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In the News: News from January 2015

TxDOT seeks TAP projects

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Source: Texas Department of Transportation, Public Transportation Division

Texas Department of Transportation is calling for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) candidate projects seeking to build non-driver public transit infrastructure.

TAP funds a variety of alternative transportation projects including on- and off road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure for non-driver access to public transportation, projects that enhance mobility and Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects. Funding from the program is limited to construction of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects for areas with populations less than 200,000.

The 2015 TAP Call for Candidate Projects began Jan. 16, 2015 and ends 5 p.m., May 4, 2015.

> Discover more about TAP and how to nominate projects.

Entities seeking to nominate projects should review TAP’s program guide, nomination form, and rules in consideration of their candidate project before contacting TxDOT. The program guide includes a TxDOT district map and a list of TxDOT district TAP coordinators. Local TxDOT district staff is available to discuss TAP and the project nomination process.

> Visit the Texas Department of Transportation Public Transportation Division's website.
> Read about the Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization.

Basic Peace Officer Course adds ALERRT training

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Capital Area Council of Governments Regional Law Enforcement Academy is adding 40 hours of active shooter training to its Basic Peace Officer Courses (BPOCs).

Cadets in the BPOC class 75, which began Jan. 5, will spend four days in an Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Level I and Level II courses. ALERRT will continue to be offered in future BPOCs.

The Level I course is designed to prepare cadets as first responders to isolate, distract, and neutralize an active shooter. The course curriculum includes weapon manipulation, threshold evaluation, concepts and principles of team movement and solo officer strategies, room entry techniques, approach and breaching the crisis site and much more.

During the Level II course, cadets will be trained in point-of-wound casualty care techniques to save lives. The cadets will learn tactical emergency combat care based in self-aid and buddy-aid techniques to include hemorrhage control and tourniquets, bandaging, airway management, triaging, casualty collection points, and casualty evacuation methods. “Force-on-force” mass casualty scenarios also will be taught. Cadets will have to neutralize a threat and treat the wounded, establish casualty collection points, conduct triage, and integrate responses with emergency medical personnel.

> Find a schedule of BPOCs and other law enforcement training.
> Discover the CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy.
> Learn more about the BPOCs.

CAPCOG will help with diesel vehicle replacement, repower grant applications

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CAPCOG’s Air Quality Program is offering assistance to entities interested in applying for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP) Rebate Grant Program.

The rebate grant program provides funding for replacement or repower projects of diesel on-road and certain non-road equipment and vehicles. It is a simplified application process under the Emissions Reduction Incentive Grant Program. The program process will open for applications on Feb. 9 and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

The CAPCOG Air Quality Program will support local organizations and businesses with determining their eligibility for the grant and/or help with the completion of the application.

> Contact Linda Daubert, air quality program specialist, for assistance with the grant.

Part of the funds allocated to the rebate grant program will be set aside for applications from entities that qualify as a Small Business under the TERP Guidelines for Emissions Reduction Grants. Small and large businesses are encouraged to apply.

To qualify, vehicles and equipment must have 75 percent of their annual usage spent in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, Williamson, or 34 other Texas counties.

> Read more about the TERP Rebate Grant Program and download an application.
> Discover CAPCOG’s Air Quality Program.

CAPCOG offers two Criminal Justice Division grant workshops

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Capital Area Council of Governments Regional Service Division will conduct two mandatory workshops for the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD) grants in February.

Both mandatory workshops will focus on writing applications for the General Victim Assistance, Violent Crimes Against Women, General Juvenile Justice and Justice Assistance Grants. Those in attendance will be provided instructions on how to complete grant applications, how applications will be scored, and changes to the Capital Area Regional Strategic Criminal Justice Plan.

> Read the Regional Strategic Criminal Justice Plan.

Organizations seeking any of the four criminal justice grants must attend one of the workshops. The CJD will deem grant applications ineligible if the submitting organization failed to attend one of the mandatory workshops.

Workshop No. I: 1-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 at the J.B. Hallie Jester Building located at 1801 Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78664 in the Harrell Room. Please note the seating capacity is 200.

Workshop No. II: 1-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb.  10, 2015 at the CAPCOG offices located at 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165, Austin, TX 78744 in the Pecan Room.  Please note the seating capacity is 50.

> RSVP for the workshop or inquire about questions with Kate Barrett or Ken May.

CAPCOG facilitates the criminal justice grants solicitation and ranking and scoring of applications for the state 2016 funding year through an interlocal agreement with the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division. CAPCOG is assisted with the process by its Criminal Justice Advisory Committee.

The state posted the request for applications on Dec. 12, 2014, which is open until Feb. 27, 2015, when all applicants must have uploaded their applications to the CJD E-grants website.

> Read more about the Criminal Justice Division Program and its grant funding opportunities.

