The week in government

Planning hearings (including site plan for St. Mark’s School Parking lot at St. Mark's St); 21 Highland St discussions; Select Board on Car License hearings and Tree Policy; Combined and Regional School Committee meetings; 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, September 18, 2023

  • Planning Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda and packet, Hearing materials) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Select Board goal to abolish Public Works Planning Board; 14 Main St (Hearing on1st floor change of use; Minor Site Plan Review); Hearing on Major Site Plan for St. Mark’s School Parking lot at St. Mark’s St; 28 Turnpike Rd change of use and Minor Site Plan Review; 21 Highland St future; Stonebrook Village Subdivision As-built review; St. Mark’s St. stonewall and tree mitigation & ST. Mark’s Park Plan; Defining steps in the 40B permitting process for 120 & 250 Turnpike Rd; Public Shade Tree Policy and proposed updates
    • Select Board Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Planning Board Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Major Site Plan for St. Mark’s School Parking lot at St. Mark’s St

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

  • Community Center Exploration Committee Meeting, 5:15 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Presentation from consultant on study of stand alone building options and Finn School Repurpose; Next steps
  • Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Car sales License Hearings for 206 & 251 Turnpike Rd; Q4 Financial update; Updates on St. Marks St construction, Regional Dispatch, CPC on transferring funds to Affordable Housing Trust Fund; 21 Highland Street; Proposed Tree Policy amendments; Goal for Public Works Planning Board legislation
    • Planning Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Select Board Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Public Shade Tree Policy and Possible Updates
  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Cordaville Hall, Room B, 9 Cordaville Road and zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Town Tech (including website update, cloud migration plan, and Staffing & Managed Services); School tech update; MTC Project to meet with head of each dept and major committee/board
  • SHOPC (Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee Meeting), 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Grant updates; Roundtable planning discussion on 21 Highland St
  • Youth Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Dept highlights; ARPA funds update; FY25 budget; Outreach opportunities; Friends update

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

  • Greater Boroughs Partnership for Health Advisory Meeting, 2:00 pm @ Northborough-run zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Grant workplan; Community Health Equity Initiative survey; vaccine clinics; Food Insecurity project update; Substance Use Prevention Work; alternative open meeting posting method
  • Combined NSBORO School Committees Meeting, 5:30 pm @ Algonquin Regional High School Library, 79 Bartlett St, Northborough (agenda) Agenda Highlights: NSPAC annual presentation; Superintendent evaluation timeline and goals; Draft of 2024-2025 Student Calendar; Personnel Update
  • Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Algonquin Regional High School Library (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on School Reopening (Transportation, Extended School Year, and Multilingual Learner Summer Program), Athletics, and Legislative; FY 25 Budget Presentation & Priorities; Athletic Complex Project Update and votes to approve project bonding; Solar update
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearing on 12 Wolfpen Lane permit for more than three garage bays

Thursday, September 21, 2023

  • Golf Course Committee Meeting, 9:00 am @ Southborough Golf Clubhouse, 32 Cordaville Rd and zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Prepare for report to Select Board; Course improvement planning
  • Planning Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Public Safety Building Training Room, 32 Cordaville Rd and zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Housing Choice and MBTA Communities zoning Information Session #1 — Presentation and Q&A
Looking Back:

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

  • Historical Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Review of Historic House Signs proof/new vendor; Public Hearing on 36 East Main Street demolition application under delay bylaw; 

Thursday, September 14, 2023

  • Taxation Aid Committee Meeting, 4:15 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss Chair position and fall schedule; 21 Highland Street/South Union School proposed joint meeting; Chair report on Revolutionary War Veterans plaque, Old Burial Ground conditions, Town Common historic assets inquiry, Installation of Southborough Center Historic District signage, and Demolition delay update on 42 Main St. and 5 Cordaville Road

Friday, September 15, 2023

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Façade Restoration Project; Mass Public Library Construction Program; Community Center Exploration Committee Report; Library Supervisor job description

*I don’t list meetings that are only 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).
  • 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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