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Newsletter 2018-07                                                                                         February 16, 2018




CAWV members attending this year’s Midyear Meeting heard from excellent general business session speakers, participated in debates on industry issues in the division meetings, saw up close Florida’s vast everglades system during an environmental tour, learned how people can make a difference through service to others, and met and talked at the many social and networking functions.  Over 250 members attended this year’s meeting held February 2-7 at the JW Marriott in Marco Island, Florida, the site of the 1984 Midyear Meeting.


Anthony Huey, president of Reputation Management Associates of Sarasota, spoke at the Monday Business Session.  Huey is a highly-rated international communications consultant who provides pragmatic communications tools.   A survey of members of his talk, “How to Communicate Like a Leader,” was rated nearly a unanimous “excellent presentation.”   “This was probably the best presentation I’ve ever heard at a midyear meeting,” said Ross Johnson.  “I agree that Anthony is one of the best speakers we’ve had,” said CAWV President Scott Pierson.  “I think everyone gained by attending.  We all communicate, whether it’s with our employees, our customers or subcontractors.  Each of us got tips and techniques that we can incorporate in our professional and personal lives,” the president said. 


Also speaking the business session was Louie Southworth, Jackson Kelly, who provided members with his annual overview of the West Virginia Legislature.  “My presentation is much different this year,” he told members.  “Last year at this time, the state was facing a $500 million budget deficit and there was no plan to provide highway funding.  The budget crisis appears to be lessening and now there is over $2.8 billion in new highway funding this year.”  Southworth, who marked his 18th year of his legislative prognostication, talked about the number of veteran legislators who will not be seeking reelection to the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate.  He also talked about the U.S. House and Senate races.  An update on BrickStreet’s merger with Motorists Insurance Group was presented as well as an update on the CAWV/BrickStreet workers’ compensation program (see article below).


Pastor John Hanson of International Mission Outreach gave a presentation on “Service Above Self:  Inspiring Our Community,” at the Sunday Prayer Breakfast.  Pastor Hanson, a West Virginia native, has spent 48 years building schools, churches and spreading the gospel in Haiti. “We never had one dime to build a church, we just got men together with picks and shovels to build footers.  We never stopped after that.  We have now built seven, all on faith,” Pastor Hanson told a record crowd at the morning prayer service.  “What a touching message he presented about service over self,” President Pierson stated.


The CAWV Board of Directors held its meeting during this year’s Midyear Meeting.  “I just want to say that all members are welcome to attend our board meetings,” the president said at the closing banquet.  “Every person on our board has the best interest of the CAWV and our industry at heart.  We all take our jobs seriously and I invite all members to bring topics to our meetings for discussion and debate.”


A golf tournament, a welcome night reception and President’s Banquet, both on Marco Island’s beautiful beach, and the Highway/Heavy, Building and Utilities Division meetings were all part of this year’s meeting.  “I think everyone enjoyed this year’s meeting and I think everyone took something away from it,” said President Pierson.  “One thing we decided is that membership recruitment will be a major thrust this year.  The CAWV went to bat for highway funding and the association is always working to change laws and regulations to make our businesses better.  Every member needs to go out a recruit a new member. This is the lifeblood of our association.”


Attendees will receive a survey asking their opinion of the meeting.  A complete wrap-up of the CAWV Midyear Meeting will be a future issue of West Virginia Construction News magazine.


The 2019 CAWV Midyear Meeting will be held February 8-13 at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort which has undergone a $50 million renovation project.  The CAWV Board of Directors has selected Costa Rica for the 2020 Midyear Meeting location.




Because of members doing a better job of improving safety on the jobsite, the discount offered on the CAWV/BrickStreet workers’ compensation program is increased in 2018 from 6.1% to 6.9%.  “The rate is driven by loss ratio and CAWV members on the plan are doing a better job in controlling losses,” BrickStreet  Executive Chairman Greg Burton told members attending the CAWV Midyear Meeting last week.  “We appreciate our partnership with CAWV.  We have had good experience with CAWV members,” he said.  Following Burton’s comments, Allan Williams, senior safety and loss control specialist for BrickStreet, provided members a six-point roadmap to a better safety program.  “Our loss control services are available to all CAWV/BrickStreet members.  Our goal is zero fatalities,” he said.  He also discussed the process to better manage claims.  “CAWV contractor members have done a good job in this which is why the discount has grown to 6.9%,” he said. 


CAWV contractor members interested in getting the CAWV discount on their workers’ compensation premiums can contact their personal insurance agent for details.




The West Virginia Legislature has two versions of a bill to raise pay for teachers and public employees.  The House of Delegates conducted hours of debate before approving its version of Senate Bill 267 as teachers and school service personnel made plans for “work action” to protest the size of the raises planned for them and the cost of their health care insurance. Teachers in at least six counties – Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mason, Clay and Brooke – are reported to be planning walkouts today to allow many of them to gather at the Capitol in Charleston to put pressure on legislators. Teachers in other counties are reported to be considering walkouts.


The House Finance Committee this week passed out a bill to eliminate an annual $12.5 million transfer from the state general fund to the State Road Fund.  In 2005, the legislature passed a CAWV-sponsored bill that reimburses the State Road Fund the 6 percent state Consumer Sales Tax paid on material incorporated in a highway project.  The transfer has averaged about $12 million annually.  House Finance Committee action Tuesday discontinues the transfer, reason given is to help pay for the teacher pay raise.  H.B. 4157 is on First Reading in the House today.


