*Since there is the possibility that a meeting could be canceled, relocated or rescheduled please call the KIPDA office at (502) 266-6084 to confirm a meeting prior to attending.
Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency will make every reasonable accommodation to assist qualified disabled persons in accessing available services or in attending agency activities. If there is a need for KIPDA to be aware of a specific accommodation, you are encouraged to contact this agency at least one week in advance of the meeting so that suitable arrangements can be considered for the delivery of the service or attendance requirement prior to the activity.
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Public Administration Division
KAMM Regional Training for Hazard Mitigation Planning
The Kentucky Association of Mitigation Managers (KAMM) is holding an all day regional training for Hazard Mitigation Planning. The event will be held on February 24, 2015 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at KIPDA. Registration for the event can be found here on the KAMM website.
Department of Local Government Budget Training
The Department of Local Government (DLG) will be presenting a County Officials Training on February 25, 2015 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm at KIPDA. All officials are invited, but newly elected officials are encouraged. The workshop will specifically deal with budgeting and services to help in the budgeting process. Registration can be found here on the DLG website.
Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Kick Off Meeting
The Regional Hazard Mitigation Committee will begin the update to the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan needs to be updated every 5 years and the process will start with the Kick Off Meeting. The meeting will be held on February 20, 2015 from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm at KIPDA.
Department for Local Government Funding Opportunities
The Department for Local Government currently has two grant opportunities that would benefit recreational facilities in the KIPDA counties.
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The RTP provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses. The deadline to submit an application is March 30, 2015. More information can be found at https://kydlgweb.ky.gov/FederalGrants/RTP.cfm.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides federal grant funds to protect important natural areas, acquire land for outdoor recreation and to develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities such as campgrounds, picnic areas, sports & playfields, swimming facilities, boating facilities, fishing facilities, trails, natural areas and passive parks. The deadline to submit an application is April 30, 2015. More information can be found at https://kydlgweb.ky.gov/FederalGrants/LWCF.cfm.
KIPDA Transportation Division Attends Foster Traditional Academy Career Day
KIPDA’s Transportation Division visits festivals and fairs and gathers public comments at meetings. On January 30th, they were participants in career day at Foster Traditional Academy! The students in grades K-5 had the valuable opportunity to be exposed to a variety professions, ranging from transportation planning, dentistry, firefighting and beautician, to name a few. Each professional spoke to students about their career, characteristics needed in the profession, average salary range, and the education and experience requirements. The professionals visited from four to eight classrooms for 15 minutes each. The classes were excited to hear about transportation planning and enjoyed sharing stories about their adventures in transportation! Each student received a transportation coloring book.
Foster Traditional Academy has 663 students. 85% of their students are considered at risk. Educators there strive to teach students the importance of setting goals for themselves in order to work toward a successful future. For some students, this might be one of the few opportunities they will have to talk with someone in these professions. After their presentations, the professionals listened to Principal Robert Gunn describe the student motto, which encourages them to rise to their highest expectations!
Public Comments Sought for TIP and MTP Amendments
The Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency is seeking public comment on amendments to the FY 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Plan and Horizon 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. These amendments will be available for public review from January 26 through February 9 at KIPDA, in all public libraries in Bullitt, Jefferson and Oldham counties in Kentucky and Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana, and at www.kipda.org/transportation/drafts.aspx.
Project changes have been proposed for these documents and we would like to get your feedback. The Horizon 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan remains financially reasonable and the TIP remains fiscally constrained with the proposed changes. In addition, the projects have been reviewed by the Interagency Consultation Group for the regional emissions analysis. An air quality conformity report and documentation of the analysis are included in this packet. We invite you to review the project information and submit comments to the following address by February 9, 2015.
TIP & Plan Amendments
11520 Commonwealth Drive
Louisville, KY 40299
The KIPDA Transportation Division has been increasing plans for bike and ped projects over the last few years. And with Bicycling 4 Louisville, or B4L, calling 2015 “The Year of the Bike” we are right on target! B4L held the 2015 kickoff January 29th from 6:00p.m.-9:30p.m. Members from KIPDA’s Transportation Division were there to hear from cycling enthusiasts. The event started with a mini mobile repair station hosted by Falls City Community BikeWorks and the Pedal Power Project. They showed cyclists how to work on their bikes. There were also informational books set up for Parkside Bikes, The Parklands, KyMBA, LIBA, Center for Neighborhoods, American Diabetes Association, MegaCaverns, On Your Left Cycles, Falls City Community BikeWorks, Gresham Smith & Partners, Bike Louisville, Louisville Bicycle Club and others.
Mayor Greg Fischer spoke and he asked the attendees if it seemed like there were more winter cyclists this year and how bike sales were doing. Both questions got positive feedback and loud applause. Mayor Fisher said they want to open up cycling to as many people as possible in as many ways as possible. He said they need to work on communicating with the public as they move forward and get feedback on future project. Read more here.
Kentuckians for Better Transportation Conference
Over 500 attendees gathered to discuss transportation issues that impact all Kentuckians at the 37th Annual Kentuckians for Better Transportation Conference in Lexington January 21-23. A variety of speakers provided updates on all modes of transportation, forecasts of transportation, and freight trends.
