The week in government

Neary Building forum, ZBA hearing on 250 Turnpike 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, June 24, 2024

  • Capital Improvement and Planning Committee Meeting, 8:30 am @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Neary Building Committee update; Request from schools re ARPA funding reallocation; Request from DPW re Tailgate spreader; FY26 Capital Request process
  • Library Trustees Meeting, 11:00 am @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Library temperature; Native Plant Garden; More than Books lending agreements; 5 yr strategic plan; Library Director employment contract
  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Public Safety Meeting Room and zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss 6/18 Select Board Meeting; elect Vice Chair; Finalize letters of expectations for approved projects; Project closeout process and timeline; Update Johnson farmland right of first refusal, next steps and input from OSPC and SHOPC

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

  • Municipal Technology Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ zoom only (agendaAgenda Highlights: Library/YFS tech usage and training; Updates from Out-reach to depts about training; Emergency Dispatch Tech; SAM and Cable committee Tech (and Town meeting room tech)
  • Historical Commission Meeting, 7:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Possible CPA application to restore fencing around Town Common; Planning for reception to celebrate Southborough Center Historic District; Approve sign proof for Rural Cemetery Water Tower; and Historic House Sign Program applications; Consultation with Town Counsel; committee updates; Elect officers
  • Trails Committee Meeting, 7:30 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Peninsula Trail status and next steps; updates on Mowing contract, Bench selection; Yoga on the Trails Series; Volunteer Recruitment for Committee vacancy
  • Neary Building Committee Meeting, 8:00 pm @ zoom only (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Public forum to update on status and answer questions

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

  • Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Town House Hearing Room and zoom (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Public Hearings on special permit and setback variances for 6 Parker St and 77 Deerfoot Rd, and Comprehensive Permit for 250 Turnpike Rd 40B

Thursday, June 27, 2024

  • Golf Course Committee Meeting, 9:00 am @ Public Safety Training Room (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Course improvement planning — irrigation, additional barrier, and minimizing stray balls
Looking Back:

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

Thursday, June 20, 2024

  • Tricentennial Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Branding for celebrations (logo and tagline); Review updated survey results; Discuss future subcommittees

Friday, June 21, 2024

  • Personnel Board Meeting, 9:00 am (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights:Employee Performance Appraisal Certifications and Annual Salary Increases; Approve Recreation Director starting salary and vacation accrual; Signatory Authority for Personnel Board Administrative Items

*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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