911 Call Center Subsidy Formula Changes
The legislature's Regulations Review Committee is holding a committee meeting on June 2, 11:00 a.m. via Zoom to take action on proposed regulations that modify the 911 Call Center subsidy formulas.

The proposed regulations modify existing PSAP subsidy formulas to emphasize call volume and population served and are anticipated to increase funding levels for most PSAPs, thereby providing cost savings to municipalities. The regulations also:

  1. Protect PSAPs from decreases under the new formula by implementing a holdover subsidy
  2. Provide for a cost of living adjustment
  3. Reflect changes in technology, types, volume of calls, and processing methods, including provisions to enable servicing of re-routed 9-1-1 calls when necessary
  4. Encourage consolidation through its transition grants and capital expense account
  5. More fully describe agency practice regarding funding determinations.

The Committee Agenda includes information on how to view the meeting.
Grant Opportunity - Improve Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced that applications are now available for the Section 5310 Grant Program which provides grants to fund capital expenses (up to 80% of total project cost) and operating expenses (up to 50% of total project cost) to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding transportation mobility options.

Grant applications are available at www.ct.gov/dot/5310
Small Town Volunteer Award
CivicCMS, a COST Associate Member, has announced a program to recognize small-town civic volunteers and volunteer organizations that are making a difference in their community. The Small-Town America Civic Volunteer Award   will recognize 100 entries, helping to shine a spotlight on the growing need for local engagement in critical roles like board and committee members, volunteer firefighters, election volunteers, recreation assistants, and others. The top three winning honorees will receive community cash awards of $10,000, $7,500, and $5,000 for their respective communities. A new community website will be awarded, at no charge, in the name of all 100 winning entries, including a volunteer module to aid in future recruitment efforts. 
 
Local government representatives may nominate citizens or citizen organizations for the Small-Town America Civic Volunteer Award  using this online application . The award program is open to all communities of 5,000 people or less and will launch June 1 with applications due no later than August 15. Winners will be announced on September 15.