The week in government: School Mask Policies; Selectmen on Neary Building Committee; Regional School Budget; and Conservation hearings

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.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

  • Joint Meeting of School Committees’ Policy Development Subcommittees for Northborough and Southborough, 4:15 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review of Face Coverings Policy and Flexible Masking Policy Discussion with Medical Advisory Team (Click here to register for webinar)
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30pm (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: Hearing for pole changes at cemetery; Charge for Neary School Building Committee; Financial Report & FY23 Budget; Board of Health; National Historic designation for Southborough Center; Discuss Town Meeting date & Articles; 300th Anniversary Committee Charge; Mirimax filming; Request for info from ARPA Committee
    • Capital Planning Committee – School Research Subcommittee Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: (posted in case of quorum) Participate in Board of Selectmen discussion on review and approval of a charge for a Neary School Building Committee
    • Board of Health Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with Board of Selectmen on BOH budget, BOH request for ARPA funds, and mask mandate in Town buildings
  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: 5 year strategic tech plan, Recommended ARPA projects; Upcoming Surveys; Replacement server configuration and budget review; EHR & data security for Youth & Family Services; Provider/path diversity for 2 internet connections; Library Hotspots; Town Meeting prep; Action Items tracking
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on programs, registration, and projects in progress (lighting & fields); Discuss ARPA funding, Spring Field Permits; Revolving fund spending cap increase, van purchase, late pick up policy & fee, ADA draft approval, 9/11 Field fund bond transfer, Space Needs Study update, and Little League

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 9:00 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Assistant Director/Nurse/Outreach Coordinator classification; Salary Study Consultant Interviews; SAP Revisions – benefits survey; Authorization to Disburse Payments; Building Dept addition of Local Inspector to Schedule C
    • Board of Health Meeting, 9:00 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with Personnel Board on Public Health Nurse/Assistant Director/Outreach Coordinator Salary & Vacation
  • Southborough Housing Authority Meeting, 5:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Report of Executive Director
  • Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Covid 19 Update and Mask Recommendation – Reasonable Off Ramp; Warrant Articles for Redundant Hot Water System Replacement-Expansion for Algonquin and to Establish Capital Stabilization Fund; Moving/Adding Public Comment in meetings; Mascot Study Group; FY23 Recommended Budget Presentation; Bartlett St Road Safety Audit; First reading of Face Coverings Policy (Click here to register for webinar)
  • Master Plan Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Review of Chapters on Housing, Public Service & Schools, and Implementation; Additional Review of Economic Development Chapter; Pulling plan together
  • St. Mark’s Street Park Working Group Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Elect officers; Discuss next steps

Thursday, February 17, 2022 

  • Noise Bylaw Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review legal review; Work on Draft and presentation to selectmen; Public forum outline and promotion
  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 193 Cordaville Notice of Intent for paving & additions, 71 Main St & 1 Sears Rd Stormwater Management for new homes, and for Ken’s Foods Warehouse addition and certificate of compliance; Request for Certificates of Compliance for 11 Prentiss St and Stonebrook Court; 84 Main St changes/updates; Chestnut Hill Farm Management Plan; SMP Bylaw updates; Updates on open and active sites & member requests to follow up, and on Breakneck Hill Dump tasks 1 & 2

Looking Back:

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

Thursday, February 10, 2022

  • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee Meeting, 8:30 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Affordable Housing Trust – 5-year Plan – Warrant Article Prep & Town Counsel opinion; Discuss ARPA Final Rule & Spending Top 4 priorities, EDC One-stop Expression of Interest, and MBTA Communities
  • ARPA Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Committee goals, Solicitation of fund requests, Community surveys, Evaluation criteria, and 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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