The week in government: Selectmen and Board of Health budget discussion; BOS review of ATM Warrant Articles

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 22, 2021

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 4:00 pm @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Request to set starting salary above midpoint for new IT Manager; Draft job descriptions for Executive Assistant to the BOS and Assistant Town Administrator; discuss the effect of changes to the positions and/or titles on SAP status
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Rec request for Richardson Tennis Courts; Updates on Advisory Presentation, Community Preservation Committee 3/18 Meeting, South Union building

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 4:15 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Approval of minutes followed by closed executive session
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 6:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discussions on Baseball Field and purchasing goal for Lacrosse and Soccer; Richardson Lighting Project; Rec section of Master Plan
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: IT Manager appointment; Board of Health FY22 Budget; Update on Barron v. Town of Southborough litigation; COVID-19 update; Town Administrator evaluation; Review of Annual Town Meeting warrant articles

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 

  • Taxation Aid Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss approving applications received along with award, and any other considerations to processing applications
  • Advisory Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Capital Planning Committee recommendation for FY22; FY22 Budgets including Conservation Commission, Board of Health, and overall preliminary budget; Votes on certain operating budgets and Town Meeting Articles; Discuss OPEB liability, CPC work on evaluating number of schools
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Presentation to Advisory Committee on FY22 Capital Recommendations, Standing Committee Warrant Article and potential discussion on South Union School article

Thursday, March 25, 2021

  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agendaAgenda Highlights: Proposed Downtown District zoning bylaw; status of Community One-Stop Grant; Grant reporting zoning & wastewater; District Improvement Financing; Resident’s Survey

Looking Back:

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

Thursday, March 18, 2021

  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda, videoAgenda Highlights: Review Town House Restoration /Preservation Warrant Article; Applicant Notifications and Memos of Understanding

Friday, March 19, 2021

  • Open Space Preservation Commission Meeting, 12:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda, videoAgenda Highlights: Highlights from agenda: 97 Mt Vickery Road, South Union School, Downtown District zoning Article, Golf Course, Wildlife Habitat Certification, Earth Day – Planet Palooza events & activities, SOLF Pollinator Habitat, 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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