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Damage Prevention Committee

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
September 22, 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 August 25, 2009 were approved with minor corrections to the spelling of a few names.

II. Safety Item:

Wayne Gilmer’s monthly safety topic covered the 10 most frequently asked questions about the H1N1 virus. Kevin Woolbright (WSSC) distributed pocket size tri-fold brochures on the H1N1 virus.

III. 2009 Trade Show Schedule:

There was a lengthy discussion about updating the volunteer contact sheet with cell phone numbers because there was an issue in which the booth wasn’t staffed during one of the shifts at the Suburban Fall Home & Garden Show in Germantown, MD. Nick Kelly (MGH) stated that he would email the contact sheet once it is updated with everyone’s information.

IV. Dig Smart/Locator Achievement Awards:

Mark Hamrick (Verizon), Kevin Woolbright, Dora Parks (Miss Utility) and Nick Kelly are having their first meeting following today’s meeting. The full committee would be meeting after the October 27, 2009 MD/DC Damage Prevention meeting.

V. Damage Prevention Presentations/Safety Events:

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the safety event held by the Chesapeake Region Safety Council at John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Scaggsville, MD on September 15, 2009. He said Jack Sullivan (BGE) worked the booth with him.

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the upcoming damage prevention presentations for Carroll County Government on September 24th in Westminster, MD, the National Drillers Association Conference in Ellicott City, MD on October 1st and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Safety Day on October 1st in Chase, MD. Wayne also said that he would be setting up and staffing the Miss Utility booth at the 2009 NICCjv & Centennial Mid-Atlantic East Safety Fair on October 20th at the Navy Yard in Washington DC.

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

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

  • Email blast went out yesterday urging everyone to get registered because only 30 spots remain
  • Golf Outing registration is due by October 16, 2009
  • Only a couple of spots remain in the exhibit hall

Please visit the following link for more details on registration options:

Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are still available and can be found at the following links:

VII. Title XII Steering Committee:

There was a brief discussion about the proposed Title XII changes. Wayne Gilmer said the committee is reviewing the comments that were provided by the September 17th deadline. He also reiterated that two stakeholder meetings would be held in advance of the proposed changes being presented to 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.

VIII. MD/DC Subscribers Committee Meeting:

No report.

IX. FTTP/FIOS Progress Report:

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

  October November
Anne Arundel 10,343 34,575
Baltimore 90,669 6,175
Charles 246,719 50,708
Howard 23,489 5,500
Harford 428,376 91,824
Montgomery 257,684 101,054
Prince George’s 43,827 10,280

There was a general discussion about the fluctuation in the projections. Tom Hastings (OCCLS) stated that it is always a challenge to staff based on the fluctuations.

Open Discussion:

Dora Parks stated that the Miss Utility/District One Call Center sent notifications to all Subscribers and/or their contract locating companies that the Center would be providing lat/long coordinates of the ADC grid cells on the outbound ticket. She said the full county name would be spelled out on the ticket as well. These new enhancements would be online prior to the next MD/DC Damage Prevention meeting.

There was a brief discussion about contractors being able to provide GPS coordinates on tickets. Dora stated that the Center has always had the capability of accepting lat/long coordinates.

Dennis Lescalleet (Pleasants Construction) said he is having issues getting utility lines located and indentified at a Montgomery County school jobsite. He said he is unable to get a response which has caused delays in completing the job. Several commented that they would be more than willing to help and Dennis thanked everyone for their assistance.

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
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 October 27, 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 10:40 am.

ITIC % Report for Maryland and Washington D.C.
Month   Call Center Tickets   ITIC Tickets   Percentage
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%
Aug-09   56,912   42,621   75%
Sep-09   59,409   44,048   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
David Wilkins   WSSC   301-206-4371   dwilkin1@wsscwater.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
Chris Demski   American Infrastructure   443-506-6417   christopher.demski@americaninfrastructure.com
Glenn Goins   A.A. County   410-222-7344   pwgoin01@aacounty.org
Bill Dow   CableCom   410-354-5850   bill.dow@cablecom.net
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
Kevin Woolbright   WSSC   240-205-3684   kwoolbr1@wsscwater.com
Debbie Higgs   SMECO   410-414-6120   debbie.higgs@smeco.com
Dan Wiles   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   dan.wiles@utiliquest.com
Greg Johnson   PEPCO   301-670-8735   gmjohnson@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
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