Town of Groton
Meeting Notice

Town Clerk
173 Main Street
Groton, MA 01450
(978) 448-1100

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission Meeting

Thursday, January 6 2022 at 7:00 PM
Other: See Agenda, Specified in Agenda ,

This meeting was posted Tuesday, January 4 2022 at 11:01 AM


7:00 PM
7:00 PM 1. Open Meeting, Introductions and Announcements
7:05 PM 2. Approval of December 9, 2021, MRPC Minutes – Approvals of Commissioners Requested
7:10 PM 3. Cash Schedule – December 2021 – Approvals of Commissioners Requested
7:15 PM 4. Guest Announcements and Questions
7:20 PM 5. Administrative Matters
1.1 Update: COVID-19 Office Space Management and Safety – Information
Management is trying to keep the employees, families, and related groups as safe as possible.
All employees have been informed that they can work remotely. The vast majority are doing
so. Transportation staff is working in the office on MJTC and MPO meeting days. The
Transportation Projects Director (Brad Harris), one of our Principal Transportation Planners
(Brian Doherty), Fiscal Director (Linda Quinlivan), Fiscal Assistant (Christopher “Mac”
McNamara), and the Executive Director (Glenn Eaton) are working in the office at least three
days per week.
Management will not require an employee to attend an in-person meeting if the employee is
concerned for his/her/their safety and does not wish to do so.
The office remains closed to the public. Staff may be seen by appointment. Virtually no local
officials or other parties have requested in-office appointments since March 2020.
1.2 Update: FY19 Community Development Block Grant, COVID Response Award of
$296,100 to Shirley (Lead community), Lunenburg, Royalston, Townsend, and Westminster –
MRPC staff is winding down this program ensuring that the food bank operators receive all
payments for food acquisition and delivery services.
1.3 Montachusett Enterprise Center, Inc. (MEC) – Information
No new information this month.
1.4 Administrative Matters
1.4.1 Housekeeping Editions to the MRPC Personnel Policies and Employee Procedures
The Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE) and the Executive Director will be
meeting during this month to advance this project.
1.4.2 Flexible Work Locations and Scheduling Policy – Information
Final edits have been completed.
1.4.3 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) – A New Federal Funding Program for Cities,
Towns, Counties, and States
MRPC has received no applications for the ARPA Director position.
1.5 Other Administrative Matters
1.5.1 Hiring an individual for the Principal Planner Position
Mr. Jeff Legros has been hired as the agency’s new Principal Planner. He will work in the
Planning and Development Department under the direction of Karen Chapman, Planning
and Development Director.
1.5.2 Posting of Economic Development Manager and ARPA SLFRF Grant Management and
Compliance Director Positions
Economic Development Manager- Applications have been submitted and an interview has
been held.
ARPA SLFRF Grant Management and Compliance Director- No applications have been
submitted to the MRPC for this position.
1.5.3 ARPA SLFRF Update - Presentation and Discussion
Due to the Holidays, the December listening session was not held. Sessions will be held on
the third Thursday of each month at Noon. These online meetings will be posted on the
MRPC’s website at Registration for these meetings is required. The next
meeting will be held on January 20th at Noon.
1.5.4 Presentations by Karen Chapman, Planning and Development Director. A discussion
among meeting participants is encouraged.
DLTA Program Year 15 Eligible Activities and Implementation Schedule
State ARPA Relief Funding Priorities
Multi-Family Zoning Requirement for MBTA Communities
7:50 PM 6. Status Reports
8:05 PM 7. New Business
This time is being reserved for topics that the chair did not reasonably anticipate would be discussed.
8:15 PM 8. Adjournment
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This notice is subject to change with reasonable notice provided to all.

The listing of topics that the Chair reasonably anticipates will be discussed at the meeting is not intended as a guarantee of the topics that will have been discussed. Not all topics listed may in fact be discussed, and other topics not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.