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Minutes of the Maryland and DC Damage Prevention Meeting
Chairman, Kevin Woolbright (WSSC) and Vice Chairman, Mark Hamrick (Verizon)
Miss Utility Call Center, Hanover, MD 21076
May 28, 2013
Prepared by Dora Parks, Secretary


Kevin Woolbright called the regular monthly meeting to order at 9:31am.

Customary introductions were made.

The Minutes of April 23, 2013 were approved as written.

Presented by Chris McMurry

Advertising Campaign Briefing

  • MASN Orioles and Nationals game ‘text’ has grown from 40,000 to 45,000 users.  The game text includes, “Miss Utility, call 811 before you dig”.
  • Current radio campaigns will end mid-June, they have been running since April 8th. MGH was able to acquire 19% more inventory with Miss Utility’s budget in addition to radio bonus spots via traffic reports and other live reads.
  • Orioles’ infielder, Manny Machado will be personalized as a gnome to promote Miss Utility at a game on Sunday August 18th.  The first 1,000 game attendees, 13 years and older will receive the give-a-way.
  • Paycheck series sponsorship, Cal Brooks (Howard County) provided an overview of a recent fishing tournament with pictures of the event.  The sponsorship was extended to a two year period. 

CGA is promoting safe digging with their race, ‘Spring to Sonoma’ sweepstakes.  Entries must be received by May 31 at www.springtosonoma.com.

Miss Utility Trade Show Update

    Maryland Municipal League (MML)
    Ocean City, MD, Roland Powell Convention Center
    June 23 – 26, 2013

    Maryland Association of Counties (MACO)
    Ocean City, MD, Roland Powell Convention Center
    August 14 – 17, 2013

    NIH Safety Day
    Bethesda, MD, NIH Main Campus
    August 28,2013 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

    Maryland Home and Garden Show (Fall) – BGE
    Timonium Fair Grounds
    October 18 – 20, 2013

If you are interested in supporting any of the Trade Shows or would like to receive the updated Trade Show emails, please email Danielle Davis.

Chairman, Kevin Woolbright (WSSC), Vice Chairman, Dora Parks (Miss Utility)

Dora Parks (Miss Utility) provided an overview of the 10th Locator Achievement Awards Banquet

  • 40 Locators in Western Shore Maryland and DC were recognized during a banquet held in their honor on May 10, 2013 at the Prince George’s stadium.  Three of the locators (Herman Wilson, Allan Billman and Wayne Sargent) received special recognition for their continuous service to damage prevention over the 10 years locators have been acknowledged.
  • Fred Hoover, Clean Energy Program Director at the Maryland Energy Administration delivered the opening speech followed by the locator awards recognition.
  • Alonzo Miller of DCI threw a strike for the opening game pitch.
  • Photography provided by WSSC captured the evening events and are posted on the Miss Utility website, http://www.missutility.net/missutilityawards/maryland_awards.asp at

Eric Phillip (UtiliQuest) stated the locators enjoyed having their families attend the recognition banquet, some had never attended a baseball game and the children loved the fireworks that followed the game.   Kevin Woolbright (Chairman) thanked everyone on the Awards Committee for their time and contributions for another memorable awards banquet. Pictures of the banquet where presented as a slide show during the DP Meeting.

Next committee meeting is May 28th, were the Dig Smart Awards will be discussed.

Contact, Dora Parks (410-782-2026 or dora@missutility.net)

Completed Presentations

    ABC of Baltimore
    1220 B East Joppa Rd. Suite #322
    Towson, MD 212286
    Kevin Woolbright/Marc Haines/Dora Parks
    April 30th, 2013 24 attendees Set up 11:30am

    Odenton Elementary School (School Career Day)
    1290 Odenton Rd
    Odenton, MD 21113
    Anne Arundel Co
    Dora Parks
    May 1st, 2013, set up 8:30am - several 30 minute elementary student classes

    University of MD
    3501 East University Blvd
    Hyattsville, Md 20783
    Dora Parks/Jeff Walters
    May 3rd, 2013, 230 attendees

