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NEWSLETTER
Volume II, Issue 5
NOVEMBER 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.

Job Posting: Town of North Branford

The Town of North Branford is seeking a Part-Time Zoning Enforcement Officer.  Requirements include CAZEO certification or the ability to obtain such certification within six (6) months of hire as well as possession of a valid CT driver’s license.

For more information, including application materials, please visit the Town of North Branford's website.

Kick-Off Meeting for Community Engagement and Affordable Housing

The kick-off meeting for the second prong of this year's Regional Affordable Housing Initiative took place on the 3rd of November.  Led by Ben Fink, SCRCOG's Community Engagement Facilitator, many participants shared their personal stories and experiences related to the cost of housing and the effects of (un)affordability.  Attendees of the virtual meeting represented nearly the entire region.  Ben continues to engage with municipalities interested in bringing similar discussions to their local communities.

November's Housing Working Group Meeting

The third meeting, titled: “Getting Through to the Truth: How Affordable Housing Creation Impacts Towns," is scheduled for this Thursday, the 17th of November, from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm. This will be a hybrid meeting, with virtual attendance via Zoom and in-person attendance at the SCRCOG office. We encourage Working Group representatives, planners, municipal officials, business people, residents, and other stakeholders in the South Central Region who will be important allies and resources to attend any or all sessions as their town's housing creation efforts evolve.

To register for the FY23 meeting series (does not include advance Zoom links), click here.
To register virtually for November's meeting and receive an emailed Zoom link, click here.
 
LINK | FY23 Housing Working Group Meeting Schedule

CT's Affordable Housing Conference (CAHC) 2022: Building Stability

Partnership for Strong Communities (PSC) is hosting the third annual CAHC from the 14th - 16th of November 2022.  This year the CAHC focuses on Building Stability, highlighting a wide array of best practices, collaborations, and coordinated advocacy strategies to strengthen housing stability for households and communities across Connecticut. This year's conference features a menu of sessions relevant to affordable housing developers, tenant advocates, lenders and funders, public housing authorities, municipal and state policy leaders, housing advocates, and the general public.

The virtual CAHC is free for all to attend, and tickets are available for an in-person networking reception Tuesday evening, the 15th of November, from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

To register, click here.

First Public Meeting

The first public meeting for the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan update was held on the 7th of November.  SCRCOG staff presented alongside Jamie Caplan Consulting on the data collection and risk assessment, and led a discussion on the major natural hazards in the region.  The public in attendance were invited to share their opinions on the most important hazards and actions that can be taken to mitigate the risk.  A second public meeting will be held when the draft plan is available for review and comment.

Information Technology Workshop 2: Security Operations, Nov. 17th

The second meeting Novus Insights, Inc., will be conducting this year is scheduled for the 17th of November from 10:00 am - 11:00 am.  Titled "Security Operations," this second installment will focus on building a layered security program for maximum threat resiliency, including:
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Municipal IT operations complexities
  • The importance of asset management
  • Log aggregation and reduction approaches
  • Security operations for endpoints- Endpoint Detection and Response
  • Security operations beyond the endpoint- Extended Detection and Response
  • DIY Security Operations- pros and cons
  • Security Operations Center as a Service (SOC as a Service)
  • Strategies for implementing a Security Operations Program
  • Q&A & Roundtable Discussion
These meetings are virtual via Zoom.  To register, click here.
 
LINK | FY23 IT Workshop Series Schedule

More IT/Cybersecurity Consulting Services

In addition to the workshop series, Novus Insight, Inc., offers several other services through SCRCOG to each municipality in the region.  Briefly, these include:
  • KnowBe4 – security awareness training and threat simulation
  • Vulnerability assessments – network scans to detect unpatched vulnerabilities and misconfigurations
  • Consulting services – project hours for security and compliance activities
These programs have been helpful to municipalities that have participated.  Some results to-date include increased employee awareness and prevention of potential security breaches as well as actionable insights into how to strengthen municipalities’ cyber infrastructure.  If you are interested in learning more about any of these programs, please let us know. 

CT DEEP Climate Resiliency Funding

DEEP has announced the launch of the first round of its Climate Resilience Fund.  Applications may still be submitted for the Project Development track:

Track 2: Project Development:
Applicants can seek funds to advance resilience project scoping and development that would lead to federal funding for implementation (those which could result in a FEMA implementation grant).  Expected funding requests range from $300,000 to $700,000, but applications for amounts outside of this range may still be considered.  Send all application materials in one email to DEEP.climateresilience@ct.gov.  The final deadline is 11:59 pm, Thursday, the 1st of December.

