The week in government: BOS Downtown District Bylaw Forum; Conservation Commission 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 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 number of meetings 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, February 16, 2021

  • Board of Trustees Southborough Library Meeting, 11:00 am @ Virtual Meeting (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: FY22Budget; Library Façade Restoration Project; Interior Renovations (Painting and Carpet); Teen Librarian Job Description
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Attend BOS meeting to discuss next steps on South Union School building
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Quarterly Financial update; FY22 Budget update; Verizon Pole Hearing for P33-84 Pine Hill Road; 7:30 pm Public Forum on Downtown District bylaw; Sponsorship of warrant article; Update on Shared Streets & Spaces grant award; Town Meeting Scheduling; COVID-19 vaccination updates; Award bid for Wastewater Study; South Union School – Next steps; Review draft of RFP for Legal Services; Discussion of CSX easement and Downtown portion of Main Street reconstruction project

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

  • Taxation Aid Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Criteria for approving applications, considerations for processing applications
  • Southborough Housing Authority Meeting, 5:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Executive Director Report, bill payment approval
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Minutes from December 16th meeting
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY22 Budget and Funding Buckets; Warrant Articles & Memorandums of Understanding (Town House, Trails Committee, Southborough Historical Society, St. Mark’s Church, & Kallander Field); updates on Fayville Basketball Court and Golf Course

Thursday, February 18, 2021 

  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 192Woodland Road Stormwater Management permit for new homes, Notice of Intent for5 Nathan Stone Way expansion of lawn into the buffer zone, Stormwater Management Permit for 96 Mt Vickery Rd for new homes, Notice of Intent for Bigelow Road trail & viewing platform; Discuss invasive mitigation at 6 Newton Street; 84Main St status; Chestnut Hill Farm trailhead parking lot; Approval of Master Plan Goals & Recommendations for Conservation

Looking Back:

Below are Town committee/board meetings from last week that were posted after I ran last week’s list:

Thursday, February 11, 2021

  • Historical Commission Meeting, 6:00 pm (agendavideoAgenda Highlights: 84 Main Street Update; 21 Flagg Road Permit Review; Reports and updates; Discussion of the proposed new Old Burial Ground Project; Continuing discussion of potential changes to the wording of the Demolition Delay Bylaw
  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda and packet, videoAgenda Highlights: Review and possible revisions of the draft Warrant Article for the proposed Downtown District and the associated draft Design Guidelines

Friday, February 12, 2021

  • Capital Planning Committee – School Research Subcommittee Meeting, 7:30 am (agenda, videoAgenda Highlights: Updates from Superintendent on Facilities’ Study and MSBA Statement of Interest; Discuss revisions to NESDEC Report, next steps, revised charge end date
  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 8:15 am (agenda, videoAgenda Highlights: Member roles and responsibilities; Update on request to remand zoning article to planning board; Updates on Downtown bylaw & Micro enterprise grant; EDC Newsletter approval; Community One Stop for Growth: Economic Development Goals; Route 9 Businesses; Permanent Outdoor Dining

*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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