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Damage Prevention Committee

Maryland and DC Damage Prevention (DPC)
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 May 26, 2015
Prepared by Dora Parks, Secretary

CALL TO ORDER AND INTRODUCTIONS
Chairman Kevin Woolbright called the regular monthly meeting to order at 9:34 am followed by the customary introductions.  There were 22 attendees at the meeting.

The minutes of April 28, 2015 were approved as written.

OLD BUSINESS
Leslie Fannon with VA811 provided an update on the 811 Run scheduled for August 9, 2015. The committee is working through permit concerns for the Alexandria area.  Sponsorships are available at $2,500 and $5,000 levels that include run participants, local and national advertising.  More information to come regarding this event.

OPEN DISCUSSIONS REGARDING DAMAGE PREVENTION AWARENESS & COOPERATION
Dominic Pope (Gaines & Company) expressed concerns regarding a member coding their tickets as clear/no conflict when there was obvious signs of clear evidence on site. The committee suggested using a Ticket Check Discrepancy notice as this will open Ticket Check to allow for a subsequent code in addition to processing a Re-mark ticket adding specific comments to alert the member/locator of the issue.  Finally, if the Ticket Check issue continues for this same member, to file a Notice of Probable Violation (NPV) with the MD Authority at, www.mddpa.org. There is a $200.00 fee to file the notice.

Dennis Lescalleet (Pleasants Construction) stated he needed to reach out to a member regarding locate issues and was not able to get to the correct folks until he utilized the member contacts provided on the monthly Damage Prevention Committee minutes. Dora Parks provided an overview of how to use the Miss Utility website for Search and Status to obtain contact numbers provided by the utility owner-members in addition to finding the committee attendee contact numbers for each committee meeting on the website under the Excavator tab.

Kudos went out to DCI and UtiliQuest for their support on a locate issue reported by Ken Payne (Allstar).

NEW BUSINESS
Mark Hamrick (Verizon) accepted the position of Vice Chairman for another term on the Damage Prevention Committee. Final approval will be provided by the MD/DC Subscriber’s Board.

One Call Concepts (OCC) will sponsor ‘Hunting in the Sticks’ featuring Mark Stowe during July, August and November 2015 shows promoting call before you dig information for each state OCC provides call center services. Hunting in the Sticks is televised on the Pursuit channel and Dish Network.

PRESENTATION; TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Jimmy Jennings (OCC’s ‘Jimmy the Bike Wrangler’) provided a power point and information regarding Lone Star’s 811 Bike - Texas Tour held during April’s National Safe Digging Month to help promote awareness regarding the importance of preventing damage to underground facilities by calling’811’ before each dig. The 811 Bike tour included; Austin, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Lubbock, El Paso, Midland, Wichita Falls, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston Texas. Lots of educational and promotional items were given out at each event to include; baseball bat-pens, 811 ponchos (needed for the rain during the Houston event), trading cards and hockey pencils reaching over 120,000 folks during the tour. Visit, http://www.lonestar811.com/ to see the full tour.

MD/DC SUBSCRIBERS COMMITTEE & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Scott Brown, Chairman (Washington Gas)   Vince Healy, Vice Chairman (Verizon)   Dora Parks, Secretary (Miss Utility/One Call Concepts) 

Committee member, Kevin Woolbright provided a brief overview of the new structure for the Miss Utility subscribers/owner-member committee. The committee includes owner-members to the one-call system-Miss Utility, in addition to a contractor, locator and call center seat.  The Board members where elected during the April 9th meeting;

The voting Board Members;

  • Marc Haines (BGE) Electric seat (2015-1 year term)
  • Scott Brown (WGL) Gas seat (2015-2 year term)
  • Cal Brooks (Howard County) Government seat: DC, Maryland State, County or Municipality. (2015-1 year term)
  • Vince Healy (Verizon) Telecommunications seat (2015-1 year term)
  • Kevin Woolbright (WSSC) Water & Sewer seat (2015-2year term)

The non-voting Board Members:

  • Locator, Juan Vogel (UtiliQuest)
  • Contractor, Joe Shelton (BF Joy)
  • Call Center, Dora Parks (One Call Concepts)

Each voting industry member will have one vote. If one of the industries fails to provide a nomination for their respective industry seat, the Board shall elect a representative from one of the mentioned industries. No company shall have more than (1) voting representative on the board. However; an industry can have multiple voting representatives if a seat is left vacant by an individual industry. Voting matters can take place when there is a BOD quorum.

