The week in government: Planning Board and Conservation hearings, and much more

by Beth Melo on January 24, 2022

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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, January 24, 2022

  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda and packet, hearing materials) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on Ken’s Foods warehouse expansion, 200 Turnpike Snow Removal/Landscaper facility; application for 26 Meadow Lane Approval Not Required for splitting of lots; 156 Northborough Road Site Plan Compliance; proposed Warrant Articles for Tree Bylaw and Scenic Roads; Recording Clerk Policy
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Regional Capital Stabilization Article; Review Southborough schools and Algonquin capital plans including Algonquin water heater and Finn/Trottier parking lot; Updates on subcommittees and ARPA committee; FY22 Vehicle requests; Updates and votes on capital requests for FY23 including Newton Water Main, Road Maintenance, SPD tasers/body cams, ADA recommendations, and Breakneck Hill remediation; Space Study Needs next steps; Capital Project updates; Update on standing committee bylaw

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

  • Board of Health Meeting, 10:30 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Finalize Summary Report to Advisory; Potential Recommendation Regarding Municipal Employee Masking
  • Capital Planning Committee – School Research Subcommittee Meeting, 1:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on MSBA SOI Neary School and Town Space Needs Study; Review of MSBA Cost Analysis; preparation for February School Committee meeting and communication to public
  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 3:00 pm (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: FY23 budget update; Library Page appointment; Town Space Usage report discussion; Interior Renovations update; Agenda requirements; Discuss Staff appreciation, Library Story Walk; Native Plant Garden update
  • ARPA Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Committee organization; ARPA guidelines; Next steps on Outreach and evaluation strategy

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 9:00 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Report on Labor Counsel meeting; SAP Revisions including Board of Health and Rec Dept Staff, Benefits; Budget Reconsideration
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY23 Budget discussion including Council on Aging, Senior Center physical structure, and Water Enterprise Fund

Thursday, January 27, 2022

  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on Stormwater Management Permits for new homes at 71 Main St, confirmation of wetland boundaries at 8 Schipper Farm Lane, and Notice of Intent and SMP for Ken’s Foods warehouse expansion; Discuss with Fire Chief use of foam testing & practice at Public Safety complex; Requests for Certificate of Compliance for 11 Prentiss St and Stonebrook Court; 84 Main St Updates; Chestnut Hill Farm Management Plan; SMP Bylaw updates
  • Noise Bylaw Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Bylaw Outline; Schedule public forum and promotion

Looking Back:

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

Friday, January 21, 2022

  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 8:15 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Update on meeting with Board of Selectman liaison, Expression of Interest for One Stop Community Grant; EEA  Planning Assistance Grant Project Management; ARPA funding opportunities

*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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