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KIPDA Newsletter February 2017

11520 Commonwealth Drive
Louisville, KY 40299
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MONTHLY MEETING NOTICE
 
Meeting Date Time Location
       
KIPDA Municipal Clerks Association Wednesday, Feb 1 11:30 a.m. KIPDA Burke Room
County Budget Workshop Tuesday, Feb 7 9:00 a.m. KIPDA Burke Room
Area Agency on Aging Advisory
Council 
Wednesday, Feb 8 10:00 a.m.  
KIPDA Burke Room
 
Transportation Technical
Coordinating Committee
Wednesday, Feb 8 1:00 p.m.  
KIPDA Burke Room
 
Mental Health & Aging Coalition Thursday, Feb 9 10:00 a.m. KIPDA Burke Room
Title VI  FHWA Workshop Thursday, Feb 16 8:00 a.m. KIPDA Burke Room
Transportation Policy Committee Thursday, Feb 23 12:30 p.m. KIPDA Burke Room
KIPDA Board of Directors’ Meeting Thursday, Feb 23 2:00 p.m. KIPDA Burke Room
Healthy Reentry Coalition Tuesday, Feb 28 10:00 a.m. KIPDA Burke Room

           
*** Email jarrett.haley@ky.gov if you have any questions. ***
 
*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.
 
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Public Administration Division

2017 County Budget Workshop
The Department for Local Government is holding its annual County Budget Workshop and is being hosted by KIPDA

The workshop will help county officials with any Budget concerns and review the necessary and legal steps into completing your county's budget.

Where:  KIPDA
When: February 7, 2017 9am- 12 pm


Space is limited, so please RSVP to eric.dennison@ky.gov to secure your spot. You may also call 502-266-6084, and ask to speak to Eric Dennison, Public Administration Specialist, regarding any reservations or questions.
2017 SPGE Workshop
The Department for Local Governmnet (DLG) will behosting a financial disclosure reporting workshop for portal reporting of Special Purpose Governmental Entities (SPGEs).

The workshop will be held:

Where: KIPDA
When: Thursday April 6, 2017  2pm -4pm


Spacing is limited, so please contact Eric Dennison, Public Administration Specialist at eric.dennison@ky.gov or 502-266-6084 to reserve your space today!
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) applications are now available to download. The RTP deadline is March 31, 2017 and LWCF deadline is April 28, 2017. 

For questions please contact Felicia Harper at 
Felicia.harper@ky.gov or call 502-266-6084.
KOHS Grant Opening
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has announced an early opening for their annual Homelnad Security Grant.

This grant helps cities and counties pay for Communications, Critical Infastructure Equipment, and First Responder Equipment. The grant is a competitive reimbusement grant with no match requirements.

Please see link for more details or contact Eric Dennison at eric.dennison@ky.gov or 502-266-6084 for more any questions.

All applications MUST be postmarked by February 17, 2017

http://homelandsecurity.ky.gov/Pages/Grants.aspx

Social Services Division

National Organ Donor Day February 14th

National Donor Day focuses on 5 different types of donations:  Organs – Tissues – Marrow – Platelets – Blood.  Many nonprofit health organizations sponsor blood and marrow drives and organ/tissue sign-ups across the nation.  Approximately every two seconds, there is someone in the U.S. who needs blood, which translates to the need for over 41,000 daily donations.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Look into becoming a donor.  Visit donatelifenw.org and organdonor.gov for more information on organ donation.

HISTORY

National Donor Day was started in 1998 by the Saturn Corporation and its United Auto Workers partners, with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and many nonprofit health organizations.

World Cancer Day February 4th

February 4th, 2017 is World Cancer Day. The day is part of a three year campaign to reach and impact those affected by cancer. The goal of the movement is to raise awareness about the disease, and to also encourage individuals to take action in their own lives and in their communities. According to the movement’s website,

“Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.”

