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Main Street update: “100% Plans” released; utility poles won’t be relocated

October 26, 2017 05:14:46 PM
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The Town of Southborough passed another milestone in it’s major reconstruction project for Main Street. Today, Public Works posted the “100% plans”.

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Public Works busy on roads: Chestnut Hill (2 way), Davis & Cordaville projects, Deerfoot issues, and Main Street

September 1, 2017 05:35:19 PM
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The DPW has a lot of road projects in the works. I have so many updates to share that it’s likely at least one project effects you.

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Selectmen on Main St Utility poles: More info needed before spending on Feasibility Study

August 10, 2017 08:38:40 AM
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Last night’s Board of Selectmen meeting included a presentation by David Parry on removing utility poles from Main Street. To Parry’s frustration, selectmen decided that more information is needed before they can consider ordering a feasibility study. And they continued to envision it as a potential future project, separate from Main Street reconstruction.

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Selectmen updated on proposal to relocate Main Street utility poles

July 25, 2017 01:47:08 PM
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Last week, the Board of Selectmen heard about David Parry’s proposal to move utility poles on Main Street. The discussion included some updates since the previous public meeting on the issue.

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Main St Design Working Group investigating potential contingency for moving utility poles (Updated-again)

July 20, 2017 12:47:04 PM
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Last week, the Main Street Design Working Group discussed David Parry’s proposal for a section of Main Street to be designed without utility poles. The group learned that it would likely need to be a separate project from the reconstruction of the Main Street area. But, they asked Public Works to investigate one area of potential overlap.

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Another look at removing utility poles from “historic” Main St area; potential Special Town Meeting (Updated)

June 28, 2017 03:00:00 PM
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This week, David Parry publicly presented his plan to bring the removal of utility poles from historic Main Street to Town Meeting voters.

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Moderator had indicated to Main St opponents he would accept motion to combine articles

October 21, 2016 02:17:40 PM
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It appears that the Town Moderator led Main Street opponents to believe that they would be allowed to ask voters to present their case at Town Meeting before a vote on Article 4.

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Voters turnout to approve Main St, reject Use Variance, and gate Flagg Rd; Controversy over Moderator’s calls

October 19, 2016 11:02:06 AM
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Last night, Southborough held the Special Town Meeting I’ve been warning you about forever. Judging by the tone and actions of voters, the main attraction was the Use Variance bylaw.

Close to 10% of Southborough’s registered voters turned up at Trottier Middle School to make their voices heard. But there is controversy over whether that happened or some voices were unfairly muted.

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Town Meeting news: Seeking babysitters, plus more on Main St and Flagg Road

October 17, 2016 11:13:39 AM
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I have more updates related to the Special Town Meeting.

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Are you heading to Town Meeting on Tuesday? (Babysitting provided)

October 14, 2016 04:27:04 PM
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This is a post I publish every year before Town Meeting. If you’re on the fence about whether to attend Southborough’s Annual Town Meeting on Monday evening, here are seven reasons why you should.

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Main Street debate continues; Vote on Tuesday night requires 2/3 to pass

October 14, 2016 11:33:41 AM
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Last night, Town officials walked residents through the Main Street Reconstruction project and answered questions. They explained why the road requires deep repairs to its sub base. They defined the alternatives. And they tried to debunk the idea that there may be lower cost alternatives not acknowledged.

Most commenters spoke on behalf of the project and the need to rally support. But one provided another preview of challenges that supporters face on Tuesday night.

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Town defines Main St alternative (estimated $4.7M project) – Public forums this week, vote next week

October 11, 2016 12:43:00 PM
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One week from today, Town Meeting voters will be asked to decide on the future of Main Street. Article 4 asks residents to approve easements for the Town’s project under a state-funded TIP plan. Article 5 asks residents to urge selectmen to drop the TIP plan and instead construct the road to Town’s basic standards.

Last week, the Town finally defined what that choice would be.

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Main Street forums next week – get questions answered before Special Town Meeting (and register for cheap babysitting)

October 3, 2016 03:00:32 PM

Next week, the Town is holding two forums to again pitch the Main Street Reconstruction project to residents. It’s a chance for residents to learn about the project and ask questions.

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Who’s responsible for defining a Main Street alternative?

September 15, 2016 11:22:25 AM
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Last week, the Board of Selectmen reviewed the Citizen’s Petition on Main Street Reconstruction. The petition asks Town Meeting voters to push for a locally funded Main Street repair project.
In discussion, both a petitioner and selectmen agreed that understanding the price of a local project was critical. But they couldn’t seem to agree about whose job it is define what an alternative project would look like. Without that, no real cost estimate can be determined.

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