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NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION EXECUTIVE BOARD/FULL COMMISSION MEETING

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 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: Indiana Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Program - Shawn Seals, DieselWise Indiana Administrator, IDEM- Office of Air Quality


  5. Approval of Minutes of the December 14, 2017 Full Commission Meeting Pages 1-3


  6. Report of the Chair – Michael Griffin

    1. Nominating Committee

    2. Election of Officers/Executive Board

    3. Exchange of Gavel

    4. 2018 Schedule of NIRPC Meetings Page 4


  7. Report of the Executive Director – Ty Warner


  8. Finance & Personnel Committee – Dave Shafer


  9. Environmental Management Policy Committee - Geof Benson

  10. Technical Planning Committee – Kevin Breitzke Pages 5-13

    1. Action on Resolution 18-02, Safety Target Adoption Pages 7-9

    2. Public Comment Report for FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement

      Program Amendment #8 for Local Projects Page 10

    3. Action on Resolution 18-01, FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement

      Program Amendment #8 for Local Projects Pages 11-13


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


  12. Legislative Committee – Mary Tanis


  13. Other Business


  14. Announcements

  15. 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 December 14, 2017

Minutes


Call to Order

Chairman Michael Griffin called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and self- introductions.


Commissioners present included Jeannette Bapst, Geof Benson, Jim Biggs, Kevin Breitzke, Robert Carnahan, Christine Cid, Bill Emerson, Jr., Don Ensign, Will Farrellbegg, Tom Fath, Michael Griffin, Richard Hardaway, Jack Jeralds, Justin Kiel, Cary Kirkham, Andrew Kyres, Jeff Larson, Tom McDermott, Jr., Diane Noll, Rick Ryfa, Tom Schmitt, Dave Shafer, Brian Snedecor, Ed Soliday, Joe Stahura, Greg Stinson, Mary Tanis, Jim Ton and George Topoll.


Guests present included Rick Powers, Lyndsay Quist, Matt Deitchley, David Wright, Dennis Metheny, Dean Button, Randy Strasser, Jonathan Kruger, AJ Monroe, Ismail Attallah, Tom Silich, Jim Nowacki, Andrew Steele and Tim Zorn.


Staff present included Ty Warner, Kathy Luther, Daria Sztaba, Allen Hammond, Eman Ibrahim, Mitch Barloga, Meredith Stilwell, Scott Weber, James Winters, Stephen Sostaric, Jody Melton and Mary Thorne.


Public Comment

Jim Nowacki, resident of Gary, commented on his concerns about sidewalk and roadway conditions and future projects in Gary.


David Wright overviewed current and new transit operations in Gary.


New Appointments

David Hollenbeck announced the appointments of Matt Murphy from the City of Valparaiso and Mary Brown from the City of Gary.


Presentation

Mitch Barloga presented on the Marquette Greenway TIGER grant application. The program is offered yearly by the USDOT. Our application is for the 30-mile balance of the 58-mile Marquette Greenway route in an ask amount of $24.2 million along with 74 letters of support from Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. The total project amount is $33 million. The recipients should be announced early next year. If we do not get an award, we will resubmit under the second round in the Spring. More information can be found at http://www.nirpc.org/2040-plan/transportation/tiger/


Minutes

On a motion by Kevin Breitzke and a second by Mary Tanis, the minutes of the October 19, 2017 Full Commission meeting were approved by the Full Commission.


Under general consent, Michael Griffin moved to the report of the Finance & Personnel Committee to allow for a vote on the 2018 budget by the Full Commission.


Finance & Personnel Committee

Kathy Luther described the transfer within categories under Amendment #7 transferring $15,000 to the E-Tip from E-Tip and Household Travel Survey. On a motion by Geof Benson and a second by Jim Ton, the Commission voted to approved amendment #7 to the FY 2017 budget. Kathy Luther described the transfer within categories under Amendment #8, transferring $8,000 to MPO conference and audit and accounting contractual. On a motion by

Geof Benson and a second by Greg Stinson, the Commission voted to approved amendment #8 to the FY 2017 budget.


