The week in government: Petition to remove ZBA member; proposed truck exclusion studies for Parkerville & Deerfoot; and appeals to ZBA on decision re Park Central (Updated)

by Beth Melo on October 31, 2016

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

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

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

  • Americans with Disabilities Act Committee Agenda, 9:30 am @ Southborough Library, Eaton Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Access to town web site and general materials for discussion; Review main street accessibility for plan determined by town meeting
  • Youth Commission, 7:00 pm @ Fayville Village Hall, Conference Room, 42 Central Street (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Southborough Unplugged programs & promotion; Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for Sboro and Nboro

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

  • Public Safety Study Committee, 7:00 pm @ Southborough Fire Department, Conference Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Report on legal review of deed restrictions; wetlands and septic updates

Thursday, November 3, 2016

  • Board of Selectmen, 6:00 pm @ Southborough Town House, Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road (agenda with packet) Agenda Highlights: Address petition to remove Leo Bartolini from ZBA; Consider new employee benefit policy; Discuss preliminary FY18 budget, proposed Truck Exclusion Studies on Parkerville and Deerfoot roads, and Master Plan Committee for St. Mark’s Golf Course property – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*
  • Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:00 pm @ Town House – Hearing Room, 17 Common Street (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Continued hearings on appeals of Building Inspector’s decision re Park Central Use Variance – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*

Friday, November 4, 2016

  • Southborough Council on Aging, 8:30 am @ Southborough Senior Center, Function Hall, 9 Cordaville Road (agenda)

*Southborough Access Media will broadcast the meeting(s) live on Verizon-37 and Charter-192. Click here to see this week’s schedule with rebroadcast times. (Videos are also usually made available through their YouTube channel by the following morning.)

Updated (11/2/16 9:06 am): Board of Selectmen Meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday night at the Senior Center.

(Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

1 Joe October 31, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Why does the North side of town do so much complaining? If you want to see truck traffic go the south side of town on Parkeville rd, Middle rd and Mt Vikery rd as the 18 Wheeler’s have discovered a short cut to get to Flanders rd in Westboro. That’s truck traffic. Maybe we should make that North side of town a gated community.

2 beth October 31, 2016 at 2:15 PM

If you have a complaint about similar issues on another road, I suggest showing up to the meeting to make a public comment tomorrow night. Or, shoot an email expressing your frustration to (Sometimes selectmen notice comments on the blog – but you shouldn’t count on communicating that way!)

3 BR68 October 31, 2016 at 7:12 PM

Sounds like the age-old Union vs. Confederacy, North vs. South, Mason-Dixon Line (Route 9) battle is resurfacing again. It’s been years since this battle subsided.

Time to break out the old still, brew up some moonshine, break out the banjo, and watch the 21 st. century version of the Clvil War play out on the internet machine!

Just trying to add humor here folks to a serious problem that is occurring all over town, that unfortunately, has no simple solution because some of our narrowest roads (or horse and buggy paths) actually date back to the Civil War era. Thus the problem….

4 Resident November 1, 2016 at 7:54 AM

Who is saying the north side wants to divert truck traffic south? Like mentioned above, Flagg is a very very narrow road. Regular mini vans are 7 feet wide. Put a landscaping truck on Flagg and regular cars have to stop/pull over to not get hit. And actually, gating it sounds great. :)

5 southsider November 1, 2016 at 12:46 PM

maybe one other thing… why does Parkerville North get speed humps but Parkerville South does not?

6 Resident November 1, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Probably because the entrance to Neary is on Parkerville North. Not that it means South shouldn’t also get them, but that’s likely the reason why.

7 Joe October 31, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Your argument has no merit as Middle rd and Mt Vikery rds are also narrow and there is also Finn school and there is also lack sidewalks on the narrow rds. It just seems there is always complaints coming from that side of town. There is all this concern for safety around the schools but Finn is always left out. The towns children go there as well.

8 D. McGee October 31, 2016 at 6:17 PM

So maybe you should stop whining on here, get your neighbors together and do something about it. Or would you rather just whine?

9 Resident November 1, 2016 at 7:55 AM

Beth mentioned above, go to the town meetings. Talk to the selectmen. Do what the north side is doing: complaining. Yes, complaining, like you’ve said. How else do you suggest people maintain the safety of the area? You have the right to do the exact same thing. Have at it.

10 Rob November 1, 2016 at 7:54 AM

Joe they are not building a massive development there. Your statement has no merit. Its apples and oranges. Maybe you have an issue with “northsiders”. There was no problem until Park Central was approved… unethically to say the least.

11 YY November 1, 2016 at 8:37 AM

Well this is in the packet:

“Meanwhile, according to residents at the Flagg and Deerfoot intersection, there have been a lot of 18-wheelers heading north on Flagg Road, from Route 9, and turning to head south on Deerfoot Road to Route 9. These trucks are getting stuck, physically hung-up, at this intersection.”

Now, I want someone to verify the “physically hung-up, at this intersection” part and if that is the case, why wouldn’t anyone want to exclude trucks for their own good?

12 Flagg Road Resident November 1, 2016 at 12:32 PM

YY – I live on Flagg and I can personally verify I’ve been behind a tractor trailer trying to make the turn from Flagg to Clifford. I watched them knock down the stop sign, knock limbs off the trees, and seriously tear apart the lawn of the residents that live on that corner. Other times I’ve just driven by and seen the damage but I’m pretty sure the exact same thing happened. Perhaps the DPW can verify how many times they’ve repaired that stop sign on the corner.

I’ve also been stuck behind a tractor trailer that turned right onto Flagg Road off of Route 9, tried to back up in the ‘driveway’ that leads to Wendy’s parking lot (to turn around), and got himself stuck. He was blocking Flagg Road so I got out of my car to try to direct him out, but he was so stuck he needed to call a tow truck.

To answer your question about why they wouldn’t exclude themselves for their own good, as others have said they are just following their GPS. I imagine that the same driver won’t make the same mistake twice. And maybe he’ll alert others in his company. The young driver I encountered near Wendy’s was just following his GPS, came down Flagg and got himself in trouble.

The exclusion would be for the good of both the residents and truck drivers who aren’t aware of the characteristics of Flagg / Deerfoot / Clifford.

13 Resident November 1, 2016 at 6:23 PM

Waze is kind enough to tell them there’s less traffic up Flagg, but doesn’t tell them, “You’re WAY too big to be successful”. It’s a mess.

14 Resident November 1, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Selectman meeting canceled.

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