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Welcome to our new Committee Reports page. We've created this page in an effort to keep all HCA members and interested visitors informed about the ongoing work performed by our dedicated, volunteer committee members.  

Want to serve on a committee? We'd welcome your help and support. All HCA committees are composed of volunteer members and were created to support and promote the local Heavy Civil Construction industry through advocacy at the local and state levels. HCA addresses issues with all government entities to ensure the understanding on how policies can impact this industry. Members are kept up to date with latest committee information through this page.

Contact Jeff Nielsen for details on how you can serve on one of these committees or visit our main committee page for leadership and contact information. 

Clay Shoot Committee:
Latest Report: June 12, 2020
Chairman Jeremy Peltier stated to the board and guests that the clay shoot tournament has been pushed back to November 6th due to COVID-19.  He stated that this year will have a flurry shoot, breakfast and lunch sponsorships, and pavilion sponsorships.  

Education Committee:
Latest Report: June 12, 2020
Chairman Curt Martin stated to the board and guests that the committee has 12 education seminars planned through the end of February 2021.  He stated that the topics were selected by using data from a survey that was sent to the members asking for them to rank given topics.  Also, due to COVID-19, he is planning on utilizing Zoom or Teams platforms to host the seminars virtually.  He added that if the webinars have a high viewership/attendance, hosting the seminars virtually might be the preferred option moving forward.  Webinars don’t require time spent commuting to and from the event.  Lastly, Curt stated that he wants to record each webinar and store them to create a library for the association as a member benefit.  This library could also hold a “Basics of…” series that covers various topics.  He wants to discuss further this “library” idea with HCA leadership.   

Flood Control Committee: 
Latest Report: June 12, 2020
Chairman Matt Strickland stated to the board and guests that Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) remains to be busy.  They have $500 million worth of work on their bid calendar.  They are also in the process of updating the 2005 version of their project specification book.  Matt stated that HCFCD is focusing heavily on dumping dirt in the flood plain.  When bidding a job, Matt advised to take note of the amount of dirt because HCFCD will now allow dumping even if you have a permit.  

Golf Committee:
Latest Report: June 12, 2020
Chairman Bob Nelson stated to the board and guests that the Spring Golf Tournament is still scheduled to be held at Black Horse Golf Club on June 30.  Right now, the course is only allowed to have 75% of their capacity, but Bob is hopeful that it will be 100% by the time of the tournament.  He added that sponsorships have been low, but the committee is making a hard push.  He hopes to get 250 golfers.  

Government Relations Committee / State:
Latest Report: June 12, 2020
Chairman Ben Westcott shared to the board and guests information about Texas state COVID-19 policies including paid sick leave, and general policies including Texas’ Water Development Board’s draft for setting new policies and changing responsibility of design defects from the contractor to the owner.  

Government Relations Committee / County: 
Latest Report: June 12, 2020
Chris Scruggs stated to the board and guests that Harris County staff is continuing to work from home, there hasn’t been HCA’s quarterly in-person meeting nor a virtual meeting, and the county isn’t opening bidding for jobs.

Government Relations Committee / City: 
Latest Report: June 12, 2020
Gregg Reyes stated to the board and guests that he spoke with Houston Public Works (HPW) Director Carol Haddock yesterday.  Director Haddock stated to Gregg that Harris County Lina Hidalgo considered HPW as an essential service and as such, HPW has continued to work normally.  She stated that the CIP budget will go unaffected.  She also stated that HPW has moved away from hardcopy documents in favor of electronic communications and online bidding. 

Management Development Committee: 
Latest Report: June 12, 2020
(Not Present) Chairman Jon Harper’s report to the board and guests was read by Jeffrey Nielsen.  He stated that since the bars are closed, there have been no networking mixers.  Those events will most likely resume in 2021.   

Membership Committee: 
Latest Report: June 12, 2020
Chairman Brian Stevenson stated to the board and guests that he is focusing heavily on increasing HCA membership.  He will be rolling out a contest on which members can recruit the most companies to join HCA.  He stated that he will be funding the prizes.  Emelie will be keeping track of the new members and will be sending out a competition update every so often.  He asked the board and guests to talk up HCA and to come to the events (or send a representative for your company).  

METRO Committee: 
Latest Report: June 12, 2020
Chairman Anthony Colombo stated to the board and guests that they had their first meeting with METRO on June 9th to discuss the $3.5 billion MetroNext program.  He stated that the program will have estimated 100 projects.  He added that he intends to have quarterly meetings with METRO.  COVID-19 has set METRO back 10 years in ridership funds due to the shut-down.  

MWBE Committee: 
Latest Report: June 12, 2020
Chairman David Boehm stated to the board and guests that the City of Houston started their disparity study in January of 2017 and has yet to be released.  The delay in the study results has frustrated several local associations.  

Neighborhood Committee: 
Latest Report: June 12, 2020
Chairwoman Sherry Barker stated to the board and guests that she and other HCA representatives met with Fort Bend County for the first time this morning.  She stated that the meeting was the first of many designed to build a relationship with that county.  She stated that the meeting went well.  

Office of Business Opportunity Committee: 
Latest Report: June 12, 2020
Chairwoman Alicia Jimerson stated to the board and guests that there is a new director of the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity (OBO), Marsha Murray.  Alicia stated that as of now, there have only been a few meetings with the OBO Advisory Committee.  As such, there has not been much coming out in the way of information.  

Safety Committee: 
Latest Report: June 12, 2020
Chairman Justin Teague stated to the board and guests that he was planning on working with Jim Sheldon of OSHA on planning safety events.  Due to covid-19, Justin decided to cancel those and hopes to host events after the 3rd quarter.  The HCA safety award applications will be going out on June 29 and the winners will be announced at the September luncheon.  

Small Business Committee: 
Latest Report: June 12, 2020
(Not Present) Chairman Steven Aranda’s report to the board and guests was read by Jeffrey Nielsen.  Steven is the new committee chairman and is starting fresh with mostly new committee members.  He is focusing on recruiting small business members, offer specific training classes for them, and grow their businesses.  He will be making an outline for what HCA should offer to these members.  Currently, the small business membership is the discounted price of $250 for the first two years of their membership.