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Damage Prevention Committee

Maryland and DC Damage Prevention Meeting
Chairman, Kevin Woolbright (WSSC) and Vice Chairman, Mark Hamrick (Verizon)
Miss Utility Call Center, Hanover, MD 21706
Minutes of the meeting held on June 24, 2014
Prepared by Dora Parks, Secretary

CALL TO ORDER AND INTRODUCTIONS

Chairman Woolbright called the regular monthly meeting to order at 9:31 am followed by the customary introductions.

The minutes of May 27, 2014 were approved as written.

DAMAGE PREVENTION CAMPAIGNS
Emily Meier (MGH) provided the following updates on damage prevention initiatives;

Triple Crown Partnership; nationally, the sponsorship of Victor Espinoza, jockey for Triple Crown contender California Chrome, led to media exposure of the 811 logo that would have cost $15 million to purchase if that coverage were priced as comparable advertising space. As a whole, CGA members paid just $130,000 for the exposure, leading to better than a 100-to-1 return on investment.

Nationally, exposure of the “Call 811” message occurred on NBC’s Today Show, on Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends and in a large spread in the USA Today the day before the race, just to name a few.

Baltimore was the top local TV market for ratings of the Preakness telecast, with DC in the top 10. Both markets were also high performers for the Belmont Stakes, which was watched by 21 million people nationwide, making it one of the highest non-NFL sports broadcasts of the year.

MGH worked on behalf of Miss Utility and in partnership with BGE, one of the other Victor sponsors, on stories in the Baltimore Business Journal and Daily Record about this local connection to the Triple Crown.

Radio and online advertising campaigns have wrapped up for the year.

Sports sponsorships from the past month included Mountain Man Night at the Bowie Baysox and Tote Bag Giveaway Night at the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. SMECO assisted with promoting $8.11 tickets at the Blue Crabs game. The Keys for Reading Program in Frederick also wrapped up earlier this month.  All of the sports events were supported by the stakeholders who worked the Miss Utility exhibitor booths, thank you.

Emily Meier (MGH) provided updates on the below damage prevention events;

TRADE SHOWS AND OTHER DAMAGE PREVENTION EVENTS

Past Exhibits and Events – 5 Damage Prevention Events

DDOT – Public Space, Community Day, Washington, DC on May 31st
MD/VA Homebuilders Association Pro Awards, Smokey Glen Farms, Gaithersburg, MD
on June 3rd
Home of the Brave Benefit, Rommel Harley Davidson, Seaford, DE on June 7th
Maryland Municipal League Convention, Ocean City, MD during June 8-11th
The Stone Store DIY Day, Hanover, MD on June 21st

Future Exhibits and Events

    Maryland Association of Counties (MACO), Ocean City, MD during June 8-11
    Chesapeake Region Safety Council Conference & Expo, Laurel, MD on October 1st
    Maryland Home and Garden Show, Timonium, MD during October 17-19

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the Trade Shows or would like to receive the updated Trade Show emails, please email Emily Meier at emeir@mghus.com.

LOCATOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS (LAA) AND DIG SMART AWARDS (DSA)
Chairman, Mark Hamrick (Verizon)   Vice Chairman, Dora Parks (Miss Utility)

Dora Parks provided an overview of the Dig Smart Awards; in the pursuit of recognizing those professional contractors in Maryland and the District of Columbia who exemplify safe excavation practices, maintaining the safety of the public and utility damage prevention, the Miss Utility Damage Prevention Committee holds an annual Dig Smart Awards.  Professional contractors complete an entry form; the committee reviews each entry to determine the Maryland District of Columbia winners.  Winners receive (2) two day GCDPTC registrations, an acrylic award with an embedded shovel and recognition at the conference.

Entry forms will be sent out the week of July 1st and are due back August 6th.  Entry forms are also available on the Miss Utility website, www.missutility.net

DAMAGE PREVENTION & SAFETY PRESENTATIONS – Completed

The Damage Prevention Training Committee provided feedback on the below completed trainings.

Completed Training Events

    Short Course, Washington College, Chestertown, MD on June 3rd
    BF Joy, Hyattsville, MD on June 10th

Future Training Events

    Quarterly Training, Miss Utility Call Center, Hanover, MD June 26th
    Washington Gas, Pipetown – the last Friday of each month in Springfield, VA

Please visit the Miss Utility website for additional information on training opportunities;
 http://www.missutility.net/training_safety/

To schedule a Damage Prevention and Safety Training, please contact Dora Parks, Manager of Client Relations at 410-782-2026 or dora@missutility.netTraining is free.

