The week in government: School committee; Capital Planning on Arts Center; BOS on Downtown zoning

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 this week along with my selected highlights from the agendas. All currently scheduled meetings are available to the public virtually.*

As always, be aware that changes to the meeting schedule are known to happen throughout the week. (Last week, a Council on Aging meeting popped up. You can view that here.) For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website

Monday, November 9, 2020

  • Board of Health Meeting, 2:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Board of Health Staffing Situation, Draft FY22 Budget, Davis Farm Solid Waste on Conservation Commission Land off Breakneck Hill Road, Discussion and Vote to Create Trash Hauler License/Permit
  • Historical Commission Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: 45 Highland St meeting with owners and counsel; Receipt of completed action plan for 15 Main St; Certificate of non-applicability for 12 Walker St
  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: MCAS Discussion; Updates on Hybrid and SARP learning, Coalition for Equity, Bus app; Capital Planning and budgets; First readings of 11 new/revised policies (To register for webinar, click here.)
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Preservation Restriction on Library; Preliminary CPC review of FY22 applications and projects delayed from 2020 ATM; Discuss MOU language and process; FY22 budget
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on South Union Building (Arts Center, 21 Highland St building); Vote on space needs analysis in event of potential school building re-purpose; Meeting with EDC about Route 9; Town owned parcel presentation

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

  • Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Capital Planning Subcommittee Meeting, 5:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review of FY’22 Draft Capital/Maintenance Plan
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on Programming, Mooney Lighting, and Fayville Basketball court; Doc outlining Dept goals and input to share with Master Planning Committee and Capital Planning Committee
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: Discuss draft of downtown zoning bylaw and comments (Begins with Closed Executive Session on disposition of real property concerning the South Union Building/Arts Center/21 Highland Street)
  • Closed session – Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Closed Executive Joint Session on disposition of South Union Building/Arts Center/21 Highland Street with no intent to return to open session
  • Planning Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with Board of Selectmen on draft bylaw for downtown zoning
  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with Board of Selectmen on draft bylaw for downtown zoning
  • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with the Board of Selectmen on draft zoning bylaw for downtown
  • Youth Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: FY22 Budget update; Donation Account Expenditure Approval; In-Person Service Guidelines

Thursday, November 12, 2020

  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 12 Richards Rd replacement/expansion of garage; 11B Bigelow Rd pool, pool house and patio; 96 Mt Vickery Rd area delineation; Bigelow Rd Eagle Scout trail & viewing platform; Issuance of Order of Conditions for 81 Breakneck Hill Road; Amendment to SMP for Chestnut Hill Farm

*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. 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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