CW’s Peoples making an impact

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

A four-year stint on a Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission advisory committee for Canal Winchester Public Service Director Matt Peoples has turned into an eight-year tenure and is benefitting the city with local government representation in the transportation planning process.

Four years ago, Mayor Mike Ebert was on the MORPC executive committee and saw they were accepting nominations for the Transportation Advisory Committee. Peoples said Ebert asked him if he was interested in serving on the committee and he was accepted by MORPC after Ebert’s nomination.

The advisory committee meets monthly and consists of 24 voting members. Peoples is one of 10 four-year term members representing local governments. The others are permanent voting members and most are transportation/service directors and/or engineers. Their main purpose is to provide general technical advice for the MORPC Transportation Policy Committee.

They also review the Transportation Planning Process before submission to the policy committee, provide advice and assistance in implementing the planning process, and sit on committees as needed. As a member of TAC, Peoples is also a member of the MORPC Attributable Funds Committee, which provides advice on the development and execution of the processes used to allocate MORPC-attributable funds to transportation projects and project sponsors.

“By not having a background in transportation, being a member has helped me gain a greater knowledge of the areawide transportation planning processes that helps with our planning,” said Peoples. “I have also been able to network with the other members and the 2020 Gender Road Synchronization Study ODOT grant started with a discussion I had with one of the other members. It has been a great experience and I was happy to be selected for a second term.”

Ebert said TAC is also instrumental in ODOT financial matters such as allocating MORPC federal funds and review of ODOT expenditures of federal funds and the experience Peoples gains through his participation in TAC has been beneficial to the city of Canal Winchester by furthering his planning capabilities and the knowledge he has gained as a participant in TAC.

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Canal Winchester Public Service Director Matt Peoples

“All of our city directors have been, or are currently involved with, associations of planning and advice in their various field of expertise be it public works, finance, development or construction and more,” said Ebert. “Some of them have recently served or currently serve as the president or chair of their association affiliate.”

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