The week in government: Advisory and School Committees discuss budgets; Conservation Commission hearings

by beth on January 25, 2021

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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. Most currently scheduled meetings are only available to the public virtually.*

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, January 25, 2021

  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discussions Master Plan Committee Update, Fay School Addition – Center for Creativity & Design, and status of Downtown Initiative Bylaw
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Potential Capital Item – Breakneck Hill; Updates on Town House, School Research Subcommittee, and Fire Dept Tanker request; Fire Dept changes to Capital Plan; FY22 Capital Items; Article for Standing Committee; Oversight

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 12:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on Library expenses, Library Facade Restoration, promoting Kim Ivers to Asst Library Director, and Teen Librarian Job Description; Discuss FY22 Budget and Research Databases/E-Resources statistics
  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 4:15 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Request from Finance Director to abate septic interest; FY2022 mapping proposal; FY22 budget scenarios
  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Police Dept tech strategy discussion; Tech status updates and FY22 budget reviews; MTC processes; Surveys; 5 yr strategic tech plan

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 12:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Annual Salary Adjustment; Adjustment to Salary Schedules; FY22 budget
  • Taxation Aid Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss criteria for approving applications
  • Southborough Housing Authority Meeting, 5:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Executive Director Report; Approve bill payments
  • Combined School Committees Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Recommendation for Asst Superintendent of Operations; Appointment of Northborough-Southborough Regional School District Procurement Officer; Legal Counsel Interviews (Register for webinar here.)
  • Stewardship Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Partnership inquiry from a grad student; Scout fundraising inquiry; Town Forest; Updates on Mowing; Apple Trees; Beecology Garden; Grant Applications
  • Public Works Planning Board Meeting, 8:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review DPW Budget; Review and Discuss Complete Streets Priority List

Thursday, January 28, 2021

  • SHOPC (Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee) Meeting, 8:00 am @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Master Plan Committee Update – Housing Chapter Goals; HPP Implementation Planning – Next Steps; Affordable Housing Trust – 5-year Plan
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY22 Budget discussions for K-8 and Regional and preliminary Town budget; Discuss Capital Planning work including evaluation of number of schools
  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 6:45 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Attend Advisory Committee meeting
  • Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:45 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Attend Advisory Committee meeting
  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearings on 4 Foley Drive, 50 Deerfoot Rd replacement of failed septic system, 147, 149, and 151 Middle Rd, 96 Mt Vickery lots 1-5, and Bigelow Rd Eagle Scout trail and viewing platform; Discuss violation 63 Deerfoot Rd ice skating rink; Kallander Field stormwater management permit requirements; Discuss invasive mitigation at 6 Newton Street; Issuance of Order of Compliance for 117 Framingham Rd; Request for Certificate of Compliance for 139 Deerfoot Rd, and Snow Dump complaint for 22-24 Turnpike Rd

*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.

Updated (1/25/21 3:25 pm): I initially assumed the Board of Assessors meeting was virtual – it isn’t.

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