Contact Your State Legislators
A draft bill has been provided to the legislature from Governor DeWine and his Administration committing to addressing Ohio’s transportation infrastructure funding problem by recommending an 18-cent increase to the state motor fuel user fee in the two-year transportation budget proposal. The increase would take effect on July 1, 2019. In addition, the fee would be indexed to the Consumer Price Index annually. At its onset, an additional $1.2 billion would be available to state and local governments for transportation spending should the entire amount become effective immediately.
The proposal is now before the Ohio House of Representatives and action will shortly follow by the Ohio Senate. In seeking the legislature’s concurrence to pass a bill that asks the citizens of Ohio to pay more for services, including highway and bridge maintenance, there must be a clear demonstration of need and support from the legislator’s constituency. You are that constituency. This will not happen if you do not communicate that support to your legislators. We are, once again, making the request that you call or write to those you elect to make these decisions. Your communication with them is vital to win their vote.
Please take a moment and contact your legislators either by phone, email, or letter asking them to support the DeWine Administration’s transportation proposal. Even if you are not personally connected with them, give them a call. Contact from their constituents is what makes them move into action! Share that a long-term, sustainable revenue option is needed.
If you are unfamiliar with your legislators, you can locate their name and contact information by entering your full address in the search function here - https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/.It works best when you have your 9-digit zip code. Or call 1-800-282-0253 to be connected directly to your Representative’s or Senator’s office. Remember, the most effective advocacy is one that is personal, so make sure to add your own perspective and experience. Also for background, additional details about the Fix Our Roads (FOR) Ohio recommendations can be found at www.fixourroadsohio.com.
You can also visit ODOT’s newly created budget website at https://beta.transportation.ohio.gov/budget. Here you will find copies of Director Marchbanks’ testimony to the Ohio House Finance Committee as well as other importation information on their funding shortfall.
If you communicate with your legislator in person, ask them specifically how they are going to vote on the bill and communicate that back to Michelle Holdgreve via a call or email. Michelle’s email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You to Our Conaway Conference Sponsors!
We would like to thank the following companies for their sponsorship to the 2019 Conaway Conference. This is an annual collaborative event between the Ohio Contractors Association and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Your contribution is much appreciated!
Beaver Excavating Company
Burgess & Niple
CNA Surety Corporation
Flexible Pavements of Ohio
John R. Jurgensen
Mid Atlantic Maintenance
Miller Bros. Construction
Paul Peterson Company
PS Construction Fabrics
State Highway Supply, Inc.
Stone Environmental Engineering & Science, Inc.
19th Annual Estimating Competition Thank you!
We would like to give our sincere thanks to the many people who helped make the 19th Annual Estimating Competition such a success. Your contributions result in a rewarding and educational experience for the young adults who participate. We could not do this without you!
Winning Teams – Congratulations!
Ohio Northern - 1st Place
University of Dayton - 2nd Place
Ohio University - 3rd Place
Joseph M. Prus - Coordinator/Judge- Prus Construction Co.
George Palko - Coordinator/Judge- The Great Lakes Construction Co.
Michael Ciammaichella - Judge- The Ruhlin Co.
Bart A. Moody - Judge- Kokosing Construction Co.
John C. Wagner- Judge - E.S. Wagner Co.
Brian Francis - Judge - Beaver Excavating
Rob Lichter – Project Presenter- John R. Jurgensen Co.
Aaron Peterson – Special Thanks for delivering supplies Paul Peterson Co.
OCA Member Advisors working with the teams
Jeremy Angel- The Ruhlin Co.
J.D. Babyak- A.P. O'Horo
Jason Baden- Gerken Paving, Inc.
Matthew Blesi- The Great Lakes Construction Co.
Kyle Borstelman- Gerken Paving, Inc.
Brad Carpenter- Black Swamp Steel, Inc.
Matthew Chandler- The Great Lakes Construction Co.
Mike Culbertson- Beaver Excavating Co.
Chuck Gillombardo- Kokosing Construction Co., Inc.
Brent Good- The Shelly Co.
Jackie Guttman- The Ruhlin Co.
Jeff Jones- The Great Lakes Construction Co.
Nichols Josh- John R. Jurgensen Co.
Pete Kinzer- Shelly & Sands, Inc.
Quinn Lawrence- E.S. Wagner Co.
Rob Lichter- John R. Jurgensen Co.
Alex Licitri- The Ruhlin Co.
Brant Mercer- Kokosing Construction Co., Inc.
Zach Messmer- Shelly & Sands, Inc.
Morgan Montgomery- Vernon Nagel, Inc.
Jake Myles- Miller Bros. Const., Inc.
Scott Nagel- Vernon Nagel, Inc.
Jon Niebel- The Shelly Co.
Troy Nissen- Kokosing Construction Co., Inc.
Ashley Norman- E.S. Wagner Co.
Robert Parker- Shelly & Sands, Inc.
Aaron Peterson- Paul Peterson Company
Jason Rickey- Vernon Nagel, Inc.
Jim Ruhlin, Jr.- The Ruhlin Co.
Corey Scott- Mosser Construction, Inc.
Steve Sieracke- Black Swamp Steel, Inc.
Nate Smith- Shelly & Sands, Inc.
Brooks Stingel- Beaver Excavating Co.
Sharon Szymanski- Miller Bros. Const., Inc.
Sean Wade- Eagle Bridge
Aaron Wyse- Miller Bros. Const., Inc.
ODOT’S New Work Zone Traffic Control Supervisor (WTS)
As most OCA members should now be aware, ODOT no longer accepts Work Zone Traffic Control Supervisor (WTS) certification from OCA, ATSSA, and or the Ohio Laborers Training Center, as they have been doing for the past 15 years or so. ODOT has revised their WTS spec, which now requires that the WTS must have successfully completed testing administered exclusively by ODOT. Because the exam has not been made available to OCA, we have not been able to develop a study course to prepare candidates to take ODOT’s new WTS exam. In addition, ODOT requires no training course as a prerequisite for taking their new exam. OCA’s former course is an excellent product to train for work zone safety, however it is not best suited to prepare candidates to take ODOT’s new exam. Clickhere to view more.
2019 Northeast Ohio Real Estate and Construction Survey
Skoda Minotti is conducting its 12th annual survey of the Northeast Ohio real estate and construction industries. This survey is designed to provide professionals in Northeast Ohio’s real estate and construction industries with valuable insights about news and trends in each industry. This year's survey digs deeper into the most pressing topics of 2019 such as talent acquisition, opportunity zones and the effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Each survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. As a way to say thank you for completing the survey, Skoda Minotti will randomly select one out of every 20 participants to receive a $50 Visa gift card.
To download a copy of last year’s survey results, click here.
We estimate that each survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete:
o Real Estate Survey
o Construction Survey