Press Release – October Meetings

EASTERN SHORE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE EASTERN SHORE – October 23, 2014 – The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board held a meeting on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, in the Council Chambers at Daphne City Hall in Daphne, Alabama. The Policy Board is the governing body of the MPO.

The Policy Board approved the Financially Constrained Project Timeline which represents a proposed schedule for the use MPO Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds for the next ten years. The timeline will be incorporated into the MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan as projects are approved for funding.

At the September meeting, the Policy Board authorized MPO staff to request a fee and scope from Sain Associates to perform a fiber audit and systems engineering report for a possible adaptive traffic signal system along US 98 and SR 181. Adaptive signal systems connect traffic lights with communication technology that allows the lights to adjust their signal times in response to increased traffic. Sain Associates prepared a scope that includes examining existing corridors in the smoothed urban boundary for adaptive signal suitability, performing a fiber audit, preparing cost estimates for different systems, and recommending a system for installation. The Policy Board adopted Resolution 2014-21 authorizing MPO staff to hire Sain Associates to perform the adaptive signal study based on the scope and fee provided.

The term of the sitting MPO Citizens Advisory Committee will end in January 2015. Citizen Advisory Committee members are appointed by the Policy Board. MPO staff will be accepting applications for the Citizens Advisory Committee in November and December 2014. Interested citizens can apply by filling out an application on the MPO website at www.easternshorempo.org.

The Policy Board authorized MPO staff to move forward with an informational video kiosk pilot program that will feature transportation safety videos in public places. The Board also voted to reduce the frequency of Policy Board meetings to a quarterly basis with the Chairperson and MPO Coordinator able to call additional meetings as needed.

The next meeting of the Eastern Shore MPO Policy Board is scheduled for Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 10:00 AM at Daphne City Hall. For more information regarding the Eastern Shore MPO please visit www.easternshorempo.org or email coordinator@easternshorempo.org.

Agenda Action Report

Public Notice – October Meetings

PUBLIC NOTICE

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

POLICY BOARD MEETING, TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) MEETING, CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAC) MEETING, AND BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE (BPAC) MEETING

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board will meet on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Council Chambers at Daphne City Hall at 1705 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526.

The Technical Advisory Committee will meet on October 15, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Daphne City Hall Executive Meeting Room at 1705 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526.

The Citizens Advisory Committee will meet on October 14, 2014, at 1:00 PM in the Daphne City Hall Executive Meeting Room at 1705 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee on October 14, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Daphne City Hall Executive Meeting Room at 1705 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526.

The proposed combined agenda for each meeting may be viewed on the Eastern Shore MPO website: (http://www.easternshorempo.org/) fourteen days prior to the meeting.  For more information regarding any of the information above, please contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or those requiring language translation services should contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Agenda

Press Release – September Meetings

EASTERN SHORE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE EASTERN SHORE – September 26, 2014 – The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board held a meeting on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, in the Council Chambers at Daphne City Hall in Daphne, Alabama. The Policy Board is the governing body of the MPO.

 The MPO Policy Board and Advisory Committees held elections for fiscal year 2015 officers. The Policy Board elected Fairhope Mayor Timothy Kant as Chairperson and Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood as Vice Chairperson. The Technical Advisory Committee re-elected Daphne Public Works Director Richard Johnson as Chairperson and City of Fairhope Public Works Director Jennifer Fidler as Vice Chairperson. The Citizens Advisory Committee re-elected Mr. Andrew James as Chairperson and Mr. Tedson Meyers as Vice Chairperson. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee re-elected Mr. Jeff Hudson as Chairperson and Mr. Phil Hooper as Vice Chairperson.

The Policy Board considered and adopted Resolution 2014-16 establishing a policy regarding the expenditure of MPO Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds. The MPO anticipates receiving approximately $1.2 million dollars in STP funds every year. According to the new policy adopted by the Policy Board, these funds should be spent on projects that meet the following two criteria:

  1.  MPO Surface Transportation Program funds should be spent on projects that will in some way increase the capacity of the existing transportation network. A project increases the capacity of the existing transportation network if the project results in an increase in the number of vehicles that can pass through the project area in a given amount of time.
  2.  MPO Surface Transportation Program funds should be spent on improvements that have a regional impact. Improvements that have the greatest positive impact on the greatest number of MPO member governments will be deemed to have the greatest regional impact.

