The week in government

Planning Board, Recreation Commission, Neary School Building Committee, Select Board, Board of Health, and much 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 last week 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, May 20, 2024

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program; Approval of Library Building Program; Library Director Evaluation; ‘Gardens That Work’
  • Open Space Preservation Commission Meeting, 12:00 pm @ Public Safety Facility Training Room, 32 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Chapter 61 Johnson Land Right of First Refusal; 118/120 Turnpike Road 40b Review; Chestnut Hill Farm Management Plan; June Garden Tour at Library and Beals Preserve; Spotted Lanternfly Workshop New Date; Senior Tax Write Off; Master Plan and OSRP Review; Landscaping at Town House & Library; Finalize Native Plant Requirements Language for Conservation and Planning Board; EAB Workshop, Tree Specialist, Tree Forum, Training Opportunities; Invasive Program and Native Plants; Follow up Planet Palloaza, Earth Day, Linda Hubley Scholarship; Updates on Current Projects
  • Planning Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda with packet) Agenda Highlights: Application to divide 66 Oak Hill Road into two parcels; Discuss MBTA Communities Multi-Family Zoning, Chapter 61A properties (Northborough Rd.) Right of First Refusal, 40Bs (Park Central and 120 Turnpike Road); Appointments & Recommendations for representatives on other boards, committees, and subcommittees
  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Town Tech status updates including wifi revamp for Town properties and Library/YFS tech usage and training; Emergency Dispatch Tech; Town meeting room tech; Tri-centennial Celebration Tech
  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Status of searches for Recreation Director and Summer Camp Director; Updates on programs, Summer Camp, Dog Park Project (with DPW), and short term help needed in Dept; Vote to hire part-time admin; Identify liaison to Neary Building Committee; Temporarily delegate some of Rec Director’s authorities/responsibilities to Chair
  • Neary School Building Committee Meeting, 8:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vote on Preliminary Design Program submission to Mass School Building Authority

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

  • Neary School Building Committee Meeting, 10:00 am @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vote on Preliminary Design Program submissions to Mass School Building Authority
  • Board of Health Meeting, 10:30 am @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Elect officers; FDA Retail Standard 5; Residential Trash Hauler Regs; Presidential Award at Mass Asso of Public Health Nurses; Camp Update; Digitization of Septic Records for Online Access; Vote on IMA for Greater Boroughs; Personnel Board on New Job Description for Health Agent and Health Director; Revote Health Director Job Description; Collins Center Report Meeting
  • Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda with packet) Agenda Highlights: Appoint Student Police Officers; Utility Pole Hearing for intersection at Southville & Parkerville roads; Pavement Management Plan presentation; Updates on Neary School building project, SeeClickFix software, Chestnut Hill CSA suspension, Fire Chief Installation Ceremony, and Power Choice contract update (electricity aggregation); FY25 Staff Appointments; Review Board of Health IMA; Approvals to spend outside of FY24 budgeted line items; Appoint 2 part-time Police Dispatchers; One Stop Grant opportunities; MTC survey for Fall Town Meeting Date and Time; Recruitment to fill Board and Committee vacancies in FY25; Town Administrator evaluation; Elect Officers
  • Southborough Scholarship Advisory Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Southborough Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review redacted applications and determine awards; Assign writing intros for presentations
  • Board of Health Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with boards for Boylston and Northborough to discuss Draft Public Health Shared Services / Regionalization Assessment for the three towns
  • Southborough Cultural Arts Council Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Review and prioritize grant survey for community input; Elect officers; Review grantee activity; SCAC activity over summer

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 11:00 am @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: FY24 Budget Review for MMA Resources, Citizens Planning Training Collaborative, online education for staff / volunteer boards and committees, and advanced locational technology for municipalities
  • Historical Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Historic House Sign Program (application reviews, website update, funding, and promotion); Commemorating installation of Southborough Center Historic District sign; Wording of Rural Cemetery water tower sign; Updates from committee representatives on other committees 

Thursday, May 23, 2024

  • Council on Aging Meeting, 2:00 pm @ Senior Center/Cordaville Hall, 9 Cordaville Rd (agenda) Agenda Highlights: text
Looking Back:

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

Thursday, May 16, 2024

  • Trails Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Peninsula Trail updates and next steps for Phase II kickoff; Trottier Civics Project Trail Proposal recap; . Volunteer Recruitment for Committee vacancy; DCR MOA work plan

*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).

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