WestCOG's Monthly Newsletter
Western Connecticut
Council of Governments
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Project Updates

Regional Traffic Counting Service: WestCOG is now offering free equipment installation and data processing of traffic data for its members. WestCOG expects this effort will save municipalities money and resources, supply useful data, and strengthen competitiveness for funding opportunities. Counts provide individual statistics for cars, heavy vehicles, pedestrians, and bikes. For more details on this service, contact GIS Analyst, Jamie Dawson (, 203-312-1070).

RFP for CAMA System: WestCOG is seeking qualified consultant(s) to evaluate the potential for a Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) system to serve the entire region and, if such a system is determined to be a feasible and cost-effective, to develop a structure and plan for municipalities to migrate to it on a voluntary basis. WestCOG will accept written proposals by e-mail, mail, in-person, until 11:59 ET on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Full RFP.
Upcoming Events

MPO Meetings
November 17, 11:30am

November 24 & 25
WestCOG Closed

Drug Task Force Meeting
December 1, 10:00 am
Wilton Teen Center

TAG Meeting
December 6

WestCOG Board & MPO Meetings
December 15, 11:30am
Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association

For more, visit the WestCOG Calendar
Darien RSA: On November 10, the Town of Darien participated in a Road Safety Assessment (RSA) along Route 1 focusing on several intersections including Sedgwick Ave., West Ave., Corbin Dr., Thorndal Ave., and Hecker Ave. The purpose of an RSA is to evaluate roadway challenges and identify countermeasures to improve safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. Led by Anthony Lorenzetti from the UConn Technology Transfer Center, RSA participants included the First Selectmen as well as representatives from the Town of Darien, WestCOG, Connecticut Department of Transportation, and local businesses.
The team was briefed on the RSA process, conducted a field visit along Route 1, and developed a series of recommendations to address the existing safety challenges in the corridor. Moving forward, WestCOG will provide Darien with a report outlining the short, mid, and long-term recommendations to serve as a strategy for implementing future improvements.
Business Survey Launched: WestCOG has launched a Business Survey to streamline input from the business community for the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The survey results will provide a clearer understanding of the major strengths and weaknesses of the Western Connecticut Region as a place to start and operate a business. Follow this link to access English and Spanish versions of the survey. The survey will be open until December 31, 2016.

Application for CIRCA Grant: WestCOG submitted  an spplication for CIRCA’s Municipal Resilience Grants Program. The grant, if awarded, would fund concept designs for equipment and processes used to restore coastal wetland. Coastal wetlands are an important barrier against storm surge for coastal communities.

GIS Training in Sherman: On October 17, WestCOG provided GIS data and training to the town of Sherman for use in wetlands enforcement. The data included federal and state wetland data, as well as 1-foot contour data. Municipalities interested in gaining access to the data or similar training, contact Mike Towle, Associate Planner at

Emergency Management Training: WestCOG staff joined CEOs and municipal staff at the “TEEX Emergency Management Training for Municipal Officials” on November 3. CEOs from WestCOG and NHCOG discussed challenges and best practices in response to an emergency situation in the context from the CEO perspective, which provided useful context for COG staff for future Emergency Management Planning.

Economic Advisory Group: The EAG met on November 3 to discuss the next steps in the CEDS process. Minutes can be found on the group's webpage.

WestCOG Presents at Stormwater Conference: On October 19, WestCOG presented MS4 mapping challenges at the at the COST Stormwater Conference.  WestCOG is working with DEEP and UConn CLEAR to develop the methods necessary to properly map MS4 infrastructure within our region.

Agenda for the Upcoming MPO Meetings: SWRMPO Available here. HVMPO Available here.

Grant Opportunities

DECD is accepting applications for its latest round of grants under the CT Brownfield Remediation Program. Awards may be used for a range of brownfield assessment, remediation and redevelopment activities. Eligible applicants for grant funding include municipalities and economic development agencies. Applications are due November 16, 2016

DEEP is accepting proposals for Connecticut's Recreational Trails Program Grants. Pending availability of funds during 2017-2018, grants may be made to any private nonprofit organizations, municipalities, state departments and tribal governments. Applications will be accepted through December 15, 2016. 

EPA has announced a new request for proposals for its Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grant.These grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). The proposal submission deadline is December 20, 2016.

DEEP is accepting applications through February 2, 2017 under its Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program, which includes its Urban Green and Community Gardens Program. This grant program provides financial assistance to municipalities and non-profit land conservation organizations to acquire land for open space that will enhance local outdoor recreation, protect unique geographical features, or conserve wildlife habitat, and to water companies to acquire land to be classified as Class I or Class II water supply. property.
Staff Highlight: David Hannon

As Deputy Director, Dave manages a variety of transportation, economic development, emergency management, public health, and public works related planning programs and implementation projects. He is a native of Western CT with over 47 years of experience in public and private sector planning and community development activities. Since 1989, Dave served HVCEO as a Senior Planner, Deputy Director, and Executive Director.

Regional News & Events

Congratulations to the Town of Sherman on the opening of their new truck washing facility. 

On October 14, Sherman First Selectman Clay Copy officiated at the dedication this facility, which was designed and constructed to enable the washing of town vehicles including public works vehicles and equipment, municipal cars and vans, and school busses. The dedication was attended by representatives of area public works departments.
The Town’s decision to build such a facility was influenced by the need to protect town assets from the corrosiveness of the materials used to clear snow and ice from roads during winter storms. Funding for this project was provided by a STEAP grant and municipal resources.
  • CT DOT and Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. are hosting several sessions around the state where you can provide input on changes to sidewalk, intersection, or bicycle facilities, draft recommendations thus far, and review the draft Bicycle Network Map. All meetings include a brief presentation and time for questions. Click here for meeting times, locations and details.
  • CERC and CEDAS are booking future dates for their free Municipal Economic Development Training, which is custom tailored to specific town(s) and designed to help those who impact economic development to work more collaboratively together. Contact Courtney Hendricson with questions and to schedule a training.

  • UConn CLEAR has decided to take the NEMO workshops and Land Use Academy Training on the road to make it easier for land use commissioners to attend. WestCOG will be helping towns organize these free joint classes. Please contact Liz at for more information.

Do you have news or events you would like to share with the rest of the region? Send your updates to Liz at

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