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Damage Prevention Committee

Minutes of the Maryland and DC Damage Prevention Meeting Held on February 28, 2012
Chairman, Kevin Woolbright (WSSC) and Vice Chairman, Mark Hamrick (Verizon)
Miss Utility Call Center, Hanover, MD 21076

Prepared by Dora Parks


Kevin Woolbright called the regular monthly meeting to order at 9:30am.

Customary introductions were made.

The Minutes of January 24, 2012 were approved as written.


Mark Hamrick (Verizon) discussed owner-member expenses regarding completed tickets being consistently updated; excavators should be managing this process to eliminate unnecessary locate tickets. Kevin Woolbright (WSSC) stated they discovered WSSC contractors processing emergency tickets for routine work and asked members and contract locators to notify him directly of this issue if they notice this issue.

Kevin Woolbright presented past Damage Prevention Chairman, Wayne Gilmer (UtiliQuest) with a plaque commemorating his past service to the committee, subscribers and the damage prevention initiative.


Ed Iames, Plumbing Inspection Unit Coordinator for WSSC provided a presentation regarding gas appliance installation and permitting regulations. Water heaters, furnaces, ranges, grills, dryers, generators and fireplaces present a danger (carbon monoxide release, fire and explosions) if not installed properly. Prior to installation, consumers should consider the following;

  • Get 3 to 5 written quotes from a WSSC licensed contractor
  • Quote should include the required WSSC permit fee
  • Verify that the contractor has obtained the WSSC permit and scheduled the inspection within 5 days of the completed installation
  • Call WSSC Inspection Services Scheduling at 301-206-4004 for any questions regarding permits, installations and inspections


Chris McMurry (MGH) reported the following;

MGH facilitated a marketing strategies and communications meeting at the Miss Utility call center on February 22, 2012. This meeting provided an avenue to share the marketing initiatives of Miss Utility during 2012 and to enlist the support of the state’s owner-members via their internal processes. The meeting was well received by the participants displaying an interest to partner in promoting damage prevention, public safety and safe digging practices.

The Discovery channel aired the build of the One Call Concepts, ‘811 Bike’ during two episodes in February (20th and 27th). The show was promoted in part by Common Ground Alliance and Ocean City, MD. The 811 Bike will have a second unveiling by Paul Jr. in Las Vegas during the Common Ground Alliance Excavation Safety Conference in March 2012. The 811 Bike has started touring the United States at various events. You may visit Facebook for up to date information and comments on the 811 Bike.


Current Trade Shows are;

Show name:  

Maryland Home and Garden Show-exhibitor


March 3-4, 9-11, 2012

City, State:   Timonium, MD
Place:   Maryland State Fair Grounds
Show name:  

Builder Mart-exhibitor


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

City, State:   Timonium, MD
Place:   Maryland State Fair Grounds
Show name:  

Centennial Contractor Safety Fair-exhibitor and presenter


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

City, State:   Baltimore, MD
Place:   Martin's West
Show name:  

NSSA Sign Expo-exhibitor


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

City, State:   Timonium, MD
Place:   Turf Valley Gold Resort and Conference Center
Show name:  

Mid Atlantic Construction Safety Conference-exhibitor


Thursday, May 10, 2012

City, State:   Upper Marlboro, MD
Place:   Show Place Arena
Show name:  

CSAWWA Annual Joint Spring Meeting


Friday, May 11, 2012

City, State:   Upper Marlboro, MD
Place:   Six Flags America

Please contact Chrissie directly at 410-902-5054 or cbortner@mghus.com if you can volunteer to support any of the Miss Utility Trade Shows.


Chairman, Mark Hamrick (Verizon), Vice Chairman, Dora Parks (Miss Utility)
To date, 35 locators in the Western Shore Maryland and Washington DC service area have been nominated for the LAA annual awards. Nominations are due by February 17th. All regions have locator nominations.

