EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING


February 20, 2014


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Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

6100 South po rt Road Po rtage, Ind iana

2/ 2014 2014 N RPC APPOINTMENTS


APPOI NTING AUTHORI TY

MEMBER


LAKE COUNTY


Lake County Commissioners Lake County Council

Lake County Surveyor Mayor of Crown Point Mayor of East Chicago Mayor of Gary

Mayor of Hammond Mayor of Hobart Mayor of Lake Station Mayor of Whiting

Merrillville Clerk Treasurer Munster Town Council Griffith Town Council Highland Clerk Treasurer Schererville Town Council Dyer Town Council

Cedar Lake Town Council Lowell Town Council Winfield Town Council

New Chicago Clerk Treasurer St. John Town Council Schneider Town Council


Porter County Commissioners Porter County Council

Porter County Surveyor Mayor of Portage Mayor of Valparaiso

Chesterton Town Council Hebron Town Council Porter Town Council Kouts Town Council

Ogden Dunes Town Council Burns Harbor Town Council Beverly Shores Town Council Pines Town Council

Porter Township Trustee Union Township Trustee Dune Acres Town Council


LaPorte County Commissioners LaPorte County Council

LaPorte County Surveyor Mayor of Michigan City Mayor of LaPorte

Long Beach Town Council Kingsford Heights Clerk Treasurer Michiana Shores Clerk Treasurer Trail Creek Town Council Wanatah Clerk Treasurer Kingsbury Town Council

Westville Town Council Lacrosse Town Council

Potawatomie Park Town Council Governor of ndiana

Roosevelt Allen,Jr.,Secretary Eldon Strong

Bill Emerson, Jr. David Uran

Anthony Copeland, Executive Board Karen Freeman-Wilson

Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. Brian Snedecor, Chairman Keith Soderquist

Joseph M. Stahura Eugene Guernsey Joe Simonetta Stanley Dobosz Michael Griffin

Tom Schmitt, Executive Board Jeff Dekker

Randy Niemeyer Craig Earley James Simmons Lori Reno Michael Forbes Richard Ludlow


PORTER COUNTY


Nancy Adams,Executive Board Jim Polarek

Kevin Breitzke Jim Snyder

H. Jonathan Costas Jim Ton,Treasurer

Don Ensign, Executive Board Greg Stinson

James Murphy Tom Clouser Jeff Freeze Geof Benson George Adey

Edward Morales Anthony Pampalone John Sullivan


LAPORTE COUNTY


Dave Decker, Executive Board Rich Mrozinski

Anthony Hendricks

Richard Murphy, Executive Board Blair Milo, Vice-Chair

Bob Schaefer Rosalie Jacobs Patrick Margraf John Bayler Diane Noll

Mark Ritter Ronald Stallings Vacant

Vacant


Ed Soliday, Executive Board


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NORTHWESTERN NDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING

Thursday, February 20,2014,9:00 A.M. 6100 Southport Road,Portage, ndiana


A G E N D A


Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance - Brian Snedecor Public Comments on Agenda Items

Certification of Appoi ntments - Attorney David Hollenbeck


Report of the Chair - Brian Snedecor

  1. Committee Preferences and Assignments

  2. 2014 NARC Conference Report

Report of the Executive Director - Ty Warner Approval of Minutes of January 20, 2014 Full

Commission Meeting

Finance & Personnel Committee - Jim Ton, Chair Transportation Policy Committee, Jim Polarek, Vice-Chair

  1. Action on Resolution 14-05 FY 2014-2017 Transportati on Improvement Program Amendment #9 for NDOT Projects

  2. Action on Resolution 14-06 FY 2014-2017 Transportati on Improvement Program Amendment #12 for Local Projects

  3. Action on Resolution 14-07 FY 2014-2017 Transportati on Improvement Program Amendment #8 for Transit Projects

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Introduction: ndiana Citizens' Alliance for Transit (ICAT) - Addison Pollack, Coordinator

INDOT, Robert Alderman, La Porte District Director Northwest ndiana Economic Development District,

Roosevelt Allen, Vice-Presi dent


Other Business Announcements Adjournment

9:00 a.m.


9:02 a.m.


9:03 a.m.


9:04 a.m.


9:14 a.m.


Pages 1-2 9:19 a.m.


Pages 3-8 9:20 a.m.


Pages 9-22 9:30 a.m.


Pages 13-15


Pages 16-19


Pages 20-22


9:45 a.m.


9:55 a.m.


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10:05 a.m.


10:10 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Requests for alternate formats may be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting by contacting Mary Thorne at NIRPC at 219-763-6060 ext. 131, or at mthorne@nirpc .org.

Individuals with hearing impairments may contact us through the Indiana Relay 711 service by calling 711 or (800) 743-3333.


