The week in government: Planning still on (so far) and BOS on Audits and thickly-settled speed limits (Updated)

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

So far, the Town House is open today and meetings are still scheduled to go on. But changes to the meeting schedule are known to happen throughout the week, especially in inclement weather. For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, December 2, 2019

  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda and hearing packet) Agenda Highlights: Hearing on removing part of stonewall at 12 Edgwood Rd; Updates on Master Plan, Lighting Bylaw Working Group; Discussion of Site Plan Review bylaw – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

  • Taxation Aid Committee Meeting, 8:00 am @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss members, best meeting times, and January tax insert progress
  • Southborough Cultural Arts Council Meeting, 8:30 am @ South Union Building, Exhibit Room m1, 21 Highland St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Financials, Open Mic, Art Exhibit Recap, Grant approval
  • Southborough School Committee – Operational Budget Subcommittee Meeting, 5:00 pm @ Office of the Superintendent, Conference Room, 53 Parkerville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY’2 l Budget Discussion
  • Public Safety Building Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Public Safety Building, Public Meeting Room, 32 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Invoice & requisition approvals; Updates on action items and budget
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Audit presentations for FY19 and OPEB; Hearing on Common Street as one-way; Consider Warrant Article for reducing thickly-settled speed limit to 25 mph; annual license renewals (food sales, liquor, & auto dealers); Eagle Scout project – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*
  • Cancelled – Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Public Safety Building, Public Meeting Room, 32 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review proposed budgets for DPW (non-water), Police Dept, Fire Dept, and preliminary FY20 budget
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 7:30 pm @ South Union Building, Recreation Office, 21 Highland St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vote on installation of a map kiosk at Fayville Park; CPC application updates; Discuss turf & potential for Open Gym hours; Review Advisory questions

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

  • NSPAC Meeting, 10:00 am @ Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St, Northborough (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Assistive Technology presentation; Discussions/updates on Student Support Services One Call, ESY 2020 Descriptions/Dates posted, Intelligent Lives movie viewing plan, Autism friendly event (Chestnut Hill Farm spring hike), Update on OG and Wilson certified instructors per school, OCR resolution on complaints (visitation and observation policy & procedures)
  • Master Plan Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Southborough Senior Center, Room A & B, 9 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Recap Community Visioning Forum; Additional Community Outreach discussion

Friday, December 6, 2019

  • Board of Commissioners of Trust Fund Meeting, 8:00 am @ Town House, 1st Floor Front Foyer, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review Tax Bill Insert for January; Discuss Southborough Community Fund – last disbursements and possible vote on future payments

Saturday, December 7, 2019

  • Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee and Collective Bargaining Subcommittee Meeting, 8:00 am @ Algonquin Regional High School Library, Northborough (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Closed Executive Session – To conduct Collective Bargaining Sessions with Algonquin RegionalTeachers Association and not to reconvene in Open Session.

*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 (12/3/19 11:07 am): Advisory cancelled its meeting for tonight. (So far, the other meetings are still listed as scheduled.) Also, I corrected the link to the Board of Selectmen agenda and meeting packet for tonight.

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4 years ago

The link posted for the BOS agenda is, in fact, the regional school committee agenda from 03/21/18!

4 years ago

Correct now- thanks!

Re: Common St. to become one-way. Which way? Away from Main St. up the hill?

Re: Thickly Settled 25 MPH limit. This one is a real waste of time!!! Currently these areas are posted 30 MPH. The issue is not one of the posted limit – it is one of ENFORCEMENT!

The police logs indicate a lot of speed limit enforcement activity on route 9 – where close to nobody actually lives.

How about enforcing the speed limits on some of the streets already designated as Thickly Settled? How about actually enforcing the speed limits on those streets that have signs indicating Speed Limit Strictly Enforced? These signs are a JOKE.

I’ve seen parents as well as school buses driving on Parkerville Road (north) at 40 MPH past the FLASHING Speed Limit 20 MPH signs on a regular basis!

Placing a black & white cruiser on that street once or twice a year does little to nothing to slow these people down. Changing the little speed limit sign beneath the Thickly Settled sign will prove to be equally ineffective.

BOS – please don’t WASTE our tax dollars replacing these signs.

A POSITIVE outcome will occur if/when Public Safety starts enforcing the speed limits in these (Thickly Settled) areas – and school zones.

A few years ago I worked in Maynard, MA. In that town, the police routinely patrolled the school zone(s). You know, as in DAILY. This had the effect of slowing traffic. What could the Maynard PD know that we have yet to figure out in Southborough?

BTW, now that Main St. has been resurfaced it’s become a real race track! The 25 MPH and 30 MPH zones are routinely IGNORED in both directions. It’s a real treat to try and walk along the sides of the road in that area while waiting for the sidewalk to be cleared.

The cars would have less need to swerve into the oncoming lane to avoid pedestrians if they would simply SLOW DOWN.

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