The week in government

Library Board of Trustees on library building program; Neary School Building Finance Subcommittee, Conservation Commission 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.

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.)**

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: review of Library Building Program

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

  • Neary School Building Committee-Finance Subcommittee Meeting, 7:30 pm@ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss impacts of estimated budget, potential site remediation costs and debt financing

Thursday, May 30, 2024

  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearings on Rural Cemetery staging area, 107 Main St replacement of a subsurface sewage disposal system, 15 Pine Hill Rd replacement of failed septic, 28 Edgewood Rd house construction, 20 & 22 Turnpike Rd restoration of buffer zone activities, 120 Turnpike Rd construction of a 60-unit apartment building; Discussion with Chestnut Hill Farm Trustees; Enforcement Orders for 34 Sears Rd and 200 Southville Rd; Request for Extension for Ila Bella Estates/Lorenzo Drive; Updates on active sites and Farm Dump; 12 Walnut Drive chicken coop, and 14 Oregon goats
  • Trails Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Updates and next steps on Peninsula Trail Phases I & II; Yoga on the Trails Series; volunteer recruitment; closing out outstanding projects; DCR MOA work plan

Friday, May 31, 2024

  • Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Approval of Library Building Program; June 5th morning closure for Town Staff Training

Looking Back:

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

Thursday, May 23, 2024

  • Golf Course Committee Meeting, 9:00 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Planning for Irrigation project, barrier at hole 3 green and hole 4 tee box, and minimizing wayward balls
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, video not yet posted – look for it hereAgenda Highlights: Discuss project application process with Affordable Housing Trust Fund Committee; Discuss Right of First Refusal on Northboro Rd parcels; Plan public forum; Letters of expectations for approved ATM ’24 projects; application process for ATM ’25

Friday, May 24, 2024

  • Neary School Building Committee – Communications Subcommittee Meeting, 11:00 am (agenda, video not yet posted – look for it here) Agenda Highlights: Review of release about project update, next steps, and project cost ranges; Committee protocol regarding project updates, flow of documents and information

*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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