Thursday, January 4, 2018 NIRPC Lake Michigan Room Will Farrellbegg, Vice-Chair

  1. Welcome and Introductions

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    1. South Shore Trails – Update


    2. Greenways+Blueways 2020 Plan – Update

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  1. Feature Presentation:

  2. Project Scope Change Request – East Chicago

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A. NWI Paddling Association – Update

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  1. Project Updates

  2. Emerging Trends Video

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


  4. Next 3PC Meeting – Thursday, February 1, 2018 @ NIRPC

5. Adjournment


Committee Meeting ~ NIRPC December 7, 2017

Members & Guests Aaron Borngraber, Kathy Kniola, George Topoll, Mark Schreiber, Robert Boklund, Mark O’Dell, Dean Button, AJ Monroe, Jake Ballah, Bob Huffman, Caitlin Stevens, Zach Dripps, Jeff Sheridan, Christine Vanderborg, Zully Alvarado, Alex Brown, John Novacich, Chris Moore, Craig Zandstra, Don Parker and Rich Tayler

Staff – Mitch Barloga, Rachel Veronesi, Charles Bradsky and Mary Thorne

Chair Kathy Kniola called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. with self-introductions.


  1. South Shore Trails (SST) Update – Don Parker reported that they are working on projects related to bike and hike advocacy. Steve Antonetti is no longer with the City of Valparaiso.

  2. 2018 Super NOFA – Mitch said we might do a fall 2018 funding cycle for the Notice of Funding Availability for TE and TAP. Charles Bradsky, formerly of INDOT, is the new Project Manager at NIRPC and will be doing regular calls for projects. Indiana did a transfer between state and federal funding but there are no clear guidelines. Answers should be forthcoming in the next couple of months. A lot of the smaller decisions were made in house and the goal is for more transparency. 3PC has the most comprehensive methodology and that will continue. NIRPC will be putting these methodologies together for all topical committees.


A. Feature Presentation I: Bicycle Tourism – Mitch Barloga, NIRPC

Mitch Barloga gave an overview of the history of the bicycle and its evolution into an important tourism mechanism. There are touring events, special accommodations featuring bikes in rooms, tools, lockers, rentals, and infrastructure changes and policies. For more information, go to


A. NWI Paddling Association –

Zully Alvarado reported that they met with Lake Station about installing a launch. Mark O’Dell said Chesterton just installed a permanent launch.

Grab Bag

  1. Project Updates

  2. Emerging Trends Videos – Mitch Barloga showed a brief video on the possibilities for trail use titled, “Edmonton Freezeway.”

  3. General Announcements

  4. Next 3PC Meeting is Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

The meeting adjourned at 2:45 p.m.


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