The week in government

Conservation Hearings 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 27, 2023

  • Trails Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Master Plan Implementation Status Report; Updates on DCR MOA trails agreement, Peninsula Trail Fence / Signage and Phase II bid and next steps, Potential SPAC contribution to enchance trail accessiblity; DCR Earth Day Clean up event; Choate Fund 2022 hike series, bench, interpretative signage; Mental Health Awareness Month SFYS outreach; Planet Palooza participation

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

  • Stewardship Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Community Gardens; Town Forest; Breakneck hill map review; Lights; Parking delineators; Planet Palooza Activities; Letter re Farm Dump; Clean out bird boxes
  • Community Center Exploration Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Public Safety Building, Training Room, 32 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Neary Building Committee Update; Public feedback and notice communication; Update on public-private partnership research; Review of potential scenarios

Thursday, March 30, 2023

  • Taxation Aid Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Continue Application review process; Discuss amount of awards and may vote.
  • Master Plan Implementation Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room or zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Liaison updates; Quarterly Report for Planning Board
  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ location and zoom or zoom only (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 0 Pine Hill Rd well and residential garden, 30 Southville Rd septic, 7 Dairy Farm Ln in-ground pool, 206 Turnpike Rd remediation of unpermitted
    pavement, 241-245 Turnpike Rd demolitions, building new indoor car storage; Requests for permit extensions for several Dairy Farm Lane parcels and 206 Turnpike Road; Amending 8 Dairy Farm Lane for shed; Certificate of Compliance 147 Middle Road; Chestnut Hill Farm agreement on light pole
Looking Back:

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

Thursday, March 23, 2023

  • Regional School Committee Audit Subcommittee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review of FY’22 Audit

Saturday, March 25, 2023

As I predicted, the list of agendas for meeting ahead of/at Town Meeting grew. For those I’m not including highlights for, the agenda was specific to preparing for or deliberating at the meeting:

  • Select Board Meeting, 12:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Approve MSBA letter of support for Neary School Project; Town Meeting prep
  • Other committees convening specifically to prepare for and/or deliberate at Town Meeting:
    • Advisory Committee (agenda)
    • Planning Board (agenda) with final public hearings on Articles
    • Board of Health (agenda)
    • Community Preservation Committee (agenda
    • Southborough Youth Commission (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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