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SEMCOG MEETING APRIL 24 TO ADDRESS TRANSPORTATION PROJECT FUNDING

 SEMCOG MEETING APRIL 24 TO ADDRESS TRANSPORTATION PROJECT FUNDING
 Criteria for locating boundaries that will affect the type and amount of state and federal transportation funds for capital project funding to be received by area road operating agencies will be considered at the next meeting of the Executive Committee of SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.
 The meeting will be held:
 Friday, April 24
 2 p.m.
 SEMCOG Offices
 Detroit
 As a result of the 1990 Census, the Federal-Aid urban boundary for Southeast Michigan must be reviewed. This boundary is fixed primarily for capital project funding and determines which areas are eligible for urban- and rural-oriented transportation funds. The revised boundaries must include the Census-designated urbanized area boundary. Establishment of the urban area boundary is a cooperative process between SEMCOG, as the region's lead transportation planning agency, and the state.
 Executive Committee members will also be asked to concur with the Finance and Budget Committee recommendation for General Assembly adoption of the FY 1992-1993 Work Program and Budget. The proposed $4.95 million budget is $740,000 higher than the current fiscal year, reflecting additional responsibilities and funding under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991.
 A city of Detroit project for preliminary engineering and alternatives analysis for light rail transit along the Woodward Corridor will be considered as an addition to the FY 1992-94 Transportation Improvement Program. Non-transferrable Federal Demonstration Funds have been designated for this project. Executive Committee action will ensure that this demonstration project is tied to the regional transportation planning process.
 SEMCOG's Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee will request Executive Committee support for the continuation of financial assistance from the state of Michigan for the Michigan HomeShare Program. There are four Southeast Michigan-based agencies currently operating HomeShare programs: Oakland-Livingston Human Service Agency, Macomb County Department of Senior Citizen Services, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Inc. (Ann Arbor), and the Information Center, Inc. (Southgate).
 Other agenda items include:
 -- Consideration of a resolution reaffirming support for the extension of Mortgage Revenue Bonds and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits;
 -- Consideration of a resolution concerning the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and use of funds for economic development projects; and
 -- An Environmental Policy Advisory Council request to oppose legislation which would pre-empt local ordinances regarding pesticide use.
 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 and open space, economic development and the environment.
 CONTACT: Donn Shelton of SEMCOG, 313-961-4266.
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