The week in government: Advisory and BOS on budget differences and Citizen Articles; Closing ATM Warrant; Fayville Hall P&S and septic (Updated – again)

by beth on February 11, 2019

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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.

A couple of the posted agendas for this week raised some questions in my mind. I’m still waiting on some answers, so may update the post later if appropriate. One thing I can clarify is from agendas for a meeting earlier this morning – therefore not listed below.

Agendas for the Planning Board and Economic Development Committee indicated that they were holding a joint meeting with the Board of Selectmen. But no agenda was posted by the BOS office. Town Administrator Mark Purple said the agenda descriptions had surprised him too, since the board wasn’t scheduled to meet. If any selectmen did participate as board representatives, they didn’t make up a quorum. (That joint meeting was on working with a potential new business for the DELL/EMC site – New England Sports for Women.)

As always, be aware that changes to the meeting schedule are known to happen throughout the week. For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, February 11, 2019

  • Fire Chief Screening Committee, 5:00 pm @ Town Administrator’s Office, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Search timeline update
  • Planning Board, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda, meeting materials) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 0 Firmin Ave Major Site Plan and 10 Turnpike Rd Major Site Plan and Lower Impact development; Discussions on Tree City USA proposed bylaw and Master Plan update, and appointment of Master Plan Committee members – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*
  • Northborough SC, Southborough SC, N-S Regional SC, N-S Superintendency Union #3 – Combined Special Open Meeting, 7:00 pm @ ARHS Library, 79 Bartlett St, Northborough (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Ratify contract with new Superintendent (following negotiation in closed session)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

  • Advisory Committee, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Continued discussion of FY20 budget with goal of finalizing Advisory preliminary recommendation; Discuss with BOS differences between their recommended budgets; Joint meeting with BOS to hear from various sponsors of Citizen Petition Warrant Articles – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*
  • Board of Selectmen, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with Advisory on FY20 Budget recommendation differences and hearing from various sponsors of Citizen Petition Warrant Articles – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM as part of the Advisory Meeting*

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

  • Board of Selectmen, 8:00 am @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Board recommendations on Town Meeting Warrant Articles; Approve Warrant for Town Meeting; Purchase and Sale approvals for 40-42 Central St/Fayville Hall and for 0 Kimberly Lane [Editor’s Note: SAM confirmed that this meeting will not be broadcast.]
  • Board of Health, 10:00 am @ Cordaville Hall, Board of Health Meeting Room, 9 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Sanitary Inspector on complete replacement for Fayville Hall, 40-42 Central St 

  • Northborough – Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council, 10:00 am @ Northborough Library, 34 Main St, Northborough (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Secondary Transition presentation
  • Neary School Council Meeting, 3:00 pm @ Neary School (No agenda is posted, but this is listed in the school’s calendar)
  • Finn School Council Meeting, 3:30 pm @ Finn School (No agenda is posted, but this is listed in the school’s calendar)
  • Southborough School Committee, 6:30 pm @ P. Brent Trottier Middle School Library, 49 Parkerville Rd (agenda, policy drafts from 1st reading of scheduled “2nd readings”) Agenda Highlights: Presentations by SEF and Red Cats; Summer Enrichment programs; appoint member to Master Plan Committee; Mass School Building Authority statement of interest submission; FY20 budget and Circuit Breaker funding; 1st and 2nd readings of new/revised policies. – recorded for delayed broadcast by SAM*
  • Economic Development Committee, 7:00 pm @ Cordaville Hall, Rooms A&B, 9 Cordaville Rd (agendaAgenda Highlights: Downtown zoning amendment status and next steps; appoint Downtown subcommittee; update on 2/11 meeting re New England Sports for Women
  • Advisory Committee, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Continued discussion of FY20 budget with goal of finalizing Advisory preliminary recommendation; Discuss with BOS differences between their recommended budgets; Joint meeting with BOS to hear from various sponsors of Citizen Petition Warrant Articles – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*
  • Board of Selectmen, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with Advisory on FY20 Budget recommendation differences and hearing from various sponsors of Citizen Petition Warrant Articles – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM as part of Advisory Meeting*

Thursday, February 14, 2019

  • Fire Chief Screening Committee, 7:45 am @ St. Mark’s School, Center Conference Room #248, 25 Marlboro Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: approve minutes followed by closed session to screen candidates
  • Conservation Commission, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 26 Jericho Hill placement of shed per Commission request; 7 Clemmons St driveway and landscaping; 154 Main St yard drains and outlet for drainage issues; Fayville Hall reconstruction of driveway, parking, and septic; 17 White Bagley home construction; 124 Deerfoot home construction; 10 Turnpike Rd redevelopment and expansion of building and property for storage facility; and Woodward School improvements to driveway and parking

*Southborough Access Media will broadcast the Monday night Planning Board meeting and Wednesday night joint Advisory and BOS Meeting live on Verizon-37 and Charter-192. The School Committee meeting will be recorded for delayed broadcast. Click here to see this week’s schedule with rebroadcast times. (Videos are also usually made available through their YouTube channel by the following morning.)

Updated (2/12/19 8:19 am): There have been some revised and newly added agendas for the BOS meetings. The Tuesday agenda has been revised because it incorrectly listed the Town Administrator’s office as the location. (A notice on his door will point people to the Hearing Room.) A backup of the Joint Advisory and BOS meeting has been posted for Wednesday evening in case weather requires cancelling tonight.

In addition, I added a link to the School Committee listing.

Normally, SAM covers School Committee meetings and evening Board of Selectman meetings. I don’t yet know if they have enough manpower on Wednesday night to cover both overlapping meetings.

Updated (2/13/19 3:28 pm): SAM confirmed that tonight’s Advisory and BOS meetings will be broadcast live. They will also tape the School Committee meeting for later broadcast. As long as I’m updating the post, I’m adding tonight’s EDC meeting that I initially missed. (The agenda was posted after I drafted the original story.)

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