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March 2016 MPO Meeting Minutes


Meeting Minutes of the Old Colony MPO Meeting, March 15, 2016
Old Colony Planning Council Offices, 70 School Street, Brockton, MA 02301

Signatories Present:
Trey Wadsworth, Representing Stephanie Pollack, Secretary and CEO, MassDOT
Pamela Haznar, Representing Thomas Tinlin, P.E. , Administrator, MassDOT Highway Division
Ray Ledoux, Administrator, Brockton Area Transit
Eldon Moreira, Vice-Chairman, West Bridgewater Board of Selectmen
Pat Ciaramella, Executive Director, OCPC, Representing Lee Hartmann, President, OCPC
Nick Giaquinto, Brockton, Representing Mayor Bill Carpenter
Lee Hartmann, Plymouth, Representing Kenneth Tavares, Chairman, Board of Selectmen
 
Others Present:
Phil Sheppard, Massasoit Community College
Timothy Kochan, MassDOT District 5
Kathy Riddell, BAT
Kristin Wood, FTA
Leah Sirmin, FHWA
Annie Lemelin, Conservation Law Foundation
Bill Fitzgerald, Avon
Heidi Cho, Hanover
Eric Arbeene, Old Colony Planning Council
Shawn Bailey, Old Colony Planning Council
Paul Chenard, Old Colony Planning Council
Charles Kilmer, Old Colony Planning Council
Kyle Mowatt, Old Colony Planning Council
Ray Guarino, Old Colony Planning Council
Bill McNulty, Old Colony Planning Council
Pat Ciaramella, Old Colony Planning Council
Jimmy Pereira, Old Colony Planning Council

1. Call to Order and Introductions

Chairperson Wadsworth called the meeting to order at 10:00 A.M. and then read the meeting accessibility statement. Those in attendance then introduced themselves.

2. Public Comments

Eldon Moreira thanked OCPC for work they have done in the town of West Bridgewater. Everything that the Town has asked for has been done and done well.

Pat Ciaramella and Council President Lee Hartmann recognized Kathy Riddell on her retirement from BAT and for her service for the past 25 years.

Phil Shepard read his comment letter of support for the OCPC and its planning process to the MPO and submitted that letter to be on the record.

Lee Hartman stated that OCPC has been a great partner and asset to the Town of Plymouth.

Nick Giaquinto expressed the City of Brockton's support for OCPC as they've been an outstanding partner and they understand Brockton's priorities.

3. Minutes of the January 19, 2016 Meeting

Chairperson Wadsworth asked the Signatories for comments or changes regarding the minutes of the January 19, 2016 meeting. Chairperson Wadsworth abstained. The Old Colony MPO then endorsed the minutes of the January 19, 2016 Old Colony MPO Meeting.

4. Brockton Area Transit (BAT) Report

Ray Ledoux stated that on June 7, 2016 in Worcester, the 2016 Northeast Transportation Safety Conference is taking place. Along with transit administrators being present, Mayor Carpenter will also be there moderating a section of the conference. Ray Ledoux asked OCPC if they can get the word out about this conference to members of the MPO.

Ray Ledoux stated that BAT will be issuing a scope of work with OCPC to continue BAT's Comprehensive Regional Transportation Plan (CRTP) efforts. There will be deeper equity analysis and potential fare change analysis.

Ray Ledoux announced the possibility of BAT becoming a beta tester for a Charlie Card system that would identify where passengers get on the bus. It will also identify by route and time of day.

5. MassDOT District 5 Briefing on Highway and Bridge Projects Under Design and Construction in the Old Colony Region

Pamela Haznar stated that she has worked with OCPC for about a decade. The relationship that OCPC has with the communities and the studies they have performed over the years have been excellent.

Pamela Haznar provided a briefing on Highway and Bridge Projects under Design and Construction in the Old Colony Region.

6. Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Assessment for the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) and Self-Certification

Charles Kilmer provided a summary on the GHG Assessment for the GWSA. The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 requires statewide reductions in greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions of 25 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2020, and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

The Commonwealth's thirteen MPOs are involved in helping to achieve greenhouse gas reductions mandated under the GWSA. The MPO's work with MassDOT and other involved agencies to develop common transportation goals, policies, and projects that would help to reduce GHG emission levels statewide, and meet the specific requirements of the GWSA regulation.

A motion was made to approve the Global Warming Solutions Act Self-Certification Requirements and Compliance for the Transportation Sector and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

The motion was seconded and was passed.

The Old Colony MPO voted unanimously to approve the Global Warming Solutions Act Self-Certification Requirements and Compliance for the Transportation Sector and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

7. Transportation Planning Process Certification Review and Discussion with FHWA and FTA

Leah Sirmin provided an overview on the Transportation Planning Process Certification Review. Every four years, the FHWA and FTA are required by law to review the metropolitan transportation planning process conducted by the Old Colony MPO and its partners in order to certify that they are carrying out the process in accordance with all applicable Federal requirements.

As part of this review, the Federal agencies would like to hear from members of the MPO and the public on their views of how the metropolitan transportation planning process is conducted in the region.

Leah Sirmin stated that after the certification review FHWA and FTA will put together a report of their findings and recommendations on how to improve the region.

Lee Hartmann stated that OCPC is regularly down in Plymouth doing public outreach for various studies. It is great to have the kind of representation that OCPC has for the public process Lee Hartmann stated.

8. Discussion and Review of Old Colony Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Charles Kilmer provided an overview on the Old Colony MPO Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) defines the responsibilities of implementing the formal 3C process. The existing Old Colony MPO MOU calls for the periodic review of its contents, and the updating as may be mutually agreeable.

The most recent MOU update occurred in March 2011, and the following is a summary of major updates at that time:

Ray Ledoux stated that he thinks the MOU works very well. It is an effective document that has been used elsewhere and has been successful.

There were no nominated changes to the MOU.

Tim Kochan had a comment under Part 2 on page 3: composition of Old Colony MPO. As the region has grown by at least 2 or 3 communities in recent years, Tim Kochan questioned whether consideration should be given to expanding the local community signatory representation beyond the existing four (4) members. Pat Ciaramella suggested waiting until after the current certification review is concluded and seeing if there are any recommendations from FHWA and FTA regarding this topic.

Administrative Matters, Other Business, and Date and Time of Next Meeting(s)

The next MPO Meeting is scheduled for April 19, 2016.

Bill Fitzgerald from Avon stated that OCPC has provided technical assistance to Avon and that the work provided has been very helpful.

10. Adjournment

Chairperson Wadsworth adjourned the meeting at 11:00 A.M.
Respectfully submitted,
Kyle Mowatt, Transportation Planner

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