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Transportation Resource Oversight Committee Meeting (LaPorte County)

6100 Southport Road

Portage, Indiana 46368

(219) 763-6060

www.nirpc.org


January 26, 2021, 1:00 pm CST Zoom link:

https://zoom.us/j/96737244806?pwd=YWVPWk5abGNwVUgrRFArWFhuVGRmdz09

Meeting ID: 96737244806

Passcode: 830351

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(This a virtual meeting)


Agenda



  1. Call to Order by Staff and Pledge of Allegiance


  2. Meeting Minutes of October 27, 2020

    ACTION REQUESTED: Approval

  3. Meeting Minutes of December 16, 2020

    ACTION REQUESTED: Approval

  4. Public Comments

    This is an opportunity for comments from members of the audience. The amount of time available to speak will be limited to 3 minutes. Commenters must indicate their wish to comment on the sign-in sheet.


  5. 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program

    The Spending Plan spreadsheet with changes will be provided prior to the meeting.

    ACTION REQUESTED: For Discussion


  6. NOFA

    The spreadsheet with all the applications will be reviewed and recommendations will be sent to the TPC.

    ACTION REQUESTED: Approval


  7. New Business

    1. Local Quarterly meetings are Thursday Feb 4, Wednesday Feb 10, and Thursday Feb 11. A schedule was sent out to everyone.

    2. Other Business not discussed earlier.


  8. Adjournment

The next regularly scheduled TROC Lake/Porter Meeting is scheduled for April 27, 2021; at 1:00 p.m. Location and format to be determined later.

Transportation Resource Oversight Committee Meeting (LaPorte County)

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Minutes


This meeting was convened as an electronic meeting, pursuant to Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-04 and 20-09, extended by Executive Order 20-46. All persons were meeting remotely on a Google Meet platform that allowed for real time interaction and supported the public’s ability to observe and record the proceedings. When the agenda item was provided for public comment, this was supported as well.


Charles Bradsky called the meeting to order at 1:40 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken by Candice Eklund. In attendance were Jay Sullivan (LaPorte County), Mitch Bishop (LaPorte County), Nick Minich (City of La Porte), Sarah Nimetz (City of La Porte), Shannon Eason (Michigan City), and Joyce Newland.

NIRPC staff included Charles Bradsky, Kevin Polette, Flor Baum, and Candice Eklund Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the July 28, 2020 TROC meeting were approved on motion by Nick Minich and

second by Jay Sullivan. With Jay Sullivan, Mitch Bishop, Nick Minich, Sarah Nimetz, and Shannon Eason voting in the affirmative, and no one voting in the negative, the motion passed.


Public Comments

There were no public comments.


NOFA Summary

Charles Bradsky informed the committee that the applications received in the NOFA for FY 2025 and 2026 totalled $123,234,548. The brief summary of the applications received are below. Charles will distribute the spreadsheet reflecting the NOFA applications submitted as well as the spending plan to the committee.


2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program:

Charles Bradsky provided updates to the spending plan items below.

  1. Charles provided the following updates on the spending plan.

Charles asked the committee members if they would have any projects that could move into FY 2022 or FY 2024.

Mitch Bishop stated LaPorte County may have a need for a project in FY 2021 for $40,000. This request will be further discussed during their local quarterly meeting in November.


New Business

Charles noted the Local Quarterly Meetings (LQM) are scheduled for November 10, 16, and 17 and will be held virtually. A meeting invitation will be sent out.


The NOFA applications that have been submitted will be discussed at the topical meetings for review in November. Sponsors of each project are requested to attend the meeting. The schedule of topical meetings are listed below.


Adjournment

Having no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:21 p.m. The next meeting will be held on January 26, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Transportation Resource Oversight Committee Working Group Meeting (Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties)

Wednesday 16, 2020 Minutes


This meeting was convened as an electronic meeting, pursuant to Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-04 and 20-09, extended by Executive Order 20-47. All persons were meeting remotely on a Zoom platform that allowed for real time interaction and supported the public’s ability to observe and record the proceedings.


Charles Bradsky called the meeting to order at 9:02 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll call was taken by Candice Eklund. In attendance were Duane Alverson (Lake County), Jay Sullivan (LaPorte County), Kevin Breitzke (Porter County), Robert Thompson (Porter County), Jennie Burgess (Crown Point), AJ Bytnar (Gary), Mark Gordish (Hammond), Phil Gralick (Hobart), Adrian Vera (Lake Station), Nick Minich (City of La Porte), Sarah Nimetz (City of La Porte), Beth West (La Porte Transit), Skyler York (Michigan City), Shannon Eason (Michigan City), Sandy Kolb (Portage), Michael Jabo (Valparaiso), Beth Shrader (Valparaiso Transit), Mark O’Dell (Chesterton), Richard Konopasek (Griffith), Tom Schmitt (Schererville), Jeff Huet (Schererville), Nick Bellar (Winfield), David Wright (GPTC), Don Oliphant, Chris Murphy, Wing Lau, Eric Wolverton, Jake Dammarell, Dennis Cobb, Trisha Nugent, Michael Duffy, and Joyce Newland.


