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Damage Prevention Committee

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 January 27, 2015
Prepared by Dora Parks, Secretary

CALL TO ORDER AND INTRODUCTIONS
Chairman Kevin Woolbright called the regular monthly meeting to order at 9:36 am followed by the customary introductions.

The minutes of November 25, 2014 were approved as written.

OPEN DISCUSSIONS

The first meeting of 2015 opened with compliments going to several folks regarding their support and quick response regarding work site issues;
Tim Kempa (Comcast) thanked UtiliQuest for their support on a recent ticket job site.
Dora Parks (Miss Utility) thanked Mike Burns (UtiliQuest) and Erik Phillips (UtiliQuest) for their quick response to several homeowner issues with driveway markings.
Mitzie Ambush (PEPCO) stated Erik Phillips provided great assistance for a PEPCO ticket search.
SMECO was thanked by Kevin Woolbright (WSSC) for their support of a homeowner issue.
Verizon was acknowledged for quick response to a WSSC homeowner matter. 

No other ticket or work site issues were brought before the committee.

SAFETY and EDUCATION PRESENTATION
Guest Speaker, Jim Barron of the MD Authority

Jim provided an overview of the Maryland Authority created in the October 2010 Title 12 law rewrite. A Power Point provided information regarding the Authority’s  purpose, makeup, positions, website, claims process and Annual Reporting to the Governor’s Office.  Jim provided several committee handouts to include; NPV History, 2015 Meeting Schedule and excerpts from the 4th Annual Governor’s report.

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) 

Report provided by Scott Brown; The members held a committee meeting on January 8, 2015 at the call center. MGH provided a 2015 marketing strategy for education and outreach. The structure of the committee was revised as follows;
New Name, Miss Utility Board of Directors
Officers from the voting members, one chair, vice chair and treasurer
Voting Board members are represented by gas, electric, water/sewer, telecommunications and Government seat (DC, State, County or Municipality

Non-Voting Board members, locator, contractor and secretary (Miss Utility Representative) DPC chair and vice chair

Nominations for the Board will occur in early 2015.

Next Miss Utility Board of Directors Committee Meeting will be on April 9th at 9:30am at the Miss Utility call center.

The Miss Utility Board of Directors 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)

Report provided by Scott Brown; The DC Steering Committee has meet 33 times during 2014 to work on the Title 34 law rewrite.  The goal is to reduce damages in the District of Columbia. 

Revisions have been made to;

  • No exemptions
  • Ticket length
  • Ticket life
  • Tracer wire for all newly installed lines
  • 3-hour ticket notice
  • Mandatory DC Ticket Check
  • Enforcement

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

Report provided by Jim Barron; The Authority received (47) Notices of Probable Violations (NPV’s) in 2013 and (50) in 2014. The major violation is contractors digging without tickets causing damage to underground utilities.  This violation can result in a $2,000 fine.  All collected fines go into an educational and outreach fund.  The Authority continues to work on funding their operations via grants. Future 2015 Authority meetings will alternate between hearings and general meetings.  The schedule is available at, www.mddpa.org

Authority meetings are open to the public; the next planned meeting is scheduled for February 4, 2015 for hearings.

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

Report provided by Mark Hamrick and Dora Parks; an overview of the Locator Awards process was provided.  The committee will have a meeting on 1/27/15 to start the 12th annual awards activity.  The locator nomination form will be finalized for delivery to utility owner locators and contract locating companies on or about February 3, due on February 20th.

2015 GREATER CHESAPEAKE DAMAGE PREVENTION TRAINING CONFERENCE (GCDPTC)
Chairman, Matt Ruddo (One Call Concepts)

Report provided by Matt Ruddo;

The 7th Annual GCDPTC will be held on October 27th – 30th in 2015 in Ocean City, MD at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel.  Based on the 2014 conference survey, 98% stated they would return in 2015.  Tony Crow scored excellent on the survey and the networking activities of corn-hole and golf proved to be beneficial to the damage prevention conference.  April will start 2015 registration for returning conference attendees and May will be the official registration opening.   The committee will produce a post card inviting folks to log in to receive conference updates with the hope of being randomly selected for a free 2-night conference registration.  Dominic of Gaines and Company won the registration package in 2014.

For conference information, visit missutilityconference.com

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

Chris reported on an upcoming damage prevention event at Bowie Baysox stadium on Saturday, May 30th – Touch A Truck day and game night and Miss Utility event.  Utility owners, first responders, heavy equipment rental companies will partner together to display multiple pieces of excavation and rescue equipment and machinery.  Attending parents and children will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the equipment.  First through the gate attendees will receive event t-shirts and other educational and promotional materials. The event starts at 4:30pm and the baseball game begins at 6:30pm ending with fireworks.