The Policy Board discussed the Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and adopted Resolution 2014-20 approving the Draft Plan. The Draft Plan focuses on bicycling and walking as a form of transportation. The Plan explains that,  transportation planners are tasked with promoting infrastructure and operations strategies that have positive impacts on network capacity.  For this reason the Eastern Shore MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan takes a distinctly different approach to bicycle and pedestrian planning. The plan focuses on promoting utilitarian cycling and walking while still accommodating recreational and leisure users. A utilitarian trip moves a person or product from location A to location B with the aim of accomplishing a specific purpose at location B. A trip is classified as utilitarian if the user would have taken a motor vehicle but for the user’s decision to travel by bicycle or on foot. Thus, utilitarian trips remove vehicles from the roadway and have a positive impact on network capacity.

The MPO received several comments on the Plan from individuals who both supported and opposed various aspects of the Plan. The overall response to the Plan was positive and the MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee approved the Plan unanimously. The Draft Plan is available for viewing on the MPO website (www.easternshorempo.org). The Final Plan will be published for a second 30-day comment period in November and December for anticipated adoption by the MPO in January.

The MPO Policy Board agreed to submit a public comment in support of approving the Draft Environment Impact Study (EIS) for the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Widening project. Both organizations and individuals can submit public comments supporting or opposing the Draft EIS. The Policy Board authorized Mayor Kant to submit a comment form on behalf of the MPO stating, “The Eastern Shore MPO supports approval of the Draft Environmental Impact Study for the I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Widening.” The Policy Board further authorized Mayor Kant to send a letter of support on behalf of the Policy Board specifically supporting the B’ build option for the Mobile River Bridge.

A the September meeting the Policy Board also reviewed and approved the Final Fiscal Year 2015 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) which serves as the planning and administrative budget for the MPO. The Final document was published for public comment at nineteen different locations throughout the MPO Planning Area. No public comments were received.

The next meeting of the Eastern Shore MPO Policy Board is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 10:00 AM at Daphne City Hall. For more information regarding the Eastern Shore MPO please visit www.easternshorempo.org or email coordinator@easternshorempo.org.

Agenda Action Report

Public Notice – September Meetings

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

POLICY BOARD MEETING, TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) MEETING, CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAC) MEETING, AND BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE (BPAC) MEETING

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board will meet on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Council Chambers at Daphne City Hall at 1705 Main St., Daphne, AL 36526.

The Technical Advisory Committee will meet on September 23, 2014, at 1:00 PM in the Delchamps Room at the Fairhope Municipal Complex at 161 North Section St., Fairhope, AL 36532.

The Citizens Advisory Committee will meet on September 23, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Commission Conference Room at the Fairhope Satellite Courthouse at 1100 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope, AL 36532.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee on September 23, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Delchamps Room at the Fairhope Municipal Complex at 161 North Section St., Fairhope, AL 36532.

The proposed combined agenda for each meeting may be viewed on the Eastern Shore MPO website: (http://www.easternshorempo.org/) fourteen days prior to the meeting.  For more information regarding any of the information above, please contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or those requiring language translation services should contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Public Notice

Public Notice – Public Meeting Regarding the Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan

PUBLIC NOTICE

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS REGARDING THE Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (ESMPO) has prepared the Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan. The ESMPO will conduct two public meetings to receive comments on the Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan:

MEETING 1:

Date: September 9, 2014

Time: 6-8 PM

Location:

Baldwin County (Fairhope) Satellite Courthouse

Commission Conference Room

1100 Fairhope Avenue

Fairhope, Alabama 36532

 

MEETING 2:

Date: September 11, 2014

Time: 6-8 PM

Location:

Daphne City Hall

Council Chambers

1705 Main Street

Daphne, Alabama 36526

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or those requiring language translation services should contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4643.

Public Notice

Public Notice – Request for Public Comments

PUBLIC NOTICE

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING

THE DRAFT 2014 BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN TRANSPORTATION PLAN

AND THE FINAL FY2015 UNIFIED PLANNING WORK PROGRAM

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (ESMPO) has prepared the Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan and the Final FY 2015 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for review by the MPO Policy Board in September 2014. The purpose of the Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan is to develop both long-term and short-term plans to address bicycle and pedestrian needs and impacts on the transportation network.

The UPWP is the planning and administrative budget of the MPO and details the federally funded transportation planning activities to be undertaken in the Eastern Shore Urbanized Area in FY 2015 by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and the Eastern Shore MPO.

The Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan and Final UPWP will be available for review at the locations listed below from August 22, 2014, through September 22, 2014.  The documents may also be viewed on the ESMPO website, www. easternshorempo.org.

The MPO would like input from the public and welcomes written comments during this time. Comment forms will be available at each location.