Eligible applicants are: municipalities, councils of government, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and private sector entities.

SCRCOG staff submitted a Track 1: Planning grant application to create an implementation plan to prioritize qualified projects identified in existing regional plans.

Grant Application Assistance: DEEP has added office hours sessions to support applicants with last minute questions. They are scheduled for:

  • 10:00 am on Monday, the 7th of November
  • 10:00 am on Monday, the 21st of November
  • 10:00 am on Monday, the 28th of November
For more information, including application materials, please visit DEEP's website

National Culvert Removal, Replacement, and Restoration Grants

The primary goal of the Culvert AOP Program is to improve or restore anadromous fish passage through the replacement, removal, repair, or improvement of culverts or weirs. The grant program prioritizes projects that would improve fish passage for: (A) anadromous fish stocks listed as an endangered or threatened species under section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. § 1533); (B) anadromous fish stocks identified by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that could reasonably become listed as an endangered species or a threatened species under that section; (C) anadromous fish stocks identified by the NMFS or the USFWS as prey for endangered species, threatened species, or protected species, including Southern resident orcas (Orcinus orca); or (D) anadromous fish stocks identified by the NMFS or the USFWS as climate resilient stocks (49 U.S.C. § 6703(e)(1)). The program also prioritizes projects that would open up more than 200 meters of upstream (anadromous) habitat before the end of the natural habitat (49 U.S.C. § 6703(e)(2)).

To view the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), click here.

State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP)

This program is part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and allows the Department of Homeland Security to make cybersecurity investments in state, local, and territory (SLT) government agencies.  $1 billion dollars will be available over the next four years through the SLCGP and the Tribal Cybersecurity Grant Program.

Eligible applicants for the FY22 SLCGP include state agencies with local governments as sub-recipients.  Applications are due on the 15th of November 2022.

For more information, click here.

Thriving Communities Program

Funded with $25 million through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of
2022, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new Thriving Communities Program (TCP) aims to ensure that disadvantaged communities adversely or disproportionately affected by environmental, climate, and human health policy outcomes have the technical tools and organizational capacity to compete for federal aid and deliver quality infrastructure projects that enable their communities and neighborhoods to thrive.

TCP facilitates the planning and development of transportation and community revitalization activities and provides tools to ensure that under‐resourced communities can access the historic funding provided in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

The Thriving Communities Program will be administered by the Build America Bureau as part of its broader efforts to provide technical assistance to communities.

More Information can be found on the USDOT website.

LINK | November 2022 RPC Meeting Agenda
DOWNLOAD | November 2022 RPC Action Table
DOWNLOAD | RPC Informational Brochure

The Next Sustainable CT Coffee Hour: The Reality of Municipal Recycling

Sustainable CT hosts virtual informal discussions most third Fridays of each month at 10:00 am.  They share program updates and resources, explore your questions, and strengthen the network of Sustainable CT champions.  These sessions are free and open to all.  The next one is on the 18th of November 2022 at 10:00 am.

To register, click here.

Congratulations to Our Three (3) Certified Towns for 2022

Sustainable CT maintains an annual, voluntary certification program throughout Connecticut.  The purpose of the program is to support the use of sustainability best-practices at the municipal level.  Congratulations to our three municipalities that achieved bronze- or silver-level certifications, including:

  • Guilford, silver
  • New Haven, silver
  • West Haven, bronze

To read the press release, click here.

COG Coordination Meeting: SCRCOG attended the Monthly COG Coordination Meeting with DOT on November 1st   The agenda included an update on Performance Measures,  a review of the Connecticut State Rail Plan, a presentation on the Cube Travel Demand Model and an update on the Municipal ADA Compliance Self Evaluation Assessment.  There was also  a monthly update of the LEAN process.

LOTCIP: Over the last 2 months, SCRCOG staff worked with the Transportation Committee to update the region’s list of LOTCIP Projects. 32 LOTCIP project concepts were added to the list and ordered based on when their applications will be submitted. New LOTCIP applications were received from Milford for the Welches Rd Revetment stabilization project and from New Haven for their Downtown Drainage project. CTDOT issued a  Commitment to Fund letter to North Haven for project L100-002 Pool RD drainage Improvements. And 2 projects received their Authorization to advertise. These projects are L079-003 Cedar St bridge replacement in Meriden and L148-002 Northford Rd bridge replacement in Wallingford.

