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Damage Prevention Committee

Minutes of Maryland/DC Damage Prevention Meeting
January 25, 2011
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 23, 2010 were approved as written. Matt Ruddo (Miss Utility) thanked Chris McMurry (MGH) for taking care of the Minutes at November’s meeting.

II. Safety Item

Wayne Gilmer’s monthly safety topic covered hydroplaning.

III. MGH Update

Nick Kelly (MGH) gave a brief update on the trade shows scheduled in March. He stated that the goal in 2011 was to attend more trade association shows and pull back a bit on the consumer home and garden shows. Chris McMurry noted that there are 15 events in which we will set up a Miss Utility display at the Bowie Baysox and the Frederick Keys games to offset a couple of the shows we’ve dropped in 2011.

Chris McMurry stated that Miss Utility will be partnering with the Bowie Baysox by offering $8.11 tickets to all Sunday games at the Baysox Stadium.

IV. Locator Achievement Awards (LAA)

Kevin Woolbright (WSSC) gave the following update:

  • Planning committee meeting will be held on February 10th
  • LAA nominations are due by January 28th
  • LAA event will be held at the Bowie Baysox stadium on Friday May 10th
  • Dig Smart Awards will become part of the GCDPTC in Ocean City, MD
  • Locators and their spouses/kids are invited to the event
  • Locators will be recognized on the baseball field before the game

V. Damage Prevention Presentations

Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the following presentations:

  • Wayne Gilmer gave a brief update on the following presentations:
    • January 10-12, 2011- CSX Railroad- East Region Signal Construction Safety Fair in Frederick, MD. This event was attended by Wayne Gilmer, Mark Hamrick (Verizon), Jeff Sothoron (Verizon), Jack Sullivan (BGE), Greg Johnson (PEPCO) and Jim Verga (Eastcom Associates). Jim Verga commented that Wayne gave an excellent presentation.
    • TBA- Montgomery County- Office of Cable & Communication Services in Rockville, MD
    • January 31, 2011- Charles County Government DPW in La Plata, MD


Show name:   Chesapeake Safety Conference
Date:   March 3, 2011
City, State:   Laurel, MD
Place:   Johns Hopkins University Physics Lab
Website:   http://www.chesapeakeasse.org/meetings.php
Show name:   Maryland Home and Garden Show
Date:   March 5-6, 11-33
City, State:   Timonium, MD
Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
Website:   http://www.mdhomeandgarden.com/spring
Show name:   Builders Mart
Date:   March 23, 2011
City, State:   Timonium, MD
Place:   Maryland State Fairgrounds
Website:   http://www.homebuilders.org/page/55597/
Show name:   Maryland Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Seminar
Date:   April 14, 2011
City, State:   Pikesville, MD
Place:   Pikesville Armory
Website:   http://www.phccmd.org/
Show name:   CSAWWA Annual Conference
Date:   May 12, 2011
City, State:   Linthicum Heights, MD
Place:   Conference Center at the Maritime Institute
Show name:   Maryland Municipal League
Date:p;   June 26-29, 2011
City, State:   Ocean City, MD
Place:   Ocean City Convention Center
Website:   http://www.mdmunicipal.org/
Show name:   Maryland Association of Counties
Date:   August 17-20, 2011
City, State:   Ocean City, MD
Place:   Roland Powell Convention Center
Website:   http://www.mdcounties.org//events/sum/sc_overview.cfm

VII. 2011 Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference

Matt Ruddo gave a brief update:

  • Conference will be held November 2-4, 2011 at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD
  • Conference will follow a similar format to the ones held in 2009 & 2010
  • More details will be forthcoming

VIII.MD/DC Subscribers Committee Meeting

Wayne Gilmer stated the next meeting will be held in the Call Center conference room on February 10, 2011. He said that some of the following topics would be covered:

  • Federal One Call Grant- Update of the Miss Utility Damage Prevention Video
  • Rewrite of the MD/DC Excavator Guide as well as a discussion about the MD/DC Marking Standards Guide
  • One Call Center Mapping Updates


No Report. Mark Hamrick stated that he hopes to have a report at the next meeting.

There was a brief discussion about federal stimulus money that the state of Maryland received to build a fiber optic network. Tom Baldwin stated that BGE meet with representatives who will be the prime contractors for the build and encouraged them to attend these meetings to give everyone an update on their efforts.

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. He also encouraged representatives from DC Government to attend the monthly damage prevention meetings held here in the conference room.

