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Damage Prevention Committee

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
April 28, 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 9:35 am.

Introductions were made.

The minutes of March 24, 2009 were approved with additional comments provided by Dennis Lescalleet (Pleasants Construction). He reiterated his concerns from the previous meeting about Ticket Check status codes being different on multiple occasions for the same jobsite. Joe Feronti (Utiliquest) invited Dennis to his office to address his concerns. A few suggested a jobsite visit in addition to the office visit. An update on this issue would be provided to the group at the next meeting.

II. Safety Item:

Wayne Gilmer’s monthly safety topic covered “Personal commitment to safety: Are you committed to safety 100% of the time?”

III. Dig Smart/Locator Achievement Awards:

There was a general discussion and positive feedback about the Awards night. Mark Hamrick (Verizon) thanked Dora Parks (Miss Utility) and Nick Kelly (MGH) for the work they put into making the room at Kahler Hall look just as nice as the one at the Columbia Sheraton.

A wrap up meeting was scheduled for May 1, 2009.

IV. Public Awareness Update:

Chris McMurry (MGH) gave a lengthy overview of the 2009 spring campaign:

  • MGH was able to secure value added radio spots due to the soft radio market and their long standing relationships with the media outlets.
  • Miss Utility is partnering with 98 Rock and Brothers Services on a front yard makeover promotion. Chris showed one of the video entries from 98 Rock’s website.
  • BGE recently partnered with Channel 11 during a home gardening segment that feature weatherman John Collins (Channel 11), Linda Foy (BGE) and Carrie Engels of Valley View Farms in which Miss Utility, 811 and safe digging were the primary focus. Chris showed everyone the segment
  • Frederick Keys/Miss Utility Diamond Dig event will be held June 14th with more details being provided at the next meeting.

V. Damage Prevention Presentations:

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the following damage prevention presentations:

  • Alleghany County Government on March 25, 2009 in Cumberland, MD conducted by Wayne Gilmer and Matt Ruddo
  • Madasco on March 26, 2009 in Jessup, MD conducted by Wayne Gilmer, Tom Baldwin (BGE), Chuck Baker (Verizon) and Matt Ruddo
  • Chapel Valley Landscaping on March 31, 2009 in Woodbine, MD conducted by Wayne Gilmer, Tom Baldwin and Matt Ruddo
  • DCWASA-Blue Plains Treatment Facility on April 24, 2009 in SW DC conducted by Wayne Gilmer, Scott Lubey (Verizon), Greg Johnson and Jack Sullivan (BGE). Robert Wells (DCWASA) thanked those who attended and said that it was the best DCWASA quarterly meeting they have in the past several years.

Wayne Gilmer referenced the following upcoming damage prevention presentations:

  • Fort Detrick Safety Awareness Day at 832 Gardner Street in Frederick, MD on May 7, 2009
  • Home Builders Association of Maryland- Land Development Council- at 7127 Ambassador Drive in Woodlawn, MD on May 7, 2009

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

Matt Ruddo and Chris McMurry gave an update on the GCDPTC that will be held at the Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel on October 21-23, 2009. They both indicated that new content is now posted on the conference page: www.missutility.net/2009Conference/index.asp.

Please visit the following link for more details on registration options: http://www.missutility.net/2009Conference/registration.asp

Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are still available and can be found at the following links:
http://www.missutility.net/2009Conference/sponsors.asp http://www.missutility.net/2009Conference/exhibitors.asp

VII. VI. Trade Shows & Safety Events:

Wayne Gilmer stated that Miss Utility was given a free booth space at the spring Harford Live Home Show this past weekend. A few commented that it was well attended and should be considered as a possibility for 2010.

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

VIII. Title XII Steering Committee:

Tom Baldwin stated the steering committee began their review of the enforcement model and would be putting together legal language. He also stated that the Law changes have been completed and will be review by all stakeholder groups once the enforcement model is done.

There was a general discussion about stakeholders having the summer time to review the changes and a meeting would be schedule sometime in the lat summer or early fall of 2009.

IX. MD/DC Subscribers Committee Meeting:

No report. Next meeting is scheduled for June 3, 2009 at 9:00 am in the Call Center conference room.

XI. FTTP/FIOS Progress Report:

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

  May June
Anne Arundel 16,583 15,475
Baltimore 24,503 136,303
Charles 323,788 28,964
Howard 67,666 25,125
Harford 105,034 259,335
Montgomery 79,727 164,602
Prince George’s 20,177 54,976

Sam LaQuey (Verizon) stated that the current Verizon damage ratio is 0.15 damages per 10,000 trench feet. He also stated that CableCom has installed 100,000 trench feet without a single damage.

Open Discussion:

There were additional discussions and concerns raised by Dennis Lescalleet. In the interest of time, Dennis was asked to talk to the parties in question offline and report back to the group next month.

Upcoming Trade Shows:

The following tradeshows are schedule for 2009:

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 Region Safety Council Conference & Expo
Date:   September 15, 2009
City, State:   Laurel, MD
Place:   Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
Website:   http://www.chesapeakesc.org
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 May 26, 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
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%
Mar-09   54,095   39,670   73%
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
Terry Fordham   Utiliquest   770-335-5217   Terry.fordham@utiliquest.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
Tom Baldwin   BGE   410-470-6696   t.c.baldwin@bge.com
Sam LaQuey   Verizon   301-519-4251   Sam.j.laquey@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   rlbehrens@bellsouth.net
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
Desi Hannon   B. F. Joy LLC   301-699-6018   dhannon@bfjoy.com
Robert Wells, Jr.   DcwASA   202-787-4245   Robert.wellsjr.@dcwasa.com
Don Jones   Washington Gas   703-750-5510   djones@washgas.com
Glenn Goins   A.A. County   410-222-7344   Pwgoin01@aacounty.org
Erik Phillips   Utiliquest   443-324-7835  

Erik.phillips@utiliquest.com

Chris McMurry   MGH   410-902-5036   cmcmurry@mghus.com
Dennis Lescalleet   Pleasants Construction   301-428-0800   dlescalleet@pleasants.org
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