COG News - March 2013

COG Board Approves 9-1-1 Report, Baltimore-Washington Cooperative Purchasing Program

9-1-1 reportAt its March meeting, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board of Directors approved a report calling on Verizon to take actions to prevent outages to 9-1-1, such as the one that occurred during and after the June 29, 2012 Derecho storm. The report also urged Verizon’s regulators, the Federal Communications Commission and state commissions, to establish service level agreements to ensure 9-1-1 reliability and continuity. “The report of our steering group helped spur investigations into 9-1-1 outages at the state and federal levels,” said Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova, who first called on COG to examine the outages soon after the Derecho. The COG Board also approved an expansion of its Cooperative Purchasing Program to include the Baltimore region. The program saves local governments and their taxpayers millions of dollars a year through volume buying of fuel, paper and other commodities. The meeting was covered by the Washington Business Journal, Washington Examiner, WTOP, and Univision.

rollDC Earns New Funding from District of Columbia to Continue Service for People with Disabilities

Vincent GrayMary ChehDistrict of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray and Councilmember Mary Cheh announced on March 11 that D.C. has secured $375,000 in funding to match a federal grant and ensure that the rollDC pilot continues to provide wheelchair accessible taxi service to the public. rollDC, which is implemented and managed by the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) in partnership with Yellow and Royal Cab, provides over 400 trips a month to customers who need a wheelchair ramp to use a taxi. The match funding by D.C. will be used to leverage about $1 million in federal funding to support expanding the number of vehicles in the pilot, maintaining and operating the vehicles, and driver training.

Frederick County Activity Centers Featured in News Post

David GrayA recent article in the Frederick News Post highlights the County's Activity Centers and discusses in great detail how concentrating growth and development in these mixed-use places will benefit Frederick's economy, preserve its agriculture, and accommodate more residents. COG Board Member David Gray (Frederick County) discusses the Council of Governments' work in the article.

Council of Governments Officials Call Virginia’s Transportation Bill a Welcome Compromise, Encourage Action in Maryland

VirginiaCOG Board Vice Chairman Bill Euille (City of Alexandria) and TPB Chairman Scott York (Loudoun County) said the transportation funding bill passed by the Virginia Legislature in February is a much needed compromise that will give local jurisdictions the chance to allocate new local funds while increasing the state’s total support for roads and transit. COG Board Chairwoman Karen Young (City of Frederick) called on Maryland leaders to adopt their own compromise to increase transportation funding.

Takoma Park Compost Pilot Featured in The Washington Post

Takoma ParkA recent Washington Post article on a Takoma Park pilot program showed how food composting can advance climate and environmental goals. In the story, COG principal environmental planner John Snarr discussed the need for facilities that can process food into compost.

Upcoming COG Meetings/Events

For more information on the following featured meetings/events, visit the COG Events Calendar. In addition to these events, the calendar lists all meetings of COG policy and technical committees as well as some meetings of other regional organizations.

April 10: COG Board of Directors
April 17: Transportation Planning Board
April 19: Human Services Public Safety Policy Committee

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