The week in government

Planning Board, Regional School Committee, 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 16, 2023

  • Planning Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Schedule Workshops for MBTA Communities; Presentation on PWPB-Public Works Advisory Committee; Hearing on St. Mark’s School Parking lot at St. Mark’s St. Site Plan; Discuss Park Central 40B; Proposed updates to Public Shade Tree Policy; Update on 21 Highland St Future Use Committee; MPIC Goals
  • Capital Improvement and Planning Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm@ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates on Neary Building Committee, Community Center Exploration Committee Update, and Town House roof; Discuss 21 Highland St uses; Funds for debt and ambulance fund; Preliminary review of FY25 Capital requests; Carryovers from prior years

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Town website priorities (Feedback links, access logs, user journey analysis); Town and schools’ Network Arch & Security documentation & review; Town Secondary ISP and Staffing & Managed Services; Committee project to meet with each dept/major committee head

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 9:00 am @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom  (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: New Hire/Resignation report; Salary Grid Implementation Analysis; FY25 compensation; New Hire compensation and vacation allowance for Business Admin in Treasurer’s and Build depts; Salary Administration Plan amendments
  • Joint meeting of Regional School Committee and Student Advisory Committee, 5:45 pm @ Algonquin Regional High School Library Classroom D110g, 79 Bartlett Street, Northborough (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Student Advisory Goals for ’23-’24; Policy Submitted for Consideration
  • Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Algonquin Regional High School Library, 79 Bartlett Street, Northborough (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Recognition of National Merit Scholars; Recognition of Kathleen Dalgliesh; Athletics Update; FY’25 Budget Priorities; Athletic Complex Project Update

Thursday, October 19, 2023

  • Golf Course Committee Meeting, 9:00 am @ Southborough Golf Club clubhouse, 32 Cordaville Road and zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Report to Select Board; Course improvement planning
Looking Back:

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

Thursday, October 12, 2023

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: FY25 Budget; Permissions to use grounds for community groups; Report on Marlborough Library visit; Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program; Community Center Exploration Committee Report; Update of Library Job Descriptions
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Funding application presentations (Golf Committee on new irrigation system, Trails Committee on Peninsula Trail next steps, and Falconi group on Historic Sawin Grist Mill/Grain Store Restoration; Draft Budget; South Union School Update; Affordable Housing Trust Fund Strategic Financial Plan; Elect Vice Chair

*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 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).

Updated (10/23/23 10:01 am): I initally misaligned weekdays and dates. (Fortunately one day early rather than late).

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