The week in government

by beth on August 12, 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.

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, August 12, 2019

  • Library Board of Trustees, 6:00 pm @ The Southborough Senior Center, Room A&B, 9 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Outgoing Assistant Director experience – observations, analysis, and recommendations

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

  • Board of Assessors, 9:00 am @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review and sign minutes (everything else is in closed Executive Session)
  • Southborough Trails Committee, 6:30 pm @ Historical Society Museum, 25 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: MWRA 8M Application & OCR Agreement amendment; update on Oren Nichols House and Historical Commission letter; Next steps to prepare for 2020 Mass Trails grant; Boroughs Loop Trail remaining sections that need blazing; CPC application process and next steps

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

  • Personnel Board, 8:00 am @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda, meeting packet) Agenda Highlights: Review of employee performance evaluations and salary increases; draft Program Coordinator job description for Youth & Family Services; FY20 budget update; annual adjustment for FY21; revised draft of performance evaluation form; update on board access to personnel records
  • Master Plan Committee, 7:30 pm @ Cordaville Hall, Rooms A and B, 9 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Input from committee; Presentation of theme group discussions

Friday, August 16, 2019

  • EDC Downtown Subcommittee, 8:00 am @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates & next steps on Wastewater pre-feasibility research, Rendering/Zoning comparisons, zoning style guide, and Downtown Business Village zoning

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 my town sb southborough August 14, 2019 at 10:39 AM

See the Public Safety Building Committee Agenda of 8-19-19 on the Town Calendar. Stop and be aware that your town officials are planning the opening ceremony of the Public Safety Building on 9/11.

Does anyone feel the 9/11 pain of this tragedy? This was one of the darkest days in American history and one of enormous personal loss for many, which is re-lived every year on that day. This is not a day to have an opening celebration or a day to be celebrating anything.

The insensitivity and inappropriateness of capitalizing on that massive tragedy (personal for many) is simply wrong and unbelievable. This is a sacrilege and completely inappropriate. Out of respect for the victims and their families and all of those who have personal links to that loss, the date should be changed immediately. Board of Selectmen: Where is your leadership and common sense when we need you? Please change the date.

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2 Interested August 14, 2019 at 4:30 PM

I felt this way when the field in Acre Bridge Rd was named. The date of 9/11 is a day of morning. It is not a day for joyous or recreational occasions. The names of the victims belong to the families of those victims and should not be posted on the side of a field where cheering occurs.
I am in agreement, the opening date should be changed.

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3 Al Hamilton August 15, 2019 at 8:21 AM

Agreed, this is a bit tin eared. Perhaps the thought was to honor the firefighers and Police officers that lost their lives that day but a lot of other people died as well and perhaps we should be thinking of them as well.

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4 beth August 15, 2019 at 9:58 AM

The date of the ceremony has been moved. I’ll be updating the PSB Update post and posting a new one.

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5 beth August 15, 2019 at 9:57 AM

The date of the ceremony has been moved to 9/9. The 9/11 ceremony will be separate.

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