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6100 Southport Road

Portage, Indiana 46368

(219) 763-6060

www.nirpc.org



    1. Call to Order by Chairman

      Technical Planning Committee

      March, 3 2020 10:00 a.m.

      Lake Michigan Room 6100 Southport Road, Portage

      Agenda

    2. Pledge of Allegiance; Introductions

    3. Minutes of the January 14, 2020 meeting ACTION REQUESTED: Approval

2.0 Public Comment on Agenda Items

This is an opportunity for comments from members of the audience. The amount of time available to speak will be limited to 3 minutes. Commenters must indicate their wish to comment on the sign in sheet.


    1. Planning

    2. Resolution #20-05, Title VI Program (hardcopy available for viewing) (p. 7)

      Presentation by staff.

      ACTION REQUESTED: Vote to recommend


    3. Congestion Management Process Strategy Ranking (Keypad Polling)

This is an opportunity for present members to rank their preferences for strategies that aim to relieve congestion in the Northwestern Indiana Region.


    1. Programming

    2. Programming highlights from TROC (p.9) INFORMATIONAL ONLY


5.0

Topical

Committee Reports

Various

committees are invited to report out on their meetings

5.1

Environmental Management Policy Committee (EMPC)

5.2

Ped, Pedal & Paddle Committee (3PC)

5.3

Land Use Committee (LUC)

5.4

Surface Transportation Committee (STC)

5.5

Transportation Resource & Oversight Committee (TROC)


    1. Reports from Planning Partners

    2. Federal Highway Administration & Federal Transit Administration

    3. Neighboring Regional Planning Agencies

    4. INDOT – Community Crossings Update

7.0 Emerging Trends Video

A brief overview of innovative transportation-related best practices and policies.


8.0 Other Business, Staff Announcements and Upcoming Meetings

    1. Other Business

    2. Staff Announcements

    3. NIRPC Meetings/Events


9.0 Next Meeting

The next Technical Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Lake Michigan Room at NIRPC offices.


10.0 Adjournment


Requests for alternate formats, please contact nirpc@nirpc.org at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Individuals with hearing impairments may contact us through the Indiana Relay 711 service by calling 711 or (800) 743-3333.


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

Technical Planning Committee NIRPC Lake Michigan Room, Portage, IN

January 14, 2020 Minutes


Kevin Breitzke called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and Self- introductions. The meeting was streamed live on YouTube at https://youtu.be/ocS3tdCST4w


Committee members present were Robin Barzoni-Tillman, A.J. Bytnar, Kevin Breitzke, Dean Button, Will Farrellbegg, Tyler Kent, Kay Nelson, Jessica Miller, Mark O’Dell, George Topoll, Kelly Wenger, and David Wright.


Others present were Ismail Attallah, Jake Dammarell, Doug Ferguson, Lauri Keagle, Eric Hellmuth, Tim Hollandsworth, Jeff Huet, Tyler Kent, Sandra Kolb, Bill Laird, Bruce Lindner, A.J. Monroe, Christopher Murphy, Jerry Siska, Beth Shrader, and Kathryn Vallis.


Staff present were Mitch Barloga, Charles Bradsky, Candice Eklund, Eman Ibrahim, Peter Kimball, Kathy Luther, Kevin Pollette, Scott Weber, and Flor Baum.


The minutes of the October 8, 2019 meeting were approved on motion by Will Farrellbegg and a second by Mark O’Dell.


Planning

Mitch Barloga presented on the Living Streets Resolution draft policy that is merging both Complete and Green Streets elements into one policy. The draft policy will be presented and reviewed by each topical committee, including TPC, before being recommended to the Commission meeting for final approval in April. All comments need to be submitted to Mitch Barloga at mbarloga@nirpc.org or 219-254-2518 by the end of February. If approved, the policy will be used at the next Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).


Scott Weber presented on Resolution 20-03. The resolution is requesting a vote for Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) to amend the NWI 2050 Plan as a technical amendment. The Commission is federally required to annually update federal safety performance targets. The Technical Planning Committee (TPC) recommended that the amended language include, “no more than,” with the adjusted targets. On motion by Kay Nelson and a second by Beth Shrader, the Technical Planning Committee voted to recommend Resolution 20-03 to the NIRPC Full Commission for adoption.


