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OAC Government Affairs Committee Report to Members, October 19, 2018 (2)

OAC Government Affairs Committee Report to Members, October 19, 2018

Al Tonetti, Chair

Jeff Reichwein, Lauren Sieg, and Mike Striker, Committee Members

State Issues

Call Before You Dig Law Revision; OHIO811: The second meeting of the legislative coalition was held on September 13. The main issues discussed were better defining the size and scope of dig tickets, how large projects should be defined and dig ticket requests handled, and exempting certain activities from compliance. 

The November excavator seminar schedule is available on the resources/events page on the OHIO811 website. They are held on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at six regional locations around the state, are free, and include lunch. The seminar provides updates on the new and improved remote ticket entry/i-dig usage, excavator training, features of the new OHIO811 mobile app, and other relevant information. 

As of November 30, 2018, OHIO811 (formerly the Ohio Utilities Protection Service [OUPS]), and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA) and the Ohio Gas Producers Underground Protection Service (OGPUPS), will consolidate their call before you dig processes under OHIO811. After that date, a single call to 811 or a visit to will insure that affected member utilities as well as those members owning, operating, and maintaining oil and gas production facilities are properly notified of planned excavations. 

Human Burial Places Protection Bill: The draft bill has been revised many times by the working group, and now have a close to final draft back from the Legislative Service Commission. On October 25, we will present the draft to federally recognized tribes at the Ohio History Connection’s (OHC) tribal nations conference. A meeting with State Rep. Scherer is scheduled for Nov. 5, and following the Nov. 6 elections we will discuss how to proceed with getting it enacted. It will be one of the legislative priorities at OHC’s Statehood Day event on February 27, 2019, the first planning meeting for which was held on October 10. A presentation on the draft bill was made at today’s OAC membership meeting.

Federal Issues

Historic Preservation Funding: The Interior Appropriations Bill passed the House in July, and the Senate in early August. The FY19 House Interior Appropriations bill funds the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) at $101.41 million, while the Senate bill funds the HPF at $91.91 million. The differences between the two bills will be worked out in conference committee. 

Section 106 Consultation Updates:

  •  Judge Barker House. USACE project, Washington County. Archaeology at the NRHP-listed building has been completed without finding anything of significance. There is ongoing consultation concerning the proposed demolition or relocation of the building. The OAC is a concurring party on the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
  • Maumee River Bridge. USACE/ODOT project, Henry County. The MOA has been executed and data recovery completed at site 33HY167. The Miami Tribe is an invited signatory on the MOA; the OAC and Eastern Shawnee Tribe are concurring parties. The MOA includes a stipulation to prepare an article about the archaeological investigations for an unspecified peer-reviewed journal.
  • Zoar Levee and Diversion Dam. USACE project, Tuscarawas County. Consultation has resumed now that funds have been secured for the project. A Programmatic Agreement (PA) was executed in 2016. A consulting party meeting was held on October 17.
  • Wayne National Forest Plan Revision. Four conference calls and orientation sessions in Athens, Ironton, and Marietta discussing “local cultural and heritage” have occurred. Tonetti attended the sparsely attended Athens meeting. The current assessment (of current conditions) phase of the plan revision is to be finalized in June 2019, with the planning development phase and Environmental Impact Statement completion scheduled for the end of 2020.
  • Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath. USACE project, Summit County. Mitigation of adverse effects to 33SU679, an intact portion of the original canal towpath. We are a concurring party on the recently executed MOA. 

Universal Charitable Deduction Bill, HR 5771: The bill was introduced in the House in May 2018 and referred to the Ways and Means Committee. There has been no further action on it to date. The bill would allow all taxpayers the opportunity to take an unlimited deduction from their gross income for charitable giving. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 makes a universal charitable deduction more important than ever. This law increased the standard deduction, limited state and local tax deductions, and doubled estate and gift tax deductions, all of which will decrease the number of low- and moderate-income taxpayers from giving, and the amount they give. Since enactment of the law, charitable organizations have seen a sharp drop in donations, estimated to be about $15 billion in 2018. The drop is the result of the law creating less of an incentive for all but the wealthy to give. If this trend continues it will have an adverse effect on charitable organizations, including future fundraising efforts of the Ohio Archaeological Council. Conversely, a universal charitable deduction is estimated to increase charitable giving by $20 billion.

