The week in government: Planning Hearings & ANRs; Articles for next Town Meeting; Noise Bylaw input; School calendar and policies; Reasonable Off Ramp for masks at ARHS; Downtown Phase II (Updated)

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

Monday, December 13, 2021

  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda and packet, hearing materials) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearings on Ken’s Foods Warehouse Expansion, Harvard collections storage building; Approval Not Required applications for 44 Oregon Rd and 17 Granuaile Rd; Discussion of Public Shade Tree Removal Policy and proposed Tree Bylaw

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 4:15 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Revote FY23 requested budget; Review and sign FY22 mapping proposal, annual Housing Authority PILOT payment, FY22 real estate, personal property, CPA and septic betterment tax commitments and water liens
  • Select Board Meeting, 6:00 pm (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: ARPA Committee interviews and appointments; Update on traffic study of Heavy Commercial Vehicles; Approve Winter Parking ban, calendar 2022 licenses, Draft charge for St Marks St Park Working Group, Draft policy for Recording Clerks; Funding for Local Match for EEA grant; Draft Warrant for March 26 Annual Town Meeting
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: 2022 Camp Refund Policy; Admin Asst Position; Pay Rate update for Part time staff; Updates on Budget, Space needs Study, programs, lighting projects, and field projects; Little League Southborough/Northborough Merger infor and meeting request; Revised Activitas study; ADA Study review and draft of plan to address
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with Select Board on FY23 budget and warrant articles expected for Annual Town Meeting
    • Select Board Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with Advisory Committee on FY23 Budget
  • Southborough Cultural Arts Council Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Mural Ideas; Cultural District update and process to move forward; Review and vote on Local Cultural Council applications 
  • Youth Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights:FY23 Budget update; Friends report; Performance evaluation changes; Computer for second intern

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 12:00 pm (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Proposed bylaw change and new policy on performance eval certifications;, Performance evals for On Call Firefighters; Benefits Review; New Position Guidance Doc; Adjustment to Salary Tables
  • Combined School Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm (agenda, Policies for 2nd reading) Agenda Highlights: Draft 2022-2023 Student Calendar; First Reading of several policies; Second readings on polices for recruiting and hiring personnel, staff transportation of students in private Vehicles, Overtime pay, Staff Responsible Use, Employee Social Media, and Jury Duty; Superintendent’s Mid-Cycle Review
  • Regional School Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Medical Advisory Team Mask Recommendation Reasonable Off Ramp, Review of Face Coverings policy; Testing State Program; Legislative Update; FY23 Preliminary Budget Presentation; Mascot Study Group Recommendation
  • Noise Bylaw Committee Meeting, 7:30pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Public hearing; update on public survey

Thursday, December 16, 2021

  • Trottier Middle School Council Meeting, 2:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Health and Safety Measures Update; Events and classroom work; Goal  #2 Equity of Opportunity; World of Difference Program (Click here to register for zoom)
  • Noise Bylaw Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss results of Public Hearing and public survey update
  • SHOPC/Capital Planning Subcommittee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Presentation by President of Mass. Home Builders and Remodelers

Friday, December 17, 2021

  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 8:15 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Expression of Interest for FY22 One-Stop Community grant for Rte 9 Business corridor (zoning), and Downtown Initiative Phase II (connectivity/beautification/wastewater); $45,000 grant awarded from Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; Discuss whether to propose Town Meeting Warrant Article on Question of Redevelopment of 21 Highland for Affordable Housing

Looking Back:

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

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

  • Master Plan Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Open Space, Natural Resources and Recreation, Circulation and Transportation, and Housing, Necessity for Build out Analysis; Status of updated Census data

*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.

Updated (12/14/21 4:10 pm): I inserted a link to the policies that will be subject of a 2nd Reading at the Combined School Committee Meeting. Since I’m making that update, I also updated the time of the Select Board and Advisory joint meeting which was pushed back 30 minutes and added the two additional meetings posted for Thursday.

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