Wayne Gilmer stated that the Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Authority would be appointed during the 2011 Maryland legislative session. Kevin Woolbright stated that Dereck Davis, Chairman of the House Economic Matters Committee, had placed a call into the Governor’s Office of Appointments and he hopes to be able to provide an update at the February Damage Prevention Committee meeting.

Cal Brooks (Howard County) expressed concerns about not getting utility locates on an emergency water main repair job that occur during the last snow/ice storm. He asked who is responsible for utility line damage if a locator doesn’t show up. Tom Baldwin stated that the Maryland Law says you can dig using safe and non destructive techniques, but you’re liable if a utility line is damaged. Tom Hastings (OCCLS) said he would get with Cal after the meeting to get more details.

There was a general discussion about the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) charging contractors for utility locating. Kevin Woolbright suggested that everyone contact John Nesbitt at 443-572-4265 or 1-866-926-8503 for SHA billing concerns.

Kevin Woolbright stated that Rudy Chow is retiring from WSSC and will be going to work for the City of Baltimore Water/Wastewater Department.

There was a lengthy discussion about the MD/DC Damage Prevention Chairman position and whether or not a Co-Chair should be considered due to the increase in damage prevention/law change presentations. There was also a discussion about amending the MD/DC Subscribers Committee Operating Structure to allow there to be a Co-Chair as well as the ability for the position to be filled by a Subscriber.

Mike Boin (Verizon) nominated Mark Hamrick as Damage Prevention Chairman and Cal Brooks nominated Wayne to continue on as Chairman. Tom Baldwin made a motion that Wayne Gilmer and Mark Hamrick nominations would be presented to the MD/DC Subscribers Committee at their meeting on February 10th.

Upcoming Meetings

Please visit http://www.missutility.net/damageprevention for the monthly MD/DC Damage Prevention meeting dates which are held the 4th Tuesday of every month excluding December. Coffee and donuts will be served at 9:00 am; meetings begin at 9:30 am.

The next Maryland/DC Subscribers meeting will be March 29, 2011 at the Miss Utility Center at 9:00 am. Coffee and donuts will be served at 8:30 am.

There being no further business brought before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 10:50 am.

ITIC % Report for Maryland and Washington D.C.
Month   Call Center Tickets   ITIC Tickets   Percentage
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%
Jun-10   61,175   45,561   74%
Jul-10   57,518   43,096   75%
Aug-10   60,658   45,725   75%
Sep-10   59,379   44,876   76%
Oct-10   57,137   41,489   73%
Nov-10   52,495   39,481   75%
Dec-10   59,900   46,530   78%
Jan-11   48,309   38,657   80%
Attendee List
Name   Company   Phone   Email
Wayne Gilmer Utiliquest   301-674-2769   walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
Kevin Woolbright   WSSC   240-205-3684   kwoolbr@wsscwater.com
Dan Wiles   Utiliquest   410-536-0070   dan.wiles@utiliquest.com
Jeff Walters   Utiliquest   443-790-0063   Jeff.walters@utiliquest.com
David Doulong   CTC/P.G. County   301-933-1488   ddoulong@ctcnet.us
Bob Trott   PULS, Inc.   410-540-5994   Robert.trott@pulsinc.com
Cal Brooks   Howard County   410-313-4952   cbrooks@howardcounty.gov
Matt Ruddo  Miss Utility   410-782-2025   matt@missutility.net
Tom Baldwin BGE   410-470-6696   t.c.baldwin@bge.com
Myra Campbell SMECO   410-535-9408   Myra.campbell@smeco.coop
John Berrettini A/I/Data 410-886-5091 jberrettini@aidatainc.com
Jim Verga   Eastcom Associates   908-803-0195   jverga@eastcomassoc.com
Erik Phillips   Utiliquest   443-324-7835   Erik.phillips@utiliquest.com
David Wilkins   WSSC   301-206-4371   Dwilkin1@wsscwater.com
Mark Hamrick   Verizon   410-610-1371   Mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
Don Jones Washington Gas 703-750-5510 djones@washgas.com
Tom Hastings OCCLS 410-712-0202 thastings@occls.com
Greg Johnson PEPCO   301-670-8735   gmjohnson@pepco.com
Shucobby Dicks   One Call Concepts   443-694-4156   Shucobby@occinc.com
Mike Boins   Verizon   301-236-3626   Michael.m.boin@verizon.com
Jay Miranda   Badger Daylighting   202-603-4067   jmiranda@badger-corp.com
Chris McMurry   MGH   410-902-5036   cmcmurry@mghus.com
Nick Kelly   MGH   410-504-8338   nkelly@washgas.com
Glenn Goins   AA County   410-222-7344   Pwgoin01@aacounty.org