Fall 2018 OAC Membership Meeting, October 19th, Blacklick Woods Metropark

Below is a schedule of events and presentations for the upcoming OAC Fall Meeting. 

To download the schedule and abstracts Click Here

       Fall 2018 OAC Membership Meeting, October 19th, Blacklick Woods Metropark  
Time Presenter Affiliation Title Coauthors
 9:30 N/A  N/A     
 10:00 Brian Redmond  Cleveland Museum of Natural History  Recent Investigation of a Hopewell wooden post circle and ceremonial precinct at the Heckelman site, Erie Co., Ohio  
10:20 Jonathan Bowen Mound City Chapter, ASO Overview of Late Archaic through Late Woodland Artifacts in Pickaway County, Ohio  
10:40 Christine Thompson AAL, Ball State University Fort Recovery Story Map and Battlefield Tour Connor McCoy and Kevin Nolan
11:00  Break  Break   Break  
11:20   Glen Boatman Sandusky Bay ASO 30 years of Contributions of the Sandusky Bay ASO to the Archaeology of North Central Ohio  
11:40 Glen Boatman Sandusky Bay ASO 30 years of Contributions of the Sandusky Bay ASO to the Archaeology of North Central Ohio  
12:00 N/A N/A Lunch on your own  
12:20 N/A N/A Lunch on your own  
12:40 OAC N/A Business Meeting  
1:00 OAC N/A Business Meeting  
1:20 OAC N/A Business Meeting  
1:40 Al Tonetti OAC Unmarked Human Burial Places Legislation Update  
2:00 Al Tonetti OAC Unmarked Human Burial Places Legislation Update  
2:20 Break Break Break  
 2:40 Jason Watkins  ODOT   The 50+ Year Bridge Project: Educational Silver Linings in an Otherwise Challenging Project  
3:00 John Schweikart Center for Life Sciences Education, OSU Lost and Nearly Forgotten: Searching for an elusive 19th century Black school and exploring the City of Upper Arlington's surprising connection to the African Diaspora and Columbus, Ohio’s early Black Community  
3:20   Adjourn      

Call for Papers - Fall OAC Meeting

Dear OAC Member,

The Fall OAC meeting is October 19th at Blacklick Metro Park again.  Once again, we need presentations for the program.  Topic of papers is open.  I need 5-8 more presentations.  I would encourage presentations by any students or interns you may have working on projects with or for you.  I am also interested in seeing presentations about CRM projects in the state.

I would also like to encourage everyone to submit contributions to the Current Archaeology section and to send in your contributions for the Journal of Ohio Archaeology.  These are great and underutilized tools for staying up-to-date on current happenings in Ohio (and surrounding areas) archaeology.Presentation are in 20 minute slots.




Applications for 2018-2019 History Fund Grants Now Available

The Ohio History Connection Local History Office recently announced that the application for 2018-2019 round of History Fund grants is now available.

To apply, visit the Ohio History Fund website and click on "History Fund Application." Applications are due September 5, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.

Historic Preservation projects can include, but are not limited to, public programs and training, archaeology and architectural/historical surveys, archaeological field work, nominations of properties to the National Register of Historic Places, preparation of historic preservation plans or feasibility studies, preservation-related mobile or online applications, walking tours, and events. Bricks and Mortar projects include rehabilitation, restoration, protection, or acquisition of historic properties and archaeological sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places or designated by local ordinance.

2018-2019 Ohio History Fund Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

Are you an Ohio-based non-profit organization or public authority looking for up to $15,000 for an archaeology project in your community? If you are, apply for an Ohio History Fund grant application. 

Applications for 2018-2019 are being accepted through September 5, 2018. For further information see

Since 2012, when the History Fund started, it has made a total of $598,000 in grants to 63 organizations in a third of Ohio's 88 counties. The History Fund has received 298 grant applications, totaling just more than $3.6 million in requests.

Fall 2018 OAC Meeting Date and Venue Set

Mark your calendars! 

The Fall OAC Meeting will be held on Friday, October 19 in the Blacklick Woods Golf Course banquet room.

Click Here for MetroPark information.

Further details will be posted.