PA State Planning Board Recommends COGs to address Infrastructure, Efficiency, and Community Revitalization Needs
The State Planning Board is an advisory board within the Governor’s Office. It was established by the Administrative Code of 1929 as re-enacted and amended. There are 25 members, including citizens, legislators and state department heads. In August 2017, it issued its most recent report in response to the Governor's charge to make recommendations on infrastructure, efficiency, and community revitalization.
The Remaking Cities Institute (RCI) and Quaker Valley Council of Governments (QVCOG) Route 65 Corridor Project has been selected to receive support by Mobility 21, the US Department of Transportation supported University Transportation Center at Carnegie Mellon University. This award serves as a challenge grant for RCI and QVCOG to raise the additional funds to complete the project, slated to commence in July 2018. Click here to read a one-pager about this project.
While residents of the Quaker Valley COG area are well familiar with "The Boulevard," in fact, a comprehensive evaluation of its impacts, both pro and con, on the communities has not been performed. Until recently the definition of a highway corridor was not well-established. Recent research on the types of corridors, as well as technological change, now allows us to look at the impact of Route 65 on the various types of communities that align it. As Don Carter, Director of RCI succinctly put it at the QVCOG Annual Dinner last October, we are looking at the opportunity to finally "tame the highway."
The Route 65 Corridor project will encompass QVCOG communities as well as 7 additional in Beaver County. Projects relating to safety, economic development, infrastructure, land use, marketing and promotion, multi-modal transportation, accessibility and more are potential outcomes of this study. Look for an upcoming launch in July, 2018. Contact Susan Hockenberry, Executive Director, to learn how you can get involved in this project.
QVCOG is pleased to again welcome Rick Vilello to our area. Since his visit in October of 2016, Rick has been promoted to Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development. Rick joined DCED in March of 2015, as the Executive Director of the Center for Local Government Services. Before coming to DCED, Rick served four terms as Mayor of Lock Haven and was previously the President of Pennsylvania Municipal League.
Rick's visit this time will focus on the Route 65 Corridor. Currently, QVCOG is seeking support for this project from DCED and PennDOT. All officials from member municipalities are invited to attend the QVCOG Board of Directors meeting at 7 PM, Leetsdale Borough on April 18, 2018. Contact Susan Hockenberry, Executive Director for more information.
Agenda for April 18 Meeting:
1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call
4. Public Participation
5. Remarks - DCED Deputy Secretary Rick Vilello
6. PI Team
a. Municipal Solar Initiative - Tim Kelly, Aleppo Township; Greg, Winks & Will Brown, Solbridge Energy Advisors
b. Accelerating Digital Adoption Through Intergovernmental Cooperation - Alan Kugler, PA E-Gov Consortium & Patrick Connors Edgeworth Borough/ University of Pittsburgh Digital Governance Study
8. PI Team Past Program Follow up
a. Emergency Management -Audit Report - Allegheny County EMS ; EMA Study Resolution Packet
9. Business Meeting - Old Business
a. Agreement with ClearGov
b. 2018 Lease
c. By-Laws Amendment
d. March 2018 Executive Directors Report
e. Approval of February Minutes and March Financial Statements.
f. Other Concerns of Delegates
At the August 2017 PI Team Meeting, QVCOG members examined emergency management and requested Allegheny County Emergency Services to provide a status report on the performance of QVCOG communities in the core areas of emergency management. Report and Next Steps memo and Resolution found here.
Sealed bids will be received by the Quaker Valley Council of Governments (hereafter referred to as the "QVCOG"), Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, for the following Community Development Block Grant Year 43 project:
CD43-2.2.3 Lincoln Avenue Streetscape Phase V - Bellevue Borough
All proposals must be sealed, marked with project name and number and delivered or mailed to Quaker Valley Council of Governments, 8306 Ohio River Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA. 15202, no later than 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 and same will be opened at 10:01 A.M. on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018. The proposals must be mailed or delivered in sealed envelopes and they must be clearly identified as proposals for the project outlined above. Please feel free to call 412-766-7458 if you have any questions.
