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Maryland and DC Damage Prevention Meeting
Kevin Woolbright, Chairman, Mark Hamrick, Vice Chairman & Dora Parks, Secretary
7223 Parkway Drive, Suite 100
Hanover, MD 21076

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Minutes of the meeting held on November 25, 2014
Prepared by Dora Parks, Secretary

CALL TO ORDER AND INTRODUCTIONS
Chairman Kevin Woolbright called the regular monthly meeting to order at 9:31 am followed by the customary introductions.

The minutes of October 28, 2014 were approved as written.

OPEN DISCUSSIONS

Cal Brooks (Howard County) voiced a concern regarding the number of 48 hour locate extensions for BGE locates.  Joe Feronti (USIC) will meet with Cal to review his concern. Cal also reported there was an improvement regarding emergency ticket response.

Dennis Lescalleet (Pleasants Construction) inquired about processing tickets for milling operations. Joe Feronti has will provide data regarding damages on milling work.  Don Jones (WGL) stated WGL has seen gas hits on 30 to 40 different milling jobs. Dora Parks (Miss Utility) offered training regarding ticket processing and offered to mail out educational materials if provided mailing information.

There was general discussion regarding the number of contractors not updating their contact information on their tickets.  Dora Parks explained the verbal confirmation process for CSR processed tickets and the ITIC verification process of contractor/excavator company and contact information.  

MD/DC MISS UTILITY SUBSCRIBERS COMMITTEE MEETING
Scott Brown, Chairman (Washington Gas)   Vince Healy, Vice Chairman (Verizon)   Dora Parks, Secretary (Miss Utility/One Call Concepts)

No committee report. The next planned meeting is scheduled for January 8, 2015 at the Miss Utility Call Center.  The meeting will be in Suite 210, a hot lunch provided by One Call Concepts will be in Suite 100.

The Subscribers Committee is an active participant with the Maryland Authority regarding Title 12 Law modifications for a future rewrite.

STEERING COMMITTEE TO REWRITE THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ONE-CALL LAW
Scott Brown, Chairman (Washington Gas)   Meena Gowda, Esq., Vice Chairman (DC Water)  Dora Parks, Secretary (Miss Utility/One Call Concepts)

The committee is now working on the enforcement part of Title 34.  Points of discussion have included;

    Authority Purpose
    Authority By-laws
    Authority Structure
    Authority Tenure
    Authority Funding
    Authority Enforcement (possible AG’s Office or DC PCS)
    Claim Process

Meeting minutes, attendee list and Title 34 rewrite draft are available on the website at; http://www.missutility.net/SteeringCommitteeRewriteDcLaw/index.asp

 

MARYLAND UNDERGROUND FACILITIES DAMAGE PREVENTION AUTHORITY (MDUFDPA)     Maryland Authority
Executive Director, Jim Barron   Chairman, Kevin Woolbright

The Authority will alternate their general meeting and hearing schedule in 2015 as follows;

            January 7         Hearings                      April 1             Meeting
            February 4       Meeting                        May 6              Hearings
            March 4           Hearings                      June 3              Meeting           

Authority meetings are open to the public; the next planned meeting is scheduled for January 7, 2015.

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

The 2014 Dig Smart Award winners were recognized at the GCDPTC on Friday October 31st. The committee congratulated Gray & Son as the winner for Maryland and Skanska as the winner for DC.  Both companies have excelled in their approach to safe excavation and participating in damage prevention activities throughout 2014. Child’s Landscaping received the Honorable Mention. The Dig Smart winners are posted on the Miss Utility website.

The next Awards meeting will be on January 27, 2015 to plan the annual locator awards.

FTTP PROJECTIONS
Estimated footage projections presented by Mark Hamrick,

 FTTP

Dec 2014

A.A County

0

Baltimore Co.

1,600

Calvert Co

0

Charles Co.

22,000

Frederick Co.

0

Garrett Co.

0

Harford Co.

