask the other Subscriber members to do the same.

All District of Columbia Subscribers in attendance echoed Verizon’s sentiments.

Kevin Woolbright (WSSC) stated that he met with Everett Lallis, Director of Safety & Security for DCWASA, last week and he indicated that they would be getting more involved in the MD/DC Damage Prevention & Subscriber meetings.

Upcoming Trade Shows:

The following tradeshows are schedule for 2009:

Show name:   Maryland Home & Garden Show
Date:   March 6-8, 2009
City, State:   Timonium,MD
Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
Website:   http://www.mdhomeandgarden.com/0_HG/01_HG_show_info.html
Show name:   Maryland Home & Garden Show
Date:   March 13-15, 2009
City, State:   Timonium,MD
Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
Website:   http://www.mdhomeandgarden.com/0_HG/01_HG_show_info.html
Show name:   Suburban Maryland Spring Home Show
Date:   March 13-15, 2009
City, State:   Germantown, MD
Place:   Discovery Sports Center at Maryland Soccerplex
Website:   http://www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/DSS.html
Show name:   Maryland Plumbing, Heating and Contractors Seminar
Date:   March 13, 2009
City, State:   Pikesville, MD
Place:   Pikesville Armory
Website:   www.phccweb.org
Show name:   Washington Home, Garden & Flower Show
Date:   March 19-22, 2009
City, State:   Washington, D.C.
Place:   Washington Convention Center
Website:   http://www.washingtonhomeandgardenshow.com
Show Name:   Frederick County Builders Association Home Show
Date:   March 21-22, 2009
City, State:   Frederick, MD
Place:   Great Frederick Fairgrounds
Website:   http://www.fcbal.org/html/homeshow.cfm
Show name:   Builder Mart
Date:   March 25, 2009
City, State:   Timonium,MD
Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
Website:   http://www.homebuilders.org/page/55597/
Show name:   Suburban Maryland Spring Home Show
Date:   April 3-5, 2009
City, State:   Landover, MD
Place:   Prince George Sports and Learning Complex
Website:   http://www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/PGS.html
Show name:   Maryland Municipal League
Date:   June 28-July 1, 2009
City, State:   Ocean City, MD
Place:   Ocean City Convention Center
Website:   http://www.mdmunicipal.org/cv09/cvgeneralinfo.cfm
Show name:   Maryland Association of Counties
Date:   August 12-15, 2009
City, State:   Ocean City, MD
Place:   Roland Powell Convention Center
Website:   http://www.mdcounties.org/events/default.cfm
Show name:   Chesapeake Safety Conference
Date:   N/A
City, State:  
Show name:   Suburban Maryland Fall Home Show
Date:   September 11-13, 2009
City, State:   Germantown, MD
Place:   Discovery Sports Center at Maryland Soccerplex
Website:   http://www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/DSF.html
Show Name:   Harford Live!
Date:   September 26-27, 2009
City, State:   Aberdeen, MD
Place:   Ripken Stadium
Website:   http://www.harfordlive.com
Show Name:   Maryland Home & Garden Show
Date:   October 16-18, 2009
City, State:   Timonium, MD
Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
Website:   http://www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/HAF.html
Show Name:   Suburban Maryland Fall Home Show
Date:   October 30th-November 1, 2009
City, State:   Upper Marlboro, MD
Place:   The Show Place Arena
Website:   http://www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/HAF.html

Upcoming Meetings:

The next Maryland/DC Damage Prevention meeting is scheduled for March 24, 2009 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 Maryland/DC Subscribers meeting will be held March 18, 2009 at the Miss Utility Center. Coffee and donuts will be served at 8:30 am, and the meeting will begin at 9:00 am.

There being no further business brought before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 10:35 am.

ITIC % Report for Maryland and Washington D.C.
Month   Call Center Tickets   ITIC Tickets   Percentage
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%
Aug-08   58,606   40,823   70%
Sep-08   60,176   42,587   71%
Oct-08   63,374   44,378   70%
Nov-08   44,680   31,772   71%
Dec-08   48,953   36,569   75%
Jan-09   44,393   32,250   73%
Feb-09   44,597   33,304   75%


Attendee List
Attendee List
Name   Company   Phone   Email
Wayne Gilmer   Utiliquest   301-674-2769   walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
Dora Parks   Miss Utility Center   410-782-2026   dora@missutility.net
Chuck Baker   Verizon   301-502-9340   Charles.b.baker.jr@verizon.com
Matt Ruddo   Miss Utility Center   410-712-0056   matt@missutility.net
Marc Haines   BGE   443-324-0371   marc.hanies@bge.com
Mark Hamrick   Verizon   410-610-1371   mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
Mike Boin   Verizon   301-236-3626   Michael.m.boin@verizon.com
Greg Johnson   PEPCO   301-670-8735   gmjohnson@pepco.com
Vince Healy   Verizon   301-898-9695   Vincent.c.healy@verizon.com
Joe Feronti   Utiliquest   301-343-8762   Joe.feronti@utiliquest.com
Glenn Goins   A.A. County   410-222-7344   Pwgoin01@aacounty.org
Paul Elwood   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   Paul.elwood@utiliquest.com
Kevin Woolbright   WSSC   240-205-3684   kwoolbr@wsscwater.com
Tom Hastings   OCCLS Locating   410-712-0202   thastings@occls.com
Karen Watkins   SMECO   301-274-4350   Karen.watkins@smeco.coop
Rick Behrens   CableCom   410-354-5850    
Bob Norman   Utiliquest   443-790-0052   bob.norman@utiliquest.com
Tim Kempa   Comcast   410-371-3304   tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
Sam LaQuey   Verizon   301-519-4251   sam.i.laquey@core.verizon.com
Alice Gilmore   Long Fence   301-350-2400   agilmore@longfence.com
Martin Wetzler   Long Fence   301-350-2400   mwetzler@longfence.com
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