The week in government: Burial Ground flags, joint Budget talks for Town Meeting, bid received for South Union School, 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. For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Joint Meeting of Policy Development Subcommittees of Northborough, Southborough, and Regional School Committees, 5:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review of Policy Summary Sheet (Register for webinar here.)
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 5:30 pm @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review water department budget, Article 14 revolving fund max withdrawals, BOH budget, and South Union bid
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual hearing (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with Advisory on budget; Decision on flag placements at Old Burial Ground; Review South Union School bid submittals; Discuss next step for Legal Service bid submittals
  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual hearing (agenda, Hearing materials) Agenda Highlights: Master Plan Committee Update; Public Hearings on zoning Warrant Articles
  • Capital Planning Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with BOS to discuss South Union RFP response
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with BOS on BOH budget, South Union bid, and other Town Meeting items

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

  • Board of Health Meeting, 9:00 am @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Board of Health Presentation for Town Meeting
  • Personnel Board Meeting, 11:00 am @ virtual hearing (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Highlights from agenda: FY21performance evaluations (update on communications, board reviews of performance in open meeting, liaison program); Revisions to hiring letter; Possible 2ndhire for IT; Legal opinion on Benefits; Town Meeting handouts: Policies on Performance evaluations for part time/seasonal workers; Eligibility of new hires for annual salary increase; Request to set starting salary for BOS/Treasurer Admin; Request to fund Diversity-Equity-Inclusion training
  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Superintendent’s Evaluation Process; School Choice Vote; Focused Tiered Monitoring; Capital Planning Update (including Finn Boiler, MSBA statement of interest and demographic study); Updates on Covid, full time in-person learning; Enrollments; (Register for webinar here.)
  • Youth Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual hearing (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Update on South Union Building; Laurie Sugarman-Whittier Wellness Award nominees; Community Needs Assessment Report; Strategic Plan Draft Goals

Thursday, May 13, 2021 

  • Capital Planning Committee – School Research Subcommittee Meeting, 9:30 am @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Approve letter to community; next steps
  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 2 Hidden Meadow Lane addition to house Notice of Intent, 5 Nathan Stone Way expansion of lawn Notice of Intent; 192 Woodland Rd new single family homes Stormwater Permit and NOI; Potential violations at1 Lynbrook Rd and 155 Main St; Requests for Certificate of Compliance 38Turnpike Rd; Leeds Way; 32 Boston Rd; Recommendation of survey company for Breakneck Hill

*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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