Kathy Luther described the agreement between NIRPC and Westat for the Regional Household Travel Survey, which is performed every 10 years. On a motion by Jim Ton and a second by Geof Benson, the Commission voted to adopt the agreement as presented.


Kathy Luther explained the revenue and Daria Sztaba explained the expenses as outlined in the proposed 2018 budget, which match our grants. Dave Shafer said the Finance & personnel recommends the 2018 budget for adoption. On a motion by Dave Shafer and a second by Greg Stinson, the Commission voted to adopt the contract for legal services as presented.


Report of the Chair

Michael Griffin reported that the by-laws committee consisting of Dave Shafer, George Topoll, Justin Kiel, Will Farrellbegg and Michael Griffin submitted a draft to the attorney. The task force will meet once more and then they will present the draft by-laws to the Commission in 2018. Mary Tanis will serve as the Chair of the Legislative Committee. NIRPC received a certificate of excellence in financial reporting, the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the period ending 2016.


Report of the Executive Director

Ty Warner commented that the by-laws are more than just procedures which is why they are being reviewed by our attorney. Mr. Warner announced new staff members: Daria Sztaba, Chief Financial Officer; Charles Bradsky, Transportation Projects Manager; Trey Wadsworth, Director of Transportation and Talaya Jones, Chief Accountant. Mr. Warner commented that bringing millennial demographics in our 2050 update in 2019 will be taking place and NIRPC has partnered with One Region. He welcomed Leah Konrady, Director of One Region, who commented that it was an exciting partnership with good synergy to identify issues in the region. Mr. Warner said that he contacted the regional head of the EDA in Chicago and the rules and composition changed. We will rework the Economic Development District application to make it more explicit so that the EDD is again a NIRPC function.


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 January 4 at 9 a.m. at NIRPC. Kay Nelson said she has been appointed by Governor Holcomb to the VW Trust Fund Board. IDEM will be scoring the applications for the Board’s final decisions. For more information on the mitigation trust program go to http://www.in.gov/idem/airquality/2712.htm. Kay Nelson said IDEM Commissioner Bruno Pigott will attend the joint Forum-EMPC meeting on January 4.


Technical Planning Committee

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission has chosen to plan and program projects in support of attaining these targets.

Public Comment Report


2018‐2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendment 8


Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission January 9, 2018


Amendment 8 of the 2018‐2021 Transportation Improvement Program were released for a 7‐ day public comment period which began on January 2, 2018 and ended January 8, 2018. The amendment was made available at www.nirpc.org.

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

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RESOLUTION 18-01


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. 8

January 18, 2018


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 eighteenth day of January, 2018.


Signed:


Printed:

Chairperson


ATTEST:


Signed:


Printed:

Secretary

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

Resolution 18-01; Amendment #08 January 2018


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Local Projects/Project Phases Amendment

Modification

DES Sponsor Project Description/Location TIP Action Fund

Type

Phase Year Total Cost Federal Non-Federal

1383364

Porter County

Bridge Replacement; #62; 1.6 mi south of CR 1000 S over Kankakee River

Add Phase

FHWA

Bridge

RW

2018

$ 200,000

$ 160,000

$ 40,000

Phase was previosly removed in A2 of FY 2016-2019 TIP (Feb 2015)


0710056


Munster

RR grade seperation and Reconstruction of

45th from 0.2 mi E of Calumet Ave. to Calumet Change Year STBG III Ave.


CN


2019


$ 9,000,000


$ 7,200,000


$


1,800,000

Aministrative Modification; Project is moving from FY 18 to FY 19; Regionally Significant & Non Exempt


0710056


Munster

RR grade seperation and Reconstruction of 45th from 0.2 mi E of Calumet Ave. to Calumet Ave.


Change Year

PYB

Chicago UZA


CN


2019


$ 8,725,805


$ 6,980,644


$ 1,745,161

Aministrative Modification; Project is moving from FY 18 to FY 19; Regionally Significant & Non Exempt


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