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NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION EXECUTIVE BOARD/FULL COMMISSION MEETING

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 9:00 A.M. NIRPC Lake Michigan Room

6100 Southport Road, Portage, IN


A G E N D A


  1. Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance – Michael Griffin, Chair

  2. Public Comment

  3. New Appointments – Dave Hollenbeck


  4. Presentation: Marquette Greenway TIGER Grant – Mitch Barloga

  5. Approval of Minutes of the October 19, 2017 Executive Board Meeting Pages 1-2

  6. Report of the Chair – Michael Griffin

    1. Nominating Committee

    2. By-Laws Committee


  7. Report of the Executive Director – Ty Warner

  8. Finance & Personnel Committee - Karen Freeman-Wilson Pages 3-22

    1. Action on 2017 Budget Amendments Page 4

    2. Action on Contracts for Approval Page 5-12

    3. Action on Resolution 17-26, 2018 Budget Page 13-22

  9. Environmental Management Policy Committee - Geof Benson Pages 23-24

  10. Technical Planning Committee – Kevin Breitzke Pages 25-36

    1. Public Comment Report - FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement

      Program Amendments Page 27

    2. Action on Resolution 17-23, FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement

      Program Amendment #5 for Local Projects Pages 28-31

    3. Action on Resolution 17-24, FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement

      Program Amendment #6 for INDOT Projects Pages 32-34

    4. Action on Resolution 17-25, FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement

      Program Amendment #7 for Transit Projects Pages 35-37

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


  12. Other Business


  13. Announcements

  14. 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 6100 Southport Road, Portage, IN October 19, 2017

Minutes


Call to Order

Vice Chairman Geof Benson called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and self- introductions.


Executive Board members present included Geof Benson, Anthony Copeland, Karen Freeman-Wilson, Justin Kiel, Greg Stinson and Jim Ton.


Commissioners present included Kevin Breitzke, Robert Carnahan, Christine Cid, Don Ensign, Will Farrellbegg, Mark Krentz, Tom Schmitt, Brian Snedecor, Mary Tanis and George Topoll.


Guests present included Matt Deitchley, David Wright, Randy Strasser, Jonathan Kruger, AJ Monroe, Ismail Attallah, Jill Murr, Nick Barbknecht, Justin Mount, Val Gomez, Jim Nowacki, Andrew Steele and Tim Zorn.


Staff present included Ty Warner, Kathy Luther, Scott Weber, Stephen Sostaric, Jody Melton and Mary Thorne.


Report of the Executive Director

Ty Warner gave a brief overview of the Indiana MPO Conference hosted by NIRPC in September. Various mobile tours which highlighted the region were offered. The next NIRPC meeting will be held on December 14 at 9 a.m. at NIRPC.


Public Comment

Jim Nowacki, resident of Gary, commented on the flooding situation in Gary over the weekend. He said at the Gary City Council meeting, the Council President said he wished he could attend today but will follow up with a letter to the appropriate parties. Karen Freeman Wilson responded that a very large amount of rain fell in a 24-hour period and receded the next day. She met this week with INDOT representatives to discuss solutions and the work is not finished. Karen Freeman Wilson said she did not receive any indication from the Council President that he wanted to be here today.


Minutes

On a motion by Greg Stinson and a second by, the minutes of the July 20, 2017 Full Commission meeting were approved by the Executive Board.


Finance & Personnel Committee

Karen Freeman Wilson reported that the committee met this morning. Procurement #17-20 provides for purchase of one replacement vehicle for North Township, three for Opportunity Enterprises, two for South Lake County Community Services with local share from the agencies in an amount not to exceed $360,040 in federal funds. On a motion by Karen Freeman Wilson and a second by Jim Ton, the Executive Board voted to adopt Procurement #17- 20.


Procurement Recommendation #17-21 is to purchase one pick-up truck support vehicle for LaPorte TransPorte in an amount not to exceed $44,000 in federal funds. On a motion by Karen Freeman Wilson and a second by Jim Ton, the Executive Board voted to adopt Procurement #17-20.


The Committee reviewed and recommended the contract for legal services by and between NIRPC and Blachly Tabor Bozik and Hartman for 2018 with an annual extension provision. David Hollenbeck will continue on as our

attorney. On a motion by Karen Freeman Wilson and a second by Jim Ton, the Executive Board voted to adopt the contract for legal services as presented.


Environmental Management Policy Committee

Geof Benson said the minutes from the last meeting were in the packet. The next EMPC meeting will take place on November 2 at 9 a.m. at NIRPC.


Technical Planning Committee

The next Technical Planning Committee meeting is December 5 at 9 a.m. at NIRPC. Hearing no other business, Kevin Breitzke adjourned the meeting at 10:30 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.

Public Comment Report


2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendments #5, #6, & #7


Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission December 6, 2017


Amendments 5, 6, and 7 of the 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program were released for a 7-day public comment period which began on November 29, 2017 and ended December 5, 2017. The amendments were made available at www.nirpc.org.

No comments were received during the comment period on the proposed amendments.

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RESOLUTION 17-23


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION AMENDING THE

FY 2018-2021 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR LAKE, PORTER, AND LAPORTE COUNTIES, INDIANA

AMENDMENT NO. 5

December 14, 2017


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 2018-2021 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 2018-2021 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 2018-2021 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 2018-2021 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 2018-2021 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 FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission hereby amends the FY 2018-2021 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 fourteenth day of December, 2017.



