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2017 Moving Together Conference

MassDOT’s annual statewide healthy transportation conference:

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM at Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington, Boston, MA. For more information please visit 2017 Moving Together Conference.

New Massachusetts Academy Will Focus on Performance Measures

Following the success of last year’s academy sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, the Barr Foundation is sponsoring a new Transportation Leadership Academy for regional planning agencies in Massachusetts focused on using performance measures to better assess the impacts and benefits of transportation investments.

The Massachusetts Transportation Leadership Academy is presented by Transportation for America, Transportation for Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies, with support from the Barr Foundation. For more information, please visit Transportation Leadership Academy.

MassDOT: “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet” Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Campaign

MassDOT has launched a new statewide safety campaign to raise awareness for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists who are sharing the streets. This initiative seeks to help reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrian and cyclists.

Two videos that highlight the safety risks present for all travelers on urban roadways are also available to help support this safety initiative. The videos emphasize the notion that everyone who is traveling on a roadway is responsible for doing his/her part to ensure safety.

Employment Opportunities at Old Colony Planning Council

OCPC has two current openings; for a Fiscal Officer and for a Comprehensive Planning Manager. More information on these positions is available at our Employment page.

Community Septic Management Program is Back in Hanson!

On May 1, 2017, the Town of Hanson voted at their annual Town Meeting to borrow a total of $500,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust to continue their participation in the Community Septic Management Program. The Town will be receiving their funds for future septic projects within the next year; they will first need to vote on the new interest rate and payback period. This will be done at the next Town Meeting, which will be held on Monday October 2, 2017 at the Hanson Middle School.

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 for the Town of Hanson, please contact Shawn Bailey or (508) 583-1833 ext. 217.

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.

Em português: Pesquisa do Estudo do Corredor 123- Abington ou Brockton

O Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC) está atualmente conduzindo o estudo do corredor da Rota 123 em Abington e Brockton. O objetivo deste estudo é avaliar as condições de tráfego existentes e futuras, bem como as condições de transporte de bicicletas, pedestres, trânsito público, estacionamento e uso do solo. O estudo centra-se no corredor da rota 123 da linha de Abington-Rockland através de Abington e Brockton para o Downtown Brockton (Warren Avenue).

Esta pesquisa fornece a oportunidade de participar da comunidade em relação às necessidades de mobilidade, qualidade de vida, segurança e questões ambientais.

Ao preencher esta pesquisa, você está fazendo uma declaração sobre as necessidades da sua comunidade. Levará cerca de 10 minutos para completar esta pesquisa.

Obrigado por sua participação e interesse em sua comunidade - aguardamos seus comentários. PESQUISA AQUI

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. 217.

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.

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 email Pasquale Ciaramella or call (508) 583-1833 ext. 202.

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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