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Meetings

Executive Committee

Generally: Third Wednesday of each month, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Notice of Meeting and Agenda

The Executive Committee meeting is being conducted remotely via Zoom video conference consistent with Governor Baker’s Executive Order of March 12, 2020 and as extended by S.2475, signed by Governor Baker on June 16, 2021. S. 2475 also allows town councils, state boards, and other bodies to continue to hold remote public meetings until April 1, 2022. To provide public access to the meeting while limiting the potential for abuse of videoconferencing technology (i.e. Zoom Bombing) members of the public may view the proceedings here.

Finance Committee

Date & Date: TBD
Notice of Meeting and Agenda

The Finance Committee will meet electronically by video call. Please see the above agenda for the link.

Legislative Committee

Generally: Second Wednesday of each month, 10:00 AM -11:30 AM

Wednesday, October 13
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Notice of Meeting and Agenda

The Legislative Committee will meet electronically by video call. Please see the above agenda for the link.

Fall Council Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Time: TBD
Notice of Meeting & Agenda

Officers Meetings

Generally: First Monday of each month,
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Monday, October 18, 2021
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Stoneham Town Hall, 35 Central Street, Stoneham, MA 02180
Room: TBD

Notice of Meeting and Agenda

Legal Notices


Executive Director's Report

Every month, MAPC staff help the Executive Director compile highlights of the agency's work for an Executive Director's Report to present to the Executive Committee and Council.

Read the latest Executive Director's Report here.


Open Meeting Law

Attorney General's Guide to the Open Meeting Law (2018)

Executive Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting

S. 2475 signed by Governor Baker, June 16, 2021

Request for Information: Digital Navigator Program

MAPC is working to address barriers to accessing and using the internet, and is issuing this RFI to gather interest from organizations or partnerships that could host and/or supervise a team of "Digital Navigators."

These Digital Navigators are envisioned as individuals that will support community members in signing up for market rate or subsidized internet service, accessing and using digital devices, and understanding basic functions of the internet and online tools like e-mail, in addition to other activities that are still to be defined.

It is MAPC’s hope that this RFI will activate a network of partners that could be leveraged should a supporting entity such as a municipality, workforce investment board, state agency, or other entity identify funding sources to support these activities.

Schedule

Respondent Conference: Thursday, August 12, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Last Day to Submit Written Questions: Wednesday, August 18 at 5 p.m.
Responses to Written Questions Posted: Friday, August 20. Click here to download.
Submission Due Date: Tuesday, August 31 at 1 p.m.
Anticipated Follow-Up: September 2021

Submit all questions via email to digitalaccess@mapc.org.

Downloads

Homeland Security

CRHSAC20 - Personal Protective Equipment

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), on behalf of the Central Region Homeland Security Advisory Council and in its role as Statewide Homeland Security Fiduciary, invites bids for personal protective equipment. IFB information packets will be available starting October 18, 2021 at 9:00AM ET by contacting Brad Downey at 617-933-0755 or bdowney@mapc.org. Sealed bids will be opened on November 2, 2021 at 10:00AM ET via a virtual bid opening. Additional information on the bid opening can be found in the complete Invitation for Bids. MAPC reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids.

SWFT20 - Regional CISO Feasibility Study

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), on behalf of the Homeland Security Councils of Massachusetts, seeks a qualified consultant to conduct a feasibility study of the concept of a Regional Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), a position that would work to address gaps in municipal cybersecurity. The RFP may be obtained by contacting Brad Downey by email at bdowney@mapc.org, or by phone at 617-933-0755 between October 4, 2021 at 9:00 AM ET and October 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM ET. Proposals are due electronically by October 20, 2021 at 11:00 AM ET. Additional information can be found in the complete Request for Proposals.

SRAC-CRHSAC Structural Collapse Training 2

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), on behalf of the Southeast and Central Regional Homeland Security Advisory Councils, seeks to procure a structural collapse specialist training for the Southeast and Central MA Technical Rescue Teams. The RFP may be obtained by contacting Brad Downey by email at bdowney@mapc.org, or by phone at (617) 933-0755 between September 28, 2021 at 9:00AM ET and October 13, 2021 at 9:00AM ET. Proposals are due electronically by October 13, 2021 at 11:00AM ET. Additional information can be found in the complete Request for Proposals.

