The week in government: Planning Board, Combined School Committees and more

Above: These days, most meetings that used to welcome the public to attend in the Town House Hearing Room or other public facilities are accessible to the public by video/audio conference calls only.

Here are the posted committee and board meetings for the week along with my selected highlights from the agendas.

The Town intends to make each of its meetings available for viewing/listening via streaming live (and saved) video and audio on YouTube with some available for public comment by zoom.* Live streaming of school committee meetings is only available for viewing via webinars.

As always, 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, September 14, 2020

  • Cable Television Committee Meeting, earlier today @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Consideration of Charter license renewal proposal
  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda and packetAgenda Highlights: Public Hearing on 7 Chestnut Hill Rd Site Plan; Discussions on 96 Mt. Vickery Rd Flexible development concept plans, Deerfoot Rd drainage, EDC Village Mixed Use District bylaw status, and public shade trees
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Update on Town House Engineering and South Union School; planning with school committee; recommendation and next steps on Transfer Station; survey feedack; Discussion of retaining Owner’s Poject Manager

Wednesday, September 15, 2020 

  • Personnel Board Meeting,  12:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Performance Evaluations and raises – Synchronization overview: status, payroll spreadsheet, outstanding issues
  • Southborough Housing Authority Meeting, 5:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Report of Executive Director
  • Combined School Committees Meeting, 5:15 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Audience sharing, an NSPAC Presentation; Updates on the Music Study Group, Professional Development, Strategic Plan, and Coalition for Equity; plus a draft of next year’s school calendar. Register for webinar here.
  • Trails Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Choate Grant project status updates; Installation of map kiosk at Fayville Park update; Trails maintenance plan; Bay Circuit Trail Connector reconstruction and opening update; BOS letter to DCR requesting prioritization of the Public Access Plan for the Peninsula Trail; CPC Application Status
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Proposed updates to ZBA applications 
  • Northborough Regional School Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: An Update on Fall Sports and MIAA guidelines, discussion of a proposed Distribution Facility abutting the school, and updates on the Solar panel installation project and School Start Time. Register for webinar here.

*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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