The week in government: Joint Planning, Select Board and SHOPC meeting; Select Board on ATM Warrant; School Committee on lifting elementary mask mandates this week

Above: These days (unless otherwise noted) all of the Town’s committees and boards are back to meeting over zoom.

Here are the posted open committee and board meetings for this week along with my selected highlights from the agendas. (And there’s a lot going on!)

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. For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, February 28, 2022

  • Select Board “Emergency” Meeting, 8:30 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Closed Executive Session (that could return to a resulting Open Session) to discuss the reputation, character, physical condition or mental health, rather than professional competence, of an individual, or to discuss the discipline or dismissal of, or complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual
  • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee Meeting, 8:30 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Affordable Housing Trust Warrant Article preparation and Legal opinion; MBTA Communities
  • Capital Planning Committee – School Research Subcommittee Meeting, 10:00 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Approval of Meeting Minutes
  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda and packet, hearing materials) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with Select Board & SHOPC on Trees and Scenic Roads, MBTA Communities, and St Marks Street Relocation/Zoning Map Update; Public Hearings on Ken’s Foods expansion, 200 Turnpike Rd site pan & special permit; Discuss Master Plan Committee Update, proposed Warrant Articles for Tree Bylaw and Scenic Road
    • Select Board Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with Planning Board & SHOPC on Trees/Tree Warden/Tree Board/Scenic Roads, MBTA Communities, and St Marks Street Relocation/Zoning Map Update
    • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint Meeting with the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on School Research and South Union subcommittees, ARPA Committee; Town Clerk request for electronic tabulation at Town Meeting; Recommend member for Neary School Building Committee; Neary Schoo Feasibility Study Town Meeting Article; Update on MTC town survey; Accept final Space Needs Study report; Updates on capital projects; Status of Capital Planning Standing Committee bylaw

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

  • Southborough Scholarship Advisory Committee Meeting, 4:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights:Follow up on website changes, fundraising, and past recipients; 2022 scholarships application process and scholarships to be presented; fundraising and marketing ideas; discuss Select Board presentation
  • Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Updates by Scholarship Committee, and SYFS on Interface referral service and Unplugging Day; FY23 School budgets and school Warrant Articles; Annual Town Meeting logistics, Article updates, and FY23 Budget update; Noise Bylaw Committee presentation; Discuss use of ARPA funds for FY23 and Committee recommendations; Request from Town Clerk to open Annual Town Meeting warrant to consider adding Article, re-closing of Warrant if opened
    • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with Select Board for Superintendent’s discussion of FY23 Budget and school Warrant Articles
    • Noise Bylaw Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with Select Board to present Bylaw draft, get feedback, and discuss Committee status and timeline
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Annual Town Meeting timeline; Review applications from Recreation and Open Space Preservation Commission; Review FY23 CPA Budget and Town House Funding; Vote on annual Warrant Articles; Golf Course project update

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 

  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 5:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Masking Discussion and Vote [Editor’s Note: An update to families from Superintendent Gregory Martineau on Sunday stated that based on revised CDC guidance, the administration will be recommending the elementary schools move to optional masking beginning this Thursday] (Click here to join Webinar)
  • Southborough Public Accessibility Committee Meeting, 9:00 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Self-Assessment Transition Plan, Town website accessibility; Request to Planning Board re 200 Turnpike Road; FY23 Budget request; St Mark’s Park Design
  • Noise Bylaw Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Work on draft bylaw

Friday, March 4, 2022

  • Noise Bylaw Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Work on draft bylaw

*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.

I don’t include closed Executive Sessions unless the agenda indicates the possibility of some action in an open public session at the opening or closing of the meeting.

Updated (2/28/22 1:51 pm) The agenda for the School Committee meeting on Wednesday night has been posted.

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