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Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
January 26, 2010
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 November 24, 2009 were approved.

II. Safety Item:

Wayne Gilmer’s monthly safety topic covered driving safely through and around street corners, cross walks, etc.

III. Dig Smart/Locator Achievement Awards:

Mark Hamrick (Verizon) gave the following update:

  • Awards night will be held on April 15th at Kahler Hall in Columbia, MD
  • Locator nominations due by January 29th
  • Dig Smart nominations due by February 3rd
  • A “Hall of Fame” award has been added to the Awards program  for Dig Smart winners that have won at least three times 

VI. 2010 Trade Show Schedule:

There was a general discussion about trade show coverage.

Nick Kelly (MGH) stated that the MD Home & Garden Show the weekend of March 6th & 7th at the Timonium Fairgrounds still needed coverage. Tom Baldwin (BGE) said that BGE will try to cover most of the shifts. Mark Hamrick said Verizon would lend a hand as well.

V. Damage Prevention Presentations/Safety Events:

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

  • Communications Construction Group on January 27th in Baltimore, MD
  • A.A County DPW on February 2nd in Glen Burnie, MD
  • Gray & Sons on February 25th and March 2nd & 4th in Hunt Valley, MD

VI. 2010 Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference

Matt Ruddo gave the following update:

  • Conference will be held October 20-22, 2010 at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD
  • Golf outing & welcome reception in exhibit hall is scheduled on October 20th the day before breakout sessions begin
  • Conference pricing will remain the same for last year’s attendees that book their package between April 1-30, 2010
  • The planning committee will be covering conference content at their next meeting sometime in February

VII. Title XII Steering Committee:

Matt Ruddo gave the following update:

  • There is a Bill writer currently reviewing the proposed changes and putting them in legislative format
  • Delegate Dereck Davis’ (Chairman of the House Economic Matters Committee) has not selected a sponsor for the House side yet
  • Senator John Astle (Vice Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee) will be the sponsor on the Senate side
  • The Maryland Municipal League & the Maryland Association of Counties are not going to support the removal of the marking fees and the inclusion of storm water drains. They also expressed concerns with the Authority having the ability to fine their members
  • A meeting with the lobbyists of the Steering Committee group is schedule for January 29th at Constellation Energy’s office at 47 State Circle in Annapolis, MD

VIII. MD/DC Subscribers Committee Meeting:

Tom Baldwin gave the following report:

  • Next meeting is on February 4th at the Miss Utility Center
  • Future meetings will move around Maryland and DC
  • Two Diamond Dig events are scheduled for the summer
  • Miss Utility will have presence at a couple of Home Depot stores the Baltimore and DC area
  • MGH will emphasize “It’s The Law” in the radio spots as it was done many years ago
  • Advertising/Public Education budget will remain the same this year

 IX. FTTP/FIOS Progress Report:

Mark Hamrick gave the following FTTP trench footage projections:

  February
Anne Arundel 22,000
Baltimore 68,000
Charles 90,000
Howard 23,000
Harford 132,00
Montgomery 124,000
Prince George’s 45,000
Washington DC 5,000

Mark said there are no plans to expand into any other counties and Verizon may start winding the build by next year.

Tom Baldwin stated that it very important that Subscribers be informed if Verizon ramps up the build in advance of the spring time.  

Open Discussion:

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.

There was a brief discussion about the damages per thousand locate ratios declining as well as a decrease in no call damage rates. There were several in attendance that thanked the contract locating companies for their efforts.

Wayne Gilmer stated that the floor was open for nominations for the MD/DC Damage Prevention Committee Chairman position. There were no nominations brought to the floor and a motion was made to have Wayne stay on as Chairman. Everyone agreed that Wayne should continue as Chairman and he accepted. He was also thanked for his service and dedication to damage prevention.

