The week in government meetings

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. (That shouldn’t last much longer!)

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 24, 2021

  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Organization of Board; Master Plan Committee Update; Discussions on Illa Bella Estate lot release, 16 Clifford Rd accessory apartment, and 96 Mt. Vickery Rd subdivision covenant

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

  • Board of Trustees Library Meeting, 11:00 am @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with Open Space Preservation Commission about Native Plant Garden at Library
  • Open Space Preservation Commission Meeting, 11:00 am @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with Board of Trustees Library Native Plant Garden at Library; Pollination Preservation Garden at Beals Preserve; Golf Course; Halloran Open Space; Breakneck Hill; Seed Workshop; St Mark’s School; Town Pound; ATM Warrant Articles; Wildlife Habitat Certification; Master Plan update
  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Halloran property Conservation Restriction & Revocable License

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

  • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee Meeting, 8:45 am @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Master Plan Committee Update – Housing Chapter Goals; Housing Production Plan Implementation Planning – Community One Stop Grant application update; Affordable Housing Trust – 5-year Plan – Grant Submission

Thursday, May 27, 2021

  • Southborough Stewardship Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ virtual hearing (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Highlights from agenda: Town forest and trail issue over damp area; Beecology, including deer fencing, size, and shed; Invasive management; Parking lot and fencing; Mowing/treework/chipping; Signage; Grants; Community gardens update

Looking Back:

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

Thursday, May 20, 2021

  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda, videoAgenda Highlights: Board of Health processes and techn needs; Status updates; Cyber Resiliency Planning; Citizen Survey; 5 yr strategic tech plan; Historical Commission and Build Dept permitting system integration; Council on Aging and Senior Center tech needs
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ virtual meeting (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: South Union Warrant Article; Library Preservation Restriction Discussion; Review ATM Warrant Articles; 2019 Historical Society MOU; Police & Fire Memorial; Golf Course Putting Update; Overview of process to ATM

*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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