The LAA awards banquet will be held at the Bowie Baysox stadium on Friday, May 4th, where each winner will be recognized by their families, peers, the Damage Prevention committee and invited guests. The locators will be recognized by the stadium attendees during the game and their names will be displayed on the field marque. All winners will receive a gift from the MD/DC Subscribers for their contribution to damage prevention and public safety. The evening will conclude with fireworks.


Kevin Woolbright provided an overview of the new forms being used to collect data based on requested damage prevention and safety training. All owner-members are invited to participate in the training sessions to share their experiences and expertise in damage prevention. The committee can provide training for those who are willing to participate in this joint effort, which consists of a power point presentation, Q&A and promotional material distribution.

Completed Damage Prevention Training sessions are;

    James G. Davis in Rockville, MD on February 13th

    CTS Safety in Peach Bottom, PA on February 17th (MD utility contractors and well drillers)

    Gray & Son in Baltimore County on February 21st and 23rd.

Future Damage Prevention Training sessions are;

    Gray & Son in Baltimore County on March 1st

    Jimmy Richards & Sons in Waldorf, MD on March 8th

    Howard County DPW in Columbia, MD on March 22nd

If you are able to participate in this cooperative effort, please contact Dora Parks for a list of scheduled training opportunities, (office) 410-782-2026 or dora@missutility.net

All training sessions are recorded on the Miss Utility website under TRACK SEMINARS and available for viewing at, www.missutility.net/excavators/trackseminars.asp


Chairman, Matt Ruddo (One Call Concepts)
The committee had their first meeting on January 31st to prepare for the 4th Annual GCDPTC in 2012. The conference format will duplicate last year’s event and the 811 Bike will be displayed. This year’s all conference speaker will be Cliff Meidl, who will provide a compelling story of overcoming adversity from a construction accident at age 20 that caused severe burns to the extent of nearly losing his legs. Cliff later became a kayaking Olympian and carried the flag in the 2000 Sydney opening ceremonies. The committee will have another planning meeting on February 28th.


Kevin Woolbright (Authority member) reported the Authority met on February 1st. Further development of the website was discussed and what trade shows to attend for promotion of the new Authority. It was decided they would have a presence at the June MML and August MACO events being held in Ocean City, MD. The next meeting is scheduled for April 4th in lieu of the CGA conference in March.

The Authority website is, www.mddpa.org and the email address is, info@mddpa.org.


Chairman, Scott Brown (WGL), Vice Chairman, Vince Healy (Verizon)
The next Subscriber’s meeting will be held on March 14th at the call center.


ICBN Project Manager, Andre Robinson (office) 410-313-1180. arrobinson@howardcountymd.gov
Andre Robinson gave the following overview of the Stimulus Fiber project;

  • The project will be completed in August of 2013.
  • There will be 1,300 miles of installed fiber optics to connect State and County government institutional sites (police, fire departments, schools, libraries, etc.).
  • ICBN will place 30-50 miles fiber/ per month and forecast reaching a 2/3 threshold by August 2012. All construction activity is expected to increase proportionally.
  • To date, ICBN has installed 200 miles of conduit and pulled 100 miles of fiber.
  • S and N will handle fiber locates for all ICBN jurisdictions except Anne Arundel, Howard and Carroll Counties.
  • Locate labeling has been changed to using the district code name for this specific project (i.e. PGICBN) by service area.
  • ICBN is hosting a one day symposium on Monday, March 26 in Laurel, MD at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. This event will enable representatives of the various jurisdictions and anchor institutions to learn the practical benefits of the project and what it will mean to the citizens and organizations that it will serve. Key note speaker will be Senator Barbara Mikulski. If anyone would like to register, send Andre an e-mail at arrobinson@howardcountymd.gov

