The week in government

Here are the posted open, public Southborough committee and board meetings for this week* along with my selected highlights from the agendas.

Thanks to school break, it’s a pretty light week.
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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

  • Board of Assessors Meeting, 3:00 pm @ Town House Hearing Room (agenda)
  • Southborough Cultural Arts Council Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Southborough Community House, 28 Main St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Reception for 2023 grant recipients
  • Open Space Preservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Overview of OSPC Charge and Current Projects; Master Plan and OSRP Review; Updates on St. Mark’s St Park Working Group, Library pollinator garden, Chestnut Hill Farm management plan and bobolink habitat, and Planning Board Open Space Review; Annual Town Meeting budget and Warrant Articles

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

  • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership / Capital Planning Subcommittee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review/Comment on Revised Draft of Report of Subcommittee

Thursday, February 23, 2023

  • Trails Committee Meeting, pm @ Access Gate – Rt 30/Central Street (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Site visit for MassTrails Grant Peninsula Trail Project, kick-off meeting
Looking Back:

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

Thursday, February 16, 2023

  • Community Center Exploration Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Vote on officers, review charge and recommend any edits

Friday, February 17, 2023

  • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee Meeting, 8:00 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Warrant Article and 5 Cordaville Road property
  • Board of Library Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: FY24 Budget; Façade Restoration; Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program

*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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