The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information , political beliefs , reprisal , or because all or pa1t of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program .


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NIRPC Executive Board/Full Commission Meeting NIRPC/Forum Building, Portage, IN

January 30, 2014 Minutes


Chairman Dave Uran called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and self­ introductions.


Commissioners present included Nancy Adams, Roosevelt Allen, Jr., John Bayler, Geof Benson, Kevin Breitzke, Tom Clouser, Anthony Copeland, Jon Costas, Dave Decker, Stan Dobosz, Bill Emerson, Jr., Don Ensign, Karen Freeman-Wilson, Jeff Freeze, Tom Goralczyk, Michael Griffin, Richard Ludlow, Tom McDermott, Blair Milo, Rich Mrozinski, Rich Murphy, Randy Niemeyer, Jim Polarek, Lori Reno, Bob Schaefer, Tom Schmitt, Joe Simonetta, Brian Snedecor, Joe Stahura, Greg Stinson, Eldon Strong, Jim Ton and Dave Uran.


Others present included Bob Alderman, Val Gomez, and David Wright .


Staff present included Ty Warner, Angie Hayes, Kathy Luther, Mitch Barloga, Scott Weber, Allen Hammond and Mary Thorne.


Dave Uran said public comments will now be taken at the beginning of the meetings. Anyone wishing to speak must register their intent to comment on a special sheet posted at the material table adding their name, location and relevant topic on that day's agenda. Given that this is the first implementation of the new policy, he entertained comments from the floor for this meeting only. There were no comments from the public.


Ty Warner announced the appointment of Randy Niemeyer representing the Town of Cedar Lake. Dave Uran also recognized Bill Emerson, Jr ., the Lake County Surveyor.


Minutes: The minutes of the January 16, 2014 Executive Board meeting were approved on a motion by Geof Benson and a second by Dave Decker.


Report of the Chair:

Tom McDermott, Chair of the Nominating Committee reported the slate of officers for the 2014 NIRPC Board as follows:


Officers:

Chair

Vice-Chair Treasurer Secretary


Brian Snedecor Blair Milo

Jim Ton

Roosevelt Allen, Jr .


Executive Board Members: Lake County


La Porte County Porter County


Anthony Copeland Tom Schmitt

Rich Murphy Dave Decker Don Ensign Nancy Adams


Governor's Appointment Ed Soliday

Immediate Past Chair Dave Uran


Tom McDermott added that nominations are awarded through active involvement in committees. The Nominating Committee received no other nominations and there were no nominations from the floor. On a motion by Tom McDermott and a second by Jim Polarek, the slate was approved.


Dave Uran passed the gavel to Brian Snedecor. Ty Warner presented Dave Uran with a plaque in appreciation of his service as Chairman during this challenging year. Dave Uran commented that it was a good experience working with staff, Ty Warner and the Commissioners and added that Crown Point is stronger for the relationships he built with leaders throughout the region. Brian Snedecor said that he appreciated working with Dave Uran who did a great job chairing meetings and maintaining decorum through difficult issues. He reminded the Commissioners to submit their committee preferences to Mary Thorne as he hoped to complete assignments by the February meeting. Brian Snedecor also thanked Tom McDermott for his continued engagement with NIRPC after his Chairmanship ended. Tom Schmitt said he was honored to be chosen to serve on the Executive Board, having served on the Schererville Town Council for eight years and as appointment to NIRPC for four years.


Report of the Executive Director: Ty Warner reported that NIRPC is still trying to work out some lease issues with Portage. He will be attending the National Association of Regional Councils' National Conference of Regions February 9 to 12 along with Brian Snedecor, Blair Milo, Nancy Adams, Geof Benson (on current NARC Board) and Dave Shafer (as past-President of NARC). All legislative appointments have been confirmed for Wednesday February 12 to discuss MAP-21 and other issues. Ty Warner announced that the Local Government Assistance Committee will meet in the Packer Room immediately following the Commission meeting. The Executive Board will meet on February 20 to conduct upcoming business. In answer to a question by Tom McDermott on the lease, Blair Milo said there had been some issues and questions relative to space configuration, square footage, and rent amounts for NIRPC and the Northwest Indiana Forum.


Other Business:

Brian Snedecor led a discussion on the extreme weather, dwindling salt supplies and costs. Anyone who may have any contact information for salt may send it to Mary Thorne to be shared with the Commissioners. Bob Alderman described INDOT's plowing and salt in efforts to date. During the lake effect snowstorm in Lake County, snow fell at 3-4 inches per hour and congestion was so bad INDOT trucks couldn't get through to plow or salt. Bob Alderman said INDOT is looking into some snow fencing for areas with extreme blowing and drifting snow conditions, adding that over $450 million has been spent in Northwest Indiana since 2006. Karen Freeman-Wilson suggested that members of the Commission may contact her if they are interested in asking Reith Riley or Walsh about opening a hot patch plant to deal with potholes. Anthony Copeland, citing dangerous conditions on Chicago Avenue, asked if INDOT had a policy to reimburse cities and towns to fix the potholes. Bob Alderman said he would look into it. Tom McDermott said he had heard reports that businesses don't want to relocate here because our roads are worse than in Illinois. Blair Milo offered that due to weather patterns in the region, lake effect snow primarily affects Northwest Indiana more so than Illinois.


