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NEWSLETTER
Volume II, Issue 3
SEPTEMBER 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's Director of Regional Planning and Municipal Services moves on to become Plainville’s Assistant Town Manager

SCRCOG’s Director of Regional Planning and Municipal Services, Andy Cirioli, has accepted a new position as Assistant Town Manager of Plainville, CT.  He will be working with the municipality’s new Town Manager, Michael Paulhus, who previously served as Town Manager of North Branford, CT.

During Andy’s four years at SCRCOG, he worked to grow the regional planning and municipal services programs, including regional initiatives pertaining to affordable housing, information technology/cybersecurity, municipal grants, and procurement. Most recently, Andy assumed the role of lead staff member to the Regional Planning Commission. 

Andy’s last day in the office will be September 28, 2022. While his departure is a great loss for SCRCOG, it is an incredible opportunity for Andy, and we are excited for our colleague as he takes on his new responsibilities for the Town of Plainville.

SCRCOG Welcomes New Regional Planner - Joshua Petro

On September 6th, Joshua Petro began his duties at SCRCOG as Regional Planner. Joshua is native to the region and grew up in Orange, CT. He attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina where he earned his degree in Environmental Studies and Entrepreneurship. Joshua is nearing completion of a Masters of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, a degree accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

At Tufts, Joshua discovered a passion for regional planning. He believes his work at SCRCOG provides opportunities to effectively address many of the social, environmental, and economic challenges currently facing all levels of government, ranging from the local to the international.  Joshua is particularly interested in the potential of leveraging the design and use of our existing urban spaces to foster deeper connections between human populations and the environment. 

SCRCOG is excited to have Joshua join our team. He can be reached at jpetro@scrcog.org or at 203-466-8626.

FY23 Housing Working Group Meetings

As part of our continued Regional Affordable Housing Initiative, SCRCOG is launching another year of Housing Working Group meetings. This year, the meetings will focus on ideas, tools, methods, and strategies to assist communities in operationalizing their affordable housing plans. David Fink will be facilitating these meetings and inviting guest speakers as well. A detailed meeting schedule, including topics and dates, can be accessed via the button below.
LINK | FY23 Housing Working Group Meeting Schedule

September's Housing Working Group Meeting

The first meeting, titled: “Kick-Off Meeting: Affordable Housing in CT and How to Move Forward with Affordable Housing Plans,” is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28th from 1:00 pm to 2:30 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 who will be important allies and resources to attend any or all sessions as their town's housing creation efforts evolve. Please press the button below to register for September's meeting and any of the others. 
LINK | Register for FY23 Housing Working Group Meetings

CT DEEP Climate Resiliency Funding

DEEP has announced the launch of the first round of its Climate Resilience Fund.  Two tracks exist within this fund:

Track 1: Planning
Applicants can seek up to $250,000 to fund climate resilience planning that addresses the impacts of climate-related hazards, including how climate change increases weather-related risks.  Send all application materials in one email to
DEEP.climateresilience@ct.gov by 11:59 pm, Thursday, November 10th.

Track 2: Project Development
Applicants can seek funds to advance resilience project scoping and development that would lead to federal funding for implementation.  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, December 1st.

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

For more information, including application materials, please visit DEEP's website

Connecticut Public Schools HVAC/Indoor Air Quality Grant Program 

Gov. Lamont announced a new grant program offering a total of $150 million administered by the Office of School Construction Grants and Review to Connecticut public schools for upgrading their HVAC infrastructure including related controls and technology systems.  Applications from school districts are now being accepted and must be submitted to the state by December 1, 2022.  Municipalities will be required to provide matching grants to fund the project costs.  Award notices will be announced in early 2023.

Click here for more information including how to apply.

LINK | September 2022 RPC Meeting Agenda
DOWNLOAD | September 2022 RPC Action Table
DOWNLOAD | New RPC Informational Brochure

SCRCOG Towns Approved for DEEP Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Grant

Six towns have been approved for SMM grant funding to conduct unit-based pricing/food waste diversion pilot co-collection programs.  Here is a summary of approved grants:
  • Bethany: full town curbside pick-up
  • Guilford (for up to 350 households): includes transportation from food scrap container at Transfer Station
  • Madison (for up to 350 households): includes transportation from food scrap container at Transfer Stations
  • Meriden (for 1,343 households)
  • West Haven: full town curbside pick-up
  • Woodbridge (for up to 350 households)
SCRCOG has also been awarded a SMM grant for coordination of and assistance with municipal pilot programs, as well as providing education and outreach.

New Episode of The IMPACT, a Sustainable CT Podcast

Sustainable CT's podcast "The IMPACT" just released a new episode featuring a discussion between their executive director, Lynn Stoddard, and state Senator Christine Cohen.  Stoddard has worked in public policy and manages a broad range of environmental programs, while Cohen chairs the important Environment Committee and was a driving force behind the Connecticut Clean Air Act.  Click here to listen.

The Next Sustainable CT Coffee Hour

Sustainable CT hosts virtual informal discussions most third Fridays of each month at 10 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 session is on October 21, 2022 at 10 am.  Click here to register.

Active Threat Integrated Response Course

Dates: September 27-29, 2022
This training is a free three-day course offered by LSU NCBRT/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education.  This course is designed to improve integration between law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS) in active shooter events.
Click here to register.  Use access code: NCBRT340

EMS-FIRE PRO Expo @ Foxwoods Resort

Dates: October 26-29, 2022.
Over 80 EMS, FIRE, Emergency Management, and Healthcare Provider courses will be offered. There will also be a free exhibit hall for all to visit on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (October 27-29th). Apparatus, equipment, software, uniforms, and both state and federal teams will be on display.
Click here to register.

CTDOT's Municipality ADA Compliance Assessment (2022)

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is encouraging municipalities to complete a nine-question self-assessment regarding compliance with the ADA.  This serves as an update to the previous assessment conducted in November 2018 with additional questions to gather more expansive data.  The final deadline is September 30, 2022.  For more information, Katherine Hedberg, CTDOT ADA Coordinating Engineer, will be hosting a meeting via Teams on September 26th.  The information is below.

Survey:
Click here to respond to the survey.

Microsoft Teams Meeting:
Click here to join the meeting.
Meeting ID: 275 392 262 930
Passcode: 3p39nt

COG Coordination Meeting: SCRCOG attended the Quarterly COG Coordination Meeting with DOT on September 6th. The agenda included an update on the Connecticut State Rail Plan and a presentation on Maintaining Minimum Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity. There was also a monthly update on the LEAN process and a LOTCIP discussion.

Unified Planning Work Program: On September 16th SCRCOG received CTDOT approval of the latest UPWP update. SCRCOG will continue work to finalize scopes and paperwork to advance the seven new transportation studies in FY23, while completing an additional five studies, which began in FY22.  Staff has begun work on the 2023 update.

LOTCIP: SCRCOG finalized its agreement with BETA to assist with the review of LOTCIP application and design plans. Working with BETA, SCRCOG can provide better feedback to our municipalities and limit the number of CTDOT comments that require additional work and can delay approval.

Data Collection: Commuter Parking lot counts for the 1st Quarter were completed on August 17, 2022 and are available on our website

September
Executive Committee Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 28, 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, September 28, 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
Housing Working Group Meeting
Kick-Off Meeting: Affordable Housing in CT and How to Move Forward with Affordable Housing Plans

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 28, 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
October
Transportation Committee Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 12, 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, October 13, 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
Executive Committee Meeting
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 26, 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, October 26, 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
Housing Working Group Meeting
Affordable Housing Plans around CT: Learning by Example and
How to Make Progress

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 26, 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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