The week in government: BOS, Regional School Committee 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 21, 2020

  • Cable Television Committee Meeting, 2:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review Charter Form 500s, Consideration of Charter license renewal proposal

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda with packet) Agenda Highlights: Public Comment; Renew Charter cable agreement; Approve childcare at St. Mark’s for faculty; Budget Update FY20-22; Presentation on Transfer Station; Process for Entertainment License requests; Update on issues on southeast end of Deerfoot Road; Policy on Complete Streets; Alcohol license for Chestnut Hill Farm Events; Approve Capital Planning School Research Subcommittee – Charge & representatives; Approve licenses for NY Bagel Factory shops at 20 & 205 Turnpike Rd; Approve 1yr extension of Golf Course Management contract; Next steps for Downtown zoning; ADA Grievance policy; National Grid notice of vegetation management
  • Historical Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Demolition Permit Process, Bylaw Rules, & Guidelines re “Substantial”; Update on 15 Main St; CPC applications for Town House Windows and Trails Committee

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

  • Master Plan Committee Meeting, 7:30 am @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Drafts of Storyboard, Visions, Objectives, Goals and Recommendations, and Housing Chapter; additional items that have come to light due to recent events
  • Personnel Board Meeting, 12:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Approval of probationary raises; Employee performance evaluations: continuing discussion of process and issues, assignment of Personnel Board liaisons to departments and public bodies with SAP employees
  • Northborough Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:30 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. (If the agenda looks familiar – that’s because the meeting was scheduled to take place last week but was postponed due to technical difficulties.)

*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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