More public meetings than you can shake a stick at

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Southborough has gone public meeting crazy. I’m not sure if it’s the run-up to Town Meeting, but there are four public meetings in the coming weeks covering everything from historic preservation, to DPW projects, to the tax rate. Here are all the details.

Monday, March 9: Water System Master Plan
On average, the town of Southborough pumps more than 1 million gallons of water through 86 miles of pipe every day, with the average home consuming about 300 gallons daily. That number is only going to increase.

The town recently conducted an analysis of the water system and came up with a list of problem areas — low pressure in some areas, capacity issues in others — along with a set of recommendations. The DPW will discuss the master plan for the water system in a public meeting on Monday night. You can read the master plan on the Water Division website.

Meeting details: Monday, March 9, 7:30 pm @ DPW Building (next to the Transfer Station)

Monday, March 16: Controlling Southborough’s tax rate
Do you think Southborough’s tax rate is too high? Want to understand how your vote at Town Meeting and the town election can influence the tax rate? Attend the session “How You Can Control Southborough’s Tax Rate” sponsored by the Southborough Advisory Committee.

The Advisory Committee will explain the budget options that will be presented at Town Meeting. Funding for the ladder truck will also be discussed. For more details, see the meeting announcement on the town website.

Meeting details: Monday, March 16, 7:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room

Wednesday, March 18: Preserving the police station
There has been much talk around town and on this blog lately about preserving (or not) historic buildings in town. Two prime examples are the Arts Center and the police station. At this public meeting the Southborough Historical Commission will share their thoughts on how to preserve one of those buildings: the police station.

The town wants to build a new police station, and the leading plan calls for the demolition of the current building to make way for the new one. At the meeting, the Historical Commission will present an alternative plan for preserving the building while converting it into a functioning police station.

Meeting details: Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 pm @ The Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Road

Wednesday, March 25th: Main Street reconstruction project
The Main Street Reconstruction Project has been in the works for a while now, so the DPW is holding a public meeting to update the town on its progress. And there will be a lot to talk about. MassHighway recently rejected Southborough’s initial design because they didn’t agree with certain design choices. That means its back to the drawing board for the town. (More on the details of this in a future post.)

At the meeting the DPW will talk about what changes need to be made and will outline the re-submittal process. For more information, view the meeting announcement on the town website.

Meeting details: Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 pm @ The Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Road

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