*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
Cleaner Commonwealth Fund Grants
The Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program is announcing the availability of cleanup grants through the Cleaner Commonwealth Fund (CCF). The CCF is a grant-and-loan fund established with an $850,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Grant.
The program is releasing $182,000 to provide money for hazardous waste and petroleum contamination cleanup projects in Kentucky. In this round of grants, eligible entities, including local governments, nonprofits and quasi-governmental agencies, can apply for up to $50,000 for an eligible project. For a site to be eligible, the applicant must have performed All Appropriate Inquiries (Phase I Assessment) within the six-month period prior to the purchase of the property and metbona fide prospective purchaser guidelines. There are exceptions for some cases of involuntary acquisition. A Phase II Assessment must also be complete at the time of application. More eligibility guidelines can be found in the request-for-proposals document and our frequently asked questions.
Proposals must be postmarked by March 31, 2015. Application documents and supporting materials can be found on the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program website at dca.ky.gov/brownfields/Pages/Cleanercommonwealthfund.aspx. Funding announcements will be made in April, and projects will start July 2015. In the near future, the CCF will also make low-interest loans available for cleanup projects. The loan program, which is open to public, private and nonprofit entities, will be launched in the summer of 2015.
Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Kick Off Meeting
The Regional Hazard Mitigation Committee Meeting had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather. The meeting 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 March 20, 2015 from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm at KIPDA.
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.
EDA releases solicitation announcing funding for Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) released its solicitation announcing funding for the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs provide grant funds to help distressed communities access resources to advance key infrastructure and related projects that will lead to long-term job creation and private investment. EDA awards are competitively made. Competitive applications under this FFO will have a clear and eligible scope of work, committed Matching Share funds (generally 50% or 1:1 Matching funds are required), commitment letters certifying job creation estimates from private sector firms, and a clear link between the proposed project and the region’s CEDS and broad development goals. Upcoming grant deadlines for submission of an application are March 12, 2015 and June 12, 2015.
The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The FY 2014 The Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) application period is tentatively scheduled to begin on March 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM EST and end on April 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM EST. Click here for more info.
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments' abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720). For details visithttp://www.nfpa.org/freeaccess. The FY 2014 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) application period is application period is now open through March 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM EST. Click here for more info.
Big Four Bridge Shines Bright with New Lights
The If you have driven past the Big Four Bridge at night recently, you have probably noticed the addition of an LED light show. It’s really hard to miss! The lights are on from dusk until dawn and feature a spectrum of colors.
They can also be programmed for special occasions. There are about 1,500 lights going across the pedestrian bridge and each light should last at least 10 years and require very little maintenance. This colorful attraction is just one more reason to love the Big Four Bridge!
Transportation Visits Shelby County Senior Center
The snow and ice made traveling difficult over the last couple of weeks, but that didn’t stop the KIPDA Transportation Division from visiting seniors in Shelby County!
On Tuesday February 25th, a group of interested citizens showed up for the presentation. They were there to listen to changes in the Shelby County Highway Plan projects and about the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan. Some of the attendees asked about fixing potholes caused by the storm and mentioned their challenges with transportation in the inclement weather.
The Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan serves as a unified comprehensive strategy for enhancing mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities as well as other populations who may benefit from the programs and projects identified within it. The Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan covers Bullitt, Clark, Floyd, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Spencer, Shelby and Trimble counties (the entire KIPDA region).
On February 5, 2015 the KIPDA Transportation Division met with concerned members of the public about amendments to the FY 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program and the Horizon 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. The meeting was held at the new Southwest Regional Library on Dixie Highway.
The amendments were 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 were also available on the KIPDA website. No written comments were received, but during the open house KIPDA staff listened to concerns about crosswalks and other public safety issues.
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 were also available for public review.
On February 26, the Transportation Policy Committee unanimously voted to approve the amendments to the TIP and MTP.
Ohio River Bridges Project Offering Visual Tours
Are you interested in seeing the progress and learning about where the Ohio River Bridges Project is in its development, but missed out on the walking tours? Well, now you can just by spending two minutes on your smartphone or at your computer. Three new two-minute virtual tours designed to give you a better understanding of construction underway in connection with the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project are now.
The new additions focus on the Kennedy Interchange, the I-64/I-71 interchange and the work being done in Southern Indiana. The tours include information on the construction that has been completed and work to come, including several renderings of what residents will see on the streets of Downtown Louisville and in Jeffersonville when the project is complete.
A total of six two-Minute Tours are now available. The first three tours in the series provide an overview of the project, a closer look at the new Downtown bridge under construction and information on the piers that provide the foundation for the new bridge. There’s also a link to the Two-Minute Tours on the project website, www.kyinbridges.com. The video tours are a great way to stay up to date on the project from the comfort of your home or office during the cold winter months.
They were offering walking tours on the first Wednesday of each month, but space for those has reached full capacity. Walking Tours begin at the foot of the Big Four Bridge (starting point alternates between Kentucky and Indiana) with a brief introduction. The tour group will make its way across the Big Four Bridge, getting an up-close look at the work underway. Several stops will be made along the bridge as the tour guide discusses construction progress and takes questions. Tours last about an hour and can accommodate up to 30 people. If you are interested in being placed on a waiting list for one of the walking tours please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TARC Getting 5 New ZeroBuses
Have you seen the new all-electric ZeroBus yet? Thanks to a $3.3 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration there will be five more added to the fleet on the streets! TARC requested the grant from the FTA’s Low or No Emission Vehicles Deployment (LoNo), as part of a $5.9 million expansion of ZeroBus service and related upgrades.
“As the nation’s population and transit ridership continue to rise, we must invest in innovative technologies that will help transit agencies like TARC expand their bus fleets and bring a new generation of energy-efficient buses to Louisville and cities and towns nationwide,” said FTA Senior Advisor Carolyn Flowers.
