Agendas & Minutes

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

January 2018 Minutes

January 4, 2018 10:00 AM

Members/Alternatives Present

Blasco, Kim - Cioffi, Tara *Terreri, Faith - Ginnetti, Pat *Durbin, Bob - Makosky, Paul - Nuskievicz,Trish Olmi, Kristen - Picuri, John*Bruner, Jim Princic, Kurt *Billett, Pat - Shaffer, Gary – Chair - Svette, Zachary - Warino, Joe - Wittman, Don - Young, Aaron *Avery, Steve
  
Others Present

Bakalar, Dave-Thomas Fok & Associates - Beniston, Krista-Boardman Township
Buchenic, Mark-Prime AE Group - Calhoun, Wade-City of Canfield - Cizmar, Greg-Liberty Township
Clebone, Arnold-Liberty Township - D'Avignon, Tricia-Boardman Township
DeAscentis, Anna-Mahoning County Commissioners Office - Diorio, Gary-MS Consultants
Fercana, Terry-Environmental Design Group - Gerberry, Steven-Trumbull County Engineer’s office
Haney, Jack-Village of Newton Falls - Hughes, Brian-MS Consultants

Members Absent
Migliozzi, Frank - Rodriguez, Judy - Shasho, Chuck *Bhide, Kedar

Eastgate Staff Present
Ballone, Michele - Davis, Ed - Dyer, Stephanie - Esenwein, Joann - Gollner, Jeffrey - Kinnick, Jim Mondok, Justin - Petrolla, Genna - Pompeo, Lisa Reyes-Chapman, Mirta - Sympson, Ken - Taylor, Grant - Wenger, Sara - Zook, Kathy - Zubyk, Stephen


Approval of the Minutes

Gary Shaffer called the meeting to order and entertained a motion for approval of the minutes of the Technical Advisory Committee meeting held on December 7, 2017. Motion was made by Kristen Olmi. Seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Election of Technical Advisory Committee 2018 Officers

Mr. Shaffer entertained nominations from the committee.  Motion was made by Paul Makosky and seconded by Bob Durbin to re-elect Gary Shaffer as Chair and a motion was made by Paul Makosky and seconded by Bob Durbin to re-elect Kristen Olmi as Vice Chair. Trish Nuskievicz made a motion to accept the two nominations, seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously to re-elect Gary Shaffer as Chair, and re-elect Kristen Olmi as Vice Chair.

 

District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee

Ed Davis notified the TAC that the OPWC final applications were received in December. The applications were processed by Eastgate, and sent to Columbus. Linda Bailiff has already completed the LTIP projects and is working on the SCIP and loan projects. A final spreadsheet with all projects is available for anyone.

 

Asset Management

Ed Davis discussed what is planned for the Asset Management Program. The Pavement Condition Rating (PCR) for Functional Class roads was completed last year by ODOT, and Eastgate created a map showing local and state PCRs for Trumbull and Mahoning Counties. Individual maps for the communities with local functional class roads will be created next along with functional class maps for communities. Also discussed was county maps showing traffic count levels to be used as a guide for chip sealing local roads. The map will show all roads under 2,500 ADT. Also discussed was a pavement preservation seminar Eastgate will host in the next few months. ODOT and the county engineers will participate along with a consultant to explain what treatments are available.

 

Census – 2016 American Community Survey Five Year Data

Jeff Gollner Informed the group about the newest census release of the American Community Survey (ACS), 2012-2016 5-year and directed them to links on the website for information about the ACS, and to search the data themselves. Eastgate will assist if needed in retrieving data, and relayed that individual community factsheets prepared by Eastgate are in the planning stages and will be available in the future. 

 

Updated Online 2017 Functional Class Demonstration

Jeff Gollner showed an interactive map of the current functional class of federal aid eligible roads and where to find it on the website, and reported that individual maps for all the communities that have eligible roads are in the process of being created and they will be informed when they are available at a future TAC.

 

ARC Program Updates

Kathy Zook discussed GPB Resolution #039-2017, and gave updates on the State and Federal side of the Appalachian Regional Commission Program, including Non-GRF Casino Revenue funds for projects in the Ohio region to be administered through the four LDDs totaling $4,140,018.

 

Healthy Communities Partnership – Upcoming Conference and Launch of Action Teams

Sara Wenger informed the TAC on the Healthy Community Partnership, a multi-sector collaboration to increase health outcomes in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. She encouraged participation at the upcoming conference and action teams of which Eastgate staff is participating.

 

Eastgate Planning Grant Update

Justin Mondok provided the committee a summary of the activities of the planning grant program thus far including a description of the 8 letters of intent that were submitted. Important upcoming dates were outlined to inform the committee of the next steps in the process.

 

2040 Update Metropolitan Transportation Plan – Distribution and Discussion of Draft Document

Sara Wenger presented a draft of the 2040 MTP Update, which is available on Eastgate’s website and in print. A public comment period is open through February 16, 2018.

 

Overview of TIP Update, Funding Guidelines, and Performance Measures – To Be Updated in April

Stephen Zubyk briefly discussed some upcoming products that will be presented to the TAC this spring / summer. He showed them the most recent TIP Update on Eastgate’s website and asked for any comments to be submitted by the end of February. He also explained that the Funding Guidelines would be updated later this year (which include new performance measures related to Eastgate’s funding) and that a comment period would be made available at a later date.

 

Transportation Alternatives Program – Final List of Recommended Projects

Stephen Zubyk discussed GPB Resolution #004-2018 which was provided to the committee to show the eight projects that were recommended for funding by Eastgate’s Transportation Alternatives Program Selection Committee. He explained that these eight projects are scheduled for funding in FY 2020 - 2021. He also informed the committee that the program will be reviewed later this year, and that the next funding round will be in the summer of 2019.

 

Executive Director Report

Jim Kinnick thanked Gary Shaffer and Kristen Olmi for their continued support leading the Technical Advisory Committee. Also discussed was Eastgate’s website, and the constant additions to better serve our members and the local communities. He also discussed Healthy Communities, the City of Struthers success in being awarded the grant for the dam removal project, the TAC meeting in March including a Lunch and Learn with Path Masters, and discussed the eight submittals for the first Planning Grant, each of them being good projects. Lastly, he introduced Eastgate’s new accountant, Michele Ballone.

 

GPB Resolutions for Passage

GPB Resolution #001-2018, IGR Log #18-001

Resolution supporting through the Intergovernmental Review Process, an application by the Trumbull County Commissioners to the Office of Community Development of the Ohio Development Services Agency for the 2017 Residential Public Infrastructure Program ($600,000). Motion was made by Kristen Olmi. Seconded by Bob Durbin. Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

GPB Resolution #002-2018, IGR Log #18-002

Resolution supporting through the Intergovernmental Review Process, an Application by the Trumbull County Metroparks District to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Clean Ohio Trails Fund for Phase IV of the Western Reserve Greenway ($482,600). Motion was made by Paul Makosky. Seconded by Bob Durbin. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #003-2018, IGR Log #18-003

Resolution supporting through the Intergovernmental Review Process, an application by the Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc. and Project Partners to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Ohio Coastal Management Assistance Grant Program for the Grand River, Cuyahoga River, and Chagrin River Watershed Plans and Lake Erie Direct Tributaries Watershed Plans ($62,575). Motion was made by Kristen Olmi. Seconded by Trish Nuskievicz. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #004-2018

Amending the FY 2018–2021 Transportation Improvement Program of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to add MPO Transportation Alternatives Program Projects. Motion was made by Paul Makosky. Seconded by Bob Durbin. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #039-2017

Resolution authorizing Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to submit the Administrative Regional Job Training Grant Application to the State of Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia and Ohio Development Services Agency. Motion was made by Trish Nuskievicz. Seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Announcements

Jim Iudiciani gave an update on the Lowellville Dam removal project informing those in attendance that the project is moving forward. Joe Warino introduced Wade Calhoun who will be replacing Joe as Canfield’s City Manager. Terry Stocker thanked Eastgate staff for their help over the many years it took to get the Struthers Dam removal project funded.       

 

Adjournment

Gary Shaffer entertained a motion for adjournment. A motion was made by Kristen Olmi and seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

February 2018 Minutes

February 1, 2018 10:00 AM

Members/Alternatives Present

Blasco, Kim - Calhoun, Wade - Cioffi, Tara *Terreri, Faith - Ginnetti, Pat *Durbin, Bob - Makosky, Paul - Migliozzi, Frank - Nuskievicz,Trish *Burkholder, Shane - Olmi, Kristen - Picuri, John*Phillis, Lauren - Princic, Kurt *Billett, Pat - Shaffer, Gary – Chair - Shasho, Chuck *Bhide, Kedar - Svette, Zachary - Wittman, Don - Young, Aaron
  
Others Present

Albrecht, Dennis - LJB - Bakalar, Dave-Thomas Fok & Associates - Becker, Dave - DLZ - Bordner, Kellie – Village of Lordstown - DeChristofaro, David - Gealy, Steven – MS Consultants - Gerberry, Steven-Trumbull County Engineer’s office - Gillespie, Ryan – GPD Group - Haney, Jack – Village of Newton Falls - Hren, Jonathan – MS Consultants - Hughes, Brian - MS Consultants - Karim, Jordan – City of Youngstown - Klecha, Dan - GPD Group - Maki, George – E.L. Robinson Engineers - McMurray, Marnie – Thomas Fok & Associates - Medina, Jesenia - DLZ - Nelson, Charles – Nelson Development - Robertson, Kevin - City of Niles - Rometo, Art - Thrasher - Smith, Jeff – CT Consultants - Stephenson, Chris - City of Warren - Stewart, Matt – SVATS MPO - Urankar, Tony – MS Consultants - Wilster, Kris – Trumbull County Health Department

Members Absent
Faulkner, Bob - Rodriguez, Judy

Eastgate Staff Present
Ballone, Michele - Davis, Ed - Dyer, Stephanie - Esenwein, Joann - Gollner, Jeffrey - Krzys, Bethaney - Kinnick, Jim - Mondok, Justin - Petrolla, Genna - Pompeo, Lisa - Reyes-Chapman, Mirta - Sympson, Ken - Taylor, Grant - Wenger, Sara - Zook, Kathy - Zubyk, Stephen


Call to Order

Gary Shaffer called the meeting to order after it was established that a quorum was present. He then welcomed everyone to Eastgate for the February meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee. Those in attendance then recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Approval of the Minutes

Gary Shaffer called the meeting to order and entertained a motion for approval of the minutes of the Technical Advisory Committee meeting held on January 4, 2018. Motion was made by Bob Durbin. Seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee

Ed Davis mentioned an upcoming meeting of the District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee.  As soon as the date and time are set, a notification will go out.  The meeting will go over some changes to the scoring, workbook, and pre-application. He also requested that TAC members get the needed traffic count requests in early, and reminded members that the deadline for requests is the beginning of June. Communities requesting counts near schools must get them in quickly to Eastgate, so a proper count can be done while schools are still in session.

 

Asset Management

Ed Davis presented a draft copy of a Pavement Condition Summary for Lordstown Village.  The document included a map, table, and chart showing all the rated pavement sections within the Village.  State data was also included in the data.  A weighted average was provided for the entire village.

 

Funding Performance Measures

Stephen Zubyk gave a brief overview of the upcoming performance measures that will be tied in with the March TIP Update. He explained how the targets are important to assure Eastgate is administering its funds adequately. He also showed the committee where to register for the upcoming Lunch and Learn that will occur on March 1, 2018.

 

Eastgate Website Funding Page

Jeff Gollner Demonstrated and discussed the funding page on the Eastgate website.  The page highlights funding opportunities through Eastgate.

 

ARC Program Updates and Federal Appointments

Kathy Zook discussed the new federal appointments for the ARC program, gave an overview of the POWER Grant opportunities, and showed those in attendance a video showcasing the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer STEM Program.

 

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) – Annual Report Findings

Sara Wenger provided an overview of the 2017 Annual Report for the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, providing examples of work completed over the previous year.

 

Mahoning Valley is for Entrepreneurs

Genna Petrolla contributed to the presentation on the CEDS Annual Report Findings by providing an overview of the Mahoning Valley is for Entrepreneurs initiative, namely the new website that is hosted by Eastgate that helps entrepreneurs navigate small business development resources in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

 

Kinsman 201 Facility Planning Area Adjustment

Stephanie Dyer reported that the current 201 map for Kinsman has a discrepancy. The location of the Kinsman POTW is incorrectly identified and there are areas in orange now serviced by sanitary sewer.  Therefore, Eastgate is initiating an amendment to the Kinsman 201 map. Eastgate realizes the importance of keeping our region’s 201 maps current due to their use by the Ohio EPA when reviewing Permit-to-Install applications. We want to ensure our region’s projects continue to move through the Ohio EPA’s review process.

 

Pymatuning Creek Water Quality Study Discussion

Stephanie Dyer presented detailed results of the Study at the meeting, and offered to send the results anyone wanting further information.

 

Eastgate Title VI – Draft Report Distribution and Discussion

Mirta Reyes Chapman provided Eastgate’s draft Title VI Report which covers the methodology Eastgate utilizes for meeting Title Vi requirements.

 

Executive Director Report

Jim Kinnick thanked staff for their presentations and the wealth of information they provide to those in attendance each month. He also gave a brief overview of the TIGER Grant, the upcoming National Association of Regional Councils Executive Director Conference at which he will be a presenter, the Ohio Planning Conference which staff members Bethaney Krzys and Sara Wenger will be presenters, and provided the date for Eastgate’s 2018 Annual Meeting.  

 

GPB Resolutions for Passage

GPB Resolution #005-2018, IGR Log #18-005

Resolution supporting through the Intergovernmental Review Process, an application by the Ashtabula County Metroparks to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Ohio Coastal Management Assistance Grant Program for a Master Park Plan for Turkey Creek Metropark ($39,550). Motion was made by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Shane Burkholder. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #006-2018, IGR Log #18-006

Resolution supporting through the Intergovernmental Review Process, an application by the Conneaut Port Authority to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Ohio Coastal Management Assistance Grant Program for Public Access & Marina Expansion Design & Engineering on Lake Erie ($53,337.50). Motion was made by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Bob Durbin. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Announcements

Bethaney Krzys announced that Eastgate has produced a new bike map, and copies are available to anyone interested. Justin Mondok announced an upcoming Stormwater Management seminar being held at Eastgate, and gave an overview of the status of the 2018 Planning Grant. Pat Billet recognized Eastgate’s efforts to help with the dam removal along the Mahoning River, and reported that Eastgate’s cooperative efforts are recognized within the Ohio EPA.      