NERAC20 - Generator and Portable Message Boards

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), on behalf of the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council and in its role as Statewide Homeland Security Fiduciary, invites bids for 3 Portable Message Boards and 1 500KW Generator. IFB information packets will be available starting September 27, 2021 at 9:00 AM ET by contacting Lauren Sacks at 617-933-0768 or lsacks@mapc.org. Sealed bids will be opened on October 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM ET via a virtual bid opening. Additional information on the bid opening can be found in the complete Invitation for Bids. MAPC reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids.

Legal Notice of Invitation for Bid - American Rescue Plan Act Funding Accounting, Reporting and Compliance Assistance for North Shore Towns

Description: The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is requesting proposals from qualified Vendors to provide accounting support to the Towns of Hamilton, Manchester By-the-Sea, Essex, Topsfield, North Andover, Boxford, Marblehead and Middleton with the management of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding they are receiving and expending from 2021 through 2024.

Questions: This Request for Proposals (RFP) is open as of Tuesday September 28th. RFP documents can be accessed by emailing Mark Fine at  any time after they are issued. A Proposer’s Conference will be held via Zoom on Thursday October 7th at 1pm. To attend, please request the Zoom line details from Mark Fine at  no later than Tuesday October 5th.

Deadline: Proposals from qualified Vendors are due on Friday October 29th at 3pm by sending them to .

 

Legal Notice of Invitation for Bid - MAPC 2021 Produce

Description: The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in partnership with participating municipalities/school districts is seeking bids from qualified vendors to supply and deliver the specified fruits and vegetables.

Questions: The IFB will be available from September 22, 2021 by e-mailing mfine@mapc.org. The IFB document (or a link to the documents) will be emailed unless otherwise requested.

Deadline: Bids must be submitted via email to: Produce2021RFP@mapc.org. Proposals must be submitted prior to 12pm on October 11, 2021 according to the CommBUYS Procurement Market Center and the receipt time listed for the email. Late proposals will not be considered.

Vendors must submit all materials requested in accordance with the requirements of this IFB and in the order and format requested in order to be considered complete and responsive. MAPC will be the contracting authority.

Contract Info: A contract(s) will be awarded to the eligible, responsive, and responsible vendor(s) identified as offering the lowest total price for all items for each of the three regions. The term of any contract(s) resulting from this IFB will be from date of execution (approximately November 1, 2021) through June 30, 2022.

MAPC reserves the right to accept or reject any and all proposals, or any part or parts thereof, and to cancel this solicitation at any time. No bid bond is required.

Legal Notice of Request for Proposals - FCAM 2021 Pumpers

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (“MAPC”), pursuant to M.G.L. c. 7 § 22B and M.G.L. 30B, is seeking proposals from qualified Respondents to supply industry standard compliant pumper engines and associated equipment to the members of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts (“FCAM”). MAPC will be the awarding authority on behalf of FCAM. Proposals will be evaluated against quality requirements and evaluation criteria set out in the Request for Proposals (“RFP”), and by considering the prices offered. Those Respondents identified as being responsible and responsive and offering the most advantageous proposals against these factors will be awarded contracts.

The RFP may be obtained from MAPC, by contacting Kelsi Champley, by email at kchampley@mapc.org on or after Monday, October 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. A Respondents Conference via Zoom will be held Monday, October 25, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Proposals are due at 1:00 p.m., Monday, November 22, 2021 through CommBUYS and an email lockbox. Price and Technical Proposals must be submitted separately and clearly marked. Late proposals will not be accepted.

The term of any contract resulting from this RFP shall be from date of execution by both parties through December 2022 with the possibility of two one-year extensions. MAPC reserves the right to cancel all or part of this solicitation and to reject in whole or part any and all proposals. No bid bond is required.

