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NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9:00 A.M. 6100 Southport Road, Portage, IN


D R A F T A G E N D A


  1. Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance – Jim Ton, Chair


  2. New Appointment to the Commission – Dave Hollenbeck


  3. Approval of Minutes of September 15, 2016 Executive Board Meeting Pages 1-4


  4. Report of the Chair – Jim Ton

    Action on Resolution 16-29, Supporting the Strategic Comprehensive



    V.

    Plan Update of the Regional Development Authority


    Report of the Executive Director – Ty Warner

    Pages 5-6

    VI.

    Finance & Personnel Committee – Diane Noll

    Pages 7-9

    VII.

    Technical Planning Committee – Michael Griffin

    Pages 10-47

    a) Action on Resolution 16-30, Amendment #30 to the FY 2016-2019

    Transportation Improvement Program

    Pages 14-19

    b) Action on Resolution 16-31, Amendment #31 to the FY 2016-2019

    Transportation Improvement Program

    Pages 20-26

    Pages 27-29

    Unified Planning Work Program

    Pages 30-37

    e)

    Approval of Interlocal Agreement to Engineer Signage

    on Regional Trails

    Pages 38-47

    1. Action on Resolution 16-32, LaPorte County B-List Rankings

    2. Action on Resolution 16-33, Amendment #1 to the FY 2017-2018


    1. INDOT, Rick Powers, La Porte District Deputy Commissioner


    2. Other Business


    3. Public Comment


    4. Announcements


    5. 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.

NIRPC Executive Board Meeting

Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, Ambassador Room, 2nd Floor Merrillville, Indiana

September 15, 2016 Minutes


Chairman Jim Ton called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Executive Board members present included Geof Benson, Kevin Breitzke, Anthony Copeland, Dave Decker, Michael Griffin, Tom McDermott, Diane Noll, Ed Soliday, Greg Stinson and Jim Ton.


Other Commissioners present included Kyle Allen, Jr., Robert Carnahan, Bill Emerson, Jr., Dave Shafer, Brian Snedecor and George Topoll.

Guests present included Rebecca Holwerda, Justin Mount, Jeff Sheridan, Bill Hanna, Robert L. Buggs, Nick Burbknecht, Julia Surber, Don Oliphant, Lyndsay Quist, Karen Freeman-Wilson, David Wright, Jeff Huet, Sherry Zeller, Dave Wellman, Val Gomez, Bill McCall, Bill Sheldrake, Randy Strasser, Tim Zorn and Andrew Steele.

Staff present included Ty Warner, Steve Strains, Dave Hollenbeck, Jody Melton, Angie Hayes, Kelly Wenger, Kathy Luther, Gabrielle Biciunas, Stephen Sostaric and Mary Thorne.

Presentation:

Bill Hanna, Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA), presented on the 2016 update of their Comprehensive Strategic Plan. In 2015, the Indiana General Assembly extended Indiana’s investment appropriating $6 million per year and instructed the RDA to refocus its strategic development plan around a commuter rail asset which would provide the connectivity to Chicago employment opportunities. This in turn would attract new residents to Northwest Indiana, create jobs and help build the region’s economy. Chicago’s economy pays 37% more in wages for the same job as is paid in Northwest Indiana. A rail system acts like a jobs multiplier. Over the next 30 years, West Lake expansion alone will support an additional 2,500 annual ongoing non-rail jobs and double-tracking the existing South Shore line will create 5,700 annual jobs in the region. The RDA is also working to incentivize development around the stations on both the West Lake Corridor and on the enhanced, double-tracked South Shore Line.


Over the 20-year period from 2019 to 2038, the West Lake plus double-tracking scenario would produce a total of $502 million from state sales tax and state income tax. Funding the $615.5 million construction of the West Lake Corridor would be paid through the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts Program, state and local funding and the RDA. The return on investment in the 20th year for the West Lake Corridor and double-tracking is projected to be 4.2 times the public investment.


In answer to a question by Kevin Breitzke, Ed Soliday said a NIRPC resolution in support of the RDA would be timely and beneficial. Mr. Soliday mentioned that an aerial tour of Northwest Indiana was held for the senior members of the Indiana House of Representatives, and as a result their viewpoint

of the region has changed significantly for the better. Several members remarked on the tremendous potential of the region in capitalizing in expanding its economy. The passing of the wheel tax by some of our communities also shows a willingness to help fund infrastructure maintenance. Mr. Soliday continued by saying that we must all agree on the meaning of the Marquette Plan and define our commitment to that plan. Kevin Breitzke made a motion to draft a resolution in support of the efforts of the RDA regard to the South Shore double-tracking project and the West Lake Corridor project; seconded by Greg Stinson. The Executive Board voted unanimously to draft a resolution of support for the efforts of the RDA with regard to the South Shore double-tracking project and the West Lake Corridor project and the benefits as shown in the RDA report.


Jim Ton noted that there was a quorum for a meeting of the Executive Board.


Minutes: The minutes of the July 21, 2016 Full Commission meeting were approved on a motion by Geof Benson and a second by Michael Griffin.


Report of the Chair – Jim Ton

Jim Ton thanked the Commissioners for their extra time and effort in making the new paradigm of the new structure work.


Report of the Executive Director – Ty Warner

Indiana Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly wrote a joint letter with the two Illinois Senators challenging the notice of proposed federal rulemaking on consolidation of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), which could require the merger of NIRPC with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). Ty Warner thanked Congressional staff members Rebecca Holwerda (Sen. Coats) and Justin Mount (Sen. Donnelly) for the support of the Senators. There was also a joint letter sent from Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-IN) and Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL), which was also much appreciated. Warner also thanked Representative Ed Soliday for his letter of opposition to the rule. The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee signed a joint letter which said this proposed rulemaking is not at all what they had intended by the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act. There was a large outpouring across the country against the proposed rulemaking. The relatively short comment period is closed. Jim Ton added that NIRPC sent a letter objecting to the process that had been taking place, as well as the inherent problems. Several municipalities penned their objections as well.


Finance & Personnel Committee:


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NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION


FINANCE AND PERSONNEL COMMITTEE


September 15, 2016 Radisson at Star Plaza, Ellington Room

Merrillville, Indiana


Members Present

Staff and Others Present

Robert Carnahan

Ty Warner

Dave Decker

Angie Hayes

Richard Hardaway

Kelly Wenger

Diane Noll - Chair

George Topoll

Dave Shafer

Greg Stinson

Members Absent

Christine Cid

Anthony Copeland

Ron Meer


Call to Order


The meeting was called to order at 8:00 a.m. by Diane Noll.


Approval of Minutes


Upon a motion by Dave Shafer, seconded by Greg Stinson (the Hat), the Committee approved the minutes of the July 21, 2016 meeting.


Review of Financial Status


Angie Hayes presented the financial report. At this time there are no cash issues to report. The Budget to Actual reports were presented to the Committee. The total expenditures of the General Fund for the period ending August 31, 2016 are at 55.05%. The CAFR has been completed and is now available for viewing on the NIRPC website. The draft budget will be presented at the October meeting.


Approval of Claims Register


Kelly Wenger presented the claims register to the Committee for approval. Upon a motion by Robert Carnahan, seconded by Richard Hardaway, the Committee approved the claims register.


SRF Consulting Group Inc. Contract Amendment


Diane Noll presented two contract amendments with SRF for the Transit Feasibility Study work being completed for the City of Hobart and the City of Portage. These are only date extensions, no additional money is being added to the contracts. Upon a motion by Dave Decker, seconded by Dave Shafer, the Committee approved the contract amendments.


Procurement Recommendation


Diane Noll presented procurement recommendation 16-21 for the procurement of the administration of an Air Quality Public Knowledge and Perception Survey. Upon a motion by Dave Decker, seconded by Richard Hardaway, the Committee recommended the procurement for approval by the Executive Board.


2016 Budget Amendments


Diane Noll presented budget amendment six to the committee which adds new revenue and contractual expenses for the I65/Route 30 Planning Study, and amendment seven which adds new revenue and contractual expenses for the Indiana Trails Study. Upon a motion by Dave Decker, seconded by Robert Carnahan, the Committee recommended the budget amendments for approval by the Executive Board.


Diane Noll presented budget amendment eight to the committee which transfers $1,700 from the Environmental contractual expenses into the Environmental programs communication expenses. Upon a motion by Robert Carnahan, seconded by Dave Schafer, the Committee recommended the budget amendment for approval by the Executive Board.


I-65 and U.S. 30 Planning Study Agreement


Diane Noll presented the agreement with Ratio Architects, Inc. for consulting services on the I- 65 and U.S. 30 Safety Planning Project. Upon a motion by Dave Shafer, seconded by Dave Decker, the Committee recommended the agreement for approval by the Executive Board.


Indiana Trails Study Agreement


Diane Noll presented the agreement with the Trustees of Indiana University for the Indiana Trail Study. Upon a motion by Greg Stinson, seconded by Dave Shafer, the Committee recommended the agreement for approval by the Executive Board.


Other Business


Diane Noll brought up the fact that Tyson Warner’s contract is up for renewal at the end of 2016. An executive session was set for October 20th at 8:00 am prior to the Finance and Personnel meeting to discuss Mr. Warner’s contract.


Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:28 a.m.