 

Adjournment

Gary Shaffer entertained a motion for adjournment. A motion was made by Kristen Olmi and seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

March 2018 Minutes

March 1, 2018 10:00 AM

Members/Alternatives Present

Blasco, Kim - Calhoun, Wade - Cioffi, Tara *Terreri, Faith - Faulkner, Bob - Ginnetti, Pat *Durbin, Bob - Makosky, Paul - Nuskievicz,Trish *Burkholder, Shane - Olmi, Kristen - Princic, Kurt *Billett, Pat - Shaffer, Gary – Chair - Shasho, Chuck *Bhide, Kedar - Svette, Zachary - Wittman, Don - Young, Aaron
  
Others Present

Bakalar, Dave-Thomas Fok & Associates - Bordner, Kellie – Village of Lordstown - Burkholder, Shane-Trumbull County Planning Commission - Dockery, Michael-Austintown Township - Fercana, Terry-Environmental Design Group - Gerberry, Steven-Trumbull County Engineer’s office - Hughes, Brian - MS Consultants - Klecha, Dan - GPD Group - Mascarella, Kim-Howland Township - McMurray, Marnie – Thomas Fok & Associates - Medina, Jesenia - DLZ - Nelson, Charles – Nelson Development - Robertson, Kevin - City of Niles - Scharville, James R.-Poland Township - Simmons, Pamela-Beaver Township - Simon, Jack-Trumbull County Engineers Office - Smith, Jeff – CT Consultants - Stephenson, Chris - City of Warren - Stepetich, Mike-Mahoning County Engineers Office - Stewart, Matt – SVATS MPO - Tolnar, Chris-GPD Group

Members Absent
Migliozzi, Frank - Picuri,John - Rodriguez, Judy

Eastgate Staff Present
Ballone, Michele - Davis, Ed - Dyer, Stephanie - Esenwein, Joann - Gollner, Jeffrey - Krzys, Bethaney - Kinnick, Jim - Mondok, Justin - Petrolla, Genna - Pompeo, Lisa - Reyes-Chapman, Mirta - Sympson, Ken - Taylor, Grant - Wenger, Sara - Zook, Kathy - Zubyk, Stephen


Call to Order

Gary Shaffer called the meeting to order after it was established that a quorum was present. He then welcomed everyone to Eastgate for the February meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee. Those in attendance then recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Approval of the Minutes

Gary Shaffer called the meeting to order and entertained a motion for approval of the minutes of the Technical Advisory Committee meeting held on January 4, 2018. Motion was made by Bob Durbin. Seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee

Ed Davis mentioned an upcoming meeting of the District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee.  As soon as the date and time are set, a notification will go out.  The meeting will go over some changes to the scoring, workbook, and pre-application. He also requested that TAC members get the needed traffic count requests in early, and reminded members that the deadline for requests is the beginning of June. Communities requesting counts near schools must get them in quickly to Eastgate, so a proper count can be done while schools are still in session.

 

Asset Management

Ed Davis presented a draft copy of a Pavement Condition Summary for Lordstown Village.  The document included a map, table, and chart showing all the rated pavement sections within the Village.  State data was also included in the data.  A weighted average was provided for the entire village.

 

Funding Performance Measures

Stephen Zubyk gave a brief overview of the upcoming performance measures that will be tied in with the March TIP Update. He explained how the targets are important to assure Eastgate is administering its funds adequately. He also showed the committee where to register for the upcoming Lunch and Learn that will occur on March 1, 2018.

 

Eastgate Website Funding Page

Jeff Gollner Demonstrated and discussed the funding page on the Eastgate website.  The page highlights funding opportunities through Eastgate.

 

ARC Program Updates and Federal Appointments

Kathy Zook discussed the new federal appointments for the ARC program, gave an overview of the POWER Grant opportunities, and showed those in attendance a video showcasing the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer STEM Program.

 

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) – Annual Report Findings

Sara Wenger provided an overview of the 2017 Annual Report for the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, providing examples of work completed over the previous year.

 

Mahoning Valley is for Entrepreneurs

Genna Petrolla contributed to the presentation on the CEDS Annual Report Findings by providing an overview of the Mahoning Valley is for Entrepreneurs initiative, namely the new website that is hosted by Eastgate that helps entrepreneurs navigate small business development resources in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

 

Kinsman 201 Facility Planning Area Adjustment

Stephanie Dyer reported that the current 201 map for Kinsman has a discrepancy. The location of the Kinsman POTW is incorrectly identified and there are areas in orange now serviced by sanitary sewer.  Therefore, Eastgate is initiating an amendment to the Kinsman 201 map. Eastgate realizes the importance of keeping our region’s 201 maps current due to their use by the Ohio EPA when reviewing Permit-to-Install applications. We want to ensure our region’s projects continue to move through the Ohio EPA’s review process.

 

Pymatuning Creek Water Quality Study Discussion

Stephanie Dyer presented detailed results of the Study at the meeting, and offered to send the results anyone wanting further information.

 

Eastgate Title VI – Draft Report Distribution and Discussion

Mirta Reyes Chapman provided Eastgate’s draft Title VI Report which covers the methodology Eastgate utilizes for meeting Title Vi requirements.

 

Executive Director Report

Jim Kinnick thanked staff for their presentations and the wealth of information they provide to those in attendance each month. He also gave a brief overview of the TIGER Grant, the upcoming National Association of Regional Councils Executive Director Conference at which he will be a presenter, the Ohio Planning Conference which staff members Bethaney Krzys and Sara Wenger will be presenters, and provided the date for Eastgate’s 2018 Annual Meeting.  

 

GPB Resolutions for Passage

GPB Resolution #005-2018, IGR Log #18-005

Resolution supporting through the Intergovernmental Review Process, an application by the Ashtabula County Metroparks to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Ohio Coastal Management Assistance Grant Program for a Master Park Plan for Turkey Creek Metropark ($39,550). Motion was made by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Shane Burkholder. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #006-2018, IGR Log #18-006

Resolution supporting through the Intergovernmental Review Process, an application by the Conneaut Port Authority to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Ohio Coastal Management Assistance Grant Program for Public Access & Marina Expansion Design & Engineering on Lake Erie ($53,337.50). Motion was made by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Bob Durbin. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Announcements

Bethaney Krzys announced that Eastgate has produced a new bike map, and copies are available to anyone interested. Justin Mondok announced an upcoming Stormwater Management seminar being held at Eastgate, and gave an overview of the status of the 2018 Planning Grant. Pat Billet recognized Eastgate’s efforts to help with the dam removal along the Mahoning River, and reported that Eastgate’s cooperative efforts are recognized within the Ohio EPA.      

 

Adjournment

Gary Shaffer entertained a motion for adjournment. A motion was made by Kristen Olmi and seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

April 2018 Minutes

April 5, 2018 10:00 AM

Members/Alternatives Present

Blasco, Kim - Calhoun, Wade - Makosky, Paul* Stephenson, Chris - Olmi, Kristen - Picuri, John* Bruner, Jim - Rodriguez, Judy - Shaffer, Gary – Chair - Shasho, Chuck *Karim, Jordan - Svette, Zachary - Young, Aaron
  
Others Present

Bakalar, Dave - Thomas Fok & Associates - Dockery, Michael - Austintown Township - Fercana, Terry - Environmental Design Group - Gerberry, Steven - Trumbull County Engineer’s office - Hren, Jonathan – MS Consultants - Klecha, Dan - GPD Group - Maki, George – E.L. Robinson - McMurray, Marnie – Thomas Fok & Associates - Robertson, Kevin - City of Niles - Simmons, Pamela-Beaver Township - Tabor, Erik – Beaver Township - Tolnar, Chris-GPD Group - Wollet, Joanne-Poland Township

Members Absent
Cioffi, Tara* Terreri, Faith - Faulkner, Bob - Ginnetti, Pat* Durbin, Bob - Migliozzi, Frank - Nuskievicz, Trish - Princic, Kurt - Wittman, Don

Eastgate Staff Present
Ballone, Michele - Davis, Ed - Dyer, Stephanie - Esenwein, Joann - Gollner, Jeffrey - Krzys, Bethaney - Kinnick, Jim - Mondok, Justin - Petrolla, Genna - Pompeo, Lisa - Taylor, Grant - Wenger, Sara - Zook, Kathy - Zubyk, Stephen


Call to Order

Gary Shaffer called the meeting to order after it was established that a quorum was present. He then welcomed everyone to Eastgate for the April meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee. Those in attendance then recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Approval of the Minutes

Gary Shaffer called the meeting to order and entertained a motion for approval of the minutes of the Technical Advisory Committee meeting held on March 1, 2018. Motion was made by Kristen Olmi. Seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee

Ed Davis gave an update pertaining to the Program Year 2018 projects.  Using the project list submitted to OPWC in December, the SCIP and LTIP funding was discussed.  Contingency (bubble) projects for each category were also discussed.  A decision from the OPWC for the project submitted to Small Government funding will be made next month.  Allocations for next year should be coming soon.

 

Pavement Preservation Summary Reports for Communities with Federal Aid Route

Ed Davis presented a new Asset Management section on Eastgate’s website which includes Pavement Condition Summary reports for every community in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties with federal aid roads.  The reports include a map, table, and chart showing each road segment with the pavement condition. For communities with only one or two federal aid roads, Eastgate created a map that shows pavement condition.  The reports and maps can be viewed, printed, and downloaded.

 

ARC Opening of Fiscal Year 2019 Pre-Application Period

Kathy Zook reported that the 2019 pre-applications were available on Eastgate’s website which includes all the information needed to complete the application. The pre-applications will be due on May 11, and the required workshop for those intending to apply will be held on April 20, 2018. An overview of ARC goals and the program in general was also provided, as well as an update on the Federal funding for the ARC Program.

 

Project Inquiry Portal -Preliminary Design Discussion

Genna Petrolla presented information on the new Project Inquiry Portal that Eastgate staff is developing. The portal will be a way for the public to provide any ideas on projects or plans they are interested in seeing developed. The portal is not used for applying for any project offered at Eastgate, but mostly for planning purposes to help Eastgate staff be more efficient and effective.

 

Traffic Counting – Map and News

Jeff Gollner presented the updated Traffic Count map on Eastgate’ website, and also reminded those in attendance that will need traffic counts for any of Eastgate’s funding programs to get them in as soon as possible. An overview of the traffic counting section of Eastgate’s website was also presented.

 

Eastgate’s Public Participation Process

Sara Daugherty introduced GPB Resolution #10-2018 on updates to the Public Participation Process.

 

Eastgate’s Title VI Plan

Sara Daugherty discussed the revisions to the Title VI Plan and introduced GPB Resolution #011-2018.

 

2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update – Approval of Final Document

Sara Daugherty discussed the approval of the 2040 MTP Update and introduced GPB Resolution #013-2018.

 

Fiscal Year 2018 TIP Update (draft), STBD Future Funding (Fall 2018)

Stephen Zubyk reminded the committee that he will be presenting Eastgate’s FY 2018 Transportation Improvement Program Update at May’s TAC meeting. He then went on to discuss the future of Eastgate’s STBG Program funding. He briefed the committee on how much funding is available for the remaining years of the current TIP. With available funding in those years being lower than typical, Mr. Zubyk explained to the committee that Eastgate will be revamping its funding guidelines this summer to best prepare. He informed the committee that more information will be available in the future regarding the update to the funding guidelines and that comments are encouraged at any time.

 

Executive Director Report

Jim Kinnick echoed what Stephen Zubyk reported on regarding Eastgate’s over-programming projects for the TIP and STBD funds, stating that Eastgate will continue to be aggressive with our programming of projects. He also discussed the success of Eastgate’s Annual Meeting held on March and thanked those in attendance for their support. A brief overview of safety projects was provided, specifically MAH-Western Reserve Road and TRU 46/82. Other topics discussed were: Asset Management, the ARC Workshop, and the job position currently open at Eastgate for a Planner.

 

GPB Resolutions for Passage

GPB Resolution #010-2018

Resolution Updating Eastgate Regional Council of Governments Public Participation Process to Reference the

Transportation Bill Fixing American’s Surface Transportation Act. Motion was made by Zachary Svette Seconded

by Judy Rodriguez. Motion carried unanimously. 

 

GPB Resolution #011-2018

Resolution Adopting the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments 2018 Revised Title VI Plan in accordance with

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Policies, Procedures and Assurances. Motion was made by Aaron Young.

Seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #012-2018

Resolution of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments amending the Clean Water Act Section 208 Areawide

Water Quality Management Plan to adopt the Kinsman 201 Facility Planning Area Adjustments. Motion was made by

Kristen Olmi. Seconded by Judy Rodriguez. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #013-2018

Resolution approving the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update of the Eastgate Regional Council

of Governments to meet the quinquennial approval date of May 14, 2018. Motion was made by Aaron Young.

Seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Announcements

There were no announcements.     

 

Adjournment

Gary Shaffer entertained a motion for adjournment. A motion was made by Kristen Olmi and seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

May 2018 Minutes

May 3, 2018 10:00 AM

Members/Alternatives Present

Blasco, Kim - Calhoun, Wade - Cioffi, Tara* Terreri, Faith - Makosky, Paul  - Migliozzi, Frank - Nuskievicz, Trish - Olmi, Kristen - O'Shaughnessy, Michael* Beniston, Krista - Picuri, John* Bruner, Jim - Princic, Kurt - Rodriguez, Judy - Shaffer, Gary – Chair - Shasho, Chuck *Karim, Jordan - Svette, Zachary - Whittman, Don
  
Others Present

Bakalar, Dave - Thomas Fok & Associates - Dockery, Michael - Austintown Township - Fercana, Terry - Environmental Design Group - Gerberry, Steven - Trumbull County Engineer’s office - Gillespie, Ryan – GPD Group - Gracenin, Daniel - MCRPC - Haney, Jack – Village of Newton Falls - Hughes, Brian – MS Consultants - Klecha, Dan - GPD Group - Maki, George – E.L. Robinson - McMurray, Marnie – Thomas Fok & Associates - Medina, Jesenia - DLZ - Nelson, Charlie – Nelson Development - Pennell, Jordan – Senator Sherrod Brown - Robertson, Kevin - City of Niles - Simmons, Pamela-Beaver Township - Simon, Jack – Trumbull County Engineer’s Office - Stewart, Matt – SVATS MPO/MCRPC - Tabor, Erik – Beaver Township - Toppi, Sam – Tetra Tech - Wilster, Kris – Trumbull County Health Department - Wollet, Joanne – Poland Township

Members Absent
Faulkner, Bob - Ginnetti, Pat* Durbin, Bob - Young, Aaron

Eastgate Staff Present
Ballone, Michele - Davis, Ed - Daugherty, Sara - Dyer, Stephanie - Esenwein, Joann - Gollner, Jeffrey - Kinnick, Jim - Krzys, Bethaney - Mondok, Justin - Petrolla, Genna - Pompeo, Lisa - Taylor, Grant - Sympson, Ken - Zook, Kathy - Zubyk, Stephen


Call to Order

Gary Shaffer called the meeting to order after it was established that a quorum was present. He then welcomed everyone to Eastgate for the April meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee. Those in attendance then recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Approval of the Minutes

Gary Shaffer called the meeting to order and entertained a motion for approval of the minutes of the Technical Advisory Committee meeting held on April 5, 2018. Motion was made by Kristen Olmi. Seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee

Ed Davis informed the TAC that the District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee is having the annual meeting on Tuesday, May 8th at 9:00 am at Eastgate. Items to be discussed will be nominations and elections of chair and vice chair, program year 2019 schedule, Program Manual, Pre-Application, traffic counts, and NRAC nominations. Following committee approval, the methodology and schedule will be sent to the OPWC for approval. Eastgate will then have the program manuals printed. All material will be placed on Eastgate’s website.

