NOACA Board of Directors Elects 2014 Officers

At its January meeting, NOACA's Board of Directors elected new officers to serve

2014 NOACA Board officers include (L-R): Medina County Commissioner Adam Friedrick; Nathan Kelly, Cuyahoga County Deputy Chief of Staff Economic Development (representing Cuyahoga County Executive Edward O. FitzGerald); Sheffield Village Mayor John D. Hunter; Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy; Geauga County Commissioner Mary E. Samide; Brunswick Hills Township Trustee Kathleen Scheutzow, Medina County; Valarie J. McCall, Chief of Government and International Affairs, City of Cleveland; and Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo. Not pictured: Lake County Commissioner Robert E. Aufuldish; Julius Ciaccia, Jr., Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

during 2014. Geauga County Commissioner Mary E. Samide now leads the agency as Board president. "I am honored to serve as Board president," said Samide. "As I have done before, I would like to visit every Board member in their own community. It's critical for the president to understand the local issues throughout the region because it's not about just one, but about all of us in five counties."


The complete slate of new NOACA officers is posted on  the agency's website. NOACA's Board of Directors meetings have shifted to a quarterly schedule, with the next meeting planned for Friday, April 11 at 10 a.m.



Agency Unveils Vision Statement     


NOACA's Board of Directors has been engaged in developing a Regional Strategic Plan for the agency. As part of the plan's development, the Board recently adopted a new Vision Statement, shown at right. The Vision Statement will serve as the framework for creating goals addressing NOACA's mission. NOACA's Standing Committees also will develop strategies for meeting the goals.


NOACA Standing Committees to Meet February 14


Three of NOACA's new Standing Committees will hold their inaugural meetings on Friday, February 14, at NOACA's 1299 Superior Avenue office:

NOACA Awards Funding for 13 Transportation Planning Studies


Nine communities and public agencies are on the way to improving safety, aesthetics, livability, and quality of life for northeast Ohio residents. On January 10, NOACA's Board of Directors awarded planning grants ranging from $40,000 to $118,000 to 13 projects as part of the fiscal year 2014 Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI). "NOACA is pleased to offer this funding, which is specifically allocated for planning studies," said Grace Gallucci, NOACA executive director. "Often the planning work conducted for these studies results in transportation improvement projects. Since the TLCI's initiation, more than $500 million in investments in transportation and land-use projects have been attributed directly or indirectly to TLCI plans."


Express Your Opinion on Proposed Transportation Improvements


NOACA welcomes public review and comment on all of its federally funded programs and projects. For the next three months, descriptions of nine proposed road, bridge, transit, Safe Routes to School and enhancement projects from throughout NOACA's planning area will be available on the website for review and comment. At its April 11, 2014 meeting, the NOACA Board of Directors will consider adding these projects to the region's long-range transportation plan and getting them one step closer to federal funding.


NOACA Board Approves Waste Water Facility Planning Area Review Time Limit


The NOACA Board of Directors amended Clean Water 2000, the region's water quality management plan, establishing a review period of 90 days for review of proposed waste water treatment facility planning area (FPA) boundary changes. FPAs are designated areas served by waste water treatment facilities. Clean Water 2000 allows for changes in FPA boundaries subject to the consent of affected parties and review by NOACA staff and the NOACA Water Quality Subcommittee. The approved amendment to the plan gives affected jurisdictions a defined time limit for responding to proposed FPA boundary changes.


Grace Gallucci, Executive Director
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