Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

I feel the summer slipping away. So I’m heading out for some fun and leaving the work to you.

It’s time for another open thread. What’s on your mind this week, Southborough?

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Ann
8 years ago

Yesterday, as I was driving to town hall to pay my real estate taxes, I observed a huge tree taken down on the common. A huge trunk was all that remained on the ground and now a huge stump. Was this tree hit by lightening? Why was it removed?
When I inquired, I was told that noone from DPW could answer, only the chief, Ms Galligan could and she will be out till Monday. It would be considerate to inform me/us.
I have great respect for trees, especially those strategically located, in the heart of Main St.

Pat D
8 years ago

Beware!! The two turkeys are back on Main Street near Parkerville Road. Have had to stop suddently twice in the last week cuz they are on the road and don’t want to move. I’ll say this, they manage to keep the speed down on that part of Main Street!

ANON
8 years ago

Re: Turkeys:
Yes, they do keep the speed down… I will concur there. However, they also cause a dangerous traffic situation when driver’s become frustrated. I’ve even seen a few pass the stopped cars in the on-coming lane with little to no regard for on-coming traffic!

That said, I urge motorists to keep moving. The birds WILL get out of the way. That’s not to say we should all be driving 50mph, but the speed limit of 25mph in that area will get them to jump out of the way unharmed, in my experience, allowing traffic to flow normally.

Tracy
8 years ago

Has anyone noticed how terrible the street lights are around town? For one, there aren’t many of them and where there are some, they don’t work well. Maybe they’re old? Maybe they just need updated lights? Honestly, I don’t really know anything about it but I’ve started to notice how dark most of the roads in town are, especially residential neighborhoods. Anyone have information or thoughts about this?

resident
8 years ago

Why do I keep seeing “access point” signs all around the waterways of Southboro and see that they are cutting down lots of trees? Is this something new? I have noticed it around the causeway, on Northborough Road, etc. It is concerning that these trees are being taken down when they are seemingly healthy.

southsider
8 years ago

Tracy,
It’s been a long standing policy in town to not provision the developments with street lights. I’d suspect that it had everything to do with money.
Lighting technology has progressed significantly over the past few years. Now I can buy light bulbs that consume a fraction of the old bulbs energy and run for years longer than its predecessor version. Maybe it’s time to re-visit that streetlight policy.

sl
8 years ago

Does anyone know what’s up with the two houses just south of the Garfield house on Deerfoot Road? There is an aging sign by Picardi Construction there and they have been “under construction” for maybe 10-15 years. I never see any work done, nor do they look occupied. Are they abandoned?

minimom
8 years ago
Reply to  sl

I have a feeling THAT’S an old can of worms!

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