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October 2015 Ohio Federal Legislative Update

 To all Ohio ASCE Section Presidents and Council members,


Time to fix Ohio's aging infrastructure through new gas tax: James Pajk, American Society of Civil Engineers

Jim Pajk was a guest columnist for The website (affiliated with The Plain Dealer newspaper).

James Pajk, federal advocacy captain for the American Society of Civil Engineers, says the Highway User Trust Fund is currently running a deficit, and Congress must increase the tax -- now 18.4 cents a gallon -- that funds it. The money will help restore aging roads and bridges. Bad roads cost drivers $413 a year in added operational costs in Ohio, where Pajk is from. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

2015 ASCE Ohio Council Fall Meeting

10:00 a.m.
Franklin County Engineer's Office

The 2015 ASCE Ohio Council meeting will be held on September 25, 2015 at 10a.m. at the Franklin County Engineer's Office.

The address for the meeting is:

970 Dublin Road
Columbus, OH 43017

contact Jim Pajk at 614-359-8658 with any questions regarding directions.

Please submit all agenda items as soon as possible to John Konrad, P.E., P.S., ASCE Ohio Council President at

Ohio Department of Health Small Wastewater System Designers List

The Ohio Department of Health is preparing a listing of Consulting Engineers qualified and interested in design of small on-site sewage treatment systems in Ohio. The Ohio Council of ASCE is forwarding this notice to members at the request of ODH. If you or your firm is interested in being placed on this list, please contact:

Steven Schmidt at the Ohio Department of Health
Please copy email to Dave Pritchard at:

Congressman Renacci thanks ASCE Ohio Council for its support

Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16) recently has sponsored legislation, HR 1846 "Bridge To Sustainable Infrastructure Act" which has bi-partisan support including 5 additional co-sponsors from Ohio (Gibbs, Kaptur, Fudge,Ryan and Beatty).  At its spring meeting the ASCE Ohio Council voted overwhelmingly to send a letter of support to Congressman Renacci.

Attached is a letter thanking ASCE Ohio Council for their support. 

ASCE Ohio Council sends letter of support for Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Act

At its spring meeting held April 10th at the University of Toledo, the ASCE Ohio Council overwhelming voted to support recent legislation by Representative Jim Renacci (OH-16)for his sponsorship of HR 1846 "Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Act". Rep. Renacci held an infrastructure workshop in Cleveland on March 30th with representatives of professional societies, industry groups, local mayors, planning commissions and others to discuss the critical need for finding a long term sustainable solution for the Highway Trust Fund. ASCE was asked to participate. Jim Pajk represented the group at this meeting.

Click the Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Act to find out more about this legislation, the current bi-partisan co-sponsors and which groups support this legislation. It is important to note that there are four Ohio members of congress, Reps. Jim Renacci, Marcy Kaptur, Tim Ryan and Bob Gibbs, that hav co-sponsored this legislation.

Central Ohio ASCE 2015 Spring Seminar - Modern Roundabout Design and Construction

8:00 AM
Crowne Plaza - Dublin, 600 Metro Place North, Dublin, OH 43017

See the seminar webpage on the Central Ohio ASCE website for more information and to register.

Modern roundabouts have gained popularity in Central Ohio over the past 10 years, and continue to be installed to increase traffic capacity and improve safety. Learn from knowledgeable speakers about the history, purpose, benefits, selection, design, and construction of roundabouts.

Earn 7.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

Ohio Council now seeking award applications for 2015 Robert O'Shea Enginering Ethics Award and 2015 OCEAA.

Deadlines are approaching for award applications for each of these awards.

The deadline for the 2015 Robert O'Shea Engineering Ethics Award is March 1st, 2015.
The deadline for the 2015 OCEAA is February 27, 2015.

Please look at the menu on the left side for more information on each award.

2014 Ohio Civil Engineering Achievement Award Presented


On October 1, 2014 presentation was made on site to present the award for the 2014 Ohio Outstanding Civil Engineering Achivement for the "George V. Voinovich Bridge".  Attending the presentation (left to right) Carolyn Guion (ASCE Cleveland Section Past President), Craig Hebebrand (ASCE Cleveland Section Treasurer), Tom Hyland (ODOT), Dave Lastovka (ODOT), Brian Meluch (ASCE Region 3 Governor), Randy Over (ASCE National President), Mike Lyden (ASCE Cleveland Section President), Jason Wise (ODOT) and Alan Esser (Chairman ASCE Ohio Council OCEA Committee).



2014 Ohio Council Fall Meeting

10:00 a.m.
8150 Sterling Court, Mentor, OH 44060

The 2014 Fall meeting will be hosted by John Konrad, P.E., Ohio Council Vice President.

The meeting will be held at the offices of CT Consultants. The address is:

8150 Sterling Court
Mentor, Ohio 44060

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provide for attendees.

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