The week in government: Capital Planning; Planning Board; Regional School Committee

Above: These days, meetings that usually take place in the Town House Hearing Room or other public facilities are being run by video/audio conference calls accessible to the public.

Here is a selection of the committee and board meetings for the week along with my selected highlights from the agendas. (Starting this week, Town committees and boards should able to begin holding more regular meetings – not just limited to urgent business or issues related to Covid-19.)

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, April 13, 2020

  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting* (agenda and Committee Charge) Agenda Highlights: 5yr projections of Levy Capacity; Review existing Capital Plan; feedback from Dept heads; discuss oversight portion of committee’s Charge
  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting* (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Continuing hearings on zoning Warrant Articles to future date; Planner’s Report

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

  • Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting** (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Covid-19 situation update; Educational Stability Program review; Program of Studies Guide review; 1st readings of policies on Bullying Prevention and Intervention and Conflict of Interest; updates on searches for Asst Superintendent and ARHS Principal

*The Town intends to make each of its meetings available for viewing/listening via streaming live (and saved) video and audio on YouTube. 

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.

**The Regional 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.

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