Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

by beth on July 19, 2017

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Above: The silver lining to yesterday’s unpredictable (and sometimes severe) weather was the dramatic sky in our area. (photo by Beth Melo)

It’s 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:

  • Ask questions about programs in town or the town itself
  • Post a note about things that you’re selling or giving away, or things that you want
  • Share notices about upcoming events (Southborough or otherwise)
  • Register your thoughts on town issues or news stories
  • Point out interesting or helpful resources

You can add comments to the thread throughout the week. Check back often to see new comments. (If you read the blog via email or RSS, you might want to check the site from time to time for new comments.)

To view past open discussion threads, click here.

1 southsider July 20, 2017 at 10:41 AM

just curious about an article in this week’s MetroWest newspaper saying that Sudbury was seeking $6million to build a new fire station.
Trying to recall how this might compare with what we’re planning to spend on the combined Public Safety building. I think we’re much much higher. Are we being too fancy?

2 Outsider July 20, 2017 at 11:33 AM

The Town of Sudbury is replacing their Station 2 not their headquarters nor is it a joint police and fire station. Here is the article about the building project . Sudbury also has 3 fire stations around the town and the one being replaced is a 2 bay sub station.

3 southsider July 20, 2017 at 1:37 PM

Thanks for the link. According to the article, this new $6million building will house 3 fire trucks and one ambulance.
Will our building house much more?

4 resident July 20, 2017 at 12:35 PM

YES we are!! However, remember we will house both Police and Fire. But still….

5 Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission July 20, 2017 at 1:28 PM

Incase you missed it, last week’s Summer Concert was postponed till tonight. The Regulators will be playing and The Cod Squad food truck along with Yummy Mummy will be there for food purchases.
An easy and relaxing evening of entertainment, right here in Southborough!
6-8 at Neary, hope to see you there!

6 North Sider July 25, 2017 at 1:23 PM

There are 2 houses in town that intrigue me. One on Gen Henry Knox and one on John Matthews. Both look like modular homes, both have slightly odd looks to them. And it looks like no one lives in either. Both pale yellow. Does anyone know anything about these houses? Really just curious more than anything.

7 Resident1 August 2, 2017 at 10:19 AM

I don’t know the real details but since no one with more knowledge answered I’ll say what I remember from the time. They aren’t actually houses, they are garages. They are built on lots that weren’t buildable due to wetlands. It was some sort of loophole that allowed the garages to be built, the area residents got lawyers involved to stop it, but there wasn’t anything they could do. Ultimately, I think the fighting got them to agree to make the garages look a little more like homes and put in nicer landscaping. Also I believe the town passed a new bylaw fixing the loophole as a result.

8 Kelly Roney August 3, 2017 at 9:40 AM

The online property cards are:

15 General Henry Knox

12 John Matthews

9 Kathryn K August 2, 2017 at 7:31 AM

Anyone know where to find teens interested in yard work? I am looking for some weeding help. Probably 3 hours of work, $25/hour.

10 em August 2, 2017 at 2:09 PM

Can anyone tell me for certain if I am required to purchase a transfer station permit if I hire a company to do curbside pickup? I have gotten conflicting answers on this.

11 beth August 2, 2017 at 3:56 PM

Yes and no – it depends on what you mean, which may be why you have gotten conflicting answers.

If you are fully relying on a vendor for curbside pickup and not using the transfer station at all, there is no reason to buy a permit sticker from the Town. You just need to deal with your contractor. (After all, the sticker is specific to the resident’s vehicle. And they aren’t allowed to dump that refuse at the Southborough Transfer Station.)

But, if you don’t buy a transfer station permit sticker, you can’t access the transfer station at all. Which means you can’t do recycling there, use the swap shop, etc.

If you plan to bring your recycling to the station, there is a $50 Recycle Only version of the permit sticker that allows access for everything except the refuse hopper.

12 em August 3, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Thanks, Beth!

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