News and Events
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
OCPC is an EOE/AA employer.
USDA Declares Primary Natural Disaster Areas for 14 Massachusetts Counties
Due to ongoing drought conditions and their effect on Massachusetts’ agricultural industry, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently designated eleven Commonwealth counties and three contiguous counties as primary natural disaster areas. All qualified farm operators within the designated counties (Barnstable; Bristol; Essex; Franklin; Hampden; Hampshire; Middlesex; Norfolk; Plymouth; Suffolk; and Worchester) and the three contiguous disaster counties (Berkshire; Dukes; and Nantucket) are eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans provided by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). More information is available at the website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
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.
2016 Older Person Needs Assessment and Elder Service Provider Needs Assessment
The OCPC Area Agency on Aging is currently conducting needs assessments of older persons and elder service provider agencies. The online needs assessment survey project will be conducted through December 31, 2016. All older people (age 60+) and elder service provider agencies in the greater Plymouth County region are encouraged to visit the sites identified below and take part in the survey process. For more information, please contact Patrick Hamilton, AAA Administrator.
Old Colony MPO Endorses FFY 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the FFY 2017 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)
The Old Colony MPO has endorsed the FFY 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the FFY 2017 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). The TIP is a five-year program of capital improvements and operating assistance for the transportation system in the region, while the UPWP provides an overview and budgetary information for the transportation planning tasks and activities, which are to be conducted in the region during the upcoming federal fiscal year. For more information, please contact Charles Kilmer.
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 aggrement or here to read more about municipal aggregation.
Route 3A Corridor Study begins in Duxbury
The Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) is currently preparing a transportation corridor study of Route 3A in Duxbury. The purpose of this study is to evaluate existing and future traffic conditions as well as bicycle, pedestrian, public transit, land use, and public health. The study focuses on the Route 3A Corridor in Duxbury from the Marshfield Town Line at its northern extent to the Kingston Town Line at the southern extent. This survey provides the opportunity for community input regarding mobility needs, quality-of-life, safety, and environmental issues. You can access the survey at this link. For more information on this Study, please contact Project Manager Bill McNulty at 508-583-1833 ext. 207 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your participation!
Complete Streets Funding Guidance Available
A Complete Street is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes: walking, biking, transit, and motorized vehicles; for people of all ages and abilities. This Complete Streets Funding Program Guidance document describes the full requirements of the program, including guidance on best practices in Complete Streets Policy development and implementation. The Complete Streets Portal provides the online application and program participation process, and can be found here. MassDOT has allocated $12.5 million for the first two years of this effort. Future funding will be based on the availability of funds and the interest and success of the program.
MassDOT Announces New Complete Streets Funding Program
The new Complete Streets Funding Program, authorized by the 2014 Transportation Bond Bill, offers Massachusetts municipalities incentives to adopt policies and practices that provide safe and accessible options for all travel modes: walking, biking, transit and vehicles for people of all ages and abilities.
MassDOT has launched an interactive web portal to assist municipalities through the policy development, prioritization planning, and project approval steps of the application process. In addition, a Complete Streets Funding Program Guidance document, explaining the program requirements, model policy guidance and scoring system, and eligible infrastructure, is available online. For more information and to register to become a Complete Streets Eligible municipality go to mass.gov/massdot/completestreets.
NHS Intermodal Connectors Study Released
The Old Colony National Highway System (NHS) Intermodal Connectors Study has been completed. The Study examines existing infrastructure and traffic conditions at six designated NHS Intermodal Connectors in the Old Colony region. Intermodal Connectors are highways that were originally identified in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 that provide access between major intermodal facilities and the other four subsystems making up the National Highway System. NHS Intermodal Connectors are key conduits for the timely and reliable delivery of people and goods. Along with analysis of existing conditions, the Study also suggests recommendations for improving access to and safety around these NHS Intermodal Connectors. For more information on this Study, please contact Bill McNulty at 508-583-1833 ext. 207 or at email@example.com. The study can be downloaded here.
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.
MovingU 2040 Regional Transportation Plan Available
MovingU 2040, Old Colony Planning Council's Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), has been released. The RTP is the policy and visioning document of the Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) meant to serve as a guide to the future development of the transportation infrastructure in our region. It can be download at this link, or for a more in-depth description of the MPO and its role, visit our MPO 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.