The week in government

Select Board to vote on reducing Parkerville Road North speed limit and consider using ARPA funds for Police Body Cams; Regional School Committee to vote on filling vacancy

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 19, 2022

  • Southborough School Committee Operational Budget Subcommittee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ webinar (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY24 Budget
  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review for addition to FY23 capital plan Elevator Repairs and Police Rifles; Update on Police body camera program and relevant funding sources

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 4:15 pm @ Town House Hearing Room, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review and sign/approve FY23 actual real estate, personal property, CPA and septic betterment tax commitments and water liens, annual Housing Authority PILOT payment letter, real estate software upgrade agreement, motor vehicle abatements, motor vehicle excise tax commitment #2022-06, contract for FY24-FY26 personal property valuation services; Discuss performance appraisal form
  • Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Public Safety Building, Training Room, 32 Cordaville Road and zoom (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Hearing for Used Car sales license at 264 Cordaville Rd; St. Mark’s Street Park Working Group Update with “Interim Report”; Requests for spending ARPA on Town website and Police Body Cams; Joint meeting with Capital Planning Committee and Advisory Committee (see details below); Approve Special Speed Regulation and vote to set new speed limit for Parkerville Road North
    • Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with Select Board and Capital Planning Committee on Algonquin operating & capital budgets and proposed Athletic Facilities upgrade, FY24 Capital & Operating Budgets, planning for January budget meeting, and Annual Town Meeting Warrant and placeholders
    • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Public Safety Building, Training Room, 32 Cordaville Road and zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with Select Board and Advisory Committee on Algonquin operating & capital budgets and proposed Athletic Facilities upgrade, FY24 Capital & Operating Budgets, planning for January budget meeting, and Annual Town Meeting Warrant and placeholders
  • Youth Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: FY24 Budget Update; Personnel Board Salary Study Update; Strategic plan

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

  • Board of Commissioners of Trust Funds Meeting, 8:00 am @ Town House Hearing Room, 17 Common St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Consider DPW Capital item for FY24 – attachment for tractor for Cemetery/Recreation use; Consider posting oil assistance on website
  • N/S Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Algonquin Regional High School Library, 79 Bartlett Street, Northborough (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Interview Candidate John Wysocki for School Committee Vacancy and potentially vote to appoint; Discussion and Potential Appointment of Assistant Treasurer; FY22 OPEB Audit Report; Preliminary FY24 Budget; Athletic Complex project update; Coalition for Equity update
  • Stewardship Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review the map (and other business)

Thursday, December 22, 2022

  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 8:15 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY24 Budget; Update on EDC Coordinator role and full-time role progress; Assign different boards and departments and committees to all EDC members for outreach re: the grant writing component of the full-time role
Looking Back:

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

Friday, December 16, 2022

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: FY24 Budget; Restoration Project; Native Plant Garden grant application; Flood Mitigation

*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:

  • 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 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

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