The week in government: Select Board, Southborough School Committee, 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, December 6, 2021

  • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee Meeting, 8:30 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Updates on Master Plan and SHOPC/CPC Subcommittee Update; Developer Jim Venincasa on Potential 40B; Affordable Housing Trust – 5-year Plan
  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 8:30 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Presentation on  challenges and opportunities of real estate along Route 9; Next steps for Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs grant
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on subcommittees on School Research and South Union building; Senior Center Renovations; Space Needs Study status; Vote on language for proposed standing committee bylaw; Capital item recommendations for 2022 Annual Town Meeting; Updates on capital projects – Town House, Fire Dept Tender, and Library renovations

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

  • Board of Health Meeting, 10:30 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vote to appoint nursing agency to represent Town under regional contract and contract vaccinators for Covid Clinics; FY23 Budget; Covid Report; Covid Vaccine/Booster Clinics; Fee Schedule; State Tobacco regulation; Housing & Food Inspections
  • Combined School Committees Meeting, 5:00 pm @ Algonquin Regional High School Library, 79 Bartlett St, Northborough (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Workshop for school committee members on roles, responsibilities, practices and strategies
  • Southborough Stewardship Committee Meeting, pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Signs for dog litter and educational campaign; Town Forest; Breakneck Hill – Encroachment, Tree work, and Mow; Budget
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Interviews/Appointments to ARPA Committee; Appoint Associate members of Trails Committee; ’22 license renewals; Approve changes to the precinct boundaries for Precincts 1 and 2, effective January 1, 2022; One Day Liquor License for RxAdvantage; Approve temporary BANs for Fire truck and Finn School boiler; Approval of EEA grant for analysis of wastewater for Route 9; Recording Clerks pay rate; Continued discussion of adding a 5th FT Communication Officer position; Discuss warrant article to change the date of Annual Town Meeting; Timeline for Centennial Committee; Draft charge for St. Mark’s Street Park Working Group; Review of 2021 accomplishments

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

  • Taxation Aid Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights:Approve Senior Center newsletter insert; Discuss donations and letter/certificate of receipt; Continue discuss around the town website and ease of accessing our application
  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on Covid, Neary Statement of Interest, Finn Boiler grant, Extended Day program Feasibility; MCAS Presentation; Space Needs Analysis Final Report; FY23 Budget Preliminary presentation (Click here to register for Webinar)
  • Noise Bylaw Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review select existing bylaws in state; Vote on topics to be considered in bylaw development; Discuss future public open meetings and public survey option

Thursday, December 9, 2021

  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 75 School St new dwelling, 206 Turnpike Rd placement of signs, 1 Pine Hill Dr renovation and construction of warehouses, and Ken’s Foods renovation; Requests for Amendment for 22 Lovers Lane, 10 Pearl St, and 192 Woodland Rd; Requests for Certificate of Compliance; 84 Main St updates; Annual Report approval; Stormwater Management Bylaw updates; Update on Breakneck Hill Dump

Friday, December 10, 2021

  • Council on Aging Meeting, 8:30 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Report on upcoming programs; FY23 Budget; Staff work at home schedule; Tax Work off update; Update on My Senior Center progress; Discuss use of ARPA funds on senior center

Looking Back:

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

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

  • Noise Bylaw ad-hoc Committee Meeting, pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Review select existing bylaws in state; Vote on topics to be considered in bylaw development; Discuss future public open meetings and public survey option


  • Planning Board Meeting, pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Appoint Business Admin I to Planning; recommend board member to serve on ARPA Committee
  • Historical Commission Meeting, pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: FY22 Budget; Chair report on BOS meeting about St. Mark’s Triangle, withdrawal of tax worker from school education project, and letter re tree warden
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Signage; Update on Open Space Preservation Commission Application; FY23 Budget; Draft Warrant Articles; Updates on Fayville Basketball Court and lights for Mooney Field and Richardson Tennis Court

*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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