The week in government

Select Board on RZND Motors license, MBTA Communities, St Mark's land swap MOU, Agreement for regional dispatch center in Westborough; ZBA hearings; St. Mark's Street Park Working Group on Park Bid Package; 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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

  • Board of Health Meeting, 9:30 am @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda, video -part 1) Agenda Highlights: Opioid Settlement Money; CommCan, Inc. Relocation; FY24 Budget; Community Compact Best Practices Grant Discussion; Proposed Turf Field at Algonquin (Note: The meeting went into closed Executive Session but was expected to resume in open session afterwards.)
  • Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Public Safety Building Training Room, 32 Cordaville Rd and zoom (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Hearing for used car sales license for RZND Motors at 264 Cordaville Rd; Planning Board update on “MBTA Communities” compliance efforts; Conservation’s Article to revise bylaws on Stormwater management; CommCan relocation; DPW Superintendent update; new KENO monitors; replace Capital Planning Committee with new Capital Improvement Planning Committee and appoint members; Approve take-home vehicle for DPW Operations Supervisor; Guidance for FY24 Budget; job description for full-time Community Development Coordinator; Approve Memo of Understanding for St. Mark’s land swap; Review of District Agreement for regional dispatch (with Hopkinton, Grafton, and Westborough)
  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Practice management software for youth and family services; User Experience Research status; Town website upgrade; status updates on Town and Schools tech and Cellular desserts; Transfer Station Electronic Permit Validation System
  • Southborough Trails Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Town grant writer proposal from EDC; status of DCR MOA Trails Agreement and MassTrails Grant

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

  • Southborough Housing Authority Meeting, 5:30 pm @ 49 Boston Road, Community Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Approval of Accounts Payable; Report of Executive Director
  • Northborough Southborough Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Science Dept Presentation; Recommended Graduation Requirement Changes; FY24 Revised Preliminary Budget; Updates on Athletic Complex Project and Coalition for Equity
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearings on 35 Pine Hill Road setback variance and 15 Main Street special permit for accessory apartment
  • St. Mark’s Street Park Working Group Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Plans for Park Design; Park Bid Package 

Friday, January 20, 2022

  • Council on Aging Meeting, 3:00 pm @ Southborough Senior Center/Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Road (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Define Mission and Vision; Discuss trends in aging and prioritize issues
Looking Back:

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

  • Master Plan Implementation Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Public Safety Building (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discussion of tracker and talking points for initial meetings; Updates from Liaisons

Thursday, January 12, 2023

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 12:30 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: FY24 annual increase; Salary Schedule Implementation Reconciliation; Review On-Call payments
  • Scholarship Advisory Committee Meeting, 4:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Chair/Co-Chair, 2022 Scholarships review; 2023 goals; fundraising ideas (video not yet posted, check here.)
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Update on FY24 Budget; Algonquin Memo of Understanding; draft Warrant Articles; update on Open Space Preservation Commission project at Library

Friday, January 13, 2023

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: FY24 Budget, Library Supervisor Job Title Change, Library Policies on Privacy and Security Cameras; Library Associate Job Search; Library Façade Restoration Project

*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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