The week in government: BOH on Fitzgerald’s; Select Board on final ARPA recommendations, Tree Warden; Regional School Committee (Updated)

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. (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, May 16, 2022

  • Board of Health Meeting, 9:30 am (agenda)* Agenda Highlights: Waiver for 2 Winter St; Food Inspector Vacancy; Status and future of Fitzgerald’s Market food permit; Residents selling meals from home; DPW Vegetation Management Plan; Tobacco Regulations Draft; Central MA Mosquito Control Project; Summer Interns – Noise Complaint Policy; Consideration of Community Need Assessment; Opiate Settlement Funds; Continuity of Operations Plan

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

  • Board of Commissioners of Trust Fund Meeting, 8:00 am @ Town House Hearing Room (agenda, materials) Agenda Highlights: Continued discussion of applicant need
  • Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: Elect board officers; Hearing on liquor license for Nan’s Market; Interviews for Neary School Building and Golf Course committees; ARPA recommendation; Update on Northboro Road; Tree Warden enforcement of interim policy, future role; resident complaints/work order for trees
    • ARPA Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda, materials) Agenda Highlights: Joining Select Board to present final recommendations for ARPA fund use
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Lundblad study; request for ADA priority list; Programming and projects updates; request to switch staff positions paid through Revolving Fund; Admin and Commission vacancies; Field permit recap; Tennis Court policies; ARPA update 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

  • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee Meeting, 8:45 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: SHOPC/CPC Subcommittee Update; Draft Affordable Housing Trust 5-Year Plan Presentation, and potential Warrant Article; MBTA Communities
  • Southborough Housing Authority Meeting, 5:30 pm @ 49 Boston Road (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Director report
  • Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:30pm @ Algonquin Regional High School library (agenda) Agenda Highlights: NSMA; Applied Arts Dept presentation; 2022-23 Student Handbook; Treasurer Report & Reappointment; School Lunch Price Increase; Covid Update
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review of Special Permit and Variance Application clerical changes; Discuss possible executive session with Town Counsel

Thursday, May 19, 2022

  • Southborough Scholarship Advisory Committee Meeting, 4:00 pm @ Town House Hearing Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on amounts available; Review applications and evaluation criteria; vote on awards; discuss announcement and presentation process

Looking Back:

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

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

  • SHOPC Capital Planning Subcommittee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Outline/Contents for Draft of Report of Subcommittee

Thursday, May 12, 2022

  • Historical Commission Meeting, 6:00 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: 42 Main Street Demolition Delay process update; ARPA request for Historic District signs status; Citizen concern re damage to Old Burial Ground headstones; Historical Commission and Tercentenary Committee; Discussion of St Mark’s Triangle project and Working Group; Demolition Delay rules and regs revision process
  • Conservation Commission Meeting, pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Discussion of Rte 9 wastewater infrastructure project; Update from Stewardship Committee; Public Hearings on 200 Turnpike Rd, 250 Turnpike Rd, and 71 Main St; Requests for Certificates of Compliance for 53 Boston Rd, 24 Granuaile Rd; 10 Turnpike Rd permit extension; 84 Main St update; Chestnut Hill Farm Management Plan; Breakneck Hill farm dump update
  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: EEA Grant for Route 9 Wastewater Study status; Grant application; Liasons for other boards; Unfinished business

*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.)
  • Regional School Committee meetings (or Combined meetings based at Algonquin) are broadcast by Northborough Cable Access here and on Verizon-29 and Charter-194. The meetings are also eventually rebroadcast and available through NCAT’s VOD player and YouTube channel (though that can take several days).
  • 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.

Updated (5/16/22 12:58 am): This morning, in order to avoid posting too late for readers to know about the BOH meeting, I posted only the Monday meeting. As promised, I’ve now updated to include the rest of the Town Board and Committee meetings posted for this week as of early this afternoon.

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