The week in government: Planning Board, School Committee and more (Updated)

by beth on February 8, 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. All but one of the 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. (Scroll down for info on a meeting that popped up late last week.) For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, February 8, 2021

  • Southborough School Committee – Capital Planning Subcommittee Meeting, 4:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY’22 Capital Plan Discussion; NESDEC Enrollment Report (Register for webinar here.)
  • Board of Trustees Library Meeting, 7:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with the Capital Planning Committee to discuss Library Capital Improvements – Interior Painting and Carpeting
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY22 Capital Items – Discussion and Vote on Prioritization (Library interior renovations, Newton St Water Main, Fire Tanker, Fire Capital items to be funded by Harvard Fund, School Capital, prioritization and re-vote on items presented in Capital Plan to BOS); Update on revised report on projected K-8 school enrollments; South Union Building update; Discuss rooftop solar for municipal buildings; Standing Committee language; stabilization; and Capital Project oversight

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

  • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee Meeting, 8:00 am @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss 40R & 40B Development Opportunities and Info, 5-year Plan Update for Affordable Housing Trust, and Housing Section of Master Plan
  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 4:15 pm @ Town House Hearing Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Revote FY22 Budget request with changes to salaries and other supplies
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 6:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: (following closed Executive Session) Updates on programming and projects in progress including Mooney & Richardson lighting and Basketball Court; Discuss Warrant Article for Community Preservation Act project
  • Southborough Trails Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Highlights from agenda: Peninsula Trail update on statement of support initiative and next steps; Community Preservation Act funding application update; American Disability Act compliance evaluation and next steps; Trails Maintenance updates; Grant Opportunties; Potential projects for complete streets funding opportunity; Project planning
  • Youth Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: FY22 Budget Update; Update from Friends of Youth Commission on grant balances, Future reporting ideas, fundraising ideas, and work on updating Facebook and website
  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Tech Status updates; Tech for open meeting record retention; Council on Aging Senior Tech program; surveys; 5 yr strategic tech plan; Tech discussion with Youth & Family Services

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 12:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Update on Fire Department request for new Schedule D and increase in Emergency; Selectmen’s office reorganization; Promotional pay raise for Assistant Library Director; Request for new position of Teen Librarian; Personnel Bylaw FY22 – including possible revisions of tuition reimbursement policy
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss proposed budgets under Town Clerk and Licensing and Registration and Town Clerk requested Articles; Discuss non-budget proposed Articles for Town Meeting, employment benefit programs including retirement programs, FY22 Budget update, and Capital Planning work including evaluation of number of school buildings
  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: English Learners Presentation; Updates on Coalition for Equity, Technology staffing, and Covid-19 and screenings; Master Plan Update; Enrollments; Capital Planning; FY22 recommended Budget presentation; First Readings of policies (Register for webinar here.)
  • Master Plan Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Finalreview of Goals & Recommendations for Schools, Recreation, Public Services,Population Build Out/Expanded Funding Mechanisms Additional Goals andRecommendations from SHOPC, Historical Commission, any other input; Discussdraft chapter outlines ready for review

Thursday, February 11, 2021

  • Cancelled – Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY’22 Recommended Budget Discussion
  • Northborough and Southborough joint School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vote on increasing in-person learning (Register for webinar here.)

Looking Back:

Below is a meeting from last week that was posted after I ran last week’s list:

Friday, February 5, 2021

  • Open Space Preservation Commission Meeting, 10:00 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Special Permit for 97 Mt Vickery Road and Conservation Commission Review; OSRP Project Partnerships – Chapter 61 Process (Right of First Refusal); Town-Owned Open Space review; Ongoing Projects recap

*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 (2/10/21 10:37 am): I added the joint school committee meeting on Thursday evening. You can read more about that here.

Updated (2/11/21 12:34 am): The Regional School Committee is postponed to Tuesday, February 16th at 9:00 am.

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