Prevailing Wage for Public Project Policy Passed Unanimously by Adams County Board of Commissioners

The Adams County Board of Commissioners (BoCC) has taken a significant step toward ensuring fair compensation for individuals working on government construction projects by approving a new Prevailing Wage Policy. This policy mandates all Adams County government construction contracts valued at $250,000 or more must adhere to prevailing wage standards.

The prevailing wage policy, passed yesterday by the BoCC, aims to guarantee employees working on Adams County projects receive fair wages commensurate with their work, are classified correctly, and paid in a timely and accurate manner. The move is part of the county's commitment to upholding equitable labor practices and supporting its workforce.

The policy's development involved an extensive stakeholder process, engaging labor organizations, construction companies, and the public to gather input and feedback. This collaborative effort underscores the county's dedication to transparency and inclusivity in policymaking.

Board Chair and Commissioner Emma Pinter expressed enthusiasm for the policy, stating, "This policy reflects our commitment to fair labor practices and ensures individuals working on public projects are justly compensated. By ensuring fair wages and proper classification, we are investing in the well-being of our workforce and promoting economic stability within our community."

To streamline participation, Adams County will adopt wage scales aligned with prevailing wage statutes used by the state and utilize software consistent with both state and federal government practices.

Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco played a key role in Adams County adopting this policy, he said, "This is one of many times this board has shown support for our workforce, demonstrating our dedication to fostering a workplace environment where every individual is valued and respected,” said Commissioner Tedesco. “We believe this step will not only benefit workers but also enhance the quality and integrity of our construction projects."

Scheduled to take effect Sept. 1, 2024, the policy implementation will be preceded by an education campaign aimed at training staff and contractors on the new requirements. The campaign will familiarize stakeholders with the new system, which enables the entry of certified wage statements on a weekly basis.