The week in government

Select Board on Special Town Meeting, Golf Course changes, ARPA spending, Fayville Hall, Park Central and more

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

With the Primary election happening, no meetings are scheduled for today. (In fact, there’s really only one meeting scheduled so far this week, though two related agendas are posted.)

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 (and agendas) are known to happen throughout the week. (Scroll down for details on meetings that I missed including in last Monday’s post.) For an updated list of meetings, visit the Town website.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

  • Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights:
      • Appoint volunteers to Youth Commission and Golf Course Committee;
      • Recreation presentation (including on 2023 program enhancements);
      • Updates on Police Chief process, St. Mark’s St Park Working Group, Regional Dispatch Study, and Tobacco Regs hearing; Next steps on bylaws approved by Attorney General; Review/approve updated Town’s Continuity of Operations Plan;
      • Close Special Town Meeting Warrant; Discuss Warrant Articles;
      • Reserve fund use for Golf Club course tee box changes to reduce impact on Latisquama residents;
      • Recommendations for FY23 street maintenance;
      • Consider spending ARPA funds ($15K on Trails crosswalk, $42K on UTV, Special Town Meeting financial articles, and $18,600 on Town Meeting electronic voting devices);
      • Consider Right of First Refusal for 40 & 42 Central Street;
      • Update of Board/resident comments for Mass Housing letter, RE: Park Central application
    • Recreation Commission Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Join Recreation Dept’s presentation to Select Board of updates and plans
Looking Back:

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

Thursday, September 1, 2022

  • Planning Board Meeting, 8:30 am (agenda, materials, video) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearing on Scenic Roads Warrant Article; Discussion of Fayville Hall and Select Board Right of First Refusal [Note: This one was actually posted well in advance, but I misread the listing last week.]
  • Golf Course Committee Meeting, 9:30 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Review initial estimates from golf course architect applicable to neighborhood safety concerns and updated course long term plan

*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.

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