The week in government: Citizen Petition Article presentations to Select Board, and much more

Above: Unless otherwise noted, the Town’s committees are meeting over zoom.

Here are the posted open 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. For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website.

Monday, April 25, 2022

  • Board of Health Meeting, 10:30 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Annual Town Meeting Safety Protocols & masks; Consent Order with MassDEP to cleanup farm dump at Breakneck Hill; Report for Town Meeting and Personnel Board; Report of visit to Ken’s Warehouse
  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda and packet, hearing materials) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearings on Ken’s Foods expansion, 200 Turnpike Rd snow removal/landscaping contractor facility, 154-156 Northborough Rd site plan modification, and proposed Warrant Articles on Trees and Scenic Roads; Approval Not Required application for 26 Meadow Lane; 96 Mt. Vickery Road Subdivision Extension request; MBTA Communities

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

  • Scholarship Advisory Committee Meeting, 4:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Dates & application process; Status of scholarships and funds; Public Awareness Initiatives update; Fundraising ideas follow up
  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 4:30 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on single-family measure & list program (Note: most of agenda items are in closed Executive Session)
  • Select Board Meeting, 6:45 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Article on St. Mark’s St easements and St. Mark’s School’s portion of the overall bid project; Conservation Commission applicant interviews; Presentations of Town Meeting Warrant Articles on Accounting of Road Funds, PILOT Committee, Public Funds/Private Property, & Recall Bylaw; AG decision on OML complaint from January 2022; Update on Town-wide traffic study; MBTA Communities compliance; Approve consent order for Breakneck Hill farm dump cleanup; Town Admin’s FY22 goals; Chestnut Hill Farm draft management plan; Flagg School lease; Warrant Article positions; Discuss Civil War Era Flag requirement from Town Meeting 2019 CPA Article
  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights:5 year strategic tech plan; Tech related to potential ARPA projects; Results from completed Town and ARPA surveys; 2nd Tech position filled; configuration/arch of new servers; Network arch and security review; Town Meeting prep; Library Hotspots; Town digital content accessibility; Action items tracking
  • ARPA Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Survey results; Review proposals and answers to questions, and identify remaining questions; Evaluation approach and next steps; Prepare final report for Select Board

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

  • Master Plan Committee Meeting, 7:30 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Chapters on Public Service and Schools, and Open Space, Natural Resources and Recreation; other final edits; Implementation feedback; Photos
  • Noise Bylaw Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Status updates on bylaw and presentation, programming, Q&A and outreach
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, 7:00pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review of Special Permit and Variance Application clerical changes; Discuss possible executive session with Town Counsel for updates

Thursday, April 28, 2022

  • Trottier School Council Meeting, 2:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Health and Safety Measures Update; School Culture and Events Planning; Data collection efforts (Click here to register for zoom session)
  • Taxation Aid Committee Meeting, 4:15 pm @ Hearing Room, Town House, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on applications received; Discuss applicant pool and follow up; Begin ranking; Funds status and donation history
  • St. Mark’s Street Park Working Group Meeting, 7:00pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Reports from Select Board meeting, on Burial Records, on Archeological Study (cost, timetable, and vendor options), ADA options for park design, and Library feedback on park design; Discuss possible recommendations to Select Board
  • Conservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearings on 250 Turnpike Rd wetland boundaries, 26 Meadow Lane trench installation, 71 Main & 1 Sears construction of homes, and Ken’s Food Warehouse addition; Discuss 84 Main St project changes/updates; Chestnut Hill Farm Management Plan; SMP Bylaw & Regs Update policy review; Update on open/active sites, Park Central Exec Session minutes, and Breakneck Hill Dump
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on Neary Building Committee; Discuss/vote positions on Town Meeting Warrant Articles (especially Accounting of Road Funds, PILOT Committee, CPA Restoration of Finn Tennis Courts, and Salary Administration Plan); Discuss CPC overseen financial accounts
  • ARPA Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm – The committee asked readers be informed they are meeting weekly at this time “to discuss how to spend $3+ million allotted to the town via the American Recovery Plan Act.” Public comment is welcomed after completion of the agenda or can be emailed in advance. For details, click here. To look for the agenda to be posted later this week, click here.

Friday, April 29, 2022

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Story Walk Accessibility; Restoration project; St. Mark’s St Park Working Group discussion; Update/remove tutoring policy; Grant Review options; Town Meeting presentation & Handout; Staff survey; Director’s evaluation 

*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.

**While the Regional School Committee is back to in-person meetings, those are usually live streamed (for viewing, not participation) by Northborough Cable Access’ education channel. (Eventually, they are also shared on NCAT’s YouTube channel.)

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