WORCESTER COUNTY HIGHWAY ASSOCIATION

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March 10, 2015 Business Meeting

Topic Discussions

9:15 – 9:45            Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WCHA Collaboration

9:45 - 10:30           Procurement Basics – Review of M.G.L. c.30B, c.149, c.30 § 39M & c.7

  • Tom Watkins - Procurement Overview
  • Mary Delany - Specifications & Purchase Description
  • Beverly Sleeper - Bids vs Proposals – Making Specs Your Own to Where to Get Help

10:45 – 11:30        Plowing Streets vs. Parking Lots: Municipal Liability Exposure – M.G.L. c.84

 

 

WPI – WHCA Partnership: Company-Sponsored Student Projects - MQPs

All undergraduate students at WPI must complete an MQP (Major Qualifying Project) in their senior year in their major field of study. MQP's can be structured in a seven (7)-week intensive format (which is one term at WPI), or part-time over 2-4 terms and can be performed on site at WPI; or on site at the sponsoring organization; or, as a blend of both. Most MQP's consist of a team of students (2-4) and faculty advisor(s). Ideally, an MQP is preceded by a meaningful student internship in the Summer months – "E" Term (Mid May – Mid-August). Students receive appropriate academic credit for successful completion of their MQPs. Often, these projects involve corporate sponsorship, the fees of which are used to support the overall projects program at WPI.

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Procurement Basics – Review of M.G.L. c.30B, c.149, c.30 § 39M & c.7

Basics of Public Procurement and the Laws which govern them in the Commonwealth. DPW Purchasing is performed in many different ways in Massachusetts. DPW's typically work with or under the supervision of a municipality's Purchasing Agent (PA) or Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), but some have their own purchasing staff. A general review of: Purchasing Guidelines, Prevailing Wage Laws, Emergency Waivers, Specification Writing Basics, and IFB's vs. RFP's.

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Plowing Streets vs. Parking Lots: Municipal Liability Exposure – M.G.L. c.84

Municipal Liability Exposure on Streets, Public Ways, Parking Lots, Public Parks and Public Lands. Review of Chapter 84 - claims for damage on public ways. Municipal standards for snow and ice claims.The Worcester County Highway Association is an organization comprised of the 60 municipalities within Worcester County. Throughout the years, we have continued growing; there are currently 240 members in WCHA.

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