MVRPC discusses the creation of a regional transport planning organization with the commission
EATON – The Preble County Council of Commissioners met Brian Martin, executive director of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, to discuss the creation of future transportation plans on a regional basis on Monday, May 3.
MVRPC has a board of 80 representatives representing an area of six counties which includes the counties of Warren, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Darke and Preble. Preble County is a member of the MVRPC.
Martin provided the Commissioners with information about the agency and what it does.
“We have different geographies with different functions – we get a lot of funding from the states and the federal government, mostly in transportation,” Martin said. “People come to us for some sort of transportation funding for roads, bridges, etc., for the three main counties. Preble and Darke are outside this area.
“But there are funds that we can use to provide planning services,” he said. “We can help organize meetings and in the past there have been projects involving trails or road projects.
“We’re the only organization that’s really looking at this Miami Valley holistically, making sure all jurisdictions are connected – in transportation, but also in everything there is. We do a lot of land use planning, strategic planning for counties, ”he added.
Martin has started discussions with Darke County regarding the creation of a regional transportation planning organization and has passed this information on to the Preble County commissioners. The RTPO would add value to the current MVRPC commissioner services, Martin said, and would include a transport plan.
Martin said he is also considering integrating Shelby County into the proposed RTPO, to increase the amount of federal funding available. Martin offered to use Preble County’s MVRPC dues, but said he believed it would mean an additional cost of $ 3,000 to the county.
“It’s more money, but it’s more services,” he says.
“ODOT made it clear to us that they did not want to see a Preble County and Darke County and Shelby County transportation plan. They want to see the three together, ”Martin noted, saying it would see the real impacts of the region’s worker co-op.
“Looking into the future, it seems like it’s a really important piece, you know, in helping you get there. There’s a lot of public involvement, a lot of opportunities to contribute, ”Martin said of the RTPO process.
No action has been taken regarding Preble County’s participation in the RTPO.
The group also discussed transportation issues in Preble County, including Amish buggy traffic and the possible need for signage, and other road safety concerns.
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Commissioners also read information relating to a proclamation recognizing May 3-7 as National Air Quality Awareness Week, in partnership with the US EPA and Air Now. This year’s theme was “Clean Air – Important for Everyone!”
Commissioner Rachael Vonderhaar read in the minutes a press release from the MVRPC: “Now that more and more people are returning to work, school and daily activities, it is important that we continue to improve the quality of air in the region, ”said MVRPC Executive Director Brian O. Martin. “Air Quality Awareness Week is an opportunity to find out more.” “
“The MVRPC is partnering with the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency (RAPCA) on air quality issues,” Vonderhaar continued. “RAPCA is responsible for monitoring and reporting air quality readings in Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Preble and Clark counties. On days when air pollution levels are expected to be high, an Air Quality Alert (AQA) will be issued. Poor air quality affects everyone; however, some people are particularly sensitive to air pollutants, including children and adults active outdoors, the elderly, and people with chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma. It is especially important these days that the elderly, young children and people with breathing problems change their behavior and limit the time spent outdoors. Visit MiamiValleyAir.org or call 937-223-6323 for more information. “
The Preble County Board of Commissioners meets every Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Preble County Courthouse. These meetings are open to the public.
The Preble County Council of Commissioners met with Brian Martin, executive director of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, to discuss the creation of future transportation plans on a regional basis on Monday, May 3. 7 as National Air Quality Awareness Week, in partnership with the US EPA and Air Now. This year’s theme was “Clean Air – Important for Everyone!”