The week in government: Regional School Committee on Mascot recommendation

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. For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, April 26, 2021

  • MetroWest Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board Meeting, 11:00 am @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discussion and approval of Fare implementation July 1; Update on disabled community population representative; Approval of Preliminary FY22 Operating Budget (Register for webinar here.)
  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual hearing (agenda and packet, Hearing materialsAgenda Highlights: Hearings on zoning Warrant Articles; Discuss Chestnut Meadow Subdivision covenant extension
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Space Needs RFQ; School Research subcommittee update; Space Needs RFQ; Designate member to help review and summarize South Union RFP responses; Recommended asset life for potential FY22 Capital Items; Review Capital Request form templates

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 8:00 am @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearing on Auto Dealer License for 251 Turnpike Rd
  • Board of Commissioners of Trust Fund Meeting, 8:00 am @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Trust match or follow up to Taxation Aid applicants
  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Library Façade Restoration Project; Discuss Meet the Candidates program, Library Director Evaluation, and Grounds projects; Handout for Town Meeting
  • Regional School Committee Audit Subcommittee Meeting, 5:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review of FY’20 Audit (Register for webinar here.)
  • Southborough Cultural Arts Council Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Southborough Community Fund Grant; Summer Events

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 

  • Southborough School Committee – Capital Planning Subcommittee Meeting, 4:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: MSBA Update; Vertex Facility Condition Assessment (Register for webinar here.)
  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 4:15 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review and sign (CP-1) Community Preservation Surcharge Report and MDM-1 for Fiscal Year 2021; Discuss staffing for FY22 Admin; Review and sign release of a Chapter 61A lien
  • MassDOT Acceler-8 Meeting, 6:00 pm @ virtual meeting (Details and Update) Agenda Highlights: Acceler-8 Public Information Meeting (Register for webinar here.)
  • Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vote on Mascot Study Group recommendation; Updates on Covid Increased In-Person Learning; Social Studies Dept Presentation (Register for webinar here.)
  • Southborough Trails Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on 911 Loop Trail community service project, Peninsula trail public access plan permit status, CPA funding application, Trails maintenance; offer of spring cleanup help; Grant opportunities; 2021 project planning
  • Scholarship Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Rules, regulations, and considerations for correct and appropriate committee meetings; 2021 dates & deadlines; available scholarships

Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Trottier School Council Meeting, 2:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on Trottier Reopening; Promote student voice survey results; Update on School Improvement Plan (Register for webinar here.)

*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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