Daphne City Hall, Clerk’s Office, Daphne

Daphne Public Library, Daphne

Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Fairhope

Fairhope City Hall, Clerk’s Office, Fairhope

Fairhope Public Library, Fairhope

Baldwin County Fairhope Satellite Courthouse, Commission Office, Fairhope

Baldwin Rural Area Transportation System (BRATS) Hub, Fairhope

Loxley Town Hall, Clerk’s Office, Loxley

Loxley Public Library, Loxley

Alabama DOT, Division Engineer, Mobile

BRATS Hub and Headquarters, Robertsdale

Baldwin County Central Annex II, Highway Department, Robertsdale

Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, Robertsdale

Baldwin County Central Annex Commission Office, Robertsdale

Robertsdale Public Library, Robertsdale

Baldwin County Central Annex, Baldwin County Library Cooperative, Robertsdale

Spanish Fort City Hall, Clerk’s Office, Spanish Fort

Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Spanish Fort

Oscar Johnson Memorial Library, Silverhill

 

Written comments may be submitted as follows:

U.S. Mail or Hand Delivery:

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

c/o Baldwin County (Fairhope) Satellite Courthouse

1100 Fairhope Avenue

Fairhope, Alabama 36532

Email:

coordinator@easternshorempo.org

Facsimile:

(251) 580-2590

Additional information regarding the Draft 2014 Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan and Unified Planning Work Program may be obtained by contacting the MPO Coordinator, Matthew Brown, at (251) 990-4640 or msbrown@baldwincountyal.gov.

 

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or those requiring language translation services should contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Public Notice

Public Notice – Policy Board Work Session

PUBLIC NOTICE

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

POLICY BOARD WORK SESSION

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board will meet on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Daphne City Hall Executive Meeting Room at 1705 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526. This meeting will be a work session to discuss establishing a policy dictating the types of projects the MPO will fund.

The proposed agenda for the meeting may be viewed on the Eastern Shore MPO website: (http://www.easternshorempo.org/) fourteen days prior to the meeting. For more information regarding any of the information above, please contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or those requiring language translation services should contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

 

Work Session Agenda

Press Release – July Meetings

EASTERN SHORE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION
MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE EASTERN SHORE – July 24, 2014 – The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board held a meeting on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Gathering Place in Spanish Fort, Alabama. The Policy Board is the governing body of the MPO.

Mayor Timothy Kant of Fairhope chaired the meeting and welcomed the Policy Board’s newest member, Commissioner Chris Elliott, representing Commission District 2 in Baldwin County.

The Policy Board first considered a discussion item regarding the development of a timeline for the use of MPO project funds. The MPO will receive approximately $15.7 million dollars over the course of several years and is required to schedule or budget these funds through the year 2025. The Technical Advisory Committee asked the Policy Board to establish a policy and parameters within which potential projects can be evaluated. Questions presented by the Policy Board included: Should funds be dedicated exclusively for capacity projects? Should the MPO consider maintenance projects? Should some percentage of funds be set aside for sidewalks? After a brief discussion the Policy Board agreed to hold a special meeting on August 27, 2014, at 10:00 AM at Daphne City Hall. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss how MPO funds should be spent.

Next the Policy Board considered adding a project to the MPO visionary/needs list for the resurfacing of County Road 13 from US 90 to County Road 64 and from State Route 104 to County Road 48. There was discussion regarding whether the project should include sidewalks or wide shoulders. The Policy Board concluded that the entire project, including wide shoulders and sidewalks, should be added to the Visionary List. If funds are insufficient to construct the whole project, various portions can be removed at that time. The Policy Board agreed to defer discussions relating to funding the project until after the August special meeting. Projects can be viewed on the MPO interactive project map available on the MPO website (http://easternshorempo.org/interactive-map/).

The Policy Board also amended the MPO Visionary List to add a County Road 13 interchange project and to amend the Bayway widening project currently on the list. The decision to add the County Road 13 interchange project came following the recent passage of a resolution by the City of Daphne supporting further investigation into the construction of an interchange at County Road 13. The changes to the Bayway widening project came following new cost estimates from the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) for the portion of the Mobile River bridge project within the Easter Shore MPO Planning Area. The Policy Board unanimously approved both changes to the Visionary List.

The Policy Board reviewed and approved the Draft Fiscal Year 2015 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) which serves as the planning and administrative budget for the MPO. The document was published for public comment at nineteen different locations throughout the Planning Area. No public comments were received. The final version will be published for public comment in August and September. The Policy Board also authorized MPO staff to seek an opinion from the Attorney General’s office regarding the use of bicycles on sidewalks.

The meeting concluded with a report from MPO staff regarding the Draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan, developments of regional impact, a property tax flow chart showing the amount of property taxes that go to the roadways, MPO livability indicators, and the possibility of utilizing an Alabama Improvement District to help fund the County Road 13 interchange project.

