April 2017  

OCASLA Advocacy Success in H.B. 49!


Sales tax base expansion


R.C. 5739.01, 5739.02

Imposes, beginning October 1, 2017, the sales and use tax on the following services: cosmetic surgery and similar non-medically necessary procedures; lobbying by state- or federally-registered lobbyists; repossession; cable service; landscape design; interior design and decorating; travel agent services. Specifies that transactions between members of an affiliated group for the services, excluding cosmetic surgery, would not be made taxable. (An "affiliatedgroup," for this purpose is defined to be two or more persons related such that one person owns or controls the business operation of another member of the group.)

We would like to thank our Legislative Committee lead by our Lobbyist Luther Liggett, Esq., as well as all those that attended our In-State Advocacy Day on May 3 at the Ohio Statehouse. Our collective efforts, including writing letters to the finance committee, and our In-State Advocacy day, have successfully lobbied to defeat this provision.

Feel free to reach out to our Executive Committee with any questions or concerns you may have at

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Christopher H. Manning Elevated to ASLA Fellowship

Christopher Manning, of Human Nature Inc., received his nomination, in Leadership/Management, from the Ohio Chapter. As a public servant, Manning leads by listening. His inspired ideas for park design and sustainable community improvement have dramatically influenced Greater Cincinnati’s urban renaissance and the connectivity of the entire region. Among his many volunteer efforts, he was successful in bringing the acclaimed Cincinnati Flower Show back to the urban core on the city’s riverfront.

He has motivated hundreds of aspiring young designers, both as a teacher and through his firm’s outreach.  His sanitation district plan for northern Kentucky is now a stormwater laboratory and public park that incorporates a host of firsts in the region, including a green roof, rain harvesting, porous pavements, bioswales, wetlands, retention basins and step pools. His successful master plans include two LEED Gold campuses and one Platinum.

Congratulations Chris!

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OCASLA In Action for National and State Advocacy Day

ASLA National Advocacy Day - April 27th in Washington D.C.

OCASLA Executive Committee members met with staff people from Senator Sherrod Brown over coffee to talk about infrastructure. They also met with staff from Senator Rob Portman to discuss conserving our natural resources, as well as Representatives Steve Stivers and Joyce Beatty to discuss funding of critical infrastructure programs.

They discussed the following federal programs this year in relationship to the president’s proposed budget: Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds and Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

They also discussed how landscape architects play a critical role in Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development. Additional information about this can be downloaded HERE. Images from the day can be seen in the OCASLA Photo Gallery.

OCASLA In-State Advocacy Day - May 3rd in Columbus, Ohio

Roughly 15 OCASLA members met with the following state Senators and Representatives:

  •      Senator Frank LaRose (R, Copley), Chair, Transp., Commerce & Workforce Comm.
  •      Senator Stephanie Kunze (R, Columbus), V. Chair, Transp., Ag., HHS, Ins. & Finan.
  •      Rep. Ron Young (R, LeRoy), Chair, Econ Dev, Commerce, & Labor Committee
  •      Rep. Heather Bishoff (D, Blacklick), Ranking Minority, State & Local Govt.  Comm.
  •      Rep. Bill Blessing (R, Cincinnati), Engineer; Chair, Govt Acct. &. Oversight Comm.



Advocacy volunteers broke off into small groups to meet with the legislators, and discussed the profession of landscape architecture, and those implemented projects that impacted our state. They also discussed how landscape architects play a critical role in Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development.

At the end of the day, OCASLA held a reception at Bar 41 at the Renaissance Hotel for advocates to share stories from the day and handed out April Editions of LAM, Your LAND and this infrastructure piece. Images from the day can be seen in the OCASLA Photo Gallery.

In conclusion, thank you to all the volunteers and our lobbyist, Luther Liggett for your time and energy advocating for these important issues!

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Jeannie Martin, FASLA Elected to ASLA VP of Legislative Affairs

The election of the ASLA VPs was made by the Board of Trustees at the Midyear Meeting on April 28-29. Congratulations Jeannie! Best wishes and good luck!

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Chris Fleming, PE, LEED AP, Named to Ohio Landscape Architects Board

Governor John Kasich has named Chris Fleming, PE, LEED AP to serve on the Ohio Landscape Architects Board as the Allied Professional Member. Mr. Fleming will serve a five-year term on the Board. He is an Engineer/Designer with Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc. Fleming is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and resides in Ashville, Ohio.