Invitation for Proposals: Winter 2021 Accelerating Climate Resiliency Grants

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks to accelerate climate resilience in the Metro Boston region by helping municipalities advance strategies that protect people, places, and communities from the impacts of climate change. The intent is to deploy actionable resilience interventions through local projects, policies, and strategies. Our funded projects will facilitate long-term innovative changes that lead to greater readiness for climate change. In particular, MAPC seeks to elevate projects that will advance climate equity, regional coordination, and social cohesion. MAPC’s Accelerating Climate Resiliency Municipal Grant program is supported by the Barr Foundation.

Eligible Applicants

The 101 cities and towns in the Metropolitan Boston area served by MAPC are eligible to apply. Multi-municipal collaboration and partnerships with non-profits and community-based organizations are strongly encouraged.

Timeline (subject to change)

  • Invitation for Grant Proposals Announced: February 1, 2021
  • Informational Webinar: February 18, 2021
  • Deadline to Submit Questions: February 24, 2021
  • Proposals Due: February 26, 2021
  • Award Announcements: April 2021

More Information

June 14, 2021 Upper Fall Historic District Commission Appeal

Pursuant to Chapter 40C, Section 12, M.G.L., and Section 22-40 (f) (13) of the Newton Historic Districts Ordinance, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council will hold a hearing on Monday June 14, 2021, at 6:00 pm to hear the appeal of a decision by the Upper Falls Historic District Commission. The appeal is of a Denial of Certificate of Appropriateness application by the Upper Falls Historic District Commission on a private residence at 959 Chestnut Street, Newton.

Members of the public may view the proceedings at https://www.youtube.com/user/MAPCMetroBoston. All public comments must be submitted in writing to historicappeals@mapc.org. Comments must be received by 3:00 PM EST on June 14, 2021. Only written comments provided by this date and time will be presented during the hearing.

May 2021 Notice of Grant Opportunity: Arts for Health

The Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD) oversees the City of Cambridge’s public health agenda, codified in a five-year Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CPHD is seeking artists, designers, and creatives to propose creative, safe, accessible and culturally inclusive opportunities to engage residents around one or more of the CHIP priority areas - Mental Health, Healthy Eating and Active Living, and Community and Social Resilience – emphasizing health equity and racism, the CHIP’s cross-cutting theme.

Total available funding for this grant program is $9,000. CPHD anticipates that grants amounts will range from $1,000 - $4,000 per grantee. CPHD will enter into grant agreements with individual artists and/or artist teams.

Key Dates:

  • May 25, 2021: Virtual Information Session at 3 p.m. Click here to register.
  • June 1, 2021: Question Submission Deadline at 5 p.m. Send your questions to artsforhealth@mapc.org.
  • June 2, 2021: Responses to all questions received via email and during info sessions will be posted online by 5 p.m.
  • June 8, 2021: Application deadline at 5 p.m. Please send all application materials in one email to artsforhealth@mapc.org with the lead applicant’s full name or team name in subject line of the email.
  • June 30, 2021: Awards will be announced on or before June 30 by 5 p.m.
  • September 1, 2021: Creative engagement begins
  • November 1, 2021: Creative engagement period ends

Click here to download the Call.

Click here to go to the project webpage.

The application deadline has passed and the grant program is no longer accepting applications. A list of grant awards can be found here.

Notice of Grant Opportunity: Taxi/Livery Partnership Grant Program Application (Fall 2020)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council ("MAPC") in partnership with MassDevelopment, has developed this state-wide Taxi/Livery Partnership Grant program to provide funding for grantees to contract with taxicab, livery, or hackney businesses for transportation and delivery needs for the Commonwealth’s vulnerable populations and others. 

The grant program will support public transportation and Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) initiatives that can be served by taxi, livery, or hackney businesses in Massachusetts. These services could include first mile/last mile connections, fixed-route shuttle service, micro-transit initiatives, incentivizing NEMT programs, and other services that taxi, livery and hackney companies can provide that meet local transportation needs, such as meal deliveries, senior transportation, and other services to be identified through outreach. 

Eligible grantees include to Regional Transit Agencies (RTAs), municipal and state agencies, Health and Human Services agencies, as well as non-profit organizations whose mission is aligned with the mission of MAPC. Recipients of the Urgent Taxi, Livery, and Hackney Partnerships grant program are eligible to apply for the grant opportunity.