2013 GREATER CHESAPEAKE DAMAGE PREVENTION TRAINING CONFERENCE (GCDPTC)
Chairman, Matt Ruddo (One Call Concepts)

Dora Parks provided information on the upcoming GCDPTC;

  • 6th Annual GCDPTC will be held during October 28-31, 2014 in Ocean City, MD
  • Networking events include cornhole and golf tournaments
  • A game of jeopardy dealing with all levels of damage prevention will conclude the conference
  • 2013 Conference information and montage available on at www.missutilityconference.com

Exhibitor spaces are available for $650.00, which includes an 8X10 or a 10X10 booth, two day tripper passes to the conference and four meals.  The exhibitor hall will take on a Halloween fun theme.

Anyone interested in conference sponsorships or exhibiting in the vendor area should contact Dora Parks, 410-782-2026 or dora@missutility.net.   

MARYLAND UNDERGROUND FACILITIES DAMAGE PREVENTION AUTHORITY (MDUFDPA)
Executive Director, Jim Barron

Kevin Woolbright, Authority Chairman provided the following information;

The Authority filing fee of $200.00 started on June 1st for any claim of a NPV.
The Miss Utility Damage Prevention DVD will be converted into Spanish.
Meetings and hearings are open to the public.
Recent contractor challenge of the Authority’s constitutionality won in the Circuit Court. The case will probably be heard in the Court of Special Appeals

Kevin provided an overview regarding the Violation Hearing process.

The next Authority meeting is scheduled for July 2nd.

STEERING COMMITTEE TO REWRITE THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ONE CALL LAW
Scott Brown, Chairman (Washington Gas)   Meena Gowda, Esq.  Vice Chairman (DC Water)

Joe Shelton (BF Joy/Steering Committee Member) provided the following;

The current District One-call law, Title 34 is not in compliance with the PHMSA Pipes Act of 2006, specifically regarding enforcement.  The committee is also addressing a better method for utility owner/operator positive response in addition to updating some of the law terminology. The committee is currently working through definitions and the responsibilities of the excavator.  Various resources are being used; CGA Best Practices, the MD/DC Damage Prevention Guide and Title 12 law, Delaware and Virginia law. 

The committee is made up of various stakeholders; if anyone has questions regarding the law rewrite they can contact their stakeholder committee representative.

MD/DC MISS UTILITY SUBSCRIBERS COMMITTEE MEETING
Scott Brown, Chairman (Washington Gas)   Vince Healy, Vice Chairman (Verizon)

Vince Healy stated the next meeting will be on July 14th at the Miss Utility office starting at 10:00am.
Vince is on the scholarship committee and reported that MGH has been working with the committee to get the scholarship program off the ground.  The campaign will launch on August 11 or 8-1-1 on the calendar and will be offered to students in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  Miss Utility of Delmarva will participate in this initiative.

FTTP PROJECTIONS
Vince Healy (Verizon) reviewed the below estimated footage projections;

 FTTP

May 2014

A.A County

0

Baltimore Co.

3,600

Calvert Co

0

Charles Co.

12,000

Frederick Co.

0

Garrett Co.

0

Harford Co.

1,200

Howard County

3,120

Montgomery County

12,600

Prince Georges Co

600

St Mary’s Co

0

District of Columbia

0

Total

33,120

NEW BUSINESS

Mitzi Ambush (PEPCO) provided a compliment to BF Joy for their safe digging practices.   Mitzi also stated that damages have increased in the PEPCO service area due to contractors or their subs tearing up PEPCO utilities during saw cutting. Out of town contractors are coming to Maryland and DC and are not familiar with the state utility laws. There are also concerns with plating manholes, the utility members agreed they want to be notified before any manhole is plated.

Vera Cutter (PEPCO) asked what can be done about out of town contractors who do not know our laws.  Vince Healy (Verizon) suggested that utility companies not allow their contractors to hire subs to do their contract work.

There was a question regarding why DDOT was not using the DC Ticket Check System to status tickets.  Dora Parks explained the DC Law provided positive response and that some of the utility owners/operators use DC Ticket Check as their method of positive response, but this method is not law in DC.  The DC rewrite committee will be reviewing the current DC Title 34 positive response section for possible revision.