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT POLICY COMMITTEE

NIRPC- Lake Michigan Room September 1, 2016


Members/Guests: Geof Benson, Brenda Scott Henry, Deb Backhus, Kaitlyn McClain, Mike Molnar, George Malis, Tim Kingsland, Jan Bapst, Leslie Dorworth, Lynda Lancaster, Dorreen Carey, Ellen Kapitan, Bill Emerson Jr., Jennifer Gadzala, George Topoll, Catherine Yoder, Eric Foster, Elizabeth McCloskey, Chandra Viswanathan, Natalie Johnson


NIRPC Staff: Kathy Luther, Sarah Geinosky, Joe Exl, Meredith Stilwell


Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance

Chairman Benson called the meeting to order at 9:04 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and self-introductions.


Approval of July 7, 2016 EMPC Minutes

On motion by George Topoll and second by Tim Kingsland, the July 7, 2016 EMPC meeting minutes were unanimously approved as presented.


Presentations:


  1. Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program – Dorreen Carey, IDNR Coastal Program

    The Lake Michigan Coastal Nonpoint Program is the coastal piece focusing on impaired tributaries to Lake Michigan in the coastal region of Lake, Porter and La Porte Counties. In 2006 the Program was given conditional approval by EPA, with additional management measures to meet. By 2012 several of those measures had been met and by 2016 all had been met except one, which is the measure for ensuing that Operating Septic Systems are inspected at a frequency adequate to ascertain whether the system is failing. The final approval of this remaining management measure must be met by 2019 or risk monetary penalties to NOAA and EPA 319 funding to the State of Indiana. The Northwest Indiana Septic System Coordination Work Group has been meeting since early 2013 to develop collaborative plans and implementation strategies to address the potential impacts of failing septic systems on local water quality and public health. Accomplishments have been made by the Work Group one of which includes an ordinance passed by La Porte County in April 2016 requiring inspection of septic systems at the time of property transfer. If all Counties passed ordinances such as this, the management measure would eventually be met. The Work Group will be developing a Coastal Septic System outreach and education program to be funded through the Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program. SepticSmart Week for 2016 will be September 19-23 at the State and Local level. NIRPC passed a resolution in 2015 supporting SepticSmart week and was asked to do the same for 2016. A motion was made by George Topoll and seconded by Bill Emerson for the EMPC to recommend a resolution in support of the 2016 SepticSmart week to the Full Commission. With no opposition it, the motion passed.


  2. Save the Dunes Landscaping Guide

Due to unexpected circumstances, the presenters were unable to make the meeting.



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NIRPC Business:


  1. Greenways and Blueways 2020 Update – Kathy Luther, Joe Exl, Sarah Geinosky, NIRPC

    Kathy reviewed the potential scoring criteria created from the July EMPC meeting keypad polling exercise. Discussion was held and many questions asked. Confusion was voiced over the purpose of the scoring. While Kathy intended the scoring to be used to prioritize conservation corridors in the region, some thought the purpose was to use the scoring for funding purposes. A map of region conservation corridors was made available for people to review and identify any missing corridors. The discussion resulted in a determination to convene a small group together to move forward and try to add economic values to the corridors as well.


    Public Comment: None


    Announcements:


    Meeting adjourned at 10:40 a.m.


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    Technical Planning Committee Meeting

    NIRPC Lake Michigan Room 6100 Southport Road, Portage September 13, 2016

    MINUTES


    Members Present

    Michael Griffin, Dave Shafer, Kevin Breitzke, Geof Benson, George Topoll, Nick Meyer, Margot Sabato, Taylor Wegrzyn, Mark O’Dell, Tom MacLennan, Robin Barzoni-Tillman, David Wright, Rebecca Williams, Beth Shrader, Kay Nelson, John Parsons, Lyndsay Quist, Susan Orona and William Emerson, Jr.


    Guests

    Michael Noland, Joe Crnkovich, Mary Jane Thomas, Jeff Huet, Woody Dresden, Teri Dixon, Claudia Taylor, Jerry Siska, Mark Gordish, Ray Riddell, Ismail Attallah, Gerald Heimsoth, Stephen Stofko, Tony Stofko, James Mandon, La’Kisha Girder, Lori Latham, Jake Dammarell, Vince Epps, Dennis Cobb, Al Walus, Deb Backhus and Andrew Steele.


    NIRPC Staff

    Steve Strains, Gary Evers, Kathy Luther, Sarah Geinosky, Stephen Sostaric, Scott Weber, James Winters, Gabrielle Biciunas, Belinda Petroskey, Amanda Pollard and Mary Thorne.


    1. Call to Order, Opening and Announcements

      1. Michael Griffin, Chairman, called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and self-introductions. There were two amendments to the agenda: action on the NICTD double- Tracking Environmental Justice Analysis and action on Amendment #30 to the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program will not be taken today.

      2. The INDOT voluntary participation survey was available for attendees to complete.

      3. On a motion by Geof Benson and a second by Dave Shafer, the minutes of the August 9, 2016 Technical Planning Committee meeting were approved as presented.


    2. Presentation

      David Wright, Gary Public Transportation Corp. presented a review of GPTC’s Broadway Rapid Bus service and operating costs, alignment alternatives, route numbering recommendations and the results of the route naming poll. Open Houses will take place on September 8 from 4 p.m. to 5:30

      p.m. at the Metro Center, in Gary and September 29 at 2 p.m. at the office of Everybody Counts, 9111 Broadway in Merrillville. A public hearing will be held on October 6 at 5:30 at the Metro Center. The Board will select the final preferred alignment, adopt the revised route numbering and adopt a name for the rapid service.


    3. Implementation Planning

      1. Gary Evers presented on the “B-List” project solicitation kickoff and schedule. INDOT has a policy that MPOs spend down all monies by the state fiscal year end of June 30. Having a pre-selected list of backup projects will permit us to bring new projects into our spending plan and TIP quickly.

        This B-List process will prevent us having to return funds to INDOT should a project letting be cancelled or delayed. These leftover funds have been a boon for transit and through the B-List process we will now be able to obligate money to projects, which will involve construction. Gary Evers described the types of shovel-ready projects that could be added to the list for planning or capital assistance, transit operating assistance and low-cost construction projects with a cost of

        $500,000 federal or less. The time of year may dictate what types of B-List projects pulled off the list and actually funded. Some types can take 90 to 120 days to get funds obligated. Funds for transit projects can be transferred from FHWA to FTA within 30 days. Projects can be pulled off the list and funded at two times during the year: In the fall, all types of projects can be funded and in the spring, only transit and planning projects can be funded. The intent of this process is to implement projects that support the Comprehensive Regional Plan (CRP). Restrictions include: no freight railroads or bridge replacement projects, Project Engineering (PE) is required on all construction projects, no right of way, and on-system pavement projects only. There is no guarantee of funding for any project.


        Gary Evers announced the preferred timeline. Applications are due by September 30. A meeting must be held to rank the projects. The topical committees would validate the rankings on October 5. This committee would review the rankings on vote on October 11 with action by the Commission on October 20, as the Commission does not meet in November. Discussion of the process and timeline issues followed. Michael Griffin suggested that an ad-hoc committee could be formed to finalize the solicitation more quickly and enable this timeline to be followed. This committee would be comprised of volunteering members of the TPC and recognized by the NIRPC Chair at the Board meeting on Thursday. This subcommittee of the TPC would review the solicitation and make final edits for its release. Dave Shafer made a motion to create an ad hoc committee to review the solicitation and make final edits for its release. Kevin Breitzke seconded the motion. Discussion followed. David Wright was concerned that the call for projects comes out based on criteria on which neither the full TPC nor the non-voting members have an opportunity to provide any input. Gary Evers said the La Porte County Transportation Resource

        & Oversight Committee met yesterday and reached consensus to opt out of the discussion and create their own B-List of projects at their meeting on October 6. Michael Griffin commented that the vote today would enable representation on this committee’s behalf in order to avoid having another meeting of the full TPC in a week or so and this is due to time constraints in getting a fall solicitation through. In answer to David Wright’s question about comments received so far, Gary Evers said there is one major comment by an engineer which needs to be closely considered. On a call for question, the TPC voted to create the ad hoc committee with one vote of “no” by David Wright.


      2. Scott Weber presented on the Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor Bridge Congestion Management Process. Items that needed to be addressed included data collection, identification of area of application, evaluation of growth and development scenarios to identify future congestion problems in the context of the CRP, and identify and evaluate strategies. The conclusion of the congestion management process for the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor second bridge project shows that only the added second bridge strategy for improving congestion outperforms the existing 2015 Level of Service in 2040. The project is therefore recommended to pass the NIRPC

        Congestion Management Process. In response to a question by Dave Shafer, Lyndsay Quist responded that access to the Port would not be interrupted when future bridge repair is done. One bridge would close for repair and traffic would divert to the other bridge. On a motion by Kay Nelson and a second by Kevin Breitzke, the TPC voted to recommend adoption by the Commission of the Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor Bridge Congestion Management Process.


      3. James Winters presented on the Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor Bridge Environmental Justice Analysis. While the proposed corridor passes directly through Northwestern Indiana’s Environmental Justice population, the changes proposed are all within an established industrial area property owned by the Port of Indiana and no new property needs to be acquired. The proposed bridge is small and isolated within an industrial area and will have no positive nor negative impact on the EJ population. On a motion by Kevin Breitzke and a second by George Topoll, the TPC voted to recommend adoption by the Commission of the Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor Bridge Environmental Justice Analysis.


        James Winters said the action on the NICTD Double-Tracking Environmental Justice Analysis was being delayed.


