The week in government: BOS on water rate recommendation; 26 Main St at ZBA; School Committee updates on Start Time, Music Study, and Strategic Planning

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.

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, February 10, 2020

  • Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Operational Budget Subcommittee Meeting, 4:00 pm @ Office of the Superintendent, Conference Room, 53 Parkerville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY21 budget, FY19 audit, OPEB, E&D
  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda with packet) Agenda Highlights: Continued hearings on Warrant Articles; Approval Not Required for Dell EMC, Washington St Lot 1; Discuss St. Mark’s School’s application to ZBA for conversion of 26 Main st to multi-family; discuss Governor’s Housing Choice Initiative bill – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with Library Trustees to fill vacancy (until Town election); Water rate adjustment recommendation by Public Works Planning Board; Discuss Town Meeting Warrant (EDC Downtown district overlay zoning bylaw, Purchase of National Grid parcel 54-40, Revised draft of SPAC bylaw, Board positions on warrant articles); Draft committee charge for Capital Planning Committee – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*
  • Southborough Trails Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Historical Society Museum, 25 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Project updates; 2021 Mass Trails Grant preparation; Opportunity to work with SOLF – winter hikes; Earth Day Planning; 2020 project planning; 5 year plan
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Public Meeting Room, Public Safety Building, 32 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Consider reserve fund transfer for fiber run from EMC to new building; Discuss proposed FY21 budget and long term forecast

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 8:00 am @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda, packetAgenda Highlights: Request for new Library Technician position, New job descriptions for Rec seasonal workers; SAP revisions for Town Meeting Meeting packet
  • Neary School Council Meeting, 3:00 pm @ Margaret A. Neary School, 53 Parkerville Rd (agenda, School Improvement Plan) Agenda Highlights: Updates on School & District Improvement Plans; SOS Fun Run; Neary events and MCAS; Review Goal 2 (“Neary students will demonstrate growth across all academic disciplines including Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies and Science/Technology and Engineering. Growth will be based on multiple measures including informal assessments, formative and summative curriculum-aligned common assessments, as well as MCAS performance.”)
  • Taxation Aid Committee Meeting, 5:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss how other MA towns are finding success with their taxation aid programs; Application process and status
  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Trottier Middle School Library, 9 Parkerville Rd (agenda, policy being read) Agenda Highlights: Massachusetts School Building Authority’s Statement of Interests; Updates from Committees on Start Time, Music Study and Strategic Planning; FY21 School Committee Approved Budget and update on Advisory meeting; 2nd Reading of school policy for Sexual Harassment in the School Policy – Broadcast live and replayed by SAM*
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Hearing on St. Mark’s School’s Special Permit request to convert 26 Main St home to 2-family dwelling
  • Master Plan Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Cordaville Hall, Rooms A and B, 9 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Theme/goal – Accessibility, Sense of Community, Open Space and Green Initiatives, Diversity of Commercial Activity; review of survey and draft visioning statement

Thursday, February 13, 2020

  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: 84 Main Street violation discussion, Request for Extension for 2 East Main St (Note: Continuance requested for Park Central development hearing to March 5th)

*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.)

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