Upcoming Events
September 26 The Monadnock Region Coordinating Council for Community Transportation will meet at 2:00 p.m. at Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services at 312 Marlboro Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.
October 11 The SWRPC Economic Development Advisory Committee will meet at 12:00 p.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Rebeckah Bullock of SWRPC staff.
October 13 The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation Carsharing Subcommittee will meet at 12:00 p.m. at the Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene, NH. For more information contact Mari Brunner of SWRPC staff.
October 18 The Governor's Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation will conduct a public hearing on the draft Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan for FY 2019-2028 at 7:00 p.m. at the Peterborough Town Offices at 1 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH. For more information contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.
October 18 The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation Steering Committee will meet at 4:00 p.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Henry Underwood of SWRPC staff.
October 19 The Brownfields Advisory Committee will meet at 11:45 a.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.
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The Regional Public Involvement Plan for Southwest New Hampshire has been adopted and released. To view the plan, please click here.

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Highlights - July 2014

 SWRPC July 2014

 Commission Highlights

Vol. 20 - No. 7

 

Check out the SWRPC Highlights Archive for previous issues.

Current Issue in PDF format.


Funding Cycle for Pedestrian, Bicycle and other Non-Motorized Transportation Projects

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) is starting a competitive selection round for the federally funded Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) made available by the most recent federal transportation law, MAP-21. The TAP combines and replaces many former popular federal programs such as Transportation Enhancement, Safe Routes to School, and Scenic and Cultural Byways. Overall funding for projects is $5.5 million over two years. A local match of at least 20% toward the project is required and a minimum and maximum of federal funding must be within a range of $160,000 and $640,000. The first step in the process is a requirement for municipalities to submit a brief letter of intent by August 6, 2014 that describes the project in general terms. This letter should include a cost estimate and a simple map showing the project location. For more information and guidance visit the DOT webpage at http://www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/planning/tap/index.htm. SWRPC staff is available to help your community build a strong letter of intent and application. For more information or for assistance, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.


Emergency Call Mapping Project

SWRPC worked with the Town of Swanzey and their consultants on a mapping project aimed at better understanding response times to historical emergency and fire call locations. Planning Commission staff examined the locations of existing fire stations, locations of staff (and his or her assigned station), emergency and fire call locations, and descriptions of the emergency call for an approximately 10 year period. An analysis conducted using GIS revealed information about distances, response times, and other information that will help the Town better understand public safety needs. Other communities in the Region might be interested in a similar type project. For additional information, please contact Steve Waleryszak of Commission staff.


Invasive Plant Species in the Monadnock Region

The SWRPC Natural Resource Advisory Committee (NRAC) met on July 22, 2014 and heard a presentation from Francie Von Mertens invasive plant species in the Monadnock Region. The presentation included information about the negative effects that invasive species have on native plants and the wildlife that depend on them. She also shared a project that the Peterborough Conservation Commission launched to map certain invasive upland plant species that often appear along roadsides including Japanese knotweed and garlic mustard, as well as phragmites reed. When the mapping is completed, outreach to landowners will follow with suggested control methods, along with volunteer work gangs targeting roadside garlic mustard. The Peterborough Conservation Commission has designed a guide to the most invasive plants in the Monadnock Region. You can find a link to the brochure at http://www.swrpc.org under Additional Items of Interest on the front page. For additional information, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.


Community Development Block Grant Activities

During July, SWRPC staff was active in providing communities with support in administering several Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects. The Marlborough Homes project saw significant activity in the construction of 24 units of affordable housing in downtown Marlborough. SWRPC staff also completed the close-out report for two projects in the Region including: the Town of Greenville’s High Street Stabilization project to repair a road damaged by a slope failure; and the Brookbend East Housing project involved the demolition and rebuilding of 40 units of affordable housing off Ivy Drive in Keene. For additional information or to determine how the CDBG program might benefit your community, please contact Rebeckah Bullock of Commission staff.


Local Success Stories

During July, SWRPC staff attended the following events:

    • On July 21st, the Town of Swanzey celebrated the groundbreaking of Safford Drive, a project that will connect Rt. 12 with Rt. 32 and open up property in a designated tax increment finance district for business expansion and economic development activities. Commissioners Greg Johnson and Gus Lerandeau from the host community were in attendance and helped make the project and the event a success.
    • On July 29th, the City of Keene celebrated the completion of a runway rehabilitation project at the Dillant-Hopkins Airport. This project addresses safety issues and will enhance convenience of airport users, improve the area’s accessibility, and create a more business-friendly amenity in the Region. SWRPC Transportation Advisory Committee Chairman and Keene Mayor Kendall Lane served as Master of Ceremonies.

Several local, state, and federal officials attended these events to recognize the success of these local projects.

 


Hazard Mitigation Update

Planning Commission staff has recently completed the Hazard Mitigation Plan update for the Town of Bennington and is assisting the Town of Greenville in completing an update to their plan. Upon completion of the plans, a public viewing period is held within by the town for review and comment. After the public viewing period is complete, the plan is sent to FEMA for review and comment prior to approval. SWRPC will soon begin working with the Town of Temple on their Hazard Mitigation Plan update. The first meeting is scheduled for August 12, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. In addition to the Temple plan, staff will be working with the Towns of Hinsdale and Marlborough later this year to begin those their plan updates. These meetings are open to the public, and input to the plans is encouraged. For more information about hazard mitigation planning, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.