    4. Transportation Programming.

      Gary Evers said that the action on the FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program Amendment #30 will be deferred to the October TPC meeting as the public comment period closes four hours after the Board meeting on Thursday. Also, there was an error within the text of the amendment for one of the projects and finally, a member of the Interagency Consultation Group is out of the country and have not yet concluded their review of the document. INDOT has agreed to the delay.


    5. Topical Committee Reports

      1. Environmental Management Policy Committee – Geof Benson said the committee is submitting a resolution to the NIRPC Board on Thursday in support of the SepticSmart Week.

      2. Ped Pedal & Paddle Committee – No report.

      3. Transit Operators Roundtable – No report.

      4. Land Use Committee – Gabrielle Biciunas said the committee met on September 17 to provide history of the committee, select new members, review the committee purpose and the next year will focus on Phase II of the Creating Livable Centers initiative. The next meeting is October 19 at 10 a.m. at NIRPC.

      5. Rail Vision Workgroup/Freight – No report.

      6. Surface Transportation Committee – No report.


    6. Planning Partners

      1. Teri Dixon said CMAP is waiting for the MPO Coordination rulemaking. The comment period was not extended.

      2. Susan Orona said comments were received from MPOs across the country on the rulemaking.


    7. Public Comment on Agenda Items – There were no requests for public comment.


    8. Emerging Trends – There was no presentation.

    9. Other Business, Staff Announcements and Upcoming Meetings

      1. There were no announcements nor other business.


      2. Upcoming Meetings at NIRPC –

        • Michael Griffin reminded those present that the Executive Board will meet on Thursday, September 15 at 9 a.m. in the Ambassador Room on the 2nd Floor of The Radisson, 800 E 81st Ave. in Merrillville. The One Region event will follow.

        • The Ped, Pedal & Paddle Committee will meet on Thursday, September 22 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lake Michigan Room at the NIRPC office.

        • The Environmental Management Policy Committee will meet on Thursday October 6 at 9

          a.m. in the Lake Michigan Room at the NIRPC office.

        • Other topical committee meetings will be announced as they are scheduled.

The next meeting of the Technical Planning Committee will be on October 11, 2016 at 9 a.m. in the Lake Michigan Room at the NIRPC office.

Hearing no other business, Michael Griffin adjourned the meeting at 10:20 a.m.


A Digital MP3 of this meeting is filed. Contact Mary Thorne at the phone number or email below should you wish to receive a copy or a portion of it.


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.


RESOLUTION 16-30


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION AMENDING THE

2016-2019 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR LAKE, PORTER, AND LAPORTE COUNTIES, INDIANA

AMENDMENT NO. 30

October 20, 2016


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 and 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 interests; and


WHEREAS, the Commission performs the above activities to satisfy requirements of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 (PL 114-94), applicable portions of all prior federal transportation program authorizing legislation, as well as other federal, state, and local laws mandating or authorizing transportation planning activities; and


WHEREAS, the FY 2016-2019 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), as amended; and


WHEREAS, the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program is an implementation of the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan (CRP), as amended; is fiscally constrained, and is consistent with the State Implementation Plan for Air Quality; and

WHEREAS, the FY 2016-2019 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 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program brought about by this amendment were reviewed by the Air Quality Conformity Task Force’s Interagency Consultation Group (ICG); and


WHEREAS, the changes to the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program brought about by this amendment were subjected to public comment in the manner prescribed by the 2014 Public Participation Plan with no comments received; and


WHEREAS, the Technical Policy Committee (TPC) has recommended that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission make these changes to the 2016- 2019 Transportation Improvement Program.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission hereby amends the 2016-2019 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 October, 2016.



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James G. Ton Chairperson


ATTEST:



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Geof R. Benson Secretary


2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, Indiana

Amendment #30 October 2016

New or Significantly Modified INDOT Projects/Project Phases

Federal

Funds

DES

Sponsor

Project

Action Requested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal


1601188


INDOT for IDNR

Pavement project at Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area near Kingsbury in LaPorte County.


Add New Phase

State STBG


CN


2017


$ 70,000


$ -


$ 14,000


1601186


INDOT for IDNR

Pavement project at IDNR Headquarters in Michigan City.

Add New Phase


Bridge

PE

2017

$ 10,000

$ -

$ 10,000

Add New Phase

CN

2017

$ 120,000

$ -

$ 120,000


1172270


INDOT

I-94 Pipe Lning (0.65 miles EAST of JCT with US 20 in LaPorte County)

Add New Phase


Bridge

PE

2017

$ 10,000

$ 8,000

$ 2,000

Add New Phase

RW

2017

$ 20,000

$ 16,000

$ 4,000

Cost to complete: $231,000.


1296518


INDOT

US 421 HMA Overlay, Preventive Maintenance. (From SR 10 North JCT to US 30)

Add New Phase

NHPP

Non- Interstate

PE

2017

$ 56,000

$ 44,800

$ 11,200

Add New Phase

RW

2017

$ 20,000

$ 16,000

$ 4,000

Located in LaPorte County (12.3 miles) and Starke County (2.87 miles). Cost to complete: $3,860,000.


1601381


INDOT

SR 55 New Signal Installation. (at 129th Ave, located 2.14 miles south of US 231)

Add New Phase

State STBG

PE

2017

$ 15,000

$ 12,000

$ 3,000

Add New Phase

CN

2018

$ 140,000

$ 112,000

$ 28,000

Located in unincorporated Lake County.


1601138


INDOT

Patch & Rehab Pavement at various locations throughout LaPorte District.


Add New Phase

State STBG

PE

2017

$ 50,000

$ 40,000

$ 10,000

CN

2017

$ 1,000,000

$ 800,000

$ 200,000


Federal

Funds

DES

Sponsor

Project

Action Requested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal

Bridge Maintenance & Repair at

1601710 INDOT various locations throughout Add New Phase State

LaPorte District. STBG

PE

2017

$ 50,000

$ 40,000

$ 10,000


1382742

INDOT

Railroad Protection: 93rd Avenu at NS RR in St. John.

e Add New Phase

Sec 130

CN

2017

$

407,000

$

407,000

$

-

1382743

INDOT

Railroad Protection: Thielen Street

at NS RR in St. John. Add New Phase

Sec 130

CN

2017

$

358,000

$

358,000

$

-


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Federal

Funds

DES

Sponsor

Project

Action Requested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal

Bridge Maintenance & Repair at

1601710 INDOT various locations throughout Add New Phase State

LaPorte District. STBG

PE

2017

$ 50,000

$ 40,000

$ 10,000

2018 2019

Additional Railroad Protection projects. All funded at 100% federal with PE in 2018 and CN in 2019. PE Cost (100%

Federal)

CN Cost (100%

Federal)



1600448


INDOT

Railroad Protection: Tryon Road at CSX DOT #232070F in

Michigan City


Add New Phase


Sec 130


$


20,000


$


320,000

1600449

INDOT

Railroad Protection: Tilden Street

at CSX RR DOT #232080L in

Add New Phase

Sec 130

$

20,000

$

320,000


1600450


INDOT

Railroad Protection: Sohl Street at IHB DOT #326991C in Hammond


Add New Phase


Sec 130


$


20,000


$


400,000


1600451


INDOT

Railroad Protection: Roeske Ave at CSX DOT #232074H in

Michigan City


Add New Phase


Sec 130


$


20,000


$


320,000


1600452


INDOT

Railroad Protection: Greenwood Ave at CSX DOT #232075P in

Michigan City


Add New Phase


Sec 130


$


20,000


$


320,000


1600454


INDOT

Railroad Protection: Carroll Ave at CSX DOT #232077D in

Michigan City


Add New Phase


Sec 130


$


20,000


$


320,000


1600455


INDOT

Railroad Protection: Calumet St at NS RR DOT #522625P in

Chesterton


Add New Phase


Sec 130


$


20,000


$


320,000


1601122


INDOT

Railroad Protection: 15th Street

at CSX Railroad DOT # 232115K in Chesterton


Add New Phase


Sec 130


$


20,000


$


400,000


Federal

Funds

DES

Sponsor

Project

Action Requested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal


1601747


INDOT

Pavement Markings at various locations throughout LaPorte

District.


Add New Phase

NHPP

Interstate


CN


2017


$ 1,200,000


$ 960,000


$ 240,000


1601746


INDOT

US 6 Concrete Pavement Restoration


Add New Phase

NHPP

Non- Interstate

CN

2017

$ 630,000

$ 504,000

$ 126,000

PE

2017

$ 104,500

$ 83,600

$ 20,900

Located at intersection of US 421 south of Westville, LaPorte County.


1601758


INDOT

US 12 Signs, Lighting, Signals And Markings at Moore Rd.


Add New Phase

NHPP

Non- Interstate

CN

2017

$ 55,600

$ 44,480

$ 11,120

PE

2017

$ 6,000

$ 4,800

$ 1,200

At intersection of US 12 with Moore Rd, located about 0.58 miles East of SR 212 in Michigan City, LaPorte County.


1601759


INDOT

SR 2 Signs, Lighting, Signals And Markings at Clark/Holtz Rd.


Add New Phase

NHPP

Non- Interstate

CN

2017

$ 47,300

$ 37,840

$ 9,460

PE

2017

$ 5,000

$ 4,000

$ 1,000

At intersection of SR 2 with Clark/Holtz Rd, located adjacent to Lowell High School in Lowell, Lake County.