Announcements: Mitch Barloga announced that he has 30,000 to 40,000 free trail maps and asked Commissioners to consider taking some back with them to their cities and towns. Jon Costas commented that the maps successfully got him to Chicago and back to Valparaiso by bike. Brian Snedecor welcomed newly sworn in Lake County Surveyor, Bill Emerson, Jr. Bill Emerson said he was excited to be working with the Commissioners at NIRPC.


On a motion by Joe Stahura and a second by Jon Costas, Brian Snedecor adjourned the meeting at 9:45 a.m.


FINANCE AND PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

Meeting Agenda


Thursday February 20, 2014

8:00 a.m.


NIRPC Office Portage, Indiana


  1. Call to Order


  2. Meeting Minutes of January 16, 2014


  3. Review of Financial Status


  4. Approval of Claims Register


  5. Building Lease Discussion


  6. Updated Capital Asset Policy


  7. Office Equipment Donation Request


  8. Contract Amendment


  9. Employee High-Quality Step Increase


  10. Other Business


  11. Adjournment


The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.


Requests for alternate formats please contact Angie Hayes at (219) 763-6060 extension 104 or ahayes@nirpc.org. Individuals with hearing impairments may contact us through the Indiana Relay 711 service by calling 711 or (800) 743-3333.

NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION


FINANCE AND PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

January 16, 2014 Portage, Indiana


Members Present

Blair Milo

Brian Snedecor Jeff Dekker

Staff and Others Present

Ty Warner '.

Angie Hayes Allen Hammond Kelly Wenger David Hollenbeck Jim Ton


Members Absent Christine Cid David Uran

Diane Noll Edward Morales Jim Polarek Keith Soderquist


Call to Order


The meeting was called to order at 8:05 a.m. by David Hollenbeck and then transferred Blair Milo.


Approval of Minutes


Upon a motion by Brian Snedecor, seconded by Jeff Dekker, the Committee approved the minutes of the December 11, 2013 meeting.


Review of Financial Status


Angie Hayes reported that there were no cash issues to report at this time. She reported that the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) certificate was awarded . The Budget to Actual with Cash Variance and General Fund Expenditure reports were presented to the Committee. The total expenditures of the period ending December 31, 2013 are at 86.01%. Angie informed the Committee the utilities had exceeded the projected budget amount of $25,000 by $633.89. She also informed the Committee that she is expecting one more bill for the Environmental Projects on January 16, 2014 .

Approval of Claims Register


Kelly Wenger presented the claims register to the Committee for approval. Upon a motion by Brian Snedecor, seconded by Jeff Dekker, the Committee approved the claims register.


Equipment Disposal


Angie Hayes presented a list of equipment to the Committee requesting permission to dispose of the computer and the traffic counting equipment. The Committee decided to make available free of charge the computer equipment to member communities and NIRPC staff with any remaining computers be recycled . It was also clarified that all computer towers would have their hard drives removed. Upon a motion by Jeff Dekker, seconded by Brian Snedecor, the Committee approved the request to dispose of the equipment and making the computer equipment available free of charge to member communities and NIRPC staff .


Approval of South Shore Clear Cities Contract


Angie Hayes presented an Agreement between the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. for the provision of Professional Education and Project Management Services to the Committee. The South Shore Clean Cities shall perform all work that is described with the agreement within the time frame beginning October 1, 2013 and be completed in total before December 31, 2014. The maximum total amount, which may be paid to the Contractor for services performed in conjunction with the Agreement is not to exceed $100,000. The Committee had discussion about the data reporting, performance measures and the deliverables plan that was presented. Communication continued with the five different tasks presented and questioned if each task has a rate tied to the task. The Committee agreed to accept a detailed invoice that would include a lengthy report of what was included in the invoice. The detailed invoice will then be reviewed by the Environmental Director and the Director Finance and Administration before payment is rendered . Upon a motion by Jeff Dekker, seconded by Brian Snedecor the Committee approved the contract for recommendation to the full commission.


Update on Building Lease


Angie Hayes informed the Committee that she received an updated term sheet with the new lease rate and terms based upon the floor plan that was created by Jeffery Liggett. There was much discussion on getting a final lease as soon as possible. The Committee also discussed what amount of rent should be paid for the month of January since there is no lease in place. Other items discussed included the utilities, the internet, and the motion and amendments made at the August 14, 2013 Committee meeting. The Committee decided to have David Hollenbeck send a letter to Mayor Snyder requesting his attendance at the February Committee meeting.

