OACES Newsletter August 5, 2022
Next OACES Meeting
September 22, 2022
Virtual Meeting
County Road Revenue Forecast: DMV Data July Update
The updated AOC County Road Revenue Forecast including new Department of Driver and Motor Vehicle Services (DMV) vehicle registration data is now available here.

State Highway Fund (SHF) revenue has been recalculated based on 2021 vehicle registration data after carefully reviewing the DMV's methodology and Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS). Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Economist Daniel Porter provided the following statement:

“After a careful reading of ORS it is clear to ODOT that statute directs us to use the most recently available registration data in the county apportionment calculation. DMV has produced and published a 2021 registration report consistent with the direction in statute to use the December 31 2021 date. ODOT will implement the 2021 registration data beginning with the August apportionment and use it until the 2022 data becomes available in early 2023.”

Total SHF dollars have not changed since the April 2022 forecast. Most counties will see a small increase in this updated forecast due to the updated vehicle registration data. ...[Read More]
SRS Act and USFS Timber Harvest Payments Election Process
Federal Fiscal Year 2022 (County Fiscal Year 2023) Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program payments are projected to be greater than United States Forest Services (USFS) 1908 Act 25-percent timber harvest payments for all Oregon counties except for Malheur and Umatilla counties.

For the first time since 2013, counties have until September 30, 2022 to submit allocation elections between SRS Title I, II, and III to the Oregon State Treasurer and Department of Administrative Services (DAS). AOC will distribute more information on submitting allocation elections when made available by DAS. ...[Read More]
Road User Fee Task Force Convenes with Eye Toward 2023 Legislation
The Road User Fee Task Force (RUFTF) was formed by the State Legislature in 2001 to develop a revenue collection system to fund Oregon's roads and highways in light of a projected decline in fuels tax revenues. The task force has new membership and is gearing up for another per-mile road usage charge proposal in the 2023 Legislative Session. Umatilla County Commissioner Dan Dorran was recently appointed to the county seat on the RUFTF and brings diverse experience and the perspective of a growing, eastern Oregon major-freight corridor county. ...[Read More]
Oregon's State Plan for Federal Funding for EV Charging Infrastructure 
Oregon’s state plan for $52 million in federal funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure is now online.
The federal Joint Office of Energy and Transportation requires states to submit plans for allocating federal funding by August 1, 2022. The funding comes from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, which is part of th2021 federal infrastructure law. Oregon will receive $52 million over five years for EV charging infrastructure along major roads throughout the state.

For more information visit ODOT Climate Office's Oregon’s five-year EV charging infrastructure roadmap website.
AOC Partnership with Public Surplus Auctions
Public Surplus is a government surplus auction system designed for the sale and purchase of counties' surplus items. This system was created with unique capabilities specifically for public agencies, making it much more than an auction site. The services offered to both buyers and sellers are of the highest quality with a strong focus on customer care.

In May, the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) Board of Directors approved a partnership with Public Surplus. All new and existing county and county department users now have the ability to send a portion of their paid fees to AOC. By signing up under AOC, your county can support association services with a portion of the seven percent premium taken with no additional extra fees.

Roads and public works departments are large users of Public Surplus nationwide. AOC would love support in spreading the benefit of Public Surplus and encourage existing and new county and county road department users to fill out this link to make sure a portion of the profits that goes to Public Surplus goes to AOC to support non-dues revenue. ...[Read More]
Open USDOT Grant Opportunities and Resources for Local Agencies
There are many current United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) open Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) grants as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) that your county should consider applying for.

Current Open NOFOs Include:

USDOT Technical Assistance
USDOT has also created a number of new technical assistance and capacity-building programs to help navigate all the new federal surface transportation funding available to local governments:

NACo: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Guide
For more information visit the National Association of Counties (NACo) online resource guide IMPLEMENTING INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS AT THE COUNTY LEVEL: THE BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE LAW (P.L. 117-58) which includes open notices of funding, interactive funding matrix, future funding opportunities, and additional analysis.

Please contact County Road Program Director Brian Worley with any questions, to learn more about resources, or to learn how AOC can help your county navigate the new USDOT grant funding opportunities.
$37 Million Available for Multiuse Paths
Pre-applications are now being accepted through September 15 for the Oregon Community Paths grants.

Oregon Community Paths, or OCP, is a competitive statewide transportation program that supports investments in multiuse paths that are not part of a roadway. Examples of eligible projects may be routes or segments that pass through a park, along a greenway, or follow abandoned rail corridors to connect community centers, services, housing, employment, schools, and recreation. Some on-road projects, such as roadway crossings for existing paths, are also eligible.

