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Town Meeting: Voters call for a Noise Bylaw – just not the Article presented (Updated)

May 26, 2021 02:29:38 PM
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Although voters rejected a Citizen’s Petition Article, they made clear to Town officials that they want to see the issue behind it addressed.

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Town Meeting: Voters reject mixing branches of government (Updated)

May 25, 2021 03:14:30 PM

On Saturday, voters rejected changes proposed to the Advisory Committee’s governing bylaws. The main sticking point was blurred lines between two branches of Town government.

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Town Meeting: One voter “saved” St. Mark’s Bell Tower; other highlights (Updated)

May 24, 2021 12:06:50 PM
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On Saturday, Annual Town Meeting voters weighed in on how the Town should spend its money and what our Southborough’s bylaws should be.

There weren’t many of us there. But we had a quorum and for one Article, every single vote counted.

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Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting-at-a-glance (Updated)

May 21, 2021 05:45:01 PM
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The 2021 Annual Town Meeting finally opens tomorrow. Here are important reminders and links to details.

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Town Meeting Update: Proposed zoning process improvements

May 21, 2021 12:31:23 PM
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Two Articles on the Warrant for Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting focus on fixing issues in Town zoning bylaws. Although neither would seem to be controversial, voters can be nervous about zoning changes. So, I’m giving an overview of each.

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Town Meeting Update: Outdoor Lighting Bylaw

May 21, 2021 10:52:02 AM
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Voters who haven’t been paying close attention to the Outdoor Lighting Bylaw may have questions or misperceptions. So, it’s (past) time to focus on what it does and doesn’t ask to do.

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Town Meeting Update: Projected tax increase and PILOT news (Updated)

May 20, 2021 05:00:56 PM
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Annual Town Meeting is in two days. So, it’s past time to update readers on the proposed budgets. In related news, I’m also sharing an announcement on PILOT promises from the two big private schools in town.

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South Union bid withdrawn; Article 23 to be postponed

May 19, 2021 01:58:00 PM
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The proposal to purchase the historic South Union building was withdrawn yesterday. With no active proposals, the Board of Selectmen will ask Annual Town Meeting voters to indefinitely postpone Article 23.

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Town Meeting: Articles on Meals Tax, Speed Limits, and Standing Committees

May 18, 2021 05:49:49 PM
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Tonight, I’m focusing on informing/updating readers on six Articles. They cover a proposed new tax, giving officials the authority to slow drivers down in some parts of town, and bylaw changes related to three committees.

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South Union Building sale headed to Town Meeting (Updated)

May 17, 2021 06:01:23 PM
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The Town received only one bid in response to their RFP for the historic South Union building. While selectmen noted concerns, they continued to move towards bringing the proposal to voters at this Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting on May 22nd.

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Make your plans for Town Meeting: Details for Saturday, May 22nd

May 13, 2021 04:15:23 PM
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The Town has posted the detailed schedule for Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, May 22nd. It includes a planned lunch break for which residents are encouraged to BYO food.

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Town Meeting: Voters asked to support CPA grant for St. Mark’s Bell Tower (Updated)

May 12, 2021 04:30:11 PM
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As I’ve previously noted, there are five Community Preservation Act Articles this year. Yesterday, the Community Advocate covered one of them — Article 19: St. Mark’s Church Bell Tower Renovation.

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Town Meeting: Fire Department seeking “Water Tender” tanker – for “off hydrant” areas of Town (Updated)

May 5, 2021 03:43:02 PM
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Through the Annual Town Meeting this month, the Southborough Fire Department is seeking a 2,000 gallon “Fire Tender”. The Fire Chief asked if I could share information on the request with readers.

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Peninsula Trail Project Overview and Listening Session – Thursday

May 4, 2021 02:20:01 PM
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The Trails Committee is holding a session to pitch it’s Town Meeting Article to close the last big gap in Southborough’s trail system.

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