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No More TRICs

On Tuesday, December 15th the Three Rivers Interlocal Council (TRIC) held its final meeting at the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce offices. More specifically, in my office. Boy, am I happy to see them go! Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against TRIC, quite the contrary, I see them as a valuable and effective regional group of individuals with whom I enjoy working. Fortunately, participation in the group has increased to the point where it no longer makes sense to conduct their monthly meetings in my modest space. Gatherings that once consisted of 8 to 10 people around a conference table, have swelled to upwards of 15 at times, creating a cramped and uncomfortable meeting environment.

So what is TRIC? TRIC is one of eight sub-regional committees that make up the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) footprint in eastern Massachusetts. MAPC is the regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston. Their broad mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration.
More specifically, they work toward sound municipal management, sustainable land use, protection of natural resources, efficient and affordable transportation, a diverse housing stock, public safety, economic development, clean energy, healthy communities, an informed public, and equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds.

TRIC is composed of thirteen communities south of Boston: Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxboro, Medfield, Milton, Needham, Norwood, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole and Westwood – a region that is nearly identical to that of the NVCC. Three Rivers takes its name from the three major rivers in the sub-region: the Neponset, Charles, and Canoe Rivers (the Canoe River flows southwest from Lake Massapoag in Sharon).
It is through TRIC that the broader work of MAPC gets carried out at the local level. Each of the communities named above, including the Chamber, has representation at our monthly meetings. Each month we receive briefings by experts on issues such as transportation, clean energy and housing with a focus on how they impact our communities. Additionally, we take time each week to allow each community to share its economic development news with others. This exchange is a key component of our meetings as it allows for a broader understanding of how each community’s projects and their impact fit within the overall region.

The Chamber has appreciated the opportunity to have hosted TRIC for the past several years. Our involvement has been extremely valuable, particularly in advancing major transportation initiatives like the 93/95 interchange in Canton and just recently, the reconstruction of Route 1A in Walpole. From now on we will be meeting at the Norwood Public Safety building conference room, which will provide much roomier and comfortable space. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 10:00 am. All are welcome and further information about upcoming meetings and issues can be found at the TRIC website .