The week in government

Select Board to interview/appoint DPW chief finalists, Historical Commission Hearing on 5 Cordaville Rd demolition permit, 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. For an updated list of meetings, visit the Town website.

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

  • Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Hearing for Used Car sales license at 264 Cordaville Rd (request for additional cars and hours); National Grid LED Streetlighting Conversion Project; Implementation of outer vest carriers for Police Officers; Economic Development Committee update; Approve road improvement bid; Funding guidance for St. Mark’s Street Park Working Group; FY24 Capital budget recommendation (Note: the DPW interviews are Wed night)
  • Trails Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on agreement with DCR and on contracting work for MassTrails Grant project

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

  • Select Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Public Safety Building, Training Room, 32 Cordaville Road and zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Interviewing finalists for new Superintendent of Dept of Public Works; potential vote to appoint (Another agenda is also posted for Friday morning, so the Board may wait to vote.)
  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Town House Hearing Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on contract EDC Coordinator role; Full-time Community Development Director position/job description and responses from outreach about grant writing component; Update on discussion at Select Board meeting; Master Plan/EDC goal discussion

Thursday, January 5, 2022

  • Historical Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearing on demolition application for 5 Cordaville Road to determine applicability of Demolition Delay bylaw; Updates on report on archaeological study of the “St. Mark’s Triangle”, 42 Main St demolition delay application, Historic District signage, Town House restoration change (windows to be restored instead of replaced), and Mass Preservation grant program
  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 0 Cordaville Road wetland jurisdiction, 200 Turnpike Road warehouse and salt shed, replacement and installation of gas main in the Turnpike Road and Cordaville Road ROW (Right of Way); Recreation Commission request for Liberty Field uses; SMP Bylaw & Regulations Update/Changes & Town Meeting Warrant; Update on Breakneck Hill Dump 
  • Regional School Committee Operational Budget Subcommittee Meeting, 7:00 pm via webinar (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY24 Budget

Friday, January 6, 2022

  • Select Board Meeting, 8:30 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vote on appointing new DPW Superintendent

*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 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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