The next committee meeting is scheduled for July 9, 2015 at the Miss Utility Call Center starting at 9:00am.

The Subscriber Committee and Board of Directors are active participants 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)

Committee member, Dora Parks reported the committee has completed 41 meetings to include the most recent meetings May 7th and 14th. The focus is to align Title 34 to PHMSA’s Nine Key Elements for an effective damage prevention program.  Utility protection laws from neighboring states were reviewed in addition to CGA’s Best Practices.  The draft law, if passed in its entirety will set higher standards regarding utility protection and safe excavation resulting in public safety for all state in the country. Meetings, minutes, attendance and draft working copies are available at; http://www.missutility.net/SteeringCommitteeRewriteDcLaw/index.asp.  If you would like to receive committee meeting information, please contact Dora Parks at dora@missutility.net.

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

Authority Chairman, Kevin Woolbright reported that damages resulting from no calls are the number one reported Notice of Probable Violation (NPV).  The next meeting is scheduled on Wednesday June 3rd starting at 9am.  The meeting is open to the public.  Title 12 violation hearings will be conducted during this meeting. The Authority is waiting on the Governor appointments for the following seats;

  • Artie Bell - AUC of Maryland
  • Vince Healy - Subscribers
  • Jeff Garner - MML
  • Matt Ruddo - One Call Concepts (Call Center)

The Cross-Bores law was signed into law on April 14, 2015.  The new law will go in effect on October 1, 2015

LOCATOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS (LAA) AND DIG SMART AWARDS (DSA)
Chairman, Kevin Woolbright (WSSC)   Vice Chairman, Dora Parks (Miss Utility)

Committee member, Dora Parks reported the 2014 Locator Achievement Awards banquet was held on Friday, May 1st at the Bowie Baysox stadium. The committee recognized 60 locators in the Miss Utility and District One Call service territory for their commitment to damage prevention and public safety as nominated by their company managers. Several of the meeting attendees commented on the event as being; a great event, an awesome recognition of those who participate in damage prevention and several others stated that they appreciated families being invited to share the awards experience.  The ball park provided PSA’s regarding the locator awards and the importance of calling before any digging/excavation project during the game night. The locators were recognized by 6,000 game attendees as they stood on top of the first base dugout for a stadium applause.

First game pitch was provided by USIC, Darrell McCain, a Locator Achievement winner.

Please visit, http://www.missutility.net/missutilityawards/maryland_awards.asp to learn more about the awards history, criteria, annual recipients and banquet pictures.

The next committee meeting is scheduled for May 26th.

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

Committee member, Dora Parks stated the 2015 GCDPTC will be held during October 27-30, 2015 at the Clarion Resort in Ocean City, MD. The committee has completed the titled sessions and selected a key note speaker.  Email blasts will continue to provide conference information and updates.  The conference post card winner is from Allied Contracting who was randomly picked to receive a free 2-night conference registration, congratulations to Tim.

Early Bird registration started on May 16th with a savings up to $50.00 on some conference packages. Regular registration starts on September 5th. A promotional conference video in addition to up to date conference information is available at www.missutilityconference.com.  The breakout sessions include the following;

  • Common Ground Alliance (CGA) DIRT Report and Best Practices
  • Cross Bore Prevention Program - New Maryland Law
  • Damage Prevention Jeopardy!
  • D.C./Delaware/Maryland General Law Update
  • Excavation Equipment Best Practices: Case Studies
  • FBI Investigation into Locate Request Fraud
  • ITIC Next Generation
  • Locating for Non-Locators
  • MOSH/OSHA General Update
  • MOSH/OSHA Topic TBD
  • OSHA Subpart C - General Provisions
  • PHMSA Update
  • Working Near Contaminated Soil

Anyone interested in sponsorships or exhibitor opportunities should contact Dora Parks, dora@missutility.net
Next committee meeting is scheduled for June 23, 2015.

For conference information visit;www.missutilityconference.com

MGH – DAMAGE PREVENTION MARKETING UPDATE
Emily Meier, emeier@mghus.com

DAMAGE PREVENTION EVENTS
For the first time ever, Miss Utility will partner with the Bowie Baysox on May 30th for a FREE Touch A Truck event. To date, 33 trucks and utility machines/vehicles will be displayed for kids and families to enjoy.  Kids will be able to get up close to the various machines and vehicles, push the levers, blow the horns and ask a million questions about what the machines do and why. This is a FREE event from 4:30pm to 6:30pm with face painting and free kids construction hats for the first 300 children. 