1601760


INDOT

US 41 Signs, Lighting, Signals And Markings at Gostlin St.


Add New Phase

NHPP

Non- Interstate

CN

2017

$ 43,400

$ 34,720

$ 8,680

PE

2017

$ 17,000

$ 13,600

$ 3,400

At intersection of US 41 with Gostlin St, located about 0.29 miles East of the Toll Road in Hammond, Lake County.


1601761


INDOT

US 20 Signs, Lighting, Signals And Markings at Fail Rd.


Add New Phase

NHPP

Non- Interstate

CN

2017

$ 32,000

$ 25,600

$ 6,400

PE

2017

$ 3,200

$ 2,560

$ 640

At intersection of US 20 with Fail Rd, located about 0.6 miles West of the Toll Road in unincorporated LaPorte County.


1601762


INDOT

US 20 Signs, Lighting, Signals And Markings at SR 39.


Add New Phase

NHPP

Non- Interstate

CN

2017

$ 34,000

$ 27,200

$ 6,800

PE

2017

$ 3,400

$ 2,720

$ 680

At intersection of US 20 with SR 39, located about 3.6 miles East of I-94 in unincorporated LaPorte County.


Federal

Funds

DES

Sponsor

Project

Action Requested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal


1601763


INDOT

SR 2 Signs, Lighting, Signals And Markings at US 30.


Add New Phase

NHPP

Non- Interstate

CN

2017

$ 37,000

$ 29,600

$ 7,400

PE

2017

$ 3,700

$ 2,960

$ 740

At intersection of SR 2 with US 30, located about 2.2 miles West of SR 49 in Valparaiso, Porter County.


1601764


INDOT

SR 49 Signs, Lighting, Signals And Markings at Division Rd.


Add New Phase

NHPP

Non- Interstate

CN

2017

$ 48,000

$ 38,400

$ 9,600

PE

2017

$ 17,000

$ 13,600

$ 3,400

At intersection of SR 49 with Division Rd, located about 1.34 miles South of US 30 in unincorporated Porter County.


1601716


INDOT


US 12 Realignment and US 20 reconstruction in Miller Neighborhood of Gary.


Add New Phase


NHPP

Non- Interstate

PE

2017

$ 230,000

$ 184,000

$ 46,000

RW

2018

$ 50,000

$ 40,000

$ 10,000

CN

2019

$ 2,300,000

$ 1,840,000

$ 460,000

Involves construction of a new 450' connecting roadway from existing US 12 to existing US 20 at a point located approximately 925' East of Lake Street.

Involves reconstruction of US 20 from a point located approximately 925' East of Lake Street West to the current intersection of US 12 and US 20.

Involves relinquishment of US 12 from the current intersection of US 12 and US 20 East to a point located approximately 925' East of Lake Street. Length: 0.99 miles.


RESOLUTION 16-31


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION AMENDING THE

2016-2019 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR LAKE, PORTER, AND LAPORTE COUNTIES, INDIANA

AMENDMENT NO. 31

October 20, 2016


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 and 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 interests; and


WHEREAS, the Commission performs the above activities to satisfy requirements of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 (PL 114-94), applicable portions of all prior federal transportation program authorizing legislation, as well as other federal, state, and local laws mandating or authorizing transportation planning activities; and


WHEREAS, the FY 2016-2019 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), as amended; and


WHEREAS, the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program is an implementation of the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan (CRP), as amended; is fiscally constrained, and is consistent with the State Implementation Plan for Air Quality; and

WHEREAS, the FY 2016-2019 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 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program brought about by this amendment were reviewed by the Air Quality Conformity Task Force’s Interagency Consultation Group (ICG); and


WHEREAS, the changes to the FY 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program brought about by this amendment were subjected to public comment in the manner prescribed by the 2014 Public Participation Plan with no comments received; and


WHEREAS, the Technical Policy Committee (TPC) has recommended that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission make these changes to the 2016- 2019 Transportation Improvement Program.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission hereby amends the 2016-2019 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 October, 2016.



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James G. Ton Chairperson


ATTEST:



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Geof R. Benson Secretary


2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, Indiana

Amendment #31 October 2016


New or Modified LPA Projects/Project Phases

Federal

Funds

DES

Sponsor

Project

Action Requested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal


0900080


Portage

Willowcreek Rd Intersection Improvements at Central Ave.


Add New Phase

PYB

Chicago UA


PE


2017


$ 139,050


$ 111,240


$ 27,810

Cost to complete: $1,626,000. CN in 2018.


0300602


Portage

Iron Horse Heritage Trail, Hamstrom Rd to Porter Ave


Add New Phase

CMAQ

Chicago UA


PE


2017


$ 100,000


$ 80,000


$ 20,000

Cost to complete: $305,850. CN in 2018.


1592418


Schererville

Town-wide Warning & Regulatory Sign Replacement


Increase Award

HSIP

Chicago UA


CN


2017


$ 277,778


$ 250,000


$ 27,778


1600543


NIRPC

Conduct Origin/Destination Study

(UPWP)

Add New Phase

(Carryover Funds)

PL

CN

2017

$ 145,290.36

$ 116,232.29

$ 29,058.07

US 30/I-65 Area Corridor Study (UPWP)

Add New Phase (Carryover Funds)

HSIP

Chicago UA


CN


2017


$ 288,946.53


$ 288,946.53


$ -


Air Quality Public Education (UPWP)

Add New Phase (Carryover Funds)

CMAQ

Chicago

UA


CN


2017


$ 278,766.80


$ 223,013.44


$ 55,753.36

Add New Phase (Carryover Funds)

CMAQ

Chicago UA


CN


2017


$ 221,774.95


$ 177,419.96


$ 44,354.99


1382659


Hammond

Marquette Greenway Interstate Connector (Hammond Lake Front Park to State Line).


Change Phase Year

TAP

Chicago UA


RW


2017


$ 157,350


$ 125,880


$ 31,470

CN in 2018. Cost to Complete: $482,350. Length: 1.0 miles.


Federal

Funds

DES

Sponsor

Project

Action Requested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal


1592274


Highland

Trail Signage Purchase & Installation on Erie-Lackawanna & Prairie-Duneland Trails.


Increase Award

TAP

Chicago UA


PE


2017


$ 115,000


$ 92,000


$ 23,000

Cost to Complete: $350,000.


1601818


LaPorte (City)

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Boyd Blvd from SR

4 to Ohio St)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 24,950


$ 19,960


$ 4,990

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Kingsbury Ave from Green Acres Dr. to

Graceland)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 8,080


$ 6,464


$ 1,616

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (18th St from SR 39

to Andrew Ave)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 12,025


$ 9,620


$ 2,405

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Fail Rd from SR 2

to Corp Limit)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 16,100


$ 12,880


$ 3,220

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Maple Ave from Michigan St to Indiana Ave)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 2,875


$ 2,300


$ 575

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (First St from "I" St

to Jefferson St)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 2,450


$ 1,960


$ 490

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: ("A" St from 10th St to 2nd St). Includes Curb Cuts.


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 109,200


$ 87,360


$ 21,840

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Michigan St from Alexander St to Kingsbury).

Includes Curb Cuts.


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 157,631


$ 126,105


$ 31,526


Federal

Funds

DES

Sponsor

Project

Action Requested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal


1601818


LaPorte (City)

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Michigan St from Harrison St Alexander St).

Includes Curb Cuts.


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 57,223


$ 45,778


$ 11,445

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Edgewood St from

Division St to Ohio St)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 2,750


$ 2,200


$ 550

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Michigan St from

Maple Ave to SR 2)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 21,945


$ 17,556


$ 4,389

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Larson St from

Bach St to Berkel)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 6,075


$ 4,860


$ 1,215

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Madison St from SR 2 North to US 35/SR 39 Ramp

@ Perry St)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 12,425


$ 9,940


$ 2,485

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Andrew Ave from

18th St to 16th St)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 3,140


$ 2,512


$ 628

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Boston St from

North St to Bach St)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 6,390


$ 5,112


$ 1,278

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Genesis Dr from

Koomler St to Corp Limit)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 8,360


$ 6,688


$ 1,672

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Michigan St from Harrison St to Maple Ave)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 1,030


$ 824


$ 206

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Lake Shore Dr from

Oakwook St to US 35)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 56,682


$ 45,346


$ 11,336

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (2nd St from Zigler

Rd to Colfax St)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 16,335


$ 13,068


$ 3,267

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (2nd St from Colfax

St to Wabash St)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 3,980


$ 3,184


$ 796


Federal

Funds

DES

Sponsor

Project

Action Requested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (2nd St from

Wabash St to M St)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 14,429


$ 11,543


$ 2,886

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Colfax St from SR

2 to 5th St)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 5,665


$ 4,532


$ 1,133


1601818


LaPorte (City)

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Colfax St from 5th

St to 2nd St)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 2,195


$ 1,756


$ 439

Construction Engineering on 21

PM Projects

Add New Phase

STBG II

CE

2017

$ 68,992

$ 55,194

$ 13,798

Total Length: 33,946 feet (6.4 miles). CN Only Cost: $551,935.

Pavement Management Asset Plan approved by FHWA and INDOT on 09/29/2016.


1401030


Crown Point

125th Ave Intersect. Improv. W/ Added Turn Lanes


Increase Award

HSIP

Chicago UA


RW


2017


$ 350,000


$ 315,000


$ 35,000

CN in 2019. Cost to Complete: $1,908,940.


