Employment Opportunity – Zoning Enforcement Officer:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments is seeking a regional Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO) to serve in several municipalities. Duties include: receiving and investigating zoning violation complaints; issuing notices of violation; issuing cease and desist orders as necessary; issuing Certificates of Zoning Compliance; advising municipal Zoning Boards of Appeal (ZBA).

This position is intended to be full-time; however, applicants interested in working on a part-time basis will be considered. Successful applicants will have a background in Zoning and/or Planning. Certification as a Certified Zoning Enforcement Officer is required by January 1, 2023.

Advertisement – Zoning Enforcement Officer

Employment webpage

RFQ – Two (2) Corridor Studies:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments is seeking to engage transportation firms to conduct two separate corridor studies. Firms may express interest in one or both studies; if a firm expresses interest in both studies, the firm will interview separately for each study.

Submission instructions and additional details are contained in the combined RFQ below. A FAQ document may be maintained and posted to the RFP/RFQ webpage. Submissions are due by 4:00 p.m. (EST) on Monday, November 19, 2021.

Combined Request for Qualifications (10/27/21)

Attachment A: Consultant Scope of Services (posted 11/1/2021)

RFP/RFQ webpage

State Route 32, New London Corridor Study (Project #094-0262)

State Route 32 in the City of New London, between Williams Street, New London and Benham Avenue, Waterford. The one-mile corridor including Connecticut College and the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) is referred to as “College Hill District”. The study will analyze multimodal transportation accommodation and evaluate the impacts that new development and population increase will have on the existing transportation systems.

State Route 161, East Lyme Corridor Study (Project #044-0159)

State Route 161 in the Town of East Lyme, beginning at the driveway to East Lyme High School and ending the Route 161/Route 156 intersection. This study intends to examine the multimodal functionality of the road by analyzing corridor access and provide recommendations for corridor improvements. The study will address congestion, vehicular crashes, and improved bicycle and pedestrian access and comfort.

DEMHS Region 4 Regional Emergency Planning Team Approves FY 2021 Budget:

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) Region 4 Regional Emergency Planning Team (REPT), which is composed of Chief Elected Officials form SCCOG and the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (NECCOG), along with several CEOs from two other councils of governments, unanimously approved of a spending plan for FY 2021 Homeland Security Grant funds at a September 8, 2021 meeting. This budget will now be the subject of a grant application to DEMHS. Under the proposed budget, SCCOG will remain the fiduciary for the Region 4 REPT.

FY 2021 Approved Region 4 REPT Budget

White Paper – Municipal Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis Establishments:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments recently released a white paper on the topic of Public Act 21-1, which legalizes adult recreational cannabis use and retail sale. The paper titled Municipal Obligations Related to the Passage of Public Act 21-1: An Act Concerning Responsible and Equitable Regulation of Adult-Use Cannabis, establishes guidance for municipalities navigating the law’s land-use components, which include regulation through zoning and municipal ordinances.

SCCOG and the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) Hold Joint Press Conference Requesting Statewide Mask Mandate:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council and the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) held a joint press conference on Friday, August 20th, regarding separate requests made by both councils of governments, to the Office of the Governor, for a statewide mask mandate.

Chief elected officials at both councils of governments broadly feel that a statewide mask mandate, which would replace individual municipal mandates allowed by Executive Order 13A, would better address the recent uptick in COVID-19 transmission in the State of Connecticut. Further, a statewide mandate would be consistent with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recommends in-part that all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons wear facial masks in indoor public places, in “high-transmission” areas; five of Connecticut’s eight counties, including New London County and “high-transmission” areas.

Press Conference Recordings:
Audio | Video

SCCOG Recommendation Regarding Indoor Masking:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments has issued a statement strongly recommending the wearing of facial masks in all indoor places where people gather with others who are not members of their immediate household, in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Such gathering places include businesses, offices, restaurants, recreational facilities, entertainment venues, places of worship, and cultural institutions.

This recommendation is consistent with updated guidance of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued on July 27th, which encourages people living in high-transmission communities to wear masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of their vaccination status. The CDC labeled five of Connecticut’s eight counties, including New London County, as “high-transmission” areas, which have experienced a dramatic increase in the rate of infections over the past several weeks.

Full Statement by SCCOG (dated August 18)

SCCOG Seeks Recovery Coordinator:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments is seeking a Recovery Coordinator, a senior staff position responsible for leading all aspects of the implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for the SCCOG.

Desired qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Planning, Public Administration. or a related field, plus 5 years’ experience, or a Bachelors’ degree, plus 7 years’ experience.

This position will be filled for the period of time during which ARPA funding is made available to the SCCOG (anticipate through 6/30/2025).

Full Job Description

SCCOG Completes Route 2 Corridor Study in North Stonington:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, in coordination with the Town of North Stonington and the Connecticut Department of Transportation, engaged engineering firm Tighe & Bond to complete a Corridor Study of Connecticut State Route 2 in North Stonington, from Holly Green to the rotary at CT-2 and CT-184. The study identifies bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly improvements designed to enhance safety, accommodate a broad range of users, and support regional livability. For more information, contact Kate Rattan, project manager, at krattan@seccog.org.

Corridor Study Recommendations/Technical Memo

Corridor Study Presentation

RFQ – On-call Transportation Engineer or Transportation Engineering Firm:

The Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments is seeking the services of an on-call transportation engineer or transportation engineering firm. A Request for Qualifications, including preliminary scope of work, consulting requirements, and submission instructions may be found below or at www.seccog.org/rfpq. Qualification Statements must be received by SCCOG no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2021.

Request for Qualifications (7/13/21)

Legal Notice (7/15/21)

Frequently Asked Questions (updated 7/15/21)

SCCOG and the Connecticut Department of Transportation Solicit “Section 5310” Grant Program Applications:

SCCOG and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) are now soliciting applications for funding under the federal Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (“Section 5310”). The Section 5310 program provides federal funding for capital and operating expenses to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Eligible applicants are public transit operators, municipalities, private non-profit organizations, and state governments.

Applications are due to both SCCOG and CT DOT by Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 4pm. The application is available below, and has also been posted to the state contracting portal: CTsource, via solicitation #2275. Please submit completed application to both Kate Rattan of SCCOG (krattan@seccog.org) and DOT.Section5310@ct.gov.

CT DOT Section 5310 webpage
Application materials and instructions
One-page flyer

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