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SEMCOG TO HOLD GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING THURSDAY, MARCH 26

 SEMCOG TO HOLD GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING THURSDAY, MARCH 26
 Highway construction plans for Southeast Michigan will be the topic of a presentation to the General Assembly of SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. Louis Lambert, assistant deputy director, Bureau of Transportation Planning, Michigan Department of Transportation, will discuss highway construction plans for Southeast Michigan in 1992 and beyond. The General Assembly will meet on:
 Thursday, March 26
 2:30 p.m.
 Engineering Society of Detroit
 Detroit
 Also on the agenda is "Decision Dateline: The Regional Policy Path for Southeast Michigan." This will be a presentation to General Assembly members about the accelerated decision-making responsibilities facing elected officials working through SEMCOG. Decisions made in the areas of transportation, air quality and regional development will have a significant impact on the future of Southeast Michigan and its communities.
 General Assembly members will consider an amendment to SEMCOG's bylaws which gives special voting membership to transportation providers on SEMCOG's Executive Committee and General Assembly. This is in response to the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) that calls for major transportation providers -- Michigan Department of Transportation, road commissions/departments and transit operators -- to have adequate voice in the regional transportation decision-making process. Under the Act, SEMCOG, as the Metropolitan Planning Organization for this region, will have responsibility for deciding which roads and transit projects in Southeast Michigan receive federal funding. The transportation providers will have voting privileges only on transportation matters.
 Prior to the General Assembly, SEMCOG will co-sponsor a workshop with the Race Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit, aimed at making local elected officials aware of options for improving racial and ethnic relations in their communities. The Race Relations Council has formulated guidelines for improved race relations that were supported by SEMCOG's Executive Committee in the form of "A Regional Doctrine for Fairness." This workshop will examine the role of race in the development of the region and showcase local communities which have made a commitment to effectively managing race relations.
 Workshop participants include: Douglas Fraser, co-chair of the Race Relations Council, and professor of labor studies, Wayne State University; Joe T. Darden, Ph.D., dean of the Urban Affairs Program, Michigan State University and author of "Detroit: Race and Uneven Development"; Barbara Talley, executive director, Oakland County Center for Open Housing; Eleanor (Coco) Siewert, Birmingham city commissioner; Carol Foster, Rochester Public Schools; and Jim Herrington, Channel 7.
 A second workshop will focus on the waste recycling process and its impact on local governments. Dan Weber, project manager, Waste Systems Institute, will describe a computerized database of both solid and hazardous recyclable materials. The Downriver Recycling Center will describe its plan to increase the recycling efficiency in large and small organizations.
 SEMCOG is a voluntary association of counties, cities, villages, townships, intermediate school districts and community colleges in the seven-county Southeast Michigan region. The council's principal functions are short- and long-term planning for housing, transportation, land use, public safety, education, recreation, economic development and the environment.
 CONTACT: Donn Shelton of SEMCOG, 313-961-4266.
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