1592420


Merrillville


Central Lake County Signal Pre- Emption Project


Increase Award

HSIP

Chicago

UA


PE


2017


$ 246,308


$ 221,677


$ 24,631

Change Year; Increase Award

HSIP

Chicago UA


CN


2019


$ 2,373,188


$ 2,135,869


$ 237,319


1401032


Gary

University Park (SR 53) Crosswalk Improvements between 33rd Ave to 35th Ave. Includes Lighting.

Companion to 1006636.


Add Phase.


HSIP

Chicago UA


PE


2017


$ 24,600


$ 19,680


$ 4,920

Piggybacking this work (PE & CN) onto INDOT project 1006636. CN in 2017.


1601726


Winfield

Hawk Signal on Randolph St. Cost to complete (2020) $90,000.


Add Phase.

HSIP

Chicago UA


PE


2017


$ 12,000


$ 10,800


$ 1,200


Federal

Funds

DES

Sponsor

Project

Action Requested

Funds

Phase

Year

Total

Federal

Non-Federal


1601727


Winfield

Flashing warning beacons for school zone on Randolph Street.

Cost to complete (2020):

$13,000.


Add Phase.

HSIP

Chicago UA


PE


2017


$ 3,000


$ 2,700


$ 300


1601728


Winfield

Advance signage for limited intersection visibility on 109th Avenue. Cost to complete (2020):

$8,030.


Add Phase.

HSIP

Chicago UA


PE


2017


$ 2,030


$ 1,827


$ 203


1601211


Lake County

Alternative Fuel Infrastructure (Truck Stop Electrification). Flying J at I-65 & SR 2. 3P Agreement


Add Phase.

CMAQ

Chicago UA


PE


2018


$ 433,732


$ 329,386


$ 104,346


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Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Boyd Blvd from SR 4 to Ohio St) Pavement Preventive

Maintenance: (Kingsbury


Add New Phase


Add New


STBG II CN 2017


$ 24,950

Ave from Green Acres Dr.

Phase STBG II CN 2017

$ 8,080

to Graceland)

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (18th St from SR 39 to Andrew Ave)

Pavement Preventive


Add New

Phase STBG II CN 2017


$ 12,025


Pending

LaPorte (City)

Maintenance: (Fail Rd from SR 2 to Corp Limit) Pavement Preventive

Maintenance: (Maple Ave

Add New

Phase


Add New

STBG II CN 2017

$ 16,100

from Michigan St to Indiana

Phase STBG II CN 2017

$ 2,875

Ave)

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (First St from "I" St to Jefferson St)

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: ("A" St from 10th St to 2nd St). Includes


Add New

Phase STBG II CN 2017


Add New

Phase STBG II CN 2017


$ 2,450


$ 109,200

Curb Cuts. Pavement Preventive

Maintenance: (Michigan St

from Alexander St to Kingsbury). Includes Curb

Add New

Phase

STBG II CN 2017

$ 157,631

Cuts. Pavement Preventive

Maintenance: (Michigan St

from Harrison St to Alexander St). Includes Curb

Add New

Phase

STBG II CN 2017

$ 57,223

Cuts.

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Edgewood St from Division St to Ohio St)


Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Michigan St from Maple Ave to SR 2)

Pavement Preventive


Add New

Phase STBG II CN 2017


Add New

Phase STBG II CN 2017


$ 2,750


$ 21,945

Maintenance: (Larson St from Bach St to Berkel)

Add New

Phase

STBG II CN 2017

$ 6,075



Pending


LaPorte (City)

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Madison St from SR 2 North to US 35/SR 39 Ramp @ Perry

St)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 12,425

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Andrew Ave from 18th St to 16th St)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 3,140

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Boston St

from North St to Bach St)

Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 6,390

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Genesis Dr from Koomler St to Corp

Limit)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 8,360

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Michigan St from Harrison St to Maple

Ave)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 1,030

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (Lake Shore Dr from Oakwook St to US

35)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 56,682

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (2nd St from Zigler Rd to Colfax St)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 16,335

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (2nd St from Colfax St to Wabash St)


Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 3,980

Pavement Preventive Maintenance: (2nd St from

Wabash St to M St)

Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 14,429

Pavement Preventive

Maintenance: (Colfax St from SR 2 to 5th St)

Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 5,665


Pending


LaPorte (City)

Pavement Preventive

Maintenance: (Colfax St from 5th St to 2nd St)

Add New Phase


STBG II


CN


2017


$ 2,195

Construction Engineering on

21 PM Projects

Add New

Phase

STBG II

CE

2017

$ 68,992

Total Length: 33,946 feet (6.4 miles). CN Only Cost: $551,935.

Pavement Management Asset Plan approved by FHWA and INDOT on 09/29/2016.


Begin

End

Lat

Long

Lat

Long


$ 19,960


$ 4,990


41.35.58


86.41.17


41.36.27


86.41.16


$ 6,464


$ 1,616


41.35.37


86.42.32


41.36.03


82.46.30


$ 9,620


$ 2,405


41.35.26


86.41.21


41.35.27


86.44.02


$ 12,880


$ 3,220


41.38.07


86.40.47


41.37.49


86.40.47


$ 2,300


$ 575


41.36.33


86.43.15


41.36.33


86.43.12


$ 1,960


$ 490


41.36.23


86.43.44


41.36.23


86.43.41


$ 87,360


$ 21,840


41.35.55


86.46.10


41.36.19


86.43.09


$ 126,105


$ 31,526


41.36.19


86.42.58


41.35.50


86.42.33


$ 45,778


$ 11,445


41.36.19


86.42.58


41.36.32


86.43.09


$ 2,200


$ 550


41.36.32


86.42.00


41.36.36


86.42.00


$ 17,556


$ 4,389


41.36.34


86.43.12


41.36.39


86.43.16


$ 4,860


$ 1,215


41.37.15


86.42.34


41.37.22


86.42.31


image


$ 9,940

$ 2,485

41.36.36

86.43.24

41.36.44

86.43.36


$ 2,512


$ 628


41.35.27


86.44.02


41.35.36


86.44.02


$ 5,112


$ 1,278


41.37.00


86.42.24


41.37.15


86.42.34


$ 6,688


$ 1,672


41.37.41


86.42.31


41.38.07


86.42.32


$ 824


$ 206


41.36.32


86.43.09


41.36.34


86.43.12


$ 45,346


$ 11,336


41.36.55


86.44.19


41.37.08


86.44.09


$ 13,068


$ 3,267


41.36.15


86.44.50


41.36.20


86.44.17


$ 3,184


$ 796


41.36.20


86.44.17


41.36.20


86.44.09


$ 11,543


$ 2,886


41.36.20


86.44.09


41.36.20


84.44.01


$ 4,532


$ 1,133


41.36.10


86.44.17


41.36.20


86.44.17


$ 1,756


$ 439


41.36.10


86.44.17


41.36.01


86.44.17

$ 55,194

$ 13,798


RESOLUTION 16-32


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION TO SELECT NEW FEDERAL AID PROJECTS FOR STATE FISCAL YEAR 2017


WHEREAS, the citizens of Northwest Indiana require a safe, efficient and effective, resource-conserving regional transportation system to attain and maintain socially, economically and environmentally sound living conditions towards an improved quality of life;


WHEREAS, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, hereafter referred to as “The Commission”, being designated the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County Region, has established a regional, cooperative and comprehensive planning program to develop the unified planning work program, long-range transportation plan and transportation improvement program;


WHEREAS, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) allocates federal funds each year from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to Indiana’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations for use in undertaking Federal Aid projects under the Surface Transportation Program (STP), Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ), Highway Safety Improvement (HSIP), and Transportation Alternative Program (TAP), all of which were authorized under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (PL 114-94), enacted in December 2015;


WHEREAS, Project funding requests were solicited and received from eligible applicants within the Indiana portion of the Michigan City IN/MI Urbanized Area that would utilize surplus 2017 funds available; and


WHEREAS, The Transportation Resource Oversight Committee for LaPorte County reached consensus on and put forth a list of projects to receive these 2017 funds and the Technical Policy Committee has concurred with this recommendation.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Commission endorses and adopts the attached list of new Federal Aid projects to be implemented in LaPorte County in 2017.


Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on this twentieth day of October, two thousand and sixteen.



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James G. Ton Chairperson


ATTEST:



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Geof R. Benson Secretary

Transportation Resource Oversight Committee

LaPorte County


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B-List Recommendations for 2017


LPA

Project

Federal $

LaPorte County

Wayfinding Signage (Preliminary Engineering)

$ 20,000

Mich. City Transit

Bike Racks for 12 Public Transit Buses

$ 30,000

Michigan City

Singing Sands Trail IIII (Preliminary Engineering)

$ 167,801

LaCrosse

Sidewalk/Curb Cuts (Preliminary Engineering)

$ 20,000

LaPorte (City)

Wayfinding Signage Plan/Preliminary Engineering

$ 80,000

TOTAL

$317,801

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RESOLUTION 16-33


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION ADOPTING THE AMENDMENT OF THE UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017


WHEREAS, the preparation of a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is a necessary and required part of the metropolitan area transportation planning process as specified in 23 CFR 450.314; and by its State statutory authority, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is charged with planning responsibility in three domains of transportation, environment and economic development; and


WHEREAS, the work tasks described within NIRPC’s UPWP for the three-county northwestern Indiana region are in conjunction with the programs of the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and significant planning projects in the region by other agencies; and


WHEREAS, this program has been prepared for planning (PL), and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds through the Federal Highway Administration, Section 5303 technical study funds through the Federal Transit Administration, Sections 5307 and 5323 and planning funds through the Federal Transit Administration, private foundation, and NIRPC’s locally derived funds;


WHEREAS, the work elements contained in the program respond to the transportation and air quality planning needs of Northwest Indiana and are in keeping with federal requirements found in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 and accompanying guidelines and regulations;


WHEREAS, all regional transportation and other significant planning projects in the three-county region should be included in the UPWP;

WHEREAS, NIRPC is amending the UPWP for fiscal Year 2017 to add a new program and amend the budget of existing projects;

WHEREAS, the new program is a Household Travel Survey that will be funded from a carryover of Federal PL funds of $116,232.29 with 20% local match of $29,058.07 for a total of

$145,290.36.