CT GREEN SNOW PRO: The T2 Center announced a new training opportunity for private commercial snow plow operators. The program focuses on best practices for salt application on parking lots and sidewalks as well as maintenance of facilities and equipment. Training takes place on the 1st of December 2022.

More information is available on the T2 website.
 
Hamden Complete Streets Study: A kickoff meeting for the Hamden Route 10 Complete Streets study was held on the 7th of November with SCRCOG staff, Town of Hamden staff, and AKRF Consulting. The goal of the study is to identify ways to make Route 10 safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. The focus area of the study is the area of Route 10 between Benham Street and Evergreen Avenue.

I-95 Planning & Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study: On the 1st of November, CTDOT launched the I-95 PEL study website. The PEL Study is an early-planning effort to identify improvements to reduce congestion and improve travel time along Interstate 95 (I-95) from Exit 53 in Branford to the Rhode Island state line The first public information meeting will be held virtually on the 15th of November 2022. All materials shared during the virtual meeting can be found on the study website. The public and local stakeholders are encouraged to review and make comments through the 30th of November 2022. Comments may be submitted on the study website, by email to info@i95EasternCT.com, or by mail (Attn. I-95 Eastern CT PEL Study Team (CDM Smith), 77 Hartland Street, Suite 201, East Hartford, CT 06108).

More information on this study can be found here.

CTDOT I-95 Highway Diversion Plan Update: CTDOT is working on an update of the I-95 Diversion plans for the region. Throughout December the department will hold meetings to review and discuss the revised diversion plan routes.  Meetings have been scheduled for Milford on Tuesday, the 6th of December, 2022; Orange/West Haven on Wednesday, the 7th of December, 2022; New Haven on Tuesday, the 13th of December, 2022; and Guilford & Madison on Wednesday, the 21st of December, 2022.

CTDOT Launches Interactive Map with Active IIJA Project Information: As of the 26th of October 2022, the "CTDOT Active Projects by Funding Type" GIS dashboard was launched.  This interactive map displays the locations of planned and active construction capital projects throughout Connecticut and identifies the source of project funding, including Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) funds. IIJA includes funding by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The new online project map also indicates basic information about each project and is linked to other resources which provide greater detail.

The map can be accessed here.

CTDOT Seeks Public Comment on the next Five-Year Capital Plan for fiscal years 2023-2027:
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is soliciting feedback on its five-year Capital Plan for fiscal years 2023-2027. There is a public meeting scheduled for the 16th of November to kick-off the Capital plan process.  This presentation is geared toward the general public and is intended to be a ”Transportation Overview 101” for those not regularly involved with the transportation process, with a goal of increasing transparency and education of the public, and a chance to solicit feedback on what issues are important to them. Following this kick-off meeting, CTDOT will continue to work with the COGs to review project lists during the month of December as the draft plan is developed.
This virtual Public information meeting will be held on Wednesday, the 16th of November, at 7:00 pm.

To register and submit questions for the session, click here.
For a copy of the current 2022-2026 Capital Plan, click here.
For a copy of the Capital Plan Project List, click here.

November
CCSMM Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Working Group Meeting
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
To register, click here.
Agenda: Battery, Tire and Household Hazardous Waste EPR
Executive Committee Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 16, 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, November 16, 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
Information Technology Workshop 2
Security Operations

Date and Time: Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Meeting Type: Virtual / Click Here to Register
Schedule and Recordings: Click Here to Access the Meeting Schedule
Housing Working Group Meeting
Getting Through to the Truth: How Affordable Housing Creation Impacts Towns

Date and Time: Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Meeting Type: Hybrid - SCRCOG Office / Click Here to Register
Schedule and Recordings: Click Here to Access the Meeting Schedule
December
Transportation Committee Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, December 7, 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, December 8, 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
Housing Working Group Meeting
Build Smarter, Not Harder: Placing Affordable Housing at the Intersection of Opportunities to Ensure Connectivity of Developments

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Meeting Type: Hybrid - SCRCOG Office / Click Here to Register
Schedule and Recordings: Click Here to Access the Meeting Schedule
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