The week in government: Advisory on Special Town Meeting & Budget; School Committee on Demographics report and Space Needs Study

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 25, 2021

  • Joint Meeting of Policy Subcommittees of Southborough, Northborough, and Regional School Committees, 5:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review of Public Comment on First Reading Policies; Policy Development and Review (Click here to register for webinar)

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

  • Board of Health Meeting, 10:30 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Director/Nurse reports on Housing & Food Inspections, Covid, Survey results, Share services resources, Ken’s Expansion, Dept report of activities, Quarantine Violation Follow-Up; FY22/23 Budget & Planning; Vaccines
  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 4:15 pm @ Outside Picnic Table, Town House (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Approve proposal from Real Estate Research Consultants for annual class 5 public utility appraisal services for FY23; Approve board and dept FY23 budget requests
  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: 5 year strategic tech plan, Town Tech status updates, strategy, & IT/tech budget usage; MTC processes, workflow; Resident survey next steps
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss final positions on FY22 Budget, positions on Special Town Meeting Articles 3 and 4, and other STM details
    • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Join Advisory Committee Meeting to discuss Special Town Articles and FY22 budget

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Demography Presentation and Space Needs Study Report (Click here to register for webinar)
    • Capital Planning Committee – School Research Subcommittee Meeting, 6:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with Southborough School Committee re: Demographer and Space Needs presentation (Click here to register for webinar)
  • Stewardship Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Eagle Scout project update on bird boxes and sign; Spotted Blue Salamander for State Salamander; Town Forest
    Trail naming and Reflecting forest in Master Plan; Breakneck Hill Management Plans

Looking Back:

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

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Discuss IT and Special Town Meeting Warrant Article 4B; Discuss FY22 Budget and related Warrant Articles; Possible vote on Articles 3, 4, & 10
    • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Attend Advisory Committee Meeting to discuss Article 10 – proposed Downtown District bylaw

Thursday, October 21, 2021

  • Open Space Preservation Commission Meeting, 11:00 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Review Plans for Ken’s Foods’ Wildflower Meadow Replacement Area and 156 Northborough Rd Requirements Native Plants; FY23 Budget, Updates on Library Native Pollination Preservation Garden and other Native Pollinator/Plant projects
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Town House Restoration Memo of Understanding update and project status; Review Outstanding Balances for CPA Projects Southborough Historical Society, Golf Course, and Halloran Conservation Restriction; FY23 Budget; FY23 CPA Application; Fayville Basketball Court Update

*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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