The week in government

Planning Board hearings on 120 Turnpike Rd; Select Board & BOH on 200 Southville Rd violations; ZBA hearing on Park Central 40B; and more

Here are the posted open, public Southborough committee and board meetings for this week* along with my selected highlights from the agendas.

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.

These days, most (but not all) meetings, can be participated in, watched live, and replayed from home.)**

Monday, April 1, 2024

  • Planning Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Application for Approval Not Required to split 26 Edgewood Road into 2 lots; Hearings on 118-120 Turnpike Rd modifications to site plan and special permit; Discuss 5 Thayer Lane fallen tree in the No Cut Zone, recent tree removals, Town Meeting de-brief, MBTA Communities Zoning, Northboro Rd Chapter 61 parcels (right of first refusal), and 40Bs at Park Central and 120 Turnpike Rd
    • Stewardship Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Planning Board (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Attend hearings on 118-120 Turnpike Rd
  • Neary School Building Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Questions on design team’s presentation; Create Sustainability Subcommittee; Review summary of existing conditions/base repair; educational planning outcomes and MSBA space summaries; survey results and FAQs
  • Neary School Building Communications Subcommittee Meeting, 7:30 pm or later (after Neary School Building Committee Meeting ends) @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review and approve FAQs to post

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 9:30 am @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Request for Salary Administration Plan Section 13 Approval for ZBA
  • Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Appoint Student Police Officer; 200 Southville Road BOH violations; Updates on Town House project, Council on Aging, Neary Building project, One Stop Grant expression of interest, and regional dispatch discussions; Approve job descriptions for Building Dept; Recruitment for Building Commissioner vacancy and appoint interim commissioner; Planning for Fall Town Meeting; Accept St. Mark’s Street Park Working Group recommendation of “Southborough Heritage Park”; Request for naming of benches in new park
    • Board of Health Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Select Board Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with Select Board on 200 Southville Rd violations
  • Historical Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearing on demolition application for 77 Deerfoot Rd to determine whether building should be deemed preferentially preserved under delay bylaw

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda, materials) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearing on Park Central 40B permit

Thursday, April 4, 2024

  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Public Safety Building Training Room, 32 Cordaville Rd and zoom (agenda not yet posted but SHOPC’s agenda indicates this will be taking place)
    • SHOPC (Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee Meeting), 7:00 pm @ Public Safety Building Training Room, 32 Cordaville Rd and zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Attend CPC meeting and potentially discuss Northboro Rd Chapter 61 parcels and Town’s right of first refusal
Looking Back:

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

Thursday, March 28, 2024

  • Southborough Scholarship Advisory Committee Meeting,
    6:30 pm (agenda) Agenda Highlights: 2024 Scholarships timeline and awards criteria

*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-37 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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