 

ARC Program Updates and State of the Region Conference

Joann Esenwein provided information on the Appalachian State of the Region Conference and informed those in attendance that the link to register for the conference is on Eastgate’s home page.

 

Fiscal Year 2019 – 2023 Transit Development Program – Draft

Mirta Reyes-Chapman gave an overview of the draft TDP which can be found on the home page of Eastgate’s webpage. The final document will be placed on the Transit Planning page of the website in the future.

 

Digital Inclusion Week May 7 -11, 2018

Sara Daugherty announced that May 7-11th is Digital Inclusion Week. She provided information on events that are taking place and provided some facts as to why the digital divide is such an issue in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

 

Aligning Economic Development and Infrastructure Investment

Sara Daugherty provided an update on the job hubs initiative that will integrate economic development and infrastructure planning. An overview of the geographic separation between concentrations of unemployed people and available jobs is being performed by the agency to address limited job attraction sites, job openings, and high unemployment.

 

Fiscal Year 2018 TIP Update, Administrative Modifications

Ken Sympson presented the final FY 2018-FY 2021 TIP Update, and reviewed information contained in the document with TAC members.

 

Ken Sympson then went on to discuss Administrative Modifications, with an initial discussion regarding the establishment of an administration modification procedure. He requested TAC members consider, through board approval, allowing Eastgate’s Executive Director to have the authority to sign on behalf of the GPB regarding resolutions that were considered verses amendments. Discussion took place on what determined the differences between both. Further discussion will take place at the June TAC meeting regarding this subject.

 

Executive Director Report

Jim Kinnick thanked all in attendance for their contribution to the monthly TAC meetings. Also discussed was the NARC webinar he and Sara Daugherty participated in regarding Health and the Built Environment, the ADA Lunch and Learn that will be held on June 7th immediately following the TAC meeting. Registration for the event is free and open to anyone wishing to attend, but Eastgate asks that you register on Eventbrite. Eastgate will also hold a Robert’s Rules of Order seminar in July, information for that event is in the TAC packet. A brief TIGER, now BUILD Grant update was given. Eastgate will sponsor the next funding application which is due on July 19, 2018. Lastly, the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 4 office has donated a Distracted Driving Simulator to the State Highway Patrol, and the simulator is available to use by schools, at meetings, or any community event. Those interested were told to contact the State Highway Patrol post in Canfield.

 

GPB Resolutions for Passage

There were no resolutions for passage.

 

Announcements

Jim Kinnick announced that on May 18th at 9:00 am, Eastgate will host a safety training workshop for staff.  An ODOT District 4 Certified Safety Trainer will be here to discuss safety procedures/techniques and equipment needed for working in the field, particularly in or along roadways. All were invited to attend and let anyone in their communities who may benefit know about the training.

   

Adjournment

Gary Shaffer entertained a motion for adjournment. A motion was made by Zachary Svette and seconded by Don Wittman. Motion carried unanimously.

 

June 2018 Minutes

June 7, 2018 10:00 AM

Members/Alternatives Present

Blasco, Kim - Calhoun, Wade - Cioffi, Tara* Terreri, Faith - Faulkner, Bob - Ginnetti, Pat* Durbin, Bob - Makosky, Paul  - Migliozzi, Frank - Nuskievicz, Trish* Burkholder, Shane - Olmi, Kristen - O'Shaughnessy, Michael* Beniston, Krista - Picuri, John* Rebillot, Steve - Rodriguez, Judy - Shasho, Chuck *Karim, Jordan - Young, Aaron
  
Others Present

Bakalar, Dave - Thomas Fok & Associates - Esenwein, Van – Village of Lowellville - Fercana, Terry - Environmental Design Group - Gentis, Tom – Trumbull County Engineer’s office - Gerberry, Steven - Trumbull County Engineer’s office - Haney, Jack – Village of Newton Falls - Hripko, Mike - YSU - Hughes, Brian – MS Consultants - Kenner, Marilyn – Boardman Township - Medina, Jesenia - DLZ - Metzer, Steve - DLZ - Moore, Reginal – Federal Highway Administration - Nelson, Charlie – Nelson Development - Pennell, Jordan – Senator Sherrod Brown - Robertson, Kevin - City of Niles - Rometo, Art – Thrasher Engineering - Scharville, Jim – Poland Township - Simmons, Pamela - Beaver Township - Stemen, Carmen – Federal Highway Administration - Stephenson, CJ - City of Warren

Members Absent
Princic, Kurt - Shaffer, Gary - Svette, Zachary - Wittman, Don

Eastgate Staff Present
Ballone, Michele - Davis, Ed - Daugherty, Sara - Dyer, Stephanie - Esenwein, Joann - Gollner, Jeffrey - Krzys, Bethaney - Mondok, Justin - Petrolla, Genna - Pompeo, Lisa -  Sympson, Ken - Taylor, Grant - Zook, Kathy - Zubyk, Stephen


Call to Order

Kristen Olmi called the meeting to order after it was established that a quorum was present. She then welcomed everyone to Eastgate for the June meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee. Those in attendance then recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Approval of the Minutes

Kristen Olmi called the meeting to order and entertained a motion for approval of the minutes of the Technical Advisory Committee meeting held on May 3, 2018. Motion was made by Judy Rodriguez. Seconded by Wade Calhoun. Motion carried unanimously.

 

District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee

Ed Davis reported on two workshops for the upcoming round of funding through OPWC being held at Eastgate on June 19, 2018. Identical workshops will be at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, with Linda Bailiff in attendance to discuss the programs and answer any questions. Eastgate will discuss the District 6 program manual, pre-application, and scoring methodology. In addition, Eastgate was notified last month that the single Small Government project (Braceville Township) submitted this year has been selected for funding. 

 

Summary of ADA Workshop Attended by Eastgate

Ed Davis reported that Eastgate attended an ADA workshop presented by Ohio Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). The highlights of the workshop were details about Self-Evaluations and Transition Plans. He also showed TAC members a new section on Eastgate’s website which includes Transition Plan templates and a copy of the workbook for the ADA workshop.

 

ARC Program Updates

Kathy Zook provided information on Workforce Development Projects and GPB Resolution #019-2018, as well as the Fiscal Year 2019 pre-applications received, and the ARC State of the Region Conference.

 

Lower Meander Creek Watershed Plan Update

Stephanie Dyer discussed the plan formatting changes made by the Ohio EPA in order to meet their requirements of a watershed plan, how the plans need to focus on smaller drainage areas and identify critical areas in need of water quality improvements. She also reported that the focus of the plans are on managing nonpoint sources of pollution while developing projects that address the pollution.

 

Time and Delay Study – Tibbetts Wick Road

Luke Rueberger (Eastgate intern) presented Eastgate’s most recent time and delay study report, a pre-construction study done along Tibbetts Wick Road in Weathersfield Township. He explained to the committee that this report was done as a precursor to a construction project being completed this spring. Mr. Rueberger showed some statistics that were compiled through the completion of the study and explained that Eastgate will return to the project area in the future to compare the results.

 

Census – Data and Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP)

Jeffrey Gollner presented the new interactive map on limited English proficiency, and that Eastgate will be adding more environmental justice maps to the website in the future.  He also informed the group of the upcoming Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP) and will provide more information when Eastgate receives the data.

 

Fiscal Year 2018 TIP Administrative Modification; STBG Selection Guidelines (Draft)

Stephen Zubyk explained to the committee that the STBG selection guidelines will be covered at July’s TAC meeting, and also explained that GPB Resolution #018-2018 was in draft form for the members to have some time to review before officially voting on it. He showed the committee what this resolution will allow Eastgate to do through administrative modifications. Finally, he gave a brief explanation of GPB Resolution #017-2018 that covers Eastgate adopting the Performance Based Planning Safety Measures into its TIP.

 

FY2019-2023 Transit Development Program

Mirta Reyes-Chapman presented the final document to those in attendance. The report is also on Eastgate’s website.

 

GPB Resolutions for Passage

GPB Resolution #019-2018

Resolution recommending to the State of Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia and the Ohio Department of Development Services to support funding of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments Local Development District for the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center (MCCTC) Project utilizing additional FY2018 Federal Funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). A motion was made by Aaron Young. Seconded by Paul Makosky. Motion carried unanimously.  

 

Announcements

An announcement was made regarding the public meeting for the SMART2 Network project application being held at Eastgate from 4:00-6:00 pm.  

   

Adjournment

Kristen Olmi entertained a motion for adjournment. A motion was made by Aaron Young. Seconded by Paul Makosky. Motion carried unanimously. 

 

July 2018 Minutes

July 12, 2018 10:00 AM

Members/Alternatives Present

Blasco, Kim - Nuskievicz, Trish*Burkholder, Shane - Olmi, Kristen - O’Shaughnessy, Mike*Beniston, Krista - Picuri, John*Phillis, Lauren - Shaffer, Gary - Shasho, Chuck*Karim, Jordan - Svette, Zachary - Wittman, Don - Young, Aaron

Others Present

Albrecht, Dennis – LJB - Boyle, Courtney – MS Consultants - DeChristofaro, David - Gerberry, Steven - Trumbull County Engineer’s office - Haney, Jack – Village of Newton Falls - Hughes, Brian – MS Consultants - Klecha, Dan – GPD Group - Maki, George – E.L. Robinson Engineers - Moore, Keith – Federal Highway Administration - Partika, Randy – Western Reserve Port Authority - Robertson, Kevin - City of Niles - Smith, Jeff – CT Consultants

Members Absent
Calhoun, Wade - Cioffi, Tara - Faulkner, Bob - Ginnetti, Pat - Makosky, Paul - Migliozzi, Frank - Princic, Kurt - Rodriguez, Judy

Eastgate Staff Present
Davis, Ed - Daugherty, Sara - Dyer, Stephanie - Esenwein, Joann - Gollner, Jeffrey - Krzys, Bethaney - Mondok, Justin - Petrolla, Genna - Pompeo, Lisa -  Sympson, Ken - Taylor, Grant - Zook, Kathy - Zubyk, Stephen


Call to Order

Gary Shaffer called the meeting to order after it was established that a quorum was present, and then welcomed everyone to Eastgate for the July meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee. Those in attendance then recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Approval of the Minutes

Gary Shaffer called the meeting to order and entertained a motion for approval of the minutes of the Technical Advisory Committee meeting held on June 7, 2018. Motion was made by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Shane Burkholder. Motion carried unanimously.

 

District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee

Ed Davis reported that Eastgate hosted two workshops in June, and that preapplications are due August 27, 2018.  Communities with projects already selected for funding should have received a letter from the OPWC along with Project Agreements.  Traffic Counts should be completed in a few weeks.

 

Clean Ohio Conservation Fund – Round 13 Discussion

Stephanie Dyer reported that Round 13 of the Clean Ohio Fund is officially underway, and Eastgate’s District allotment is $1,324,461. The total amount available is $1,875,820 and includes a $551,359 carry over from Round 12. Preapplications are on our website and are due to Eastgate by Friday, October 5, 2018.  

 

ARC Program – Fiscal Year 2019 Pre-Application Project Allocation and Priority List

Kathy Zook provided information GPB Resolution #026-2018 and gave an overview of each ranked project. A promotional video was then shown of the ARC State of the Region Conference.

 

Safety – Program Updates

Bethaney Krzys discussed a ten-year analysis of crash trends which was previewed to display new techniques being used in developing safety priorities. Safety project tracking was discussed, and summary project sheets were previewed. Eastgate has begun tracking the performance of projects constructed with Highway Safety funding to ensure projects are performing as expected and reducing the number of crashes, the number of fatalities, and the number of serious injuries. Missing sidewalk links were also highlighted.

 

Regional Freight Study

Sara Daugherty provided a detailed report on the Regional Freight Study, mentioning the purpose of the study, it’s findings, and next steps. The study is available in Eastgate’s online library and will be updated as needed.

 

208 Water Quality Management Plan – Discussion

Justin Mondok gave an update on the Plan and reported that the document is on the Regional Wastewater Planning page of Eastgate’s website, and the new version of the 208 Plan, now titled the Areawide Wastewater Treatment Management Plan, is available in draft form for review and comment. The public comment period is 60 days and will be open until close of business on Friday, September 14, 2018.

 

STBG Selection Guidelines, Dates and Information on Upcoming STBG Funding Round, Funding Guidelines Update

Stephen Zubyk informed the committee of the upcoming Surface Transportation Block Grant Program funding round. He explained that applications were due September 24th and consisted of funding in Fiscal Years 2020-2024. He also provided the committee with updated versions of Eastgate’s Funding Guidelines and STBG Project Evaluation Criteria. Finally, the Committee received information on the dates when the drafts and final version of the FY2020-2023 TIP were due.