About the Board:

The Ohio Landscape Architects Board is comprised of landscape architects, allied professionals and consumers dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety and welfare by:


  •          Regulating the Landscape Architectural practice in Ohio;
  •          Creating opportunities to raise the levels of professional practice;
  •          Monitoring the adequacy of candidates entrance into the profession by national examination;
  •          Informing the public and consumer groups about the role of the profession and expectation of practice.

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2017 HALS Challenge: Documenting City or Town Park(s)

For the 2017 HALS Challenge, we invite you to document a historic city or town park. In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its centennial with the Find Your Park movement to spread the word about the amazing national parks and the inspirational stories they tell about our diverse cultural heritage. Find Your Park is about more than just national parks! It’s also about local parks and the many ways that the American public can connect with history and culture and make new discoveries. With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are becoming more important than ever.

Short format histories should be submitted to HALS at the National Park Service no later than July 31. The HALS Short Format History Guidelines, brochure, and digital template may be downloaded from the HALS website.

For information about the 2016 HALS Challenge winners, visit The Field. For more information about the Challenge or for questions or comments about HALS, please contact Chris Stevens at

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OCASLA Awards Winner Spotlight: Riverside Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Center & Marge and Charles Schott Nature Playscape at the Cincinnati Nature Center

Riverside Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Center
Columbus, Ohio

Design Constructed - Honor Award


Riverside Hospital has long been a landmark along busy Highway 315 north of downtown Columbus. Over time piecemeal additions and modifications to the building and site created challenges for vehicular wayfinding and safe pedestrian movement from parking to the hospital’s front door.  Construction of a new Neuroscience tower created an opportunity not only to improve the hospital’s medical capabilities but also the performance of the site functionally, sustainably and experientially.


Read the full description and view all the images for the Riverside Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Center in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.

Marge and Charles Schott Nature Playscape at the Cincinnati Nature Center

Milford, Ohio

Design: Constructed - Honor Award

POD Design and Rachel Robinson Design Landscape Architecture, llc

Located at the Cincinnati Nature Center, the Marge and Charles Schott Nature PlayScape provides a unique environment for children of all ages to play, build, explore, and learn. In an effort to enhance the natural experience and extend the budget for the project the landscape architects championed for extensive reuse of on-site materials. The design resulted in a nature play space rich with opportunities for creative play while blending seamlessly with the surrounding region. 


Read the full description and view all the images for the Marge and Charles Schott Nature Playscape in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.

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Ohio APLD Presents: Amanda Patton, Award Winning Garden Designer from Britain

Amanda Patton will be giving two lectures on the art of design. She describes, “The focus of my talks are the principles and elements of art as they are used (or not!) in garden design. I take the most important of these and show paintings to illustrate the principle/element followed by garden images that demonstrate them in practice.”

Cost is $55 and  includes continental breakfast & lunch, as well as access to the Franklin Conservatory Park Gardens; APLD Members $45. Send registration check to the APLD by downloading the Order Form at this link.

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ASLA National: Update

ASLA National News: May 17, 2017

Click HERE to download the latest news from ASLA National.

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OCASLA will update monthly any new job postings throughout the state of Ohio.

Please click here to current postings.

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Classified Ads


Commercial Design Consultant - Cleveland, OH

Unilock, the leading manufacturer of concrete paving stones and retaining walls, has an immediate opening for a Commercial Sales Representative in our Cleveland, Ohio area. The primary role will be to secure Unilock product specifications for commercial, industrial and municipal projects.


Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Consult with engineering, architectural, and landscape architectural professionals in both the private and public sector to develop Unilock specifications
  • Organize and execute Unilock presentations to design professionals and owners
  • Assist the designers/project management team to generate their specification documents and technical drawings
  • Advise design professionals in the proper selection and specification of products
  • Maintain and grow sales and specifications of Unlock proprietary products
  • Meet and exceed annual sales budgets and continually increase market share
  • Develop strong relationships with design professionals and national accounts
  • Network at association trade shows, meetings and conferences
  • Become the go-to-person for hardscape/SRW solutions in our category.




  • Candidate must reside in the Cleveland area
  • 3-5 years successful sales experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred
  • Knowledge of the commercial specification and construction process.
  • A hunter who seeks new opportunities
  • Innovative thinker with excellent organizational skills and business acumen
  • High sense of urgency and goal driven with a need to win attitude
  • Commitment to providing excellent client service
  • Exceptional oral, written, and computer skills
  • Sound problem solving skills to effectively handle customer objections and questions
  • Comfortable with public speaking.