    DC NUCA Chapter
    2300 Beaver Rd.
    Landover, MD 20185
    Dora Parks/Kevin Woolbright/Romelia Kemp
    May 15th, 2013 25 attendees – set up 11:30am

Future Scheduled Presentations

    Calvert County – Highway Maintenance
    335 Stafford Rd
    Prince Frederick, MD 20678
    Calvert County
    May 30th, 2013 40 attendees – Set up 8:30am
    Kevin Woolbright/Blaise Higgs

    Short Course – Treatment Facilities Maintenance Course
    St. Mary’s College
    Emmitsburg, MD 21727
    Frederick County
    June 4th, 2013 Set up 7:30am
    Dora Parks/Vince Healy/Tom Thorsen/Mark Hamrick/Kevin Woolbright

    PCM Services
    10511 Tucker St.
    Beltsville. MD 20705
    Prince George’s County
    June 12th, 2013 50 attendees – Set up 3:30pm
    Tim Gross/Dora Parks/

To schedule a free damage prevention and safe excavation training, contact, Dora Parks (office) 410-782-2026 or email, dora@missutility.net


Chairman, Matt Ruddo (One Call Concepts)

Chris McMurry (MGH) reported the following conference update;

  • The GCDPTC will be held on October 23 – 25, 2013 in Ocean City, MD at the Clarion Conference Center Hotel.
  • Pre-conference registration will end on June 2nd, Early Bird registration will be available until August 30th when regular conference registration will begin.
  • Keynote conference speaker Matt Eversmann, will deliver a talk regarding leadership, preparedness and working through adversity while he relates to his experience in Somali during the battle of Mogadishu in 1993.
  • Break-out sessions are being finalized.
  • Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities are available, contact Dora Parks for information.
  • Visit, www.missutilityconference.com for conference information.

The next conference committee meeting is scheduled for May 28th.

Presented by Jim Barron, Executive Director

  • Authority is reviewing (16) Notices of Probable Violations (NPV).
  • One company has (5) violations.
  • First hearing postponed due to legal challenge.
  • Hearings will be public record, Authority has subpoena powers.
  • Authority may revise claim form as some claims require a site visit.
  • The current moratorium on the claim fee will be reviewed at the next Authority meeting.
  • Virginia’s State Corporation is providing software to receive, process and track claims.

Next Authority meeting is scheduled for June 5th.

Chairman, Scott Brown (WGL), Vice Chairman, Vince Healy (Verizon)

Next meeting is scheduled June 18th at the call center. All call center Subscribers (owner-members) are invited to attend.

Reported by Mark Hamrick, Verizon

Engineering projections are subject to change.

FTTP June 2013 July 2013 August 2013
Anne Arundel 5,000 0 0
Baltimore 500 0 0
Calvert 0 0 0
Charles 500 0 0
Frederick 0 0 0
Garrett 0 0 0
Harford 500 0 0
Howard 0 0 0
Montgomery 150,000 95,000 108,000
Prince Georges 2,000 0 0
St. Mary's 0 0 0
District of Columbia 1,500 0 50,000
Total 160,000 95,000 108,500


Miss Utility, call center stats were provided by Dora Parks as follows;

  • April 2013 was the busiest month for inbound ticket processing since 2007; 68,544 were processed by the call center.
  • The (3) highest ‘Types of Work’ for April were, gas work, Verizon FTTP work and Water/Sewer work.
  • Montgomery, Prince Georges and Anne Arundel counties produced the highest volume of processed tickets.

John Nesbitt (MD State Highway) stated there are new future highway construction projects and Kevin Woolbright reported WSSC will start water replacement and sewer rehabilitation work.

Lenny Corbin (Gray and Son) discussed tickets regarding milling work, the milling will not go beyond two inches – does the law require tickets for this depth level?  Jim Barron (Authority, Executive Director) stated the Maryland law does not provide exceptions for certain work or depth.
There being no further business brought before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 11:09am.