 

GPB Resolutions for Passage

GPB Resolution #018-2018

Resolution of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments adopting procedures for approving Transportation

Improvement Program Amendments through Administrative Modifications. Motion was made by Kristen Olmi. Seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #020-2018, IGR Log #18-006

Resolution supporting through the Intergovernmental Review Process, an application by the

Trumbull County Commissioners to the Office of Community Development of the Ohio Development Services Agency

for the 2018 Critical Infrastructure Program ($466,600). Motion was made by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Shane Burkholder. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #021-2018, IGR Log #18-007

Resolution supporting through the Intergovernmental Review Process, an application by the Trumbull County C

Commissioners to the Office of Community Development of the Ohio Development Services Agency for the 2018

Critical Infrastructure Program ($418,800). Motion was made by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Shane Burkholder. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #022-2018, IGR Log #18-008

Resolution supporting through the Intergovernmental Review Process, an application by the

Trumbull County Commissioners to the Office of Community Development of the Ohio Development Services Agency

for the 2018 Critical Infrastructure Program ($263,500). Motion was made by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Shane Burkholder. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #025-2018, IGR Log #18-009

Resolution supporting through the Intergovernmental Review Process, an application by the Eastgate Regional Council

of Governments to the U.S. Department of Transportation FY2018 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage

Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants Program. Motion was made by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Kristen Olmi. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #026-2018

Resolution recommending to the State of Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia and Ohio Development Services

Agency to Support Funding for the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments Local Development District Pre-

Application Priority of Projects in Fiscal Year 2019 for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Motion was made

by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Shane Burkholder. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Announcements

Ken Sympson announced that the group partnering to file the SMAR2T application are in the final stage and are gearing up to file the application early next week, also that the next General Policy Board meeting will be on Monday, July 31 at 10:00 a.m., and there are no standing committee meetings held during the month of August. He also reminded those in attendance to register for the Eastgate sponsored Robert’s Rules of Training seminar on July 20, 2018. Lastly, he discussed GPB Resolution #013-2018 which the TAC passed but required updates before going to the GPB for approval. That resolution is now ready for GPB approval and will be voted on at the July 30th GPB meeting.

 

Joann Esenwein gave a brief update on the Chamber’s DC Fly-In and informed the group that Craig Butler, the Director of the OEPA will be here on July 27th to tour the Mahoning River. Details have yet to be finalized.

 

Stephanie Dyer mentioned an OEEF Grant Workshop that will be held in September at Eastgate. This is sponsored by OEPA and all registrations need to be done with OEPA.

 

Justin Mondok announced two other training seminars Eastgate will be sponsoring. Both are on Eastgate’s website, and registration is through Eventbrite.com.

 

Genna Petrolla announced the Race, Equity & Inclusion seminar and informed TAC members that the Wean Foundation is offering complimentary registration to Eastgate members.

   

Adjournment

Gary Shaffer entertained a motion for adjournment. A motion was made by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Shane Burkholder. Motion carried unanimously. 

 


General Policy Board (GPB)

January 2018 Minutes

July 29, 2018 10:00 AM

Members Present *Alternate for voting member present                                                                                                               

Brown; Darko; Ducro; Duffett*Calhoun; Hanley; Faulkner; Franklin*Makosky; Ginnetti; Kozlowski; Iudiciani; Mahoning County Commissioners*DeAscentis; McIntosh; Moliterno*Partika; Phillips; Picuri; Pinkerton; Pirko; Princic; Puckett*Domitrovich; Samulka; Sicafuse; Scarnecchia*Robertson; Smith*Shaffer; Svette; Timonere; Trumbull County Commissioners*Green; Waddell*Haney; Whittington; Winchell; Woofter; Young

 

Members Absent

Augustein; Bennet; Ferraro; Hill; Jurko; Kale; Mayor of Washingtonville; Melfi; Spencer; Stocker; Wollet

 

Others Present                                                                             

Buchenic, Mark – Prime AE; Durbin, Bob – Mahoning County Engineers Office; Gerberry, Steven – Trumbull County Engineer’s office; Hazlette, Janet; Hurayt, Gerald – Citizens Advisory Board; Letson, Sharon – Youngstown CityScape; Morgan, Martha – Poland Village; Nelson, Charlie – Nelson Development; Simon, Jack – Trumbull County Engineer’s office; Stockburger, Rick – TBEIC; Thomas, Terry – CBS; Verich, Michael – TCTB; Warino, Joe – City of Canfield; Wilson, Jason – Governor’s Office of Appalachian;

 

Eastgate Staff Present              

Ballone; Davis; Dyer; Esenwein; Gollner; Kinnick; Krzys; Mondok; Petrolla; Pompeo; Reyes-Chapman; Sympson; Taylor; Wenger; Zubyk; Zook

 

 

 

Call to Order

Casey Kozlowski called the meeting to order after it was established that a quorum was present. He then welcomed everyone to Eastgate for the January meeting of the General Policy Board. The members recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Approval of the Minutes 

Casey Kozlowski entertained a motion for approval of the minutes of the GPB meeting held on October 30, 2017. Motion was made by Fred Hanley. Seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Opening Remarks

Casey Kozlowski thanked those in attendance for coming to the meeting, and remarked how it has been a pleasure to serve as the Chair of the General Policy Board for 2017, and thanked the new leadership for their commitment to Eastgate and wished them well.         

 

 

Finance Executive Committee 2018 – 2019 Officer Recommendations

Casey Kozlowski gave an overview of the Finance Executive Committee’s recommendations for the 2018 – 2019 officers of the General Policy Board and Finance Executive Committee, including the nomination and recommendations for each seat on the FEC. He then asked if there were any nominations from those in attendance. There were no new nominations put forth, therefore a motion approving the officer recommendations was requested. A motion was made by Fred Hanley. Seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Committee Summary Reports

Technical Advisory Committee- Mr. Shaffer reported that the Committee met in November, December, and January. Topics discussed were, the Fiscal Year 2018 Planning Grant, and the status and distribution of the draft 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Asset Management, 2017 Functional Classification of roads, the Healthy Communities Partnership, and GIS Service updates. Reoccurring topics included the Fiscal Year 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program, as well as the Transportation Alternatives Program, Census, the District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee, updates to Eastgate’s website, and the ARC Program. GPB Resolutions reviewed and approved by the committee were: #039-2017, and #004-2018. Intergovernmental Resolutions reviewed and approved were: #001 through #003-2018.

 

Citizens Advisory Board—Mr. Pirko reported that the Citizens Advisory Board met in November, December, and January. He then discussed the speakers for each meeting, with a brief description of the topics discussed. Also discussed at the meetings was Technical Advisory Committee topics including District 6 Public Works, ARC, the Clean Ohio Program, Mahoning River Restoration, Moving the Community Forward Planning Grant, Safety, and other topics. The committee was also informed on Eastgate’s ad hoc committees such as the Mahoning River Corridor Initiative, Regional Economic Development Committee, Grow Mahoning Valley, and the Digital Literacy Working Group. GPB Resolutions reviewed and approved were #038-2017, #039-2017, and #004-2018. 

 

Finance Executive Committee- Mr. Kinnick reported that a Finance/Executive Committee meeting was held prior to the General Policy Board meeting. The Current Financial report and status was reviewed and approved by the committee, member dues, which will not be increased for 2018, the recommendation for 2018-2019 Officers for the Finance Executive Committee and General Policy Board, as well various updates regarding upcoming national and state conferences that Eastgate staff will be speaking at, and the 2018 Annual Meeting.

 

A motion accepting the committee summary reports was made by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Fred Hanley. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Executive Director Report       

Mr. Kinnick thanked all of the past and present officers of Eastgate’s boards and committees for their continued guidance and support of the programs and initiatives. He then gave an overview of various efforts such as the Washington D.C. trip he attended with a small group in support of the TIGER grant, the National Association of Regional Councils Executive Director Conference, the Ohio Planning Conference, Eastgate’s Annual Meeting, and ADA Transition Plan training available at no cost.   

 

Mr. Kinnick then introduced the Partnering Agency Update Speaker, City of Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown. Mayor Brown as the newly elected Mayor of the City of Youngstown gave an overview of his plans, ideas, and strategies for continuing the progress occurring in the City, as well as improvements for the future of Youngstown.  

 

Speakers

Mr. Kinnick then introduced the featured speaker, Mr. James Dignan, President and CEO of the Regional Chamber. Mr. Dignan provided updates of the various programs the Chamber sponsors, and their continued efforts to support partnerships to help improve the economic vitality of the region.

 

 

Mr. Kinnick then introduced the Community Update Speaker, Mr. Rick Stockburger, COO of the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center (TBEIC). Mr. Stockburger provided a presentation on the innovations occurring with the many new business starts that are housed in the incubator, including a laboratory funded with the help of Eastgate’s ARC program.

 

Resolutions for Passage
GPB Resolution #038-2017
Resolution of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments supporting the Map-21/Fast Act Safety Performance Management Targets. A motion was made by Jim Pirko. Seconded by Fred Hanley. Kurt Princic abstained. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #039-2017
Resolution authorizing Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to submit the Administrative Regional Job Training Grant Application to the State of Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia and Ohio Development Services Agency. A motion was made by Casey Kozlowski. Seconded by Jim Pirko. Kurt Princic abstained. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #004-2018
Amending the FY 2018–2021 Transportation Improvement Program of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to add MPO Transportation Alternatives Program Projects. A motion was made by Randy Samulka. Seconded by Jim Pirko. Kurt Princic abstained. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Open Discussion

Mayor Jim Iudiciani thanked Eastgate for their help with the ARC Grant which helped the Village of Lowellville’s Dam Project.

 

Adjournment

Mr. Kozlowski entertained a motion for adjournment. A motion was made by Casey Kozlowski. Seconded by Jim Pirko. Motion carried unanimously.

 

April 2018 Minutes

April 30, 2018 10:00 AM

Members Present *Alternate for voting member present                                                                                                               

Ducro; Hanley; Faulkner; Franklin*Makosky; Ginnetti; Iudiciani; Mahoning County Commissioners*DeAscentis; McIntosh; Melfi; Moliterno; Phillips; Picuri; Pinkerton; Pirko; Princic; Samulka; Sicafuse; Smith*Shaffer; Stocker; Svette; Timonere; Trumbull County Commissioners*Green; Waddell*Haney; Winchell; Wollet; Woofter*Wittman

 

Members Absent

Augustein; Bennet; Brown; Darko; Duffett; Ferraro; Frehling, Andy – Kokosing; Hill; Jurko; Kale; Kozlowski; Puckett; Mayor of Washingtonville; Scarnecchia*Robertson; Spencer; Stewart, Matt – SVATS MPO/MCRPC; Whittington; Young

 

Others Present                                                                             

Albrecht, Dennis – LJB; Allison, Greg – Governor John Kasich’s Office; Baker, Dawn – Congressman Bill Johnson’s Office; Durbin, Bob – Mahoning County Engineers Office; Gerberry, Steven – Trumbull County Engineer’s office; Kern, Kevin – Western Reserve Port Authority; Klecha, Dan – GPD Group; Nelson, Charlie – Nelson Development; Owen, Chris – Mannik & Smith Group; Rebillot, Steve – ODOT D4; Smith, Jeff – CT Consultants; Tinkler, Dennis – Kokosing; Verich, Michael – TCTB; Watson, Jason – Mannik & Smith Group

 

Eastgate Staff Present              

Ballone; Daugherty; Dyer; Esenwein; Gollner; Kinnick; Krzys; Pompeo; Reyes-Chapman; Sympson; Taylor; Zook

 

Call to Order

Pat Ginnetti called the meeting to order after it was established that a quorum was present. He then welcomed everyone to Eastgate for the April meeting of the General Policy Board. The members recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Approval of the Minutes 

Pat Ginnetti entertained a motion for approval of the minutes of the GPB meeting held on January 30, 2018. Motion was made by Fred Hanley. Seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Opening Remarks

Pat Ginnetti thanked those in attendance for coming to the meeting and proceeded to the Committee Summary Reports.          

 

Committee Summary Reports

Technical Advisory Committee- Gary Shaffer reported that Technical Advisory Committee meetings were held in February, March and April, and topics discussed were: the Kinsman 201 Facility Planning Area Adjustment, the Fiscal Year 2018 Planning Grant, and the status and distribution of the draft of the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Asset Management, Pavement Preservation, the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, Mahoning Valley is for Entrepreneurs, and the overview of upcoming program projects for the next Transportation Work Program. Reoccurring topics included the Fiscal Year 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program, as well as Eastgate’s Title VI Plan, the District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee, updates to Eastgate’s website, and the ARC Program. GPB Resolutions reviewed and approved by the committee were: #007-#013-2018. Intergovernmental Resolutions reviewed and approved were: GPB Resolution #005 through #006-2018.

 

Citizens Advisory Board – Randy Samulka reported that since the last General Policy Board meeting, the Citizens Advisory Board met in February, March, and April. In February, the CAB heard from Mirta Reyes-Chapman of Eastgate on public transit, including how Federal Transit Authority funds are utilized, services provided, and upcoming technology.  In March, the CAB heard from Genna Petrolla on Mahoning Valley is for Entrepreneurs. The CAB discussed start-up culture and small business support in the area. In April, the CAB heard from Kathy Zook on the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Governor’s Office of Appalachia. CAB discussed types of projects ARC funding can be used for including sewer lines, advanced manufacturing training, and healthcare.

 

The CAB discussed TAC items including Eastgate’s webpage, Kinsman 201 facility planning, Pymatuning Creek water sampling, Title VI, Clean Ohio, Mahoning Safe Communities, the annual meeting, workshops, Transportation Improvement Program, Overall Work Program, traffic counting, public participation process, and the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update. The CAB was informed on ad hoc committees and improving the CAB. An orientation guide and nomination form were created for new members. As of today, 34 individuals have participated in the CAB in 2018, nearly double that for all of 2017. General Policy Board Resolutions reviewed and approved were #007-2018, #008-2018, #009-2018, #010-2018, #011-2018, #012-2018, and #13-2018.   

 

Finance Executive Committee- Jim Kinnick reported that a Finance/Executive Committee meeting was held prior to the General Policy Board meeting. The Current Financial report and status was reviewed and approved by the committee, including an amendment to the Capitalization Policy and a newly created project checking account which will be dedicated solely to pass through funds for various projects and initiatives.

 

A motion accepting the committee summary reports was made by Fred Hanley. Seconded by Randy Samulka. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Executive Director Report       

Jim Kinnick thanked those in attendance for their continued guidance and support of the programs and initiatives. He then gave an overview of various efforts such as Eastgate Outreach, the Planner Position, Office Updates, 2018 Annual Meeting Recap, and finally an update on the TIGER (now called BUILD) Grant. He also invited al in attendance to the various training events Eastgate will be hosting in the upcoming months. All events are on Eastgate’s website.    