Resolution 14-01 Policies for Commission Meetings


Angie Hayes presented to the Committee Resolution 14-01 of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission to establish policies for commission meetings. The Committee determined a need to establish policies for commission meetings and the creation of a Sergeant at Arms and Public Comment Policy. The Sergeant at Arms shall be present at all full commission and executive board meetings. The Sergeant at Arms shall ensure that meeting participants and members of the public conduct themselves so as not to disrupt, interfere, or prevent the commission from conducting the business of the meeting. The Sergeant at Arms may also be asked to assist with the enforcement of the commission public meeting comment policy. With the establishment of the public meeting comment policy, all comments will be done at the beginning of the meeting and must be relevant to topics on the commission meeting agenda. Individuals wishing to comment must register prior to the start of the commission meeting. The registration form will include the participant's name, city or town, and relevant topic from the agenda. Participants will be limited to two to three minutes each. No shouting, name calling, or vulgarity will be permitted, and respect must be shown by all parties. Upon a motion by Jeff Dekker, seconded by Brian Snedecor the Committee approved Resolution 14-01 for recommendation to the full commission.


Other Business


There was no other business to report.


Ad journment


There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:08 a.m.

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Transportation Policy Committee Meeting

NIRPC/Forum Offices February 11, 2014 MINUTES


Members Present

Jim Polarek, Stan Dobosz, Don Parker, Rob Strader, Tyler Kent, Joe Crnkovich, Claudia Taylor, Bob Thompson, David Wright, Jezreel Rodriguez, Chris Meyers, Mary Jane Thomas, Dwayne Williams, Phil Gralik, Craig Phillips, Jim Mandan, John Bayler, Stan Dostatni, Jeff Huet, Dave Decker, Mark O'Dell, Art Biciunas, and Joyce Newland and Jerry Halperin via conference phone.


Guests

Joe Simonetta, Mark Pittman, Ron Wiedeman, Matt Ovenchuk, Karren Lee, Brad Minnick, Ehren Bingaman, Joe Nordman, Matt Deitchley, Deb Backhus, Christopher Murphy, Teresa Torres, Peter Kohut, Glen Campbell,


NIRPC Staff

Steve Strains, Mitch Barloga, Mary Thorne, Eman Ibrahim, Gary Evers, Jack Eskin, Kevin Garcia, Scott Weber, Sarah Geinosky, Gabrielle Biciunas, Belinda Petr:oskey, Stephen Sostaric.


  1. Call to Order, Opening and Announcements ··. ·· ··

    1. Vice Chair Jim Polarek called the meeting to order at 9:10:a;m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and self- introductions.

    2. The INDOT voluntary participation survey was available on the table.

    3. On a motion by Stan Dobosz and a second by Don :Parker, the minutes of the January 16 meeting were approved as submitted.


  2. Presentation

    Joe Nordman of Robinson Engineering and Jim Mandan, Town of Munster presented on the grade separation project at 45th Street and Calumet Avenue. There is a lot of congestion and when the CN trains go through, delays can reach up to 45 minutes. Proposed improvements will include grade separations, signalizations, right-of way solutions and a continuous bike path. Jim Mandan added that there is considerable cost to having to provide a temporary track for the CN for each phase for only a week or more, when that railroad has the EJ&E to use as an alternate track until each project phase is completed . It is hoped that building a temporary track can be avoided. The cost of the alternate track is between $7-8 million per phase and we may ask for help from NIRPC and possibly our legislators in negotiations with the railroad on this temporary track. Letting is currently scheduled for the spring of 2015.


  3. Planning

    1. Scott Weber gave an update on considerations for the NIRPC travel demand modeling process. In the context of the llliana Corridor methodology review, a travel forecasting meeting was held last November, consisted of NIRPC, Federal Highway Administration, INDOT and llliana study consultants. One of the purposes was to discuss the modeling process as it relates to the air quality conformity analysis. One outcome were some ideas on how the modeling process can to be updated over the next few years. An extensive, regional travel survey was done in 2007-08 for Northeast Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Its

      results have not been fully incorporated into NIRPC's model, and will be in this calendar year. Another travel survey will need to be done in a few of years. It has yet to be determined whether NIRPC will continue using the EMME model or another one. An activity-based travel demand model will be able to answer more travel questions than the current model based on a household's travel activity. The process of refining NIRPC's modeling will involve a number of other agencies. The next steps will be to set short, medium and long term goals. More information will be available on the NIRPC as the modeling process evolves.

