SWRPC Meetings

Sept. 10

The SWRPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) will meet at 2:00 p.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information please contact J.B. Mack of SWRPC staff. 

Sept. 11

The SWRPC Board of Directors will meet at 3:00 p.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information please contact Becky Baldwin of SWRPC staff. 

Sept. 25

The SWRPC Natural Resources Advisory Committee (NRAC) will meet at 3:30 p.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information please contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.

 

Other Meetings

Aug.7

The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) Bicycle Friendly Community Subcommittee will meet at 4:30 p.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information please contact Henry Underwood of SWRPC staff. 

Aug. 14

The Nelson Hazard Mitigation Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Nelson Town Hall for the second meeting of the hazard mitigation plan update. For more information, contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff. 

Aug. 22

The Stoddard Hazard Mitigation Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Stoddard Fire Station to begin the hazard mitigation plan update. For more information, contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff. 

Sept. 5

The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) Bicycle Friendly Community Subcommittee will meet at 10:00 a.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information please contact Henry Underwood of SWRPC staff.

 

Items of Interest

The Regional Public Involvement Plan for Southwest New Hampshire has been adpoted and released. To view the plan, please click here.

The NH Broadband Mapping and Planning Program needs your help! Take the Broadband Access Survey and Speed Test to help identify homes and businesses that are un-served and underserved for high speed internet. Info

For additional NH planning events, see the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives Events Calendar.

Discover more about Granite State Future.

Municipal Survey Report

To learn about Monadnock Region Future: A Plan for Southwest New Hampshire visit

To learn about the Greater Keene Air Quality Education and Outreach Campaign visit.

To learn about the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning process visit

Highlights - June 2018

 

 SWRPC  June 2018

 Commission Highlights

Vol. 24 - No.6

 

Check out the SWRPC Highlights Archive for previous issues.

Current Issue in PDF format

 

2018 Annual Commission Meeting

On June 12th SWRPC held its 2018 Annual Meeting at Keene State College. The program focused on "Celebrating Monadnock" and Alan Rumrill, Executive Director of the Historical Society of Cheshire county was the guest presenter. The event also included the approval of the Commission's work program budget and the election of directions and officers for the fiscal year beginning July 1st, 2018. For more information, please contact Becky Baldwin of SWRPC staff. 

 

Transportation Alternative Program Letters Due July 13th 

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) is starting a new competitive selection round for pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects under the federally funded Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). New Hampshire's annual allocation for TAP is approximately $3.2M ($2.6M Federal). Two years of funding ($5.2M) will be awarded in this round. The overall purpose of TAP is to foster non-motorized transportation infrastructure that is safe, in good physical condition, and accessible. Interested applicants, including municipalities, are required to submit a letter of interest to the NHDOT by July 13th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Only applicants that submit a letter of interest will be eligible to submit an application for funding. Complete details on the submission requirements and process can be found at the Transportation Alternatives Program website

 

FCC Mobility Fund Phase II

Are there areas of your community that lack mobile voice and high-speed internet coverage? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Mobility Fund Phase II will make up to $4.53 billion available over 10 years to expand 4G Long Term Evolution service, primarily in rural areas. As part of this opportunity, the FCC established a Challenge Process to provide feedback on a map of eligible areas. Interested parties, including local goverments have an opportunity to challenge an inital determination that an area is ineligible for support. This opportunity closes in late November of this year. In New Hampshire, the Public Utilities Commission is assisting interested communitites to coordinate their efforts to participate. In addition, SWRPC has created a dedicated webpage with information relevant to this process at www.swrpc.org/mf2. For more information, please contact Henry Underwood of Commission staff. 

 

Brownfields Advisory Committee Activities

On June 26th, SWRPC's Brownfields Advisory Committee (BrAC) met to learn about a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) conducted at the former Kingsbury Corporation site located in Keene. SWRPC's environmental consultant recommended soil and groundwater testing as well as evaluation of hazardous building materials at the site. In addition, the BrAC accepted a scope of work to conduct Phase II ESA activities at the former W.W. Cross site located in Jaffrey on behalf of the Town. For more information, please contact J.B. Mack of Commission staff. 

 

Road Surface Management System Service

In most municipalitites, road surfaces represent the largest single cost of maintaining and building a transportation system. Investing in roads when they are in good condition costs a fraction of rebuilding a road that has deteriorated to poor condition. Road surface management is the application of a pavement management analysis system, which includes conducting an inventory of pavement conditions, developing repair strategies and budgest to assist local goverments in maintaining their paved roads. The purpose of a road surface management system is to ensure that objective and cost-effective decision are being made regarding roadway maintenance. SWRPC is currently offering technical assistance to municipalitites that are interested in road surface management.

As part of the process, SWRPC collects data about road surface conditions and then works with the town highway department, public works department, and/or road agents to explore different maintenance, rehabilitation or repair scenarios for individual roads. Letters of interest are currently being accepted for this service. For more information, please contact Henry Underwood of Commission staff.

 

A statewide initiative has begun to collect lead fishing tackle in an effort to reduce lead poisoning deaths in loons. It is estimated that lead sinkers and lead-headed jigs are responsible for almost half of all known loon mortalitites in New Hampshire. The intent is to place these collection boxes at local transfer stations or other appropriate locations in communitites. The boxes are being offered by the Wings of Dawn a wildlife rehabilitation center located in the Town of Henniker at no charge, however donations are acception. For more information, please contact Wings of Dawn at (603) 428-3723 or Lisa Murphy of Commission staff. 

 

Complete Streets Implementation

June 29th was the application deadline for the Monadnock Region Complete Streets Implementation Grant, an opportunity made possible by an anonymous donor through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation "You Have our Trust" Fund to the Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST). Of the nine eligible communitites with an adopted Complete Streets policy in the Monadnock Region, six communitites submitted applications for improvements that take into account all users of the transportation facility: people driving, walking, biking, or utilizing transit. For more information about MAST, visit www.mastnh.org or contact Henry Underwood of Commission staff.