 

Jim Kinnick then introduced the Partnering Agency Update Speaker, Ohio Department of Transportation Deputy Director John Picuri. John Picuri gave a very informative presentation on the I76/I80 Distracted Driving Corridor.

 

Speakers

Jim Kinnick then introduced the first featured speaker, Dave Moore, the Statewide Planning Manager for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Office of Statewide Planning and Research, who presented information on ODOT’s Access Ohio 2045 Plan.

 

Jim Kinnick then introduced Ken Sympson, Eastgate’s Director of Transportation who spoke about Eastgate’s 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

 

Finally, Jim Kinnick introduced Carmen Stemen who is a Planning and Environment Specialist from the Federal Highway Administration’s Ohio Division who presented information on FHWA’s Performance Measures.  

 

Resolutions for Passage
GPB Resolution #007-2018

Resolution amending the FY 2018–2021 Transportation Improvement Program of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to add right-of-way phase to the West Market Street Project. A motion was made by Fred Hanley.

Seconded by Terry Stocker. Kurt Princic abstained. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #008-2018

Resolution moving the Community Forward FY 2018 Planning Grant recommendations for funding. A motion was made by Michael Pinkerton. Seconded by Terry Stocker. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #009-2018

Recommendation to the State of Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia and Ohio Development Services Agency to Support the Priority of Projects for the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments Local Development District 018 Regional Job Training (RJT) Program. A motion was made by Fred Hanley. Seconded by Mark Winchell. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #010-2018

Resolution Updating Eastgate Regional Council of Governments Public Participation Process to Reference the Transportation Bill Fixing American’s Surface Transportation Act. A motion was made by Zachary Svette.

Seconded by James Melfi. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #011-2018

Resolution Adopting the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments 2018 Revised Title VI Plan in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Policies, Procedures and Assurances. A motion was made by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Fred Hanley. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #012-2018

Resolution of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments amending the Clean Water Act Section 208 Areawide Water Quality Management Plan to adopt the Kinsman 201 Facility Planning Area Adjustments. A motion was made by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Jim Pirko. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #014-2018

Resolution amending the Fiscal Year 2018 – 2021 Transportation Improvement Program of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to add additional funding to the Lowellville Road Bridge Project’s Design Phase. A motion was made by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Fred Hanley. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #015-2018

Resolution approving the Fiscal Year 2019 Unified Planning Work Program of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, State of Ohio. A motion was made by Zachary Svette. Seconded by Fred Hanley. Motion carried unanimously.

 

GPB Resolution #016-2018

Resolution amending the FY 2018–2021 Transportation Improvement Program of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to add existing Surface Transportation Block Grant Projects A motion was made by Mike Pinkerton. Seconded by Zachary Svette. Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

Open Discussion

Mayor Jim Iudiciani again thanked Eastgate for their help with the ARC Grant which helped the Village of Lowellville’s Dam Project. Julie Green asked those in attendance to consider signing on to the Greater Ohio Policy Center’s Vision Statement and gave a brief overview of the Statement.  

 

Adjournment

Pat Ginnetti entertained a motion for adjournment. A motion was made by Randy Samulka. Seconded by Fred Hanley. Motion carried unanimously.

 

July 2018 Minutes

July 24, 2018 10:00 AM

Members Present *Alternate for voting member present                                                                                                         

Darko; Hanley; Ferraro; Franklin*Makosky; Ginnetti*Durbin; Kosar; Moliterno; Picuri; Pinkerton; Samulka; Sicafuse; Scarnecchia*Robertson; Smith*Shaffer; Svette*Sabella, Mitzi; Timonere; Trumbull County Commissioners*Green; Winchell; Wollet; Woofter; Young

 

Members Absent

Augustein; Bennett; Faulkner; Hill; Jurko; Kale; Kozlowski; Mahoning County Commissioners*DeAscentis; Iudiciani; Mayor of Washingtonville; McIntosh; McNally; Melfi; Phillips; Pinkerton; Pirko; Princic; Puckett*Domitrovich; Spencer; Stocker; Waddell; Whittington

 

Others Present                                                                            

Allison, Greg – Governor John Kasich’s office; Dignan, James – Chamber of Commerce; Gerberry, Steven – Trumbull County Engineer’s office; Hetrick, Tom – Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation; Kern, Kevin – Western Reserve Port Authority; Owen, Christopher - Mannik Smith Group, Inc.; Rebillot, Steve - ODOT; Simon, Jack – Trumbull County Engineer’s office;  Simpkins, Mike – ODOT; Stewart, Matt – Mercer County Planning Commission; Thornton, Beth – Mannik & Smith Group; Warino, Joe – City of Canfield; Watson, Jason – Mannik Smith Group, Inc.;

 

Eastgate Staff Present              

Davis; Donatelli; Dyer; Esenwein; Kinnick; Krzys; Mondok; Pompeo; Reyes-Chapman; Sympson; Wenger; Yova

 

Call to Order

At the request of Mr. Kinnick, Ms. Green filled in as the Chair of the General Policy Board for this meeting due to the absence of the Chair and Vice Chair. Ms. Green called the meeting to order after it was established that a quorum was present. She then welcomed everyone to Eastgate for the July meeting of the General Policy Board. The members recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Approval of the Minutes 

Ms. Green entertained a motion for approval of the minutes of the GPB meeting held on April 24, 2017. Motion was made by: Mr. Hanley. Seconded by Mr. Woofter. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Opening Remarks

Ms. Green thanked those in attendance for coming to the meeting. She then turned the meeting over to members reporting on the Committee Summary Reports.        

 

Committee Summary Reports

Technical Advisory Committee- Mr. Shaffer reported that the Committee met in May, June, and July. The Mahoning Valley Peer Metro Report, South Avenue Travel Time and Delay Study, assessment of Gaps in the Multimodal Bicycle and Pedestrian Network, new traffic counters, distribution of the Transit Development Program, and the Distracted Driving Study Summary of Results. Reoccurring topics included the Ohio Statewide Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality or CMAQ Program, the Fiscal Year 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program, the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update, the Transportation Alternatives Program, as well as Census, the District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee, and ARC. GPB Resolutions reviewed and approved by the committee were: #014-2017, and #020-2017. Intergovernmental Resolutions reviewed and approved were: #018 and #019-2017, and #021-2017.

 

Citizens Advisory Board—Mr. Samulka reported that the Citizens Advisory Board met in May, June, and July. He then discussed the speakers for the meetings and covered the GPB Resolutions discussed and passed by the CAB. 

 

Finance Executive Committee- Mr. Kinnick reported that a Finance/Executive Committee meeting was held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. The Current Financial report and status was reviewed and approved by the committee, as well as the contract for renovation of the conference room in Eastgate’s offices.

 

Executive Director Report       

Mr. Kinnick thanked those in attendance for joining us, and introduced Mr. Tim Yova who provided a brief discussion on the U.S. Census, and the importance of all incorporated areas in our region to get involved with the LUCA because it is directly tied to the funding each community receives. Mr. Kinnick reminded those in attendance that Mr. Yova will be retiring at the end of August 2017, and thanked him for his dedication to Eastgate. Mr. Kinnick also discussed the staff restructuring that will take place upon Mr. Yova’s retirement. Mr. Kinnick also discussed exploring member outreach through the CAB meetings to reach out to our mayor’s and townships trustees for input and involvement, future quarterly meetings with local Legislator’s, and the Performance Based Practical Design workshop which is being planned for the second half of the October TAC meeting.   

 

Mr. Kinnick then introduced Mr. John Picuri, Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 4 office.  

 

Speakers

Mr. Picuri provided the partnering agency update and gave an update on the projects and initiatives occurring at District 4, including various measures to improve safety along the interstates and in construction zones.     

 

Mr. Kinnick then introduced the featured speaker, Mr. Randy Cole, the Executive Director of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission. Mr. Cole provided a presentation on Modernizing the Ohio Turnpike’s Toll Collection System including the impacts and benefits of the recommended option, and the next steps in the process.

 

Lastly, Mr. Kinnick introduced Mrs. Dyer and Mayor Tim Sicafuse who gave the Community Update. This is a new segment added to showcase a success story in our region. Ms. Dyer and Mayor Sicafuse discussed the OEEF Stormwater Signage Grant which promotes watershed and stormwater education by placing information signage at various sites along the Yellow Creek Watershed. The grant effort showed outstanding cooperation and collaboration among Poland Village, Poland Township, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, AWARE, Mill Creek MetroParks, and Poland Seminary High School along with the Superintendent of the Poland Schools to properly educate visitors of the Yellow Creek Watershed on the safety and facts concerning this water source.

  

 

Resolutions for Passage

GPB Resolution #014-2017

Resolution in Support of the Trumbull County Commissioners Application to the FY 2017 Economic

Development Administration Public Works Assistance Program. Motion was made by Mr. Samulka.

Seconded by Mr. Woofter. Motion carried unanimously

 

GPB Resolution #020-2017

Resolution recommending to the State of Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia and Ohio Development Services Agency to Support Funding of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments Local Development District Pre-Application Priority of Projects in Fiscal Year 2018 for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Motion was made by Mr. Warino. Seconded by Mr. Samulka. Motion carried unanimously.

 

 Open Discussion

There were no items for open discussion.

 

Adjournment

Ms. Green entertained a motion for adjournment. A motion was made by Mr. Winchell. Seconded by Mr. Samulka. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Finance Executive Committee (FEC)

Citizens Advisory Board (CAB)

January 2018 Notes

January 4, 2018

Members Present


RP Samulka, Chairman - Robert Faulkner - Genevieve Germaniuk - Janet Hazlette - Kevin Kern
Jim Pirko - Don Rex

Guests


Shauna Barry-Scott - Ira Cross - Tricia D'Avignon - Dionne Dowdy - Grace Freeze - John Jakubec
Phil Kidd - Peter Milliken - Ted Schmidt

Eastgate Staff

Jim Kinnick - Genna Petrolla - Sara Wenger


  1. Call to Order Chairman Samulka called the meeting to order at 6:08 P.M.

     

  2. Approval of the Minutes Mr. Pirko made a motion to approve the December 6th CAB meeting minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Kern. The motion passed unanimously.

     

  3. Guest Speaker James Kinnick, PE, Executive Director of Eastgate, spoke about accomplishments in 2017 and initiatives in 2018. Accomplishments included funding for the Mahoning Avenue Bikeway, Struthers Dam Removal, MAH-170 (Dobbins), and WRTA Warren Express Route. Additionally, establishing planning and transportation departments, strengthening ad-hoc committees, branding, sponsoring the SMAR²T Network grant, launching a planning grant, renovating the conference room, and opening a satellite office were mentioned. Initiatives for 2018 include an asset management plan, grant writing, streamlining fiscal operations, and comprehensive planning. Discussion included transit and pavement options.

     

  4. Technical Advisory Committee Report Ms. Wenger reported on the TAC meeting held at 10 AM this morning, providing updates on the District 6 Public Works Integrating Committee, Appalachian Regional Commission workforce dollars, Healthy Community Partnership conference, planning grant letters of intent, 2040 MTP Update public review, transportation alternatives program amendments, upcoming public meeting on Western Reserve Roundabout, and the Youngstown green infrastructure stakeholder meeting.

     

     

  5. Ad Hoc Committees Report Ms. Wenger reported that the Digital Literacy Working group will be meeting in January. Ad Hoc Committee minutes are available on Eastgate’s website.

     

  6. General Policy Board Report Ms. Wenger reported that the January 29th General Policy Board will feature James Dignan, CEO and President of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.

     

  7. Old Business None.

     

  8. New Business Ms. Wenger provided an overview of changes to the bylaws for review, which will be discussed at the next meeting. She also presented a nomination form and work plan that Eastgate staff is committed to for increasing the visibility and capacity of the CAB. Comments are encouraged.

     

  9. General Policy Board Resolutions

     

    GPB RESOLUTION #39-2017

    Authorize Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to Submit the Administrative Regional Job training

    Grant Application to the State of Ohio Governor’s office of Appalachia and Ohio Development Services

    Agency.

    A motion was made by Mr. Pirko and seconded by Ms. Hazlette. The motion passed unanimously.

     

    GPB RESOLUTION #004-2018

    Amending the FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to Add MPO Transportation Alternatives Program Projects.

    A motion was made by Mr. Kern and seconded by Ms. Germaniuk. The motion passed unanimously.

     

  10. Announcements Ms. Hazlette recognized the Chair for leading the meeting.

     

  11. Adjournment Prior to adjournment a motion was made by Mr. Pirko, seconded by Ms. Hazlette. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7.16 PM.

 

February 2018 Notes

February 1, 2018

Members Present


RP Samulka, Chairman - Robert Faulkner - John Getchey - Gerald Hurayt - Kevin Kern - Jerome Parm - Jim Pirko - Don Rex - Terry Thomas

Guests


Tricia D'Avignon - Don Bishop - Paul Davis - Phil Kidd - Ron Knight - Ben Kyle - Peter Milliken - Diane Siskowic-Jurkovic - Michael Verich

Eastgate Staff

Mirta Reyes-Chapman - Sara Wenger


  1. Call to Order Chairman Samulka called the meeting to order at 6:05 P.M.

     

  2. Approval of the Minutes Mr. Getchey made a motion to approve the January 4th CAB meeting minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas. The motion passed unanimously.

     

  3. Guest Speaker Mirta Reyes-Chapman, Transit Program Manager at Eastgate, spoke on various aspects of public transit in the Eastgate Region. She provided an overview of the urbanized area, how Federal Transit Authority funds are calculated for the region, other funding sources for transit, services provided, upcoming technology, and other information. Discussion included transferring passengers between systems and past service routes such as the connection to Pittsburgh via New Castle.

     

  4. Technical Advisory Committee Report Ms. Wenger reported on the TAC meeting held at 10 AM this morning, providing updates on Eastgate’s webpage, Kinsman 201 facility planning area adjustment, Pymatuning Creek water sampling, Title VI, Clean Ohio, Mahoning Safe Communities, the annual meeting, an upcoming lunch and learn on connected and autonomous vehicles, and a stormwater management workshop.

     

  5. Ad Hoc Committees Report Ms. Wenger reported that the Regional Economic Development Committee and Grow Mahoning Valley will hold meetings in February.

     

  6. General Policy Board Report Mr. Pirko reported on the agenda and action items of the General Policy Board held on January 29th that featured Mayor Jamael Tito Brown, President & CEO James Dignan, and COO Rick Stockburger.

