The week in government: Combined School Committees & BOS (Updated)

Above: This week, meetings that usually take place in the Town House Hearing Room or other public facilities will be run by video/audio conference calls accessible to the public (to hear/view, not participate in).

Based on the current guidelines for social distancing, the Town is limiting meetings to those considered critical by the boards/committees (either by topic or time sensitivity.) Below are the meetings currently scheduled, along with my selected highlights from the agendas. 

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, March 30, 2020

  • Combined School Committees Meeting, 7:00 pm (agendaAgenda Highlights:  Covid-19 District’s response; “Continued Pay of Hourly Employees” and the Assabet Valley Collaborative (FY19 audit an annual report) – to be streamed online*

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm (revised agenda, materials packetAgenda Highlights: Update on Covid-19; Letter to MassDOT on “Acceler-8” MassPike bridge replacement project; MSBA Project Funding Agreement for Accelerated Repair Program for Finn Elementary School; Other Matters Properly Before the Board; public comment – to be streamed online with allowance for public comment**

*The school committees’ meeting will be live streamed and broadcast by Northborough Cable Access. That’s available in Southborough on Verizon-29 and Charter-194 or via NCAT’s live stream. The meeting will also be rebroadcast through NCAT’s YouTube channel and VOD player.

**The Town intends to make each of its meetings available for viewing/listening via streaming live (and saved) video and audio on YouTube. But there is the caveat that there could be technical glitches that force them to take backup actions:

No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite best efforts, we will post on Southborough’s website an audio or video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.

Updated (3/31/20 12:57 pm): The Town posted an updated agenda. It also posted information on how public comment works. For details, click here.

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