ZeroBus vehicles began taking the place of diesel-fueled trolleys on January 12th. They offer free rides Monday-through Saturday at stops along Main, Market and Fourth street corridors, arriving every 10-18 minutes. There is also WiFi available onboard.
TARC’s Executive Director, J. Barry Barker, said passengers love the ZeroBus. By expanding their fleet they will be able to offer more people the chance to enjoy the quiet ride ... and everyone benefits from zero emissions. He goes on to say, “We envision having a diesel-free downtown and generating enough power through solar panels on our rood to significantly save on energy use and costs.
ZeroBuses operate on the Fourth Street circular route from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and on Main-Market from 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. on weekdays. Buses run on both routes from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday. They will also be in service on the Republic Bank First Friday Hop, from 5-11 p.m.
Tips for Staying Warm at the Bus Stop
With the cold weather we’ve been experiencing, TARC also offers these tips for how to stay warm at the bus stop:
Plan ahead and decide what the shortest possible time is that is necessary to spend waiting outside for your bus.
To find out in advance where your bus is, track your trip using Google Maps at www.ridetarc.org
Dress for winter: hats, mittens, scarf, boots and a warm jacket. Thick clothing and lots of layers are ideal.
Social Services Division
Special Enrollment Period for kynect Scheduled: Will Help Kentuckians Avoid Tax Penalties
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office:
Press Release Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
More than 158,000 signed up for health coverage during open enrollment
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today announced that a special enrollment period will begin March 2 and continue through April 30 to give those Kentuckians unaware of possible tax penalties more time to sign up.
“We had a tremendously successful second open enrollment period, with many new individuals signing up or continuing their health coverage through kynect,” said Gov. Beshear. “However, we believe that many Kentuckians did not realize those who do not obtain health coverage could face significant penalties when they file their taxes. And given that the personal risks of not having health coverage are even greater than the penalties, we have decided to continue a special enrollment period to allow those individuals more time to sign up.”
The March is National Nutrition Month®
The 2015 Theme is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle."
Eating shouldn’t have to be complicated. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your bowl. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein provide the nutrients older adults need without adding too many calories. Try these eating right tips and …
Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle:
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red, and orange vegetables plus beans and peas. Fresh, frozen and canned vegetables all count. Buy the “no-salt or reduced-salt” varieties. Add fruit to meals and snacks. Buy dried, frozen, fresh, or canned without added sugar.
Make at least half your grains whole.
Choose 100% whole-grain breads, cereals, crackers, pasta, and brown rice.
Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese.
Older adults need more calcium and vitamin D to keep bones healthy. Eat three servings of fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt or cheese every day.
Vary your protein choices.
Eat seafood, nuts, beans and peas, as well as lean meat, poultry and eggs.
Cut back on sodium … empty calories … solid fats … and added sugars.
Look out for salt (sodium) in all foods; buy those with lower sodium. Season your food without adding salt. Eat desserts, pizza, cheese, sausage and hot dogs only occasionally … they are major sources of saturated fat. Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Eat sugary desserts less often; eat fruit for dessert instead.
Enjoy your food … but eat less.
Avoid oversized portions. Try using a smaller plate, bowl and glass. Choose lower calorie menu options when eating out; if portions are large, share a meal or take half home for later.
Need more reliable nutrition information? Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website at www.Eatright.org.
National Nutrition Month campaign is sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Public Hearings for Regional Area Plan
The National The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA), Division of Social Services, in its capacity as the designated Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living serving the Kentucky counties of Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble, is inviting the general public to attend any or all of the public hearings scheduled to view and comment on the Regional Area Plan covering the period Fiscal Year 2016-2018. Comments can be submitted between March 3, 2015 and March 17, 2015. The Regional Area Plan will be submitted to the Kentucky Department of Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) by March 17, 2015. All public comments will be included with the final Regional Area Plan.
The following is the date, time and location of each public hearing:
Jefferson County: March 3, 2015 - 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane,Louisville, KY 40272
March 3, 2015 - 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – ElderServe, Inc. Oak and Acorn, 631 South 28th Street, Louisville, KY 40211
March 10, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Highlands Church, 1228 East Breckenridge, Louisville, KY 40204
Oldham County: March 9, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. -Oldham County Multipurpose Center, 1015 Dispatchers Way, LaGrange, KY 40031
Shelby County: March 9, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Shelby County Public Library,309 Eighth Street, Shelbyville, KY 40065 – Hudson Room
On March 3, 2015, the Executive Summary of the Regional Area Plan will be available on the KIPDA website or a hardcopy can be provided upon request. To obtain more information about the public hearings, contact Barbara Gordon, KIPDA Director of Social Services, 11520 Commonwealth Drive, Louisville, KY 40299, Barbara.Gordon@ky.gov or visit the KIPDA website at www.kipda.org.
Baby Boomers and Older Needs Assessment
If you reside in the KIPDA Region – We want to hear from you! Please take some time to complete the attached on-line survey. KIPDA is conducting a Needs Assessment to find out from citizens in the KIPDA region, how they will need or use various social services and supports as they grow older. This is important for our planning into the future.
We need your help!!!! We also want you to have a voice as to what services are needed for older adults, their caregivers and persons with disabilities who live in our region. Therefore, we hope you will take the time to complete a needs assessment survey that can help our local Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living plan their service delivery system for the next ten years.
The needs assessment study has been approved by the University of Louisville IRB # 14.1297 . If you live in Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer or Trimble County, and if you are 50 years of age or older, please have your voice heard and complete the survey. This will be an important investment in your future!
Anna C. Faul, PhD & Joseph G. D’Ambrosio, PhD, PI’s