     

  7. Old Business Members reviewed the bylaw revisions and nomination form. A motion was presented by Mr. Thomas and seconded by Mr. Pirko. The motion passed unanimously. Ms. Wenger updated members on outreach materials she is preparing for the CAB.

     

  8. New Business No new business.

     

  9. General Policy Board Resolutions None.

     

  10. Announcements Mr. Samulka encouraged non-members to fill out the nomination form.

     

  11. Adjournment Prior to adjournment a motion was made by Mr. Hurayt and seconded by Mr. Parm. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7.12 PM.

 

March 2018 Notes

March 1, 2018

Members Present


RP Samulka, Chairman - Robert Faulkner - Genevieve Germaniuk - John Getchey - Fred Hanley - Kevin Kern - Don Rex - Terry Thomas

Guests


Shawna Barry Scott - Dionne Dowdy - Peter Milliken - Chris Travers - Michael Verich - Tim Yova

Eastgate Staff

Genna Petrolla - Sara Wenger


  1. Call to Order Chairman Samulka called the meeting to order at 6:07 P.M.

     

  2. Approval of the Minutes Mr. Faulkner made a motion to approve the February 1st CAB meeting minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Getchey. The motion passed unanimously.

     

  3. Guest Speaker Genna Petrolla, Economic Development Planner at Eastgate, spoke on Mahoning Valley is for Entrepreneurs, providing an overview of activities that Eastgate staff undertakes with small business technical support providers to improve start-up culture in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Ms. Petrolla demonstrated a website for helping businesses find resources.

     

  4. Technical Advisory Committee Report Ms. Wenger reported on the TAC meeting held at 10 AM this morning, providing updates on the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Return on Investment Report, the 2018 Regional Job Training Program, the Moving Communities Forward Planning grant, modifications to the Transportation Improvement Program, review of the Overall Work Program, the upcoming Annual Meeting, and Valley Health & Wellness Expo.

     

  5. Ad Hoc Committees Report Ms. Wenger reported that the Digital Literacy Working Group and Mahoning River Corridor Initiative will meet in March.

     

  6. General Policy Board Report No update.

     

  7. Old Business Members reviewed the orientation packet and were updated on other items Eastgate staff has undertaken to enhance the CAB.

     

  8. New Business Ms. Wenger showed the 2017 Annual Progress Report for the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

     

  9. General Policy Board Resolutions

     

    GPB Resolution #007-2018

    Resolution amending the Fiscal Year 2018 – 2021 Transportation Improvement Program of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to add Right of Way Phase to the West Market Street Project

    A motion was made by Mr. Hanley and seconded by Mr. Faulkner. The motion passed unanimously.

     

    GPB Resolution #008-2018

    Resolution Moving the Community Forward Fiscal Year 2018 Planning Grant Recommendations for Funding

    A motion was made by Mr. Hanley and seconded by Mr. Thomas. The motion passed unanimously.

     

    GPB Resolution #009-2018

    Recommendation to the State of Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia and Ohio Development Services Agency to Support the Priority of Projects for the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments Local Development District 2018 Regional Job Training (RJT) Program

    A motion was made by Mr. Getchey and seconded by Mr. Hanley. The motion passed unanimously.

     

     

  10. Announcements Mr. Samulka encouraged non-members to fill out the nomination form.

     

  11. Adjournment Prior to adjournment a motion was made by Mr. Faulkner and seconded by Ms. Germaniuk. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7.07 PM.

 

 

April 2018 Notes

April 5, 2018

Members Present


RP Samulka, Chairman - Fred Hanley - Janet Hazlette - Kevin Kern - Peter Miliken* - Jerome Parm
James Pirko - Don Rex

Guests


Tricia D'Avignon - David E. Brown - Ira Cross - Grace Freeze - Phil Kidd - Tom Smith - Shalise White
Autumn Zaccone

Eastgate Staff

Sara Daugherty - Kathy Zook


1. Call to Order Chairman Samulka called the meeting to order at 6:06 P.M.

2. Approval of the Minutes Mr. Haney made a motion to approve the March 1st CAB meeting minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Pirko. The motion passed unanimously.

3. Guest Speaker Kathy Zook, Appalachian Regional Commission Program Manager, spoke on the Appalachian Regional Commission and opportunities through the Governor’s Office of Appalachia. Eastgate has been a part of the ARC for nearly ten years as a Local Development District, providing matching grants of up to $250,000 on a variety of projects based on the four goals of ARC, which include economic opportunities, ready workforce, critical infrastructure, natural and cultural assets, and leadership and community capacity. Ms. Zook provided an overview of various projects that the region has taken part in, including sewer lines, advanced manufacturing training, and healthcare. Citizens asked about funding for health, electricity, improvements to GM Lordstown, and workforce. They also discussed funding levels from the federal government.

4. Technical Advisory Committee Report Ms. Daugherty reported on the TAC meeting held at 10 AM that morning, providing updates on pavement preservation summary reports that are on the website, a project inquiry portal that will be launched soon, Appalachian Regional Commission pre-applications being due May 11th, new traffic counts are on the website, the Public Participation Process, Title VI Plan, and 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan being ready for resolution, and that Eastgate is considering updates to its funding procedures for Surface Transportation Block Grants.

5. Ad Hoc Committees Report Ms. Wenger reported that the Mahoning Valley GIS Partnership will meet on the 19th and that staff wanted the CAB to know that at the Mahoning River Corridor Initiative meeting kayak paddling classes on the 15th and the River Fest on June 2nd were announced. Citizens brought up the virtual tour of the dams on Eastgate’s website and the addition of the two dams in Newton Falls. Citizens requested a warning about kayaking around the dams be added to the virtual tour. Ms. Daugherty will follow up with this request.

6. General Policy Board Report Mr. Samulka encouraged citizens to attend the April 30th GPB.

7. Old Business None.

8. New Business A motion was made by Mr. Hanley and seconded by Mr. Pirko to add Shauna Barry-Scott as a member of the CAB. The motion passed unanimously. A motion was made by Mr. Hanley and seconded by Mr. Pirko to add Peter Miliken as a member of the CAB. The motion passed unanimously. Ms. Daugherty mentioned that the Mahoning County Hazard Mitigation Team will be presenting next month. She also provided information on a food insecurity lecture, birding outing, Bike to Work Warren day, and the WOW ride.

9. General Policy Board Resolutions

GPB RESOLUTION #010-2018
Resolution updating Eastgate Regional Council of Governments Public Participation Process to Reference the Transportation Bill Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act
A motion was made by Mr. Hanley and seconded by Mr. Pirko. The motion passed unanimously.

GPB RESOLUTION #011-2018
Resolution updating the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments 2018 Revised Title VI Plan in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Policies, Procedures and Assurances
A motion was made by Mr. Hanley and seconded by Mr. Parm. The motion passed unanimously.

GPB RESOLUTION #012-2018
Resolution of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments amending the Clean Water Act Section 2018 Areawide Water Quality Management Plan to adopt the Kinsman 201 Facility Planning Area Adjustments
A motion was made by Mr. Pirko and seconded by Mr. Hanley. The motion passed unanimously.

GPB RESOLUTION #013-2018
Resolution approving the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to meet the quinquennial approval date of May 14, 2018
A motion was made by Mr. Pirko and seconded by Mr. Hanley. The motion passed unanimously.

Citizens voiced that they would like to have more discussion with each resolution and an additional brief description below each resolution on what it is. Ms. Daugherty agreed and will do so going forward. Citizens discussed how information and recommendations from the CAB are shared with Eastgate staff. Ms. Daugherty encouraged citizens to share information with staff and also recommend resolutions for further action. Ms. Daugherty will also let the CAB know if any resolutions are questioned and/or vetoed by TAC. Citizens thanked staff for their due diligence.

10. Announcements None

11. Adjournment Prior to adjournment a motion was made by Mr. Hanely and seconded by Mr. Pirko. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7.20 PM.

 

 

May 2018 Notes

May 3, 2018

Members Present


RP Samulka, Chairman - Shawna Berry-Scott - Robert Faulkner, Sr. - John Getchey - Fred Hanley - Janet Hazlette - Gerald Hurayt - Peter Miliken - Jerome Parm - James Pirko - Don Rex

Guests


Tricia D'Avignon - Anna DeAscentis - David E. Brown - Amy Heimberger - Sarah Lowry - Dennis O'Hara - Tayana Pannell - Lakita Williams - Autumn Zaccone

Eastgate Staff

Sara Daugherty -Justin Mondok

  1. Call to Order Chairman Samulka called the meeting to order at 6:05 P.M.

     

  2. Approval of the Minutes Mr. Faulkner made a motion to approve the April 5th CAB meeting minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Parm. The motion passed unanimously.

     

  3. Public Input: Mahoning County Hazard Mitigation Plan Amy Heimberger of JH Consulting provided an overview of hazards and the planning process for the hazard mitigation plan. Mahoning County is seeking input in the form of surveys and interviews through July of 2018. CAB members discussed collapsing mines, earthquakes, damage to dams, and nearby infrastructure to consider, particularly in Trumbull County. The team will provide the CAB with a draft of the plan for review.

     

  4. Guest Speaker Sarah Lowry, Partnership Coordinator of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, provided an overview of the Healthy Community Partnership. HCP was born out of the understanding that Mahoning and Trumbull counties rank poorly on health rankings and that there are several issues including obesity, ashma, and hunger. HCP has three focus areas: Healthy Food Retail; Active Transportation; and Parks & Green Space. Ms. Lowry invited the CAB to join the action teams. CAB members discussed food access challenges, fixed route service and exercise, infant mortality, and opportunities for partnering with other organizations. The CAB encouraged HCP to work with elected officials on the three areas.

     

  5. Technical Advisory Committee Report Ms. Daugherty reported on the TAC meeting held at 10 AM that morning, providing updates on the FY 2019-2023 Transit Development Program and upcoming events at the agency.

     

  6. Ad Hoc Committees Report Ms. Daugherty provided a summary of the meetings occurring in May. Ms. Hazlette encouraged Eastgate to include T-CAP for in digital inclusion activities.

     

  7. General Policy Board Report Mr. Samulka reported on the presentations by ODOT District 4, ODOT Central, and FHWA at the GPB held on April 30th.

     

  8. Old Business Ms. Daugherty reported that although there were no resolutions this month, she would include summaries in the future.

     

  9. New Business A motion was made by Ms. Hazlette and seconded by Mr. Faulkner to add Ira Cross as a member of the CAB. The motion passed unanimously. The CAB discussed June’s meeting at TBEIC.

     

  10. General Policy Board Resolutions none

     

  11. Announcements The dedication of the Girard kayak launch will take place June 9th. On May 5th, Dare to Dream will be having a food giveaway at Rockford Village. Bike to Work day is May 18th. Eastgate will host a training on sunshine laws and Roberts Rule of Order on July 20th.

     

  12. Adjournment Prior to adjournment a motion was made by Mr. Hanely and seconded by Ms. Hazlette. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7.17 PM.

 


 

 

July 2018 Notes

July 5, 2018

Members Present


RP Samulka, Chairman - Fred Hanley - Janet Hazlette - Gerald Hurayt - Kevin Kern - Peter Miliken - Jerome Parm - James Pirko - Don Rex

Guests

 
Rosemary Chomos - Nick Coggins - Jim Converse - Taron Cunningham*** - Rona Curtis*** - Damian DeGenna*** - Deb Flora** - Brian Hughes*** - Paul Homick*** - Mike Hripko*** - Lauren Johnson*** - Nektarios Kasamias*** - Phil Kidd - Emil Lisznivsky*** - Sarah Lowry*** - Mike McGiffin - Cosetta McMillan - Dora L. McMillan - Matt Pagac*** - Tayana Pannell - Chuck Shasho*** - John B. Slanina*** - Ryan Smalley*** - Abbie Twyford Wilson*** - Marianne Vaughn*** - Alan Wenger*** - Tim Yova
***Public Meeting

Eastgate Staff

Sara Daugherty - Joann Esenwein - Jim Kinnick - Genna Petrolla - Mirta Reyes Champman (as citizen) - Grant Taylor

1. Call to Order Chairman Samulka called the meeting to order at 6:03 P.M.

2. Approval of the Minutes Mr. Hanley made the motion to approve the May 3rd CAB meeting minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Parm. The motion passed unanimously.

3. Presentation: Revitalizing the Mahoning River Joann Esenwein, Director of Planning at Eastgate provided an overview of the challenges and opportunities for cleaning up and revitalizing the Mahoning River. Ms. Esenwein went into detail on each of the nine dams that should be addressed to improve water quality. Lowellville and Struthers are scheduled to be removed soon. Youngstown will apply for funding next, followed by Leavittsburg. CAB members discussed ownership of the dams, an underwater dam in Leavittsburg, and boating safety.

4. Technical Advisory Committee Report Ms. Daugherty reported that TAC wouldn’t meet until July 12th, therefore she provided notes from the June 7th TAC on the Appalachian Regional Commission, Lower Meander Creek Watershed Plan, Census, Regional Freight Study, and Surface Transportation Block Grant application.

5. Ad Hoc Committees Report Ms. Daugherty provided a summary of the meetings occurring in July and August that include the Digital Inclusion Working Group, Regional Economic Development Committee, and Grow Mahoning Valley. CAB briefly discussed the announcement on GM and the future viability of the Lordstown plant.

6. General Policy Board Report The GPB will be held on Monday, July 30th. Sean O’Brien is the tentative speaker.

7. Old Business Ms. Daugherty reminded guests to apply to become members of the CAB.

8. New Business Ms. Daugherty provided a summary of upcoming events, including the 2018 Candidates Forum, Green Infrastructure Working Group, Identifying and Enhancing Transportation Safety Workshop, Roberts Rules of Order & Public Records Training Workshop, Alliance for Watershed Action and Resource Education meeting, Summer Manufacturing Institute showcase, Mahoning Safe Communities, Health and Equity in Transportation Workshop, and Ohio Environmental Education Fund Grant Writing Workshop.

9. General Policy Board Resolutions

GPB RESOLUTION #017-2018
Resolution amending the FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program of the Eastgate Regional
Council of Governments to include compliance for transportation performance safety management
targets.
A motion was made by Mr. Pirko and seconded by Mr. Hanley. The motion passed unanimously.

GPB RESOLUTION #018-2018
Resolution adopting procedures for approving transportation improvement program amendments through administrative modifications. A motion was made by Mr. Pirko and seconded by Mr. Hurayt. The motion passed unanimously. After the motion, there was discussion on what qualifies as an administrative modification and the decision process. Ms. Daugherty will speak to staff for further clarification.