A number of bills have been introduced impacting contracting.  These include S.B. 506, deregulating persons who perform work on heating, ventilating and cooling systems, S.B. 558, relating to certification requirements for crane operators (placed into a subcommittee for further review), S.B. 583, bringing West Virginia in compliance with federal pipeline safety regulations (one call), and S.B. 561, increasing minimum contract price requiring execution of bond with respect to building or repairing school property.


S.B. 341, which will create an Intermediate Appellate Court in West Virginia, passed on a vote of 23-11 in the Senate.  While the Senate was debating an Intermediate Appellate Court, members of the House of Delegates debated for nearly three hours on H.B. 4268, the Co-Tenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act.  This bill will allow 75% of the owners of a property to consent to development, while providing proper compensation for minority owners or owners who cannot be located.  Removal of the state’s inventory tax, a top priority of Governor Jim Justice and legislative leaders, has been caught up in the teacher’s pay raise debate.


Monday is the last day to introduce bills in the Senate.  February 13 was the last day to introduce House bills.  Look for the Monday, February 19 CAWV Legislative Bulleting which will have a complete rundown on bills impacting CAWV members and the construction industry.




Chanda Adkins, R-Raleigh, has been appointed to the House of Delegates by Governor Jim Justice. She fills the vacancy created by Lynne Arvon, who was appointed to the Senate. Del. Adkins is a pharmacist, business owner, licensed manicurist, substitute teacher and middle school girls’ basketball coach.

CAWV Executive Director Mike Clowser named 2017 North Central WV ASHE Man of the Year


North Central WV ASHE has announced CAWV Executive Director Mike Clowser as the 2017 Man of the Year. “Mike has been a strong contributor to the transportation industry throughout West Virginia for many years,” said Brandon LeRoy, AECOM and WV ASHE member. North Central WV ASHE will hold the 2017 Man of the Year Celebration on Thursday, March 29, at the Flatwoods Conference Center in Flatwoods. The cost to attend is $50 a person and attendees should RSVP by March 21. Contact Brandon LeRoy at (304) 476-2388 or email to register. Members can advertise in the program booklet. Information is available by clicking here.




Each year, the CAWV Safety Committee invites members of the association to participate in the Safety Award Program. Awards are presented at EXPO in March to companies who have exhibited excellence in safety at the workplace. Members participating in the program are scored on their documented safety policies and procedures, their commitment and approach to safety and health, as well as their recorded statistical data for the year. Special attention is given to the quality of safety training provided to employees and to companies who demand active employee involvement in their safety process. The Safety Questionnaire will be mailed to members next week and forms will also be available at


Information is due by Friday, February 23, 2018. A panel of safety professionals, owner representatives and insurance experts judge the participants. Finalists are chosen from contractors and associates who achieve an excellent performance rating. Awards are presented in the following categories: Building Division, Utility Division, Industrial Division, Specialty Contractor Division and Associate Division.


Winners in each category will receive a plaque and their choice of items such as hats, jackets, shirts, and golf shirts that will display the CAWV Safety Award logo. Also, the award will be published in the CAWV Newsletter and West Virginia Construction News magazine. Awards will be presented at the CAWV State Meeting, which will be held March 21 at the Charleston Civic Center. For additional information, contact Pat McDonald at (304) 342-1166 or




The CAWV Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees is currently accepting applications from eligible West Virginia college/university students for the 2018 scholarship awards. This year’s top award will be $6,000. Also, in years past, the Foundation has made several additional awards to students for their academic achievements. In 2017 the Foundation awarded a total of $15,500 in scholarships. All CAWV members are encouraged to promote the annual scholarship program. Also, any member who knows of a deserving West Virginia college resident —sophomore, junior or senior — who meets the qualifications for the monetary award, should advise them to complete and return an application form. Application deadline is February 23. Additional information, including an application, may be obtained online by clicking here, or by contacting Pat McDonald at (304) 342-1166, or




Registration is now open for the CAWV State Meeting, being held March 21 at 7:30 a.m. at the Charleston Civic Center. Online registration is available and the cost to attend is $35. Registered members will be invoiced. Members can register by clicking here. Contact Pat McDonald at or call (304) 342-1166 with any questions.


The CAWV State Meeting will recognize members for excellence in their safety programs, quality concrete awards will be presented, and the CAWV Scholarship Foundation recipient will accept his or her CAWV scholarship check. Nearly 200 CAWV members and guests, along with state and federal contracting officials, attended the meeting last year, which is held during EXPO. Anyone needing further information about EXPO can call Cassidy at (304) 342-1166.




The following firms have been accepted into membership by the Board of Directors. Please welcome them to the CAWV and call on them for products and services.


Contractor Members:


DCG Contracting, Inc. / Breakaway

Mine Reclamation / Site Preparation

229 Pricketts Fort Road

Fairmont, West Virginia 26554

Phone: 304-765-5817          

Clay Vincent, President


Entegra Energy Solutions, LLC

Oil & Gas Services

8391 Mount Clare Road

Lost Creek, West Virginia 26385

Phone: 304-745-3043


Charles Sutton, Owner

Wellington Sutton, Owner 




Associate Members:


F2S Infrastructure, Inc.

Construction Services, Engineering

5000 Waterdam Plaza Drive, Suite 120

McMurray, Pennsylvania 15317

Phone: 724-960-1111

Fax: 724-960-1162

Aaron Fayish, Partner

Jeff Sneatter, Partner


O.R. Colan Associates

Title Research, Land Acquisition, Railroad Coordination

207 D Street

South Charleston, West Virginia 25303

Phone: 304-744-3935

Catherine Colan Muth, CEO

Tracy Jones, Regional Vice President