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Volume I, Issue 2

AUGUST 2021

Welcome to the SCRCOG monthly newsletter where you can find updates on our transportation planning, regional planning, and municipal services programs. 

Please visit the SCRCOG website for more information on who we are, what we do, and opportunities for public participation.
CT Transit Presentation to SCRCOG Transportation Committee
CT Transit presented to the Transportation Committee on extended service hours for many of their bus lines. Late night service will be added seven days per week, and will go into effect August 22, 2021. Click here for the DOT Press Release.
Planning and Environmental Linkages Training Course
SCRCOG staff members James Rode and Rebecca Andreucci completed a Federal Highway Administration training course on Planning and Environmental Linkages.
Affordable Housing
The Regional Housing Plan Kick-off meeting was held on Wednesday, July 28th.  The meeting hosted by SCRCOG, along with RKG Associates, and David Fink, provided an opportunity to discuss the project approach, timeline, and survey with individuals representing the thirteen participating municipalities.  

A Housing Survey is in the process of being revised based on the feedback received and will be provided to the participating municipalities in early September.

RKG Associates have begun their data collection and analysis efforts, along with developing a report template for each municipality.  SCRCOG staff, along with David Fink have started developing educational materials that will be distributed during the municipal meetings.
Regional Planning Commission (RPC)
August 2021 RPC Meeting Agenda
August 2021 Action Table
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Resources Webpage
SCRCOG recently launched an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Resources webpage designed to provide municipal leaders with the latest local, state, and federal ARPA information in one, easy to navigate place. Click here to access the webpage.
Energy Conservation
Live Green held an Electric Vehicle Zoning Regulation Workshop for municipal employees and elected officials. The Workshop provided techniques on how to develop and implement EV zoning regulations.

The State announced new/increased electric vehicle incentives for CT residents. The newly approved incentives of the CHEAPR Rebate Program increased rebate amounts and expanded the CHEAPR program to cover both new and used EV’s. This expansion also includes additional incentives for income-eligible consumers.
Information Technology / Cybersecurity
Nine SCRCOG municipalities have begun a SCRCOG-sponsored integrative cybersecurity awareness training for their employees. If those cities and towns would like to expand the amount of training seats available to them, please contact Andy Cirioli
Solid Waste, Recycling, Food Waste Diversion, and Municipal Composting
Consultant Pamela Roach, along with Kristen Brown of Waste Zero, assisted the City of Meriden on its UBP/Co-Collection pilot application which was recently approved and  awarded a grant by CT DEEP.

Executive Director Carl Amento and Consultant Pamela Roach participated in Naugatuck Valley COG's (NVCOG's) first solid waste & recycling working group meeting. NVCOG is planning to duplicate SCRCOG's efforts in their region.

CT DEEP held a public hearing on the Bottle Bill Stakeholder Process. SCRCOG submitted a letter addressed to DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes requesting that the Bottle Bag Drop Program be considered eligible for funding. The Bottle Bag Drop Program would allow residents to deposit a bag full of their redeemable bottles into containers that would be placed locally in parking lots of grocery stores, liquor stores, and municipal lots. Residents would receive credit for their containers or they may donate proceeds to a local charity. 
Transportation Committee Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Meeting Type: Hybrid - SCRCOG Office / Click Here to Join Zoom Meeting
Agenda: Click Here to Access the Meeting Agenda
Regional Planning Commission Meeting
Date and Time: Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
Meeting Type: Hybrid - SCRCOG Office / Click Here to Join Zoom Meeting
Agenda: Click Here to Access the Meeting Agenda
Executive Committee Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Meeting Type: Hybrid - SCRCOG Office / Click Here to Join Zoom Meeting
Agenda: Click Here to Access the Meeting Agenda
SCRCOG Board Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Meeting Type: Hybrid - SCRCOG Office / Click Here to Join Zoom Meeting
Agenda: Click Here to Access the Meeting Agenda
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