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Damage Prevention Committee

logo MD/DC Damage Prevention Committee (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 October 27, 2015
Prepared by Dora Parks, Committee Secretary

CALL TO ORDER AND INTRODUCTIONS
Chairman Kevin Woolbright called the regular monthly meeting to order at 9:35 am followed by the customary introductions. There were 18 attendees at the meeting.

The minutes of September 22, 2015 were approved as written. Mark Hamrick (Verizon) and Emily Meier (MGH) were recognized for their support of facilitating the September meeting.

OPEN DISCUSSIONS REGARDING DAMAGE PREVENTION AWARENESS & COOPERATION

Wesley Warren (Howard County) reported an unauthorized person is marking HWD water and the marks are off.  Wesley is concerned regarding damage liability on one of these unauthorized locates and urged the attendees to be on the lookout for this person.  Wesley provided his contact number if a report comes in; 410-615-0241.

Lisa Hurley (SMECO) stated they received (6) tickets from a contractor with the same locate and address information. Dora Parks (Miss Utility) suggested that although the ticket information was the same for all (6) tickets, the work area may have been over the allowable (3) grid limit per ticket, thus each ticket had a different mapped work site area. Dora also educated the attendees that the ticket should only cover what the mapped area provided for member notification.  Dora reiterated the Ticket Check Code-5 could be used for large work areas and remains open for 120 days for owner-members to close out with a final marked/clear status.

Lisa also reported locators were marking tickets with bad mapping.  Mark Hamrick (Verizon) stated the locators should be using a Ticket Check Code-10 and provide comments regarding the bad ticket mapping.  The ticket should have been cancelled and reissued using the proper mapping for member notification. The group clearly understands the ticket mapping is for member notification regarding the contractors work; a ticket with bad mapping may not include all the members that need to know about the excavation, therefore they have no way to protect their underground lines from possible excavation/demolition damage.

Brian Simmons (One Call Concepts) stated the new ITIC, Next Gen should improve member notification as the excavator will draw their worksite on the map, thus circumventing a bad map ticket.

Tom Hastings (OCCLS) received (50) designer tickets at one time and asked if there were any flags in the system to prevent this. General discussion ensued, in the end the group agreed there was nothing in Title 12 that addresses the ticket volume and that a call to the designed might prove beneficial.

Scott Hoover (R.B. Hinkle) inquired about Ticket Check 48 hour delay abuse and if anyone manages locator ticket loads.  Title 12 does not address the volume of tickets being processed per day. Delay locator responses is outlined in Title 12-126 (d) (3); an extension can be used for, ”circumstances beyond an owner-member’s control”.  If a contractor feels there is an abuse of the Ticket Check extension, they can file a NPV with the MD Authority.

Tom Hastings discussed the negative impact of non-emergency work being called in as emergency tickets. A locate schedule can always be established by talking to the locator’s supervisor. Using the emergency ticket header for non-emergency work is a violation of Title 12.

Dora Parks stated Ticket Check codes, explanation of codes and rules are posted on at www.missutility.net using the ‘STATE’ selection.

MD/DC SUBSCRIBERS COMMITTEE & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Scott Brown, WGL-Committee Chairman   Vince Healy, Verizon-Vice Chairman   Dora Parks, Miss Utility/One Call Concepts- Secretary

The next committee meeting is scheduled for January 14, 2016 at 10:00am at the Miss Utility call center.

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, WGL- Committee Chairman, Meena Gowda, Esq., DC Water-Vice Chairman, Dora Parks, Miss Utility/One Call Concepts-Secretary

The committee completed the final rewrite draft and submitted the draft to be organized in the appropriate legislative format. The committee has met 46 times during 2014 & 20151. 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
Kevin Woolbright, WSSC-Chairman and Jim Barron, Executive Director
                                                                                                                                       
Chairman Woolbright stated the Authority met on October 7th and conducted (3) hearings. The Authority has been awarded a PHMSA grant of $100,000 towards operating expenses.  Kevin explained that all violation money went to damage prevention education and awareness. The Authority is seeking ways to sustain their operations.

Dora Parks provided an overview of the process for the Authority Locator seat; the Maryland Title 12 Law explains the make-up of the Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Authority (Maryland Authority) and how the members are selected. The law allows each member to serve two consecutive two year terms. Tom Hastings, (OCC Locating Services) has occupied this seat for one, two year term; the seat is available for a new two year term. During a recent Damage Prevention Committee, two contract locating companies expressed interest in serving on the Maryland Authority to represent the locating community as detailed in the Title 12 Law; Juan Vogel (UtiliQuest) and Tom Hastings (OCC Locating Services).  The Damage Prevention Committee solicited feedback from the Maryland owner-members involved in underground locating whether in-house locators or contract locators are used.  Both candidates provided a bio and the confidential vote was due by 10/7/2015. The Damage Prevention Committee Chair, Mr. Kevin Woolbright had the final vote in case of a tie. Chairman Woolbright announced the DPC would submit Tom Hasting’s name to the Governor’s office to serve a second two year term.

