Centralized Facility and Infrastructure Asset Maintenance System
The Town of Hanover recently transferred the management of all town and school facilities to the Department of Public Works. Given this new management structure, the town is interested in building a centralized maintenance organization to operate and maintain all of the town’s building and traditional infrastructure assets. Grant funds were utilized to enhance this centralized system by allowing residents to report building issues via mobile devices, and purchasing mobile devices for staff to use to report the completion of work orders.
Funding Amount: $46,000
Participating entity: Town of Hanover
Centralized Facility and Infrastructure Asset Maintenance System Final Report file size 1MB file size 7MB
Consolidation of IT and Maintenance Services
Grant funding allowed the town and school sides to consolidate their information technology and facilities management system. Funds were used to place both town and school functions on the same web based application for help desk and asset management. The town and school department used budgetary funding to hire a joint Technology Systems Administrator.
Funding Amount: $28,211
Participating entity: Town of Middleborough
Libraries as Part of Emergency Response Teams
After the fall storm of 2011, the Memorial Hall Library realized that it became a hub for people to congregate, stay warm, and interact with others. The library used grant funding to enhance the library’s role as an information center through the development of information kiosks. This project also served as the impetus for the library director to become part of the town’s emergency response team.
Funding Amount: $29,967
Participating entity: Town of Andover
Shared Transportation Resources Among Five Municipalities and One Business in the Acton Region
Each of these five communities had limited transportation options. This grant allowed the towns to work with Clock Tower Place Office Park in Maynard to develop a regional transportation system by sharing their transportation resources, such as Council on Aging vans.
Funding Amount: $184,575
Participating entities: Towns of Acton (Lead), Boxborough, Littleton, Maynard, and Stow
Shared Transportation Resources Final Report file size 1MB
Massachusetts Statewide Performance Management Program
These five communities partnered with the Collins Center at UMass Boston to develop a regional system of municipal performance management. Funds were utilized to subsidize the StatNet program, a group that any municipality can join and which meets four times per year to discuss specific areas of interest, such as E911 response times or DPW fleet maintenance. Additionally, CIC funds were used to hire five analysts at the Collins Center who worked with 20 communities, chosen through a competitive process, to develop CitiStat or similar performance management programs in each community. Each analyst worked with a portfolio of four municipalities, providing direct service on data collection, analysis, and performance management program development.
Funding Amount: $373,000
Participating entities: Lowell (Lead), Amesbury, Somerville, Woburn, and Worcester
Massachusetts Statewide Performance Management Program Final Report file size 1MB file size 3MB
Regional Paratransit Services (Two Town Trolley)
This program will provide funding for a regional paratransit service between the Towns of East Longmeadow and Hampden. Funds will be used to cover the costs of fuel, maintenance, driver training, and salaries for the drivers and dispatchers. Hampden is a small rural community that does not receive fixed route service from the local regional transit authority, and much of the Town of East Longmeadow does not fall within the ¾ mile radius mandated by the Federal Transit Authority.
Funding Amount: $30,600
Participating entities: East Longmeadow (Lead) and Hampden
The Ames Free Library’s Creative Commons @ Queset House
The Ames Free Library is expanding services by developing a multiple use learning hub that will integrate information, technology, and collaborative expertise to support lifelong learning and digital media creativity. CIC funding will outfit a Digital Media Laboratory and an Education/Business Center that will provide technology and space for the library and the Oliver Ames High School and Easton Council on Aging.
Funding Amount: $40,000
Participating entity: Town of Easton
Regionalization of Assessment Services
Building on other successful regional initiatives, the Towns of Amherst and Pelham to assist in the development of a regional approach to assessment services. Under the terms of an intermunicipal agreement, residents of Pelham can visit Amherst’s Town Hall with questions about assessment.
Funding Amount: $35,000
Participating entities: Towns of Amherst (Lead) and Pelham
Massachusetts Housing Data Portal
The Housing Data Portal will help Massachusetts municipalities plan for increased housing production and track progress toward local housing targets and the Statewide Housing Production Goal of 10,000 multi-family housing units per year. It will serve as a “one stop shop” for municipalities to plan ahead for affordable and market rate housing that meets local demographics. Additionally, the portal will provide municipalities with the data required for a number of state and federal grant application processes, with a focus on data required for Housing Production Plans (HPPS).
Funding Amount: $50,000
Participating entity: Metropolitan Planning Council (MAPC)
Metropolitan Planning Council Final Report file size 1MB
Northampton Veterans’ Collaborative
In 2009, the City of Northampton joined with the Towns of Amherst, Pelham, Williamsburg, Chesterfield, and Cummington to create a Veterans’ Services Consortium under a memorandum of understanding (MOU). This program will allow for the expansion of the current Central Hampshire Regional Veterans’ Services Consortium by providing funds for the Towns of Hadley and Middlefield to join. It will also provide a continuous group of communities and allow for the formation of an official Veterans’ Services District under Chapter 115, Section 10.
Funding Amount: $35,000
Participating entities: City of Northampton (Lead); Towns of Amherst, Pelham, Williamsburg, Chesterfield, and Cummington