On Wednesday night, residents from the Latisquama Road neighborhood met with selectmen Brian Shea and John Rooney about the future of St. Mark’s Golf Course.
Selectmen and the school still won’t tell the media if the Town is considering the site for a future public safety building. But I’m hearing behind the scenes, and between the lines, confirmation that it is on the table.
Shea refused to confirm or deny the site’s consideration for Southborough Wicked Local. According to the article, a member of the Public Safety Building Committee promised to publicly “address [neighbors’] questions and concerns” at their meeting on September 15th. (That meeting is yet to be posted.)
Whatever is negotiated would have to be approved by voters. The Town would have to make a very strong case to sway residents near the golf course. Larry Vagnini emailed selectmen following the neighborhood meeting:
I believe the people who attended appreciate your concern with protecting the St. Marks Golf Course by purchasing the land (keeping it from Developers) but at this time the majority of us feel uncomfortable or believe that a facility like this located in a neighborhood setting is not an improvement. Furthermore, we believe this will impact our neighborhood since the St. Marks Golf Course parcel has too many constraints and that the only viable option is for the proposed facility to move towards Latisquama Road, we hope you can prove otherwise. As you are aware, the St. Marks Golf Course has provided the Town of Southborough with scenic views, recreation, open space and a welcoming feel to our Town for generations, lets make sure we keep this in mind at every step of your negotiations and planning.
At this point, I won’t share more details that I’ve learned about what was discussed – in case there is truth to the position that doing so would jeopardize the Town’s negotiating position. But I strongly believe residents have the right to know what property selectmen are negotiating for.