The week in government

Planning Board; SPAC on orientation aids for the blind; 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 any meetings that popped up after last Monday’s post.) For an updated list of meetings, visit the Town website.

Monday, August 28, 2023

  • Planning Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Town House and zoom (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: MBTA Communities Update; Select Board Goal to abolish Public Works Planning Board; St. Mark’s St. stonewall and tree mitigation & review of St. Mark’s St. Park Plans; Discuss 40Bs proposed for 120 &250 Turnpike Rd
  • Neary Building — Designer Selection Subcommittee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Elect officers; Review and Approve of Designer Selection RFS (Request for Services)

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

  • Southborough Public Access Committee (SPAC) Meeting, 9:00 am @ Town House Hearing Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss orientation aids for the blind that may be implemented by Southborough, and navigation aids and signage for inside Town buildings, outside on Town highways and sidewalks, and outside in Town recreation areas and hiking trails
  • Combined NSBORO School Committees Meeting, 5:00 pm @ Algonquin Regional High School, Library, 79 Bartlett St, Northborough (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Special program for committee members with guest consultant on “School Committee Work: Leadership, Followership, and Relationships”
  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Town tech strategy alignment with Master Plan; website update and issues tracking/prioritization (meeting posting workflow optimization); secondary ISP; Cloud deployment of AssessPro 5.0
  • Trails Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on Peninsula Trail including ADA Consultant Meeting; Update on SPAC (Southborough Public Access Committee) meeting

Thursday, August 31, 2023

  • Golf Course Meeting, 9:00 am @ Public Safety Building, Training Room, 32 Cordaville Road and zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Finalize application for Community Preservation Act funding; Course improvement planning; Information gathered re: SVT conservation restriction
Looking Back:

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

Thursday, August 24, 2023

  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Preliminary EDC feedback re: a potential post-pandemic survey for Southborough’s business community; Updates on feasibility and Route. 9 grant award, and on 21 Boston Road application for Community Preservation Act funding as it pertains to the Downtown Initiative; EDC priorities; One Stop grant strategy for FY24

Friday, August 25, 2023

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Appoint Library Associates; Library Façade Restoration/Preservation Restriction; Mass Public Library Construction Program; Community Center Exploration Committee Report; Job Description – Library Supervisor

*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.
    • 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.)
    • Cable Access — Southborough Access Media broadcasts 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).
  • 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).

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