The week in government: Conservation update to Selectmen; Regional School Committee Meeting

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 only 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 meeting popped up that I didn’t list last Monday – scroll down for those details.) For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

  • Southborough School Committee Policy Development Subcommittee Meeting, 10:30 am @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Policy Review and Development may include all or some of the following policies: Election of Officers; Policy on Handling Complaints; School Committee Meetings; Parliamentary Procedure; Subcommittees; Principals’ Responsibilities Concerning Custodial and Building Supervision; Recruiting and Hiring Personnel; Suspension and Expulsion; Dangerous Articles and Weapons Policy; Drug Abuse; Substance Use Prevention and Education Policy (Register for webinar here.)
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Conservation Commission update; Request to update Fire personnel schedules in SAP; Discussion of Downtown Initiative Bylaw; Review of Town’s contracted services; Process for personnel exit interviews
  • Southborough Cultural Arts Council Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on Financials, Grant Discussion and Vote

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

  • Southborough Housing Authority Meeting, 5:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Report of Exec Director; Approval of payment of bills
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Potential reserve fund transfer vote for additional cost of hiring a full time Public Health nurse to replace part time nurse; FY22 Budget discussions for Board of Health, MIS, and preliminary overall; Discuss amending Advisory Committee bylaw; Finalize discussion on vacation and sick time accrual policy; discuss evaluation of number of schools
  • Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Covid updates; Presentations by Science Dept and English Learners; Survey Data; Updates on status of where educators are on teaching content and Mascot Study Group; FY22 Budget; 2nd readings of several new policies (Register for webinar here.)
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: ATM 2020 recap; Project Review of Trails Committee, St. Marks Bell Tower, Recreation Kallander Field; Basketball Court Update; Historical Commission Concerns re Old Burial ground; FY22 Budget; MOU; Project funding and votes; Golf Course update

Thursday, January 21, 2021

  • Capital Planning Committee – School Research Subcommittee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on MSBA Conversations and feedback from School Committee and Capital Planning Committee; Discussion and feedback on NESDEC presentation about population and enrollment projections; Workplan and next steps

Friday, January 22, 2021

  • Board of Commissioners of Trust Fund Meeting, 8:00 am @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss approving any funding for Community Fund

*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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