Public Participation Plan

SEDA-Council of Governments is responsible for regional transportation planning activities and staffs the SEDA-COG Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) designated for the following counties: Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union. SEDA-COG communicates with interested parties to ensure effective and innovative transportation planning that is representative of and responsive to the needs of the entire MPO region. To achieve this goal, SEDA-COG encourages the public to play an active role in the development of transportation plans, programs, and projects – beginning in the early stages of, and extending throughout, the planning processes.

Draft Title VI Program Available for Review

From April 22 through June 6, 2022, the public is invited to review and comment on documents that define how the SEDA-COG MPO provides the public with opportunities to comment on its regional transportation planning activities. The SEDA-COG MPO’s Public Participation Plan (PPP) and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) plan specify the methods used to engage a wide range of stakeholders in the transportation planning process. Both documents, together comprising parts of the SEDA-COG MPO’s draft Title VI Program, were recently updated based on changes in regulatory guidance and widespread use of virtual meeting technology.

The draft Title VI Program is available for download here.

The SEDA-COG MPO offers several options for public input on the draft Title VI Program: attend a public meeting with the opportunity to speak to regional planners in person, participate in the meeting virtually, or comment via the SEDA-COG website, by e-mail, or by U.S. Mail.

Public Meeting: A public meeting will be held May 9 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Union County Government Center, 155 N. 15th St., Lewisburg. Regional transportation planners will introduce the draft Title VI Program. The government center is accessible to people with disabilities. If accommodations related to language, sight, or hearing are needed for those with special needs, please contact the SEDA-COG MPO at 570-524-4491 by May 2.

Public Meeting Presentation
Public Meeting Handouts
Public Meeting Recording

Virtual Participation: The public can participate in the meeting and submit comments via teleconference or videoconference using the following log-in info:
Teleconference: (470) 869-2200; Meeting ID: 7697993399#
Videoconference: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/7697993399

Website: Comments can be submitted by clicking the Transportation Comments link or Contact Us button on the website.

Other Contact Info: Comments may be submitted by U.S. Mail to Steve Herman, Transportation Planning Director, SEDA-COG MPO, 201 Furnace Road, Lewisburg, PA, 17837, or by e-mail at sherman@seda-cog.org.

Deadline: All comments on the draft Title VI Program must be received by 4 p.m. on June 6 and must include the name and address of the commenter.

The Public Participation Plan (PPP) ensures that SEDA-COG MPO public involvement activities comply with applicable federal/state regulations and guidelines on transportation planning and programming. The PPP includes regional overview information and a framework of goals, objectives, and techniques for obtaining effective public participation as part of SEDA-COG’s transportation planning efforts. The PPP identifies current outreach techniques and outlines steps for future improvement in order to increase and enhance public participation in the SEDA-COG MPO planning process.

The current Public Participation Plan for the SEDA-COG Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) was made available for public review in late 2014 and adopted in December 2014. The Plan is periodically reviewed for updates and enhancements. Comments or questions on the Plan can be forwarded to the contact person listed below.

The SEDA-COG MPO is responsible to take steps to ensure meaningful access to the services, information, and other important portions of MPO programs and activities for individuals who are limited-English proficient. In response to this responsibility, the SEDA-COG MPO has prepared a Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan, which is a stand-alone umbrella document that complies with Federal guidance.

The SEDA-COG MPO is committed to compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of applicable civil rights statutes, executive orders, regulations, and policies. If you have a request for a special need, wish to file a complaint, or desire additional information, please contact the below person.

SEDA-Council of Governments
Attn: Steve Herman
201 Furnace Road
Lewisburg, PA 17837
570-524-4491

MPO Title VI and Nondiscrimination Procedures

Included below are copies of the SEDA-COG MPO Title VI and Nondiscrimination notices, complaint procedures and complaint forms. These procedures apply to all external complaints relating to any program or activity administered by SEDA-COG MPO and/or its sub-recipients, consultants and contractors, filed under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.