WHEREAS, the purpose of this program is to ensure that NIRPC best informs stakeholders about travel patterns using reasonably current data about origins and destinations of transportation users within Northwest Indiana and between Northwest Indiana and the greater Chicago area; and

WHEREAS, this would help NIRPC satisfy the requirements of the Transportation Conformity Rule to validate a Travel Demand Model;

WHEREAS, the amendment also includes addition to the budget of a carryover from FY 2016 HSIP funding of $288,947 for the current I-65/ US 30 Safety Planning project. This funding includes a contractual service of $248,161; and

WHEREAS, amend the current budget of the Air Quality Education/ Outreach programs 2541 and 2542 that are listed under the NIRPC Programs element. A carryover of CMAQ funding of

$177,420 and $223,013 are allocated for programs 2541 and 2542 respectively in addition to 20% of local/other funds.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission adopts the Unified Planning Work Program first amendment of Fiscal Years 2017.

Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on this twentieth day of October, 2016.



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James G. Ton Chairperson


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Geof R. Benson Secretary

Amendment (1) to the Unified Planning Work Programs (UPWP) FYs 2017/2018:

Amendment 1 includes a new program and budget amendments to current projects.

Amendment 1-1:

A carry over of Federal PL funds of $116,232.29 in FY 2017 ($145,290.36 total with 20% local match) is allocated for a Household Travel Survey Program. The new program will be added to the Short Range Planning element of the report. The following is the program description:

5. HOUSEHOLD TRAVEL SURVEY


STAFF: SCOTT WEBER


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OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this task is to ensure that NIRPC best informs stakeholders about travel patterns using reasonably current data about origins and destinations of transportation users within NW Indiana and between NW Indiana and the greater Chicago area. Also, this would help NIRPC satistfy the requirements of the Transportation Conformity Rule to validate a Travel Demand Model no more than 10 years prior to the first year of a Conformity Determination.


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BACKGROUND:

NIRPC last completed a Household Travel Survey between 2007 and 2008 jointly with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) for the entire Chicago area including the NIRPC area. Staff has processed the Household Travel Survey data from the previous effort and incorporated it into the trip generation and trip distribution methods of the current travel demand model. However, nearly 10 years have passed since this data has been available, and NIRPC is required to keep the first horizon year in air quality conformity models validated with data no older than 10 years.


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WORK ELEMENTS/METHODOLOGY:

  1. Work with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) on the procurement process for vendor(s) to complete the work.

  2. Ensure that the scope of work in the CMAP-led procurement process requires data to be collected on travel patterns that include a substantial number of NW Indiana households. The methodology will most likely include significant use of smart phone data but with at least a minimal amount of user confirmation.

  3. Work with CMAP on selecting potential vendor(s) that satisfy the scope of work and other requirements.

  4. Work with the selected vendor(s) to conduct a pilot study of the data collection for the region.

  5. Plan a data collection timeframe to ensure that data collection takes place before the end of Fiscal Year 2017.

  6. Acquire post-processed and user manual-accessible data from the vendor(s)

    Amendment 1-2

    Item 2 of the amendment includes a carryover from FY 2016 HSIP funding of $288,947 for the I-65/ US 30 Safety Planning project. This funding includes a contractual service of $248,161. The project is described in page 127 of the UPWP report.

    Amendment 1-3

    Item 3 of the amendment includes a budget changes to the NIRPC Programs element that are listed as Air Quality Education/ Outreach. A carryover of CMAQ funding of $177,420 and $223,013 are allocated for program #s 2541 and 2542 respectively in addition to 20% of local/other funds. The following are the updated programs descriptions that are listed in pages 130-134 of the report:


    Section 9: NIRPC Programs


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    DGET 2017


    NIRPC Programs- 2017


    CMAQ

    Local or other Grants and Contracts


    Total

    2541 - Air Quality Education / Outreach

    177,420

    49,355

    226,775

    2542 – Air Quality Education / Outreach

    223,013

    55,753

    278,766

    2067 – Alternative Fuel

    40,000

    10,000

    50,000

    2538 - Deep River Portage Burns Waterway

    55,000

    55,000

    2539 – Solar Ready in Northwest Indiana

    25,000

    25,000

    2540 - Calumet Land Conservation Partnership

    50,000

    50,000

    1149/1150 NWI Brownfield Coalition

    10,000

    10,000

    Total

    440,433

    230,108

    670,541

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    STAFF: AMANDA POLLARD, MEREDITH STILWELL, KATHY LUTHER, 2541, 2542


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    OBJECTIVE:

    The mission of the multi-year program is to continue to develop and promote a highly visible, on-going effort to educate the residents of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties concerning their personal choices and that relationship to air quality, health and quality of life in northwest Indiana. The goal of the campaign is to expand the successful efforts of the eight year nationally recognized “It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air” program to include public education on alternative fuel

    vehicles, driver's education, ride share opportunities anti-idling benefits, and health issues. NIRPC will continue to work with public officials, public diesel fleet owners and operators, private sector decision-makers, universities, educators, students, the media and the general public on the air quality issues in northwest Indiana. The public education campaign is necessary to obtain public support, consensus and participation to achieve and maintain national air quality standards as designated in the Clean Air Act.


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    PAST WORK/BASIS:

    NIRPC has a long history of working on regional air quality issues with local, state, and federal partners. The Agency maintains a leadership role in many of the ongoing air quality initiatives in Northwest Indiana and has received recognition for the It All Adds Up To Cleaner Air public outreach program from US EPA and FHWA.

    To help promote the importance of clean air, 500 reusable bags and 375 lunch totes were distributed at Partners for Clean Air Open House events, the Partners for Clean Air luncheon, Earth Day events and radio remotes in 2015 and 2016. 33,000 educational/informational document holders were distributed to Clean Air Car Check emission testing sites, and a widely distributed newsletter was sent via email. The Post-Tribune (Newspaper), The Times (Newspaper), Adams Radio Group (regional radio stations), Diversified Marketing Strategies (Marketing agency) and National CineMedia (Movie Theater) were all used to help with various forms of public outreach and education.


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FY 2017/2018 END PRODUCTS AND MEASURABLE GOALS:

  1. Exchange 2,400 Vapor Free Gas Cans and document emission reductions each year.

  2. Document Air Quality Action Day Commitments of Partners for Clean Air members.

  3. Participate and sponsor 2 Partners for Clean Air Events.

  4. Lunchtime Anti Idle Campaign distributes 1000 lunch totes.

  5. Eight NWI Green Fleet Participants.

  6. Maintain NWI level at 10% of PACE rideshare database.

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    STAFF: CONTRACTUAL


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    OBJECTIVE:

    The purpose of this task is to retrofit diesel school buses with propane auxiliary heating units to reduce diesel idling emissions.


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    FY 2018 WORK ELEMENTS/METHODOLOGY:


    TABLE I: FY 2017 UPWP SUMMARY LIST OF PROJECTS AND BUDGETS


    PROGRAM CATEGORY


    NIRPC Job #

    2017 TOTAL BUDGET

    PL / 5303 SHARE

    FTA 5307 SHARE

    HSIP SHARE

    CMAQ SHARE

    PENDING/ OTHER

    NIRPC SHARE


    NOTES

    17-100 Administration & Public Participation

    2061

    566,490

    453,192

    -

    -

    -

    -

    113,298

    Staff Charges + department exp. $40,500

    1 - Planning Management & Administration

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    2 - Public Meetings & Communication Tools

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    3 - Website/ Social Media Management

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    4 - Administration of Transportation Projects

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    17-200 Data Management & Analysis

    2062

    240,580

    192,464

    -

    -

    -

    -

    48,116

    1- Transportation Data Collection

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    2- Planning Data Analysis / Forecasting

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    3- GIS Support Services

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    17-300 Short Range Planning

    2063

    485,055

    388,044

    -

    -

    -

    29,058

    67,953

    Contractual Expense $145,290

    1- UPWP Development & Management

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    2- Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Management

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    3- Title VI Program Management

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    4- Household Travel Survey

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    17-400 Long Range Planning

    2064

    483,410

    386,728

    -

    -

    -

    -

    96,682

    1 - Comprehensive Regional Plan / Transportation Regional Plan

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    2 - Regional Land Use Planning

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    3 - Congestion Management

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    4 - Environmental Mitigation Planning

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    5 - Safety & Security Planning

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    6 - Freight Planning

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    7 - Travel Network Modeling

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    8 - Air Quality Conformity

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    9 - Intelligent Transportation System