NIRPC staff included Charles Bradsky, Meredith Stilwell, Kevin Polette, Scott Weber, and Candice Eklund.


Charles Bradsky discussed the project funding types, targets for each of the years, and the tiers projects are categorized in the NOFA. In an internal NIRPC meeting, it was discovered that new roadways and road expansion projects fell into the Tier 3 category, which does not have any funding. Several of the committee members voiced their concerns and agreed that new roadways and road expansion projects should be categorized in Tier 2 for fairness, especially with the corridor studies that NIRPC conducted.


Kevin Breitzke stated he would support moving the new roadways and road expansion projects from Tier 3 to Tier 2, but the city planners would need to verify the additional construction costs and the time frame for their projects.


Charles documented the comments and concerns that were discussed during the NOFA application scoring meetings and sent them to the committee members. These items will be discussed when the NOFA continuous improvement working group convenes. It was felt that legacy projects may receive additional points in future NOFA’s, but would depend on the readiness and time frame of the project.


Michael Jabo suggested evaluating and prioritizing the projects currently in Tier 3 and selecting 2-3 projects, including one for LaPorte County, for this NOFA. Mark O’Dell also suggested possibly adding phases to projects to allow funding for additional projects.


Hearing no objections, a motion was received by Robert Thompson and seconded by Kevin Breitzke to make a recommendation to the TPC on moving new roadways and roadway expansion projects from Tier 3 to Tier 2 and evaluate what projects from Group 1 and Group 2 funds would move into this year's TIP. With Duane Alverson, Jay Sullivan, Robert Thompson, AJ Bytnar, Mark Gordish, Phil Gralick, Adrian Gera, Nick Minich, Skylar York, Sandy Kolb, Michael Jabo, Beth Shrader, Mark O’Dell, Richard Konopasek, Jeff Huet, Nick bellar, and David Wright voting in the affirmative, and no one voting in the negative, the motion passed.


Kevin Breitzke asked if it would be beneficial to schedule another meeting to evaluate what projects would be selected to be recommended to the TPC. Joyce Newland stated the projects being evaluated

would have to be committed in NIRPC’s long range plan, NWI 2050, and their air quality conformity to avoid sending a false positive to the federal agency on the air quality analysis. Scott Weber will run the air quality analysis report and include these projects in the NWI 2050 plan.


An amendment to the NWI 2050 plan is scheduled for next April, and the recommended projects will be included in the amendment. Scott concurred that any new roadway projects that would be added, would go through air quality conformity as well as the congestion management process and would be an amendment to the NWI 2050 plan.


It was agreed the next meeting to evaluate and rank the projects that will move from Tier 3 to Tier 2 will be held at a Surface Transportation Committee (STC) meeting. Tom Schmitt agreed to hold this meeting on January 5, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. to make a recommendation to the Technical Planning Committee (TPC) which two or three projects would be moved into this NOFA.


Adjournment

Having no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:12 a.m. The next TROC meetings are scheduled on February 23, 2021. Lake and Porter Counties will meet at 9:00 a.m. and LaPorte County will meet at 1:00 p.m.

2021 Q1 Quarterly Tracking Schedule

1/14/2021





Community


Meeting Date


Time Alloted


Meeting Time

Thursday, February 4, 2021

1 Merrillville


0:15

8:30

2

Burns Harbor


0:15

8:45

3

Cedar Lake


0:10

9:00

4

Hobart


0:20

9:10

5

Michigan City


0:20

9:30

6

Lake County


0:15

9:50

7

Lowell


0:10

10:05

8




10:15

9



Finish

10:15

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

1 Portage


0:15

8:30

2

Schererville


0:15

8:45

3

Hammond


0:15

9:00

4

Chesterton


0:10

9:15

5

Crown Point


0:15

9:25

6

Winfield


0:10

9:40

7

Munster


0:15

9:50

8

Highland


0:10

10:05

9



Finish

10:15

Thursday, February 11, 2021

1

Gary


0:15

8:45

2

Porter County


0:15

9:00

3

Valparaiso


0:15

9:15

4

East Chicago


0:15

9:30

5

La Porte (City)


0:20

9:45

6

LaPorte County


0:20

10:05

7



Finish

10:25

8





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