Town Meeting rescinds the Industrial Development Commission; EDC stuck in ad-hoc status for now

Through a Citizen’s Petition, Voters were asked to stop the Economic Development Comittee from taking on the IDC’s old mantle, and the additional authority that purportedly came with it. Read the full article → from Town Meeting rescinds the Industrial Development Commission; EDC stuck in ad-hoc status for now

Voters turnout to approve Main St, reject Use Variance, and gate Flagg Rd; Controversy over Moderator’s calls

Last night, Southborough held the Special Town Meeting I’ve been warning you about forever. Judging by the tone and actions of voters, the main attraction was the Use Variance bylaw.

Close to 10% of Southborough’s registered voters turned up at Trottier Middle School to make their voices heard. But there is controversy over whether that happened or some voices were unfairly muted. Read the full article → from Voters turnout to approve Main St, reject Use Variance, and gate Flagg Rd; Controversy over Moderator’s calls

Main Street debate continues; Vote on Tuesday night requires 2/3 to pass

Last night, Town officials walked residents through the Main Street Reconstruction project and answered questions. They explained why the road requires deep repairs to its sub base. They defined the alternatives. And they tried to debunk the idea that there may be lower cost alternatives not acknowledged.

Most commenters spoke on behalf of the project and the need to rally support. But one provided another preview of challenges that supporters face on Tuesday night. Read the full article → from Main Street debate continues; Vote on Tuesday night requires 2/3 to pass

Town defines Main St alternative (estimated $4.7M project) – Public forums this week, vote next week

One week from today, Town Meeting voters will be asked to decide on the future of Main Street. Article 4 asks residents to approve easements for the Town’s project under a state-funded TIP plan. Article 5 asks residents to urge selectmen to drop the TIP plan and instead construct the road to Town’s basic standards.

Last week, the Town finally defined what that choice would be. Read the full article → from Town defines Main St alternative (estimated $4.7M project) – Public forums this week, vote next week

Selectmen: No Park Central access to Flagg Road unless developer/state come up with a plan to solve access/egress issues

The Board of Selectmen voted 3-1 to force the developer and MassDOT to figure out a solution to Park Central egress/access. If they don’t, the board plans to prohibit the development’s access to Flagg Road. Read the full article → from Selectmen: No Park Central access to Flagg Road unless developer/state come up with a plan to solve access/egress issues

Main Street forums next week – get questions answered before Special Town Meeting (and register for cheap babysitting)

Next week, the Town is holding two forums to again pitch the Main Street Reconstruction project to residents. It’s a chance for residents to learn about the project and ask questions. Read the full article → from Main Street forums next week – get questions answered before Special Town Meeting (and register for cheap babysitting)

Who’s responsible for defining a Main Street alternative?

Last week, the Board of Selectmen reviewed the Citizen’s Petition on Main Street Reconstruction. The petition asks Town Meeting voters to push for a locally funded Main Street repair project.
In discussion, both a petitioner and selectmen agreed that understanding the price of a local project was critical. But they couldn’t seem to agree about whose job it is define what an alternative project would look like. Without that, no real cost estimate can be determined. Read the full article → from Who’s responsible for defining a Main Street alternative?

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