The week in government

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.

Monday, October 24, 2022

  • Southborough Stewardship Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Public Safety Building Training Room, 32 Cordaville Road (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Abutter Encroachment; Shed; Update on farm dump; Breakneck Hill map update; Beecology fencing; Community Garden; Picnic table, bat boxes, blueberries; Apple Tree Pruning, Invasive Work, mowing, and wildflower hill
  • Northborough Southborough Regional School Committee Capital Planning Subcommittee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review Capital Maintenance Plan through FY27 and draft plan through FY28; Athletic Complex Funding Plan (Register for webinar here.)
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on Neary Building Committee, SHOPC Subcommittee, Algonquin Athletic complex, Hopkinton Water and Cordaville Road; Review of 10 yr capital plans for Facilities and Recreation; Request to increase amount for Cordaville Hall; Town House project update; follow up on van purchase request
    • Recreation Commission Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joining Capital Committee meeting to discuss van purchase

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

  • Southborough School Committee – Capital Planning Subcommittee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review schools facilities Capital Plan through FY27 and draft plan through FY28 (Register for webinar here)
  • Historical Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discussion about reuse of South Union School; Update on Historic District signage; flags in Old Burial Ground; Updates on St. Mark’s Triangle archaeological investigation, 42 Main Street demolition delay, 84 Main St. Preservation Restriction, Scenic Roads bylaw

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

  • Trails Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: DCR Agreement update; Choate grant next steps; MassTrails grant contracting update; Update on shed delivery and organization, tools purchase

Thursday, October 27, 2022

  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 353-355 Turnpike Rd septic replacement, 8 Brigham St new home, 10 Metcalf Lane sports court, and 200 Turnpike Rd warehouse and salt shed; FY24 Budget; Chestnut Hill Farm Management Plan
Looking Back:

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

Thursday, day, 2022

  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Updates on St. Mark’s Bell Tower and Town House Pre-Bid; Review application for Algonquin Athletic Complex project; Accounts investment strategy; draft FY24 budget

*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).
  • 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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