    2. Kevin Garcia gave an update on the Intelligent Transportation System update. He distributed a work plan from now to the end of June. A timeline was provided leading to the NIRPC board approval on an updated ITS at its June meeting. ITS helps put in place a more efficient operating transportation system. Some common types of projects are variable message signs on interstates, signal timing improvements at intersections, and real-time information about available public transportation.

    3. Gary Evers reported on the functional classification system review. The update which includes 58 changes will be made "en masse" and must be done before September of 2014. TIP and project solicitation changes include five year standard plans for each federal aid program, moving toward a cash based system. Staff expects that our region's implementers will spend allocations every year. Quarterly reports on the status of projects will be electronically filed. Prior approval of change orders are required. Mitch Barloga added that there are to be five to eight years of Transportation Alternative Program projects to be programmed. More information on this will be available at Ped, Pedal & Paddle meetings .

    4. Eman Ibrahim announced that NIRPC selected seven Creating Livable Communities planning grants totaling $402,000. They were awarded to Chesterton, Crown Point, East Chicago, Gary, Highland, Town of Porter and Winfield. Construction and implementation phases will be solicited in the next round.

    5. Mitch Barloga reported on the proposed 1-65 widening project ner Crown Point and the Cline Avenue

bridge addition. We are on schedule for TPC action on April 8 and- F_ull Commission action on April 17. Several lnteragency Consultation <;Jroup meetings were held and we ate currently in a public comment

period for 1-65 and we are adding the Cline Avenue Bridge. The comment deadline of March 5 may be extended. Details of the two pOblic meetings on February 18 and 19 are shown under Upcoming Meetings later in the packet.


  1. Programming

    1. Arne;ldment #9 to the FY 20142017 Transportati on Improvement Program: Gary Evers described the 4 adde(j INDOT projects. On a motion by Don Parker, second by, Amendment #6 to the FY 2014-2017 was recommended to the NIRPC Board.

    2. Amendment #12 to the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program: Gary Evers described the new local projects and phases for Hobart, Portage, Munster, LaPorte County, Lake Station, Merrillville, Gary and Lake County Parks and deletions for LaPorte County and Lake County Parks. On a motion by Mary Jane Thomas and a second by Don Parker, Amendment #12 to the FY 2014-2017 was recommended to the NIRPC Board.

    3. Stephen Sostaric presented the Public Comment Report for the Bikes on Trains Feasibility Study. About

      80 comments were received through NIRPC's phone comment line, social media, email and postal service, along with a 300-signature petition. Joe Crnkovich explained the nature of the study, which is to look at the feasibility and cost.

    4. Amendment #8 to the FY 2014-2017 Transportati on Improvement Program: Belinda Petroskey described the amendment for the feasibility study of bikes on South Shore trains totaling $205,000, of which $164,000 will be funded through FTA Section 5307 funds with $41,000 in local match. Jack Eskin and Nicole Barker gleaned support from NICTD, Porter County, LaPorte County, Arcelor-Mittal, the Regional Development Authority, National Park Service, Greenway Fund and NIPSCO who all provided

portions of the local match. On a motion by Don Parker and a second by Dave Decker, Amendment #8 to the FY 2014-2017 was recommended to the NIRPC Board.


  1. Indiana Department of Transportation

    1. Matt Deitchley described the projects in the letting list for January through April 2014.

    2. The llliana Tier 2 EIS is available for public review and comment at www.illianacorridor.org . Public meetings will be held next week at Lowell Middle School at 19250 Cline Avenue from 5-8 p.m. on February 18 and at the Local 150 Training Facility at 19800 West Arsenal Road in Wilmington Illinois from 5-8 p.m. on February 19.


  2. Transit Operators Reports

    1. NICTD - Joe Crnkovich reported that January ridership was down about 9% due to the severe weather and people likely taking vacations. Most capital projects are on hold. The draft EIS for the West Lake Corridor study is out in a request for proposals, with the deadline for proposals March 5. The bridge is out in east Lake County. Bids for replacement will be out shortly. Craig Phillips added that the Michigan City relocation analysis is on the Michigan City website and the environmental stage is the next step.

    2. GPTC - David Wright said January ridership figures were not yet available. Solicitation for the consulting work on Broadway will be out later this month. There will be a report to the Gary Chamber Economic Development Committee on February 19. A public forum was held earlier this month at the Hammond Library. In addition to alignment changes to the Tri-City Corridor, a feeder will be run to Hessville, Purdue­ Calumet, and down Calumet Ave. and Indianapolis Boulevard in Munster and Highland. The presentation is on the GPTC website. The final public: hearing is March 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Metro Center in downtown Gary.


