The week in government: Planning Board Hearing on Downtown District zoning, Regional School Committee Meeting, and more

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 meetings that popped up after last Monday’s post.) For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, October 18, 2021

  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 6:45 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vote on Requests to BOS to reduce committee membership and SHOPC subcommittee representation; Potential recommendation on alternate appointment to fill vacancy; Subcommittee updates; Special Town Meeting Capital Warrant Article Status; Updates to Capital Plan by Facilities and Recreation Depts
    • Recreation Commission Meeting, 8:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Join Capital Planning Committee to discuss Rec’s projected 10 year capital plan
  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda and packet, hearing materials) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearings on 6-8 Turnpike Rd (Modification to Major Site Plan), Proposed Downtown District Bylaw (with Zoning Map & Design Guidelines), Ken’s Foods Warehouse Expansion (Major Site Plan Approval and Special Permit); Discuss releasing Chestnut Meadow Subdivision lots, 156 Northborough Rd Site Plan Compliance, and Review Outdoor Illumination Rules and Regs
    • Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Join Planning Board’s hearing on Downtown District zoning Warrant Article
    • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Join Planning Board’s hearing on Downtown District zoning Warrant Article
    • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda HighlightsJoin Planning Board’s hearing on Downtown District zoning Warrant Article (Vote may be taken.)

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY23 Budget; Library Interior Renovations; Volunteer Policy Draft; Accessibility of Story Walk
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Scholarship Committee update; Eagle Scout Aqueduct project; Proposed redistricting; Updates on Regional Dispatch Study, COVID-19 cases, Golf Course update, Mooney lights; Community Compact IT grant application; Declare Fire boat surplus for disposition; Consider amendment to Fire Chief contract, RE: Paramedic certification; Requests from Capital Committee on reduced membership and SHOPC subcommittee makeup; Update on Downtown District bylaw; Special Town Meeting logistics and reconsideration of Article support votes
  • Council on Aging Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review plans for Cordaville Hall renovation and discuss other possibilities for the improvement or relocation of the senior center

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

  • Neary School Council Meeting, 3:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review of School Council Roles and Responsibilities; 2021-2024 School Improvement Plan (Click here to register for webinar)
  • Taxation Aid Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room, 17 Common Street (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss outreach to Council on Aging for communication of aid materials; Update status reaching out to the Trust Fund Committee for assistance with funding applicants
  • Southborough Housing Authority Meeting, 5:30 pm (agenda)
  • Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: COVID-19 Update; Review of Face Coverings Policy; Testing (DESE State Program); Review MASC/MASS Joint Conference resolutions; School Improvement Plan Presentation; Vision 2026: 2021-2022 Action Plan; FY 23 Budget Priorities; Solar Study Group Report; Mascot Study Group Update
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Approve August 18 Meeting Minutes
  • Master Plan Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss chapter edits, updated data, and putting final plan together

Thursday, October 21, 2021

  • Board of Health Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Public Health Presentation “From Invisible to Indispensable (in One Pandemic)” by Louis Fazen, III, MD, MPH; Public Questions & Answers

Looking Back: 

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

Thursday, October 14, 2021

  • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership / Capital Planning Subcommittee Meeting, 7:00 pm  (agenda, videoAgenda Highlights: Discuss Update/Reports on Research into potential housing development at 21 Highland St by Town or by Private Development; Next steps

*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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