Government

Downtown zoning revamp postponed

January 31, 2020 02:32:23 PM

The Economic Development Committee won’t be bringing a zoning Article to Town Meeting voters in March.

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Early Voting schedule for primaries (Make sure you’re registered correctly)

January 31, 2020 12:01:16 PM
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You don’t have to wait for Super Tuesday in March to cast your vote. Southborough has posted its schedule for early voting for the primaries. Here’s who is on the ballots.

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Selectmen promise to help frustrated residents raising concerns about tree removals and runoff

January 31, 2020 09:01:18 AM
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Residents are hoping selectmen can help them solve runoff issues in their Deerfoot Road neighborhood and clarify how to avoid future unnecessary tree takings across Town.

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Neighbors to the west voice concerns about gas pipeline proposed to start in Southborough

January 29, 2020 02:06:22 PM
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Earlier this month, the Community Advocate covered public opposition in Westborough to a proposed natural gas pipeline that would start in Southborough. I followed up to find out its status in our town.

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St. Mark’s School purchased 2nd downtown home since Annual Town Meeting (Updated)

January 28, 2020 07:00:50 PM
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St. Mark’s School recently purchased 2 downtown Main Street properties. The purchases are interesting in light of a few recent Town government efforts related to downtown and/or the private schools.

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The week in government: Planning Hearings tonight on zoning Articles, Advisory on school budgets, Regional School Committee

January 27, 2020 10:16:46 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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Town Meeting Update: Officials grappling with budget demands, may table some expenses to a Fall Special

January 24, 2020 03:39:55 PM
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This winter, the Town’s Finance team and the Board of Selectmen have been hashing out the Fiscal Year 2021 budget to bring to Annual Town Meeting voters. One option recently floated was tabling some capital spending to a Special Town Meeting in the fall. In the meantime, a committee would better research the Town’s anticipated capital expenses and how to handle them.

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More “Office Hours”: Rep. Dykema on Monday morning; Selectmen Tuesday night

January 24, 2020 10:33:00 AM
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Next week, officials are inviting you to stop by and chat about issues that concern you. Opportunities include both state and Town officials.

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Update on Jan 27 Article hearings: EDC Working Session tonight; New materials posted

January 23, 2020 10:56:42 AM
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As I’ve previously posted, the Planning Board will hold public hearings for four proposed Town Meeting Articles on Monday night. For those interested, here are a few updates.

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The week in government: Selectmen on Budget and Accessibility Compliance Committee Article; Conservation on 84 Main St violation

January 21, 2020 09:12:54 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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Weigh in on Town’s housing needs and strategies to meet 40B thresholds – Quick survey

January 16, 2020 02:49:21 PM
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The Town is again reaching out for feedback from people who live and/or work in town. This time, it’s to inform what strategies the Town should take on affordable housing.

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Youth and Family Services promoting services to those in need and their need for volunteers

January 15, 2020 02:43:50 PM
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Southborough Youth and Family Services asked me to help them reach out to the community again. The agency published the 2nd issue of its newsletter to help educate the public on its services and initiatives.

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Apply for Taxation Aid for low income seniors and residents with disabilities

January 15, 2020 10:50:49 AM
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This winter, low income seniors and residents with disabilities are encouraged to ask the Town to give them a break on taxes.

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Downtown Initiative: Zoning efforts update and “Roadshow” at Library

January 14, 2020 04:11:12 PM
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The Economic Development Committee plans to bring zoning changes to Town Meeting in March. Leading up to it, they’re trying to drum up public support.

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