Dora Parks thanked the members and contractors to date who have supported the ITIC 2.0 training by being a host training facility; AA Utility Contractors Association, AUC Association, DC NUCA, WSSC, Delmarva Power, SMECO, Long Fence, Garrett County DPW, Columbia Gas (Allegany and Washington County offices) Potomac Edison, Howard County DPW, PEPCO, Belair Underground, Charles County DPW and Frederick County DPW.  Dora shared that the ITIC 2.0 training has evolved into call center processes, Title 12 Law and damage prevention, which has been well received by all attendees.

There being no further business brought before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 11:15am.



MD & DC Damage Prevention Meeting Date: June25th at Miss Utility starting at 9:30am
MD & DC Subscribers Committee Meeting Date: June 18th at Miss Utility starting at 9:00am

Please visit www.missutility.net/damageprevention/ for the monthly MD & DC Damage Prevention meeting dates and meeting minutes. 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
Apr-12   59,588   43,310   73%
May-12   62,057   45,820   74%
Jun-12   61,779   45,506   75%
Jul-12   61,779   46,506   75%
Aug-12   64,860   48,637   75%
Sep-12   56,373   41,967   74%
Oct-12   63,863   48,609   76%
Nov-12   55,319   41,675   75%
Dec-12   48,323   37,748   78%
Jan-13   55,672   43,863   79%
Feb-13   48,336   37,848   78%
Mar-13   56,718   43,675   77%
Apr-13   68,544   51,280   75%
Meeting Attendees
Cal Brooks   Howard County   (410) 31304952   cbrooks@howardcountymd.gov
Chris McMurry   MGH   (410) 902-5036   cmcmurry@mghus.com
Chuck Baker   Verizon   (301) 502-9340   charles.b.baker.jr@verizon.com
Danielle Davis   MGH       ddavis@mghus.com
Dennis Lescalleet   Pleasants Constructdion   (301) 428-0800   dlescalleet@pleasants.org
Dora Parks (Committee Secretary)   One Call Concepts/Miss Utility   (410) 782-2026   doraparks@missutility.net
Dorothy Miller   Comer Construction   (410) 879-6094   dorothy@comerconstruction.com
Erik Phillips   Utiliquest   (443) 324-7835   Erik.phillips@utiliquest.com
Jason Wedding   OCC Locating Service   (443) 783-0080   jwedding@occls.com
Jeff Jones   Lambert Cable Splicing   (301) 725-8054   jeff.jones@lambertcable.com
Jim Barron   MDUFDPA   (410) 365-5182   jim.barron@mddpa.org
Jim Verga   Eastcom Associates   (908) 803-0195   jverga@eastcomassoc.com
Joe Feronti   USIC   (443) 239-4464   josephferonti@usicinc.com
John Berrettini   A/I/Data   (410) 686-5091   jberrettini@aidatainc.com
John Nesbitt   SHA (State Highway)   (443) 572-5265   JNesbitt@sha.state.md.us
Kevin Woolbright (Committee Chairman)   WSSC   (240) 205-3684   kwoolbr@wsscwater.com
Lenny Corbin   Gray & Son   (410) 365-4156   lcorbin@graynson.com
Marc Haines   BGE   (443) 324-0371   marc.haines@bge.com
Mark Hamrick (Committee V. Chairman)   Verizon   (410) 610-1371   Mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
Mike Barton   ABC of Baltimore   (443) 600-0446   mbarton@abcbaltimore.org
Mitzi Ambush   PEPCO   (202) 308-2269   ambushm@pepco.com
Tim Kaptein   Comer Construction   (443) 807-2391   tim@comerconstruction.com
Tim Kempa   Comcast   (410) 933-1137   Tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
Tom Hastings   OCC Locating Service   (410) 712-0202   thastings@occls.com
Vincent Healy   Verizon   (301) 791-5690   vincent.c.healy@verizon.com
Wayne Gilmer   USIC   (410) 897-7696   waltergilmer@usicinc.com
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