The next Authority meeting is scheduled for November 18th at the call center. These meetings and hearings are open to the public.

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

Comer Construction, Inc. (Maryland Winner); Anchor Construction Corporation (Washington, D.C. Winner); and B. Frank Joy LLC (Excellence Winner) will be recognized during the GCDPTC in Ocean City, MD.

Please visit, http://www.missutility.net/missutilityawards/maryland_awards.asp to learn more about the awards.

2015 GREATER CHESAPEAKE DAMAGE PREVENTION TRAINING CONFERENCE (GCDPTC)
Chairman, Matt Ruddo (One Call Concepts)
The 7th annual Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference is being held Oct. 27-30, 2015 at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, MD. Informational brochures are available at the Miss Utility Call Center, and the conference website (www.missutilityconference.com) provides up to date conference information. The Happy Hour Cornhole Tournament is being held on 10/27/2015 starting at 4pm.  Kevin wished everyone safe travels to Ocean City today.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

Trade Shows - Completed

Garrett County Home & Garden Show
Garrett County Fairgrounds
McHenry (Deep Creek Lake), MD
Sept. 26-27, 2015
Approximate number of attendees: 1,000-1,250

Level Volunteer Fire Company Open House
Level Volunteer Fire Company
Havre de Grace, MD
Oct. 4, 2014
Approximate number of attendees: 900

Chesapeake Region Safety Council Conference & Expo
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, MD
Oct. 7, 2015
Approximate number of attendees: 300

Energi Risk Management & Insurance Summit-Presentation
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Oxen Hill, MD
Oct. 12, 2015
Session: Energy Construction Best Practices
Dora Parks, Panelist
Approximate number of attendees: 60

Maryland Home and Garden Show (Fall)
Maryland State Fairgrounds
Timonium, MD
Oct. 16-18, 2015
Approximate number of attendees: 20,000

Trade Shows - Future

Howard County Awards
Howard County Fairgrounds
West Friendship, MD
Oct. 21-22, 2015
Approximate number of attendees: 300-400

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 emeier@mghus.com.

Damage Prevention and Safety Training
Dora Parks, Miss Utility-Training Coordinator

Training Events - Completed

  • Paradigm
    • Cumberland, 9/29
    • Myersville, 9/30
    • Waldorf, 10/6
    • Upper Marlboro, 10/7
    • Elkton, 10/8
  • WMACSA (ASSOC) on October 14th – College Park

 

Training Events – Future

  • Denison Landscaping on November 12th
  • Quarterly Training at Miss Utility on November 13th
  • Contractor Training (DC) on November 17th – Washington, D.C.
  • NSA, Fort Meade on December 8th

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 11:05am.

Next MD/DC Damage Prevention Committee Meeting; November 24, 2015 starting at 9:30 am; refreshments are available at 9:00 am at Miss Utility, 7223 Parkway Drive, Suite 100 Hanover, MD 21076.

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
Bowen & Kron Frank Bull (443) 829-6911 frank@bowen-kron.com
DC Water Curtis Brown (202) 412-1337 curtis.brown@dcwater.com
DC Water Sloane Weiber ((301) 661-4246  
Gray & Son Lenny Corbin (410) 365-4156 lcorbin@graynson.com
Howard County Wesley Warren (443) 745-2233 wwarren82479@gmail.com
OCC Locating Service Tom Hastings (410) 712-0202 thastings@occls.com
One Call Concepts/Miss Utility Brian Simmons (732) 796-3949 bsimmons@occinc.com
One Call Concepts/Miss Utility Dora Parks
Committee Secretary
(410) 782-2026 doraparks@missutility.net
PEPCO Craig Starke (202) 440-0724 cdstarke@pepco.com
Pinpint Lawrence Johnson (301) 672-8520 lj@pinpointunderground.com
Priority Construction Lindsey Ward (410) 244-6773  
R.B. Hinkle Jose Ramirez (571) 263-4081 joseramirez@rbhinkle.com
R.B. Hinkle Scott Hoover (703) 856-5756 scotthoover@rbhinkle.com
SMECO Iris Curtis (301) 705-8689 iris.curtis@smeco.coop
SMECO Lisa Hurley (410) 535-9403 lisa.hurley@smeco.coop
SMECO Pam March (301) 997-1072 pamela.march@smeco.coop
USIC Joe Feronti (443) 239-4402 josephferonti@usicllc.com
Verizon Mark Hamrick
Committee V. Chairman
(410) 610-1371 Mark.a.hamrick@verizon.com
WSSC Kevin Woolbright
Committee Chairman
(240) 205-3684 kwoolbr@wsscwater.com
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