Nicholas Burnham, assistant transportation planner for the CMRPC, said the commission is kicking off the "Mobility 2040'' long-range transportation plan for the Central Massachusetts region.
Transportation Program Manager Mary Ellen Blunt of the CMRPC said in a recent interview that the federal government puts a premium on the ideas of the general public in determining improvements to enhance public safety and upgrade infrastructure.
Smith, principal planner with CMRPC
, adding that there is potential for the land to be connected to the Blackstone River Bikeway or for a portion to be used for river walks.
will not make a recommendation as to what East Brookfield or the district should do.
Trish Settles, CMRPC
principal planner, said to date the agency has received more than 50 responses to the farm and food survey that followed up several meetings with farmers and consumers in the region.
Fayard said it is not cast in stone that CMRPC
will do the feasibility study, because the commission deals with many surrounding towns and school districts, so it may put the commission in an awkward position to possibly recommend a school district divorce.
may be asked to do the study or serve in a consulting capacity if another organization undertakes the feasibility study.
The LDTA grant program is the same one that recently funded regional groupings of communities in Worcester County that the CMRPC
surveyed to determine similar needs that may better utilize state grant funds for future development in several towns at once.
Pierce of the CMRPC
said there is no problem for the staff to undertake a feasibility study.
There is another part of the grant that will allow the training of an instructor and that too will reduce costs, but as of now the CMRPC
is still determining the potential savings, according to Ms.
Pierce and Trish Settles of the CMRPC
staff recently unveiled an interim draft report and map of areas in each of the 11 towns targeted in the survey for improvements or preservation.
The three town officials were recognized June 13 by the CMRPC
at the group's 50th anniversary annual dinner held at Hartman's Herb Farm on Old Dana Road in Barre.