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Memorial Day observances tonight and Monday

May 26, 2017 09:24:10 AM
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Here is the information you need to observe Memorial Day in Southborough. Events begin with the annual flag placement in the rural cemetery tonight.

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Your input counts: Seeking feedback on Town Meetings – deadline May 31st

May 25, 2017 11:12:01 AM
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The Town Meeting Review Committee is seeking voter feedback. And they’re hoping to get it before this week’s Special Town Meeting. (Though, they will continue to collect after.)

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Public Works Planning qualifies Fairview Hill best site for Water Tower but recommends “due diligence” considering Park Central as alternative

May 24, 2017 04:37:49 PM
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Last week, I posted a story that included a 2nd hand recap of controversy over a potential water tower at Fairview Hill. The Chair of the Public Works Planning Board reached out to me to set the record straight.

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The week in government: Open Space on Deed Research Project and ConCom on Park Central

May 22, 2017 12:20:00 PM
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A list of board and committee meetings for the week with my selected highlights from the agendas.

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ZBA on Park Central appeal: Approval denied, Planning ruling reversed, Site Plan Review goes back to Planning

May 19, 2017 12:35:43 PM

This week, the Zoning Board of Appeals ruled on appeals by the Park Central developer. The board rejected the developer’s claim that the project was “constructively approved”. But they also ruled against the Planning Board by reversing its decision.

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Memorial Day observances next weekend: Flag placement Friday, parade Monday

May 19, 2017 10:38:47 AM
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Here is the information you need to observe Memorial Day in Southborough. Events begin with the annual flag placement in the rural cemetery Friday night.

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Town pushing comment policy on boards not appointed by them; Questions raised (Updated)

May 18, 2017 12:03:18 PM
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This week, the Board of Selectmen adopted a Comment Policy. The policy seemed less about adopting new rules and more about clarifying their code of conduct for the public.

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Public Safety Building Committee: Town seeking members with construction experience, apply by May 26; Questions on role of golf course

May 17, 2017 04:00:21 PM
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The Board of Selectmen are seeking recruits for a new committee to oversee the approved Public Safety Building. And they are asking for residents with “construction industry experience” to consider signing up. [That doesn’t meant that residents without experience are disqualified.]

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Opting out of pesticide sprayings

May 15, 2017 11:30:00 AM
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For years now, when mosquitos start flying, many residents worry about a lot more than itchy bug bites. Meanwhile, there have been increasing concerns among some community members (like a reader who contacted me) about pesticide use and impacts.

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The week in government: Planning hearings, Public Safety Building Committee appointments, and Park Central appeals

May 15, 2017 07:30:19 AM
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A list of board and committee meetings for the week with my selected highlights from the agendas.

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Public invited to Ethics Training – May 30

May 12, 2017 08:00:21 AM
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The Town Clerk asked me to share a public invitation to an upcoming Ethics Training.

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Conservation Commission offers an “Abutter’s Guide”

May 11, 2017 11:00:00 AM
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ConCom has posted a new document to it’s page: An Abutter’s Guide to the Conservation Commission Permitting Process.

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Community Preservation invites you to a public information hearing – May 18

May 10, 2017 03:00:00 PM

The Community Preservation Committee is issuing a public invitation to their Public Information session.

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Public Building Committee: Town seeking members; Apply by May 19

May 10, 2017 12:36:53 PM
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The Board of Selectmen are seeking recruits for a new committee to oversee the approved Public Safety Building.

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