The week in government: Planning & BOS on Downtown District Bylaw; School Committee

by beth on June 7, 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. (That shouldn’t last much longer!)

Here are the posted committee and board meetings for this week along with my selected highlights from the agendas. All meetings except for the Tuesday Board of Selectmen meeting are currently scheduled as available to the public only 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, June 7, 2021

  • Planning Board Meeting, 6:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Master Plan Committee Update; Discuss Downtown District Bylaw; Discuss 3 Atwood St potential lot frontage
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Join Planning Board to Discuss Downtown District Bylaw

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

  • Board of Health Meeting, 9:00 am @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY21Year End Financials; Vote to Hire Dr. Louis Fazen as a Contract Consultant; Board reorganization; Quarantine Violation Appeal; Covid Update and Vaccine; Reopening Date; Status of Shared Service Grant; Noise By-Law Results; New Grant Opportunities; Status of Communication Consultant Hiring
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 6:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updateson programs, summer camp, and projects in progress; Vote to add Tennis court net at old skate park; Vote to pursue new Van for programming; Discuss Q&A webinar for camp parents
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm  @ Town House Hearing Room, 17 Common Street and virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Interview respondents to RFP for Legal Counsel
  • Southborough Youth Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Director’s Report; Friends of Youth Commission report including potential changes to name and Holiday Giving Program; New Officers; Strategic Plan Presentation
  • Southborough Scholarship Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: 2021 process for applications and evaluations; officer elections

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 12:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Guidance on performance reviews by boards in open meeting, call forBoard comments on hiring letter, vacation schedules, dissemination of new policies; IT position funding; Report on New Hires & Departures; Update on moving to hybrid/indoor meetings; Joint meeting with Advisory on Legal opinion on benefits; Employee performance evals and salary increases
  • Cable Television Committee Meeting, 5:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: Review Comcast license renewal submissions and develop proposals
  • NSPAC Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Northborough/Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council meeting to Vote on updated By Laws and election of officers (Followed by virtual parents coffee) (Register for webinar here.) 
  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vote on Statement of Interest for Neary School; Updates on Covid, Capital Planning, Communications, Start Time, Joint Policy Development, and Coalition for Equity; Enrollments; Expenses (Register for webinar here.) 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

  • Master Plan Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update and review of Goals & Recommendations; Draft edits; Discuss MetroCommon 2050 Draft Housing and Mobility recommendations

*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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