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Damage Prevention Committee

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
June 22, 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 May 25, 2010 were approved with one correction. Under the Title XII Steering Committee section, the House of Representatives version (House Bill1290) of the Maryland Law did not pass. Senate Bill 911 was the only one that was signed by the Governor.

II. Safety Item:

Wayne Gilmer’s monthly safety topic covered In Case of Emergency (ICE) program. Emergency response units have been trained to check cell phones of folks in distress for their emergency contact person. He said you may want to consider adding it to your cell phone or your family members.

III. MGH Update:

Nick Kelly (MGH) gave the following report:

    Diamond Dig Events- Bowie/Frederick

    • Both events were a success:
      • DC101 and 106.7 The Eagle promoted the events a couple of weeks before the events
      • Baysox ran the Miss Utility commercial throughout the game and the logo appeared on their marquee on Route 301 near Route 50 for a couple of weeks leading up to the event
      • A big A big A big screen TV was given away on Father’s Day in Bowie and Frederick gave away a one carat diamond during a fireworks night

IV. 2010 Trade Show Schedule:

Nick Kelly said Matt Ruddo (Miss Utility) and Tony Gersitz (Miss Utility of Delmarva) would be covering the Maryland Municipal League and Maryland Association of Counties conferences this summer in Ocean City, MD. He referred everyone to the Minutes below for a list of tradee shows this fall.

V. 2010 LAA/Dig Smart Awards:

Mark Hamrick (Verizon) stated the first meeting will not be held until September or October. Mark showed everyone the Dig Smart Excellence plaque with the winners (B. Frank Joy, Northern Pipeline and Iacoboni Site Specialists) names on it.

VI. Damage Prevention Presentations/Safety Events:

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the following presentations/safety events:

  • SEH Excavating in Finksburg, MD
  • May 27th- Clearwater Landscape & Nursery, Inc. in Ijamsville, MD
  • June 7th- Maryland National Park and Planning Commission in Upper Marlboro, MD
  • June 10th- North Island & Centennial Contractors Safety fair at the Southern MD Higher Education Center in California, MD
  • June 11th- 8th Annual DCWASA Safety Day at the Blue Plains Treatment Plant in Washington, DC
  • June 15th- Gardner Exteriors in Lothian, MD
  • June 23rd- Commerce Corporation 6th Annual Health & Wellness Fair

VII. 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
  • October 20th will kick off with a golf outing & welcome reception in exhibit hall
  • 100 in120 individuals are registered at this time
  • 3 out of the 4 meal sponsorships have been secured:
    • Welcome Reception- B. Frank Joy
    • Opening Breakfast - SSG, LLC
    • Friday Breakfast- Choptank Electric Cooperative
  • PostcaPostcard mailing courtesy of WSSC will be mailed next month
  • Early discount period ends July 31, 2010
  • A Registration Sponsorship has been added this year. A company will have the ability to have their logo placed on the lanyard and registration bag/portfolio among other things
  • Planning Committee will meet immediately follow the Damage Prevention meeting

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



VIII. Title XII Steering Committee:

There was a lengthy discussion about the new Maryland Law that goes into effect on October 1, 2010.

The following items were discussed:

  • Title XII Steering Committee has done its work and the Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Authority will establish operating procedures
  • Securing federal grant money through the Maryland PSC to promote the new Law
  • Each stakeholder group that has a seat on the Authority will be receiving a letter from the Governor’s office soon
  • MD/DC Subscribers Committee will need to appoint two Maryland members to the Authority. A Subscribers meeting is scheduled on June 24th to discuss the nomination process
  • MD/DC Damage Prevention Committee will need to appoint a locator representative to the Authority. Nominees will need to be selected at the next MD/DC Damage Prevention meeting
  • Creation of a ticket life and sensible size
  • Maryland DOT will join the one call system

IX. MD/DC Subscribers Committee Meeting:

Tom Baldwin stated that the next meeting will be September 9, 2010 in the Western portion of the state of Maryland. There was a general discussion about getting more representation from the Western Maryland subscribers at the meetings. Tom said there will be a MD/DC Subscribers Law change meeting on June 24th to discuss the need for advertising changes as well as establishing nomination process for the two seats on the Authority.

X. FTTP/FIOS Progress Report:

Mark Hamrick gave the following FTTP trench footage projections:

  July August
Anne Arundel 38,349 0
Baltimore 67,019 27,725
Charles 2,500 0
Howard 14,717 12,952
Harford 52,914 0
Montgomery 97,328 41,545
Prince George’s 16,597 87,036
Washington DC 6,488 0

Open Discussion:

Jeff Walters (Utiliquest) asked what was being done to educate/advertise the new Law changes in Maryland. Matt Ruddo said that will be a topic of discussion at the June 24th Subscribers meeting. He said there will also be call center messages going out to everyone in advance of the Law changing.

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 2010:

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 July 27, 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 2010 with the location in Western Maryland to be determined 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
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%
Apr-10   62,125   45,434   73%
May-10   58,840   40,275   73%
Attendee List
Name   Company   Phone   Email
Wayne Gilmer Utiliquest 301-674-2769 walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
Vince Healy   Verizon   301-791-5690   Vincent.c.healy@utiliquest.com
Dan Wiles   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   dan.wiles@utiliquest.com
Matt Ruddo   Miss Utility Center   410-712-0056   matt@missutility.net
Jeff Waters   Utiliquest   443-790-0063   jeff.waters@utiliquest.com
Mark Hamrick   Verizon   410-610-1371   mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
Chris Tucker   ULS   301-440-6962   ctucker@ulscorp.com
Calvin Brooks   Howard County   410-313-4952   cbrooks@howardcomd.gov
Tom Baldwin BGE 410-470-6696 t.c.baldwin@bge.com
Nick Kelly MGH 410-504-8338 nkelly@mghus.com
Casondra Johnson   Pinpoint Underground   301-868-6803    
Curtis Wilson   Premier   617-549-8193   cwilson@premierlocatingllc.com
Scott Fellabaum   Premier   717-471-5866   sfellabaum@premierlocatingllc.com
Myra Campbell   SMECO   410-535-4400   Myra.campbell@smeco.coop
Tom Hastings   OCCLS   410-712-0202   thastings@occls.com
Lenny Corbin   Gray & Son, Inc   410-771-4311   lcorbin@graynson.com
Greg Johnson PEPCO 301-670-8735 gmjohnson@pepco.com
Mike Boin   Verizon   301-236-3626   Michael.m.boin@verizon.com
Ray Geesey   Columbia Gas   717-324-0580 rgeesey@nisource.com
Erik Phillips   Utiliquest   443-324-7835   Erik.phillips@utiliquest.com
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