special town meeting 2016

Town Meeting rescinds the Industrial Development Commission; EDC stuck in ad-hoc status for now

October 26, 2016 04:24:50 PM
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Through a Citizen’s Petition, Voters were asked to stop the Economic Development Comittee from taking on the IDC’s old mantle, and the additional authority that purportedly came with it.

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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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Use Variance removal and plans to codify dependable bylaws for good development (Updated)

October 19, 2016 04:27:11 PM
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As I posted earlier, Town Meeting voters stripped the Zoning Board of Appeals of its ability to grant Use Variances.

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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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Bring the kids to Town Meeting tonight – but please register first

October 18, 2016 01:50:46 PM

Southborough Recreation informs me that they successfully recruited more babysitters. That means they have re-opened registration for babysitting at tonight’s Special Town Meeting.

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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 Meeting: Article 6 seeks to put zoning use decisions back in the hands of voters

October 12, 2016 04:05:28 PM
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Next Tuesday night’s Special Town Meeting isn’t just about Main Street. One of the Articles on the Warrant asks residents to remove Use Variance language from the Town’s zoning code.

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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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Selectmen: No Park Central access to Flagg Road unless developer/state come up with a plan to solve access/egress issues

October 5, 2016 01:24:23 PM
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The Board of Selectmen voted 3-1 to force the developer and MassDOT to figure out a solution to Park Central egress/access. If they don’t, the board plans to prohibit the development’s access to Flagg Road.

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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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Use Variance: Hearings on Article to strip ZBA of granting rights; Vote on Inspector’s decision

September 16, 2016 07:26:50 AM
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Monday night’s Planning Board agenda includes three items related to Park Central

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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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