There are several big and small ways to get involved on World Cancer Day, including adopting healthier lifestyle habits as well as posting on social media. For more information about World Cancer Day, visit http://www.worldcancerday.org/.

Why Go Red?
Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.  New have the power to change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be preventable with education and action.

On February 3, help us turn Kentucky and America RED and SAVE WOMEN’S LIVES from heart disease and stroke by wearing something red … a red dress, tie, jacket, scarf, hat, blouse or shirt.  Educate yourself and those around you about women’s heart disease risks and symptoms.  They are not always the same as risks and symptoms for men. For more information on women and heart disease, visit the following Web sites—
 February is American Hearth Month
American Heart Month statistics:
In the United States…
  • Fewer Americans have been dying of heart disease and stroke since the 1980s thanks to progress in medical therapies for patients with a history of heart disease and stroke and from lifestyle changes that are curbing the risk.
  • In every year since 1900 except 1918, CVD accounted for more deaths than any other major cause of death in the United States. Stroke still ranks fifth.
  • An estimated 85.6 million people in the U.S. are living with cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and chest pain.
  • Among U.S. adults, 32.6 percent—about 80 million—have high blood pressure.
  • Despite an overall 28.8 percent drop in cardiovascular disease death rates from 2003 to 2013, the high blood pressure death rate increased 8.2 percent over that same time.
  • Heart Disease & Stroke Statistics Update

Transportation Division

39th Annual Kentuckians for Better
Transportation Conference

More than 530 people attended the 39th Annual Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT) Conference in Lexington. 30 speakers, 73 sponsors and 52 exhibitors were there to answer questions and provide information on the future of transportation in the Commonwealth. Legislators discussed the challenges to projects moving forward and the struggles they are facing with limited funding. KIPDA Transportation Division staff were there to listen to presentations and talk with other transportation officials.

Kentucky's transportation network - the backbone of economic development, workforce development, education, and employment - has hundreds of millions of dollars in unfunded needs that will not be met if some action is not taken.

However, from great challenges come even greater opportunities. According to KBT, “there is an opportunity to reform how we've funded Kentucky's transportation infrastructure in the past and move to a 21st Century mechanism that will ensure we can maintain the infrastructure we have and need today and have the revenues to build what we need in the future. There is an opportunity to truly fund our transit network so it can continue to provide access to work and to school for those who do not or cannot access private transportation. There is an opportunity to reform our current funding mechanisms and secure dedicated revenues to improve our rail lines, update our riverports, and help our airports improve the services they provide. There is an opportunity to reform our road funding mechanisms so we can patch the potholes of today and build the infrastructure of tomorrow. Our state's transportation funding challenges are an opportunity to take bold steps to address an issue that will only worsen over time.”

Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) was held from January 8th – 12, 2017 in Washington D.C., and was attended by thousands of transportation professionals from around the country, and from around the world. This included representatives from USDOT agencies, State DOT’s, MPO’s, contractors, vendors, and from academia.

TRB is one of six major divisions of the National Research Council, which serves as an independent adviser to the federal government and others on scientific and technical questions of national importance, and which is jointly administered by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. There were over 800 sessions and workshops hosted at the conference that covered all aspects and all modes of transportation. KIPDA staff attended sessions on a wide variety of topics, but primarily focused on sessions related to transportation performance measures, transportation project prioritization, transportation safety, transportation data collection and analysis, as well as other topics that are related to metropolitan transportation planning.

The Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) was held from January 8th – 12, 2017 in Washington D.C., and was attended by thousands of transportation professionals from around the country, and from around the world. This included representatives from USDOT agencies, State DOT’s, MPO’s, contractors, vendors, and from academia.
 

TRB is one of six major divisions of the National Research Council, which serves as an independent adviser to the federal government and others on scientific and technical questions of national importance, and which is jointly administered by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. There were over 800 sessions and workshops hosted at the conference that covered all aspects and all modes of transportation. KIPDA staff attended sessions on a wide variety of topics, but primarily focused on sessions related to transportation performance measures, transportation project prioritization, transportation safety, transportation data collection and analysis, as well as other topics that are related to metropolitan transportation planning.

