Newsletter 2017-37 September 15, 2017
ROAD BOND AMENDMENT CAMPAIGN IN FULL SWING: CAWV MEMBERS STEP FORWARD TO FUND EFFORTS
The committee to promote passage of the “Roads to Prosperity” road bond amendment has made much progress in the past two weeks. To date, CAWV members and others have contributed and pledged over $250,000 with another $50,000 expected to be pledged in the next few days. The statewide radio campaign began Thursday with ads targeting the projects that are slated in each region of the state. TV ads, also targeted to local markets, begin next week. Newspaper ads will appear as more money is raised.
Members have received a mailing today from CAWV’s Highway/Heavy Division leadership encouraging everyone to contribute to the campaign.
“Response from our membership has been great,” said CAWV Senior Vice President Roger “Thomas, Kelly Paving, Inc. “Our members have contributed over $200,000 which will help educate voters on what the bond does and, more importantly, does not do – raise taxes. However, like any other campaign, getting the word out is essential. I hope all members will contribute to the campaign, Time is short. We need everyone to act quickly.”
MEMBERS CAN SEND THEIR CORPORATE CHECKS TO:
West Virginians for Better Transportation
2114 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, West Virginia 25311
A complete list of members who have donated to date was sent to members this morning.
The road bond campaign was featured this week in a Charleston Gazette-Mail article which featured CAWV Executive Director Mike Clowser. Click here to read the article, "Groups plan campaign to sway voters to support WV road bond."
EARLY VOTING FOR ROAD BOND AMENDMENT STARTS FRIDAY
Early voting for the “Roads to Prosperity” road bond amendment begins Friday, September 22, and ends Wednesday, October 4. The special election will be held Saturday, October 7. This is the first constitutional referendum in which early voting is available. Supporters who cannot get to the polls on Saturday are encouraged to take advantage of early voting at their county courthouses.
CAWV members next week will get a one page sheet that can be forwarded to employees, subcontractors, suppliers and others to educate them on what the bond amendment provides.
legislative interim meetings to discuss construction issues
The West Virginia Legislature will meet in Charleston for their September interim meetings. On the agenda for the various meetings will be construction related items. The Joint Standing Committee on Finance is meeting Monday and legislators will get an update on the WV Division of Highways’ plan for the highway construction and maintenance program after passage of the highway funding bills this past special session from Transportation Secretary Tom Smith. Legislators will probably want to talk about the “Roads to Prosperity,” the $1.6 billion road bond amendment that will be voted on October 7. The Joint Government Accountability, Transparency and Efficiency Committee will discuss the actions and activities of the School Building Authority Monday at 8:00 a.m. Monday. This is a follow up on the committee’s August discussion on the use of construction management on school construction projects (See this week’s Building Bulletin for more details).
The Joint Commission on Economic Development will feature Commerce Secretary Wood Thrasher. The Select Committee on Infrastructure will meet Sunday but at press time there is no agenda posted. A full report on next week’s legislative interim meetings and how the discussion will affect CAWV members will be in next week’s Newsletter.
SITE OF 2018 CAWV MIDYEAR MEETING ESCAPES MAJOR DAMAGE FROM IRM
The site of the CAWV Midyear Meeting is the JW Marriott Marco Island, Marco Island, Florida, on February 1 –7, 2018. Hurricane Irma hit Marco Island on Sunday, September 10, causing wide spread power outages, downed trees and flooding. The JW Marriott reported that the resort sustained only minor damage and will reopen on Monday, October 2. The hotel will be back to normal and ready to welcome CAWV members in February.
Registration materials will be available next week and will be sent via email to all members. The CAWV Program Committee is putting together an excellent mix of business, sporting and social activities to make the 2018 meeting an unforgettable event.
Convention forms must be returned by October 31 for Early Bird Registration. Rooms reserved after October 31 will be on an availability only basis. February is one of the most popular months for Marco Island tourism and members are encouraged to make their convention and airline reservations as soon as possible. For additional information about the event, contact Pat McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (304) 342-1166. Registration forms will also be on the CAWV Website beginning September 25 at www.cawv.org.
The AGC submitted testimony to the House Small Business Committee at a hearing entitled “Expediting Economic Growth: How Streamlining Federal Permitting Can Cut Red Tape for Small Businesses.” The AGC took the opportunity to urge Congress to implement reforms to the federal environmental review and permitting process. Time and money is wasted on redoing project analyses and reviews and on collecting duplicate information from permit applicants. The AGC included its flow chart of environmental permits to illustrate some of the regulatory hurdles that contractors must overcome.
Additionally, the AGC recommended that Congress require a nationwide merger of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting processes, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issuing a 404 permit at the end of the NEPA process based on the information generated by NEPA. The monitoring, mitigation and other environmental planning work performed during the NEPA process, and included the final Environmental Impact Statement / Record of Decision, must satisfy federal environmental permitting requirements unless there is a material change in the project. Further, AGC urged Congress to consider a reasonable and measured approach to citizen suit reform to prevent misuse of environmental laws. These lawsuits can take years to resolve and, in far too many cases, litigation impedes projects that are vital to the renovation and improvement of our nation’s infrastructure. The AGC will continue to advocate in Congress and with the Administration for practical regulatory reform and additional infrastructure funding.
WVDOH to Discuss Development of New DBE Goals at 2017 Minority Business Expo
Members are invited to attend the 4th Annual Minority Business Expo on Wednesday, October 25, 10 am-6 pm at the Charleston Civic Center. The event is free and open to the public but you must register in advance to receive a ticket to attend the luncheon. More information can be found in this week’s Heavy/Highway Bulletin.