Thursday, December 7, 2017 NIRPC Lake Michigan Room

Kathy Kinola, Chair Will Farrellbegg, Vice-Chair

  1. Welcome and Introductions



    1. South Shore Trails – Update

    2. 2018 SuperNOFA - Update



A. Feature Presentation:

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A. NWI Paddling Association – Update


  1. Grab Bag

    1. Project Updates – Year-end review

    2. Emerging Trends Video – Edmonton FREEZEWAY

    3. General Announcements (upcoming rides, events, etc)

    4. Next 3PC Meeting – Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ NIRPC

  2. Adjournment


Committee Meeting ~ NIRPC October 26, 2017

Members & Guests Aaron Borngraber, George Topoll, Jan Dick, Will Farrellbegg, Nichole DeMario, Mark Schreiber, Robert Boklund, Steve Antonetti, Mark O’Dell, Dean Button, Denny Cobb, Eric Ehn, AJ Monroe, Shannon Eason, Jake Ballah, Tonya Garland

Staff – Mitch Barloga, Rachel Veronesi, Mary Thorne

Vice Chair Will Farrellbegg called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. with self-introductions.


A. South Shore Trails (SST) Update – No report was given.


A. Feature Presentation I: Marquette Greenway TIGER Grant Application – Mitch Barloga, NIRPC Mitch Barloga gave an overview of the history of the Marquette Plan, Phases I and II, Marquette Action Plan and the newly branded Marquette Greenway. Of the 58 miles in length, only 28 miles have been constructed and funded. NIRPC just submitted an application for the TIGER grant to fund 20 projects in the 30 remaining tri-state miles in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. The total cost is about

$35.5 million and the application is for $24.2 million. Our local match is about 32%. We have received 72 letters of support at all levels of government, communities, business, non-profits, IDNL and IDSP. The benefit cost analysis proves it is an excellent investment. Since the TIGER grant’s creation in 2009, $5.1 billion has been awarded to 421 projects in all 50 states. $500 million is available in this round and only about 5% of projects submitted are selected. We now need a full funding commitment from the communities involved. The grants will be announced either in late 2017 or early 2018. One of Rails to Trails big initiatives is to extend a national network from DC to Seattle and they are looking at the Marquette Greenway as being a part of this network.


A. NWI Paddling Association –

Mitch read a written report submitted by Zully Alvarado. NWIPA completed their 8th season. There were 13 regular paddling events serving over 1200 paddlers and three Marquette Park Thursday night paddles. Four new events were added. They held their 1st Annual Creekness Stakes Wilderness Canoe fundraiser and provided volunteers and boats at four paddling events targeting people with disabilities, frequently partnering with Causes for Change and The Blind Social Center. As a result of eight years and 4,000 man hours of work, eight miles of water trails are now open on the East Branch of the Little Calumet River Water Trail.

Grab Bag

  1. Project Updates

  2. Emerging Trends Videos – The Need for Bike Lanes and Three Dimensional Crossings in Iceland. Mitch added that the first regional raised crosswalk will be in Highland and Griffith on the Erie Lackawanna Trail.

  3. General Announcements

  4. Next 3PC Meeting is Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

The meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.


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