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                    James Roberson
               Area Agency on Aging             

We're six months into the year, in the midst of what's shaping up to be a very hot summer and looking forward to a very busy fall.  Our team at SARPC has a full agenda with the I-10 Mobile River Bridge Project moving forward and a number of other projects on the horizon.  

With projects in mind and our state proposing a financial deficit, we continue to actively monitor the various proposals being put forward to resolve the State's budget shortfalls, realizing their impact on SARPC's many programs and services.

Serving our communities is of utmost importance to us and we look forward to providing the best support possible.  We want take a minute to wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July


This month the Mobile MPO met on June 17th to review the FY 2016 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) which is essentially the Transportation Planning budget for next fiscal year. Also, the 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) was reviewed, which lays out all of federal capital transportation projects for the next four years. The TCC/CAC met the first week of June and developed a balanced Mobile MPO STP Attributable Schedule for the 2016-2019 TIP. 


There are several options for funding available through SARPC. The FTA 5310 Rural funds were due to the SARPC offices by June 17th, 2015. Also, ALDOT has an application period open for leftover SAFETEA-LU funding for Rural JARC (FTA 5316) and Rural New Freedom (FTA 5317); those applications are due to the SARPC offices on July 1st, 2015.  Finally, SARPC is the Designated Recipient for FTA 5310 Urban funds (MAP-21) for Mobile, AL, and those applications are due to the SARPC offices by July 23rd, 2015.  


The Transportation Department is updating the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (CHSTP), and they are starting to schedule public meetings pertaining to that plan. ANY AGENCY APPLYING FOR TRANSIT FUNDS MUST BE PART OF THIS PLANNING PROCESS. The first meeting is scheduled July 8th, 2015 at 2:00PM at the SARPC Offices.   


Presentations were held this last week at the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) headquarters in Montgomery to evaluate prospective design teams for the proposed I-10 Mobile River Bridge Project.


In April, ALDOT released a Request for Proposals for the project design. Based on the proposals, six design teams from around the country were chosen to give presentations to a panel of ALDOT and Federal Highway Administration representatives. Southwest Region Engineer Vince Calametti was also in attendance at the presentations.


The final three candidates will give presentations to a Mobile-based selection committee in Mobile at the end of July.


Once the consultant is selected, ALDOT will begin work on the design plans needed to complete the Final Environmental Impact Statement and construction plans.


The proposed I-10 Mobile River Bridge Project includes construction of a new bridge over the Mobile River, which would tie into the existing I-10 Bayway, in order relieve traffic congestion from the current I-10 Wallace Tunnel. The Bayway, the 7.5-mile interstate bridge which connects Baldwin and Mobile counties, would also be widened from four lanes to eight lanes.

For more information on the project please visit MOBILE RIVER BRIDGE


Transportation Planning



Hurricane and disaster preparedness items were given out at the Mobile Senior Lifestyle Expo on May 6; at the Baldwin County Older Americans Month celebration in Robertsdale on May 19; and at the Escambia County Agency on Aging celebration at Flomaton on May 22nd.  Staff also manned a booth and provided information at  the Hurricane Preparedness Expo in Gulf Shores at the Eric Meyer Civic Center on June 18th and presented at the Alabama Governor's Preparedness Conference and the 2015 Central Gulf Coast Hurricane Conference on June 26.  Area Agency on Aging staff received annual training during an in-service on April 2nd and worked to help address the needs of older citizens if disaster strikes.  For more information, contact Della Sanchez at 706-4650.


The Governmental Planning Department continues to assist the City of Bayou La Batre with their Comprehensive Plan and the City of Chickasaw with their Zoning Ordinance.  Both of these projects were funded through the State Lands Division, Coastal Zone Management Program. We are also assisting the Utilities Board of the City of Bayou La Batre with their CIAP grant and the City of Brewton with their gas line project which was partially funded with a Delta Regional Authority Grant. 

SARPC recently attended a Leadership Exchange that was hosted by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce in the City of New Orleans. This trip provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and hear success stories regarding new business innovations and building entrepreneurs.  We also heard about Charter Schools, the new BioDistrict, MidCity redevelopment and Green Entrepreneurialism. 


There have been two recent announcements of funding opportunities from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce


Listed below is a brief description of each. 


1.        Funding Opportunity Title: Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program

           Announcement Type: Initial

           Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2015-2004410

           Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.463, Habitat 


    Dates: Applications must be postmarked, provided to a delivery service, or received

    by www.Grants.gov by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on July 2, 2015.


