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NEWSLETTER
Volume I, Issue 8
MARCH 2022

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.
SCRCOG along with its consultant team has concluded the Housing Goals meeting with each of the 13 participating municipalities. The purpose of the meetings was to gain a better understanding of each community’s housing needs and to begin defining the housing goals for the state-required Municipal Affordable Housing Plans (AHPs). In addition, the meetings provided an opportunity to begin the conversation on the locational analysis component of the municipal AHPs. 

RKG Associates prepared a comprehensive Housing Strategy document to help each community select potential strategies that align with the community’s housing goals, and address the identified housing needs. Municipal representatives were asked to distribute the documents within their respective communities. The goals and strategies will be refined based on the feedback received by SCRCOG, and the consultant team. Three AHP Strategy Meetings based on municipal groupings have been scheduled during the week of March 21st.
SCRCOG is planning actions to earn SolSmart Gold Designation (currently designated Silver), including encouraging SCRCOG municipalities to achieve at least Bronze Designation. This month, meetings were held with several of SCRCOG's municipalities to discuss steps needed to earn Bronze Designation.  Many of SCRCOG's municipalities have already earned 30 points toward designation by attending SolSmart webinars hosted by SCRCOG. 
SCRCOG’s cybersecurity consultant, Novus Insight Inc., has renewed the interactive cybersecurity employee training program for six municipalities. A total of 900 municipal employees throughout the region are participating in this program. SCRCOG and Novus are working to on-board other municipalities that are interested in the program – an additional 1,100 employee training licenses are available for municipalities to utilize. Please contact Andy Cirioli with any questions or expressions of interest regarding participation in the program.
Program Update: SCRCOG Grant consultants, Juliet Burdelski and Renata Bertotti, reviewed and compiled the SCRCOG Grants Initiative Survey responses and contacted each respondent to schedule a follow-up meeting to assess and hone in on the region’s municipal grant needs. Municipalities expressed a clear need for technical assistance and possible grant-related trainings. SCRCOG’s grant consultants are available to municipalities for technical assistance at no-cost to the municipalities. These services may include reviewing grant applications or conditions and offering counsel on a variety of aspects of the grants administration process. Additional information pertaining to grant-related trainings will be made available soon.

Grant Opportunities: SCRCOG’s grant consultants identified two DECD brownfield grant program opportunities that may be relevant to municipalities. Please see those opportunities below.
DECD Brownfield Assessment - Applications Due on 4/22/2022
DECD Brownfield Areawide Revitalization Planning - Applications Due on 6/17/2022
March 2022 RPC Meeting Agenda
March 2022 Action Table
Online Backyard Composters, Rain Barrels, and Accessories Sale: SCRCOG has arranged for a regional online sale of Backyard Composters, Rain Barrels, and Accessories through Brand Builders. This is the second year that SCRCOG has coordinated with municipalities on offering this opportunity to residents. Residents may purchase items online via the link below. Residents can pick-up their purchases on Saturday, April 23rd at one of three locations: Woodbridge from 10am-noon, Hamden from 1:30pm-3:30pm, or Guilford from 5pm-7pm.
Backyard Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale - Website
Backyard Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale - Flyer
Meriden UBP/Food Waste Diversion Pilot: The first co-collection of traditional solid waste and food waste pilot program in Connecticut began in February in Meriden. 1,000 homes are participating in the pilot, and Meriden High School’s Sustainability Team distributed food waste bags and educational materials to those homes. Homes that are not participating yet have been encouraged to join the pilot and have been given educational material as well. After traditional solid waste and food waste is collected at curb-side, the bags are sorted at HQ Dumpsters and Recycling in Southington. Food scraps are separated and transported to the anaerobic digester at Quantum BioPower in Southington for processing.
COG Coordination Meeting: SCRCOG staff attended the monthly COG Coordination Meeting with DOT where presentations were given on environmental justice, access to voting, electric vehicle infrastructure, and the eSTIP.

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP): SCRCOG hosted kick-off meetings for the Meriden CT Loop Trail Connection Study and the Wallingford Northrup Road Study. Approval was received for the West Haven Bike Ped Study. The RFQ for consultant services for the FY23 UPWP studies has been released.
AIA Documents - Municipal Procurement Training Series
Date and Time: Thursday, March 17, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Meeting Type: Remote - Click Here to Register for Zoom Meeting
Transportation Committee Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Meeting Type: Hybrid - SCRCOG Office / Click Here to Join the Zoom Meeting
Agenda: Click Here to Access the Meeting Agenda
Regional Planning Commission Meeting
Date and Time: Thursday, April 14, 2022 from 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
Meeting Type: Hybrid - SCRCOG Office / Click Here to Join the Zoom Meeting
Agenda: Click Here to Access the Meeting Agenda
Department of Justice: Bidding Fraud and Collusion - Municipal Procurement Training Series
Date and Time: Thursday, April 14, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Meeting Type: Remote - Click Here to Register for Zoom Meeting
Solid Waste and Recycling Working Group Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Meeting Type: Remote - Click Here to Register for Zoom Meeting
Composter and Rain Barrel Sale Pick-Up Date
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022
  • Woodbridge – Library Lawn, 10 Newton Road – Saturday, 4/23, 10am-12pm
  • Hamden – Hamden Middle School, 2623 Dixwell Avenue – Saturday, 4/23, 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Guilford – Parking lot behind Town Hall, 31 Park Street – Saturday, 4/23, 5pm-7pm
Click Here for more Information
Executive Committee Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Meeting Type: Hybrid - SCRCOG Office / Click Here to Join the Zoom Meeting
Agenda: Click Here to Access the Meeting Agenda
SCRCOG Board Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Meeting Type: Hybrid - SCRCOG Office / Click Here to Join the Zoom Meeting
Agenda: Click Here to Access the Meeting Agenda
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