The week in government

St. Mark's Street Park Working Group on park design plans; BOH on Algonquin turf field; ZBA and Conservation hearings; Historical updates on Doc Stone House and 5 Cordaville; 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. (Most, but not all, can be participated in, watched live, and replayed from home.)**

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, February 13, 2023

  • St. Mark’s Street Park Working Group Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Public Safety Building Training Room, 32 Cordaville Rd and zoom (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: Three presentations of proposed designs for park; Discussion and potential vote on design plan elements
    • Southborough Public Access Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Public Safety Building Training Room, 32 Cordaville Rd and zoom  (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with St. Mark’s Street Park Working Group to discuss ADA compliance of park design
  • Southborough Cultural Arts Council Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss grant reception details
  • Southborough Trails Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Rotary Club, Day of Service, trail trash pickup opportunity; Master Plan implementation; Grant writer position; DCR trails agreement status; next step on MassTrails grant project and Draft bid

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

  • Board of Health Meeting, 9:30 am @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom or zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Appoint New Tobacco Inspector; Tobacco Violations; Report on Impact Melanoma; Best Practice Grant Update; Capacity Assessment Survey Results; Position on Turf Field at Algonquin; Resources through PHE/Contact Tracing Grants
  • Housing Authority Meeting, 5:30 pm @ Colonial Gardens Community Room, 49 Boston Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Communication; Tenant and public concerns; Approve ARPA Contract for Financial Assistance
  • Youth Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: ARPA Clinician job description; Legal review of software solutions; Upcoming events and adjusted workshop schedule; Budget update; Mental Health Awareness Month update; Friends updates

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

  • Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Algonquin Regional High School Library, 79 Bartlett St, Northborough (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Multilingual Learner Presentation; Extended year summer programming; Vote on FY24 Budget; Update on Athletic Complex project
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Master Plan implementation; Updates on summer camp and field permitting; Appoint part time staff; Vote on updated Camp Refund Policy; Security improvements at South Union; Vote on designating “senior hours” for Pickleball; Request to host babysitting hours at Town Meeting
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearing on permit for accessory apartment at 15 Main St
  • Potential Select Board Meeting, 7:00 pm: Look out for an agenda that may be posted this week. (At last week’s meeting, the Board discussed a “tentatively scheduled” meeting for this time to approve the Regional Dispatch Inter-Municipal Agreement and other topics.)

Thursday, February 16, 2023

  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearings on 325 Turnpike Rd sound barrier fence and 241-5 Turnpike Rd demolition and construction; Request for Certificate of Compliance for 22A Lovers Lane; proposed SMP Bylaw & Regs changes; Breakneck Hill Dump; Update from Town Counsel on 84 Main St
  • Historical Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: Archeological Survey of “St Mark’s Triangle”; Goals for Commission suggested by Master Implementation Committee; Updates on 42 Main St, Historic District signs, 84 Main St, and 19 Main St (former police & fire stations); 5 Cordaville Rd demolition delay update; Working Group to review Demolition Delay Bylaw language
Looking Back:

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

Thursday, February 9, 2023

  • Golf Course Committee Meeting, 9:30 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Course signage, off-season use, course marketing
  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 7:15 pm @ Cordaville Hall (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on budget for potential full time Community Development position; Route 9 Business Corridor Initiative grant; Interim EDC Coordinator responsibilities and priorities; Master Plan responsibilities & status; One Stop grant application/expression of interest

Friday, February 10, 2023

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 9:00 am (agenda and packet, video) Agenda Highlights: Classifications for SYFS Clinician, Community Development Coordinator (and job description), and EDC Coordinator; SAP Revisions including on vacation and sick leave; Salary Schedule implementation

*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:

  • Town Committee/Board Meetings:
    • If in-person meetings don’t also advertise a zoom option, assume that it won’t be broadcast or captured on video.
    • To remotely participate in meetings that allow zoom, click here.
    • Cable Access — Southborough Access Media has resumed broadcasting the regular evening meetings for the Select Board, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals that take place in the Town House Hearing Room. (Those meetings will still allow zoom participation.) View SAM’s live and replayed broadcasts via their Government cable access channel (Verizon-38 and Charter-194).
    • To live stream (or view later) remote or hybrid meetings (even those covered by Southborough Access Media) over the internet, use the Town’s YouTube Channel for Remote Meetings. (The meetings covered by SAM can also be streamed on their website here, and eventually on SAM’s YouTube Channel.)
  • School Committee Meetings:
    • Subcommittee meetings and some special meetings are only available to attend/view live (in person or by “webinar”) with no later rebroadcast.
    • Regular 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 couple of days.) 
    • Regular Regional School Committee meetings (or Combined meetings based at Algonquin) are live broadcast by Northborough Cable Access here and on Southborough’s Education Channel (Verizon-29 and Charter-194). The meetings are also eventually rebroadcast and available through NCAT’s VideoOnDemand player and YouTube channel (though that can take several days).
  •  Other:
    • Southborough does participate in some regional collaboratives hosted in other towns. Those committees follow their own rules and may not offer a way to re-watch zoom meetings. 

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