Ron Watson (L) of Watson Gravel speaks with Ohio CAT’s Paul Liesem.
The Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association (OAIMA), Ohio’s trade association representing mining operations with the exception of coal, held its 16th Annual Legislative Reception on March 26 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.
The event was well attended by both OAIMA members and Ohio’s lawmakers. The reception offers an opportunity for members to meet with State Senators and representatives in a relaxed setting to share their thoughts regarding a variety of issues impacting the industry. Key topics of discussion were recent amendments to Ohio Bill HB277, sponsored by Rep. Stautberg. Of concern are changes to the Type 2, Expedited Annexation process. As passed by committee, the bill would further limit access to local aggregate sources and add costs through expensive and time-consuming litigation.
Association members also used the opportunity to voice their support for State Issue 1— the State Capital Improvements Program that authorizes $1.875 billion in local government infrastructure aid. During the OAIMA board meeting that preceded the legislative reception, the board of directors agreed to offer financial support for the issue as it would provide additional funding for much needed roads and infrastructure improvements while creating jobs.
Sponsors for this year’s legislative reception included Barrett Paving Materials, Columbus Equipment Company, East Fairfield Coal Co., Lime Stone Division, Eastman & Smith Limited, Gerken Materials Inc., Hanson Aggregates, Martin Marietta Aggregates, The Melvin Stone Co., National Lime & Stone Co., The Olen Corporation, The Shelly Company, and Watson Gravel Inc.