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Damage Prevention Committee

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
August 25, 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 July 28, 2009 were approved.

II. Safety Item:

Wayne Gilmer’s monthly safety topic covered safe techniques used when lifting heavy objects. Dennis Lescalleet (Pleasants Construction) commented that back injury incidents can cost employers as much as $250,000 per case.

III. Diamond Dig Event Bowie BaySox:

Nick Kelly (MGH) provided the following update on the Baysox Stadium event which was held on August 16, 2009:

    • One Diamond- approx 1ct. was won by a lucky fan from Glen Burnie, MD.
    • Prior to the game, DC 101 promoted the event and select some of the contestants
    • Over 400 registrations were received through DC 101 and the stadium concourse.
    • As part of this event, Miss Utility was the evening’s event sponsor that included a post-game fireworks show.
    • Miss Utility had a booth on the concourse along the first base line.
    • As a side note, Comcast had sold 2,000 tickets for the game

V. Trade Show Schedule:

Nick Kelly (MGH) said a reminder would go out to all volunteers by the first week of September. Wayne Gilmer thanked everyone for volunteering to fill in the booth shifts months in advance of the fall shows

VI. Damage Prevention Presentations/Safety Events:

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the damage prevention presentation held for Southern Maryland Oil in Prince Frederick, MD on August 13, 2009. He said Verizon participated in the presentation and there were 21 people in attendance.

Wayne Gilmer referenced that no damage prevention presentations/safety events were scheduled at this time.

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

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

  • Early bird discount ended August 1, 2009
  • 185 people are registered for the conference
  • The Planning Committee continues to work with breakout session speakers and would be meeting immediately follow today’s MD/DC Damage Prevention meeting
  • A survey was sent to those that had already registered to gauge their interest in which breakout session they would likely attend
  • A golf outing would be scheduled on the Wednesday before the event. Everyone will be able to sign up and pay through the conference website.

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. Title XII Steering Committee:

There was a lengthy discussion about the proposed MD Law changes and how the Steering Committee worked on a consensus basis to mirror PHMSA’s “9 Key Elements” of an effective damage prevention program. Matt Ruddo thanked Dora Parks and the Miss Utility staff for copying and mailing over 10,000 sheets of paper for the Title XII packet that went out to all the member utility owners in the state of Maryland. Tom Baldwin stated that all comments will be due back on or before September 17th. Wayne Gilmer reiterated that two stakeholder meetings would be held in advance the changes going before the Maryland General Assembly. The first would be held at the GCDPTC in Ocean City, MD on October 23th and the other at BGE”S Windsor Mill Blvd. facility on November 12th.

IX. MD/DC Subscribers Committee Meeting:

There was a general discussion about Washington Gas’ “Pipe Town” demonstration during the Subscribers meeting on August 19th. Scott Brown said it was created by individuals during their off hours and with left over piping. Several commented that they were impressed with the demonstration and with Washington Gas’ emergency response trailer.

XI. FTTP/FIOS Progress Report:

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

  September October
Anne Arundel 15,626 15,000
Baltimore 51,168 75,000
Charles 285,391 180,000
Howard 17,622 20,000
Harford 386,348 350,000
Montgomery 99,168 160,000
Prince George’s 66,308 45,000

Open Discussion:

Dennis Lescalleet stated that Pleasants Construction is running into issues with damages to overhead lines. He was asked to visit http://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/mosh.html for more information or to contact the overhead utility line owner directly.

Scott Brown stated that Washington Gas currently stands at 1.7 damages per thousand locate tickets and he thanked Utiliquest for their performance as well as everyone else for the public education efforts.

Mark Hamrick stated that Verizon lines continue to be damaged in Washington DC and the impact on customer service is a very serious concern. He stated that Verizon will continue to encourage the scheduling of damage prevention training through the MD/DC Damage Prevention team. Verizon is also encouraging all excavators they come in contact with to utilize the MD/DC damage prevention resources and he would like to ask the other Subscriber members to do the same.

Upcoming Trade Shows:

The following tradeshows are schedule for 2009:

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 September 22, 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 October 14, 2009 at the Miss Utility/District One Call 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 10:15 am.

ITIC % Report for Maryland and Washington D.C.
Month   Call Center Tickets   ITIC Tickets   Percentage
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%
Apr-09   58,278   42,368   73%
May-09   54,805   39,824   73%
Jun-09   63,827   47,181   74%
Jul-08   60,956   45,051   74%
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   410-782-2025   matt@missutility.net
Dylan Tonkin   American Infrastructure   410-977-1596   dylan.tonkin@americaninfrastructure.com
Mark Hamrick   Verizon   410-610-1371   mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
Calvin Brooks   Howard County   410-313-4952   cbrooks@howardcomd.gov
Tom Baldwin   BGE   410-470-6696   t.c.baldwin@bge.com
Paul Elwood   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   paul.elwood@utiliquest.com
Robert Wells   DCWASA   202-787-4245   Robert.wellsjr.@dcwasa.com
Joe Lang   Ho. Co. Utilities   410-313-4971   jlang@howardcountymd.gov"
Joe Feronti   Utiliquest   301-343-8762   joe.feronti@utiliquest.com
Tom Hastings   OCCLS Locating   410-712-0202   thastings@occls.com
Nick Kelly   MGH   410-504-8338   nkelly@mghus.com
Randy Green   Frederick Division   301-644-2343   rgreen@washgas.com
Lynn Jones   Washington Gas - Frederick Division   301-644-2321   jljones@washgas.com
Erik Phillips   Utiliquest   443-324-7835   erik.phillips@utiliquest.com
Dan Wiles   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   dan.wiles@utiliquest.com
Greg Johnson   PEPCO   301-670-8735   gjohnson@pepco.com
Rick Behrens   CableCom   916-712-5028   rick.behrens@cablecommllc.net
Mike Boin   Verizon   410-371-8946   michael.m.bion@verizon.com
Karen Watkins   SMECO   301-274-4350   karen.watkins@smeco.coop
Dennis Lescalleet   Pleasants Construction   301-428-0800   dlescalleet@pleasants.org
Scott Brown   Washington Gas   703-750-4388   ssbrown@washgas.com
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