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    10- Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    17-500 Transit and Active Transportation

    2065

    171,760

    137,408

    -

    -

    -

    6,250

    28,102

    Staff Charges + contractual exp. $31,250

    1 - Non-Motorized Transportation Planning

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    2 - Transit Planning

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    17-600 Other Planning Initiatives/Special Projects

    2066

    46,729

    37,383

    -

    -

    -

    -

    9,346

    1- Sprawl Analysis

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    Total PL Funding

    $ 1,994,024

    $ 1,595,219

    $ -

    $ -

    $ -

    $ 35,308

    $ 363,497

    Safety Planning I-65 & US 30 (HSIP)

    2068

    $ -

    $ -

    $ -

    $ 288,947

    $ -

    $ -

    $ -

    Contractual Expense $248,161

    Transit - FTA

    2114 - Transit Planning

    150,000

    -

    120,000

    -

    -

    -

    30,000

    2545 - Hobart Transit Feasibility Study

    75,000

    60,000

    -

    -

    15,000

    -

    2546 - Portage Transit Feasibility Study

    75,000

    60,000

    -

    -

    15,000

    -

    Scheduled to be completed 08.01/16

    2536 - Transit Administration & ADA Review

    350,000

    -

    280,000

    -

    -

    -

    70,000

    Total Transit - FTA Funding

    $ 650,000

    $ -

    $ 520,000

    $ -

    $ -

    $ 30,000

    $ 100,000

    NIRPC Programs

    2541 - Air Quality Education/ Outreach

    2541

    221,775

    -

    -

    -

    177,420

    38,733

    5,622

    2542 - Air Quality Education/ Outreach

    2542

    278,766

    -

    -

    -

    223,013

    55,753

    -

    2067 - Alternative Fuel

    2067

    50,000

    -

    40,000

    10,000

    -

    Dunes Learning Center

    2538 - Deep River Portage Burns Waterway Initiative

    55,000

    -

    -

    -

    -

    55,000

    -

    2539 - Solar Ready in Northwest Indiana

    25,000

    -

    -

    -

    -

    25,000

    -

    2540 - Calumet Land Conservation Partnership

    50,000

    -

    -

    -

    -

    50,000

    -

    1149 - NWI Brownfield Coalition

    10,000

    -

    -

    -

    -

    10,000

    -

    Total NIRPC Programs Funding

    $ 690,541

    $ -

    $ -

    $ -

    $ 440,433

    $ 244,486

    $ 5,622

    NIRPC Administration - Indirect*

    9600 - General Management

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    9600 - Staff & Administration Support

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    -

    Total NIRPC Administration - Indirect

    $ -

    $ -

    $ -

    $ -

    $ -

    $ -

    $ -

    FTA Planning

    Valparaiso Transit Service Marketing Study

    100,000

    -

    80,000

    -

    -

    20,000

    -

    NICTD - TOD Study

    375,000

    -

    300,000

    -

    -

    75,000

    -

    GPTC - Planning Activities

    100,000

    -

    80,000

    -

    -

    20,000

    -

    Gary Public Transportation Corporation

    Total FTA Planning

    $ 575,000

    $ -

    $ 460,000

    $ -

    $ -

    $ 115,000

    $ -

    Total 2017 NIRPC Budget

    $ 3,909,565

    $ 1,595,219

    $ 980,000

    $ 288,947

    $ 440,433

    $ 424,794

    $ 469,119

    * See cost allocation plan


    INTERLOCAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT FOR THE ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR MUTUAL BENEFIT CONNECTED WITH A FEDERAL AID BICYCLE TRAIL


    Whereas, Indiana Code 36-1-7-1, et seq., allows local government entities to make the most efficient use of their powers by enabling them to mutually purchase and utilize equipment, supplies and services for the mutual benefit of each other;and


    Whereas, The Town of Chesterton, by its Park and Recreation Board, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3, the City of Crown Point by its Park Authority, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-5, the Town of Griffith, by its Park and Recreation Board, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3, the Town of Highland, through its of Parks and Recreation Department organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3 et seq., the City of Hammond, by its Board of Park Commissioners organized under IC 36-10-4 et seq., the Town of Merrillville by its Park Authority, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-5, North Township, by its Township Board, organized pursuant to IC 36-6 et seq., the City of Portage, by its Park and Recreation Board, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3, the Town of Schererville through its Department of Parks and Recreation organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3 et seq., the Lake County through its Parks and Recreation Department, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3 et seq., and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) are political subdivisions empowered by the aforesaid Interlocal Cooperation act, as amended with authority to contract on behalf of each other on a basis of mutual advantage so as to better provide public services and facilities at a lesser cost;and


    Whereas, The Town of Chesterton, by its Park and Recreation Board, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3, the City of Crown Point by its Park Authority, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-5, the Town of Griffith, by its Park and Recreation Board, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3, the Town of Highland, through its of Parks and Recreation Department organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3 et seq., the City of Hammond, by its Board of Park Commissioners organized under IC 36-10-4 et seq., the Town of Merrillville by its Park Authority, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-5, North Township, by its


    Township Board, organized pursuant to IC 36-6 et seq., the City of Portage, by its Park and Recreation Board, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3, the Town of Schererville through its Department of Parks and Recreation organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3 et seq., the Lake County through its Parks and Recreation Department, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3 et seq., and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) all as participating entities now desire to enter into an agreement constructed pursuant to IC. 36-1-7-1, et seq., to provide for the ability to provide engineering services for the mutual benefit of the participating entities, and at a shared cost;


    Now Therefore, in consideration of the mutual terms, covenants, and conditions set forth herein, The Town of Chesterton, by its Park and Recreation Board, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3, the City of Crown Point by its Park Authority, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-5, the Town of Griffith, by its Park and Recreation Board, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3, the Town of Highland, through its of Parks and Recreation Department organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3 et seq., the City of Hammond, by its Board of Park Commissioners organized under IC 36-10-4 et seq., the Town of Merrillville by its Park Authority, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-5, North Township, by its Township Board, organized pursuant to IC 36-6 et seq., the City of Portage, by its Park and Recreation Board, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3, the Town of Schererville through its Department of Parks and Recreation organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3 et seq., the Lake County through its Parks and Recreation Department, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3 et seq., and the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC), hereby agree as follows:


    Section 1. DURATION. The duration of this agreement shall be from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016, provided said agreement is adopted by Resolution by each of the governing boards of the relevant aforesaid political subdivisions as participating entities, prior to that date, or up to and including December 1, 2016, and may be renewable each calendar year thereafter by agreement of the parties, evidenced by passage of similar resolutions, should the purposes of this agreement or Section 7 herein require it .


    Section 2. PURPOSE. The purpose of this agreement is to authorize and allow the Town of Highland’s Parks and Recreation Department as governed by its Park and Recreation Board to engage in engineering activities – serving as the Local Participating Agency -- on behalf of the other participating entities for the mutual benefit of the participating entities at a substantial savings for the following services related to the Federal Aid Highway Project involving the engineering of uniform wayfinding signage along existing bicycle and walking trails.


    Section 3. ADMINISTRATION and AUTHORITY DELEGATION:

    ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ENHANCED ENTITY. This agreement shall be administered through a “separate legal entity” to be styled as the Enhanced Entity, which is hereby established. It shall be comprised of the Town of Highland’s Parks and Recreation Department as governed by its Park and Recreation Board, which shall be deemed by all parties to be a separate legal entity, all pursuant to IC 36-1-7-3(a)(5)(A). The Enhanced Entity shall be the LPA for any agreements between the entity and the State of Indiana for the purposes of carrying out the purposes of this agreement. The establishment and the powers of the enhanced entity shall be as follows:


    1. All parties approving the agreement also hereby consent to and hereby appoint the Highland Park and Recreation Board to be the governing body of the Enhanced Entity. The powers of the Enhanced Entity, as a separate legal entity, shall be exercised by the Park and Recreation Board and shall be construed to include all powers directly granted it under IC 36-10-3 et seq., those powers permitted under IC. 36-1-7-2 and only those powers exercisable by the participating entities individually and outlined in IC 36-10-2, IC 36-9-2 and IC 36-9-6 deemed necessary to carry-out the bicycle and walking trail engineering project described in section 2 of this agreement.


    2. Change orders will be provided for review and concurrence by all participating entities. By adoption and approval of this agreement, all the participating entities have consented to make review and concurrence a ministerial task to be undertaken by a person or officer each will respectively authorize and, once chosen, will be empowered to evidence review and


concurrence on behalf of the respective participating entity by letter transmitted to the governing body of the Enhanced Entity. The Enhanced Entity through its governing board, the Highland Park and Recreation Board, will finally approve all change orders and its proper officers will evidence approval by their signatures.


Section 4. ENHANCED ENTITY, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND FISCAL

OFFICER. This agreement hereby delegates to the duly elected Clerk- Treasurer of the Town of Highland, the duty to receive, disburse, and account for all moneys of this undertaking pursuant to the terms of this agreement. The Clerk-Treasurer shall perform all usual duties associated with the office and as required by law and shall act as the fiscal officer of the Enhanced Entity.


Section 5. TERMS. In consideration of the mutual promises contained herein, it is further agreed as follows:


  1. The Town of Highland through its Parks and Recreation Department and District, by its Park and Recreation Board agrees and shall serve as an enhanced entity behalf of all of the participating entities. It shall provide administration and supervision over engineering services related to the bicycle and walking trail improvement project described herein.