A company representative from Absolute stated their company is facing too many ‘near misses’ with gas, they fear someone is going to get seriously hurt.  They stated they are losing productivity which is costing time and money; too often the ticket locate is either a, no response, a delayed response or a miss-mark.   Kevin Woolbright suggested they meet with the contract locator as they are accountable for their work.

Dora Parks reminded the committee that in 2015 the plan is to have 20 minute safety topics to start off each meeting and asked if anyone had safety topic suggestions to provide them.

There being no further business brought before the committee, the meeting adjourned at 10:55 a.m.

UPCOMING MEETINGS – at the Miss Utility Call Center in Hanover, MD
Authority Meeting, July 2nd starting at 8:30am
Subscriber Committee Meeting, July 14th starting at 10:00am
DC One Call Law Rewrite Committee Meeting, June 25th starting at 8:30am
MD/DC Damage Prevention Committee Meeting, July 22nd starting at 9:30am

Monthly meeting minutes and the attendee contact list is available at,
  http://www.missutility.net/damageprevention/

ITIC PERCENTAGE REPORT


Month

Total Tickets

ITIC Tickets

Percentage

May-13

63,561

45,659

72%

Jun-13

62,607

47,841

76%

Jul-13

68,571

52,864

77%

8/1/2013
C/O 8/20
MAPPING

64,067

48,165

75%

Sep-13

62,073

47,983

77%

Oct-13

68,468

54,106

79%

Nov-13

55,300

44,461

80%

Dec-13

54,321

44,503

82%

Jan-14

55,608

46,336

83%

Feb-14

49,532

40,830

82%

Mar-14

63,480

51,837

82%

Apr-14

74,209

57,892

78%

May-14

76,520

59,933

78%

Meeting Attendees:

Dee Gregory SHA (State Highway) (443) 572-5268 dgregory@sha.state.md.us
Deena Joyce WSSC (301) 206-8259 djoyce@wsscwater.com
Dominic Pipe Gaines & Company (443) 386-1383 dpope@gainesandco.com
Don Jones Washington Gas (703) 750-5510 djones@washgas.com
Dora Parks
Committee Secretary
One Call Concepts/Miss Utility (410) 782-2024 dparks@missutility.net
Dorothy Miller Comer Construction (410) 879-6094 dorothy@comerconstruction.com
Emily Meier MGH   emeier@mghus.com
Erik Phillips Utiliquest (443) 324-7835 Erik.phillips@utiliquest.com
Frank Bull Bowen & Kron (443) 829-6911 frank@bowen-kron.com
Glenn Goins A.A. County (410) 222-7344 pwgoin01@aacounty.org
Iris Curtis SMECO (301) 705-8689 iris.curtis@smeco.coop
Jeff Jones Lambert Cable Splicing (301) 725-8054 jeff.jones@lambertcable.com
Jeremy Fenton Lambert Cable Splicing (301) 356-2608 jeremy.fenton@lambertcable.com
Jessica Dietrich Absolute Underground (410) 768-2607 customerservice@absoluteunderground.com
Jim Bieber Anchor Construction (202) 269-6694 jbieber@anchorconst.com
Jim Verga Eastcom Associates (908) 803-0195 jverga@eastcomassoc.com
Joe Shelton B. Frank Joy (240) 269-6694 jshelton@bfjoy.com
John Berrettini A/I/Data (410) 686-5091 jberrettini@iadatainc.com
John Clementson MD PSC (410) 767-8111 jclementson@psc.state.md.us
John Pendleton Verizon (301) 509-7566 john.r.pendleton@verizon.com
JW Hall B. Frank Joy (240) 417-0184 jw@bfjoy.com

Kathy Yadvish

DCI (202) 494-2130 kyadvish@dcihq.com

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
Michael Hightower Verizon (301) 785-1698  
Mitzi Ambush PEPCO (202) 308-2269 ambushm@pepco.com
Steve Danko Absolute Underground (443) 336-7226 steved@absoluteunderground.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 Services (410) 712-0202 thastings@occls.com
Vera Cutter PEPCO ((202) 872-2993 vmcutter@pepco.com
Vincent Healy Verizon (301) 791-5690 vincent.c.healy@verizon.com
Wayne Gilmer USIC (410) 897-7696 waltergilmer@usicinc.com
Will Metzger Anchor Construction (202) 269-6696 wmetzger@anchorconst.com
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