You must have submitted a pre-application in order to complete an application (accepted November 1, 2022, through January 31, 2023). The Oregon Department of Transportation will award the projects in October of 2023.

For more information, visit the Oregon Community Paths grants website, or contact Alan Thompson, PATHS Program manager at 971-375-3903 or [email protected].
Oregon Skills Demo and Safety Conference Registration Now Open
After a few years off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the twenty-seventh annual OACES Oregon Skills Demo and Safety Conference is scheduled for September 20 – 22, 2022 at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, OR. This two and a half day event is an opportunity for road maintenance workers to attend training classes and also show off their heavy equipment operating skills. The conference culminates in a fun and exciting awards banquet celebrating the winners of the various competitions and the overall “Top Gun” award winner.

Registration, lodging information, and program agenda are all available on the Skills Demo page of the OACES website here.
IRIS10 Preview Webinar #1 - Road Information System Portal
Please join the AOC team for the IRIS10 Preview Webinar #1 - Road Information System Portal!

Monday, August 8, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Using the Integrated Road Information System (IRIS) portal, AOC staff will be previewing selected elements of the new web-based IRIS10 application including:
  • Setting your password and logging into the system
  • Navigating the application
  • Adding, updating, deleting, and cloning data
  • Updating and viewing road features using Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping tools

At the end of this demonstration, AOC will be opening the testing portal for you to log in and explore for the following three weeks. You will be able to explore, interact, and test the application. The IRIS development team would love to have your feedback on what works well and things that could be improved. For more information or questions please contact [email protected].
Recording and Resources Available: Wildfire Risk Map Briefing for Counties
The Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) held a special Oregon Wildfire Risk Map briefing Thursday, July 21, for county commissioners, judges, chairs, and staff with the Oregon Wildfire Programs Director and Chair of the Wildfire Programs Advisory Council. The recording is now available here.

This new interactive map illustrates the various updated risk around Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas under Oregon Senate Bill 762 (2021). The legislation has many components, one of which is the increased regulatory code around WUI high and extreme risk areas.

Additional Information
More information on the implementation of SB 762, the 2021 omnibus wildfire bill, is available in this Oregon Trails Newsletter article. If you have questions, please contact AOC Legislative Director Mallorie Roberts.
OSHA Heat and Smoke Rule Q & A Recording and Materials Available
The Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) and the League of Oregon Cities (LOC), hosted a question and answer session with the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the most recent heat and smoke rules.

The heat rules became effective June 15, 2022, and the smoke rules take effect July 1, 2022. Both apply to all employers, public and private, regardless of size, and require access to shade and water; paid breaks; and new exposure assessments, plans, and training for all employees. A summary of the rules can be found here.

Slides from the presentation are available here and a recording of the presentation can be viewed via this YouTube link. For questions, contact Mallorie Roberts.
FHWA Local Aid Support Innovation Exchange Webinar on Cold in Place Recycled Asphalt
On Thursday, August 18, 2022, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET, the Federal Highway Administration will host an informative innovation exchange webinar with subject matter experts to discuss the benefits of Cold In-Place Recycling (CIR), optimal project conditions, performance specifications, and what you need to know before considering CIR in future pavement contracts.

FHWA Local Aid Support Announces Innovation Exchange Webinar
on Cold in Place Recycled Asphalt
Thursday, August 18, 2022 | 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Join on your computer or mobile app: Join ZoomGov Meeting
Meeting ID: 160 374 3922 Passcode: 034181

For questions, contact Karyn Vandervoort with FHWA’s Office of Federal Lands Highway. To view this and other upcoming webinars visit the FHWA Center for Local Aid Support Innovation Exchange Webinars website.
Oregon Technology Transfer Center Training
The mission of the Oregon Technology Transfer Center (T2) is to foster a safe and efficient transportation system in the state of Oregon by offering training, technical assistance and technology transfer to local transportation agencies.

For more information on T2 programming, Roads Scholar classes, training calendar, publications, and lending library videos, visit the Oregon T2 Center website here.
County Engineering, Road Department, and Surveyor Jobs
The AOC job posting page provides counties and other government organizations with a method to advertise job opportunities while also providing a resource for job seekers looking for a new challenge.

Current county engineering, road department, and surveyor postings, include:

Find out more on the specifics for each position and how to apply on the AOC jobs postings page. If you have an open job listing to post for your county contact [email protected].
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