The week in government

Planning Board hearings on proposed Tree and Scenic Road bylaws and recommendations from Ken's Foods noise barrier study

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 (and agendas) 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.

Southborough Planning Board, Monday, September 26, 2022

  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda and packet, hearing materials) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearings on 250 Turnpike Rd Storage facility and Bylaws on Tree Protection and Scenic Roads Articles; Discuss 154 Turnpike Rd Tree removal, 40B at Park Central, Fayville Hall status, stonewall removals at School St and St. Mark’s St, Davis Island Removal, and Ken’s Foods Noise Barrier Study report

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

  • Board of Health Meeting, 7:30 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Variance Request for 16 Meadow Lane
  • Trails Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: DCR MOA Trails Agreement Status; Updates on events planning; Choate Fund grant next steps; Shed Delivery; Trail Maintenance; and Website updates

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 3:15 pm @ Town House Hearing Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Release overlay funds totaling $26,500 for October Special Town Meeting articles; sign excise tax abatements, assessment report, and tax base levy growth report; Update on FY23 assessments
  • Master Plan Implementation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Elect officers; Discuss charge
Looking Back:

Below are meetings from last week that were posted after I ran last week’s list:

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 8:00 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Updates on Tennis/Pickleball Court at Finn and Kallander field projects; Initial Review application for Algonquin Regional High School Athletic Complex Project; Closing out projects and final payments for Finn Courts, Flagg School exterior assessment, and Civil War Flagg and historic documents restoration; Updates on Special Town Meeting  Warrant and Open Space Preservation Commission project; Consultants Contract Extension

Thursday, September 22, 2022

  • St. Mark’s Street Park Working Group Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda and materials, video) Agenda Highlights: Planning Board; Format for public forums with residents; Letter from Town Planner on Scenic Road Stonewall Removal Without Planning Board Approval

*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:

  • If I don’t specify a location for Town committees and boards, they will be held on zoom (details here). Zoom/hybrid meetins are also streamed live and saved for replay via the Town’s YouTube Channel for Remote Meetings. (Though, occasionally there are glitches.) If in-person meetings don’t also advertise a zoom option, assume that it won’t be captured on video

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