2015 TRADE SHOWS AND PRESENTATIONS

Report provided by Emily Meier;

Upcoming Shows for February and March

  • Landscape Contractors on 2/12 in Rockville, MD - anticipated attendance, 300
  • Maryland Home & Garden Spring Show in Timonium, MD – anticipated attendance, 60,000 Dates, Feb 28-Mar 1 and Mar 6-8
  • Division of Labor & Industry Employment Rights on 3/17 in Towson, MD
  • Maryland Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Trade Show on 3/19 in Baltimore, MD – anticipated attendance, 300-500
  • Allegany County All Things Home Expo during Mar 20-22 in Cumberland, MD – anticipated attendance, 700
  • Home Builders Association of Washington County during Mar 21-22 in Hagerstown, MD-anticipated attendance, 900

=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 training events;
Completed Training Events

    Montgomery Co School
    Randolph Depot
    Silver Spring MD 20902
    December 5th, 7am
    Dora Parks – Miss Utility - Kevin Woolbright - WSSC, Eric Phillips – Utiliquest, Richard Crooks – WGL, Greg Johnson – PEPCO

    Howard County DPW
    Dayton Shop
    Dayton, MD 21036
    January 20th, 7am
    Dora Parks – Miss Utility, Erik Phillips – Utiliquest, Kevin Woolbright – WSSC, Mac Haines – BGE.

    James G Davis CONST
    Main Office
    Rockville, MD 20852
    January 26th, 8am
    Dora Parks – Miss Utility, Kevin Woolbright – WSSC, Tom Thorsen – MOSH, Richard Crook – WGL, John Pendleton – VERIZON, Greg Johnson – PEPCO.

Future Training Events for January and February

    Montgomery Co School Maintenance Dept.
    Clarksburg Depot
    Clarksburg, MD 20871
    January 29th, 7am

    MD Environmental Service
    MES Annex
    Millersville, MD 21108
    February 6th, 8am

    LGIT
    Edward E. Watkins Public Safety Complex
    Cambridge, MD 21613 2nd floor
    February 11th, 12:30pm

    LGIT
    LGIT Office
    Hanover, MD 21076
    February 13th, 12:30pm

    LGIT
    Hagerstown, MD
    February 17th, 12:30pm

    QUARTERLY DAMAGE PREVENTION TRAINING
    Miss Utility Call Center
    Hanover, MD 21076
    Conference/Training Room
    February 20th, 7:30am 

    Jimmy Richards & SONS
    Waldorf, MD 20602
    February 26th, 2pm

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 11:15am

Next MD/DC Damage Prevention Committee Meeting; February 24, 2015 starting at 9:30am

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

Meeting Attendees:

NAME
*Sorted By First Name*

COMPANY TELEPHONE # EMAIL ADDRESS
Bill Neal Absolute Underground (443) 336-7749 billn@absoluteunderground.com
Steve Sanlo Absolute Underground (410) 768-2607 steved@absoluteunderground.com
Ken Payne Allstate Utility (240) 691-6657 kp.allstar@verizon.net
Frank Bull Bowen & Kron (443) 829-6911 frank@bowen-kron.com
Jeff Ramsburg Bown & Kron (410) 925-0538 jeff@bowen-kron.com
Tim Kempa Comcast (410) 933-1137 Tim_kempa@cable.comcast.com
Tim Kaptein Comer Construction (443) 807-2391 tim@comerconstruction.com
Kathy Yadvish DCI (202) 494-2130 kyadvish@dcihq.com
Maynard Gaines DCI (202) 909-5609 mgaines@dcihq.com
Will Gooch Decisive (240) 586-1605 drops@decisiveinc.net
Jim Verga Eastcom Associates (908) 803-0195 jverga@eastcomassoc.com
Lenny Corbin Gray & Son (410) 365-4156 lcorbin@graynson.com
Don MacKay Long Fence (240) 417-1922 amackay@longfence.com
Jim Barron MDUFDPA (410) 365-5182 jim.barron@mddpa.org
Chris McMurry MGH (410) 902-5036 cmcmurry@mghus.com
Emily Meier MGH   emeier@mghus.com
James Randy Carey NPL (571) 921-0201 jcarey@gonpl.com

Luis Torres

NPL (511) 583-8664 horres@gonpl.com
Jimmy Jennings OCC Locating Service (443) 783-4211 jimmy@occls.com
Dora Parks
Committee Secretary
One Call Concepts/Miss Utility (410) 712-2026 dparks@missutility.net
Danny Waters PEPCO (240) 508-3659 djwaters@pepco.com
Greg Johnson PEPCO (202) 388-2161 gmjohnson@pepco.com
Mitzi Ambush PEPCO (202) 308-2269 ambushm@pepco.com
Dennis Lascalleet Pleasants Construction (301) 428-0800 dlescalleet@pleasants.org
Iris Curtis SMECO (301) 705-8689 Iris.curtis@smeco.coop
Lisa Hurley SMECO (410) 535-9403 lisa.hurley@smeco.coop
Joe Feronti USIC (443) 239-4402 josephferonti@usicllc.com
Erik Phillips Utiliquest (443) 324-7835 Erik.phillips@utiliquest.com
Mike Burns Utiliquest (443) 786-7994 mike.burns@utiliquest.com
Mark Hamrick
Committee V. Chairman
Verizon (410) 610-1371 Mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
Deena Joyce WSSC (301) 206-8259 djoyce@wsscwater.com

Kevin Woolbright
Committee Chairman

WSSC (240) 205-3684 kwoolbr@wsscwater.com
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