Lewis and Clark Bridge Opens
The East End Crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project opened to traffic Sunday, December 18, following an earlier opening ceremony, marking completion of the $2.3 billion Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project.

Indiana Lt. Governor and Governor-elect Eric Holcomb announced the newly named Lewis and Clark Bridge by executive order of Vice President-elect Governor Mike Pence at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Indiana approach of the new bridge. After a frigidly cold but jubilant ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the entire 8 ½ mile East End Crossing, 500 eager but patient motorists lined up to participate in a public caravan and be among the first to cross the bridge and drive through the tunnel. Project officials followed state leaders in Transit Authority of River City buses.

The long-anticipated new roadway connects the eastern edge of suburban Louisville and an area just east of Jeffersonville, Ind. with its centerpiece 2,500-foot cable-stay bridge reaching across the Ohio River.
Holcomb said Indiana’s innovative public-private partnership helped take the East End Crossing from wish to reality.

“After decades of discussion and stalled progress, many people thought we’d never see this moment,” Holcomb said. “Now, communities on both sides of the Ohio River will reap the benefit of improved, safe interstate access.”
KYTC Project Manager Andy Barber, onbehal of Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin who was not in attendance, applauded the accomplishment and the joint effort needed to make it happen.

“This crowning achievement, forty years in the making, just goes to show what we can accomplish when we work together towards a common goal,” Bevin said. “Without our partners, including the state of Indiana, Walsh Construction, WVB East End Partners and an outstanding labor force, among others, the completion of this project would not have been possible. We are grateful for all who came together as an enthusiastic community to improve economic opportunity and improve mobility for everyone travelling through this region.

Matt Walsh, chairman of the Walsh Group, credited the strength of cooperation between the state of Indiana and the construction group.

“The success of this project is the result of a shared vision from state officials, community members, and the hundreds of men and women who have worked so safely and tirelessly over the past three years,” Walsh said. “This project serves as a model for what can be accomplished in the rebuilding of America’s infrastructure.”
More than 3.3 million man-hours on this project were elapsed by Walsh Vinci Construction over the project’s three year construction.
“Southern Indiana and the Louisville area has needed this new bridge for years,” said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator David Kim. “By reducing congestion, the East End Crossing and its massive partner downtown will improve traffic safety, reduce traffic congestion and dramatically increase the region’s role in the nation’s freight economy.”

The 500 vehicles making up the public caravan followed state and community leaders and the KILROY chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association. These participants signed up to be part of the first to drive the new road. These spots were filled in less than three minutes. Drivers arrived at a closed-off section of the newly completed Indiana 265 to be escorted by police southbound on Indiana 265 toward the Lewis and Clark Bridge.
Participants in the police-escorted caravan received antique silver commemorative medallions with an etching of the new Lewis and Clark Bridge. The medallions act as the second in a “matching set” created for the Ohio River Bridges project. The first of the commemorative set was created for the December 2015 opening of the Lincoln Bridge, a six-lane bridge carrying I-65 northbound traffic across the river from downtown Louisville to Jeffersonville.
The opening of the East End Crossing is a major milestone for the project but work will continue through spring. Punch list items, such as grading and landscaping remain until final acceptance by the Indiana Finance Authority and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Short-term lane closures may be possible as crews put the finishing touches on the East End Crossing.

RiverLink Tolling
Tolling began on the I-65 Lincoln Bridge, Kennedy Bridge and the Lewis and Clark Bridge on December 30. Less than one month after the start of tolling on three Ohio River bridges connecting Louisville and Southern Indiana, RiverLink has hit a major milestone. More than 200,000 RiverLink transponders have been requested to date.
Drivers have requested nearly 164,000 RiverLink local transponders and nearly 37,000 RiverLink E-ZPass transponders.