Projections are as follows - shaded counties are OMBN project areas
  2/3/2012 2/10/2012 2/24/2012 Week Ending 3/2/2012 March Monthly Forecast
Allegany 0 0      
Annapolis 0 0 0 0 0
Anne Arundel 13000 13000 10000 5000 20000
Baltimore City 0 0 0 0 2000
Baltimore County 1500 2000 5000 1500 50000
Calvert 7000 7000 7000 7000 28000
Caroline 0 0 0 0 0
Carroll 17500 17500 17500 17500 70000
Cecil 0 0 0 0 0
Charles 30000 30000 30000 30000 120000
Dorcheseter 0 0 0 0 0
Frederick 25000 25000 20000 10000 45000
Garrett 0 0 0 0 0
Harford 3000 3000 3000 30000 12000
Howard 2500 2500 5000 10000 40000
Kent 0 0 0 0 0
Montgomery 16250 15000 10000 10000 40000
Prince George's 18750 15000 15000 15000 100000
Queen Anne's 0 0 0 0 0
Saint Mary's 2000 2000 2000 2000 8000
Somerset 0 0 0 0  
Talbot 0 0 0 0 0
Washington 0 0 0 0 0
Wicomico 0 0 0 0 0
Worchester 0 0 0 0 0


Mark Hamrick, Verizon
Mark provided a (3) month footage forecast for the following counties;

  March April May
Anne Arundel 0 0 2000
Baltimore 38000 6000 0
Howard 0 0 0
Prince Georges 2600 100 100
Montgomery 15000 20000 100
Harford 7500 2200 0
Charles 19000 11000 0
District of Columbia 200 7800 2300


Kathy Riley (Absolute Underground) stated their work is being held up due to delays of 30 days or more waiting for Verizon to install tracer wire. Mark Hamrick stated the time frame to schedule tracer wire installation should be within 6 business days and their contract locator company should be contacting Verizon for scheduling.  All future concerns should be brought to the attention of Vince Healy at vincent.c.healy@verizon.com.  Andre Robinson (ICBN) stated they are using mule tape and/or 12 gauge C wire on all fiber installations.

It was asked if there is a phone number for contractors to use to report Verizon damages, the number is, 1-888-496-1588.

There was general discussion regarding Baltimore County locating.  Issues were, using a marked code when there is no underground plant marked; charging the contractors when they do not locate the ticket and not providing contact numbers that are useful for excavating contractors.  Mark Hamrick stated Title 12 enforces calling and re-notifying the owner-member and if no response, contractor can proceed with their work.  He also suggested using the Ticket Check ‘discrepancy’ code for tickets that are coded marked and not.

Tim Rich (Williams Gas) commented that tickets provide unusable contact numbers and when the number is good, the voice mail box is full so no message can be left.  Williams Gas must schedule on site monitoring when digging takes place near their pipe lines.  Dora Parks (Miss Utility) stated when excavators are processing their tickets via the call center; all company and contact information is verified with the caller. If the excavator is using the internet (ITIC) to process their tickets, the user can modify the alternate phone number and contact information.   Tim Rich asked if another code can be added to Ticket Check or if code 5 (Not complete/In progress; The locator has spoken with the excavator and they have agreed on this message.) can be modified.  Matt Ruddo (One Call Concepts,) reminded the group that Ticket Check allows ‘comments’ to be entered for valid codes and stated the Subscribers would need to review the suggestion of a Ticket Check code change/modification.

Mark Hamrick reminded the group that Verizon continues to report a high number of damages in Washington D.C. and asked that all owner-members and excavators work to ensure the law is followed along with safe digging practices.

Kevin Woolbright thanked WGL, UtiliQuest and Miss Utility for their support on February 24th during a WSSC damage prevention and safety training.  Kevin stated that up to now, WSSC did not have a formative damage prevention program in place and he was working to roll out a program that would be first offered to the Commission’s employees and then WSSC’s sub-contractors.  Guest speaker, Tony Tetto (Aegis Insurance) brought reality to the dangers of working in gas service areas when not following safe digging practices.

There being no further business brought before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 11:10am.

