The week in government: Planning, BOS, & EDC on Downtown zoning; BOS to close STM Warrant

Above: These days (unless otherwise noted) all of the Town’s committees and boards are back to meeting over zoom.

Here are the posted committee and board meetings for this week along with my selected highlights from the agendas.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are all remote sessions open to the public.*

As always, be aware that changes to the meeting schedule are known to happen throughout the week. (Scroll down for details on a meetings that popped up after last Monday’s post.) For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, September 20, 2021

  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, materialsAgenda Highlights: Public Hearing on Proposed Downtown District Bylaw, Zoning Map & Design Guidelines
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with Planning Board on Downtown District zoning
  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Attend Planning Board’s hearing on Downtown District zoning&

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Capital Planning’s Space Needs Study, staff appointments, Policies for Collection Management and Volunteers/CORI
  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 4:15 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Approved contract for as needed training of new Deputy Assessor; Review and Sign Assessment classification and New Growth reports for annual submission to Dept of Revenue, Letter to discontinue section of Chestnut Hill Road, 
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: Financial quarterly review; Comcast cable license; Review of Lighting Rules and Regs; HCVE traffic study funding; Regional dispatch update; appoint Labor Counsel and Recording Clerk; Extend municipal mask mandate; Special Town Meeting – Board of Health votes and Closing Warrant; Halloran property access; Remote Work Policy
  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Town Tech status, strategy, & budget usage; discuss committee processes and workflow (including volunteer consultants)

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 12:00 pm (agenda, materials) Agenda Highlights: Expenditure Ledger, New Hires and Departures, Personnel Bylaw FY21 for Fall Town Meeting, Tuition Reimbursement Policy FY22
  • Master Plan Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss chapter edits to 2021 draft and putting final plan together

Looking Back:

Below is a meeting from last week that was posted after I ran last week’s list:

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 

  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda, videoAgenda Highlights: Education for new members on the role of the Advisory Committee and relevant financial topics

*The Town intends to make each of its remote public 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.

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