The week in government

Southborough School Committee, ZBA on 120 Turnpike Road, Combined School Committees, 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, June 10, 2024

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 8:30 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Job Descriptions and Grading for Health Director
    and Health Agent

    • Board of Health Meeting, 8:30 am @ Personnel Board Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Job Descriptions and Classifications for Public Health Director & Agent and DPW Laborer; Building Inspector request for vacation; Review and vote on FY25 salary increases effective July 2025; Set pay rate above mid-point for Recreation Director
  • Neary School Building Committee – Communications Subcommittee Meeting, 10:30 am @ zoom only (agenda, look here for video) Agenda Highlights: text
  • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Southborough Senior Center, Room B (agenda) Agenda Highlights: One Stop grant app submission; Draft EDC tracker; Trottier Civics Student Letter of Response; Remaining FY24 budget
  • Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Public Safety Training Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Goal setting session for FY25

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

  • Board of Health Meeting, 2:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Appoint Acting Public Health Director; Ratify Contract for Sanitary Inspector; Updates on camp, Tobacco Coalition, FDA Food Grant Report; Digitization Project
  • Open Space Preservation Commission Meeting, 2:00 pm @ Public Safety Training Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Johnson Farmland Right of First Refusal; Updates on 120 Turnpike Rd 40B review, Chestnut Hill Farm Management Plan; Presentation to Select Board June 18th, and OSPC appointments; June Garden Tours; Senior Tax Work Off; Finalize Native Plant Requirements Language for Conservation and Planning Board
  • Taxation Aid Committee Meeting, 4:00 pm @ Town House Hearing Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discussion of annual application and determine if any updates or changes are recommended.
  • Southborough Housing Authority Meeting, 5:30 pm @ Colonial Gardens Community Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Approve SHA’s FY25 plan for State-Aided Public Housing; Vote on officers and SHOPC (Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee) representative
  • Youth Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Dept highlights; Elect officers; Outreach opportunities; Friends update

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

  • Southborough School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Trottier Middle School Library (agenda with materials) Agenda Highlights: Principals’ Report; NSBORO Organization Structure Overview; Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Presentation; 2024-2025 Subcommittee and Liaison Assignments; Office Hours (regular cadence, key learnings from discussion); Neary Building Committee Update; Preschool Presentation – Numbers; Enrollments; ESSER Funding and Revolving Accounts
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on 120 Turnpike Rd for 40B Comprehensive Permit (New Concept Plan and Traffic Engineering) and Special Permit for Shared Driveway

Thursday, June 13, 2024

  • Combined School Committees Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Algonquin Regional High School Library (agenda and materials) Agenda Highlights: Vote to approve new policies for Animals on School Premises and Teaching About Alcohol, Tobacco, And Drugs; Approve Director of Finance Title Change to Assistant Superintendent of Finance; Superintendent’s Evaluation and ’24-’25 contract
Looking Back:

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

Thursday, June 6, 2024

  • Select Board Meeting, 8:00 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Building Commissioner – Interview and appointment
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, video part 1 & part 2) Agenda Highlights: Annual Public Forum; Approve updated application and timeline for 2025 ATM; Finalize Letters of Expectations for Approved ATM 2024 Projects; Close out Algonquin Pickleball Court Project; Update on Johnson Farmland Right of First Refusal; Discuss CPC Members Reappointment
  • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Northboro Road 61a property & process for building a project there; Discuss joining SHOPC and Affordable Housing Trust Fund Committee together as a new board

Friday, June 7, 2024

  • Council on Aging Meeting, 11:30 am (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Clarification/Correction of June 3rd Executive Session meeting; Survey update and next steps; Furniture purchase for new room; Budgeting for grant money; Assessment update; Project ideas for Southborough 300 anniversary; Re-naming update; Tax work off update; Preview of summer programs; Colonial Gardens programs; Continuing issues with Springwell

*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:
    • 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).

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