The event focused on the positives, and there were many positives to discuss! Kentucky is home to the largest infrastructure in the country: The Louisville/Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. One of commercial airports completed a major runway expansion, increasing the size of airplanes they can accommodate. One of Kentucky's river ports installed the largest flat top crane in America at their facility, providing them with a lifting capacity of 53 tons. Freight movement via rail showed regular gains in 2014. Not only did the Commonwealth move significant amounts of freight on our interconnected transportation network, our public transit system moved people more miles in 2014 than before, taking Kentucky citizens to work, school, grocery stores, and to medical visits! Read more here.
Social Services Division
National Wear Red Day is February 6th, 2015
Kentucky Heart disease is not just a man's disease. Each year, 1 in 3 women dies of heart disease and stroke. Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and stroke. We can change that because 80% of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women is about much more than wearing red on National Wear Red Day. It is about making a change. One way to make a change is to Get and Know your numbers! A helpful guide can be found here.
Kynect Open Enrollment Ending February 15th!
The deadline for enrolling or re-enrolling for health care coverage is fast approaching. February 15, 2015: 2015 Open Enrollment ends. Enroll by this date and coverage can begin as soon as March 1. After this date, you can enroll in or change plans for 2015 only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period and will likely face a federal penalty for a second year.
Once the Feb. 15 deadline passes, most people will not be able to sign up for coverage until the next enrollment period begins for 2016. But those who undergo “a change-of-life circumstance” such as losing employer-provided insurance or those that qualify for expanded Medicaid will have a chance to enroll.
Those previously enrolled under the Affordable Health Care Act should have gotten letters from kynect advising them to take another look at their plan and their income for 2015. Plan changes and tax credit adjustments make all accounts worth reviewing to determine if it meets the clients’ needs and budget for 2015.
There will be dozens of application, outreach and enrollment events throughout our region over the next three weeks, to allow everyone in the community the opportunity to meet with a kynector face-to-face for answers, information and problem solving in regards to their health insurance. Locate a KIPDA kynector at an event listed at our online calendar http://www.kipda.org/Aging_Social_Services/Calendar.aspx.
Health and Human Services Secretary, Sylvia Burwell, said at a press conference on Friday that she would like to think people are signing up because they want “the peace of mind” that comes with owning health insurance. But she noted that there is also a financial penalty for those who don’t sign up: $325 or 2 percent of taxable household income, whichever is higher.
With tax season beginning, there have been concerns about the impact the Affordable Care Act will have on those filing taxes. For taxpayers who have private or employer-provided insurance, all that will be required in preparing a return is to check a box signifying they have coverage. Those who received coverage under the Affordable Care Act and used subsidies to help pay for the insurance will receive a 1095A form, similar to a W2 form, and will need to report the amount of the subsidy in preparing their tax returns. For questions regarding a 1095A or completing your tax returns, we encourage you to seek out a tax professional or contact the IRS at 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676).
Besides visiting the web site, http://www.kynect.ky.gov/ , people can find a local or find an event using the mobile phone application downloaded at your app store. You can also receive assistance in signing up for health care by calling 1 855-4kynect or contact a KIPDA kynector at 1-502-266-5571.
Consumer Protection Week
The National Consumer Protection (NCPW) week is March 1-7, 2015 and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) encourages individuals as well as businesses to be aware of scams and ways to avoid them. There are different things people can do to raise awareness about scams and promote understanding of consumer rights, such as host an event to talk about consumer protection issues.
Scam artists use technology to trick people into giving out personal information or sending money and there are certain things we all can do – or not to avoid being victimized:
What to do:
Read your monthly statements
Know that wiring money is like sending cash
Remember there is no sure thing in investing
After a disaster, give only to established charities
What not to do:
Don’t send money to someone you don’t know
Don’t agree to deposit a check and wire money back
Don’t reply to messages asking for personal or financial information
Don’t play a foreign lottery
Remember: If you think you may have been scammed, file a complaint with the FTC and report scams to your state Attorney General.
Source: Federal Trade Commission
Ah, poor February, the shortest month of the year and the only month that is extended by one day every four years and that still leaves it a day short of all its eleven bretheren. In spite of its brevity, it does host some important dates on the 2nd there is Ground Hog Day, a traditional ritual when the Ground Hog leaves its wintery abode and if it sees its shadow it darts back to the den for another six weeks of wintry weather, if no shadow is seen we shall have an early spring with warmer weather. Then there is the 14th, its set aside as a day to say “I love You.”
Flowers, candy, cards, and a variety of jewelry items are exchanged with expressions of love and caring. It’s on a Saturday this year, perhaps making it even more special.
One of the biggest problems with the month is that no one can pronounce or spell it correctly…how many times it has been called FEB-RARY or FEB-YOU-ARY. There is an “R” and a “U” in the middle FEBRUARY. We are going to focus on the R and the U briefly. For example R-U aware that the 15th of the month is the final day of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. The number of days is dwindling and if you have not, as yet, made an application for you and your family you may face some unpleasant financial penalties. There are many ways to find out and enroll.
On your home computer or use one at the Library and log into Kynect.gov.
That is an excellent starting point for self-help. For personalized assistance.
Contact KIPDA at 502-266-6084 or
Lincoln Trail Area Development District at 270-769-0059
These agencies will put you in touch with a personal representative to assist you in completing an application.
Don’t let this short month stop you from signing up for Health Insurance.