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ASCE Ohio Council Supports “Restore Ohio” Bill

ASCE’s Ohio Council sent a letter of support to State Representative John Rogers (D- Mentor-on-the-Lake) for his sponsorship of HB 492 also known as “Restore Ohio”. This bill will use $1 billion of the State’s rainy-day fund to accelerate and increase Ohio’s ability to maintain, restore, and expand infrastructure throughout the state. It is expected that this investment will lead to improved industrial competitiveness, reduce costs for drivers and enhance services for all Ohio residents that are served by water, sewer, drainage, power, and other utility systems.  The letter was co-signed by President of the Ohio Council, Keith Aschemeier, P.E., and Federal Advocacy Captain, Jim Pajk, P.E. Additionally, ASCE Member Brooks Vogel, P.E. participated in a press conference to help frame the importance of infrastructure investment in the context of grades given in both the National and Ohio Report Cards.

2016 ASCE Ohio Council Spring Meeting

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

The 2016 ASCE Ohio Council Spring meeting will be held on Friday, April 8th at 10:00 a.m. at the Franklin County Engineer's Office.  

The address is 970 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215. 

Any questions related to directions, please contact Jim Pajk at 614-359-8658.

Please submit any agenda items to Council President Keith Aschemeier at


2015 Ohio Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award Presented


Presentation of the 2015 Ohio Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award for the "Winton/South Gilmore Corridor Project".  Pictured in the photo (L to R) Dave Butsch (Fairfield Public Works Director), Ben Mann (Fairfield City Engineer), Al Esser (ASCE Ohio Council), Dave Buesking (Forest Park Public Works Director), Jon Brunot (Burgess and Niple)



Ohio Council accepting Ohio Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Project applications

The Ohio Council of ASCE is soliciting nominations for the 2016 Ohio Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. Nominations must be received by the Ohio OCEA Committee Chair no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, March 7, 2016. If you are unable to meet this deadline, please contact Al Esser at 440-256-6500 or email him at

Selection criteria for the Ohio OCEA Award parallels national ASCE's criteria except that nominated projects must be located within Ohio's borders. Projects nominated for but not winning the national ASCE OCEA competition are eligible. Ohio Council’s OCEA winner will be selected by a committee of judges representing each Ohio Section.

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.

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