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The Natural Resources Advisory Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.

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The Transportation Advisory Committee will meet at 2:00 p.m. at Peterborough Town Hall at 1 Grove Street in Peterborough, NH. For more information contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

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The SWRPC Board of Directors will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Historical Society of Cheshire County at 246 Main Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Becky Baldwin of SWRPC staff.

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The SWRPC Fall Commission Meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the Historical Society of Cheshire County at 246 Main Street in Keene, NH. For more information, click here
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The Regional Public Involvement Plan for Southwest New Hampshire has been adopted and released. To view the plan, please click here.

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Highlights June 2012

 SWRPC  June 2012

 Commission Highlights

 Vol. 18 - No. 6

 
2012 Annual Commission Meeting
The Planning Commission held its 2012 Annual Commission Meeting on June 19, 2012 at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. Approximately 50 attendees representing seventeen communities participated in activities which included advisory committee reports, a summary report of the Planning Commission’s FY11/12 Work Program, approval of the Planning Commission’s FY12/13 Work Program Budget, and election of the Board of Directors and Officers for the upcoming year. The guest speaker for the event was Jack Dugan, President of the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation, who provided an entertaining presentation that focused on growth and development activities within the Monadnock Region since the early 1990’s.
 
Monadnock Region Transportation Management Association Adopts Action Plan
The Monadnock Region Transportation Management Association (MRTMA) has adopted an Action Plan to increase use and availability of local and regional transportation options in the Monadnock Region by 2012. To accomplish this goal, the MRTMA outlines seven mode-oriented objectives, each followed by specific strategies. These objectives range from expanded use and availability of sidewalks, bike infrastructure, and public transit to increase support for ridesharing, intercity bus service, delivery services, and telework. The Plan also draws attention to the need for location efficient siting of jobs, housing, and shopping destinations. The implementation section of the Plan identifies ways that individuals and organizations can help carry out the Plan’s objectives and strategies to improve the transportation future of the Region. The Plan is available on the MRTMA website at http://www.monadnocktma.org/sites/default/files/MRTMA_ActionPlan_062912.pdf.
 
Invasive Bugs: Can You Identify What’s in Your Trees?
Threats to our forests are increasing as invasive pests get closer to New Hampshire. Many of these species are transported from one region to another by moving firewood containing the pest to an area that was not previously exposed. The SWRPC Natural Resources Advisory Committee will be discussing these harmful pests at their next meeting scheduled for July 18, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. at the Keene Public Library. Steve Roberge, Cheshire County Forester will give a presentation on identifying some of the most harmful bugs, including the Asian Longhorned Beetle, the Emerald Ash Borer, and the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. He will also show some of the look-alikes and inform participants about what actions they should take if they suspect they have found one. These pests have devastated forests in many states and are nearing our state. Early identification will help to reduce the potential damage. This is an effort to provide better awareness of problems that we may face if left unnoticed.  Anyone is welcome to attend. For additional information, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.
 
New Transit Service Route for Hinsdale Pending
As part of its ongoing transportation planning program, the Planning Commission has worked to assist communities in the Region with a disproportionate number of vulnerable populations better understand the need and feasibility for implementing alternative transportation services. Three years ago, the Planning Commission, with the assistance of a Route 119 Corridor Steering Committee and Nelson-Nygaard Associates, recommended that Brattleboro, VT’s existing Beeline bus system be extended into neighboring Hinsdale. This year, with local match raised by the Town of Hinsdale, the NH Department of Transportation has approved matching a portion of its Federal Transit Administration funding towards the project based on the findings of the Planning Commission study. The proposed project would provide service to Hinsdale residents four times a day, six days a week and will provide connection to several important destinations such as downtown Brattleboro, the Brattleboro Transit Center, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, several supermarkets, and the Hinsdale Walmart. With NH Executive Council approval pending, the service could start as early as July 2012. The proposed transit service will be operated by Connecticut River Transit, http://www.crtransit.org/. For more information about this project, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.
 
Staff Attends Davis-Bacon Act and Labor Compliance Principles Training
On June 25th, staff attended the Davis-Bacon Act and Labor Compliance Principles “Boot Camp” hosted by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority at their offices in Bedford, NH. The speaker was Bill Pickett, Regional Labor Relations Officer from the Boston office of U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The training covered HUD labor relations streamlining, local agency responsibilities, the Davis-Bacon Act and Federal Labor Standards, applicability issues under the Davis-Bacon Act, agency compliance monitoring, certified payroll reviews, and reporting requirements. For more information about the workshop, please contact Rebeckah Bullock of Commission staff.
 
Staff News
During June, SWRPC welcomed new staff member Steve Waleryszak to fill the position of GIS Technician/Planner. Steve returns to New Hampshire following assignments with the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Agriculture in Boston, MA and Washington, D.C. where he focused on GIS, cartography and data management. Steve is a native of Newmarket, NH and a 2007 graduate of Keene State College. Steve will oversee SWRPC’s regional information system and GIS activities while also participating in projects including transportation planning and broadband. Steve enjoys the outdoors and is looking forward to being part of the Southwest Region community. To say hello or discuss GIS and other data needs, Steve can be reached by calling the office or via email at swaleryszak@swrpc.org.