Notice of Public Comment Period

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Notice is hereby given that on June 22nd, 2017 the Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) released a revised Public Participation Plan (Plan) for public comment.  The public comment period will end on August 7th, 2017.

Email public comments on the revised Plan to markh@scog.net or mail to Skagit Council of Governments, c/o Mark Hamilton, 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.  Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on August 7th, 2017 to be considered.  All written comments received by the deadline will be distributed to SCOG’s Transportation Policy Board one week prior to action on the revised Plan, which is anticipated to occur at a regular meeting scheduled for August 16th, 2017.

Please contact Mark Hamilton at (360) 416-7876 or markh@scog.net with any questions about the revised Plan.  An electronic copy of the revised Plan is available here, with a version showing all proposed changes located here. The version showing proposed changes includes proposed additions to the current Plan underlined in blue, and deletions struck in red.  Paper copies are available at the address above, during normal business hours.

Notice of Public Comment Period for Title VI Plan Amendment

Notice is hereby given that on April 24, 2017 the Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) made an amendment to the Title VI Plan available for public comment.  Through the Title VI Plan, SCOG ensures its commitment to not exclude anyone from participation in its Transportation Program or deny the benefits of SCOG’s services on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin.

Comments on the amendment may be mailed to Skagit Council of Governments, c/o Mark Hamilton, 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 or emailed to markh@scog.net. All comments must be in writing and received by SCOG no later than May 8, 2017. All timely comments on the amendment will be distributed to SCOG’s Transportation Policy Board for consideration prior to action on the Title VI Plan amendment.  Action on the Title VI Plan amendment is anticipated at the May 17, 2017 Transportation Policy Board meeting.

An electronic copy of the Title VI Plan amendment is available here.  Paper copies are available at no charge from the address above, during normal business hours.  Please contact Mark Hamilton at (360) 416-7876 or markh@scog.net with any questions about the Title VI Plan amendment.

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2016 Annual Report

The Skagit Council of Governments’ annual report for last year is now available.  The report provides an overview of what occurred in SCOG’s major program areas, budget information and what is coming in 2017.

As SCOG is now 50 years old as an organization, the report includes a history of SCOG over the past 50 years.

2016 Annual Report

Environmental Justice Assessment of SCOG Project Selections

Every few years, SCOG conducts an assessment of projects that have received federal funds through SCOG selection processes to ensure that SCOG decisions are not having a disproportionately high and adverse impact on minority and low-income populations in Skagit County.  The most recent assessment has just been completed and is available here:

Environmental Justice Assessment of Transportation Alternatives Program & Surface Transportation Program Projects Awarded SCOG Federal Funds in Skagit County – June 2014-May 2017

Note: the three-year assessment time frame corresponds to SCOG’s update to the nondiscrimination program anticipated to occur in May, therefore the assessment extends into May 2017.  No further project selection decisions are expected until after May 2017.

 

Notice of Public Comment Period

Notice is hereby given that the Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) has made the recommended regional prioritization of human services transportation projects available for public comment.  The recommendation has been made by the Skagit Special Needs Transportation Committee (Committee), an ad hoc committee created by SCOG’s Transportation Policy Board to advise them on this prioritization process.  Through the prioritization process, projects will be assigned regional priority for the statewide 2017–2019 Washington State Department of Transportation Consolidated Grants Program.  Projects have been evaluated by Committee members using regional criteria and weights approved by the Transportation Policy Board.

The public comment period closes on December 5, 2016.  Action on the regional prioritization of projects is anticipated at the January 18, 2017 SCOG Transportation Policy Board meeting.  All written comments received on or before December 5 will be distributed to the Transportation Policy Board one week before the meeting.

An electronic copy of the recommended regional prioritization can be downloaded from SCOG’s website.  Paper copies are available at SCOG offices located at 204 West Montgomery Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 during normal business hours. Please contact Mark Hamilton at (360) 416-7876 or markh@scog.net with any questions about the regional prioritization process.  Written comments must be emailed to markh@scog.net or mailed to the address above.

Regional Call for Projects – Human Services Transportation Projects

The Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) will be prioritizing human services transportation projects for Skagit County and has released this Regional Call for Projects to seek projects for evaluation and prioritization at the regional level.  Projects submitted will be evaluated using these criteria and weights.

The end result of this process will be letter grades assigned to projects (A, B, C or D) by SCOG’s Transportation Policy Board indicating the regional priority.  To be eligible for funding, projects must be submitted to SCOG for the regional process and separately to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for the statewide process.  WSDOT will ultimately make the project funding decisions, factoring the regional prioritization process into which projects are selected for funding.  Funding is made available through the WSDOT Consolidated Grants Program, which includes funds from the Federal Transit Administration and State of Washington that can be used to implement eligible projects.

Please email Mark Hamilton at markh@scog.net with any questions about the regional prioritization process. Application materials are due to SCOG by October 27th.  Any application materials submitted after October 27th will not be accepted.  Submit application materials to markh@scog.net.