The week in government

Regional School Committee, Planning Board, Select Board, Conservation Commission, 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 17, 2024

  • Board of Commissioners of Trust Funds Meeting, 8:00 am @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Potential votes on Southborough Community Fund Bi-Annual Support and Taxation Aid Committee Request for Funding
  • Open Space Preservation Commission Meeting, 2:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Presentation on garden at the Library; Planning June 23rd Garden Tour; Prep for Select Board Meeting
  • Trails Committee Meeting, 5:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Peninsula Trail status; Mowing contract; Bench selection; Yoga on Trails series; recruiting for committee vacancy; closing out projects; DCR work plan
  • Regional School Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Algonquin Regional High School Library (agenda with materials) Agenda Highlights: Annual Subcommittee & Liason assignments; Enrollments; Athletic Complex Project Update; Discuss Office Hours
  • Planning Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda with materials) Agenda Highlights: Discuss 40Bs at 120 Turnpike Rd and Park Central, Appointments & Recommended appointments, MBTA zoning, and Northboro Rd Chapt 61A properties right of first refusal
  • Neary School Building Committee Meeting, 8:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Subcommittee Reports; Consultant updates on space/square footage and site review

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 5:30 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss commissions focus and skills/interests for recruiting new members
  • Southborough Housing Authority Meeting, 5:30 pm @ Colonial Gardens Community Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Approve FY25 plan; recommend representative to SHOPC, and officer election
  • Stewardship Committee Meeting, 6:00 pm @ Town House Hearing Room, then Select Board Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights:  Discuss committee reappointments then join Select Board Meeting
  • Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Hearings for Used Car Dealer at 179 Boston Road and applications for Tree removals on Scenic Roads; Appoint Rec Director; Committee appointments, reappointments, and/or reorganization for Stewardship Committee, OSPC, SHOPC, and CPC; Approve Special Municipal Employees; Vote on fees and regs for Transfer Station and Water; Set Special Town Meeting date and warrant placeholders; Review contract for public safety communications; Review goal setting; Authorize DPW tree plantings at 84 Main St
    • Planning Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Select Board Meeting (agenda and hearing materials) Agenda Highlights: Attend Select Board meeting for joint hearings on Scenic Road Tree Removal applications; Discuss committee reappointments/recommendations
    • Recreation Commission Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Select Board Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Support hiring of Recreation Director candidate
    • CPC (Community Preservation Committee) Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Select Board Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Attend Select Board meeting
    • SHOPC (Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Committee) Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Select Board Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Attend Select Board meeting
    • OSPC (Open Space Preservation Commission) Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Town House Hallway, then Select Board Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Introduce applicant to join committee, review info for Select Board Meeting, plan for Garden Tour, then attend Select Board meeting

Thursday, June 20, 2024

  • Conservation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda and packet) Agenda Highlights: Hearings on Reservoir Trail maintenance, 225 Cordaville Rd replacement of shed, 20 & 22 Turnpike Rd self-storage and golf range facilities, and 120 Turnpike Rd 60-unit apartment building construction; Discuss chicken coop at 12 Walnut Dr, Enforcement orders for 34 Sears Rd & 200 Southville Rd, Expired Order of Conditions and storage of millings at 2 E. Main St, Chestnut Hill Farm, communications with boards & committees; Update on Breakneck HIll Farm Dump cleanup and other active projects
Looking Back:

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

  • Recreation Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Updates on Dog Park, programs and camps, searches for Camp Director and Rec Director, CPC, and 21 Highland St; Vote on appointing Acting Dept Head; Officer election 

Thursday, June 13, 2024

  • Master Plan Implementation Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda, check here for video to be posted) Agenda Highlights: HVAC system options

Friday, June 14, 2024

  • Neary School Building Committee – Sustainability Subcommittee Meeting, 10:00 am (agenda, check here for video to be posted) Agenda Highlights: text
  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund Committee Meeting, 1:30 pm (agenda, check here for video to be posted) Agenda Highlights: Discuss using trust funds to reduce rent on affordable units

*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 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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