The Missouri Department of Transportation is now seeking projects to be funded using 2017 Rural Statewide Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). This program call will award $7.6 million of federal TAP funds. LPAs that reside within the Metropolitan Planning Organizations of OTO, MARC, and East-west Gateway are not eligible for this program call.
Eligible projects include:
Awarded projects will be funded with 80 percent federal funds and require a minimum 20 percent cash local match.
Links to the Program Guide and Nomination Form:
Application packets are due to the district offices by November 1, 2016. Awards are anticipated to be made in January of 2017.
For additional information contact Mid-MO RPC staff at 573-657-9779 or Elizabeth.Prestwood@modot.mo.gov 417-829-8016.
August 11, 2016 – REDI President Stacey Button spoke this week to Mid-MO RPC’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) about future plans for the development of the Columbia Regional Airport.
The Columbia Regional Airport is currently faced with several challenges including passenger capacity, safety and security issues and ADA compliance.
Passenger enplanements are up substantially over the last few years with enplanements at the airport increasing from a low of 9,090 in 2007 to 64,341 in 2015. American Airlines currently offers daily flights to Dallas and Chicago; however, the current terminal is operating at capacity. Before flights can be expanded to new cities a new terminal will be needed in order to accommodate additional aircraft and passengers.
The Columbia Regional Airport is currently faced with several challenges including passenger capacity, safety and security issues and ADA compliance.August 11, 2016 – REDI President Stacey Button spoke this week to Mid-MO RPC’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) about future plans for the development of the Columbia Regional Airport.
The layout of the current airport facility contributes to safety and security concerns. The current layout places commercial passenger aviation directly alongside general aviation. Federal security protocol calls for these two functions to be separated from one another.
The current airport terminal also has serious ADA compliance issues. Ramps at the airport are not wide enough to accommodate all wheelchairs which presents serious challenges for passengers with disabilities when they are trying to board flights. The bathrooms and parking at the airport also present challenges to individuals with disabilities.
The current development plan would remedy these issues by building a new terminal, extending existing runways and expanding parking for passengers. The new terminal would be fully ADA compliant and separate commercial aviation from general aviation which would improve airport safety and security. The new terminal, runways and parking would also accommodate additional flights to an expanded roster of cities.
The total project cost is approximately $38 million. The primary funding sources for this project include a $20 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and a temporary 1% lodging tax increase. The lodging tax increase was passed by voters last week and includes a sunset provision that will cap the tax at $10 million. Projections suggest that this $10 million cap will be reached in approximately 16-17 years. Additional funding sources are also being explored, but have not been committed at this time.
August 1, 2016 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission held its quarterly “luncheon discussion” meeting on July 27th at the Masonic Lodge in Ashland. Featured speaker at the luncheon was Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA), Deputy Executive Director, Randy Norden.
Norden discussed the wide variety of free training programs and technical services to MRWA membership.
Those programs and services include water and wastewater assistance, leak detection assistance, operator circuit rider program, insurance programs, and training opportunities for the office professionals who are decision makers. MRWA staff travel statewide bringing training directly to it’s members.
These programs should be of particular interest to smaller communities as they look for assistance in drinking water and wastewater operations.
Many local governments were in attendance, including Presiding Commissioners from Boone, Callaway and Howard Counties, as well as a representative for Senator Blunt. Community reports, legislative activity, and RPC activities were also discussed at the meeting.
July 6, 2016 – We are happy to announce that Beau Derque has joined the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission staff as a Geographic Information System Specialist and Regional Planner.
Beau worked for Central District at the Missouri Department of Transportation for four years as a GIS Specialist. He grew up in Jefferson City, Missouri, where he graduated with honors from Lincoln University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in English.
June 24, 2016 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission’s Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, June 22, at the RPC office located in Ashland. The meeting was chaired by Gary Jungermann, Callaway County Presiding Commissioner and RPC Chair.
Meeting highlights included the approval of the FY17 work program and accompanying budget. The work program for the upcoming year includes hazard mitigation plan updates for Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, and Callaway counties, the Centralia Comprehensive Plan update, and continued technical assistance on economic development, transportation, and planning issues. The budget for the upcoming year projects the total revenue of $811,336, which includes estimated pass-thru funds of $407,000. Budget expenses reflected a 3% salary pool increase for existing staff. The Board also approved a staffing level of 6 full-time employees for the fiscal year.
September 5, 2016 – The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Labor Day.