The week in government: Board of Selectmen and Combined School Committees 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 couple 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, March 15, 2021

  • Southborough Stewardship Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on Eagle Scout project on kiosk and kestrel box; review rules; Community Gardens, Beecology, and Management plan

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vote on FY22 Budget, Library Façade Restoration Project, Draft Library Re-Opening Plan, Assistant Library Director Job Description, Candidates’ Night discussion
  • Trails Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Troop 92 Spring service project; Updates on Peninsula Trail, Community Preservation Act funding application, Trails Maintenance, and grant opportunities; ADA self-evaluation and transition plan; 2021 project planning
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Applicant interviews for Recreation Commission and Golf Course Committee; FY22 budget update; Results of Town fee reviews; DPW updates; Cemetery/Old Burial Ground Issues (Veterans and Historical Commission Communications), Downtown District project; Review RFPs for disposition of 21 Highland Street and for Legal Services; Update on One Stop Grant Expression of Interest submission for projects; Discuss new committees – Bicycle, Southborough 300th
  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Technology Status updates & FY22 Budget reviews; MTC processes – consultant agreement; Technology for Open Meeting Record retention; Southborough Historical Commission Tech needs; Citizen Survey; 5 yr plan

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

  • Combined School Committees Meeting, 6:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Chief Information Officer/Chief Information Security Officer; Coalition for Equity Update; Vote on Legal Counsel; propose 3 additional half days this spring; Superintendent’s Evaluation (Register for webinar here.)
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearings on setback variance for 9 Skylar Dr and Special Permit for indoor recreation, athletic or exercise facility for 120 Turnpike Rd
  • Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Highlights from agenda: COVID-19 Update; FY22 Budget (Register for webinar here.)

Looking Back:

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

Thursday, March 11, 2021

  • Historical Commission Meeting, 6:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Discussion of Old Burial Ground (including complaints about types of flags), 45 Highland Street, South Union School, New monthly digest policy, Housekeeping 

Friday, March 12, 2021

  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund Committee Meeting, 8:15 am @ virtual meeting (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Approval of Supplemental Funding for Rent & Mortgage Assistance Program, One-Stop Grant Program, Strategic Grants and Contributions, Stockwell Lane
  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 8:15 am @ virtual meeting (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Proposed Downtown District zoning bylaw and the zoning map; status of Community One-Stop Grant and Microenterprise Grant
  • Council on Aging Meeting, 8:30 am @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Winter drive-throughs, Mortgage assistance program, Budget, Programming, Outreach current mission, Senior Center Renovations Report

*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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