The week in government: Planning Board; Presentation by Ken’s abutters to Board of Health (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 23, 2022

  • Southborough Public Accessibility Committee Meeting, 9:00 am @ Town House Hearing Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on improving accessibilit of Town’s e-communications, Town Meeting Articles on Trails Committee, St Mark’s park, budget request, and ARPA funds request; Library Story Walk findings and letter to Trustees, Sidewalk/Exhibits/photos for ADA compliance, and sidewalk to public safety complex/golf course; Transition plan for Facilities, Library, DPW/Select Board, Conservation Commission, IT improvements, K-8 schools, and Recreation
  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda, hearing materials) Agenda Highlights: Officer election; Hearings on Ken’s Fooods expansion and 200 Turnpike Road facility; Discuss proposed bylaws for Tree Protection and Scenic Roads; 96 Mt Vickery Road subdivision extension request
  • Council on Aging Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss and revise Executive Director’s performance review

Tuesday, Tuesday, May 24, 2022

  • Board of Health Meeting, 9:30 am @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda, materials) Agenda Highlights: Presentation by abutters of Ken’s Warehouse & their engineers; Summer Intern – Noise Complaint Policy; Consideration of Community Needs Assessment; Opiate Settlement Funds; Town Continuity of Operations Plan
  • ARPA Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Adjust recommendations to account for consulting costs; Discuss Select Board feedback
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 3:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on Neary Building Committee and SHOPC-South Union Subcommittee; CIPC Bylaw; Road Maintenance funds; Northboro Road Culvert; New Capital request for Golf Course parking lot paving and irrigation; Next steps for committee based on ARPA recommendations; feedback on Master Plan; Capital Project Update Tracker Q3 status

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Elect officers; Town Meeting discussion; Deep dive topic proposals for future summer meetings discussion

Thursday, May 26, 2022

  • Regional School Committee Policy Development Subcommittee Meeting, 3:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Develop a Stabilization Fund Policy (Click here to register for webinar)
  • Southborough Stewardship Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Tasks for the Choate Grant; Map; Breakneck Hill management
  • St. Mark’s Street Park Working Group Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Reports on Burialk Records, Park Designs, and Library feedback on design; Discuss possible recommendations to Select Board re Group Charge

Friday, May 27, 2022

  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 8:15 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Route 9 Wastewater Study grant status; Grant application; 2022 local business directory; EDC coordinator job description
  • Board of the Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:15 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Library Exhibit Policy Update; Discuss Public Accessibility Committee and St. Mark’s Park Working Group; staff survey results; Director evaluation; grant review options

Looking Back:

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

  • Open Space Preservation Commission Meeting, 3:30 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Chestnut Hill Farm Management Plan; Stonebrook Village open space mitigation plan; Pollination Preservation Garden at Beals Preserve; Recommendation for Ken’s Foods Wildflower Meadow Replacement
    Area; Rescheduling Earth Day Concert Garden Tour; Open Space Protection Planning; Open Space Protection Planning; CPC application for Library Pollination Preservation Garden

Thursday, May 19, 2022

  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 4:15 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Elect officers; Assessor Update on single-family measure & list program
  • St. Mark’s Street Park Working Group Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: text
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, video not yet posted) Agenda Highlights: CPA Accounts Investment Strategy; St. Mark’s Clock Tower Project Update; Tennis/Pickleball Court draft Memo of Understanding; Closed Rec CPC projects; FY24 Application process; Discuss process for closing out projects

*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:

  • 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 (5/23/22 3:13 pm): Five more committees posted meetings for later this week.

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