The week in government

Planning Board hearings, School Committee on budget priorities, 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 any meetings that popped up after last Monday’s post.) For an updated list of meetings, visit the Town website.

Monday, October 2, 2023

  • Planning Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda and packet, hearing materials) Agenda Highlights: MBTA Communities debrief; Hearings on St. Mark’s school parking lot, and stonewall removals at 3 Lyman St and Deerfoot Rd extension; Discussions on Park Central 40B, St. Mark’s St. stonewall and tree mitigation & St. Mark’s Park Plan, proposed Public Shade Tree Policy update, and job descriptions
  • Open Space Preservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Public Safety Building-Training Room, 32 Cordaville Road (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Chestnut Hill Farm Management Plan; Comments on Park Central 40B; South Union School Review Report and Recommendation; Site Plan Review St. Marks Road Park, St. Marks School Parking Lot; CPA applications
  • Neary School Building Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Designer selection process update; Form a Communications Subcommittee

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Pickleball; Unified/Inclusive Programming; Fall events & programs; Dog Park update; Field Permit Fee Revolving Fund discussion; South Union building; Community Center Committee study and feedback; RAP Monitor salary adjustments; Rec Director job description
  • Trails Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Peninisula Trail project updates and next steps; Heritage Day

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 7:45 am @ zoom webinar only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review of FY24 Budget Priorities and Development of FY25 Budget Priorities

Thursday, October 5, 2023

  • Master Plan Implementation Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Elect Officers; Discuss communications; Prioritization of Goals – Plan for joint meeting with Planning Board & Select Board
  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on MBTA station (sediment sampling and vegetation clearing at the Cordaville Dam), St Mark’s School parking lot (stormwater management), 250 Turnpike Road (driveway access, and maintenance of existing detention basins) and 20 Sears Road (wetland boundaries); Chestnut Hill Farm Management Plan & Update on Bobolink studies; 38 Presidential Drive violation; 84 Main Street Restrictive Covenant; Comments on Park Central 40B; Breakneck Hill arm Dump progress
Looking Back:

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

Friday, September 29, 2023

  • Select Board Meeting, 8:00 am (agenda, packet, video) Agenda Highlights: Accept multipurpose loans of $5,730,000 (varying terms); ; promotion of ZBA Alternate to full time member; Update on Stockwell and Fitzgerald sidewalk improvement project
  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund Committee Meeting, 8:30 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Accept transfer of funds from CPA and CPC’s terms of transfer; Discuss approach for deploying funds

*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”) often with no later rebroadcast.
  • 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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