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In the News: News from February 2017

TCEQ accepts TERP rebate applications

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Source: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced it will accept grant applications for projects seeking rebates for the upgrade or replacement of diesel on-road heavy duty vehicles and select non-road equipment until May 26, 2017.

The Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) Rebate Grants Program is a first-come, first-serve program limited to upgrading or replacing diesel on-road heavy duty vehicles and select non-road equipment. On-road vehicles must have a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 8,500 pounds and non-road equipment must be equipped with at least a 25 horsepower engine. The vehicles and equipment also must operate within at least one of 42 Texas counties including Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson for at least 75 percent of their annual usage.

To help applicants, TCEQ created a table of pre-approved maximum rebate amounts for eligible on-road and non-road replacement and repower projects in the grant’s request for applications.

> Review the request for grant applications.

TCEQ also encouraged qualifying small businesses to apply for the grant as portion of the program’s funding is allocated for them.

> Read the grant guidelines for a definition of qualifying small businesses.

TCEQ will consider applications during this grant period on a first-come, first-served basis. Entities must submit applications to the TCEQ front desk, Room 1301, 1st floor of Building F on the TCEQ premises by 5 p.m. May 26, 2017.

Those seeking rebate grants can contact TERP staff at 800-919-8377 (TERP) with application process questions and to request grant documents via the U.S. Postal Service.

> Get copies of the RFGA, rebate tables, and application forms.
> Read more about the TERP Rebate grant program.
> Learn about the CAPCOG Air Quality Program.

PLEASE NOTE: The Rebate Grants application forms and rebate tables were changed from the draft versions released for 30-day review. Applicants must use the final application forms and refer to the final rebate tables to determine the eligible funding amounts.

Project information for Water Revolving Fund programs due

Monday, February 20, 2017
Source: Texas Water Development Board

The Texas Water Development Board seeks projects to be funded in the 2018 fiscal year through its State Revolving Fund programs’ Intended Use Plans.

Entities seeking the funding must submit a completed Project Information Form using either the Online Application or the “paper” version in Microsoft Word by 5 p.m., March 3, 2017 to be included in the initial Project Priority List for State Fiscal Year 2018.

The Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund programs help communities save money by providing cost-effective funding for wastewater and water infrastructure projects. Entities using these programs achieve substantial savings by receiving below-market interest rates and, in some instances, principal forgiveness. Principal forgiveness may be available for entities that qualify as disadvantaged communities and for projects with green components.

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund also includes principal forgiveness for small systems and urgent need projects. Although these programs are accessible year round, the principal forgiveness subsidies are generally allocated to projects on the initial project priority list each year.

Communities that submitted project information forms in previous years must update their information for the 2018 fiscal year.

> Access the project information forms.
> Contact Matthew Schmidt at 512-463-8321 or by email for assistance.
> Read more about the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program.
> Read more about the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program.

City of Buda focus groups give older adults civic outlet

Friday, February 17, 2017

The City of Buda conducted two Focus Groups on Aging in January in effort to plan for meeting the needs of the city’s growing senior population. With a great turnout and lot of discussion, the groups are laying the foundation for Buda to become a more age friendly city where residents no matter their age can live, work, and play.

About 20 people attended each of the two Focus Group on Aging meetings, where they addressed issues related to transportation, recreational activities, and other older American related services. The information collected will help inform a plan to improve senior resources, said Buda City Council member Eileen Altmiller, who requested the City Council form an Aging Advisory Commission. Altmiller also serves on the CAPCOG Executive Committee and the CAPCOG Aging Advisory Council. “Sometimes the views of seniors are not adequately represented, and in Buda, we want to make sure our decisions are beneficial to the whole population,” she said.

While older Americans make up a smaller portion of Buda’s population, it’s important to plan to meet their needs, Altmiller said. Residents who are 60 years old and older are the third fastest growing population in Buda increasing by 50.65 percent between 2009 and 2014 according to U.S. Census data. The same age cohort is the fastest growing population in Hays County with a near 40 percent increase in population during the same time period.

“When communities take steps, such as Buda has done, they benefit the community and the older Americans involved in the process,” said Patty Bordie, CAPCOG’s Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP) director. One in four older Americans make a positive impact on their community by volunteering and becoming involved in civic activities. This increased social and active engagement improves their own mental, social, and physical health through, according to the U.S. Administration for Community Living.

Altmiller hopes the city continues to support the aging community in Buda by eventually forming an Aging Advisory commission, she said. “Seniors are looking for volunteer opportunities and this could make a use of their talents. I think the benefits can be a two-way street where we can do something that help seniors such as transportation and then they can turn around and be more engaged in volunteering in the community.”

> Read about more about CAPCOG’s Area Agency on Aging.

Get Involved

As an older adult or someone who wants to give back to the senior community, there is a number of ways to support older Americans throughout the region by volunteering with CAPCOG programs through AAACAP.

Become an advisor
CAPCOG’s Aging Advisory Council meets quarterly to discuss issues as they relate to older Americans throughout the CAPCOG ten-county region. The council advises the CAPCOG Executive Committee on older American issues and assists AAACAP with evaluating programs funded through the older Americans Act. It also works to increase awareness on aging related issues and programs.
County representatives on CAPCOG’s Executive Committee nominate residents to the Aging Advisory Council.
> Contact Patty Bordie, AAACAP director to volunteer.
> Learn more.

Become an ombudsman
The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program provides advocacy and friendly support for individuals living in nursing and assisted-living facilities by investigating complaints, reporting findings and helping achieve resolutions between the individual and the facility. With more than 230 facilities in the region, volunteers are instrumental to ensuring seniors receive proper care. Volunteers must be 18 or older and complete a training course. They also must complete an internship where they work at an assigned facility for two to four hours a month.
> Contact Pete Moreno, managing lead ombudsman, to volunteer.
> Learn more.

