The week in government: BOS on Warrant Articles and budget; road acceptance hearings

by beth on February 29, 2016

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Here is a selection of the committee and board meetings for the week along with my selected highlights from the agendas. All these meetings are open to the public, so you’re welcome to stop on by.

Be aware that changes to the meeting schedule are known to happen throughout the week. For a complete list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, February 29, 2016

  • Planning Board, 6:00 pm @ (agenda, materials on Planning Board warrant articles) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with BOS on Road Acceptance votes and hearings (Foxhill Drive and William Colleary Lane) – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM as part of the Board of Selectmen meeting*
  • Board of Selectmen, 6:30 pm @ (agenda with packet) Agenda Highlights: Discussions on Town Meeting Warrant Articles including joint meeting with Planning Board on their articles and public hearings on Road Acceptances for Foxhill Drive and William Colleary Lane; Joint meeting with Public Works Planning Board on goals; FY17 proposed budget;  – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*
  • Public Works Planning Board, 7:15 pm @ (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with BOS on goals – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM as part of the Board of Selectmen meeting*

Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Southborough School Committee – Operational Budget Subcommittee, 7:30 AM @ (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discussion with Advisory Committee liaison
  • Board of Assessors, 9:00 AM @ (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review and act on overlay reserve transfer
  • Main Street Design Working Group, 7:00 pm @ (agenda,MSDWG website, DPW’s Main Street page) Agenda Highlights: Updating 75% plan submission; report on MassDOT discussions; property acquisition notices – timeline and communication content

*Southborough Access Media will broadcast the Board of Selectmen meeting live on Verizon-37 and Charter-192. Click here to see this week’s schedule with rebroadcast times.


(Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

1 mike March 2, 2016 at 7:50 PM

Can someone tell me what the process is for the town accepting responsibility for a road that was built by a contractor. Have you gone to Foxhill? It is a terrible road. Don’t you think those (drives) one road in and out should be privately funded? Colleary is not bunch better. the Southwood Drive road near where we like is literally crumbling an caving in.

2 beth March 3, 2016 at 2:16 PM

I looked into this because it surprised me as well. My understanding has been that town fields are open to residents for non-commercial use as long as not in conflict with scheduled use. (And I post that on the blog.)

The answer is that this isn’t a Town-owned field. According to Chief Paulhus, the Town’s use is especially restricted during off season:

the Department of Conservation and Recreation controls the property. From mid-Nov to late-March the park is closed including the lot which is currently chained off. The field itself has signs stating it is “Use by Permit Only”.

Looks like I need to update my blog info on Town fields and facilities.

3 beth March 21, 2016 at 10:17 PM

Whoops! My comment here was accidentally replying to the wrong post!

4 Donna McDaniel March 21, 2016 at 9:04 PM

Re accepting new contractor-built roads, The developer is responsible for bringing a road to meet town construction standards and submitting them to be a public way, The goal is that the town accept only those that have been built as required (not something that needs fixing!).
The DPW office can give you information. Developers typically post a bond as they begin. If the roads are not up to par in an inspection by the DPW, money from the bond can be used to build them to the required condition.
Town Meeting-goers will recognize articles for street acceptance, depending on reports from DWP Superintendent.

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