Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

by beth on January 13, 2022

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A reader pointed out that it’s been too long since I posted an open thread.

So. . . What’s on your mind this week, Southborough?

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1 John Kendall January 13, 2022 at 10:52 AM

It’s been a while, so let me bring up a couple of things. First, the MBTA station. I live nearby and walk through the parking lot on a regular basis. It is turning into an urban dump. There’s always trash around, including nip bottles as well as used surgical masks. This past summer I started noticing hypodermic syringes. I was picking them up (with gloves) and putting them into the sharps receptacle at the Transfer Station. I was getting so bad I notified Selectwoman Lisa Braccio. She discussed it with Police Chief Ken Paulhus. He in turn notified the Transit Police. I met him in the parking lot and he was soon well aware of the problem. Patrols by both agencies have been stepped up. That issue has seemed to take a vacation when cold weather settled in. Another huge problem at the station is the condition of the walkways and wheelchair ramp. Due to the degradation of the concrete, none of these meet ADA regulations. I emailed all of my concerns to Carolyn Dykema. Her response was “they put up a new sign for the parking lot.” It’s as if nobody cares about it. We all should! It’s Southborough! Anyone in town who uses the commuter rail will hopefully follow my lead and start complaining.

Second-Our streets. A lot of them are in deplorable condition and need to be repaved. I think it’s time for Karen Galligan to put some items, like the pocket park, on the back burner and take a real look around. When John Boland was Highway Superintendent, nothing looked as bad as they do now. He was very responsive to the residents complaints and made sure that repairs were done right. No band aids.

I’ve lived in town forever. I think it’s time that we start fixing things the right way!


2 Phil LaBelle January 13, 2022 at 11:34 AM

Has there been any information about the timing (if any) on the Northborough Rd. repair? I don’t recall seeing any, and it’s been a long time.


3 beth January 13, 2022 at 12:11 PM

In December, Massachusetts earmarked $347 million of ARPA funds to be used for specific purposes. $70K was designated for the repair of the culvert on Northboro Road. A memo from DPW Superintendent Karen Galligan on road work projects was included in last week’s Board of Selectmen packet. It referred to the fact that earmark only covers part of the cost and the Town needs to fund the rest. (No project cost was included.)

Selectmen indicated that they want Galligan to come in to talk about the many road projects especially ones she is looking to add to the capital projects list for the next fiscal year. I think we have to wait for that discussion to have a better idea of when that project may be undertaken.


4 Sobo Rider January 14, 2022 at 3:51 AM

Also wondering about any re-paving plans for the north side of Parkerville Rd. The utility repair in the middle of last year has made bike riding on that road difficult and unsafe. Why was it left in such bad condition?


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