Because of extremely high demand, RiverLink local transponders were out of stock for a short period of time. RiverLink local transponders are back in stock at customer service centers in Louisville and Jeffersonville, and orders are being fulfilled for drivers who opened RiverLink accounts online or by phone in late December and January.

Drivers who requested RiverLink local transponders should expect to receive them by mid-February. It’s important for drivers to properly mount their transponders as soon as they arrive. A transponder is placed on the inside of the windshield, as high and as central as possible. It may be placed on the driver side or passenger side of the rearview mirror.

Drivers with prepaid RiverLink accounts are paying the lowest rates while waiting for transponders to arrive. RiverLink E-ZPass transponders have remained in stock.

More than 93,000 RiverLink accounts have been opened to date. Drivers with prepaid accounts and transponders pay the lowest rates.

Outstanding Tolls Reduced for New Account Holders
The first RiverLink invoices are being processed. Vehicle owners who receive invoices can contact RiverLink customer service by phone or in person, open a prepaid RiverLink account and receive lower toll rates. Vehicle owners can request that current, outstanding tolls be reduced to the transponder rate. Trips taken before opening a prepaid RiverLink account will not qualify for the frequent-user discount.

It costs $2 to cross a tolled bridge in a passenger vehicle with a RiverLink prepaid account and transponder, and $4 to cross a tolled bridge without an account and transponder.
Vehicle owners must complete three steps:
1.         Call 855-RIV-LINK or visit a RiverLink customer service center
2.         Pay the current invoice (outstanding tolls will be reduced to transponder rates)
3.         Open a prepaid RiverLink account

Vehicle owners are not able to open a RiverLink account online if there are outstanding tolls associated with the license plate.

Customer service centers are located at 400 E. Main St. in Louisville and 103 Quartermaster Ct. in Jeffersonville. The centers are open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday. They are also open 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday.

Waiting for Transactions to Post
Drivers should allow several days for their trips over tolled bridges and transactions to post. Drivers with RiverLink transponders mounted in their vehicles will typically see toll activity post to their accounts within 24-48 hours. If the transaction is being reviewed, it may take several days to post.

It will take several days for drivers waiting for transponders to arrive to see their trips post on their account. License plates are scanned and matched to prepaid accounts.

Frequent-User Discount
The frequent-user discount is per transponder, not per account. The credit is automatic after 40 trips are posted on any of the three tolled bridges in a calendar month. The frequent-user discount is only for qualifying drivers in passenger vehicles with RiverLink transponders and a prepaid RiverLink account in good standing.

The frequent-user discount is automatic, but 40 trips must post before the discount is received. It can take several days for transactions to post. The frequent-user credit will post after the 40th trip is processed and recorded for the month of January, even if the trip doesn’t post until February.

Drivers can monitor account activity by logging into their account at www.RiverLink.com. After allowing ample time for transactions to post, an email is the easiest way to ask questions about account activity. Drivers can direct their questions to riverlink.inquiry@riverlink.com. Drivers should include their license plate number, account number and transponder number.

Replenishing Accounts
With tolling underway, it’s important for drivers to monitor their account balance.  If drivers reach a zero or negative balance, they will pay higher toll rates and crossings won’t count toward the frequent-user discount.
Drivers can link a credit card, debit card or checking account to their prepaid RiverLink account, to automatically replenish their account when reaching a low balance. The minimum replenishment amount is $20. Drivers with auto-replenishment need to have an updated, valid payment option associated with their account.
Drivers can also choose to receive a low-balance alert. When their RiverLink account reaches a low balance, drivers will receive an e-mail alert, and will then need to add more money to their prepaid account. Additional funds can be added online, by phone or in person at a customer service center.

Callback Feature Available
High demand has led to lengthy hold times for drivers calling RiverLink (855-RIV-LINK). Additional customer service representatives are now in place, and a callback feature is available. Drivers have the option of leaving a preferred callback number, and a customer service representative will return the call.
The callback feature is offered through 3 p.m. each day, to help ensure a timely response.
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