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WestCOG's Monthly Newsletter
Western Connecticut
Council of Governments
Welcome to the WestCOG monthly newsletter. It's a great place to find updates and opportunities in the region. You can also get information in real time by following us on Twitter or liking our Facebook page.

Project Updates

 

LOTCIP Solicitation: WestCOG received a new set of transportation projects from the southern 8 towns. This process has already been completed for the northern 10 towns. In the coming months, the Technical Advisory Group will convene to identify and prioritize eligible projects. 

CMAQ Project Awards: WestCOG is pleased to announce that over $8 million in funding is scheduled to be awarded in our region. Greenwich, Norwalk, Stamford, as well as HARTransit were selected for the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding.

Imagery for 10 Towns: Staff reviewed 1600+ images in an intensive quality assurance and control process. The data and comments have been returned to the consultant. High resolution imagery for the Northern towns is nearly here!

Multi-Jurisdictional HMP: Many towns have adopted the 2016 Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) Update including Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Weston, and Westport. An active HMP is the bridge to FEMA funding.

Upcoming Events

Planners' Lunch
March 14, 12pm
Wilton Teen Center

WestCOG Board & MPO Meetings
March 17, 12:30pm
Ridgefield Library

RPIP Resolutions Due
March, 24

Drug Task Force Meeting
March 31, 9:30am
Redding Town Hall

Tentative TAG Meeting
April 5, 10am

WestCOG Board & MPO Meetings
April 21, 12:30pm
Ridgefield Library



For more, visit the WestCOG Calendar

Drug Task Force: WestCOG hosted the Drug Task Force meeting on March 9. Participants heard a presentation on DMHAS Prevention Infrastructure. The presentation and minutes from the meeting can be found on the WestCOG site. The next meeting will be March 31at 9:30am at Redding Town Hall,

Quarterly Planners' Lunch: Municipal Planners and Land Use Officials, Economic Development Directors, and members of the Technical Advisory Group will hear a presentation on Tax Increment Financing by the CT Main Street Center and participate in a demonstration of t-HUB software given by the UConn School of Engineering. The event will be March 14 at 12pm at the Wilton Teen Center.

2016 Orthophotography and LiDAR Statewide Acquisition: WestCOG staff was closely involved in the Statewide imagery and LiDAR flight contract for 2016 and 2017 which has been approved. Sanborn Map Company is the selected vendor.

Partnership for Strong Communities IForum Connecticut the Dots...to a Better Connecticut Transit System: Staff attended the event on February 23 in Hartford. The program included a presentation from Christopher Zimmerman, a national expert on Transit Oriented Development, and a panel discussion by officials from four state agencies.    

Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan and Map Update: WestCOG participated in the first steering committee meeting on February 3 at CTDOT in Newington. For more information, visit: ctbikepedplan.org


Agenda for the Upcoming Board Meeting: Available here.

Grant Opportunities

 
  • CTDOT released the FY 2017 application materials for the elderly and disabled municipal dial-a-ride grant program (13b-38bb). This program provides matching state funds for municipal dial-a-ride services. Applications are due to WestCOG by March 24;  the COG will submit applications to CTDOT by March 31. 

  • The CT Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) announced up to $100,000 in funding under the Matching Funds Program for projects that assist CT towns and cities with adapting to a changing climate and enhance the resilience of their infrastructure. The current review will be held on March 15, 2016 and every two months thereafter.

  • CIRCA also offers up to $100,000 for the Municipal Resilience Grant Program for initiatives that advance resilience, including the creation of conceptual design, construction (demonstration projects or other) of structures, or the design of practices and policies that increase their resilience to climate change and severe weather. This program is focused on implementation. The deadline is 5pm April 15, 2016.

  • USDOT announced the highly competitive TIGER grant program, supporting innovative projects, including multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional projects, which are difficult to fund through traditional federal programs. Applications are due April 29, 2016.

  • CTDOT openned the application period for the Section 5310 - Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities grant program using Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 funding. Applications are due by 4pm on Friday, April 29, 2016.

Staff Profile: Carl Zimmerman

Carl has over 10 years of experience in geospatial technology and GIS while working in the private sector, academia, and state government. He manages data analysis, distribution, and mapping issues as the Senior GIS Manager for WestCOG. His professional areas of expertise include remote sensing, environmental analysis, and site planning and engineering. He has diverse experience with a variety of geospatial software, data types, and analytic methodologies. His educational background includes a PhD in Geomatics from the University of Connecticut, a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University, and a B.S. in Geologic Sciences from the University of Michigan.

Regional News & Events


High-Speed Broadband Infrastructure: A Toolbox for Municipalities is a conference hosted by the CT State Broadband Office and the Office of the Consumer Counsel. It is geared to inform municipal officials and other public officials about various models that can be used to create high-speed Internet access networks. Discussions will focus on public-private partnerships that incent private investments in municipally-owned fiber networks to enable innovations in areas such as health care, education, business development and jobs creation, and public safety. This will be held in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on March 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn More.

Spring Luncheon Event: Urban Planning in the Age of Climate Change will be March 31 from 12 to 2:30pm at the UConn Greater Hartford Campus. Learn More.

CTDEEP and the CT Greenways Council are soliciting nominations for official greenway designations. Designated greenways, both for recreation and resource protection, will be listed in a subsequent revision of the State Plan of Conservation and Development and may receive increased consideration for a variety of grants. There are currently 75 designated greenways in CT.  The deadline for the submission of the nomination form is April 29, 2016.

CTDEEP has released a draft of the Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy (CMMS) as an update to the 2006 Statewide Solid Waste Management Plan. The CMMS is a clear, action-oriented roadmap to achieving the state’s vision for 60 percent diversion of materials from disposal by 2024.


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

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