The week in government

Planning Board and SHOPC on MBTA Communities Action Plan; Select Board on Hopkinton request for water connection

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, November 21, 2022

  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearings on 250 Turnpike Road Storage Facility and 200 Turnpike Road Snow Removal/Landscaping Contractor Facility; Discuss request to extend special permit for 96 Mt. Vickery Rd. (Ruby Estates), 154-156 Northboro Road Site Compliance; Joint discussion with SHOPC on MBTA Communities zoning Action Plan; FY24 Budget; Discuss stonewalls/trees on St. Mark’s Street & Newton St; Tree Protection Bylaw & Tree Policy
    • SHOPC Meeting, 8:45 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint discussion with Planning Board on MBTA Communities
  • Select Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Public Safety Training Room and zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Award contract for Tree removal and trimming; Appoint members to the Community Center Exploratory Committee; Discuss Hopkinton’s request for indirect water connection to MWRA
  • Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Operational Budget Subcommittee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ webinar  (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY24 Budget Discussion

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Finalize Project Close Out Form; Discuss Southborough Historical Society’s invoice for 2019 Collection Preservation and Conservation Project; Review Project Applications for Algonquin Regional High School Athletic Complex Project, and Open Space Preservation Commission Project at Library; FY24 Budget; 2023 ATM Warrant and timeline; AHTF Report and Funding Requirements
Looking Back:

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

  • SHOPC / Capital Planning Subcommittee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Discuss draft report

Thursday, November 17, 2022

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 9:00 am (agenda and packet, video) Agenda Highlights: FY24 Annual Increase; Revisions to Salary Administration Plan, requests for several job reclassifications; revise salary schedules; FY24 budget
  • Historical Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss demolition application for 5 Cordaville Rd; Updates on 42 Main St, Old Burial Ground Flags, Historic District Signage, and St Mark’s St Park Working Group (Look for video to be posted here)

Friday, November 18, 2022

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: FY24 Budget; Electronic Resources usage; Circulating wireless hotspot policy; Discussions of Fine Free Library and Community Center Exploratory Committee

*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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