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ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT POLICY COMMITTEE

April 4, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

Lake Michigan Room, NIRPC Office 6100 Southport Rd. Portage, IN 46368


1.0 Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance

2.0 Introductions


3.0 Approval of Minutes – February 7, 2019

ACTION REQUESTED – Approval


    1. Regional Planning

      1. Final Draft 2050 Plan Overview – Discussion and Comment

      2. NOFA Results – Informational

      3. NIRPC’s 2020 Environmental Unified Planning Work Program - Discussion and Comment


    1. Committee Organization

      1. New Proposed Meeting Schedule

      2. Voting Membership


6.0 Announcements


    1. Next Meeting

      The EMPC Special Program is scheduled for May 2, 2019 Carl Wodrich Link to access the In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program:

      https://www.in.gov/dnr/heritage/9751.htm

      • 9:00 a.m. Special Program – DNR’s Wetland In-Lieu Fee Program

      • 1:00 p.m. - Workshop


8.0 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.


ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT POLICY COMMITTEE

NIRPC - Lake Michigan Room February 7, 2019

Minutes


Members/Guests: Jan Bapst, Lauri Keagle, Sherryl Doerr, Dean Button, Tyler Kent, Susan Mihalo, Deb Backus, David Wright, Glenn Linhart, Jim Alexander, Ryan Lisek, Kelly Wenger, George Topoll, Katherine Moore Powell, Geof Benson and Kay Nelson.


NIRPC Staff: Kathy Luther, Joe Exl, Dominique Edwards and Candice Eklund.


Call to Order

Jan Bapst called the meeting to order at 8:36 a.m.


On motion by Lauri Keagle and second by Sherryl Doerr, the January 10, 2019 meeting minutes were approved as presented.


Presentation – Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana

Lauri Keagle introduced the four senior environmental engineering students from Purdue West Lafayette, Indiana, who participated via conference phone. Lauri explained the goal of the students’ plan was to capture a message on air quality for Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties that would be most meaningful and understood by an individual that they could impact air quality from both a positive and negative stand point. The study began in October 2018 and monthly conference calls took place with Kathy Luther and Lauri Keagle to determine scope, format, goals, and deadlines.


Ryan Gansemer, Abby Osborn, Caroline Peeters and Audrey Whitmire presented their study on ‘NIRPC’s Air Quality Education and Outreach Program” through the video and project report they created. After the video presentation, Susan Mihalo inquired if the students’ campaign included encouraging consumers to convert or purchase electric or hybrid vehicles. The presentation and video focused on low cost actions and the written report included choices for vehicles with better mileage and vehicles that could run on ethanol.


Jim Alexander felt the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data was misleading and not relevant to the goal of individual air quality. Jim questioned the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) chart referenced in the reports, asking if they were national or state statistics. The students stated the information gathered was national statistics.


The students thanked Lauri Keagle and Kathy Luther for all of their assistance and the committee for their time and questions.


Kathy Luther stated NIRPC will take all of the information discussed under advisement before publishing the video and project report on NIRPC’s website.

Regional Planning

Kathy Luther provided a brief introduction as to how the NOFA applications were reviewed and scored. Scoring project proposals for the Federal Highway Administration funds in both the air quality and environmental categories took place at the EMPC meetings held last October and November. When the applicants submitted their NOFA applications, they self-scored every question for each project.

NIPRC staff also reviewed each application and assigned a score. The applicants were contacted if additional information was needed, giving them the opportunity to be awarded additional points. Six NOFA applications were submitted and reviewed. Some of the applications were broken down into multiple years, resulting in a total of 13 applications. Two applications were for the Environmental category and 11 were for the Air Quality category. Kathy stated the EMPC group will be acting as an advisory committee to the grants by reviewing the scoring and making recommendations to the Technical Policy Committee (TPC), who will decide the slate of projects that will be funded.


The two environmental applications were for the storm water management project in Hammond and the vegetation management project in Valparaiso. The targeted funding availability will not be available for these projects until FY 2024. Both cities agreed on the timeframe. The Committee agreed to only discuss the scoring questions where the applicants self-score and NIRPC’s score differed. When scoring changes were agreed on by consensus of the committee, changes were made live by Joe Exl.

When Dean Button reviewed the point differences for the project in Hammond, he stated he would have appreciated a response from NIRPC staff when points were down-graded so a response time may have allowed for the questions to be rectified, allowing for greater points. Kathy Luther agreed with Dean and noted the feedback for future NOFA application review procedures.


Kathy Luther discussed the NOFA applications for the Air Quality category. Kathy explained there is different funding allocation for different years in the TIP. There is no funding allocation for Air Quality projects in 2020 and 2021 but there is $1,400,000 in 2022 and 2024.


The project for Lake Station is already in the TIP but the city is requesting a scope change so the project will need to be re-scored. If the TPC decides the score is high enough, the new funding will not need to be re-allocated in 2021. The project for the City of Gary for diesel replacements was withdrawn.