Scott Weber also presented on Resolution 20-04, a technical amendment to update the federally required safety performance measure targets in the FY 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) in support of the State of Indiana’s safety targets. On motion by George Topoll and a second by Will Farrellbegg, the TPC voted to recommend Resolution 20-04 to the NIRPC Full Commission for adoption.


Programming

Charles Bradsky presented on the general public comment received for the draft changes to the 2020- 2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The one comment received was a request to increase the capacity of the roadways for two state roads. Charles responded to the recipient, and forwarded the comment to Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).


Charles Bradsky presented on Resolution 20-02, Amendment #3 to the FY 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for 29 added projects in the Region. On motion by Dean Button and a

second by Will Farrellbegg, the TPC voted to recommend Amendment #3 to the FY 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program to the NIRPC Commission for adoption.


Topical Committee Reports

Kathy Luther reported on the Environmental Management Policy Committee’s (EMPC) meeting, held on January 9th. The U.S. EPA Region 5 is in the process of developing a Sub Area Contingency Plan (SACP), with a focus on inland and coastal, as a way of responding to spills, or potential spills of hazardous substances within Northwest Indiana. The next SACP meeting will be held on February 4, 2020, in Michigan City, from 10:00 am - noon.


Kathy Luther also shared with the committee a Save-the-Date for the Vehicle Emission Testing Educational Workshop, which will be held on February 7, 2020. The workshop will reintroduce legislation, and be fact and data driven. Resource information will also be presented for failed emissions.


Mitch Barloga shared with the committee the next scheduled Ped, Pedal, & Paddle (3PC) meeting will be on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 1:30 pm.


Eman Ibrahim stated the next scheduled Land Use Committee (LUC) meeting will be on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 10:30 am.


Scott Weber stated the next scheduled Surface Transportation Committee (STC) meeting will be on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 9:00 am.


Charles Bradsky reported on the Transportation Resource & Oversight Committee’s (TROC) December 10 meeting. Two projects have been moved out to 2021, which has left a $5 million surplus for FY2021.

The next scheduled TROC - Lake and Porter meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 9:00 am, at NIRPC. TROC - La Porte will also meet on February 25, at 1:00 pm, in La Porte Park and Recreation Building.


Reports from Planning Partners

Doug Ferguson, Senior Analyst at Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), reported on Neighboring Regional Planning Agencies. An interactive session is scheduled January 21st, at the Village of Montgomery, IL to develop a Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) for the Chicagoland area. Different strategies will be collected as part of that development. CMAP also released a regional flood susceptibility index available online. https://datahub.cmap.illinois.gov/dataset/on-to-2050-layer-flood- susceptibility-index


Doug also reported on the background of Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) funding for the Complete Streets Project in Illinois. Illinois State Legislature passed the Capital of Improvement plan for the state, which included $50,000,000 for bicycle and pedestrian improvements. However, it is yet to be determined on whether the funding is set per year, or a lump sum for the entirety of the program.


Lauri Keagle provided an update on the focus of the contract South Shore Clean Cities (SSCC) has with NIRPC regarding the vehicle emission educational workshop for the state of Indiana. Legacy Environmental Services, stated there will be an educational workshop on April 2, 2020. The workshop will reintroduce legislation, and be fact and data driven. Resource information will also be presented for failed emissions.


Lauri also presented on the Partners for Clean Air scholarship applications. For more information, please go online. https://www.in.gov/idem/5157.htm

Kelly Wenger, with Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), reported on Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) - Community Crossings Update. The 2020-1 Community Crossings Matching Grant (CCMG) call for projects began on January 6, 2020 and will close at 5:00 pm Eastern Time, February 7, 2020. Reach out to Marcia Blancett for further assistance.


Other Business, Staff Announcements and Upcoming Meetings

Kathy Luther will provide information and data to Dean Button, regarding Lake Michigan lakeshore protection from storm surges and erosion due to high water levels.

Announcements and upcoming dates were shared with the committee. Next Meeting

The next Technical Planning Committee Meeting will be on February 11, 2020, at 10:00 am, in NIRPC’s

Lake Michigan Room. Hearing no other business, Kevin Breitzke adjourned the meeting at 10:54 am.