  3. Local and Regional Transportati on P'rojects - Nd reports were given.


  4. Federal Highway Admi nistration and Federal Transit Administration

    FHWA: Joyce Newland reported that five planning emphasis areas {PEA) for 2015 for all of Indiana's Metropolitan Plahning Organizations to include in their Work Programs are for continued ADA Transition Plan work with local agencies, quarterly project tracking, pavement management system supporting the requirements of MAP-21, and functional classification were shared. MPOs should continue working with INDOT on the functional classification map. Pavement management systems need to be in place to use federal funds for pavement preservation and they will need to be approved by INDOT. MPOs are to continue with "red flag" environmental investigations to avoid project delays. Draft rule-making on HSIP (safety program) performance measures and new planning regulations are to come out the end of this month.


  5. Planning Neighbors - No reports were given .


  6. Other Business, Public Comment, Staff Announcements and Upcoming Meetings

    1. No other business was brought to the committee .

    2. Public Comment: Teresa Torres, Everybody Counts asked that the last two months' minutes be amended with regard to her public comments. Teresa Torres added that she received no answer to her January request for information regarding the disbursement of RBA funds . A response was provided to her by Steve Strains under Staff Announcements below. Teresa Torres said she did not recall being addressed by David Wright as was stated in the minutes and asked if the last sentence in that paragraph was attributed to someone in particular. Mary Thorne stated she would go back and check the mp3 file and report her findings to the Chair and staff.

    3. Staff Announcements:


The next Transportation Policy Committee meeting will be at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 11at NIRPC.


On a motion by Don Parker and a second by Dave Decker, Jim Polarek adjourned the meeting at 10:45 a.m .


A Digital M P3 of this meeting is filed. Contact M ary Thorne at the phone or email below should you wish to receive a cop y of it.


For requests for alternate formats, please contact Mary Thorne at NIRPC at (219) 763-6060 extension 131 or at mthorne@nirpc.org. Individuals with hearing impairments may contact us through the Indiana Relay 711 service by calling 711 or (800) 743-3333.


The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.


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RESOLUTION 14-05


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION AMENDI NG THE

2014-2017 TRANSPORTATI ON IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR LAKE, PORTER, AND LAPORTE COUNTIES, INDIANA

AMENDMENT NO. 9

February 20, 2014


WHER EAS, Northwest I ndia na's citizens req uire a safe, efficient, effective, resou rce­ conservi ng regional tra nsportation system that mai ntai ns a nd en ha n ces regional mobility a nd cont ri b utes to i m provi ng the q uality of life i n Nort hwest I n d ia n a; a nd


WHEREAS, the Northwestern I nd iana Regional Pla n ni ng Com mission, h ereafter referred to as "the Com mission", bei ng designated the Metropol itan Pla n ning Orga nization ( M PO) for the La ke, Porter and LaPorte Cou nty a rea, has esta bl ished a regional, com prehensive, cooperative, a nd conti n ui ng (3-C) t ra nsportation pla n ni ng process to develop the u nified pl a n ni ng work program, a tra nsportation pl a n, a n d a t ransportation

i m provement progra m to facilitate federal f u nd i ng for com m u n iti es, cou nties, a nd t ra nsit operators, and to provide tech nical assista nce a nd expertise to regional t ra nsportation i nterests; a nd


WH E R EAS, th e Com mission performs the a bove activiti es to satisfy regio n al req ui rem ents u nder t h e Federa l-Aid Highway Act of 1962, as a m en ded, t h e Su rface Tra nsportation Assista nce Act of 1978, as a mended, the U rba n Mass Tra nsportation Act of 1964, as a m end ed, t he Rail Reorga nization Act of 1973, t h e 1970 Cl ea n Ai r Act, as a mended, the l nterm odal Su rface Tra nsportation Efficien cy Act of 1991, t h e Tra nsportation Eq uity Act fo r the 21st Cent u ry, t h e Safe, Acco u nta bl e, Fl exi bl e a n d Eff icient Tra nsportation Eq uity Act-A Legacy for Users (2005), a n d t h e Movi ng Ah ead for Progress i n the 2l5t Cent u ry Act (2012), as well as oth er federa l, state a n d l oca l l aws ma n dati ng t ra nspo rtation pl a n ni ng activities; a nd


WH E R EAS, t he FY 2014-2017 Tra nsportation I m prove m ent P rogra m is a p rod uct of a m u lti-mod a l, 3-C t ra nsportation pl a n ni ng process, com pati bl e wit h region a l goa ls a nd objecti ves a nd socio-econom ic a nd demogra ph ic factors used to form t h e 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan (CRP); a n d

WHEREAS, the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program is an implementation of the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan {CRP}; is fiscally constrained, and is consistent with the State Implementation Plan for Air Quality; and


WHEREAS, the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program is developed by the Commission in coordination and cooperation with local elected and appointed highway and transit officials, special interest and service organizations , including users of public transit, the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Federal Transit Administration, and the U. 5. Environmental Protection Agency; and


WHEREAS, the changes to the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program brought about by this amendment were reviewed by the Air Quality Conformity Task Force's lnteragency Consultation Group {ICG).