Kathy Luther discussed an application for CMAQ funding that was received on February 6, 2019 from Gary Public Transportation Corp (GPTC) for vehicle replacements in 2023 and 2024. The deadline to submit NOFA applications was January 11, 2019. GPTC submitted their applications on January 11 for transit 5307 funding but decided to also submit an application on February 6 for CMAQ funding after learning of the 5307 funding constraints at the Transit Operators Roundtable (TOR) meeting on February 5, 2019. Kathy Luther asked the Committee’s thoughts on the fairness of scoring a new project submission after the deadline of January 11. The Committee felt the NOFA application submittal process had a clear and documented deadline and in granting this application after the deadline would then need to be opened for all communities to submit late applications. The EMPC Committee decided that applications submitted after the deadline would not be considered for this NOFA. Jan Bapst asked the committee if they wanted to vote on the application GPTC submitted on February 6. David Wright stated that based on the consensus of the group, the CMAQ funding budget, and existing projects already allocated to the funding, there was no need to vote due to funds already being allocated. The Committee agreed and the discussion was closed.

Discuss the EMPC Meeting Schedule

Kathy Luther discussed NIRPC’s desire to hold quarterly committee meetings since the Full Commission meetings will begin meeting quarterly in 2019 to coincide with the quarterly cycle of the TIP amendments. Some of the ideas discussed for the EMPC meetings being schedule quarterly were to still meet six to ten times a year, some meetings could be workshops (not always a NIRPC meeting), or meet with various environmental groups as opportunities presented themselves. Kathy stated a further decision on meeting frequency will be made once the new commissioners are assigned to each of the committees in late February. A proposed meeting schedule will also be added to the March 7, 2019 agenda for further discussion.


Other Business

Geof Benson informed the committee that he has asked the state to fund the local match for the feasibility study for the erosion problem in Ogden Dunes. The Legislative Committee supports this request and is requesting the EMPC committee support the request as well. Kay Nelson stated there is

$1,000,000 to be divided between a feasibility study and the disposal of dredge materials on the beach. On motion by Susan Mihalo and second by Lauri Keagle, the committee voted to endorse the Legislative Committee for the funding of the beach nourishment in the state budget. The EMPC Chair (or Co-Chair if needed) will be called to provide the report of the committee at the Executive Board meeting on February 21, 2019.


Announcements

The event announcements submitted will be distributed in an email to the committee.


Adjournment

Hearing no other business, Jan Bapst adjourned the meeting at 11:25 a.m. The next EMPC meeting is scheduled for March 7, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.


A Digital MP3 of this meeting is filed. Contact Candice Eklund at 219-763-6060 Ext 142 or ceklund@nirpc.org should you wish to receive a copy of it.

Des #

Project type

LPA /

Transit

Project description

Final score

Fund source

2020

2021

2022

2023

2024 informational

Total cost

Notes

PE

ROW

CN or Transit

operator

Total

Federal

Match

Total

Federal

Match

Total

Federal

Match

federal amount programmed only

Vehicle replacement summary

#REF!

#REF!

#REF!

#REF!

#REF!

Transit / asset management summary

#REF!

#REF!

#REF!

#REF!

#REF!

5-year sum

#REF!

Air quality

1601846

Alternative vehicle infrastructure

Lake Station

CNG Diesel Replacement

71

CMAQ

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ 568,004

$ 454,403

$ 113,601

$ 454,403

$ 568,004

Need DES

#

Air quality education

NIRPC

2021 Air Quality Education

89

CMAQ

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ 450,000

$ 360,000

$ 90,000

$ 360,000

$ 450,000

Pending CMAQ eligibility determination

Need DES

#

Air quality education

NIRPC

2022 Air Quality Education

89

CMAQ

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ 450,000

$ 360,000

$ 90,000

$ 360,000

$ 450,000

Pending CMAQ eligibility determination

Need DES

#

Air quality education

NIRPC

2023 Air Quality Education

89

CMAQ

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ 450,000

$ 360,000

$ 90,000

$ 360,000

$ 450,000

Pending CMAQ eligibility determination

Need DES

#

Air quality education

NIRPC

2024 Air Quality Education

89

CMAQ

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ 450,000

$ 360,000

$ 90,000

$ 360,000

$ 450,000

Pending CMAQ eligibility determination

Need DES

#

Vehicle emission reduction

Hobart

Replace 3 Diesel Vehicles w/ CNG

80

CMAQ

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ 787,819

$ 630,255

$ 157,564

$ 630,255

$ 787,819

Pending CMAQ eligibility determination

Need DES

#

Vehicle emission reduction

Hobart

Replace 7 Diesel Vehiclse w/ CNG

76

CMAQ

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ 578,962

$ 463,170

$ 115,792

$ 463,170

$ 578,962

Pending CMAQ eligibility determination

Need DES

#

Vehicle emission reduction

Hobart

Replace 7 Diesel Vehicles w/ CNG

74

CMAQ

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ 558,052

$ 446,442

$ 111,610

$ 446,442

$ 558,052

Pending CMAQ eligibility determination

Not selected

Alternative vehicle infrastructure

Lake Station

CNG Station

72

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ 475,000

$ 380,000

$ 95,000

$ 475,000

Air quality summary

$ 454,403

$ 360,000

$ 360,000

$ 360,000

$ 1,899,867

5-year sum

$ 3,434,270

Planning summary

#REF!

