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Damage Prevention Committee

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
March 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 February 24, 2009 were approved.

II. Safety Item:

Wayne Gilmer’s monthly safety topic covered poison ivy/poison oak.

III. Dig Smart/Locator Achievement Awards:

Mark Hamrick (Verizon) stated that invitations were emailed out and everyone should RSVP to Dora Parks at dora@missutility.net.

Dora Parks solicited the MD/DC Subscribers & Damage Prevention Committees for door prizes. She also stated that Miss Utility of Delmarva is having their first ever locator achievement awards night on April 23, 2009 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

LOCATOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS PRODUCTION SCHEDULE:       
    
MARCH

      24th – Meeting to finalize event logistics

APRIL

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

LAA ENTRIES FOR AWARDS RECOGNITION 2008
  TOTAL = 35 Entries
   
REGION 1 - HARF, CECIL REGION 5 - CLVT, CHAS & STMY
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
   
REGION 2 - WASHINGTON DC REGION 6 - ALLEGANY, CARR, FRED, GARRETT & WASH
Darnell Maddox - UtiliQuest, Beltsville William Allen Billman - Hagerstown Light
Alonzo Miller - UtiliQuest, Beltsville  
   
REGION 3 - MONT REGION 7 - AA & HWD
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
   
REGION 4 - BALT & BCTY REGION 8 - PRINCE GEORGE'S
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:

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the damage prevention presentation he gave for ABC Metro Washington DC chapter on March 19, 2009.

He also gave additional updates on the following presentations:

  • City of Rockville on March 20, 2009 conducted by Wayne Gilmer, Greg Johnson (PEPCO), Kevin Woolbright (WSSC), Mike Boin (Verizon) and Matt Ruddo
  • Shirley Contracting on February 25, 2009 conducted by Wayne Gilmer, Greg Johnson and Jack Sullivan (BGE)

Wayne Gilmer referenced the following upcoming damage prevention presentations:

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

Midasco, Inc. at 7121 Dorsey Rd. in Jessup, MD on March 26, 2009

Chapel Valley Landscaping at 3275 Jennings Chapel Rd. in Woodbine, MD on March 31, 2009

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

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

  •  400+ individuals responded to the survey and half would likely attend the conference.
  • Significant amount positive feedback was given on the breakout sessions selected for the conference.
  • Jeff Wiese of PHMSA, Khrsyanne Kerr of CGA and the Mayor of Ocean City are just a few of the speakers this year.
  • Registration begins April 1st at http://www.missutility.net/2009Conference/registration.asp.

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the sponsorship opportunities. Please visit http://www.missutility.net/2009Conference/sponsors.asp for more details.

 VI. Trade Shows & Safety Events:

Nick Kelly (MGH) thanked everyone for filling in the remaining shifts for the DC Home Garden & Flower Show at the DC Convention Center.

There was a general discussion about having volunteer’s contact information in case there are issues the day of a show.  

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:

Tom Baldwin stated the steering committee would continue reviewing the Law and the enforcement model would be discussed a week or two after the 2009 MD General Assembly Session adjournment. He reiterated the enforcement model would entail a stakeholder advisory board instead of it being administered by the MDPSC.

There was a lengthy discussion about how the penalties were going to be handled by the stakeholder advisory board. A few indicated education would be given in lieu of fine for first time offenders.

X. MD/DC Subscribers Committee Meeting:

Tom Baldwin covered a few of the highlights that were discussed at the March 18, 2009 MD/DC Subscribers Meeting:

  • Miss Utility was able to leverage more radio spots due to the downturn in the economy
  • April is National Safe Digging Month which is being sponsored by CGA
  • 98 Rock’s “My Front Yard Sucks” promotion will be held in April or May this year
  • Diamond Dig events will be held at the Bowie Baysox and Frederick Keys stadiums
  • Call Center reports: ITIC %, ADC Map usage, advertising expenses, etc.

XI. FTTP/FIOS Progress Report:

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

  April May
Anne Arundel 22,000 4,000
Baltimore 60,000 24,000
Charles 260,000 240,000
Howard 104,000 12,000
Harford 104,000 12,000
Montgomery 2,500 82,000
Prince George’s 42,000 6,000
     

Mark commented that Verizon’s current damage ratio is 0.65 damages per 10,000 trench feet. He also stated that the damage ratio was .14 through the first three weeks of March.

Open Discussion:

There was a lengthy discussion about an issue that Dennis Lescalleet (Pleasants Construction) brought before the group. He referenced an acre in a third jobsite in Landover Hills, MD that had 83 tickets called in between October 5, 2007 and March 10, 2009. He expressed concerns that the ticket statuses were not the same after each update ticket. Several suggested that he speak with his site foreman/supervisor to see if a marking agreement was agreed to by his company and the locator(s). Several commented that they would speak with Dennis after the meeting.

Kenneth Smith (Baltimore City DPW) stated that he would like to have a damage prevention presentation for their water and wastewater excavators.

Upcoming Trade Shows:

The following tradeshows are schedule for 2009:

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:  
Place:  
Website:  
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 April 28, 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 June 3, 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 11:00 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
Joe Shelton   B. Frank Joy LLC   240-417-0200   jshelton@bfjoy.com
Mark Hamrick   Verizon   410-610-1371   mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
Joe Riley   Verizon   410-830-1953   Joseph.p1.riley@verizon.com
Greg Johnson   PEPCO   301-670-8735   gmjohnson@pepco.com
Mike Wills   Verizon   301-821-5647   Michael.a.wills@verizon.com
Joe Feronti   Utiliquest   301-343-8762   Joe.feronti@utiliquest.com
Jay Spence   Mirant Piney Point   301-751-6269   James.spence@mirant.com
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    
Cal Brooks   Howard County   410-313-4952   cbrooks@howardcomd.net
Tim Kempa   Comcast   410-371-3304   tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
Dan Wiles   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   Dan.wiles@utiliquest.com
Sherell Stone   NPL Construction   410-355-1083   sstone@gonpl.com
Anthony Stevenson   Baltimore City DPW   410-978-5981   Anthony.stevenson@baltimorecity.gov
Kenneth Smith   Baltimore City DPW   410-733-3675   Kenneth.smith@baltimorecity.gov
Nick Kelly   MGH   410-504-8338   nkelly@mghus.com
Erik Phillips   Utiliquest   443-324-7835  

Erik.phillips@utiliquest.com

Anthony Goodman   Washington Gas   03-750-4708   agoodman@washgas.com
Dennis Lescalleet   Pleasants Construction   301-428-0800   dlescalleet@pleasants.org
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