The next meeting of the Eastern Shore MPO Policy Board is scheduled for Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 10:00 AM at Daphne City Hall. For more information regarding the Eastern Shore MPO please visit www.easternshorempo.org or email coordinator@easternshorempo.org.

Agenda Action Report

Press Release

Public Notice – July Meetings

PUBLIC NOTICE

Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization

POLICY BOARD MEETING, TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) MEETING, CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAC) MEETING, AND BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE (BPAC) MEETING

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board will meet on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 10:00 AM at The Gathering Place at 6530 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL 36527.

The Technical Advisory Committee will meet on July 16, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Daphne City Hall Executive Meeting Room at 1705 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526.

The Citizens Advisory Committee will meet on July 15, 2014, at 1:00 PM in the Daphne City Hall Executive Meeting Room at 1705 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee on July 15, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Daphne City Hall Executive Meeting Room at 1705 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526.

The proposed combined agenda for each meeting may be viewed on the Eastern Shore MPO website: (http://www.easternshorempo.org/) fourteen days prior to the meeting.  For more information regarding any of the information above, please contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or those requiring language translation services should contact the Eastern Shore MPO at 251-990-4640.

Meeting Agenda

Public Notice

Press Release – May/June Meetings

EASTERN SHORE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE EASTERN SHORE – June 13, 2014 – The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Board held a meeting on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in the Commission Conference Room at the Baldwin County Satellite Courthouse in Fairhope, Alabama. The Policy Board is the governing body of the MPO.

The Policy Board began its meeting by considering recommendations from the MPO Advisory Committees following the committees’ review of six options to address the current lack of funding.

  • Recommendation 1: Recommend that the Policy Board authorize MPO staff to continue researching the possibility of participating with ALDOT to fund large projects on state and federal roads within the planning area.

 

  • Recommendation 2: Recommend that the Policy Board authorize MPO staff to pursue responsive or adaptive traffic signals along US 98.

 

  • Recommendation 3: Recommend that the Policy Board authorize MPO staff to continue its research of the Neighborhood Infrastructure Incentive Plan Act of 2011 with the aim of developing a guide that can be followed by homeowners and consultants for funding small local projects.

The Policy Board approved the Advisory Committee recommendations and added language to recommendation number 2 authorizing MPO staff to pursue responsive signals on SR 181 from US 31 to US 90.

The Policy Board then considered a resolution to add two projects to the visionary/needs project list of the Long Range Transportation Plan. The visionary list is a list of unfunded projects that are recognized needs within the planning area. The Policy Board tabled the first project, the resurfacing of CR 13 from US 90 to CR 64 and from SR 104 to CR 48 and requested that the Advisory Committees investigate the possibility of adding sidewalks to the project.

The Policy Board adopted Resolution 2014-09 adding a project to the visionary list that would involve the installation of responsive traffic signals on US 98 from CR 44 to US 31. The Policy Board also adopted Resolution 2014-10 adding a project to the visionary list that would involve the installation of responsive traffic signals on Highway 181 from US 90 to US 31. Responsive signals are traffic signals connected with fiber optic cables or wireless technology that allow the signals to communicate with each other and respond real time to changing traffic conditions. Projects can be viewed on the MPO interactive project map available on the MPO website (http://easternshorempo.org/interactive-map/).

The MPO Coordinator, Matthew Brown, presented the Policy Board with a working draft of the MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The LRTP projects transportation decision-making in the Metropolitan Planning Area out to at least a twenty-year horizon. The LRTP is updated every five years and serves as a conduit for public input on a broad range of transportation issues. The LRTP considers all modes of transportation from a regional perspective.

The MPO’s Draft Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is on schedule to be complete by mid-2015. The plan development process requires MPO staff to continually seek input from committee members and the public. MPO staff patterned the Draft LRTP after example LRTPs provided by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT). MPO staff is aiming for a document that is user friendly for the public while still meeting ALDOT’s requirements. The MPO plans to place core content in the body of the plan and place ancillary/support content in the appendices. The document will go through several iterations of review with ALDOT. The public can view the documents online (http://easternshorempo.org/working-draft-2040-lrtp/) and provide comments regarding the plan’s contents. The documents will be published for formal review and public comment at a later date.

The Policy Board reviewed several other discussion and informational items which are available in the meeting agenda packet on the MPO website. An Agenda Action Report is currently available on the MPO website. A transcript of the meeting minutes for the Policy Board meeting is expected to be available on the MPO website in approximately two weeks. Meeting minutes for Advisory Committee meetings are currently available on the MPO website.

The next meeting of the Eastern Shore MPO Policy Board is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 10:00 AM at the Gathering Place in Spanish Fort. For more information regarding the Eastern Shore MPO please visit www.easternshorempo.org or email   coordinator@easternshorempo.org.

Agenda Action Report

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