#REF!

#REF!

#REF!

#REF!

5-year sum

#REF!

Environment

1592275

Stormwater management / control / prevention

Hobart

Deep River Stormwater Outfall and BMP

2018-

2021

TIP

project

TA

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ 308,100

$ 246,480

$ 61,620

$ 246,480

$ 308,100

Need DES number

Stormwater management / control / prevention

Valparaiso

Beauty Creek stormwater improvements including erosion control, wetland preservation, and ecological enhancements

74

TA

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ 26,250

$ 21,000

$ 5,250

$ 350,000

$ 280,000

$ 70,000

$ 21,000

$ 280,000

$ 376,250

Need DES number

Stormwater management / control / prevention

Hammond

Stormwater improvements on Nevada St, south of 109th. Includes roadway drainage and stormwater system.

45

TA

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ 400,000

$ 200,000

$ 200,000

$ 200,000

$ 400,000

Environment summary

$ 446,480

$ -

$ 21,000

$ 280,000

$ -

5-year sum

$ 747,480

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Voting

Name

Affiliation

Alternate(s)

Staff Comments

Nirpc Appointed Commissioners (*One vote allotted per Municipality/Agency)

V

Benson

Geof

Beverly Shores Town Council

V

Bapst

Jeannette (Jan)

Dune Acres

V

Emerson Jr.

Bill

Lake Co. Surveyor

V

Breitzke

Kevin

Porter County Surveyor

V

Denham

Joshleen

Trail Creek Clerk-Treasurer

V

Kramer

Steve

Dyer Councilman

V

Hendricks

Anthony

La Porte County Surveyor

V

Rosenbaum

Mike

La Porte County Councilman

Local Government Representatives (non Commissioner) (*One vote allotted per Municipality/Agency)

V

Gadzala

Jennifer

Chesterton

V

Morrisroe

Richard

East Chicago

V

Scott-Henry

Brenda

Gary

V

Kingsland

Tim

Hobart Stormwater

V

Kuss

Michael

Michigan City

Stakeholders (*One vote allotted per Municipality/Agency)

V

Alliance For the Great Lakes

Has not attended 2016-present

V

Dorworth

Leslie

Aquatic Ecologist, IL-IN Sea Grant

?

Doyle

Kevin

Arcelor-Mittal Steel

Following up, has not attended

?

Wilson

Linda

BP Amoco

Following up, has not attended

V

Mallis

George

Dunelands Sierra Club

V

Szarleta

Ellen

Indiana University Northwest

Suggested representatives

V

Byrne

Maggie

IDNR Lake Michigan Coastgal Program

Sarah Nimitz

Reflects attendance & staff changes-2016 to present

V

Lancaster

Lynda

INDNL - National Park Service

Reflects attendance & staff changes-2016 to present

V

Read

Charlotte

Izaak Walton League

Staff following up, no attendance since 2016

V

Kankakee River Basin

V

Barker

Nicole

NICTD

V

Loewe

Jeff

NIPSCO/NiSource

V

Nelson

Kay

NW IN FORUM

V

Spinar

Michael

NW IN Office IDEM

Michelle Caldwell

Reflects attendance & staff changes-2016 to present

V

Viswanathan

Chandramouli

Purdue Cal Civil Engineer

V

Johnson

Natalie

Save the Dunes

Cathy Martin

Reflects attendance & staff changes-2016 to present

V

Krouse

Kristopher

Shirley Heinz Land Trust

V

Keagle

Lauri

South Shore Clean Cities

Carl Lisek

Reflects attendance & staff changes-2016 to present

Voting

Name

Affiliation

Alternate(s)

Staff Comments

V

Backhus

Deb

Technical Expert

V

Korthals

Reggie

Technical Expert

V

Moore Powell

Katherine

The Field Museum

Reflects attendance & staff changes-2016 to present

V

Mihalo

Susan

The Nature Conservancy

Paul Labus

V

Birchfield

Jennifer

Urban Waters Federal Partnership

V

Donnelley

Peg

US EPA Region 5

McCloskey

Elizabeth

US FWS

V

US Steel

Following up, has not attended

Schmitt

Derek

USDA-NRCS

Reflects attendance & staff changes-2016 to present

Hart

Drew

USFS

Lynne Westphal/Cherie Fisher

Reflects attendance and staff changes

?

Nevers

Meredith

USGS

Reflects attendance and staff changes

V

Valparaiso University

Suggested representatives

V

Goldfarb

Daniel

Wildlife Habitat Council