GPB Resolution #019-2018
Resolution recommended to the State of Ohio Governor’s Office of Appalachia and the Ohio
Department of Development Services to support funding of the Eastgate Regional Council of
Governments Local Development District for the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center
(MCCTC) project utilizing additional FY2018 federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission
(ARC).
A motion was made by Mr. Pirko and seconded by Mr. Parm. The motion passed unanimously. Further
information on the expanded training was requested. Ms. Daugherty will speak to staff for further
information.

GPB Resolution #23-2018

Resolution amending the FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments to add additional funding and adjust construction year on three projects. A motion was made by Mr. Pirko and seconded by Mr. Hanley. The motion passed unanimously. The CAB was also made aware of FY2019 Appalachian Regional Commission Pre-Application Project Allocation and Priority. A resolution will go before TAC and GPB.

10. Announcements Mr. Hanley informed the group of House Bill 415 to allocate one half surplus revenue to local road improvements. CAB discussed how it would be wise for the funding to be allocated through the Ohio Public Works Commission. Mr. Pirko presented a motion to write a letter of support and resolution in favor of HB 415 that would allow surplus of revenues to be allocated for local road improvements. Mr. Miliken seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Ms. Daugherty will work with the Chair and Vice Chair on drafting the letter and resolution. On July 11th, CityScape and other partners such as the OSU Extension will be hosting a training on urban street trees from 3-5 pm at Fellows. After the training, locations for Downtown Youngstown will be identified.

11. Adjournment Prior to adjournment a motion was made by Mr. Pirko and seconded by Ms. Hazlette. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7.13 PM.


 

 


Mahoning River Corridor Initiative (MRCI)

December 2017 Notes

December 18, 2017

Present

Sarah Lown-WRPA - Randy Partika-WRPA - Lauren Johnson-Regional Chamber -
Trish Nuskievicz-Trumbull County Planning Commission -
Nic Coggins-Trumbull County Planning Commission - Don Rex-Friends of the Mahoning River -
Pete Morabito-Friends of the Mahoning River - Zachary Svette-Trumbull County Metro Parks -
Justin Mondok-Eastgate - Joann Esenwein-Eastgate - Grant Taylor-Eastgate

Election of Chair

The first order of business was to elect a Chair and Vice Chair for the MRCI.  Mr. Svette was nominated as Chair and Ms. Lown Vice Chair, there was no other nominations.  Mr. Coggins made a motion to approve Mr. Svette as Chair and Ms. Lown as Vice Chair, Mr. Partika seconded, vote taken and approved.  Mr. Svette took over the running of the meeting.

Mahoning River Mayors’ meeting update

Ms. Lown and Mr. Partika gave an update of the Mayors of the Mahoning River meeting:  The meeting was held on December 1, 2017 in Girard.  The guest speaker was Mr. John Honek from the Greater Ohio Policy Center.  Mr. Honek spoke about Greater Ohio Policy Center’s attempt to revitalize the brownfield’s funds.  They are proposing to do this with State liquor taxes. Currently they have no legislative support. 

Mr. Covellio from the Youngstown/Warren Chamber spoke about their drive in/fly initiative.  The agenda will be driven by sponsors of the event, they will pick three issues to discuss. 

Representative Holmes also spoke, he discussed the budget and the proposed tax collection bill.

Ms. Esenwein updated the Mayors about the Clean Ohio application changes. 

Mahoning River Restoration and Dam Removal update

Ms. Esenwein gave an update on the Mahoning river.  Struthers received WRRSP funding and Eastgate is setting up a meeting with appropriate people to assure everything keeps moving and gets done according to the WRRSP process and schedule. 

Clean Ohio

Mr. Svette gave an update on the revised clean Ohio application.  The revisions will make Urban area projects more competitive when scored.  The application and revised scoring are on the Eastgate web page. 

Brownfields

Ms. Johnson provide information on her successful brownfields grant application for $100,000.  The abandoned gas station is now under the management of the

Trumbull County Land Bank and is looking to be cleaned up in 6 months.

Members updates 

Mr. Svette informed the committee the OEPA is doing soil sampling in the Trumbull County Parks. This information will be used to help determine cleanup standards for brownfields and other sites.

Mr. Coggins informed the committee the Trumbull county Planning Commission offers a revolving loan to encourage companies to move to Trumbull County. 

Ms. Nuskievicz mentioned the Trumbull County Planning Commission started work on the Trumbull County, county wide comprehensive plan.

Ms. Lown announce the WRPA is holding a community economic development tools workshop on Jan. 25, 2018 at TEBIC.   She also mentioned the Mayors’ annual policy update will be mid. Feb. 2018, this is when representatives give policy agenda updates to the Mayors. 

Open Discussion 

Names where put in the members spots for the MRCI committee based on the structure in the by-laws.

The committee members are:

  1. Dominic Marchionda representing Youngstown State University  
  2. Sarah Lown representing the Western Reserve Port Authority
  3. Lauren Johnson representing Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber
  4. Julie Green representing Trumbull County Commissioners  
  5. Trish Nuskievicz representing Trumbull County Planning Commission with Nick Coggins as alternate
  6. Anna DeAsentis representing Mahoning County Commissioners
  7. Justin Mondok representing Eastgate Regional Council of Governments with Grant Taylor as alternate
  8. Standing Chair representing Mahoning River Mayor’s Association  

     

    At-Large positions:

  9. Zach Svette representing Trumbull County Parks,
  10. Randy Partika representing the Mahoning River Mayors Association,
  11. Pete Morabito representing the Friends of the Mahoning River with Don Rex as alternate 

Follow-up action items for next meeting

Ms. Nuskievicz inquired about completing the Mahoning River watershed plan.  Ms. Esenwein stated she will talk to Ms. Dyer and Mr. Mondok about it.

The WRPA will work with Eastgate staff on site mapping. 

Next meeting date and agenda items 

Staying with quarterly meetings, the next meeting will be March 19, 2018 – 10am at Eastgate.  We will start to schedule every other meeting at TEBIC after March.

Possible agenda items:  Inviting the OEPA to provide an update on the Mahoning River study.

Update on the City of Struthers and Lowellville River restoration and dam removal projects.

Meet with the Girard Dam owners at an informational meeting to the property owners about the river restoration and dam removal projects.

March 2018 Notes

March 26, 2018

Present

Zachary Svette – Trumbull County Metro Parks (Chair)
Sarah Lown – WRPA (Vice-Chair)
Randy Partika – WRPA
Lauren Johnson – Regional Chamber
Trish Nuskievicz - Trumbull County Planning Commission
Nic Coggins - Trumbull County Planning Commission
Don Rex - Friends of the Mahoning River
Justin Mondok – Eastgate
Joann Esenwein – Eastgate
Grant Taylor – Eastgate
Stephanie Dyer - Eastgate


Minutes from December 18, 2017

Reviewed, no comments or changes.


Mahoning River Mayors' meeting update

Ms. Lown passed out a schedule of the Mayor’s meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for May 11, 2018 at Melillo’s on Lowellville. All dates and locations are tentative. Ms. Esenwein is to prepare a” Dam Packet” for the Mayor’s for the May 11th meeting. This is information important to the Dam(s) in their municipality. Other topics will be CBDG funds and other funds.


Mahoning River

• Restoration and Dam Removal update – Mr. Mondok presented the “tour of the Mahoning River” on Eastgate’s webpage. Mr. Svette handed out Water Trail maps and Mahoning River Adventure flyers for PaddleThe River in Leavittsburg.
• Watershed Plan– Eastgate requested a portion of LTV Settlement funds to perform a Nonpoint Source Implementation Strategic (NPS-IS) Plans for the Lower Mahoning River, Eastgate is planning to hire an Intern to help completed the plan.


Site Maps

• Shirley Road Interchange – A meeting will be scheduled with the City of Youngstown, Struthers, Campbell, Village of Lowellville, Eastgate, the Chamber and the Port Authority do discuss the merits of reconfiguring this interchange. Some feel it is need to enhance truck access for Economic Development.
• Available Sites – Mr. Taylor is working with Mr. Partika in preparing one-page summaries of sites along the Mahoning River that shows were they are in the clean-up process, what utilities are available and what needs to be done to make them marketable. These will be used to: (1) show how the former clean Ohio brownfields funds were successful and (2) site selection.


Project List Clean-up

Ms. Esenwein requested everyone on the MRCI committee update their section of the list. Let
Ms. Esenwein know if you reviewed list and if you had comments or not. These projects will
eventually be placed in Eastgate’s “project portal” and we would like to have the most accurate
information.

Members updates

Mr. Rex informed the group the River Fest is scheduled for June 2, 2018 and the Girard Launch
site is opening June 9, 2018, there will be a picnic at the B&O.


Open Discussion

Ms. Nuskievica and Mr. Coggins announced almost all the opportunity zones that were
submitted have been selected. The selection followed the Mahoning River Development in
Ohio.


Follow-up action items for next meeting

Ms. Esenwein will schedule the Shirley Road Interchange meeting and prepare the Packets for
the Mahoning River Corridor Mayor’s meeting. Everyone needs to review and updated the
project list. Mr. Svette will invite the OEPA to provide an update on their soil sampling study and
soil remediation sites.


Next meeting date and agenda items

June 18, 2018 – 10:00 am @ TBIEC

June 2018 Notes

June 18, 2018

Present
 
Randy Partika – WRPA                                           
Lauren Johnson – Regional Chamber                     
Don Rex - Friends of the Mahoning River     
Joann Esenwein – Eastgate
Grant Taylor – Eastgate                               
Julie Green, Tru. Co. Comm’s
Anna DeAscentis, Mah. Co. Comm’s

Minutes from March 26, 2018

Reviewed, no comments or changes.


OEPA

Susan Netzly-Watkins, from the OEPA NE Region, provided an update on the soil sampling study and soil remediation sites.  Sue gave a background about the studies that started in 2008.  They provide a base standard for hazardous material clean up. 


Mahoning River Mayors’ meeting update

Mr. Partika said the meeting in Lowellville was well attended.  There was a tour of the dam area.  Mayor Waddell from Newton Falls asked why the Newton Fall’s dam isn’t part of the clean-up plan?  The Newton Falls dam lacked industrial use up stream, therefore was not part of the US Army Corp’s study.


Mahoning River

  • Restoration and Dam Removal update – Ms. Esenwein gave a brief update of what stage each dam is in.Lowellville’s environmental covenant is signed and recorded, they are preparing the Maintenance plan and Design Build contract for review.Struthers submitted their DRAFT environmental covenant for review.They are preparing the DRAFT Maintenance Plan and RFP for review.Youngstown is hiring a consultant to prepare a better estimate for the three dams in Youngstown.Ms. Esenwein provided the Mayor’s from Youngstown, Girard and Warren information on the dam ownership in their cities and example environmental covenants.
  • DC Fly-in– Ms. Esenwein informed the group Eastgate was participating the Chamber’s DC Fly-in event June 26th and 27th.She handed-out The Mahoning River of Opportunity flyers, these were prepared to advocate for the cleaning of the Mahoning River.

Site Maps

  • Available Sites – Mr. Taylor is working with Mr. Partika in preparing one-page summaries of sites along the Mahoning River. Mr. Taylor presented the on-line map showing all sites along the River.There was discussion about providing a link to the Chamber’s web-page for additional information. These can be used as an inventory tool.

 

Members updates 

Ms. Johnson talked about the Brownfields workshop she attended and the inventory tool by Kansas State. 


Open Discussion

NA


Follow-up action items for next meeting

NA


Next meeting date and agenda items
 

September 17, 2018 – 10:00 am @ Eastgate

September 2018 Notes

September 17, 2018

Present

Randy Partika – WRPA                                              Julie Green, Tru. Co. Comm’s

Lauren Johnson – Regional Chamber                       Anna DeAscentis, Mah. Co. Comm’s

Nicholas Coggins – TC Planning Commission         Zachary Svette – TC Metroparks      

Joann Esenwein – Eastgate                                      Sarah Lown - WRPA

Jeff Gollner – Eastgate                                 

Minutes from June 18, 2018

Reviewed, no comments or changes.
Moved to accept – Randy Partika
Seconded – Lauren Johnson
Approved

Mahoning River Mayors’ meeting update

Mr. Partika spoke about the Mayor’s meeting held in Newton Falls August 10, 2018.  Mayor Waddell talked about annexation and Kristopher Wahlers from Ice Miller Legal Council talked about Opportunity Zones and JEDDs.
The next meeting is scheduled for November 30, 2018 – Location TBD – will be downtown Youngstown.
Mr. Svette mentioned Mayor Waddell is interested in removing a dam in Newton Falls, 

Mahoning River

  • Restoration and Dam Removal update – Ms. Esenwein provided the update -The Village of Lowellville has a signed contract with their D/B team, all documents have been approved and they should be restoring the river and removing the dam Summer/Fall 2019.The City of Struthers is on schedule with all their documents and the RFP to select a D/B team should be posted in November.The City of Youngstown is entering in contract with a consultant to provide an estimate for the work that needs to be done to clean the river in Youngstown – they are looking to apply for WRRSP funds in July, have LTV funds already.Ms. Esenwein has begun contacting the Mayors individually to discuss Environmental Covenants.

     

  • RFPs– Ms. Esenwein mentioned Mr. Gollner posted the two RFPs on Eastgate’s webpage and they are also posted on ODOT’s webpage as of September 10, 2018.These are for the Watershed Plan for two HUCs in the Lower Mahoning River and a Mahoning River Corridor Plan.

Site Maps – Mr. Gollner will be preparing the site maps for parcels along the Mahoning River.   He is using information on the WRPA and the Chamber’s webpages.  Eastgate also has title search information and the corridor study should provide more information.

Members updates

Ms. Johnson handed out copies of the May Wall Street Journal add about the DC Fly-in, the Chamber puts an add in every month to highlight what is available in the region.

Ms. Lown suggested a tab labeled – active project – be added to the project list, and parcel numbers added where applicable.
Ms. Lown announce CASTLO is working with a graduate student from Kent State University to study downtown Struthers to look at how the Mahoning River can be used for downtown revitalization.
Mr. Svette said the River Adventures is very successful, especially with groups.
Mr. Coggins said there is a browns field webinar he will send everyone a link to.
Ms. Johnson said the Chamber is preparing investment ready packets for Opportunity Funds in the Opportunity Zones – they are also looking to channel the funds to appropriate projects.