  2. The Town of Highland through its Parks and Recreation Department and District, by its Park and Recreation Board agrees and shall contribute the (NET) amount of Two Thousand and Three Hundred Dollars ($2,300.00) to the Park and Recreation Board acting as an enhanced entity, payable from funds of the Parks and Recreation Department and District, either as resources on hand to the credit of the named fund or to be deposited in the Parks and Recreation Non-reverting Capital Fund described in IC 36- 10-3 sections 20 and 22, to be payable upon terms as the enhanced entity may direct, not later than July 1, 2016;


  3. The Town of Chesterton, by its Park and Recreation Board, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3, agrees and shall contribute the amount of Two Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Dollars ($2,760.00) to the Park and Recreation Board acting as an enhanced entity, payable from proper Fund or


    Funds of the Town as it may identify, to be deposited in the Parks and Recreation Non-reverting Capital Fund described in IC 36-10-3 sections 20 and 22, to be payable in a lump sum, not later than July 1, 2016;


  4. The City of Crown Point by its Park Authority, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-5, agrees and shall contribute the amount of One Thousand Six Hundred and Ten Dollars ($1,610.00) to the Park and Recreation Board acting as an enhanced entity, payable from proper Fund or Funds of the City as it may identify, to be deposited in the Parks and Recreation Non-reverting Capital Fund described in IC 36-10-3 sections 20 and 22, to be payable in a lump sum, not later than July 1, 2016;


  5. The Town of Griffith, by its Park and Recreation Board, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3, agrees and shall contribute the amount of Two Thousand Three Hundred Dollars ($2,300.00) to the Park and Recreation Board acting as an enhanced entity, payable from proper Fund or Funds of the Town as it may identify, to be deposited in the Parks and Recreation Non- reverting Capital Fund described in IC 36-10-3 sections 20 and 22, to be payable in a lump sum, not later than July 1, 2016;


  6. The City of Hammond, by its Board of Park Commissioners organized under IC 36-10-4 et seq. and Safety agrees and shall contribute the amount of Four Thousand Six Hundred Dollars ($4,600.00) to the Park and Recreation Board acting as an enhanced entity, payable from proper Fund or Funds of the City as it may identify, to be deposited in the Parks and Recreation Non-reverting Capital Fund described in IC 36-10-3 sections 20 and 22, to be payable in a lump sum, not later than July 1, 2016;


  7. The Town of Merrillville by its Park Authority, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-5 agrees and shall contribute the amount of One Thousand Six Hundred and Ten Dollars ($1,610.00) to the Park and Recreation Board acting as an enhanced entity, payable from proper Fund or Funds of the Town as it may identify, to be deposited in the Parks and Recreation Non-reverting Capital Fund described in IC 36-10-3 sections 20 and 22, to be payable in a lump sum, not later than July 1, 2016;


  8. North Township, by its Township Board agrees and shall contribute the amount of Two Hundred Thirty Dollars ($230.00) the Park and Recreation Board acting as an enhanced entity, payable from proper Fund or Funds of the Township as it may identify, to be deposited in the Parks and Recreation Non-reverting Capital Fund described in IC 36-10-3 sections 20 and 22, to be payable in a lump sum, not later than July 1, 2016;


  9. The City of Portage, by its Park and Recreation Board, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3, agrees and shall contribute the amount of Five Thousand and Sixty Dollars ($5,060.00) to the Park and Recreation Board acting as an enhanced entity, payable from proper Fund or Funds of the City as it may identify, to be deposited in the Parks and Recreation Non-reverting Capital Fund described in IC 36-10-3 sections 20 and 22, to be payable in a lump sum, not later than July 1, 2016;


  10. The Town of Schererville through its Department of Parks and Recreation organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3 et seq., agrees and shall contribute the amount of Nine Hundred and Twenty Dollars ($920.00) to the Park and Recreation Board acting as an enhanced entity, payable from proper Fund or Funds of the Town as it may identify, to be deposited in the Parks and Recreation Non-reverting Capital Fund described in IC 36-10-3 sections 20 and 22, to be payable in a lump sum, not later than July 1, 2016;


  11. The Lake County through its Parks and Recreation Department, organized pursuant to IC 36-10-3 et seq., agrees and shall contribute the amount of One Thousand Six Hundred and Ten Dollars ($1,610.00) to the Park and Recreation Board acting as an enhanced entity, payable from proper Fund or Funds of the Town as it may identify, to be deposited in the Parks and Recreation Non-reverting Capital Fund described in IC 36-10-3 sections 20 and 22, to be payable in a lump sum, not later than July 1, 2016;


  12. That the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC), organized pursuant to IC 36-7-7.6 et seq., agrees and shall contribute grant administration and management services, coordinating support to all the participating entities and the Enhanced Entity as needed;


  13. That the contributions described in subdivisions (B) through (L) of Section 5 of this agreement are tendered as net amounts allowing for that portion of the contribution that under the terms of the federal highway program would be otherwise reimbursable to each participating entity individually;


  14. Further, that the participating entities described in subdivisions

  1. through (L) of Section 5 of this agreement consent to pay the amounts herein identified and any that may lawfully be incurred in consequence of this project as a pro-rata share of the net amounts due, allowing for that portion of the contribution that under the terms of the federal highway program would be otherwise reimbursable to each participating entity individually but will be instead reimbursable to the enhanced entity;


    1. Still further, following the conclusion of the engineering project herein described and the receipt of the final settlement with the granting agency, in the event that costs are below the initial estimates used to determine the initial contributions of the participating entities producing refunded savings, the enhanced entity will rebate to the participating entities as a pro-rata share of the net amounts due of the refunded savings, after allowances;


    2. Still further, following the conclusion of the project herein described and the receipt of the final settlement with the granting agency, in the event that costs are above the initial estimates used to determine the initial contributions of the participating entities producing additional expenses, the participating entities will contribute to the enhanced entity as a pro-rata share of the net amounts due of the additional expenses, as identified;


Section 6. DISOLUTION AND DISPOSITION OF ASSETS. In order to comply with the requirements of IC 36-1-7-3(a)(4), the following provisions apply as follows:


(A) Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 5, the pledged revenues contributed by the participating governmental entities may be discontinued by participating entities in the event that funds on deposit to the


credit of the proper fund are sufficient to meet all obligations related to satisfactorily complete the purposes of this agreement and the project it supports;


  1. Before payments may discontinued, the Enhanced Entity must certify that the resources collected under this agreement are sufficient to meet all obligations of the project;


  2. This agreement may be amended by unanimous consent of the participating entities, evidenced by passage and adoption by the same body and officers that are empowered to initially adopt this agreement; provided, that no amendment may be made that would impair the ability of the Enhanced Entity to satisfy any debts, liabilities, or obligations lawfully undertaken for the purposes of the agreement;


  3. If the proper applications for the exogneous funds necessary and desirable to achieve the objects and purposes described in this agreement have not been filed by December 31, 2016, any and all resources on deposit to the credit of the Parks and Recreation Non-reverting Capital Fund as described herein, shall be identified and distributed to the several participating entities based upon the ratio of the actual contributions made by each to the total on deposit to the credit of the proper fund upon satisfaction of all obligations and liabilities, which may have been incurred to date.


  4. Further, in the event that the purposes of this agreement are achieved or abandoned, in whole or in part, after allowance for any encumbrances and all other lawful payables, the unobligated, unassigned, unreserved fund balance shall be identified and distributed to the several participating entities and to any non entity donors based upon the ratio of the actual contributions made by each to the total on deposit to the credit of the fund.


Section 7. MEETINGS and GOVERNING LAW. In acting as an enhanced entity, the Park and Recreation Board shall adhere to and comply with all applicable laws governing its action when acting as a Park and Recreation Board;


Section 8. TITLE. Upon satisfactory completion and acceptance of the project, the enhanced entity is dissolved, and those improvements of public way and other infrastructure improved or installed in consequence of the bicycle and walking trail signage improvement Project described herein, become property of the respective individual political subdivisions, to the extent those improvements lie within the particular lawful boundaries of the particular political subdivisions, all according to governing law.


Section 9. COUNTERPARTS. This Interlocal Agreement may be executed in several counterparts, each of which when so executed shall be deemed to be an original, and such counterparts, together, shall constitute but one and the same instrument, which shall be sufficiently evidenced by any such original counterpart.


Section 10. RECORDING. Before this agreement takes effect, it must be recorded with the Offices of the Lake County and Porter County Recorder. No later than sixty (60) days after it takes effect and is recorded, the agreement must be filed with the Office of the State Board of Accounts for audit purposes, all pursuant to I.C. 36-1-7-6.


Participant Counterpart


EFFECTIVE DATE. This agreement shall be effective under Paragraph 1 of this agreement after the same has been ratified by each of the participating entities by Ordinance or Resolution all pursuant to I.C. 36-1-7-2, and particularly IC 36-7-7.6-11(b)(4) and IC 36-7-7.6, Section 13(12)(A) and Section 13(13).


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Interlocal Agreement to be executed in their names and on their behalf as of the date first written above.

NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION

State of Indiana

6100 Southport Road, Portage, Indiana 46368 Its Full Commission

By: James G. Ton, Chairperson


Attest:


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Geof R. Benson, Secretary


(Alternative) if Authorized pursuant to IC 36-7-7.6-11(b)(4)


By: Tyson Warner, AICP, Executive Director


Participant Execution Date: