The week in government: Planning on zoning Articles and Approval Not Required for Brigham St & Gruanuaile Rd; Regional School Committee

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. Most of the 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, one 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.

Monday, February 22, 2021

  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda and meeting packet, hearing packetsAgenda Highlights: Public Hearings on 96 Mt Vickery Rd, ATM Warrant Article to Amend Section 174-10 Site plan approval, ATM Warrant Article to Amend Section 174-9 Special permit requirements & extensions or alterations, ATM Warrant Article to Update Section 174-12.1 Outdoor Illumination, and ATM Warrant Article on Create Section 174-8.4.1 Downtown District; Approval Not Required to split parcel on Brigham St & Granuaile Rd into several lots
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY22 Capital votes on items/work under DPW, Library, Facilities, Fire Dept, MIS, Police, and Community Preservation Act; Update on School Research Subcommittee; Committee language for Warrant; South Union School; and project Oversight
  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Attend Planning Board Public Hearing for discussion Downtown District zoning article

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 

  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 4:15 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Approve minutes (followed by closed Executive Session)

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Southborough Stewardship Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Project proposal from graduate student, Town Forest, Review rules, Tree survey
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Highlights from agenda: Discuss with the Board of Health on proposed budget, Joint meeting with Municipal Technology Committee (at 7:30), Meals tax article, employment benefit programs including retirement programs, budget process, Capital Planning work update
  • Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: COVID-19Update, CASEL, Student Support Services Update, Articulation Agreement, School Choice Discussion, MCAS, World Languages Department Presentation, Athletics, Enrollments, Finances and Recommended Budget, Student Fees (Register for webinar here.)
  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Highlights from agenda: Joint Meeting with Advisory Committee

Looking Back:

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

Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Board of Health Meeting, 10:00 am @ virtual meeting (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Appoint the former Public Health Nurse as per diem nurse, Authorize Interim Public Health Director to sign payroll and payables, Review materials to advocate for FY22 budget, Search for full-time Public Health Nurse and Intern

*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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