COVID-19 Update

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Dear Members, Project Partners, and Friends:

As you may be aware, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts’ Executive Order allowing governing bodies to conduct their open meetings virtually expired June 30.

Because of this, MAPA is hosting its public committee and board meetings in person again. 

In August this includes the following meetings: 

  • Finance Committee – August 19
  • Transportation Technical Advisory Committee – August 21
  • Board of Directors – August 27

The Heartland 2050 Regional Planning Advisory Committee (RPAC) meeting on August 7 is now a working session and will take place virtually.

The Regional Planning Affiliation (RPA)-18 and Coordinated Transit Committee (CTC) meetings on August 12 and August 19, 2020 respectively are canceled.

Regional Planning Affiliation (RPA)-18, which is comprised of  the Iowa counties of Harrison, Mills, Shelby and the non-urbanized portion of Pottawattamie County, will continue to meet virtually as allowed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’s State Public Health Emergency Declaration, except for the August 2020 meeting, which is canceled.

All other MAPA committee meetings will meet virtually.

Your health and safety are priorities for us. Therefore, MAPA strongly encourages the wearing of masks during meeting attendance. We will have a limited number of disposable masks available for board and committee members who do not provide their own. 

You will also notice changes to the Metro building and the meeting rooms we use.  

The Metro lobby is open to the public but the public restrooms just off the lobby are closed.

For Board of Directors meetings: chairs on dais will be limited to allow for social distancing. Extra chairs will be added to the floor on either side of the dais to accommodate the full board. 

Chairs occupied normally by staff and the public will be limited in number and separated appropriately for social distancing.

The dais will be cleaned prior to and following board meetings. Hand sanitizer will be available on the dais as well. 

For meetings in the Board Room which do not utilize the dais, tables and chairs will be set up with social distancing in mind. 

The same applies to seating in the Lobby Conference Room and the Training Rooms.  Hand sanitizer will be available in these meeting rooms as well.

If you have concerns about attending a MAPA board or committee meeting in person, please contact Christina Brownell as soon as possible at cbrownell@mapacog.org or 402-444-6866, ext. 3217. 

Many MAPA staff members continue to work remotely to provide you the best service possible while keeping ourselves, our families, all of you and the public safe.

Meetings and events

Please check the Calendar tab on the top of this page for event details on MAPA’s meetings.

Anyone with questions about the status of an upcoming MAPA-related meeting, training or event, should reach out directly to the staff member in charge.

We are working our way through this uncertain and anxious situation step-by-step, just as you are.

We continue to do our work behind the scenes that you entrust to us in transportation planning and community and economic development to help our communities connect, plan and thrive. 

Until we can meet in person consistently, we will reach out by email, by phone or even video conference to keep you informed about the progress on our projects. 

We are united with you as we navigate this uncharted territory together.  

Take care and stay safe. 

Greg Youell

Executive Director