Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

by beth on December 15, 2020

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It’s time for another open thread.

What’s on your mind this week, Southborough?

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(photo of a past Christmas display at the Southborough Historical Museum by Susan Fitzgerald)

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Grandmother December 16, 2020 at 7:51 AM

Is there a map of Southborough to see Christmas lights? I thought one was posted recently but I cannot find it now.


2 beth December 16, 2020 at 7:55 AM
3 Longtime Observer December 16, 2020 at 1:14 PM

It is sooooo nice to have the Main Street Project (nearly) done. Sidewalks and turning lanes make a big difference in my ability to get around the neighborhood 10 million times a day. We have made it to the 21st century, and it has not “destroyed the rural character of our town,” as so many opponents had prognosticated. Now I don’t have to play chicken with oncoming traffic every time I make a left turn. And there is a designated place, separate from motor vehicle traffic, for me to push the stroller. Yay for progress!


4 MarthaB December 16, 2020 at 6:02 PM

I agree. So happy to see this..though I have seen some words regarding the road signs at the intersection of 30 and 85, it hasn’t been a problem for me.


5 Ruining Bucolic Country Charm December 17, 2020 at 8:53 AM

The turning lanes are a good addition. However, the downtown now looks a lot more like surrounding towns with less or no “bucolic” charm. The most beautiful feature of the downtown is now torn down, forever gone: the lovely cherry trees that lined Main Street. They were an unmistakable sign of spring that inspired town pride, especially when they rained blossoms in the wind. It made us different. The replacement trees are woefully wrong and too close together in part, will grow much too large, unlike their perfect predecessors. The poor replacements were planted with no vision, forethought, or care for what was there. The historical mile marker, a key and important visual artifact, personal to our town, is now over-ensconced in too much concrete and surrounded by six inch curbs that can ruin tires and a car in ice conditions. Where was input and care of the Historical Commission on that important artifact. It is ruined by concrete and will take an expert with hammer and chisel to repair and save. The common’s historic stone wall is likewise buried and obscured by six inches of dirt and unnecessary curbing that isn’t even a sidewalk, just an eyesore. Not necessary as no one walks on that side of the street. Again, no vision or managerial oversight until it’s too late and the country charm is gone, just like the ridiculous gargantuan 5G tower masquerading as a flagpole. Town manager asleep at the wheel and overpaid, not worth it. As for all the curbs, was not aware of the safety issues they can impose. What about the Southborough family at their family member’s grave? There was a tragic fatal accident from hitting a curb in a nearby town. Not all would agree that all the so called “modern” improvements are improvements at all — some fine — some bad, a loss and a broken promise.

If it weren’t for the few responsible visionary saviors of what’s left of the golf course and the town residents, that would be ruined too. Remember the recent tug-of-war with the gone-but-not-forgotten town officials pulling for their developer buddies?

Caution on more to come with the attempted town takeover by crybaby developers and the scofflaw EDC, as they push through their downtown initiative plan to line their pockets. Talk about misplaced and misguided energies. The focus should be on Route 9, what a mess.


6 Karen Muggeridge January 6, 2021 at 12:05 PM

Apparently the economic development bill that the MA legislature approved, includes authorization of $250,000 for waste water treatment in Southborough. Do you have more information on this? It has been under my radar.


7 beth January 6, 2021 at 3:04 PM

I hadn’t seen that. The EDC previously applied for and received a grant for $25,000 for a feasibility study for wastewater treatment related to the initiative to revitalize downtown. (Septic issues in the area have hampered development including the ability to add restaurants.) I was not aware of anything for 10x that size as having been awarded.


8 Karen Muggeridge January 7, 2021 at 1:34 PM

That is the figure presented as having been appropriated at the end of the legislative session by our state legislator, Carolyn Dykema in a social media post. I will contact her directly. Thank you.


9 spray painting in the streets? January 17, 2021 at 4:10 PM

Recently noticed many, man ESG (Eversource Gas?) markings with crossed arrows spray painted on the following streets: John Matthews, General Henry Knox, Parkerville, etc.

What is going on?

Are these streets going to be resurfaced? Is someone planning on excavating the gas lines? What’s up?


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