News and Events
Help MassDOT develop the statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan!
MassDOT is updating the statewide Bicycle Transportation Plan. You can help by taking the survey, helping to map barriers to biking in your community, and connecting with bicycle events around the Commonwealth.
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 an opening for a Fiscal Officer. More information on this 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.
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.
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.