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission hereby amends the 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program by adding the new projects and making other changes as shown on the attachment to this resolution.


Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission this twentieth day of February, 2014.


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Brian Snedecor, Chairperson


ATTEST:


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Roosevelt Allen, Jr ., Secretary

2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, Indiana

Amendment #9 February 2014

Air Quality Exempt Projects


NEW INDOT P rojects & Project Phases

Federa l

Fu nds

DES

Sponsor

P ro ject

Acti o n R eq uested

Fu nds

P hase

Yea r

Tota l

Federa l

N o n-Federa l


US 1 2 HMA Overlay, PE 201 5 $

1 58,000 $ 1 26,400 $

31 ,600

1 296305 INDOT Preventive Maintenance. From Add new project to

TIP.

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STP

SR 91 2 to Bridge St. (Gary) RW 201 5 $ 237,000 $ 1 89,600 $ 47,400


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1 383524


INDOT

(for DNR)

Resurface parking lots at Kankakee Fish & Wildlife Area (LaPorte County)


Add new project to State TIP. Funds


CN 201 5 $


80,000 $ $ 80,000

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1 296477 INDOT

SR 55 HMA Overlay,

Preventive Maintenance. From Add new project to US 231 (Joliet St in Crown TIP.

Point) to US 30.


STP


PE 201 4 $


170,000 $ 1 36,000 $ 34,000


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1 006651

US 421 HMA Overlay,

Preventive Maintenance. From Add new project to

INDOT STP

US 6 North Jct to SR 2 S J ct TIP.

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40,000 $ 32,000 $

8,000

{ within Westvi lle) RW 201 4 $

60,000 $ 48,000 $ 1 2,000


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RESOLUTION 14-06


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION AMENDI NG THE

2014-2017 TRANSPORTATI ON IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR LAKE, PORTER, AND LAPORTE COUNTIES, INDIANA

AMENDMENT NO. 12

February 20, 2014


WHEREAS, Northwest I ndia n a's citizens req ui re a safe, efficient, eff ective, resou rce­ conservi ng regional t ra nsportation system that mai ntai ns a nd en ha nces regional mobility and contri butes to im proving the q uality of l ife in Nort hwest I nd ian a; a nd


WHEREAS, the Northwestern I ndiana Regional Plan ning Com m ission, h ereafter referred to as "the Com mission", bei ng designated the Met ro polita n Pl an ni ng Orga nization ( M PO} for the Lake, Porter and LaPorte Cou nty a rea, h as esta blished a regional, com prehensive, cooperative, a nd contin ui ng (3-C) transportation plan ni ng process to devel op the u nified pl a n ni ng work progra m, a t ra nsportation pl a n, an d a t ra nsportation

i m provem ent progra m to facilitate federal fu nd i ng for com m u n ities, cou nties, a nd t ra nsit operators, and to provide tech nica l assista nce a n d expertise to regiona l t ra nsportation i nterests; a nd


WHEREAS, th e Com mission performs the a bove activities to satisfy region al req ui rem ents u nder th e Federa l-Aid Highway Act of 1962, as a m en ded, the Surface Tra nsportation Assista nce Act of 1978, as a m end ed, t he U rba n M ass Tra nspo rt'ation Act of 1964, as a mended, th e Rail Reorga n ization Act of 1973, t h e 1970 Cl ea n Ai r Act, as a men ded, the l ntermoda l Surface Tra nsportation Effici ency Act of 1991, the Tra nsportation Eq u ity Act for th e 21st Cent u ry, t h e Safe, Acco u nta bl e, Fl exi bl e a nd Efficient Tra nsportation Eq uity Act-A Legacy for Users {2005), a nd t h e Movi n g Ah ead for Progress i n the 2ist Cent u ry Act (2012), as well as oth er fed era l, state a n d loca l laws ma n d ating t ra nspo rtation pl a n ni ng activiti es; a n d


WHEREAS, t he FY 2014-2017 Tra nsportati on I m p rovem ent P rogra m is a p rod uct of a m u lti-mod a l, 3-C t ra nsportation pl a n n i ng process, com pati bl e wit h regio n a l goa ls a n d objectives a nd socio-econo mic a n d dem ogra p hic factors used to for m t h e 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan {CRP); a nd

WHEREAS, the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program is an implementation of the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan (CRP}; is fiscally constrained, and is consistent with the State Implementation Plan for Air Quality; and


WHEREAS, the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program is developed by the Commission in coordination and cooperation with local elected and appointed highway and transit officials, special interest and service organizations, including users of public transit, the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Federal Transit Administration, and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency; and


WHEREAS, the changes to the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program brought about by this amendment were reviewed by the Air Quality Conformity Task Force's lnteragency Consultation Group {ICG).