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Michael W. Griffin Chairperson


ATTEST:



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Diane Noll Secretary

2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, Indiana

Amendment #05 December 2017


Local Projects/Project Phases


DES

Sponsor

Project Description/Location

TIP Action

Fund Type

Phase

Year

Total Cost

Federal

Non-Federal

1702281

LaPorte

Michigan Avenue Preventative Road Maintenance

Fix Correct Award

STBG II

CN

2018

$ 279,875

$ 223,900

$ 55,975


1702282

LaPorte

Madison Avenue Preventative Road Maintenace

Fix Correct Award

STBG II

CN

2018

$ 141,127

$ 112,902

$ 28,225


1601922

LaCrosse

Construct Sidewalks at Various Locations

Increase Award ($20K)

STGB II

CN

2019

$ 125,000

$ 100,000

$ 25,000



1400774


LaPorte County


ADA Sidewalks in Hanna & Rolling Prairie


Increase Funding ($19,999)

TAP Mich City UZA/ INDOT


CN


2019


$ 493,000


$ 465,916


$ 27,084

Increase funding for CE


1601869


Michigan City

Singing Sands Trail Phs. III (Marquette Greenway)


Add Phase

CMAQ

Mich City


PE


2020


$ 93,191


$ 74,553


$ 18,638


PE

2018

$ 20,000

$ 16,000

$ 4,000

1702276

DNR

Recreational Trails Program; Inter-City East Chicago IDNR # 17-005

Add Project

RTP

PE RW

2019

2019

$ 20,000

$ 25,000

$ 16,000

$ 20,000

$ 4,000

$ 5,000

CN

2019

$ 185,000

$ 148,000

$ 37,000

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New project;


1383364


Porter County

Bridge replacement; 1.6 miles south of CR 1000 S over Kankakee #62


Change Year

Local Bridge


CN


2018


$ 1,806,400


$ 1,445,120


$ 361,280

Moved from FY18 to FY 19; Change per LPA request


1383364


Hammond

Install 3 Hawk Signal Devises; 150th, Douglas, Fix Corrected Award & 165th at trail crossings


HSIP


CN


2018


$


241,239


$


192,991


$


48,248


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DES

Sponsor

Project Description/Location

TIP Action

Fund Type

Phase

Year

Total Cost

Federal

Non-Federal

Funding for this project was in previous TIP but left out of this TIP. The total additional monies needed is $192,991.00 for construction only. Additional monies will be requested in January for CE.


1500422


LaPorte

Sidewalks, SRTS near Handley Elementary School


Change Year

Local Bridge


CN


2019


$ 242,525


$ 194,020


$ 48,505

Move from 2018 to 2019


0301165


Michigan City

Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities; Singing Sands Lighthouse Trail Phase 1, Rail Safety Component

Increase Award ($194,020)


Sec 130


CN


2018


$ 308,000


$ 194,020


$ 113,980


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RESOLUTION 17-24


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION AMENDING THE

FY 2018-2021 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR LAKE, PORTER, AND LAPORTE COUNTIES, INDIANA

AMENDMENT NO. 6

December 14, 2017


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 2018-2021 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 2018-2021 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 2018-2021 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 2018-2021 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 2018-2021 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 FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission hereby amends the FY 2018-2021 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 fourteenth day of December, 2017.



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Michael W. Griffin Chairperson


ATTEST:



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Diane Noll Secretary

2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, Indiana

Amendment #06 December 2017


INDOT Projects/Project Phases



DES

Sponsor

Project Description/Location

TIP Action

Fund Type

Phase

Year

Total Cost

Federal

Non-Federal

1702393

INDOT

Statewide Funding for Indiana State Police Patrols

Include

STP

N/A

Various

$ 2,000,000

$ 2,000,000

$ -


HMA Overlay, Preventive Maintenance; US

PE

2018

$ 41,000

$ 32,800

$ 8,200

1702708

INDOT

41; 0.27 mi N of US 30 (Sauzer Pl.) to 0.90 mi N of US 30 (Willowbrook Dr.); total length

0.63 mi, all within the town limits of Schererville

Include

NHPP

CN UT/CN

CE/PE

2019

2019

2019

$ 901,000

$ 18,000

$ 31,000

$ 720,800

$ 14,400

$ 24,800

$ 180,200

$ 3,600

$ 6,200

CN is in CY 19 Total Cost is $991,000


1702743


INDOT

Concrete Pavement Restoration, I-65; Just S of US 231 interchange to US 30 Interchange


Include

NHPP

Interstate

PE


CN

2018


2018

$ 300,000


$ 8,025,117

$ 270,000


$ 7,222,605

$ 30,000


$ 802,512

All project phases in FY 18, Part of I-65 ATL

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RESOLUTION 17-25


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION AMENDING THE

FY 2018-2021 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR LAKE, PORTER, AND LAPORTE COUNTIES, INDIANA

AMENDMENT NO. 7

December 14, 2017


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 2018-2021 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 2018-2021 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 2018-2021 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 2018-2021 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 2018-2021 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 FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission hereby amends the FY 2018-2021 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 fourteenth day of December, 2017.



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Michael W. Griffin Chairperson


ATTEST:



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Diane Noll Secretary

2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties, Indiana

Amendment #07 December 2017


Transit Projects/Project Phases



DES

Sponsor

Project Description/Location

TIP Action

Fund Type

Phase

Year

Total Cost

Federal

Non-Federal


1592040


NICTD


Maintenance/ Overhaul


Include

Section 5307

Chicago UZA


N/A


2018


$ 5,281,263


$ 4,225,010


$ 1,056,253


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