Welcome to SARPC's digital newsletter. Our goal is to publish a newsletter once a month that provides highlights of projects and activities being undertaken at the agency. If you have any questions or would like to request additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
In This Issue

There will be a MPO Policy Board Meeting on July 13th; please plan on attending. There are several items on the agenda, including bridge work on I-65 at Cottage Hill Rd, adopting FY 2017 UPWP, and recent TAP And FTA 5310 awards.  The UPWP will have some slight changes since it was reviewed at the last MPO and TCC/CAC meeting.  We have included a line item to purchase truck Origin-Destination data from Inrix. This will be extremely useful in our travel demand forecast model, and corridor studies.


The Mobile MPO is the Designated Recipient of the FTA 5310 Urban Area funding. Available this fiscal year was $110,042 (federal) for operating and $387,964 (federal) for capital.  We had $342,500 applied for operating, although we only had available $110,042.  We only had $32,000 applied for capital, which leaves a balance of almost $356,000 available this year!  Please see Funding Opportunities below if you are interested in FTA 5310 URBAN capital as we have announced a second round of funding.  The deadline is the same deadline as ALDOT's 5310 application, July 15th, please see Funding Opportunities.  Congratulations to the applicants that were awarded operating funds; Independent Living Center, City of Satsuma, and the Mobile ARC.


The Mobile MPO is also the Designated Recipient of Urban Area TAP funds.  We had available this fiscal year $551,000 (federal) and the deadline was June 3rd with two applications submitted and awarded. Congratulations to Mobile County for their ADA Compliance TAP Project, and the City of Mobile for Sidewalks along Bit and Spur form Old Shell Rd to University Blvd.  Having only two applications submitted leaves a balance of $192,095 (federal).  We are opening a second round of funding for that amount, and all 9 local governments are eligible to apply. The deadline is July 1st, please see Funding Opportunities.


The Mobile MPO apportionment was increased with the passing of the new FAST ACT Transportation Funding Bill.  The per capita amount was $6.8 Million per year under the bill MAP-21. That has been increased to $7.1 million per year, which equates to being able to program almost $9 million per year once the 20% local match is included. Our Attributable funding schedule has been moved around a bit; however, even though we had an increase in potential funding, we are still negative in terms of budgeting projects in year 2020 and 2021.


The FHWA has required that every city and county in the state have an ADA Transition Plan, and Urban Areas will have a one year deadline (July 20th, 2016).  Each City in the Mobile MPO Study Area and Mobile County now has an appointed ADA Coordinator which creates a nine member ADA Subcommittee of the MPO.

The inventory is complete for all urban local governments within the Mobile MPO, and each City and Mobile County should have their draft ADA Transition Plan for Public ROW.  We need these adopted by each local government, with public comment, ASAP.  If you have not scheduled a public meeting to obtain public input, please do so as soon as you can.  The City of Mobile had their public meeting this week, and it was well attended.  The City of Satsuma's is July 21st, and Mobile County's is June 30th.  The deadline for Mobile County and the cities within the Mobile MPO to have an adopted ADA Transition Plan for public ROW, is this July.  If you have any questions, please call Kevin Harrison.


$58 Million Available Through HUD's Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the availability of approximately $58 million for its Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program.  Community Compass, HUD's integrated technical assistance and capacity building program, is designed to help HUD's customers navigate housing and community development challenges with the knowledge, skills, tools, capacity, and systems to implement HUD programs and policies successfully.  Local and state governments, tribal governments, nonprofits, for-profit organizations, and regional planning entities are eligible applicants.  This year, HUD made explicit clarification that regional planning entities such as MPOs and COGs are eligible to apply to be providers of HUD technical.


 Broadband USA Launching a Nine-Part Webinar Series to Gather Input on the Community Connectivity Initiative 
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), as part of its BroadbandUSA program, is kicking off a nine-part series of monthly webinars to gather input on the development of the Community Connectivity Initiative.  A key BroadbandUSA resource, the Initiative will support NTIA's technical assistance efforts by providing communities with a comprehensive self-assessment tool and report which will enable them to better understand how their current policies and programs support broadband connectivity.  In addition, the Initiative will provide an index or comparative community connectivity score and access to an expanding community of practice.
NTIA is seeking input from the public and broadband stakeholders nationwide such as local, state, federal and tribal governments; leaders in healthcare, education, workforce development, and economic development; and trade and industry leaders. Participants in the collaborative webinars will review the Initiative framework; review assessment questions and response options; co-design the structure and content for the report and recommendations; and identify supporting resources and tools to aid local communities.  Webinars will be held monthly, beginning on July 14. 


The Environmental Finance Center Network to Host Webinar on Asset Management for Small Water Systems
The Environmental Finance Center Network will host a webinar "Ask the Expert: Ask Your Asset Management Questions or Seek Advice on How to Begin" on June 30 from 2 - 3 p.m. ET.  The webinar is focused at staff working on water systems serving 10,000 or fewer people.  This webinar will provide participants with a unique opportunity to ask any and all questions regarding asset management or implementing asset management at your utility.  

The Volunteer Guardians got together for our monthly "Coffee, Cookies and Conversation" meeting to discuss "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day". The guardians reviewed the different types of abuse and what interventions they should take to ensure their ward is safe. Then the guardians answered the following statement "Together we can fight elder abuse by..." Each participant wrote down multiple interventions however, our favorite comment was from Mr. Paul Uffman "BECOME A VOLUNTEER GUARDIAN."

The Area Agency on Aging's Annual Legacy Leadership Institute was held at the Faculty Club on the USA Campus June 13-17, 2016.  An impressive group of retired professionals graduated  on June 7 with ceremonies conducted by Julie McGee, Area Agency on Aging director, Roma Hanks, Chair of USA's Gerontology Program and Center for Intergenerational Studies, and Dr. Leo Mundy of USA.   Members of the 2016 Area Agency on Aging Legacy Leadership  graduating  class included Linda Bell, Bertha Boatman, Margie Bush, Al Cariglino , Carolyn C. Davis , Terry Dixon (not pictured), Jean Harper, Barbara Hodnett, Jean Ingram, June Jones , Thelia Kelly, Carolyn Lewis, Lisa Locke, Warren Locklin, Geneva Rhodes, Carol Robbins, Kelly Robinson, Edna  Sargent, Catherine Terry, Willie Taylor, 
Don Wheater and Olivia Woods.

The MOWA Choctaw Senior Center Grand Opening celebration was held June 23.  Commissioner Neal Morrison of the Alabama Department of Senior Services,  Chief Lebaron Byrd and Mayor James Adams of Mt. Vernon were special guests.  Pictured is the Ribbon Cutting ceremony with Tribal Council members.  Daily attendance at the senior center is 50 people and has generated a lot of excitement among the elders of the community.

The new location for the Baldwin County "Welcome to Medicare" monthly seminar is at the Spanish Fort Community Center and is held the 2nd  Wednesday  of each month.  The new location in Escambia County is the Atmore Community Hospital and is held the first  Monday  of every month. 

In Mobile the monthly seminars continue at SARPC's office in the GM&O building the 1st Tuesday of each month. All Welcome to Medicare seminars are held from  10 AM until noon .  For additional information, contact James Robertson at 706-4617.


Notice a change when you call SARPC to reach the Area Agency on Aging?  Our 1-800-AGE-LINE now directly connects to our Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)  and centralizes intake for all aging and disability programs. The direct line is 706-4680.  If you need  "Answers on Aging" give us a call! 
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