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission hereby amends the 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program by adding the new projects and making other changes as shown on the attachment to this resolution.


Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission this twentieth day of February, 2014.


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Brian Snedecor, Chairperson


ATIEST:


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Roosevelt Allen, Jr ., Secretary

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Amendment # 1 2 February 2014

Air Quality Exempt Projects


N EW L oca l P r ojects & P ro ject P h a ses


DES Spo n sor P ro ject


Federal

Acti on Req uested F u nds Pha se Yea r


Fu nds

Tota l Federa l N o n-Federa l

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081 0541 Ho bart Downtown Streetscaping


Add new project phase to TIP.

TE 2

PE 201 4 $

592,865 $ 474,292 $

1 1 8,573

STP I

RW 201 5 $ 250,000 $ 200,000 $ 50,000


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1 1 73430


Portage

Central Ave Reconstruction: Willowcreek R d to Lake County Line


Add new project phase to TIP.


STP I RW


$ 250,000 $ 200,000 $ 50,000

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071 0056


Mu nster

R econstruct 45th Street on new alignment.

Add new project phase to TIP.

STP I RW 201 5 $ 250,000 $ 200,000 $ 50,000


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1 382220


La Porte Cou nty

Johnson R d Intersection Improvements at CR 250W/500N


Add project phase to TIP.


STP II


CN 201 6 $ 1 50,000 $ 1 20,000 $ 30,000


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1 1 73429


La ke Stati on

Intersection Improvements: Central Ave @ Fairview

Add project phase to TIP.


STP I RW 201 6 $ 250,000 $ 200,000 $


50,000

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Acti on Requested

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Total

Federal

Non-Federal



1 1 73706 Merrillville


Construct C&O Trail (73rd Ave Add new project to Mississippi St) phase to TIP.



PE


201 4


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RW


2014


$

Lake- Porter CMAQ

37,000 $ 29,600 $ 7,400


75,000 $ 60,000 $ 15,000


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071 0064 Gary

Install new signals & interconnect system in vicinity of 1 5th Ave & MLK Drive


Add project phase to TIP.


STP I RW 201 5 $ 200,000 $ 1 60,000 $ 40,000


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9981 680

Lake County Parks Dept.


Veterans Memorial Trail

Add project phase to TIP.

TE 1 RW 2014 $ 1,1 62,250 $ 929,800 $ 232,450

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DES Sponsor Project

Johnson R d Intersection

LaPorte


Federal Funds

Action Requested Funds Phase Year Total Federal Non-Federal


Remove project

1 382220

Cou nty

Improvements at CR

250W/500N

phase from TIP.

STP II PE 2014 $ 150,000 $ 120,000 $ 30,000

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9981 680

Lake Cou nty

Parks Dept. Veterans Memorial Trail

Remove project

phase from TIP. TE l CN 2014 $ l,162,250 $ 929,800 $ 232,450


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RESOLUTION 14-07


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION AMENDING THE

2014-2017 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR LAKE, PORTER, AND LA PORTE COUNTIES, INDIANA

AMENDMENT NO. 8


February 20, 2014


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WHEREAS, Northwest Indiana's citizens require a safe, efficient, effective, resource­ conserving regional transportation system that maintains and enhances regional mobility and contributes to improving the quality of life in Northwest Indiana; and


WHEREAS, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, hereafter referred to as "the Commission", being designated the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO} for the Lake, Porter an LaPorte County area, has established a regional, comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing (3-C} transportation planning process to develop the unified planning work program, a transportation plan, and a transportation improvement program to facilitate federal funding for communities, counties, and transit operators, and to provide technical assistance and expertise to regional transportation stakeholder interests; and


WHEREAS, the Commission performs the above activities to satisfy regional requirements under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century ( 2012}, as well as other federal, state and local laws mandating transportation planning activities; and


WHEREAS, the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program is a product of a multi-modal, 3-C transportation planning process, compatible with regional goals and objectives and socio-economic and demographic factors used to form the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan (CRP); and


WHEREAS, · the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program is an implementation of the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan (CRP}; is fiscally constrained, and is consistent with the State Implementation Plan for Air Quality; and


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WHEREAS, the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program is developed by the Commission in coordination and cooperation with local elected and appointed highway and transit officials, special interest and service organizations, including users of public transit, the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Federal Transit Administration, and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency; and


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission hereby amends the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program by adding the transit project(s) as shown on the attachment to this resolution.


Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on this twentieth day of February, 2014.


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Brian Snedecor, Chairperson


ATIEST:


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Status Table


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Feasibility Study of Bikes on the South Shore


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