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OCPC's 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting

OCPC is celebrating their 50th Anniversary (1967-2017). We invite you to celebrate with us on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the Hotel 1620 at the Plymouth Harbor, 180 Water Street, Plymouth, MA (directions. Our guest speakers will be Matthew Barry, Division President of LStar Ventures and Joe C. McKinney, Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations. Read more about our speakers here. For more information, please call Shawn Bailey (508) 583-1833 Ext. 209 or email at sbailey@ocpcrpa.org, or register to attend here.

We are looking for your input on our Corridor Studies!

Take our survey!

OCPC is looking for public input on our Route 123 and Route 53 Corridor Studies. If you use these routes, we want to hear from you! The survey results are used to inform our recommendations on improvements to the roadway corridor. The surveys can be reached here:

More information on both of these corridor studies, as well as past studies, can be found on our Corridor Studies page.

Pre-Applications for Older Americans Act Funding for FFY 2018 & 2019

The OCPC-AAA is accepting pre-applications for the provision of elder services for Federal Fiscal Years 2018 & 2019 (October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2019). The priority service categories for this two-year funding cycle are:

Interested parties must submit a pre-application to the OCPC-AAA by 4:00 p.m., May 26, 2017. Guidelines and pre-applications may be obtained by contacting Patrick Hamilton at phamilton@ocpcrpa.org or (508) 583-1833. Agencies with suitable pre-applications will be required to submit a full proposal packet. Contracts will be awarded for one year with the option of the second year contingent upon program performance, existing need for service, and funding availability.

Brockton's 4th Annual Bike to Work Day

In celebration of Bay State Bike Week, Brockton's 4th Annual Bike to Work Day is being held at the Brockton Area Transit Intermodal Centre at 10 Commercial Street in Brockton. Grab a coffee and a snack while celebrating a healthy alternative way to travel! Get directions here.

Route 123 Corridor Study Public Workshop

OCPC is seeking public input into the Route 123 Corridor Study. The Route 123 Corridor study focuses on the Route 123 corridor in Abington and Brockton. This public workshop will help develop a plan for future improvements. We will be meeting on Tuesday, May 16 at 5:30 PM at Brockton Public Library at 304 Main Street. For more information, view the meeting flyer.

MassDOT Five-Year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) Public Meetings

MassDOT has announced a schedule of 12 public meetings in locations across the state to present and discuss the draft MassDOT Five-Year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) Update. Public input received at the meetings from May 15 to May 24 will be considered before the CIP is finalized.

The schedule for these meetings is as follows:

For more information on the CIP, please visit MassDOT's Capital Investment Plan web page or view the flyer regarding the meeting schedule. This flyer is also available translated here: (Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole)

Notice of Public Review and Comment Period

The Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has released the following Plans and Documents for a 21--day public review and comment period. The public is invited to review these Plans and Documents and provide comments.

A public meeting of the OCPC and Old Colony MPO advisory committee, the Old Colony Joint Transportation Committee (JTC), is scheduled for May 4, 2017 at 12 PM. Furthermore, a public meeting of the Old Colony MPO is scheduled for May 16, 2017 at 10 AM to hear additional public comments and consider endorsement.

Please contact Charles Kilmer at 508-583-1833 Extension 206 for further information.

OCPC Preparing a Corridor Study of Route 53

Old Colony Planning Council is currently preparing a comprehensive transportation planning level corridor study of the Route 53 Corridor through Hanover, Pembroke, Duxbury, and Kingston. The Study will include a complete assessment of existing conditions, including but not necessarily limited to, capacity and efficiency (main line and intersection levels of service) analysis, crash rate and severity analysis, vehicular speed and heavy vehicle traffic analysis, bicycle and pedestrian conditions, transit efficiency, and a public health assessment. More information about this project is available on our Corridor Studies page.

Route 123 Corridor Study in Abington and Brockton is Underway

The Old Colony Planning Council is currently conducting a study of the Route 123 corridor in Abington and Brockton and needs your input. The Route 123 corridor study scope is from the Brockton downtown (Warren Avenue/Belmont Street intersection) to the Abington/Rockland Town Line. Its purpose is to study traffic in-depth and develop short-term and long-term solutions to enhance traffic circulation, reduce congestion, and improve safety. The study considers the Complete Streets approach (Considers all users including transit customers and operators, walkers, and bicyclists). More information is available here.

Community Septic Management Program Continues for Stoughton!

On October 24, 2016, the Town of Stoughton Board of Selectmen voted to borrow a total of $400,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust. On March 7, 2017, the Board of Selectmen voted to approve the new interest rates for the Town of Stoughton’s continued participation in the Community Septic Management Program. The rates are as follows:

The Town will be receiving their funds for future septic and sewer projects by the end of March/beginning of April. If you would like to read more into the program, please visit our Septic Program page. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Shawn Bailey or (508) 583-1833 ext. 219.

