The week in government

Select Board on Citizen Petition Articles, Combined School Committees on '23-'24 Calendar, School Committee on Extended Day tuition, 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, March 6, 2023

  • Trails Committee Meeting, 9:00 am @ Access Gate @ Rt. 30/Central St (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Site visit for MassTrails grant peninsula trail project, kick-off meeting
  • St. Mark’s Street Park Working Group Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Public Safety Building, Training Room, 32 Cordaville Rd and zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Plans for Park Design

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

  • Select Board Meeting, following closed Executive Session that starts at 6:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Presentations/Discussions of several Town Meeting Articles (Community Preservation Committee’s, the Hopkinton Water Connection agreement, the Town Clerk’s, and most Citizen Petition Articles); amend Community Center Exploration Committee; Update on Regional Dispatch; 2023 One Stop Grant program; Sign St. Mark’s Memo of Understanding; Sign Town Meeting Warrant
  • SHOPC (Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee) Meeting, pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Warrant Article and 5 Cordaville Rd property

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

  • Greater Boroughs Partnership for Health Advisory Board Meeting, 2:00 pm @ remote meeting live streamed on Northborough Remote Meetings YouTube (agenda
  • Combined School Committees Meeting, 5:30 pm @ Trottier Middle School Library, 49 Parkerville Road (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vote on ’23-’24 School Calendar; MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey Presentation; Superintendent’s Evaluation Process; 1st Readings of policies on Public Access Defibrillation and Narcan; 2nd readings on Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco, Student Smoking, Wellness, and Head Injury & Concussions
  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Trottier Middle School Library, 49 Parkerville Road  (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Finn School Principal’s Report; Student Support Services Programmatic Review; Updates on Neary Building Committee and MSBA Accelerated Repair; Before and After School Care Program Tuition; Ratify Teachers Union agreement; FY24 Budget
  • Community Center Exploration Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program; Feedback from Recreation, Library and Council on Aging on January 2022 presentation; Update on public-private partnership research; Review of any available proposals for consultant to continue work, potential vote and discussion of scope
  • Advisory Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY24 Budget; positions on Budget Articles and other Warrant Articles

Thursday, March 9, 2023

  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ location and zoom or zoom only (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 206 Turnpike Road (remediating unpermitted pavement); 241-245 Turnpike Road demolishing buildings to build car storage building; Update on Breakneck Hill Dump; SMP Bylaw Article & Regs update; Update from Town Counsel on 84 Main St

Friday, March 10, 2023

  • Board of Trustees Southborough Library Meeting, 11:00 am @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Hiring New Library Associate(s); Library Façade Restoration Project; Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program; Community Center Exploration Committee Update; Candidates’ Night for Spring Election; Library Director Evaluation; Staff Appreciation
Looking Back:

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

Friday, March 3, 2023

  • MWRTA Advisory Board Meeting, 10:00 am (agenda
  • Council on Aging Meeting, 12:00 pm (agenda

*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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