Open Discussion
Both Governor candidates mentioned changes to Clean Ohio.
There was discussion concerning the project lists and how the list needs to be updated.  Once this committee make updates the WRPA will contact the Mayors to get their updates.  An active project TAB will be added.
Mr. Coggins explained the echo system proposed process to clean the Mahoning River.  Eastgate is going to set up a call with echo systems and the communities along the River and any consultant interested in learning more about this technology.
Ms. Esenwein discussed using donated land as match for adjacent property through OPWC clean Ohio.   Ms. DeAscentis mentioned using adjacent growth as a potential match source also.

Follow-up action items for next meeting

Ms. Esenwein will send the link to the project list and everyone will update what they can.
Mr. Coggins will send out the browns field webinar link to the group.

Next meeting date and agenda items 

December 10, 2018 – 10:00 am @ Eastgate


Regional Economic Development Committee (REDC)

November 2017 Notes

November 17, 2017

EAG Combined Meeting

In Attendance

Dominic Marchiond, YSU REDI - Carmella Williams, YBI/MBAC/WE program - Dionne Dowdy, United Returning Citizens  
Julie Green, Trumbull County Commissioners - Mike Keys, City of Warren - Jacob Duritsky, Team NEO - Holly Harris-Bane, NOCHE  
Dave Smith, KSU Trumbull - Nathan Richey, Kent State University - Shari Harrell, Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley  
Wanda Thomas, Trumbull 100 - Art Daley, Eastern Gateway Community College - Sue Watson, MVMC  
Sarah Lown, WRPA/NEO Finance Authority Charlie Nelson, WRTA - Cindy Bresnehan, Business Resource Network/OMJ  
Bill Mason, Gateway Group - Mary Ann Kochalko, MCTA - Burt Cene, Workforce Development Board, Mahoning/Columbiana  
Sarah Boyarko, Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber - Nick Chretian, YSU REDI - Jimmy Sutman, Purple Cat/Golden String  
T. Sharon Woodbury, City of Youngstown - Vickie Davanzo, City of Youngstown - Laura Tubo, First Energy  
Beth Trace, TCTC Aspire Coordinator

 

Eastgate Staff

Kathy Zook - Genna Petrolla - Jim Kinnick - Sara Wenger - Joann Esenwein


Meeting notes

Dominic Marchionda, YSU REDI/EAG: Introduction- EAG/REDC meeting monthly to quarterly format

 

Genna Petrolla, Eastgate: REDC minutes review/approval May 19/July 21 (combined)

  • Motion: Burt Cene
  • Second: Sarah Boyarko

 

Sara Wenger, Eastgate:  Eastgate Overview

  • Council of Governments
  • Clearinghouse for Federal Funding
  • Local presence on state and federal issues
  • Work with local member governments on infrastructure projects
  • Forum for local partners to have a regional course for Feds regarding Economic development
  • Late 2016 ended 18-month planning process w/over 70 stakeholders:
  • CEDS process: Looked at statistics, conducted roundtables, SWOT analysis
  • INTERFACE is a regional document- Eastgate does not own- we print and monitor

     

    REVIEW SIX PILLARS of CEDS:

    1. WORKFORCE/ TRAINING & EDUCATION
    2. INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
    3. ACCESS TO CAPITAL
    4. INFRASTRUCTURE & SITE DEVELOPMENT
    5. INDUSTRY & BUSINESS CLIMATE
    6. QUALITY OF LIFE AND COMMUNITY VITALITY

     

    REDC group: structure + strategy + action

  • NO ONE OWNS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  • There are OVER 1200 economic development organizations in the region (that have “economic development” as part of their organizational activities
  • GOAL: have as many partners in the room who are committed to improving our communities
  • GOAL: Change group from being more internal to being more collaborative: everyone should own the strategy.
  • GOAL: Bridge both planning and action (with EAG) learning how to work together
  • GOAL: Open up planning process/get more people in room/ encourage more direct conversation about CEDS
  • Upcoming: 2017 PROGRESS REPORT and evaluation February 2018

 

Review of past REDC meeting topics

  • Demographic issues (threat- population/workforce)
  • Capitalizing on Infrastr for ED (downtown Ytown)
  • Business Climate/Shale boom and bust
  • How do you measure economic development?
  • Creative Placemaking as tool for quality of life
  • Workforce and education

 

Jacob Duritsky: Vice President, Strategy and Research, Team NEO

What is Team NEO?

Team NEO is an economic development organization focused on creating jobs for Northeast Ohio residents. In collaboration with our partners, it leads the region’s business attraction efforts, supports business retention and expansion work as Northeast Ohio’s JobsOhio affiliate (Regional Chamber), accelerates the impact of innovation in the region, and aligns strategies and resources within the economic development network to maximize its impact. In addition, Team NEO provides tools to assist employers in attracting talent to the region. (Jacob’s presentation attached)

 

Website: http://www.clevelandplus.com/teamneo/

 

The Importance of Talent

  • Talent is a critical component of company’s decision-making process
  • Talent is increasingly a differentiator in location decisions
  • Team NEO role as JobsOhio partner: TALENT MANAGER
    • HR engagement
    • Developed first ever NEO relocation guide (contact Team NEO for details)

 

Aligning Opportunities in Northeast Ohio

  • http://www.clevelandplus.com/teamneo/portal/industry-insights-materials/workforce-trends-reports/
  • The challenge for our workforce, employers and economy is that the job o opportunities don’t necessarily align with the knowledge and skill sets of our current talent pool. Jobs in growing, high-potential industries offering family-sustaining wages often sit vacant due to the limited number of qualified, credentialed candidates.
  • Economic development/ higher education/ business community share responsibility
  • Needs of employers and types of credentials being issued are in serious misalignment
  • By 2020 about 65% of jobs in Ohio will require some sort of post-secondary credential
  • 17,000 unique job postings for IT in region: credentials awarded in region = 6,000
  • Underproducing in 11 of 18 industry sectors ***
  • EVERYONE HAS A ROLE IN FIXING THIS
  • EXAMPLE: A company was looking for 3 welders w/10 years of experience, no training, to plug them in right away. Team NEO said that a competitive wage to get those qualified workers would be $24-26/hr. Company said they wouldn’t pay that, yet claim “They can’t find workers”/talent shortage

 

Key Takeaways

  • Our population is older/aging (55+)
  • Manufacturing is still 2nd largest employer, however we are not training enough to replace current older workforce (manufacturing talent pipeline)
  • Educational attainment here is significantly lower than US average (Bachelors/graduate degrees)
    • PGH/Columbus at 35-37% (we are less than 20% for BA attainment)

 

Holly Harris-Bane: President, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE)

What is NOCHE?

NOCHE will serve as the backbone organization to engage higher education, business, industry, community leaders and others in a strategic collective that improves educational outcomes for all northeast Ohio citizens, focuses on degrees that have value in the marketplace, and fuels innovation and regional socioeconomic growth. (Funded by the business community of Northeast Ohio. Formed in Cleveland in 1950s- 65 years old. Serves 23 counties in the Northern/Northeast Ohio Region).

 

Website: https://www.noche.org/

 

Material Sent to members of REDC (See attached)

HOLLY PPT (See attached)

 

Overview/ Need for Regional Mechanisms to Help with Alignment

  • Higher education + business is a symbiotic relationship
  • Our universities contribute to QUALITY OF LIFE
  • Talent supply is increasingly important
  • How it used to be: post-secondary institutions produced talent and companies hired talent and DONE!
  • Need for regional mechanisms to help with alignment
  • NOCHE is engaged with Knowledgeworks (http://www.knowledgeworks.org/)
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics: occupations have grown from 270 classified occupations to over 840 in 2010

 

Impact Assessment Overview (See attached)

  • Looked at23 counties/ 62 institutions of higher learning (168 in entire state)
  • 250k students per year enrolled
  • 42% in NEO are 40+ years of age
  • With the state of ohio attainment goal of 65% of adults needing some form of post-secondary credential, we are well suited in NEO since we are serving more adults than anywhere else in state
  • 42% of ohios African American students are attending NEO institutions
  • 35% of Hispanic/Latinx students attending college in NEO
  • 35-39 yrs 39% students attending college in NEO

 

Burden on Students: Affordability

  • Ohio ranks 45th out of 50 states in college affordability
  • Funding for higher education in Ohio continues to decrease
  • Ohio has drastically reduced need-based aid
  • Students now pay anywhere from 75-85% of tuition bill
  • Northeast Ohio has really pushed to engage with high schools- College Credit Plus dual enrollment option

 

Actions by NOCHE: Internship Network, etc.

  • NOCHE is looking at best practices in NEO that focus on partnerships between K-12 and business to get more students into the pipeline
  • NOCHE environmental scan for partnership models
  • Businesses that offer internships (especially paid internships) have much better success bringing students into their industry than businesses that do not
  • NOCHE working with SMES- how to turn your internship program into a sustainable employment pathway
  • Interns are more likely to graduate from college/afford college/ matching for internship wages/ 80% of companies that host internships: that is their talent supply
  • Tools and strategies to help students make college decisions based on job availability in NEO

 

Highlight: EASTERN GATEWAY/KENT STATE Models

                EGCC

  • Machining and Welding: reached out to local businesses/educational partners
  • Started in January 2017 7-8 students in machining/ 7-8 in welding
  • Math is difficult- Math Emporium that is open all day at EGCC
  • YSU and KSU are on campus daily to talk about credit transferability

 

KSU

  • Affordability- $6k/year before financial aid
  • Partnership examples: First Energy to train linemen to get journeyman’s certificate/2-year degree/ personal finance/ diversity training
  • Getting companies to invest in programs
  • Police academy at KSU: redesigning so that PA students finish with two year degree w/personal finance and diversity training
  • Rural Scholars Program: 7-12th grade/ rolling out to all regional campuses/ 700-1000 students that can benefit from program for mathematics
  • Rising Manufacturers Program: work with manufacturing companies to train/ out of 100 students in Salem program, 97 are math ready in 10th grade

 

Local Challenges: Internships

  • 1,000 students are looking for internships any given semester
  • NEO Talent exchange (no cost to student or businesses
  • Universities have robust career centers only visited by 10-25% of students
  • Ohio Means Jobs has a link on career center websites
  • Employers can get assistance to create a curriculum for the intern. NOCHE website www.NOCHE.org free online services on how to set up an internship program

 

Local Challenges: Internet Access

  • Sending students home with laptops doesn’t work
  • Students need access to facilities/ facilities need to hold longer hours
  • Public libraries, etc. for access
  • Limited capacity of institutions to lead broadband initiatives

 

Kathy Zook: Appalachian Regional Commission Program Manager, Eastgate

ARC Overview

  • ARC enacted by congress in 1965
  • 13 states from NY to Mississippi
  • Ohio has 32 counties in Appalachian Region: from Ashtabula to just before Cincinnati
  • Divided into 4 districts (Eastgate District is Ashtabula/Trumbull/Mahoning counties)
  • Each year, we receive a federal allocation of approximately $800,000
  • Only state of 13 that has state funding supplemented with federal (Governors

 

ARC Project Criteria

Projects within 5 goals:

1) Job creation/retention

2) Ready workforce (healthy/ educated/ skilled)

3) Infrastructure water/sewer/access roads/broadband

4) Improvements in natural and cultural assets (tourism, etc.)

5) Leadership development

 

MEETING SCHEDULE CHANGE

  • Moving meeting from 3rd Fridays to second Fridays
  • Dates on agenda are correct

 

Discussion/ Partner Updates

Mike Hripko, Youngstown State University

  • MVICC
  • TIGER grant submission: SM2A2R2T Corridor

 

Rick Stockburger, TBEIC

  • Founders Exchange, last Monday of every month
  • Lime Tree, downtown Warren, gathering of entrepreneurs/conversation

 

Jim Kinnick, Eastgate

  • One-page summary for TIGER
  • New Eastgate satellite office at TBEIC

 

Dominic Marchionda, REDI YSU/EAG

  • Clean Ohio Trail fund from ODNR $500,000 from downtown Youngstown to Mill Creek Metroparks

     

    Dionne Dowdy, United Returning Citizens/ Taft Promise Neighborhood

  • Job fair with Taft Promise Neighborhood
  • Demand for entry level jobs
  • Looking to match educational resources to neighborhood residents to prepare them for work

 

Adjourn

  • Motion: T. Sharon Woodberry
  • Second Sarah Boyarko

February 2018 Notes

February 16, 2018

Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center (TBEIC)

125 West Market Street, Warren OH 44481

10:00 am

 

In attendance:

Sara Wenger

Joann Esenwein

Mike Hripko

Lance Grahn

Mike Keys

Sarah Lown

Vickie Davanzo

Carmella Williams

Shari Harrell

Stephanie Shaw

Matt Falter

Corrie Adams

Mark Winchell

Jim Timonere

Nic Coggins

Bethia Burke

Catey Breck-Colon

 

1. Introduction & Welcome – John Pogue

2. Approval of November 17, 2017 minutes

Motion: Mike Hripko

Second: Mark Winchell

3. 2017 CEDS Update: Progress, Evaluation, Plans for the Future – Sara Wenger, Eastgate

Find the update HERE: https://www.slideshare.net/secret/7C5WuaupcTQeIo

  • Every year we are required to update our progress within CEDS
  • 125 action steps out of which only 4 have not been addressed

4. Presentation & Discussion: Growth & Opportunity Scorecard for Youngstown-Warren- Bethia Burke, Director of Strategy and Resource Allocation, Fund for Our Economic Future

Find Bethia’s presentation HERE: https://www.slideshare.net/secret/q5y19cPjQxnQV

5. Appalachian Regional Commission Update

6. 2018 REDC Board Membership and Nominations for Chair/Vice Chair

  • Confirm participation from members
  • Email to follow/elections to follow

7. Partner Updates

  • Eastgate Annual Meeting March 19
  • America Makes National Apprenticeship Forum March 6
  • Minority Business Assistance Center Satellite Office at TBEIC
  • MVEDC EDA RLF Application to EDA
  • National Launch of Akron/Warren ebay Retail Revival
  • Race Equity and Inclusion training
  • Sarah Lowry to direct Healthy Community Partnership
  • Kent State Trumbull Girls in STEM TC
  • Chronicle of Higher Education has labeled the lack of post-secondary credentials in the country as a public health crisis

8. Adjourn

Motion: March Winchell
Second:
Sarah Lown

 

You can listen to the recording of this meeting HERE: https://www.dropbox.com/s/frksns69xv0m6hd/Rec%20001-REDC_21618.aif.crdownload?dl=0

 

Questions/comments: Genna Petrolla gpetrolla@eastgatecog.org / 234-254-1517