The week in government: Housing Production Plan; Budgets; Annual Town Meeting and more

Above: Most open meetings are still being run by video/audio conference calls. The one big exception is the Annual Town Meeting – to take place in-person outdoors this weekend.

Here is a selection of the committee and board meetings for the week along with my selected highlights from the agendas.

With the exception of Annual Town Meeting, the Town still intends to hold each of its meetings online, available for viewing via streaming live (and saved) video on YouTube with some also available for public comment by zoom.*

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, June 8, 2020

  • Youth Commision Meeting, 1:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Budget Update; Staff transition to return to offices
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 4:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY21 budget and any related items [Editor’s Note: The joint meeting with Board of Selectmen referenced on agenda had to be postponed since the submitted agenda for BOS didn’t get posted in time. That will now take place on Tuesday at 6:00 pm.]
  • Historical Commission Meeting, 5:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on 12 Walker St (under demolition delay bylaw); Discuss new project (Historic Preservation Recognition) and objectives for FY21
  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda and Housing Production PlanAgenda Highlights: Hearings on ATM Warrant Articles on zoning; Discuss appointment of members to Public Works Planning Board, Master Plan Committee, and Deed Research Committee; Housing Production Plan (in joint meeting with SHOPC and BOS); Review Process for Site Plan Public Hearing/ANR Public Meeting
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agendaAgenda Highlights: Joining Planning Board Meeting with SHOPC to discuss Housing Production Plan
  • SHOPC Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joining Planning Board Meeting with Meeting with BOS to discuss Housing Production Plan
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agendaAgenda Highlights: Updates on programming and projects; Phase II reopening; child care for Annual and Special Town Meetings; Summer Concert Series; Summer Movies; Summer Nights; Gobble Wobble

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with Advisory Committee on FY21 Budget; Appointment of new Town Accountant
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with Board of Selectmen to resolve budget differences

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

  • NSPAC June Meeting, 2:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: NSPAC 2020-2021 Elections; Q&A with Student Support Services director and team To receive the zoom link, Registration is required. You can email nspac1@gmail.com or register online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ynDimuzITBjd34mmnoLc-NHbSdB1kc_DPb8Yq1mU4t8/edit?ts=5ecfb4c1
  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 4:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Finance Director requests to abate uncollectable FY19 personal property tax and 2017 excise tax; Review and sign preliminary FY21 tax commitments; review and sign FY20 omitted and Revised Assessment From and amended new growth form; discuss potential FY21 budget cuts
  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: School reopening; Town Meeting prep; FY21 amended budget; Audience sharing – to view/join meeting, pre-register for webinar

Thursday, June 11, 2020

  • Public Works Planning Board Meeting, 12:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Revised Transfer Station Rules and Regulations; Transfer Station Permit Fee
  • Southborough Stewardship Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updating the management plan, priority and ongoing projects; update on land abutting Breakneck; Mosquito spraying; Updates on Mowing; status Community Gardens

Friday, June 12, 2020

  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 11:00 am @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Village Mixed Use District Zoning Article (for fall Special Town Meeting) Q&A with Special Counsel; Vote on requesting the BOS to change the EDC to a 7-member committee

Saturday, June 13, 2020

  • Annual Town Meeting, 1:00 pm @ Neary athletic fields, 49 Parkerville Rd (Warrant and materials/announcements) Agenda Highlights: Southborough voters act as town legislature to appropriate money to fund the Town’s expenses (for the fiscal year July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) and act on other issues. For more details see blog coverage. (Rain date: June 14)

*There is the caveat that there could be technical glitches that force the Town 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.

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