The week in government: BOS on budgets; Regional School Committee; ZBA on Ken’s; Annual Town 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, May 17, 2021

  • Joint Southborough School Committee – Capital Planning Subcommittee and Town of Southborough Capital Planning School Research Subcommittee Meeting, 4:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: MSBA Update and Vertex Facility Condition Assessment of Neary School building (Register for webinar here.)

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Library Façade Restoration Project, Library Director Evaluation discussion, Open Space Commission Native Plant garden discussion, Handout for Town Meeting and Summer Reading Update
  • Southborough Trails Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Project updates; Project expansion: explore trail reconstruction at SOLF & Southborough property; CPA funding application warrant article; Town meeting planning; ADA compliance evaluation; Trails maintenance update; 2021 project planning; Guided hike request from Youth and Family Services to honor Mental Health Awareness Month; Repurpose map boxes for trailhead logbook status update; Potential Eagle Scout Project – Review opportunities
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Quarterly Financial Update; Town Meeting prep (FY22 Budget, Disposition of South Union building, BOS positions on Articles), Update on Legal Services RFP and next steps

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

  • Neary School Council Meeting, 3:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review work from School Administrators’ Retreat (Register for webinar here.)
  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 4:15 pm @ Town House Hearing Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Elect officers
  • Southborough Housing Authority Meeting, 5:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Report of Exec Director
  • N/S Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Elect officers, Plans for return to in-person learning in September, School Choice Vote, Tiered Focused Monitoring, Mascot Renaming Update (Register for webinar here.)
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY22 budget, Review of Article 14 revolving funds max withdrawals; Vote on BOH budget; Discuss of recent Personnel Board regarding IT staffing; Continuation of discussion of policy on accrued vacation and sick leave; Final review of Advisory reports to TM
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearings on 200 Turnpike Rd special permit, 16 Clifford Road special permit for accessory apartment; Ken’s Foods special permit for expansion

Thursday, May 20, 2021

  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 6:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Brian Shifrin Field Renaming ceremony; Updates on RAPs, programs, Summer Camp, Summer Movies, & concerts; Discuss Recreation Van; Update on lighting projects; Questions related to Annual Town Meeting
  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Status on proposed Downtown District zoning bylaw; EEA Grant quarterly reporting; Wastewater engineering study status; EDC submission for One-Stop for Community Growth grant program; Shared Streets & Spaces – beautification budget for planters; Elect officers

Friday, May 21, 2021

  • Council on Aging Meeting, 1:30 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Executive Director’s performance review

Saturday, May 22, 2021

  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Superintendent’s Office, Neary School, 53 Parkerville Road (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Preparation for Town Meeting
  • Annual Town Meeting Opens, 10:00 am @ Neary Fields 53 Parkerville Road (Click here for details and here for all my coverage.)

Looking Back:

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

Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 am @ virtual meeting (agenda, videoAgenda Highlights: Space Needs RFQ; ATM Prep; Designation of Committee Member to work on One Stop Grant for Cordaville Rd
  • Historical Commission Meeting, 6:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda, videoAgenda Highlights: Appoint recording secretary; 15 Main St; National Register of Historic Places – Old Burial Ground nomination, discuss nomination of properties

*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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