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Selectmen to discuss proposal to change Transfer Station funding

November 15, 2019 04:30:07 PM
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On Tuesday night, the Town Treasurer will present a plan to significantly change how residents pay for use of the Transfer Station. The goal is to move towards mostly funding the trash and recycling station through taxes.

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Why flags are at half staff: November 13, 2019

November 13, 2019 01:19:18 PM
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Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff until further notice, in honor of Worcester firefighter Lt. Jason Menard who died in a fire this morning.

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Public Safety Building Update: Driveway change implemented; Addressing requests for sidewalk and noise buffering (Updated)

November 13, 2019 11:33:10 AM
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The driveway for the Public Safety Building has been converted to meet drivers’ traditional expectations. I also got an update on two requests from the public the Public Safety Building Committee discussed at their meeting last week.

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More Selectmen “Office Hours”: Swing by the Town House tonight and December 10th to chat

November 12, 2019 12:00:00 PM
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The Town of Southborough announced that the Board of Selectmen will hold more office hours.

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The week in government: Public Safety Building Naming Sub-Committee; School Committee MCAS presentation

November 12, 2019 09:08:27 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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Dedication to “John Wilson Drive” at the golf course – Sunday

November 8, 2019 09:05:00 AM
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In a ceremony this weekend, the access road for the Southborough Golf Club is being named “John Wilson Drive”. 

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EEE update: Schools lifted precautions, field curfew active in rest of town (until Monday?)

November 7, 2019 04:22:57 PM

An update on the town’s EEE threat status

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BOS on how to proceed with PILOT talks, SMEs, and Public Safety Building room naming

November 7, 2019 12:52:18 PM

On Tuesday night, the Board of Selectmen talked through their next steps for two issues: their effort to negotiate PILOT contributions from non-profits and handling Special Municipal Empoloyees. I’m rounding up the highlights.

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Southborough’s Veterans Day observances: Town Ceremony, Rotary’s Salute, and Senior Center Celebration

November 6, 2019 04:45:43 PM
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Southborough residents are invited to honor our country’s veterans at a Veterans Day observance on November 11.

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BOS wants to hear more before taking a position on meal taxes

November 6, 2019 02:17:43 PM
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Last night, the Advisory Committee made its case for asking Town Meeting to add a local tax to meals at Southborough restaurants. The Chair argued that the additional revenue would ease residents’ tax burden without hurting local businesses. Selectmen opted to wait until they hear more from restaurants in town.

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AG determines BOS violated Open Meeting Laws again; orders selectmen to attend training

November 5, 2019 11:58:06 AM

The AG’s office “declined” to find the board’s violations intentional but indicated the failures to review and post timely minutes were significant, longstanding, and widespread.

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The week in government: BOS & Advisory on meal tax; BOS on form of PILOT discussions

November 4, 2019 02:46:28 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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Advisory asking BOS to consider adopting meal tax

November 4, 2019 11:05:13 AM

Tomorrow night, the Board of Selectmen’s meeting will include a joint session with the Advisory Committee. The topic will be the option of adding a local meal tax.

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Town Counsel to BOS: Current PILOT negotiation strategy falls under OML; Request to rescind his “special” status

November 1, 2019 03:36:42 PM

Two items in the packet for discussion at this Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting caught my attention. Both relate to advice issued to the board from Town Counsel.

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