BOARD OF DIRECTORS
September 16, 2015
Osage Centre – Cape Girardeau
Board Voting Members Present:
Mr. Rodney Bollinger, City of Jackson (Appointed Alternate for Jim Roach)
Mr. Drew Christian, Southeast Missouri Regional Planning & Economic Development Commission (SEMO RPC)(Appointed Alternate for Chauncy Buchheit)
Mr. Charlie Herbst, Cape Girardeau County
Mr. Tom Mogelnicki, Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority (CGCTA)
Board Ex-Officio Members Present:
Mr. Matt Seiler, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)
Technical Planning Committee Members Present:
Mr. Tom Caldwell, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
Mr. Brian Okenfuss, Missouri Department of Transportation
Mr. Ryan Shrimplin, City of Cape Girardeau
Call to Order
Chairman Pro Tem Christian called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.
There were no introductions.
There were no public comments.
Adoption of Agenda
The agenda of the September 16, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting was unanimously approved for adoption upon motion made by Mr. Mogelnicki and seconded by Mr. Herbst.
The minutes of the June 17, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting were unanimously approved upon motion made by Mr. Mogelnicki and seconded by Mr. Bollinger.
Communications from the Chairman
There were no communications from the Chairman.
Chairman Pro Tem Christian introduced RESOLUTION NO. 2015-06, A Resolution adopting the FY 2014-2017 Title VI Program. Mr. Shrimplin reported that SEMPO staff was recently notified by MoDOT’s consultant that the revised and resubmitted FY 2014-2017 Title VI Program meets the federal requirements. A public comment period was held in accordance with the Public Participation Plan, and no comments were received. The TPC passed a motion recommending adoption at its September 2, 2015 meeting. Mr. Mogelnicki made a motion to approve RESOLUTION NO. 2015-06. Mr. Christian seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Shrimplin stated there will be two public input sessions on September 24, 2015 regarding the 2016-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The first session will be from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Jackson City Hall and the second session will be from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Osage Centre.
Mr. Christian stated he is working with local governments and transportation agencies to collect additional project and funding information for both the MTP and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). He gave an overview of the travel demand forecasting process, the results of which will be presented on map boards at the MTP public input sessions. He added that the narrative portion of the TIP has been completed. At its next meeting, the TPC will release the MTP and the TIP for formal review and comment by MoDOT, IDOT, and ONE DOT.
Mr. Seiler explained that FY 2015 state revenues exceeded projections and as a result, MoDOT will receive an additional $210 million in funding, with $28.65 million to be allocated for the Southeast District. The funds are to be used for Taking Care of the System/Maintenance related work. Additionally, there are $44.13 million in funds remaining in the suspended cost share program that will be moved to the “Flexible Funds” category. The Southeast District’s share is $3.98 million. These funds can be used for Taking Care of the System/Maintenance related work or for safety improvements. The Southeast District sent an email to its RPC’s and SEMPO requesting 3 recommendations for bridge replacement in each county and 3 recommendations for pavement overlays in each county, plus any suggestions for safety improvements. The TPC will discuss and make recommendations at its next meeting.
Mr. Seiler gave an update on MoDOT’s “Road to Tomorrow” initiative. He reported MoDOT has received several innovative ideas for improving I-70, and the window is still open to receive additional ideas. More information is available on the “Road to Tomorrow” website (www.modot.org/road2tomorrow).
Mr. Okenfuss reported that the I-55 repaving project is underway, and that MoDOT is in the process of acquiring right-of-way for the US-61/Main Street roundabout project in Jackson.
Mr. Shrimplin reported the sidewalk installation on Kingsway Drive in Cape Girardeau is progressing. A portion of the route is funded by a Safe Routes to School grant. Also, MoDOT and the City of Cape Girardeau will be executing an agreement that transfers a portion of MO-177 to the City.
Mr. Herbst stated Cape Girardeau County is applying for assistance through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to improve part of County Roads 346 and 347.
Mr. Seiler announced the next meeting of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) will be held at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff on October 7, 2015.
Upon motion made by Mr. Herbst, seconded by Mr. Mogelnicki, the meeting was adjourned unanimously at 2:30 p.m.