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Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
April 27, 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 March 23, 2010 were approved.

II. Safety Item:

Wayne Gilmer’s monthly safety topic covered protecting yourself from allergic reactions to bee stings and insect bites.

III. MGH Update:

Nick Kelly stated the first three week flight of radio had begun on the following radio stations:

WBAL-AM (1090 – News)
WERQ-FM (92.3 – 92Q)
WIYY-FM (98 Rock)
WJZ-AM/FM (Sports)
WPOC-FM (93.1)
WWMX-FM (106.5)
WZBA-FM (100.7)

WFED-AM (Nationals games)
WIHT-FM (Hot 99.5)
WJFK-FM (Sports 106.7)
WLZL-FM (99.1 Spanish)
WPGC-FM (95.5 Urban)
WTEM-AM (980 Sports)
WTOP-FM (All news)
WWDC-FM (DC 101)

Western & Southern MD Markets
WBHB-FM (Hagerstown, Rock, 101.5)
WAYZ-FM (Hagerstown, Country, 104.7)
WFRE-FM (Frederick, Country, 99.9)
WFMD-AM (Frederick, News, 930)
WWEG-FM (Frederick/Hagerstown, Classic Rock, 106.9 The Eagle)
WFRB-FM (Cumberland, Country, 105.3)
WKGO-FM (Cumberland, Classic Rock, 106.1)
WKIK-FM (Lexington Park, Country, 102.9)
WSMD-FM (Lexington Park, Classic Rock, 98.3)
WKHJ-FM (Deep Creek Lake, Adult Contemporary, 104.5)

He said they are scheduled to run between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m., with the majority scheduled between 5 and 8. Additionally, Miss Utility will receive $84,000 in free advertising, which will run on all of these stations, some during the time of the paid ads, and others throughout the day.

IV. 2010 Trade Show Schedule:

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the following shows:

  • Build Mart-good year, well attended
  • Harford Live- the booth location wasn’t very good and WSSC was thanked for volunteering

V. Dig Smart/Locator Achievement Awards:

Dora Parks (Miss Utility) gave the following update:

  • 98% of the survey results were positive
  • Received the Underground Excavation Safety Week proclamation from the Governor
  • Northern Pipeline won the Dig Smart Award for MD and Parsons Corporation won for DC
  • 36 locators were recognized for their achievement
  • B. Frank Joy, Iacoboni Site Specialists and Northern Pipeline were the recipients of the Dig Smart Excellence Award which recognizes companies that have won more than 3 times. The plaque was passed around the room for everyone to see. WSSC was thanked for creating it and Kevin Woolbright (WSSC) thanked Buck Sanders from the trade shop for doing all the work.
  • WSSC was thanked for providing the photographer as well
  • Several Dig Smart nominees will be recognize by visiting their offices with coffee and donuts

VI. Delmarva Locator Achievement Awards:

Wayne Gilmer stated he, Mark Hamrick (Verizon) and Ken Payne (PEPCO) would be attending the Miss Utility of Delmarva Awards night at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on April 29, 2010 at 6:00pm. He said Khrysanne Kerr from the Common Ground Alliance would be the guest speaker.

VI. Damage Prevention Presentations/Safety Events:

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

  • May 26th - Associated Builders and Contractors Metro Washington DC Chapter in Calverton, MD
  • April 8th - BGE Excavation Safety Conference in Timonium, MD

Wayne also said he and Greg Johnson (PEPCO)) would be attending the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Safety Awareness Fair on May 20th in WIashington, DC.

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
  • The fall 2009 pricing will remain the same for last year’s attendees that book their package between April 1-30, 2010
  • 60 out of 320 that attended last year have registered so far
  • Email blast promoting the conference will be sent within the next week
  • Planning Committee will meet immediately follow the Damage Prevention meeting

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



VII. Title XII Steering Committee:

Matt Ruddo gave the following update:

  • Bill is scheduled to be signed into Law on either May 4th or May 20th
  • Maryland Department of Transportation is joining the one call system
  • Major steps have been taken towards complying with the PIPES Act of 2006
  • The Maryland Underground Facility Damage Prevention Authority is made up of stakeholders who would enforce the Maryland Miss Utility Law

There was a lengthy discussion about the makeup of the Authority and how long it will take to create.

IX. MD/DC Subscribers Committee Meeting:

Matt Ruddo gave the following update:

  • DCWASA hosted the March 25th meeting at their Bryant Street NW office and provided a nice tour after the meeting
  • Significant amount of time was spent discussing the Home Depot promotion, Title XII and the GCDPTC
  • Next meeting will be held here in the conference room at 9:00am on May 11th

X. FTTP/FIOS Progress Report:

No report.


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.

Martin Wetzler (Long Fence) expressed concerns on a hit communication line that was statused as Clear/No Conflict. He said they were told by the locator that it was changed from a Clear/No Conflict to a Marked status code. Matt Ruddo stated that Ticket Check rules for coding do not allow locators to change a Clear/No Conflict to a Marked status code. Wayne Gilmer and Dan Wiles (Utiliquest) said they would get with Martin after the meeting.

Scott Brown said his damage ratio per thousand locates has historically been in the 3.0 range and this year it is below 1.5 for the first time ever.

Dennis Lescalleet (Pleasants Construction) stated that he had no comments this month.

Upcoming Trade Shows:

The following tradeshows are schedule for 2010:

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 May 25, 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 September 9, 2010 with the location in Western Maryland to be determine at a later date/time.

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
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%
Feb-10   29,716   23,540   79%
Mar-10   63,185   48,118   76%
Attendee List
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
Ken Payne   PEPCO   202-388-2137   khpayne@pepco.com
Mark Hamrick   Verizon   410-470-6696   mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
David Wilkins WSSC 301-206-4371 dwilkin1@wsscwater.com
Tom Baldwin BGE 410-470-6696 t.c.baldwin@bge.com
Dennis Lescalleet   Pleasants Construction   301-428-0800   dlescalleet@pleasants.org
Nick Kelly   MGH   410-504-8338   nkelly@mghus.com
John Berrettini   A/I/Data   410-686-5091   jberrettini@aidatainc.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   410-712-0202   thastings@occls.com
Kevin Woolbright   WSSC   240-205-3684   kwoolbr@wsscwater.com
Martin Wetzler   Long Fence   240-417-1922   mwetzler@longfence.com
Desmond Hannon   B. Frank Joy   301-699-6018   dhannon@bfjoy.com
Scott Brown   Washington Gas   703-750-4388    
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