The week in government (Updated)

Planning Board, School Committe and more

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, December 12, 2022

  • Southborough Public Accessibility Committee Meeting, 9:00 am @ Town House Hearing Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review Submissions for 200 & 250 Turnpike Road
  • Planning Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda and packet, Hearing materials) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 250 Turnpike Rd and 200 Turnpike Rd Major Site Plans; Discuss 1 Boston Rd Pilates Studio Minor Site Plan; Approval Not Required for 241-5 Turnpike Road; Open Space Monitoring Report Presentation; MBTA Communities; St. Mark’s St relocation; Tree Protection Bylaw & Policy

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

  • Board of Health Meeting, 11:00 am @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Opioid Settlement Money; Community Compact Best Practice Grant Proposal; ARPA Funding for Per Diems; Encompass Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition; Tobacco Coalition; Vote Spending Limits for Revolving Accounts: Immunizations, Inspectional Services, Tobacco; Approve PSA for Respiratory Illnesses
  • St. Mark’s Street Park Working Group Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Town House Hearing Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Finalize Interim Report to Select Board
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on Fall/Winter programs; Budget; Vote on adjusted part time salary chart and new employee approvals; Lundblad study and plan to move forward; Capital Plan
  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Public Safety Building Training Room, 32 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: User Experience Research effort status; Website upgrade; Status of Standardized technology vendor question list, Town & schools’ network arch and IT synergies, Town secondary ISP, cellular deserts; Electronic Permit Validation System; Budgets
  • Will be rescheduled — Southborough Youth Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm [Note: The agenda was mistakenly missing from the Town’s website. To comply with open Meeting Laws, the meeting is being rescheduled. Click here to see if it is posted for later this week.]
  • Trails Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: DCR MOA Trails Agreement Status Update; Choate grant next steps; MassTrails Grant update and project discussion; Tools purchase and shed organization; Diversity, equity and inclusion statement; Trail Maintenance; Trail neighbors

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

  • Woodward School Council Meeting, 3:30 pm @ Woodward Conference Room, 28 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: School Improvement Plan Review and Update
  • Southborough Housing Authority Meeting, 5:30 pm @ Colonial Gardens, 49 Parkerville Road (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Change Order; Management agreement; new budget forms
  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Trottier Middle School, Library, 49 Parkerville Road (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on Mass Building Authority projects – Nearly Building Committee and Accelerated Repairs; Wearable Smart Device Guidelines; Approval of draft Capital Plan; Preliminary Budget Presentation; First readings of policies on “Conduct of School Committee Meetings” and “School Committee Meetings”
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on FY24 budget process and outlook, and ATM Warrant placeholders; Vote on request to increase limit on Golf Course Revolving account spending; Discuss current budgets and liaison meetings

Thursday, December 15, 2022

  • Golf Course Committee Meeting, 9:00 am @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on Course signage and Tee box repositioning; Course marketing
  • Trottier School Council Meeting, 2:30 pm @ Trottier Middle School, Room 190, 49 Parkerville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Nuts and Bolts of the School Council; School Improvement Plan; Analyze student data from school survey; How Trottier staff used data
Looking Back:

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

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

  • Southborough Cultural Arts Council Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Discuss  objectives and role; Review and vote on grant applications; Vote on Chair and Co-Chair

Thursday, December 8, 2022

  • Southborough School Committee Capital Planning Subcommittee Meeting, 7:30 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Southborough schools draft Facilities Capital Plan FY24-29
  • St. Mark’s Street Park Working Group Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Prepare Interim Report to submit to Select Board

Friday, December 9, 2022

  • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership-Capital Planning Subcommittee Meeting, 8:30 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Draft of Report of Subcommittee and next steps

*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.)
  • If I don’t specify a location for Town committees and boards, they will be held on zoom (details here). Zoom/hybrid meetings 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

Updated (12/12/2022 12:32 pm) The Southborough Youth Commission Meeting is being rescheduled since the agenda for Tuesday night was mistakenly missing from the Town’s website. Click here to see if it gets posted for later this week.


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