Funding Opportunity Description: The principal objective of the National Marine Fisheries Service's (NMFS) Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants solicitation is to implement projects that use a proactive approach to improve or restore coastal habitat to: 1) strengthen the resilience of our marine and coastal ecosystems to decrease the vulnerability of communities to extreme weather and 2) support sustainable fisheries and contribute to the recovery of protected resources. Successful applications will 1) identify an issue limiting the resiliency of marine and coastal ecosystems to extreme weather events or changing environmental conditions at the proposed project site; 2) identify the proposed project's outcome goal(s) and describe in detail the actions and on-the-ground restoration to be undertaken to enhance resiliency and reduce risk and; 3) describe the measurable impact on the ecosystem, target species, and surrounding coastal communities to benefit from the proposed habitat restoration project.


NOAA will not accept applications requesting less than $200,000 or more than $2 million in federal funds from NOAA under this solicitation. Federal funds awarded under this program must be matched with non federal funds (cash or in-kind cost share) at a 2:1 ratio of federal-to-non-federal contributions. The Regional 

Coastal Resilience Grants FFO was expected to be posted in May 2015 and may be found on www.grants.gov at FFO number NOAA-NOS-OCM-2015-2004324.


2.         Funding Opportunity Title: FY 2015 Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program

            Announcement Type: Initial

            Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NOS-OCM-2015-2004324

            Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.473, Coastal Services    


            Dates: Applications must be postmarked, provided to a delivery service, or

            received by www.Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 24, 2015.


Funding Opportunity Description: The purpose of this notice is to solicit proposals from eligible entities to develop or implement activities that build resilience of coastal regions, communities, and economic sectors to the negative impacts from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Successful applicants will develop proposals that plan or implement actions that mitigate the impacts of these environmental drivers on overall resilience, including economic and environmental resilience.



Area Agency on Aging staff get ready to meet the crowd of some 2000 people visiting the Mobile Senior Lifestyle Expo on May 6th at the Abba Shrine Center.  Seniors visited with 75 vendors; took advantage of free health tests; played the Wheel O' Fortune; and enjoyed a complimentary lunch. The WKRG News team was also on hand, and Expo guests could visit with WKRG personalities, as well as shop for fresh local goods and flowers at the spring market.  Puppies were available for adoption as well. Please plan to join us at the Baldwin County Senior Expo on October 1st at the Coliseum in Robertsdale. For information, contact Gay Watson at 706-4671.

The Area Agency on Aging's  2015 Legacy Leadership Institute graduation was held June 12 at the Faculty Club on the USA Campus.  Graduates of the 2015 Institute shown front row from left Windeer McCall, GeGe McQuirter, Lonnie Robinson, Gean Doyle and Willie Williams. Second row, from left, Sheila Lewis, Barbara Staten, Dr. Roma Hanks (Chair, Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, USA) Linda Davis and JoAnn Kralik. Back row, from left, Lela Tunstall, Aaron Guyton, Jack Lynch, Elvis Weatherly, Patricia Barrett, Linda Davis and Kermit Simons. For more information, contact Gay Watson at 706-4671.

The Escambia County RSVP held its annual recognition luncheon  at the Southern Pine Electric Cooperative in Brewton on June 9th, with Escambia County Probate Judge Robert Agerton as the guest speaker, joined by the Escambia County Commission.  Under the management of Charles Smith, RSVP Director,  some 100 volunteers are active serving citizens of Escambia County.


Nominations are being accepted for the  Silver Star Award, with the State winner recognized at the Alabama Association of Regional Councils Annual Conference in October in Mobile.  An award will also be presented in each region for the local nominee.   

This award from the Alabama Association of Regional Councils and Area Agencies on Aging was established to recognize an individual that has made a positive contribution to the lives of older people.  For a nomination package, contact Julie McGee, 
Area Agency on Aging director by August 5th at jmcgee@sarpc.org or 706-4623.



Soon local Alabama Cooperative Extension Agents and students with the Harrison School of Pharmacy will be distributing information to local pharmacists, serving  as "outreach ambassadors" to inform rural communities about the services available to older adults and persons with disabilities through the Area Agencies on Aging.  The partnership was crafted by the Alabama Department of Senior Services to enhance outreach throughout the state, and to introduce the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) service of the Area Agencies on Aging in Alabama.  The ADRC can be reached in Mobile at 433-6541 or 1-800-243-5463.

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