The week in government: Planning, BOS, Conservation 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 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. For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website

Monday, November 30, 2020

  • Southborough School Committee Operational Budget Subcommittee Meeting, 5:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY22 Preliminary Budget Discussion
  • Southborough Stewardship Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Naming Town Forest trails, Updating the management plan, RFP, and Parking
  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on Chestnut Hill Farm Barn, Mooney Field lights and Richardson Tennis Court lights; Discussion on EDC Downtown Initiative Bylaw status
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Attending Planning Board hearings on Mooney Field and Richardson Tennis Court lighting projects

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 12:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Approval Expense Façade Restoration Project
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Tree Contract, Requested DPW Union employee grade changes, License renewels, (auto dealers, victualers, and alcohol/liquor), MOU for MasCALL3; Amend Mortgage & Rent Relief program guidelines

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 

  • Taxation Aid Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Status of the partnership with the Board of Commissioners of Trust Funds; Conversation with Senior Center leadership; eligibility for 2021 applicant criteria

Thursday, December 3, 2020

  • Board of Commissioners of Trust Funds Meeting, 8:00 am @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Holiday annual gift card requests for Council on Aging and Youth & Family Services; discussion of various assistance programs
  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda with packet) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 7 Mt Vickery Rd replacement of septic, 61 Breakneck Hill Rd stormwater permit, 0 Southville Road Resource Area Delineation, 21 Stowe Rd 21 Stowe Road; 96 Mt Vickery Rd construction of single family homes and associated site improvements and stormwater features, and Bigelow Rd Eagle Scout trail & viewing platform; 60 Breakneck Hill Road – potential violation; Deerfoot Road abutter concerns/follow up

*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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