Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

by susan on April 23, 2013

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Time for another open thread. For those of you new to the blog, the open discussion thread is your place to ask questions, sound off on town issues, or share information with other readers. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

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1 Al Hamilton April 23, 2013 at 4:35 PM

An interesting tidbit on the web today. US News appears to rank Public High Schools. Colleges and Universities turn themselves inside out to move up on their version of this list.

The Mass list is interesting 4 out of the top 10 are Public Charter Schools. Certainly a strong argument for expanding Charter Schools in my book.

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/massachusetts/rankings?int=c0b4c1

2 Frank Crowell April 24, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Yes, and having Neary as a Charter School would be just fine with me. A little competition is a good thing.

3 Sara April 23, 2013 at 6:37 PM

What is the status of the swap shop? Is it still open? Are there certain hours it runs? Do I have to have a transfer sticker to bring things to the shop?

4 John Kendall April 24, 2013 at 9:46 PM

The swap shop is still open. It operates Wednesday through Saturday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. You MUST have a valid transfer station permit to access the swap shop. Get caught with no permit and the fine will be twice the money.

5 Kelly Roney May 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

I think the swap shop closes at 5:00, an hour before the transfer station.

6 minimom April 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM

What’s the status of My Southborough’s future?

7 susan April 24, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Minimom, nothing to report so far, but I’m still working on it. Thanks for checking in.

8 Concerned_resident April 28, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Hello fellow SB residents,

I posted this topic in the recent past and havent seen a response to date. Can other endorse or chime in to support my simple request of Board of Selectmen:

Please state in clear, meaningful and specific manner what your individual vision is for our fair community. Please do not provide sweeping generalities but rather give two or three specific measurable qualities of our town that you think MUST be immutable … must be protected. Thereafter please state at least two meaningful (important) problems that now exist in town that must be addressed within the next year. And finally please tell us residents how to intend to maintain town budget growth that is LESS than the cost of inflation (~ 2%). Consolidating services with other contiguous towns makes sense but which would you consolidate, what is the dollar savlings and HOW can it be done. Any other ideas of lowering costs while maintaining reasonable services? Come on guys, we are looking for LEADERSHIP, not flaccid, tepid, knee jerk tax-raising responses. Respectfully, SB resident

9 Tim Martel May 7, 2013 at 8:27 AM

To be fair, you might consider broadening your request to include the School Committee(s) which controls 75% of the town’s budget (and particularly those sections that have experienced the greatest growth over the past decade).

10 Art Fay May 6, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Achtung, anyone that pays town bills online, your bank account may have less money in it than you think:

Dear UniPay Gold Customer:

I want to apologize for the serious inconvenience you are experiencing today as a result of the duplicate processing of the May 1st UniPay Gold payment file. In the ten years that we have been providing our UniPay service, we have never encountered a processing error such as this.

We are aware that this duplicate debit activity may cause financial hardship for some and you can rest assured that we will honor any fees incurred by you as a result of our error. You can also be confident that steps have been taken to ensure this problem does not occur again. Please accept our sincere apology for the impact this has had on you.

If you have incurred any overdraft or bank fees due to the duplicate debits from your account please e-mail support@unipayteam.com or fax 508-234-7619 a history of your account (with any account number information removed) showing the charges to your account, and we will reimburse the fees to you.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this unfortunate circumstance. You can be assured we are doing everything we can to make it right. If you have any questions please call 1-877-227-1157.

Thank you,

Cynthia Gleason

Municipal Operations Officer

Government Banking

39 Church Street

508-849-4239 (Direct)

508-234-7619 fax

http://www.unibank.com

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