Become a lay leader or coach
AAACAP offers a number of evidence based intervention (EBI) programs to communities throughout the region via its health and wellness program. EBI programs are proven to effectively help older adults to improve or maintain their physical, mental or emotional health. AAACAP’s EBI programs focus on preventing falls, reducing caregiver stress, and managing chronic illnesses. Each program has its own volunteer requirements for lay leaders or coaches.
> Contact Kate Gibbons, health & wellness coordinator, to volunteer.
> Learn more.

Become a benefits counselor
The Benefits Counseling Program works to answer questions about Medicare health care coverage, Medicare related issues and other long-term care public benefits for residents who are 60 years old or older and to Medicare beneficiaries of any age. Counselors are often available by phone, but they visit public locations throughout the region to help residents navigate public benefits in a one-on-one in person atmosphere.
> Contact Janet Barker, program manager, to volunteer.
> Learn more.

Office move could impact access to CAPCOG staff

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Several divisions will move their operations into CAPCOG’s new expansion at 6800 Burleson Road in in Building 310, Suite 155, on Feb. 28. The divisions moving include Administration, the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP), the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Capital Area, Planning and Economic Development, and Regional Services.

From Friday, Feb. 24 through Tuesday Feb. 28, it will be best to contact any personnel from the affected divisions by email. CAPCOG’s general reception line, 512-916-6000, and its front office located in suite 165 will remain open; however, other phone lines may not be answered. The AAACAP information referral hotline and the ADRC hotline will be taking voicemails on Friday, Feb. 24 and should be responding to callers by Monday, Feb. 27.

Homeland Security, the Regional Law Enforcement Academy, and Emergency Communications will remain open in suite 165.

> Check other updates about the CAPCOG office and Public Safety Answering Point expansion.

GLOCK armorer course returns to CAPCOG

Monday, February 13, 2017

GLOCK pistols are a part of many peace officers’ everyday equipment, and even though they often remain holstered, it’s imperative that an officer’s sidearm works properly before it is needed. That is why CAPCOG is partnering with GLOCK for its now annual armorer course on March 7 to help prepare the region’s police agencies about safely using and maintaining their weapons.

The eight-hour course sponsored by the CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy (RLEA) will offer active and retired peace officers a chance to receive an armorer certification for all GLOCK model pistols except for G18/C Select-Fire models. The certifications allows departments to work on the pistols in-house without voiding the manufacturers warranty. The course will be held at CAPCOG, 6800 Burleson Road, building 310. Officers can register at capcog.org/training/class/view/glock-armorer before the Feb. 28 deadline.

> Register for the course.

The course is scheduled to discuss a wide range of topics to include: safety rules; safe action system design; field stripping and reassembly; multiple practice disassembly and reassembly of the entire pistol; and alternative parts. In 2015, the course was well attended by agencies throughout the region as well as the state including the US Probation Office, Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, and TCOLE.

> Learn more about RLEA.
> Find other RLEA in-service courses.
 

Planning and Economic Development blogs regional data

Friday, February 10, 2017

CAPCOG’s Planning and Economic Development Division relaunched Data Points, its commentary on regional economic issues, as a blog at DataPoints.org. The new website will allow its readers to dive deeper into the topics featured in the digital publication. The blog format has enhanced Data Points’ presentation by allowing readers to engage with its content through dynamic visualizations, such as interactive maps and engaging graphics.

In addition to providing commentary on regional issues, Datapoints.org also features a digital form for research and data requests. For those interested in seeing CAPCOG conduct specific types of research, there is now a streamlined process to submit that information. Find the form at datapoints.org/data-requests.html. CAPCOG will continue to send the e-newsletter version of the blog to your email. Readers can subscribe at capcog.org or datapoints.org.

> Request a Data Points research topic.

The division also has re-activated its twitter account, @CapcogEconomy, to promote Data Points’ articles and provide information about other economic development issues and services throughout the region.

> Read more about the CAPCOG Planning and Economic Development Division.

Hays County judge voted CAPCOG chair

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

The CAPCOG Executive Committee elected Hays County Judge Bert Cobb to lead the governing body as its chair for 2017. Cobb served as the committee’s second vice chair in 2016 after joining the committee in January 2011. He also has served as the Executive Committee liaison to CAPCOG’s Law Enforcement Education Committee since November 2011. Cobb has represented Hays County as County Judge since 2011.

Other officers elected were:

  • First Vice Chair – Cedar Park Council Member Corbin Van Arsdale
  • Second Vice Chair – Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty
  • Secretary – Leander Council Member Andrea Navarrette
  • Past Chair & Parliamentarian – Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long

> Read more about the CAPCOG Executive Committee. 

Environmental law course curbs illegal waste issues

Monday, February 06, 2017

When old furniture, used vehicle fluids or other household waste gets discarded into illegal dumpsites, they can become harmful and costly to cities and counties and their residents. However, experts with the Capital Area Regional Environmental Task Force (RETF) will be available to help guide local law enforcement and code compliance officers through the legal enforcement of environmental crimes with its Basic Environmental Law training course scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins Street.

> Register for the course.

During the course, specialized instructors from throughout the state will discuss topics ranging from nuisance violations to unauthorized discharge violations and their civil versus criminal prosecution measures. Officers must register for the course at capcog.org/training/class/view/basic-environmental-law-training-course3 before the Feb. 16 deadline. The $30 registration fee includes lunch, materials and selected continuing-education credits.

> Learn more about the RETF.
> Read about CAPCOG's Regional Services Division.
 

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