The QVCOG reserves the right to reject any and all bids, alternates or parts of bids and to waive any informality in the bidding.The bids will remain firm for a period of ninety (90) days.
Bids must be accompanied by a Bid Bond or a Certified Check made payable, without condition, to the QVCOG in an amount no less than 10 % of the bid or a bid bond in the same amount. This must be done for each individual project that a contractor intends to bid on.
Compliance is required with the Davis-Bacon Act and other Federal Labor Standard Provisions: Title VI and other applicable provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Department of Labor Equal Opportunity Clause (41 CFR 60-1.4); Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974; Executive Order 11625 (Utilization of Minority Business Enterprise); Executive Order 12138”. Demolitions are exempt from the Davis-Bacon Act requirement.
(Utilization of Female Business Enterprise); in compliance with Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and the Allegheny County MBE/WBE Program enacted July, 1981, which sets forth goals of 13 percent Minority and 2 percent Female Business Enterprise; and the Allegheny County Ordinance #6867-12, setting forth goals of 5 percent Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.
Further, notice is hereby given that this is a Section 3 Project under the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, (as amended) and must to the greatest extent feasible, utilize lower income residents for employment and training opportunities and Section 3 Business concerns and all contracts and subcontracts for this project shall contain the "Section 3 Clause" as set forth in 24 CFR, Part 135.38.
Moreover, compliance is required by the prime contractor and all subcontractors with the document entitled Federal General Conditions that is included with the bid materials furnished, these Federal General Conditions to be incorporated by reference into all construction contracts between operating agency and contractor, contractor and subcontractor(s), and subcontractor(s) and lower tiered subcontractor(s).
Copies of the plans and specifications are on file for review at Accu-Copy Reprographics location:
Pittsburgh - North
302 Thompson Park Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Sets of bidding specifications may be purchased at this location or online www.accu-copy.com at a non-refundable cost of $70.00 per set plus the cost of shipping.
Janet L. Wenger, Administrative Assistant
Quaker Valley Council of Governments
Due to the severe weather forecast until 8 PM, today's QVCOG PI Team Meeting slated for 7:30 PM in Bellevue is cancelled. A rescheduled PI Team meeting will be announced in the near future. Please contact QVCOG at 412.766.7458 for further information.
April 4, 2018
9-11:30 AM |8:30 Registration
Where: Kilbuck Township, 343 Eicher Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Click here to Register
This training session will review the basic design of QVCOG COG-wide GIS System, introduce existing member benefits and provide training on how to use ArcGIS Online features, including present existing in-house municipal data on maps.
Current Subscribers to QVCOG GIS; municipal officials from municipalities that are evaluating GIS and are members in good standing with QVCOG or other Councils of Governments.
Instructor: Matt Mecurio, CivicMapper
FEATURES TO BE EXAMINED
Contact Susan G. Hockenberry, Executive Director, 412.766.7460
This project keeps the ball rolling on our unique GIS based multi-municipal blight fight! Quaker Valley Council of Governments implemented Systematic Property Rating System, housed in ArcGIS Online in 2017. This project continues with the addition of more properties in more municipalities. Goals include building regional database, aggregating need identification for performance of code enforcement officer duties, clearly mapping areas of concern for targeted re-investment. This project transforms code enforcement to a data driven, not complaint driven process. It maximizes efficiency by serving a number of municipalities -- assuring transfer of knowledge between member communities as well.
Click here for a detailed project description.
Undergraduate and graduate students should submit resumes here.
2018 will see 4 PI Team Meetings slated for the Quaker Valley COG.
- March 21, 2018, 7:30 PM Bellevue Borough
-May 16, 2018, 7:30 PM Leet Township
-July 18, 2018, 7:30 PM Aleppo Township
-November 14, 2018, 7:30 PM Sewickley Borough
PI Team is made up of QVCOG Board of Directors, municipal staff and community volunteers. Contact Susan Hockenberry, Executive Director for more information, 412.766.7460.