$2 User Fee Mulled by Wheeling City Council To Fund Proposed Public Safety Building
City Council to Vote on Imposing Service Fee Aug. 20
Photo provided by the City of Wheeling A rendering demonstrates what the proposed $14.5 million public safety building at 19th and Jacobs streets would look like if Wheeling City Council moves forward with the plan.
Members of Wheeling City Council are considering enacting a $2 city service fee to fund a proposed public safety building in East Wheeling. The service fee, also known as a user fee, would function as a weekly tax on people who work in Wheeling and would pay for the $14.5 million facility intended to house the city’s police and fire departments. Read More
Cracker Outlook Still Promising
Some area residents have kept our fingers crossed for so long that we may require medical help to untwine them. Yes, we’re talking about the cracker plant. Read More
The tariffs have been just one pressure on construction costs, experts say, but it's hard to determine if that's due to actual material increases or to the threat of the unknown. Read More
Under the new rules, material would be prohibited on many federal contracts if even 5% of its value comes from foreign content. Read More
Despite increasing hourly wages 3.2% over the year to an industry average of $30.73 and offering other incentives, construction firms still face challenges attracting jobsite workers. Read More
Video game-like tech draws younger, more skeptical workforce to construction
A job in the trades offers many perks: good pay, job satisfaction, the ability to work as part of a team and opportunities for advancement. But those incentives are not always enough to attract young women to the construction industry, which they see as dirty, tiring work that’s more appropriate for men. 
Interactive technology is helping to change their minds. Read More
Contracting firms run by minorities, women, veterans and other groups that aren't traditionally favored in the industry can reap the benefits of unique opportunities if they follow a few simple steps. Read More
Project of the Week
$24 Million Conotton Valley Community Center
Conotton Valley Community Center
This project is valued at $24,000,000 and will have a competition pool, family aquatic facility, 8 lanes of bowling, a gym with indoor running track and a fitness center.
We expect the building packages to be available later in August, but we will have an early earthwork and site utilities package out next week.
Potential bidders will be required to prequalify. That form can be found at  and click on the Conotton Valley link.

*Plans WILL BE Available in the OVCEC Plan Room
The rendering featured above is "conceptual"
Safety and Risk
As a heat wave covers much of the country, OSHA reminds employers to protect workers from dangerous heat with Water. Rest. Shade. Read More
Proactive safety measures and documentation can reduce jobsite injuries and theft, and protect companies in the event of litigation. Contractors can lower their risk with careful planning and use of technology. Read More
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