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Northwest Council of Mayors

Introduction
Northwest Council of Mayors Members
Current Program and Methodology
Technical Committee (includes meeting agendas and minutes)
Annual Report
History and Previous Projects

Introduction

Road ConstructionThe Northwest Municipal Conference serves as home for the Northwest Council of Mayors, a cooperative body focused upon programming federal transportation funding for local road, transit, and bicycle facility projects. Members of the Northwest Council operate through a Technical Committee comprised of local mayors and managers whose mission is to identify and address local improvements to the transportation network. The Northwest Council is part of the larger Council of Mayors, comprised of 11 sub-regional councils representing local governments on transportation issues through the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). CMAP serves as the Chicago region’s metropolitan planning organization, and is responsible for the programming of federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) funding.  Staff also assists municipalities with programming other federal transportation fund sources including the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program, Enhancement (ITEP) funds, and Safe Routes to School funds. 

The staff contact for the Northwest Council of Mayors is Mike Walczak, who can be reached at 847-296-9200 x 34 or mwalczak@nwmc-cog.org

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Northwest Council of Mayors Members

The following municipalities are members of the Northwest Council:
Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bartlett*, Buffalo Grove**, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park*, Hoffman Estates, Inverness***, Mount Prospect, Niles, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, South Barrington***, Streamwood, and Wheeling.

* also a member of DuPage Council
** also a member of Lake Council
*** not a NWMC member

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Current Program and Methodology

The Northwest Council has programmed future STP funds through fiscal year 2017.  Projects that have been accepted by the Council but have no funding programmed are shown on the Multi-Year "B" list.  

Adobe Logo Fiscal Year 2013-2017 NW Council STP

The Northwest Council programs STP funding utilizing a methodology developed specifically with the needs of the communities in mind.

Adobe Logo NW Council STP guidebook - updated August 2009

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Technical Committee

Big TruckThe Northwest Council of Mayors Technical Committee is responsible for the programming of STP funds, and is composed of four mayors and four village managers from Council members. All decisions of the Technical Committee are voted on by the full Council at the following NWMC Board meeting.

Meeting Schedule

The next meeting of the Technical Committee is June 6 at 8:30 a.m. at Barrington Village Hall.  

Agendas and Minutes

Here are the agendas and minutes from recent Technical Committee meetings:
Adobe Logo June 6, 2013 - Agenda
Adobe Logo April 4, 2013 - Draft Meeting Minutes
Adobe Logo April 4, 2013 - Agenda
Adobe Logo November 30, 2012 - Meeting Minutes
Adobe Logo November 30, 2012 - Agenda
Adobe Logo August 16, 2012 - Meeting Minutes
Adobe Logo August 16, 2012 - Agenda
Adobe Logo April 5, 2012 - Meeting Minutes
Adobe Logo April 5, 2012 - Agenda
Adobe Logo November 3, 2011 - Meeting Minutes
Adobe Logo November 3, 2011 - Agenda
Adobe Logo June 2, 2011 - Meeting Minutes
Adobe Logo June 2, 2011 - Agenda

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Annual Report

Each July, the Northwest Council produces an annual report on their activities and accomplishments for the previously completed fiscal year, which runs July 1-June 30. Also included in the report is the Council's current Surface Transportation Program summary.

The FY 2013 Annual Report is coming soon.

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History and Previous Projects

Surface Transportation Program (STP) funding was created by Congress through the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 and renewed through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) in 1998, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005 and most recently Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). STP funding is intended for local governments to address specific transportation issues within their geographic regions. CMAP distributes STP funds based upon a council’s population.

STP funding has been used to reconstruct roadways and improve traffic flow through intersections in Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove Village and Niles. It has been used to construct new transit stations in Arlington Heights and Prospect Heights and improve commuter parking lots in Mount Prospect and Schaumburg. STP funds were used to construct a bikeway in Barrington, add lighting to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians in Buffalo Grove, and construct sidewalks and bus shelters in Elk Grove Village.

The following is a list of all projects accomplished in the Northwest Council using STP funds and similar locally programmed fund sources from 1972 to the present.

Adobe Logo Northwest Council of Mayors STP History (last updated October 1, 2012)

For a report by municipality, please contact Mike Walczak. 

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