Our organization offers an excellent career opportunity with competitive salary, incentives, vehicle, profit sharing, 401K and comprehensive benefit package.


Join the industry leader and become part of an organization with a fast paced work environment, commitment to growth and helping our employees succeed in their careers and realize their ambitions.


Please visit us at for more information regarding our organization.


Applicants should forward resume to:



Job Description 

Project Manager - (10680)





Manages and/or assists in the planning, design, and construction of stormwater capital improvement projects to meet the organization’s needs on time and within budget while improving effectiveness. The Project Manager is responsible for managing projects under the Stormwater Construction Plan, and is functionally responsible for the people related to each project from within the department and cross functions throughout the District. Performs other duties of a similar nature as may be required.




- Develops and manages the scope of each assigned project. Critically examines, assesses, and evaluates data, current procedures, processes, and alternatives to improve environmental impact and costs. Makes recommendations for courses of action that further District goals to include scope, required resources, and outcomes.

- Manages and/or assists in the planning, design, and construction of stormwater construction projects by coordinating resources and cross functional teams, including outside consultants to meet objectives. Ensures work is carried out per project plan on time and within the specified budget. Plans short-term objectives, budgets, and schedules for each project.

- Manages procurement and administration of outside professional consultants, including developing consultant short lists and Request For Proposals (RFPs). Reviews consultant proposals and recommends award of consultant contracts.

- Analyzes data and processes to maintain the time line and integrity/quality assurance of current projects. Utilizes problem analysis and problem-solving skills, evaluating all feasible alternatives. Recommends best solutions and courses of action to meet current project objectives and to identify potential new projects.

- Identifies problems, researches possible solutions, analyzes, and critically examines the data researched, evaluates all possible alternatives, and recommends one or more solutions. Presents solutions for discussion to obtain agreement on a preferred solution.

- Builds and maintains strong public relations by encouraging support and participation in District related activities that align with community environmental goals.

- Prepares agendas and conducts meetings within the project groups and status meetings.

-May act as a mentor to Engineers and Technicians.

-Performs other duties of a similar nature as may be required.






- Candidate must possess Bachelor degree, preferably in Engineering, Construction Management, or closely related field.



- Four (4) years of project management and stormwater experience is required. Industry experience in stormwater is required. Experience must include the use of project management tools, managing more than one small- to medium-project at a time, and proven success in completing projects on time and on budget with documented results. Experience within a comparable organization or a consulting firm is a plus.

- Experience must include one (1) year of supervising, managing, and/or leading people, projects, and/or processes with proven successful results.





- Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license with a driving record in accordance with the District’s acceptable guidelines.

- Current State of Ohio Professional Engineer’s (PE) License is preferred



- Candidate must possess knowledge in Engineering principles, practices, concepts, methodology, planning, design techniques, and project planning tools/software. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint is preferred, as well as familiarity with project tools, such as MS Project or Primavera.

- Candidate must possess strong project management, leadership, and motivation skills; team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills; strong analytical skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail; written, verbal, and presentation skills. Must be able to make recommendations and gain input and agreement within the organization; and effectively manage multiple tasks and assignments in a fast-paced work environment.

- Candidate must possess the ability to be reliable and punctual in reporting to work as scheduled.



- MENTAL: Candidate must frequently compare, compute, compile, analyze, synthesize, and communicate information; must instruct, communicate, and negotiate with others while exhibiting strong interpersonal skills.

- PHYSICAL: Candidate must possess the mobility to operate computers and office equipment, which may require repetitive arm and hand movements. The employee frequently sits and occasionally stands and walks.

- VISUAL: Candidate must possess near acuity (i.e., clarity of vision at 20 inches or less) to read printed material or material on a computer screen.

- NOISE: Candidate will typically work in a quiet environment, but at times may be exposed to loud noise.

- ENVIRONMENT: Candidate may be exposed to extreme weather, atmospheric conditions, wet and/or humid environments, and hazards up to 30% of a typical work day. Candidate must wear eye and ear protection and breathing apparatuses in the plant and/or field.

- RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Candidate must possess the ability to wear required respiratory protection devices in accordance with the Sewer District Policy, including not having facial hair that interferes with the face piece-to-face seal.


DISCLAIMER: The information outlined in this job description indicates the general nature and type of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities or competencies required of employees within this classification.


