The week in government (10/14-10/20/14): Qualifying Southborough as a Green Community

Here is a selection of the committee and board meetings for the week along with selected highlights from the agendas. All these meetings are open to the public, so you’re welcome to stop on by.

But one committee is especially extending a public invitation. The Green Technology and Recycling Committee asked me to encourage the public to attend their meeting this Thursday evening. They will be learning about what’s entailed in the town becoming a “Green Community.” (Scroll down to the Thursday meeting for details.)

Be aware that changes to the meeting schedule are known to happen throughout the week. For a complete list of meetings, visit the town website.

[Southborough Access Media‘s Charter Channels have moved. If you are looking for rebroadcasts of meetings, try Charter-192 (and Verizon-37.)]

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

  • Advisory Committee, 7:30 PM @ Rooms A and B, Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road (agendawebsite with communications & materials) Agenda Highlights: FY16 Focus Topics; Budget process recommendations

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

  • Economic Development Committee, 8:00 AM @ St. Mark’s School, Main Building, 25 Marlborough Road (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on website, permitting process and guide, and database project
  • Board of Health, 1:00 PM @ Board of Health Office, Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Highlights:Discuss raising tobacco purchase age to 21; Ebola Protocols
  • Northborough/Southborough Regional Student Advisory Subcommittee, 6:00 PM @ Algonquin Regional High School Library, 79 Bartlett Street, Northborough (agenda)
  • Southborough Housing Authority, 6:30 PM @ 49 Boston Road (agenda)
  • Northborough/Southborough Regional School Committee, 7:00 PM @ Algonquin Regional High School Library, 79 Bartlett Street, Northborough (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on class sizes; OPEB update; Update on study groups

Thursday, October 16, 2014

  • Green Technology and Recycling Committee, 6:30 PM @ Trustees Board Room, Southborough Public Library (agenda, Information on the Green Communities Grant program – map of the communities, grants awarded this year.) Agenda Highlights: I was asked to share that the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ Regional Coordinator of the Green Communities Division “is coming to Southborough to help the committee in planning the qualification of Southborough as a ‘Green Community’.” According to Chair Carl Guyer, “The Green Communities Grant Program is run by the Department of Energy Resources to encourages municipalities to reduce their consumption of energy thereby creating sustained savings and reduce environmental impact.”
  • Open Space Preservation Commission, 7:00 PM @ South Union Building, 21 Highland Street (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Response on public records request; Recap Barn Hollow open space; Update on RFP and Discussion with Planning Board on Pine Hill CR and Killam Farm open space

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