The week in government: Planning Board, School Committee, and more

Here are the posted open, public Southborough committee and board meetings for this week* along with my selected highlights from the agendas.

These days, some meetings are over zoom, some in-person, and others are hybrids that allow both participation through both options.**

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, May 9, 2022

  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom and Town House 2nd Floor, 17 Common Street (agenda and packet; hearing materials) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearings on Ken’s Foods expansion, 200 Turnpike Road, 145-156 Northboro Road; Approval Not Required application for 250 Turnpike Road; Discuss 96 Mt Vickery Rd subdivision extension request; MBTA Communities; Don Morris Farewell Tribute

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 9:00 am @ zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Budget Change Notification to Select Board; ’22 Performance Appraisal process; Salary Study Contract; Employee Development; Hiring Authority & Process; Employee Volunteer Solicitation; Vacation Accrual Survey
  • Neary School Council Meeting, 3:15 pm @ Neary School, 53 Parkerville Road (agenda) Agenda Highlights: School updates; Review School Improvement Plan goals 1 -3
  • Southborough Stewardship Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm @ zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Management priorities for Breakneck Hill
  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Trottier Middle School Library (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Election of Officers; Bus updates next year’s plan; School Lunch Price Discussion; School Choice Public Hearing and Vote; Neary Building Committee Update; Updates on Communications firm, website refresh, and mass communications tool 
  • Master Plan Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom (agenda, Master Plan for public review and comment) Agenda Highlights: Discuss final edits; include pictures in document; prepare for presentation to Planning Board and Select Board

*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.

**Details on watching meetings remotely:

  • Southborough School Committee meetings are generally broadcast live by Southborough Access Media here and on Verizon-37 and Charter-192. (Video replays are also usually made available through their YouTube channel within a day or two.)
  • Town committees and boards that advertise remote meetings can be joined on zoom (details here). They are also streamed live and saved for replay via the Town’s YouTube Channel for Remote Meetings. (Though, occasionally there are glitches.) If they don’t advertise a remote option, assume that only in-person attendance is allowed.

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