NEORSD, an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, recognizing the full range of human differences and similarities. Through our unwavering efforts to leverage the potential of our diversity, we continually strive to build and foster an environment that respects each individual. We encourage and promote innovation, and provide opportunities for all employees to interact, communicate, and realize the full potential of their talents. 


Our Employee Benefits & Wellness Programs

We offer a comprehensive employee benefits package including: Health Insurance Coverage, Various Retirement Planning Options (Ohio Public Employee Retirement System and Deferred Compensation Plans), Group and Voluntary Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program, Tuition Assistance Program, Free Parking at our facilities, Corporate Discounts, and More!  We also have a very active Health & Wellness Program that promotes a life/work balance. 

Primary Location: Administration Euclid Ave

Work Locations: Administration Euclid Ave    

Job: Administrative

Organization: District Admin

Schedule: Full-timeMinimum Salary: $67,241Maximum Salary: $84, 051

Job Posting: 09/06/2017, 11:40:39 AM

Closing Date (Period for Applying) - External: Ongoing


Position Title: Park Planner

Full -Time (40 Hours per Week)


At-Will Employment 

Number of Openings: One (1)

Division/Department: Planning & Operations

Qualifications: (see below)

Salary: $20.16 - $23.85 Hourly
$41,932.80 - $49,608.00 Salary

Posting Dates: August 11, 2017 until position is filled

Resume, Letter of Interest and Application to:

Attention: Human Resources
Re: Park Planner Position
9160 Robinson Road
Chardon, OH 44024-9148

P: 440.286.9516

F: 440.286.1285

Apply Online At:



Geauga Park District Invites applications for the position of:

Position Title: Park Planner (40 hours per week)

Salary: $20.16 - $23.85 Hourly
$41,932.80 - $49,608.00 Salary

Posting Dates: August 11, 2017, until position is filled

Position Description:
Prepares park, facility, and trail plans, designs, and construction documents. Manages consultants in the planning and engineering of parks, facilities, and trails. Manages and administers minor construction projects and contracts.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must perform essential duties to expected performance standards. Reasonable accommodations are made as required for persons with disabilities as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

- Plans and designs construction and renovation projects. Assists in the preparation of long- range development plans and park master plans; prepares specific site plans and detailed designs; prepares construction documents for park renovations and improvements.

- Working with the Director of Planning & Operations, develops request for qualifications, evaluates statements of qualifications submitted by consultants.

- Manage planning and design project prepared by engineering and architectural consultants; oversees the contract; ensures project goals are met; communicates with internal and external stakeholders; review and approve invoices.

- Develop plans, designs, and specifications that enhance various natural habitats and systems that are environmentally sensitive and sustainable and are compatible with Park’s Natural Resource Management Plans.

- Prepare bid and proposal documents, manage bidding process, evaluate bids and proposals, prepare contracts for assigned construction projects.

- Administer assigned construction projects by executing contract documents, approving payment applications, preparing change orders, and verifying compliance with regulatory requirements. 

- Manages contractor performance by monitoring adherence to plans and specifications, quality control, budget adherence, and schedule performance

- Responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of comprehensive plans, strategic plans, along with all phases of individual project development including but not limited to conceptual design, master planning, design development, cost estimating, construction document preparation, public bidding, construction administration, and field representation.

- Assist in the administration of grants.

- Prepares presentation level graphic plans, maps and supporting documentation utilizing ArcView GIS, AutoCAD, Google Sketch Up, Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Programs.

- May prepare and deliver presentations to the Board of Park Commissioners and public groups, such as civic organizations, boards, user groups, the general public and Park District staff.

- Assists in the coordination and acquisition of all required permits and regulatory agency reviews including but not limited to GSWCD, OEPA, USACE, and other regulatory agency reviews.

- Assists in the preparation of estimates of probable construction costs for planned/ future construction projects.

- Assists in the research, identification, composition, preparation and submission of grants.

Minimum Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. A combination of appropriate education, training, course work and experience may qualify an applicant to demonstrate required knowledge, skills, and abilities. An example of an acceptable qualification is:

- Bachelors of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture, Planning, or Civil Engineering related fields with a minimum of one to five (1-5) years of related experience.

- Professional registration and/or state licensure as a landscape architect, planner or civil engineer is preferred but not required.

Additional Information:

Geauga Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider
Division: Planning & Operations
Department: Planning & Natural Resource Management

Reply in writing to:

Attention: Human Resources
Re: Park Planner Position
9160 Robinson Road
Chardon, OH 44024-9148

Apply online at:
FAX: (440) 286-1285

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