Note, approved monthly DP Committee minutes are posted at, www.missutility.net/damageprevention/


UPCOMING MEETINGS at the Miss Utility call center;

    MD & DC Damage Prevention Meeting Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2012
    MD & DC Subscribers Committee Meeting Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Please visit 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 and the meetings begin at 9:30 am.

ITIC % Report for Maryland (Western Shore) and Washington D.C.

Month   Call Center Tickets   ITIC Tickets   Percentage
Jan-11   48,309   38,657   80%
Feb-11   47,424   37,759   80%
Mar-11   63,746   48,898   77%
Apr-11   58,723   43,448   74%
May-11   60,267   43,603   72%
Jun-11   63,834   47,059   74%
Jul-11   55,150   40,563   74%
Aug-11   60,073   44,272   74%
Sep-11   56,298   41,599   74%
Oct-11   55,827   40,895   73%
Nov-11   50,981   38,030   75%
Dec-11   46,317   34,952   75%
Jan-12   47,584   35,465   75%
Meeting Attendee List for February 28, 2012


***Sorted By First Name***

  Company   Phone   Email
Al Mawry MDTA   443-621-2251   amawry@avalon-jln.com
Andre Robinson   OMBN   410-313-1180   arrobinson@howardcountymd.gov
Cal Brooks   Howard County   410-313-4952   cbrooks@howardcountymd.gov
Cary Walsh   Gray & Son   410-771-4311   cwalsh@graynson.com
Christina Bortner   MGH   410-746-5288   cbortner@mghus.com
Dennis Lescalleet   Pleasants Construction   301-428-0800   dlescalleet@pleasants.org
Dora Parks   Miss Utility Center   410-782-2026   doraparks@missutility.net
Erik Phillips   Utiliquest   443-324-7835   Erik.phillips@utiliquest.com
Glenn Goins   A.A. County   410-222-7344   pwgoin01@aacounty.org
Iris Curtis   SMECO   301-705-8689   iris.curtis@smeco.coop
Jack Sullivan   BGE   443-677-1411   john.a.sullivan@bge.com
Jay Miranda   Badger Daylighting   202-603-4067   jmiranda@badger-corp.com
Jeff Jones   Lambert Cable Splicing   301-725-8054   jeff.jones@lambertcable.com
Jim Bieber   Anchor Construction   202-269-6694   jbieber@anchorconst.com
Joe Shelton   B Frank Joy   240-417-0184   jshelton@bfjoy.com
John Berrettini   A/I/Data   410-686-5091   jberrettini@aidatainc.com
JW Hall   B. Frank Joy   240-417-0184   halljw@bfjoy.com
Kathy Riley   Absolute Underground   410-768-2607   kathyr@absoluteunderground.com
Ken Payne   PEPCO   202-388-2137   khpayne@pepco.com
Kevin Woolbright   WSSC   240-205-3684   kwoolbr@wsscwater.com
Mark Hamrick   Verizon   410-610-1371   Mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
Martin Wetzler   Long Fence Co, Inc.   240-417-1922   mwetzler@longfence.com
Mike Burns   Utiliquest   443-786-7994   mike.burns@utiliquest.com
Paul Leatherman III   INFRATECH   410-562-5599   pleatherman@infratechcorp.com
Robert Vicks   PEPCO   240-508-4154   rlvicks@pepco.com
Scott R. Moore   Colonial Pipeline Co.   410-970-2138   smoore@colpipe.com
Sherell Stone   NPL   410-355-1083   sstone@gonpl.com
Tim Dinsmore   PEPCO   202-388-2147   tbdinsmore@pepco.com
Tim Kempa   Comcast   410-933-1137   Tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
Tom Hastings   OCC Locating Service   410-712-0202   thastings@occls.com
Wayne Gilmer   Utiliquest   301-674-2769   walter.gilmer@utiliquest.com
Wen Liang   Anchor Construction   202-269-6694   wliang@anchorconst.com