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 are many exciting and important happenings in our Region  as we enter into fall. An EDA grant for the City of Atmore has been  awarded for a new industry. Our Community Planning Department  wrote the grant and we are working on another for one of our  member governments. I have been to Montgomery and met with  the Governor, ADECA Director Jim Byard and others concerning  activities and funding for our Region. We also will announce soon  a new restaurant for downtown Mobile that will receive a loan  from our Revolving Loan Fund through our EEDS Department. Also  the Senior Lifestyle Expo will be held on October 6th at the Baldwin  County Coliseum in Robertsdale. Please don't hesitate to contact  me if our Agency can be of service.  

John F." Rickey" Rhodes

The Rural Planning Organization (RPO) Committee met this past Wednesday at the Baldwin County Central Annex in Robertsdale, Alabama. Items on the agenda included a review and adoption of the Work Program for Fiscal Year 2017, which is the program budget for the transportation planning staff for the rural areas of the SARPC region; an update of the RPO's Transportation Plan and List of Safety Needs; a discussion of ADA Transition Plans for public rights of way, and a presentation of ALDOT's current and future transportation projects in Mobile, Baldwin and Escambia Counties. The presentation included bridge projects, capacity projects, interstate maintenance projects, and resurfacing projects. Some of the projects discussed included a bridge replacement over Conecuh River in Escambia County, Widening US 31 in Spanish Fort, a divergent diamond interchange at Interstate 10 and State Route 181, Widening SR 181 from SR 104 to CR 64 and from SR 104 to CR 32, Widening SR 180 in south Baldwin County, Interchange improvements at Interstate 65 and Celeste Road, and Interstate 65 at US 43, completing the new US 98 from Schillinger west to the state line, and resurfacing several shielded routes throughout the three counties. Further information is available on our website.

ADA Transition Plans
The ALDOT deadline of July 20th to have an adopted ADA Transition Plan for Public ROW for MPO member governments has been extended until the end of September of this year. The inventory is complete, public meetings have been had and we had a Mobile MPO meeting on September 14th to adopt the Mobile MPO Self-Certification, as we can now say that yes we have nine ADA Transition Plans for Public ROW. A Mobile MPO ADA website is up and running that has links to the nine plans, and ADA Coordinators. We want to thank everyone for getting these plans adopted as fast as they were. If you have any questions, please call Kevin Harrison.

Statewide Competitive Non-Urban Grant (deadline October 5th, 2016)

Job Access & Reverse Commute Program (Section 5316 * JARC) and the
New Freedom Program (Section 5317 - NF)
Fiscal Year 2017

Dissemination Date: September 6, 2016
Date to Submit Applications to Regional Planning Councils: October 5, 2016
Date for Regional Planning Councils to Submit their Applications to ALDOT: 
October 5, 2016
Date for Regional Planning Councils to Submit Endorsed Applications to ALDOT: 
October 12, 2016

ALDOT has announced the grant application for federal assistance provided through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the Section 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute and Section 5317 New Freedom Programs. The "Vehicle Inventory Form" is provided in the application in Word, but is upon request also available electronically in Excel. The applications are available through ALDOT or SARPC can email you one. Please let us know.

All projects funded through Sections 5316 and 5317 must be derived from a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation planning process. ALDOT has designated the 12 Regional Planning Councils to coordinate transportation services in their regions.

Please read the application in its entirety before starting to complete it. Immediate attention must be given to the public hearing requirements, authorizing resolution, and the required Regional Planning Council endorsement.

Completed grant applications must be submitted on or before 5:00 p.m. on October 5, 2016, to the appropriate Regional Planning Council in the geographic area of the state where Section 5316 and/or Section 5317 transportation services are proposed. Regional Planning Councils preparing applications will submit their applications to ALDOT on or before 5:00 p.m. on October 5, 2016.

Technical assistance is available on an as needed basis. If you have any questions or need technical assistance with the application development process, please contact Wiley Brooks, at (334) 353-6417 or email him at brookswi@dot.state.al.us.



The SCSEP program has a new partner as a Host Agency - MOWA Choctaw Indians.  The Host Agency Agreement has been executed and the process of assigning a participant is underway.  We are looking forward to this new relationship in Mount Vernon.  Additionally, SARPC staff is in the process of adding two more participants in Baldwin County.

The Baldwin County After-School-Care Program has kept us busy with new sign-ups.  We received great news from Cherry Penn, the After-School-Care Supervisor.  They have received another grant(s) to add five more sites effective October 1.  It will be our pleasure to expand our services to them.

SARPC's loan committee met on September 15 to review a loan for a new restaurant to locate in the newly renovated building next to the Cathedral.  It gives me great pleasure to announce the loan committee has approved the loan to Port City Hospitality Group, LLC, doing business as the Southern National.  This loan will result in the creation of 20 new jobs.  There are three other projects in the pipeline at this time. 
SARPC's Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Director met with the Mobile Chamber's Small Business Development VP and a Region's Bank representative to discuss having the RLF program a staple for small business start-ups coming through the Chamber's Growth Alliance Task Force.  All are in favor of moving forward with making this a reality.
Finally, the RLF Director also met with the new Executive Director of the Innovation Portal (business incubator) to initiate discussions to become an active funding partner to start-ups being housed in the Portal.  Both parties are excited about the future partnership and what it will provide to entrepreneurs and the community as a whole.


The Area Agency on Aging  staff performed a skit starring "Mr & Mrs Tripper" to increase awareness about our local fall prevention evidence-based classes- "A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls". The skit video will be submitted to MaineHealth's Partnership for Healthy Aging as part of a national competition to recognize National Falls Prevention Day, September 22nd. 

The City of Daphne has partnered with the Area Agency on Aging of the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission to house the new South Alabama Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The office is located on the first floor of City Hall at 1705 Main Street in Daphne. RSVP is enrolling both volunteers, and organizations that need volunteers throughout Baldwin County. The South Alabama RSVP serves both Baldwin and Escambia counties and gives adults age 55 and over meaningful and rewarding volunteer experiences in their local communities.  RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation. Persons interested in volunteering and agencies needing volunteers are encourage to call Charles Smith, RSVP director, at 621-9000 Ext 169 or 236-3881.  

The Area Agency on Aging is now providing a Transition Coordinator to help individuals plan for a safe and successful move out of institutions such as nursing homes to the community.
Gateway to Community Living is an initiative of the Alabama Medicaid Agency that helps Alabamians who are aging or have disabilities live at home in their own communities.  It allows eligible people who currently live in an institution to enroll in one of Alabama's seven Home and Community-Based Waiver programs so they can still get the services and supports they need at home.

For those interested in moving from a facility to the community, a trained Transition Coordinator from the Area Agency on Aging can help them find out if they are eligible and talk with them about available services that would best suit their needs for safe and healthy community living.

For information contact Gateway to Community Living by phone at the Alabama Medicaid Agency at 855-236-6341 or call for additional information from the Transition Coordinator at the Area Agency on Aging at 706-4680.

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. Welcome to Medicare seminars are held in Mobile and Baldwin County from 9am  until noon and Escambia County 10am-11:30am .  For additional information, contact James Roberson 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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