Counselors assist with 600 hours of Medicare open enrollment

Monday, January 12, 2015

Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area benefit counselors provided assistance to hundreds of Medicare beneficiaries’ during the federal program’s 53-day open enrollment period, Oct. 15 – Dec. 7.

During open enrollment, which allows people to change their health or prescription drug coverage, benefits counselors provided assistance based counseling on Medicare Part D plan searches and the application process.

The AAACAP Benefits Counseling Program provided assistance to 372 consumers offering almost 600 hours of assistance activities. Counselors helped about 29 percent more consumers and provided about 30 percent hours of assistance during the period compared to the 53 days before open enrollment started. About 266 consumers were provided with 420 hours of assistance during the 53 days before open enrollment began.

Benefit counselors continue to educate older adults, caregivers, family members and the general public about relevant information for eligibility and requirements for Medicare and other public programs. They travel throughout CAPCOG’s 10-county region educating consumers about making informed decisions related to Medicare, advance planning, preventing and identifying Medicare fraud, and other aging issues.

> Read more about AAACAP's benefits counseling program.
> Discover local opportunities to receive benefit counseling.
> Learn about AAACAP.

TCEQ announces workshops for TERP Rebate Grant

Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Source: Texas Commission of Environmental Quality

The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality will open the application process for 2015 Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP) Rebate Grant Program on Feb. 9, 2015. To the assist interested governments and organizations with the grant process, the state agency is offering four application workshops in January.

The rebate grant is a first-come, first-serve program to upgrade and replace diesel heavy-duty vehicles and non-road equipment. Vehicles and equipment must have 75 percent of their annual usage spent in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, Williamson, and/or 34 other Texas counties.

An Austin application workshop will be conducted at the following time and location:

1:30-4:30 p.m., Jan. 27, 2015
TCEQ's Austin Office
Building E, Room 201S (Agenda Room)
12100 Park 35 Circle
Austin, Texas 78753

> Read more about the TERP Rebate Grant Program.
> Discover CAPCOG’s Air Quality Program.

Other workshops will be at:

  • 1:30-4:30 p.m., Jan. 14, 2015
    North Central Texas Council of Governments
    616 Six Flags Drive
    Arlington, Texas 76011

  • 1:30-4:30 p.m., Jan. 22, 2015
    Alamo Area Council of Governments
    8700 Tesoro Drive, Suite 700
    San Antonio, Texas 78217-6228

  • 1:30-4:30 p.m., Jan. 29, 2015
    5:30-7:30 p.m. (en Español), Jan. 29, 2015
    Tracy Gee Community Center
    3599 Westcenter Drive
    Houston, Texas 77042

New Executive Committee meets January 14

Monday, January 05, 2015

CAPCOG’s 2015 Executive Committee will meet for the first time on Jan. 14 after being selected by the organization’s General Assembly Representatives in December.

The Executive Committee, which consists of 29 elected officials from throughout the region, serves on the board to conduct business for the council of governments and direct staff on program implementation, budgets, contracts and general policies and procedures for managing the agency. The governing committee meets once a month, generally on the second Wednesday of the month.

It also serves as the managing board for the Capital Area Emergency Communications District, which governs the region’s 9-1-1 systems.

Representing counties

  • Judge Paul Pape, Bastrop County
  • Judge Brett Bray, Blanco County
  • Judge James Oakley, Burnet County
  • Judge Ken Schawe, Caldwell County
  • Judge Ed Janecka, Fayette County
  • Judge Bert Cobb, Hays County
  • Commissioner Maurice Pitts, Lee County
  • Judge Mary Cunningham, Llano County
  • Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County
  • Commissioner Gerald Daugherty, Travis County
  • Judge Dan A. Gattis, Williamson County

Representing the City of Austin

  • Council Member Kathie Tovo

Representing cities greater than 100,000

  • Mayor Alan McGraw, Round Rock

Representing cities with 25,000 to 100,000

  • Council Member Donald Tracy, Cedar Park
  • Council Member Kirsten Lynch, Leander
  • Mayor Jeff Coleman, Pflugerville
  • Mayor Daniel Guerrero, San Marcos

Representing cities with less than 25,000

  • Mayor Caroline Murphy, Bee Cave
  • Council Member Eileen Altmiller, Buda
  • Mayor Marc Holm, Elgin
  • Mayor Debbie Holland, Hutto
  • Mayor Lew White, Lockhart

At-large members

  • Commissioner Joe Don Dockery, Burnet County
  • Commissioner Will Conley, Hays County
  • Commissioner Cynthia Long, Williamson County

Legislators from State Planning Region 12 (nonvoting) 

  • State Rep. Jason Isaac
  • State Rep. Paul Workman
  • State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez
  • Senator Judith Zaffirini

> Discover more about the CAPCOG Executive Committee.
> Read the upcoming meeting's agenda.

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