Upcoming Trade Shows:

The following tradeshows are schedule for 2010:

Show name:   Suburban American Consumer Show
Date:   February 5-7, 2010
City, State:   Upper Marlboro, MD
Place:   The Show Place Arena
Website:   http://www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/SPS.html
Show name:   Maryland Home and Garden Show
Date:   March 6-7, 2010
City, State:   Timonium, MD
Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
Website:   http://www.mdhomeandgarden.com/0_HG/01_HG_show_info.html
Show name:   Maryland Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Seminar
Date:   March 11, 2010
City, State:   Pikesville, MD
Place:   Pikesville Armory
Website:   http://www.phccmd.org/
Show name:   Maryland Home and Garden Show
Date:   March 12-14, 2010
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 12-14, 2010
City, State:   Germantown, MD
Place:   Discovery Sports Center at Maryland Soccerplex
Website:   http://www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/DSS.html
Show name:   Frederick County Builders Association Home Show
Date:   March 20-21, 2009
City, State:   Frederick, MD
Place:   Great Frederick Fairgrounds
Website:   http://www.frederickbuilders.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=1
Show name:   Builder Mart
Date:   March 24, 2010
City, State:   Timonium, MD
Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
Website:   http://www.homebuilders.org/page/55597/
Show name:   Harford Live! Home & Garden Show
Date:   April 24-25, 2010
City, State:   Aberdeen, MD
Place:   Ripken Stadium
Website:   http://www.harfordlive.com/homeshow_home.html
Show name:   Maryland Municipal League
Date:   June 27-29, 2010
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 18-21, 2010
City, State:   Ocean City, MD
Place:   Roland Powell Convention Center
Website:   http://www.mdcounties.org//events/events.cfm
Show name:   Chesapeake Safety Conference
Date:   September 14, 2010
City, State:   Laurel, MD
Place:   Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
Website:   http://www.chesapeakeasse.org/meetings.php
Show name:   Suburban Maryland Fall Home Show
Date:   September 11-12, 2010
City, State:   Germantown, MD
Place:   Discovery Sports Center at Maryland Soccerplex
Website:   http://www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/DSF.html
Show name:   Harford Live! Home & Garden Show
Date:   September 25-26, 2010
City, State:   Aberdeen, MD
Place:   Ripken Stadium
Website:   http://www.harfordlive.com
Show name:   Maryland Home and Garden Show
Date:   October 15-17, 2010
City, State:   Timonium, MD
Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
Website:   http://www.mdhomeandgarden.com/0_HG/01_HG_show_info.html
Show name:   Suburban Maryland Fall Home Show
Date:   October 29-31, 2010
City, State:   Upper Marlboro, MD
Place:   The Show Place Arena
Website:   http://www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/SPF.html

 

Upcoming Meetings:

The next Maryland/DC Damage Prevention meeting is scheduled for February 23, 2010 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 25, 2010 at the District of Columbia Water & Sewer Authority at 301 Bryant Street NW Washington, D.C. 20001. 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
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%
Oct-09   56,231   41,518   74%
Nov-09   47,354   35,332   75%
Dec-09   46,735   36,479   78%
Jan-10   46,647   36,231   78%
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
Dan Wiles   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   dan.wiles@utiliquest.com
Matt Ruddo   Miss Utility Center   410-712-0056   matt@missutility.net
Nick Kelly   MGH   410-504-8338   nkelly@mghus.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
Dennis Dickinson   USCC   505-890-1200   dennis.dickinson@usandcc.com
Glenn Goins   A.A. County   410-222-7344   pwgoin01@aacounty.org
Debbie Higgs   SMECO   301-475-1593   Debbie.higgs@smeco.coop
Chuck Baker   Verizon   301-725-3966   Charles.b.baker.jr@verizon.com
Tom Hastings   OCCLS Locating   410-712-0202   thastings@occls.com
Tim Kempa   Comcast   410-933-1138   Tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
Scott Brown   Washington Gas   703-750-4388   ssbrown@washgas.com
Dylan Tonkin   American Infrastructure   410-977-1596   Dylan.tonkin@americaninfrastructure.com
Robert Wells, Jr.   DCWASA   202-787-4245   Robert.wellsjr@dcwasa.com
Joe Feronti   Utiliquest   301-343-8762   Joe.feronti@utiliquest.com
Martin Wetzler   Long Fence   240-417-1922   mwetzler@longfence.com
Paul Elwood   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   Paul.elwood@utiliquest.com
Greg Johnson   PEPCO   301-670-8735   gmjohnson@pepco.com
David Dogson   CCG   203-537-7550   ddodsonjr@ccgcatv.com
Sherell Stone   NPL Construction   410-355-1083   sstone@gonpl.com
Ralph Williams   DCWASA   202-812-5149   r.williams@dcwasa.com
Dennis Lescalleet   Pleasants Construction   301-428-0800   dlescalleet@pleasants.org
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