0

Howard County

1,000

Montgomery County

1,500

Prince Georges Co

0

St Mary’s Co

0

District of Columbia

1,500

Total

27,600

2014 GREATER CHESAPEAKE DAMAGE PREVENTION TRAINING CONFERENCE (GCDPTC)
Chairman, Matt Ruddo (One Call Concepts)

The 6th Annual GCDPTC was held on October 28 – 31.  There were 330 registrants in attendance. Tony Crow did an outstanding presentation as the keynote speaker, he received a standing ovation, his speech impacted every single attendee.  The online conference survey cutoff was November 21st; (2) randomly picked survey participants will each receive a two-night vacation package in Ocean City. MGH will provide an overview of the survey at various meetings in December. The committee received favorable verbal feedback on the meals, sessions and networking opportunities provided at the conference.  The committee will begin work on the 2015 GCDPTC in January.

MGH – DAMAGE PREVENTION MARKETING UPDATE
Chris McMurry, cmcmurry@mghus.com

MGH hosted an Advertising Meeting on November 18th at their Owings Mills office where they unveiled a damage prevention promotional and educational plan for 2015 to include:

  • Radio Advertising across Maryland and DC during spring and summer 2015
  • Minor League Baseball sponsorships for,
    • Bowie Baysox – Touch A Truck Day in May
    • Frederick Keys Reading Program
  • Major League Soccer – DC United
  • Southern Maryland Contractor Training Event
  • Awards; Locator Achievement and Dig Smart
  • Scholarship Program
  • Online Homeowner Banner Advertising – Call Before You Dig
  • Trade Shows Review
  • Budget Recommendations

Trade Show updates will be provided at the January 27th DPC meeting

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

DAMAGE PREVENTION SAFETY TRAINING AND PRESENTATIONS

The Damage Prevention Training Committee provided feedback and updates on the below;
Completed Training Events

    Montgomery County Schools Maintenance – Bethesda Depot on 11/6
    Quarterly Damage Prevention Training – Miss Utility on 11/13

Future Training Events

    Montgomery County Schools Maintenance – Randolph Depot on 12/5

    Dora Parks provided the 2015 schedule of Quarterly Damage Prevention Trainings.

To schedule a FREE Damage Prevention & Safety Training, please contact Dora Parks, Manager of Client Relations at 410-782-2026 or dora@missutility.net.

There being no further business brought before the committee, the meeting adjourned at 10:48am

Next MD/DC Damage Prevention Committee Meeting; January 27, 2015 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

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%

Jun-14

73,031

58,175

80%

Jul-14

74,465

60,215

81%

Sep-14

70,705

57,023

81%

Oct-14

72,774

58,862

81%

Meeting Attendees:

NAME
*Sorted By First Name*

COMPANY TELEPHONE # EMAIL ADDRESS
Cal Brooks Howard County (410) 313-4952 cbrooks@howardcountymd.gov
Dennis Lascalleet Pleasants Construction (301) 428-0800 dlescalleet@pleasants.org
Don Jones Washington Gas (703) 750-5510 djones@washgas.com
Dora Parks
Committee Secretary
One Call Concepts/Miss Utility (410) 712-2026 dparks@missutility.net
Emily Meier MGH   emeier@mghus.com
Guy Miller US Ecology (610) 476-5371 guy.miller@usecology.com

Kevin Woolbright
Committee Chairman

WSSC (240) 205-3684 kwoolbr@wsscwater.com
Lenny Corbin Gray & Son (410) 365-4156 lcorbin@graynson.com
Lisa Hurley SMECO (410) 535-9403 lisa.hurley@smeco.coop
Marc Haines BGE (443) 807-2391 marc.haines@bge.com
Tim Kaptein Comer Construction (443) 807-2391 tim@comerconstruction.com
Tom Hastings OCC Locating Service (410) 712-0202 thastings@occls.com

NEW MEMBERS AND GUEST SIGN IN

NAME
*Sorted By First Name*

COMPANY TELEPHONE # EMAIL ADDRESS
Tim Rich Williams Gas (410) 465-7459 tim.o.rich@williams.com
Jeff Ramsburg Bowen & Kron (410) 925-0538 jeff@bowen-kron.com
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