The week in government: Planning Board hearings, School Committee meeting, 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, one 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.

Monday, March 8, 2021

  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda, hearing packetsAgenda Highlights: Hearings on 96 Mt Vickery Rd and zoning Warrant Articles; discussion on 78 Turnpike Rd Lab Cop Patient Services Center (inside Walgreens)
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: School Research update; Newton St water main; One Stop Grant Program opportunity for Rte9 wastewater issues; financial modeling exercise for Capital Projects; possible RFP to analyze Town depts space needs

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

  • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee Meeting, 8:15 am @ Virtual Meeting (agenda)  Agenda Highlights: Affordable Housing Trust 5-year Strategic Plan Update; Discuss Housing Section of Master Plan  
  • Joint Policy Subcommittees of Northborough, Southborough, and Regional School Committees Meeting, 5:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Policy Development & Review of: Principals’ Responsibilities Concerning Custodial and Building Supervision; Agenda and Order of Business (Register for webinar here.)
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on RAP programs, Summer Camp; Summer Concert Band contracts; Updates on lighting project bids; Field permits/user updates for grass and turf

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 12:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Update on IT Manager search; Town Clerk: Benefits for Admin Asst under Bylaw; Personnel Bylaw/SAP revisions; new salary schedules; BOS/Treasurer-Collector: Request for approval of new job description for shared Admin Asst
  • Neary School Meeting, 3:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review work from 4 School Administrators’ Retreats (Register for webinar here.)
  • Taxation Aid Committee Meeting, 4:15 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Criteria for approving applications and any other considerations to processing applications
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Downtown District warrant article; BOS proposed budget; Results of survey of Town fees; Board of Health proposed FY22 budget; FY22 preliminary budget; Vote on certain proposed operating budgets for FY22; Possible vote on Article 28(availability of Annual Report and Warrant); OPEB liability; employment benefit programs; Capital Planning’s work
  • Southborough School Committee, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda, policies) Agenda Highlights: School Choice; Covid Updates including screenings & increased in-person learning plans; Master Plan Update; Enrollment study update; Covid expenses; FY22 budget; 2nd readings of policies on Election of Officers, School Committee Meetings, Parliamentary Procedure, and subcommittees (Register for webinar here.) 
  • Youth Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY 22 Budget update and discussion; Friends update including fundraising ideas
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Overview of Process to ATM; Review Warrant Articles including – St. Marks Church Bell Tower, Kallander Field, Town House Restoration /Preservation, Peninsula Trail Construction, Flag School Historical evaluation; Applicant Notification and MOUs; Project Updates on Fayville Basketball Court, Golf Course, Library PR and Historical Society 2019 Affidavit and MOU
  • Master Plan Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Final review of Goals & Recommendations for: Schools, Recreation, Historical; Discuss template to draft chapter outlines and draft chapter outlines ready for review

Thursday, March 11, 2021

  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Hearings 53 Woodland Road septic repair, 41 Oregon Rd garage, 5 Nathan Stone Way lawn expansion; Discuss Ken’s Foods utility pole relocation and Cordaville Rd Acceler-8 bridge replacement

Looking Back:

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

Friday, March 5, 2021

  • Open Space Preservation Commission Meeting, 3:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda, videoAgenda Highlights: Conservation Commission Review of 97 Mt Vickery Road, OSRP Project Partnerships, Wildlife Habitat Certification, Earth Day – Planet Palooza events & activities, Garden Project Library update, SOLF Pollinator Habitat , Annual Report and prep for BOS meeting, Master Plan update, Town-Owned Open Space review

*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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