The week in government: School Committee and much more

by beth on December 7, 2020

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Above: These days, most meetings that used to welcome the public to attend in the Town House Hearing Room or other public facilities are accessible to the public by video/audio conference calls only.

Here are the posted committee and board meetings for this week along with my selected highlights from the agendas. All currently scheduled meetings are available to the public virtually.*

As always, be aware that changes to the meeting schedule are known to happen throughout the week. (Last week, a couple meetings popped up that I didn’t list last Monday – scroll down for those details.) For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website

Monday, December 7, 2020

  • Regional School Policy Development Subcommittee Meeting, 2:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: 14 policies (6 of them listed as new) are listed for potential review (Click here to register for webinar)
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Capital Planning policy; Annual Town Meeting Article placeholders; Review of Facilities and Potential Use; Local Rapid Recovery Grant Program; Shovel Ready Projects

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

  • Southborough Trails Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: CPA application site walk recap; Town owned properties and Capital Planning Committee request for input; 2021 project planning; Open Space Rec Plan goals & objectives; Development of 5-Year plan; Grant opportunities
  • Southborough Youth Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda & packet) Agenda Highlights: FY’22 Budget update, 100 Women of Southborough award, LSW award gifts

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 12:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda & packet) Agenda Highlights: Transfer of ZBA admin to BOS office; FY22 budget; revised hiring letter, Town use of interns survey, Town personnel policy audit, pre-employment physical survey; Personnel Bylaw FY22 Review; Sick leave bank; Request for new Board of Health full time positions for FY22; Town clerk office staffing changes
  • Woodward School Meeting, 3:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Districts’ Strategic Plan and how it connects to individual school improvement plans (Click here to register for webinar)
  • Neary School Meeting, 3:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Districts’ Strategic Plan and how it connects to individual school improvement plans (Click here to register for webinar)
  • Southborough School Committee Meeting , 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on COVID-19 Status, Master Plan, and Coalition for Equity; Budget priorities; 2nd reading of 11 new policies; recommendation to rescind 3 policies (Click here to register for webinar)

Thursday, December 10, 2020

  • Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Meeting , 6:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY’22 Preliminary Budget Discussion (Click here to register for webinar)
  • Historical Commission Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Elect vice chair; 45 Highland St architect plan review; 15 Main Street completed action plan; Discuss and revote on additions to Demolition Delay regulations; Discuss conditions of Old Burial Ground, scenic highways, and historic town trees; Request to approve CPC projects for Town House and Flagg School building
  • Economic Development Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review version 4 of Downtown Business Village District zoning draft bylaw; status of Downtown Wastewater Feasibility Study; Discussion of Tax increment financing

Looking Back:

Below are meetings from last week that were posted after I ran last week’s list: 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

  • Advisory Committee Meeting (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Letter to Personnel Board and BOS on accrued vacation and sick pay; policies; Board of Health staffing issues; Reserve fund transfer request for failed EMC antennas; FY21 Budget presentations from Youth & Family Services and Economic development Committee; FY22 budgets; possible changes to Advisory By-Law; Capital planning work including evaluation of number of schools
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: FY21 Articles not considered at ATM; ATM 2021 application overview and placeholder Articles
  • Southborough Council on Aging Meeting (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Winter drive throughs; Shine open enrollment; Mortgage assistance program; Budget; New programs; Status of Future Programming; Grants Update; Senior Center Renovations Update; Updates on TrailBlazers and Dull Men’s clubs

Thursday, December 3, 2020

  • Open Space Preservation Commission Meeting (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Review EDC Downtown Bylaw; Subdivision and LID permit for 97 Mt Vickery Road; Tree Canopy Bylaw; Planning Board Open Space items; Town Owned Open Space; OSRP Project Partnerships – Conservation Commission, Chapter 61 Process; Native pollinator/plant initiative

Friday, December 4, 2020

  • Economic Development Committee Meeting (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Downtown Business Village District (DBVD) Status and Next Steps; Tax Increment Financing Discussion

*The Town intends to make each of its meetings available for viewing/listening via streaming live (and saved) video and audio on YouTube with some available for public comment by zoom. Live streaming of school committee meetings is only available for viewing via webinars. There is the caveat that there could be technical glitches that force the Town to take backup actions:

No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite best efforts, we will post on Southborough’s website an audio or video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.

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