The event will be followed by a ticketed baseball game and fireworks and FREE kids Touch A Truck t-shirts for the first 500 ticket holders ages 3-12. Game tickets are available for a discounted price of $8.11 when ordering via www.missutilitytouchatruck.com and using the special offer code, 811.  These discounted tickets are available until May 28th.

August 22nd is our scheduled DC United Damage Prevention Awareness game night.  This event will reach the Spanish speaking contractor damage prevention partners.  Three hundred contractors will be invited to a DC United game that will include a meal, various displays, educational and promotional give-a-ways and a DC United soccer scarf. More information to follow at upcoming meetings.

2015 TRADE SHOWS AND PRESENTATIONS

Completed Shows

  • Marines Helping Marines – North East, MD on 5/16
  • NIH Safety Stand Down Day – Bethesda, MD on 5/20
  • DIA Safety, Health and Wellness Day – Washington, DC on 5/21
  • DOT Public Space Community Day – Washington, DC on 5/22

Upcoming Shows for June

    The Stone Store Stone Fest (DIY Day)
    Hanover, MD
    June 13, 2015
    Approximate number of attendees: 400

    Maryland Municipal League (MML) Annual Convention
    Roland Powell Convention Center
    Ocean City, MD
    June 28-July 1, 2015
    Approximate number of attendees: 1,200
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

Past Training Events

  • Gray & Son on April 29 – Baltimore, MD (ITIC Training)
  • LGIT on May 7 – Hagerstown, MD
  • CW Wright on May 14 – Frederick County
  • Absolute Underground on May 19 – Hanover, MD

Future Training Events

  • Cecil County School of Technology on May 27 – Cecil County
  • Jimmy Richards on May 29 – Waldorf, MD
  • DC Water on June 4th – DC
  • Maryland Port Authority on June 8th – Baltimore
  • M&M Sediment Control on June 10th – Hanover
  • DC Water on June 16th – DC
  • Quarterly DPT on June 25th – Hanover
  • DC Water on June 26th - Dc

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 11:10am

Next MD/DC Damage Prevention Committee Meeting; June 23, 2015 starting at 9:30am      

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

Meeting Attendees:

List Sorted By
COMPANY

Name TELEPHONE # EMAIL ADDRESS
A/I/Data John Berrettini (410) 686-5091 jberrettini@aidatainc.com
Allstar Utility Ken Payne (240) 691-6657 kp.allstar@verizon.net
B. Frank Joy Joe Shelton
Board Member
(240) 417-0200 jshelton@bfjoy.com
Bowen & Kron Jeff Ramsburg (410) 925-0538 jeff@bowen-kron.com
DCI Kathy Yadvish (202) 494-2130 kyadvish@dcihq.com
Gaines & Company Dominic Pope (443) 386-1383 dpope@gainesandco.com
Gray & Son Lenny Corbin (410) 365-4156 lcorbin@graynson.com
Gray & Son Richard Hess    
Howard County Cal Brooks (410) 313-4952 cbrooks@howardcountymd.gov
MGH Emily Meier   emeier@mghus.com
OCC Locating Service Jimmy Jennings (443) 783-4211 jimmy@occls.com
One Call Concepts/Miss Utility Dora Parks
Committee Secretary
(410) 782-2026 dparks@missutility.net
Pleasants Construction Dennis Lescalleet (301) 428-0800 dlescalleet@pleasants.org
SMECO Lisa Hurley (410) 535-9403 lisa.hurley@smeco.coop
USIC Joe Feronti (443) 239-4402 josephferonti@usicllc.com
Utiliquest Erik Phillips (443) 324-7835 Erik.phillips@utiliquest.com
Utiliquest Mike Burns (443) 786-7994 mike.burns@utiliquest.com
VA 811 Leslie Fannon (703) 994-5177 lfannon@va811.com
Verizon Chuck Baker (301) 502-9340 charles.b.baker.jr@verizon.com
Verizon Mark Hamrick
Committee V. Chairman
(410) 610-1371 Mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
WSSC Deena Joyce (301) 206-8259 djoyce@wsscwater.com

WSSC

Kevin Woolbright
Committee Chairman
(240) 205-3684 kwoolbr@wsscwater.com
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