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RESOLUTION 20-05

6100 Southport Road

Portage, Indiana 46368

(219) 763-6060

www.nirpc.org


A RESOLUTION OF THE NORTHWESTERN INDIANA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION AUTHORIZING AND ADOPTING THE TITLE VI PROGRAM OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION UNDER PROVISION OF FTA CIRCULAR 4702.1b


WHEREAS, Federal Transit Administration statutes, requirements, policies, and regulations, including those related to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and other U.S. Department of Transportation requirements and implementing regulations; and


WHEREAS, in accordance with Title VI non-discrimination laws in regard to providing appropriate access to services and activities provided by federal agencies and recipients of federal assistance, the Limited English Proficiency requirement will accommodate persons with Limited English Proficiency; and


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission:


The Commission approves and submits to the Federal Transit Administration and/or U.S. Department of Transportation pertaining to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, on behalf of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.


Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on this nineteenth day of March, 2020.


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Michael Griffin Chair


ATTEST:



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Justin Kiel Secretary

Requests for funding / schedule movement (as of 2/25/20)



Des #


LPA


Project Description


Phase


Funding Year

Funding Category


Total $


Fed $

Comments / Requested Movement

Additional funds requested


Type of Action


In RTIP?

1

1173760

Schererville

Kennedy Ave

CN

FY 21

$ 5,258,090

$ 4,206,472

Move from FY 21 to FY 2025-2030

Amend

Y 20-07


2


1601146


East Chicago

Marquette Greenway Trail, Indinapolis Blvd to Kennedy Ave


CN


FY 21


$ 1,035,000


$ 828,000

Move from FY 21 to FY 22/23


Admin Mod


Y 20-4.3


4


1500222


Hammond


Chicago St


CN


FY 23


STBG


$ 6,175,500


$ 4,940,400

Move to FY 21 from FY 23 (Combine movement with 1601145)


Admin Mod


Y 20-4.3


5


1601145


Hammond


Marquette Greenway Trail


CN


FY 21


CMAQ


$ 1,500,000


$ 1,200,000

Move from FY 21 to FY 23 (Combine movement with 1500222)


Admin Mod


Y 20-4.3


6


1601158


Crown Point


Roundabout:109th & Iowa


CN

Local funds FY21


HSIP


$ 2,325,000


$ 2,092,500

CP had originally said that they would construct with 100% Local funds


$ 1,100,160


Amend


Y 20-07


7


1601147


Burns Harbor


Marquette Greenway Trail


CN


FY 21


CMAQ


$ 2,064,930


$ 1,651,944

Scribner's error in TIP; award reduced to 48% ($997,934)


$ 654,010


Amend


Y 20-07

10

1902686

Valparaiso

Intersection Improvement/ Lincolnway and Campbell St.

PE

FY 23

CMAQ

$ 550,000

$ 440,000

Move to FY 21 from FY 23

$ 260,484

FY 2020; Amend & discuss at TROC


13


1902707


Hobart


Marcella Dr & 61st Ave


ROW


CN in FY 23


CMAQ


$ 4,200,000


$ 2,992,400

Originally funded for $1.6M need additional $1,392,400


$ 1,392,400


Amend


Y 20-07


18


1802973


Gary

15th Ave; I-65 to MLK Dr.; including Michigan St. & Texas St.


PE


FY 21


TA


$ 475,000


$ 180,000

Funds not previously requested


$ 61,894

FY 2020; Amend & discuss at TROC

19

1801738

Gary

US 12/20 & Lake St., north

PE

FY 20

STBG

$ 250,000

$ 200,000

Funds not previously requested

$ 200,000

FY 2020; Amend & discuss at TROC


20


1700500


Porter County

Willowcreek Rd Ext NEPA & Planning from Willowcreek Rd/CR 700 N to US 30


PE


FY 20


STBG


$ 195,235


$ 156,188


Funds previously requested


$ 156,188

FY 2020; Amend & discuss at TROC


21


0900080


Portage

Willowcreek Rd Intersection Improvements at Central Ave.


CN


FY 20


CMAQ


$ 160,000


$ 128,000

CO to add traffic signal back into project


$ 128,000

FY 2020; Discuss at TROC; Admin Mod (?)


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