November 4, 2019 CONNECT WITH OCA 

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Ohio Legislature Considers Payment Protection for General Contractors 

On October 23, 2019, the Ohio House of Representatives introduced a bill (H.B. No. 380) that would amend Ohio’s Prompt Pay Act (ORC Section 4113.61) to provide general contractors with payment protection similar to that currently enjoyed by subcontractors under the Act. Specifically, the proposal would require project owners to pay contractors within 35 days of receiving the contractor’s invoice. Owners would be permitted to withhold amounts only for retention or for disputed liens or claims relating to the work. The bill does not appear to permit the parties contractually to lengthen the 35-day payment term, and failure to make payment by day 35 would require an owner to pay interest at 18% per annum. The bill also expressly permits (but does not require) owners to reduce retainage by agreement in the contract. 

The proposed modifications would be beneficial for contractors and provide greater certainty of payment. For owners, it will require prompt analysis and approval of pay applications. If lenders are involved, then those requirements will need to be satisfied and funded within the 35-day timeframe. 

This article was authored by Sonja Rice at Hah Loeser & Parks LLP. We will continue to monitor this bill as it moves through the legislature. 


Franklin County Engineer’s Office to bid 28 projects in the 2020 construction season: attend Nov. 20 Open House to learn more 

OCA members are invited to attend the Franklin County Engineer’s 2020 Contractor Open House at their West Maintenance Facility on Wednesday, Nov. 20. The facility is located at 4444 Fisher Rd., Columbus, OH 43228. 

With a larger than typical construction season, the office will be sharing with contractors information about 28 projects to bid. Guests will have the opportunity to learn details and ask questions about the work. 

The agenda is as follows: 
4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Networking/Refreshments 
4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Presentation to include information about diversity & inclusion, project details and Q&A 

Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 15 to Andrea Lossick at 614-525-3020 or

Estimating Competition Searching for a Project 

Every year students participating in the OCA Estimating Competition compete using a previously-constructed project from one of our members. Last year’s students estimated the Columbia Road Relocation project, presented by the John R. Jurgensen Co. We are now looking for a new project for the 2020 competition. If you are willing to attend a couple of meetings to discuss your project and give a presentation to those attending the competition, please contact David Rule at 614-488-0724. The competition dates are February 14 & 15.

2020 Convention in Maui 

There are only a handful of rooms left in our room block at the Four Seasons. If you plan on attending, please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. Also, if you would like to sponsor one or more of the convention events, there is a sponsorship form in your invitation, 
or contact Rachel Sirca -

Thank you!

OCA Safety Awards - 2019!

OCA’s Jerry Keller Memorial Safety Awards program is a great opportunity for our contractor members to showcase their safety programs and be recognized for their achievements. All OCA members are encouraged to participate!

Awards are presented in several size divisions, based on total hours worked. Recognition is also given to any contractors who achieve zero accidents and injuries during the year!

Winners will be announced during the Winter Conference Awards program on Tuesday, December 10th at the Hilton Easton in Columbus. Please click on the following link ( application ) to access the application form. The deadline date for submission is Friday, November 22, 2019. Please return the completed form at your earliest convenience so that your company will be in the running for OCA’s coveted safety award!

If you have any questions about the Safety Awards Program, please contact Kim Dillon or Mark Potnick in the OCA office. 2019 has been a busy and productive year. Please continue the great work you do to make Ohio’s construction industry one of the safest in the country! We’ll hope to see your application, and good luck!

ODOT Announces Additional Work Type 57 Training

Registration is currently open for the following sessions of Work Type 57 Concrete Sealer Training:

Previously Announced

November 19, 2019: In-person (Columbus) – Click here to register
    Webcast (Garfield Heights) – Click here to register
    Webcast (Lebanon) – Click here to register

Additional Sessions Scheduled

February 11, 2020: In-person (Columbus) – Click here to register
    Webcast (Garfield Heights) – Click here to register
    Webcast (Lebanon) – Click here to register

April 30, 2020: In-person (Columbus) – Click here to register
    Webcast (Garfield Heights) – Click here to register
    Webcast (Lebanon) – Click here to register

To access a PDF flyer for this training, click here.
To view all courses that are currently available for enrollment – including additional Work Type 57 sessions, for July and November of 2020 – click here.
If you have any questions regarding the online registration process, please contact Ohio LTAP by phone or email.