Commuter Origins Study Released

The Old Colony Commuter Origins Study is a quadrennial project aimed at identifying the commuter origins for the MBTA Old Colony Commuter Rail Lines and Park & Ride lots within the Old Colony CMP region. The purpose of this study was to monitor utilization and congestion levels at commuter rail and Park & Ride parking facilities; decipher trip movements of commuters who travel to those parking lots; and to determine the different trends that exist at each station location. The full report can be downloaded here.

Notice of 2017 District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) Funding

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is pleased to announce that the Commonwealth has once again provided funding for the District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) Program for 2017. This program enables OCPC to provide free technical assistance to member communities on eligible projects. OCPC municipalities are invited to apply for technical assistance consistent with state guidelines. For more information on eligibility and a request form, consult the soliciation letter.

Financial Assistant/Grants Monitor Position

Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is a regional planning agency made up of 17 member communities located in Southeastern Massachusetts. OCPC has an overall budget of approximately $2 million. OCPC is seeking a Financial Assistant/Grants Monitor who will work closely with the Fiscal Director and the Area Agency on Aging Administrator. The Council is looking for an experienced candidate who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, or a related field, and a minimum of five (5) years experience in fiscal oversight and management of State and Federal Government contracts. The Financial Assistant/Grants Monitor will be responsible for fiscal grant management oversight of Older Americans Act programs and a Volunteer Transportation Program, and will assist the Fiscal Director with other tasks and duties as necessary. The job description is available at our Employment Opportunities page.

Interested candidates, please forward your resume and cover letter to:
Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC)
70 School Street
Brockton, MA 02302
Email: pciaramella@ocpcrpa.org

OCPC is an EOE/AA employer.

Municipal Small Bridge Program Announced

This 5 year, $50M program will provide reimbursable assistance to cities and towns of up to $500K per year to aid in the replacement and preservation of municipally owned bridges with spans between 10' and 20'. These bridges are not eligible for federal aid under existing bridge replacement or rehabilitation programs and an increasing number of them are at high risk for full or partial closure in the near future due to their present condition.

This is a need and merit based program that will seek to fund those applications that demonstrate a critical need (i.e. emergency closure, detrimental detour routes for first responders) or will substantially extend the life of an existing bridge.

All applications will be submitted by the city or town to their local district highway office. From there, projects will be screened for eligibility and forwarded to MassDOT's Bridge Section in Boston with a recommendation. Projects will again be evaluated and scored, with final recommendations being made to the Chief Engineer, who will issue to each municipality a final decision. For additional information, please visit: Municipal Small Bridge Program.

Winning Municipal Office Supply Bid Announced

The winning office supply vendor of the SRPEDD, OCPC, and The Town of Kingston bid was W. B. Mason.

General terms of the award are:

Although this bid and award does not restrict your department from buying elsewhere if you can find a better price, we believe that buying from WB Mason will save your municipality significant money. We strongly encourage your use of the bid. Just call W. B. Mason and mention the "SRPEDD, OCPC, and The Town of Kingston Bid".

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Arbeene or (508) 583-1833 ext. 213.

Focus40: The 2040 Investment Plan for the MBTA

MassDOT and the MBTA are embarking on a long-term investment plan for the MBTA. Focus40 is the 25-year strategic vision for MBTA investments. This process is engaging customers - as well as elected officials, major employers and business leaders, academic institutions, the advocacy community, and other stakeholders - in the development of a financially responsible, long-term investment strategy that positions the MBTA to better serve the region of today, as well as the Greater Boston of 2040.

Focus40 wants to hear from you. How do you want the MBTA to serve the Boston Region of 2040? What are your priorities for our system? You can send comments to Focus40@dot.state.ma.us. Sign up for project information so you can participate in person at meetings and events.

Colonial Power Group Selected as Aggregation Consultant by OCPC

The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) has announced the selection of Colonial Power Group of Marlborough, Massachusetts as its chosen consultant and broker to assist its 17 member communities in moving forward to implement locally controlled municipal programs for the aggregation of electricity. Click here to read more about this agreement or here to read more about municipal aggregation.

DLTA Funding Available

The Old Colony Planning Council is pleased to announce that the Commonwealth has once again provided funding for the District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) Program. More information and the assistance request form can be obtained here, or at the DLTA page.

Study Released on Plymouth's Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station

A study by the Center for Economic Development (CED) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst examining the impacts of a plant closure and decommissioning. The report can be downloaded here.

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