The week in government: Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, ZBA, and more (Updated)

by Beth Melo on September 17, 2018

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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.

Monday, September 17, 2018

  • Planning Board, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda with packet, materials for 154-156 Northborough Rd hearing) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 154-156 Northborough Rd; Preliminary subdivision plan for 25 Park Street; Discussions on Conditions of approval for 6 Hidden Meadow Lane, Police Parking Solar Canopies, and Master Plan Update – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

  • Board of Commissioners of Trust Fund, 8:00 AM @ Town House, Treasurer Collector’s Conference Room, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Community Fund and any holiday funding for COA or Youth and Family Departments
  • Metrowest Regional Transit Authority, 11:30 AM @ 15 Blandin Ave, Framingham (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vote on incremental fare increases
  • Library Board of Trustees, 6:00 pm @ Southborough Library, Eaton Room, 25 Main Stt (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Library Staff Space discussion; Strategic Planning Community Survey; Capital Planning update
  • Postponed – Economic Development Committee, 7:30 pm @ Southborough Town House, EDC Office, 17 Common St (Although EDC’s agenda was submitted to the Town Clerk’s office in advance, through a technical glitch in the Town Clerk’s office, it wasn’t correctly posted to the Town House website. Therefore the meeting will have to be rescheduled under Open Meeting Law restrictions.)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

  • Southborough Housing Authority, 6:30 pm @ Colonial Gardens, 49 Boston Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review and approval of policies
  • Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Continued hearings on 154-156 Northborough Rd, 22 Main St, 120 Main St, and 2 East Main St; 97 Main St – applicant requesting to withdraw application without prejudice – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*

*Southborough Access Media will broadcast the Planning Board and ZBA meetings live on Verizon-37 and Charter-192. The Board of Selectmen meeting will be recorded for delayed broadcast. 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, though delayed broadcast meetings can take longer.)

Updated (9/17/18 1:55 pm): The revised BOS packet had the updated agenda and the new minutes attached. But I realized that it didn’t include the other 34 pages of materials that were included in the initial packet.

1 arborist September 17, 2018 at 11:08 AM

just reading the BOS agenda for up coming meeting, could I ask why they are approving minutes dating back to April, 2018 That is 5 months ago, I thought they were to be approved in a timely manner under state laws.

2 beth September 17, 2018 at 11:21 AM

I expected that Town Counsel’s announcement to the ZBA about timely minutes would spill over to other boards behind on taking care of minutes business. I was surprised to see last week that when the first packet for tonight’s meeting was posted that it had more recent minutes and didn’t take care of that. I followed up with Town Administrator Mark Purple. Purple responded that the minutes were ready for approval and he wasn’t sure what had happened. The agenda and packet were updated to include the missing minutes.

I followed up again to point out that the 4/2 meetings don’t recap the joint meeting with the Advisory Committee. It seemed the inference was that those contents would be in the Advisory minutes. But the 4/2 meeting seems to be the only meeting that Advisory didn’t post timely minutes for. Purple said he would follow up with Advisory.

3 arborist September 17, 2018 at 12:06 PM

why are we paying a town administrator if his answer to you ( Beth) was he wasn’t sure what happened, who is watching the store?

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