The Ohio LTAP Center
1980 W. Broad Street, Mail Stop #1240
Columbus, OH 43223
614-387-7359 or 1-877-800-0031 (Toll Free)

OCA members invited to attend Ohio Laborers’ Union Workforce Development Presentations being held around the state

Ohio Laborers' Union is holding workforce development presentations around the state and would like to extend an invitation to OCA members for the upcoming dates of Nov. 7, Nov. 14 and Nov. 19. Discussion topics are relevant to workforce development, safety, and health programs such as:
  • Laborers' Health & Safety Fund
  • Fair Contracting staff
  • Apprenticeship standards and recruitment
  • Health and Pension benefits available  

Please use these links to register:

(Vienna) ; (Cincinnati), and (Middletown) 

On Thursday, Nov. 7, the conference time is 10:30 a.m. to12:00 p.m. and will be held at the Builders Association in Vienna located at 1372 Youngstown-Kingsville Rd. SE Vienna, 44473. On Thursday, Nov. 14, the conference time is 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will be held at the Local 265 located at 3457 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, 45207. Tuesday, Nov. 19, the conference time is from 11:00 a.m. to12:30 p.m. and will be held at Local 534, located at 5527 Hamilton Middletown Road, Middletown, 45044. Lunch will be provided. 

If you have any questions about the session, please contact Laborers’ Statewide Apprenticeship Coordinator, Vincent Irvin at 740-504-2707 or

3 locations remaining around the state in November
Join the Conversation About Ohio's Future Transportation System

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is hosting a series of public meetings around the state to share with residents and other interested stakeholders details on ODOT’s update to Ohio's long-range transportation plan, called Access Ohio 2045.

The public and interested stakeholders are invited to attend. The meeting is an open house format with presentations at 4:30 and 6:00pm. Give feedback on proposed strategies and learn about how Ohio might look in 25 years.

Wednesday, November 6
Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI), 720 East Pete Rose Way, Suite 420 Cincinnati, OH 45202

Thursday, November 7
Buckeye Hills Hocking Valley Regional Development District (Buckeye Hills), 1400 Pike St., Marietta, OH 45750

Thursday, November 14
Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), 1299 Superior Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114

This is ODOT’s second round of public outreach as part of the Access Ohio 2045 update. The strategies to be presented at the meeting were informed by feedback that ODOT received from residents in the spring of 2018.

For additional information about the Public Meetings, please visit:

OCA Winter Conference

Winter Conference is only 35 days away. Have you registered for the conference?

Register here: OCA Winter Conference

Two full days of outstanding speakers, workshops, networking opportunities and a trade show venue that is filling up fast. Monday is highlighted by Dr. Donna Laquidara-Carr sharing how technology is transforming horizontal construction and the always information filled session with leaders from ODOT. Tuesday will feature Governor Mike DeWine and Dave Bauer the new CEO of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. 

All of the rooms in our Hilton Easton block have been filled. If you call the Hilton (614) 414-5000 and check to see if rooms have become available us reservation code: COA

The following hotels are just a five minute walk from the Hilton and had available space as of today:

Courtyard by Marriott Easton-Columbus
3900 Morse Xing, Columbus, Oh 43219
(844) 761-2051

Residence Inn Marriott Easton
3999 Easton Loop W, Columbus, Oh 43219
(800) 337-8620


Women's Transportation Seminar "WTS" Celebrating their 35th Anniversary - Nov. 20th at Topgolf, Columbus.

WTS Columbus is celebrating their 35th Anniversary on November 20th at Topgolf, Columbus.   In conjunction with the celebration, there is a scholarship fundraising event. See this flyer for details.

WTS also wants to remind you that scholarships are available for Ohio Women interested in Transportation Careers. The WTS Columbus Chapter is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for qualified female students interested in pursuing careers in transportation. Chapter-level scholarships total $10,600 this year. Local (Ohio-based) awardees are eligible to compete with other states’ winners for $22,000 in WTS national-level scholarships.

Any questions about the application process can be emailed to:

Claudette Durham
WTS-Columbus Scholarship Director
P. O. Box 1158 Delaware, OH 43015-8158

Applications must be submitted with all required documentation no later than November 15, 2019

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