The South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association houses the South Council of Mayors, one of eleven subregional councils established by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to:
- Provide local input into the metropolitan transportation planning process
- Facilitate communication between local governments and the regional transportation agencies
- Establish the priorities for the local Surface Transportation Program and implement programmed projects
The South Council is composed of 35 municipalities in South Cook and Southeast Will counties. Each Council of Mayors receives an annual allocation of local Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds and is responsible for programming those funds according to its own STP Methodology. Council projects must meet all federal eligibility requirements, including being located on a federal-aid eligible route, and must be sponsored and implemented by a local community within the council.
Each Council of Mayors has a least one staff person designated as a Planning Liaison (PL). PLs are the primary link between CMAP and the suburban mayors and are directly responsible for the programming of locally sponsored, federally funded projects in the CMAP Transportation Improvement Program. PLs are the primary contact for local agencies and coordinate the implementation of federally funded projects, including STP, CMAQ, BRRP, Safe Routes to Schools and Enhancement (ITEP) projects, with municipalities and IDOT.
The South Council Planning Liaison is Tamara Freihat (708-922-4682 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Resources and Downloads
SSMMA Surface Transportation Program Project Selection and Programming Process (Updated June 2014) (in WORD format for use in project applications)
STP Project Milestone Schedule (to be completed for all projects in the current program)
STP Program History South Council (a listing of all projects funded through the South Suburban Surface Transportation Program from its inception in 1975 through 2012)