As most of you know, I spent the past two weeks on blogcation, enjoying some much-needed sun, sand, and surf…and perhaps a much-needed cocktail or two. While I was away having some summer fun, Brad over at the Metrowest Daily News was still here working hard on behalf of Southborough. Here are some of the stories he filed over the past couple of weeks that you might have missed.
Any headline in particular catch your eye? Share your thoughts in the comments at the end of the post.
Process debated at Southborough zoning hearing (July 17, 2012)
Residents last night continued the trend of discussing process more than substance at a Planning Board public hearing on a proposed zoning bylaw overhaul. The board had intended to discuss changes to zoning along Rte. 9 and the creation of new village districts, however many in the audience reiterated ongoing concerns about the lack of a document comparing the old bylaw to the proposed new one. (read more)
Group demands release of Southborough monkeys (July 12, 2012)
A Washington, D.C.-based group today filed a complaint with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services calling for the release of cotton-top tamarin monkeys from Harvard’s New England Primate Research Center. The six-page complaint filed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine alleges that gross neglect lead to two tamarin deaths at the facility and therefore violated the Endangered Species Act. (read more)
Southborough’s new town manager committee meets this week (July 16, 2012)
A newly formed committee that’s taking on the controversial town manager issue will meet for the first time this week. The Town Manager Legislation Ad Hoc Committee, which selectmen formed last month, is tasked with drafting an article for fall or spring Town Meeting to create a town manager position. Southborough currently uses a less powerful town administrator. (read more)
Ex-ZBA chief among Southborough conservation board candidates (July 10, 2012)
Former Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Sam Stivers is one of three candidates who interviewed for one spot on the Conservation Commission last night. John Thorburn, 27-year fire chief in Weston and a part-time dispatcher for the Police Department, is also looking to join the board, as is Kathy Curtiss, a longtime resident and business owner. (read more)
Open space zoning concerns Southborough residents (June 28, 2012)
A number of residents — including the town’s Open Space Preservation Commission— are concerned that a proposed bylaw intended to promote land conservation land could lead to overdeveloped neighborhoods. “It takes away the benefit of having the open space,” commission Chairwoman Meme Luttrell said Tuesday. “It seems to be tilted very much toward the development community.” (read more)