Sunday, May 12, 2013
Make your voice heard in the annual town election.
The annual town election for Northborough is Monday, May 13, with voting locations open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Northboroughs voting precincts are as follows: Precinct 1 vote at Proctor School on Jefferson Road Precinct 2 vote at Lincoln Street School on Lincoln Street Precinct 3 vote at Peaslee School on Maple Street Precinct 4 vote at Zeh School on Howard Street To verify your voting location please visit: www.wheredoivotema.com or feel free to contact the Town Clerk's Office. For a list of who's running in this year's election, click here.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The Planning Board voted to recommend that two proposed warrant articles be removed from this year's Town Meeting warrant.
Following a public hearing on the issue, the Planning Board voted 3-1 on Tuesday night to recommend removing two of the three warrant articles pertaining to sign bylaws in town that had been proposed. Bylaws that would change language governing signage in town as it relates to nonprofits and real estate postings will be removed, should the Board of Selectmen honor the Planning Board's recommendations. Ultimately, the Board of Selectmen approve, or remove, warrant articles for Town Meeting, and would have to honor the Planning Board's recommendations before its next meeting when the warrant articles are approved. Last month, three changes to the sign bylaws had been proposed after discussion among the Planning Board and the engineering …
Monday, March 4, 2013
He submits it but once a year; to our hearts, we hold it dear.
The following is the "State of the Seat," which Selectman Aaron Hutchins delivers annually at a Board of Selectmen meeting. My friends, my neigbors, You’re in for a treat. It’s time once again, For the State of My Seat. First came Menino, Followed by Patrick. Fine’ly the President, (That’s hardly a hat trick.) But now it’s my turn So let’s be honest, I’m the only pol’tic’an To make good on a promise. I said that I’d serve. I said that I’d learn. I said that I’d honor The trust that I earn. The time has now come After year number two, For me to detail Just what I did do. I appointed and Passed, issued and granted, Licenses, Deeds, and Cheered trees that were planted. I held hearings in Public, sessions in secret, Went to Boards, Committees…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Nancy Berglund isn't running again, but Michelle Gillespie plans on going for a spot on the planning board.
Town Election Day is less than three months away. Nomination papers for the Annual Town Election have been available at the Town Clerk's office since Jan. 22. Nomination papers must be returned to the town clerk's office by 5 p.m. on March 25 for certification. Town election day is Monday, May 13, and Town Meeting is April 22. The following seats are open: Moderator - One one-year term Board of Selectmen - One three-year term Planning Board - One three-year term Northborough School Committee - One three-year term Regional School Committee - One three-year term We'll be checking with the town clerk for periodical updates to see who is throwing his or her hat in the ring. So far, according to Town Clerk Andy Dowd, the following residents …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Board says he's a "breath of fresh air."
"I'm running out of adjectives," said Selectman Leslie Rutan. "We're proud of you and we're pleased that you're here." Rutan's comments echoed those of others as the Board of Selectmen publicly presented the annual evaluation for Town Administrator John Coderre at the meeting last week. Broken into five categories, which include financial management, personnel mangement, board support, personal characteristics and communication and relationships, Coderre received an overall rating of 4.7 out of a possible 5, with four "exceeding job standards" and five getting an "outstanding" mark. In the evaluation of financial management, which includes development and implementation of capital and operating budgets, and long-range planning, Coderre …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The town sets a single tax rate again for Northborough.
Property owners in Northborough will see a one percent tax increase over last year in the FY2013 budget, as approved by the Board of Selectmen Monday night. With recommendations from the Board of Assessors and Town Administrator John Coderre, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to accept the single tax rate of $16.11, up from $15.11 in FY2012. This will mean an average impact of $67, which is $126 less than estimated at Town Meeting. The tax bill for a single family home, which is assessed at $383,646, will be $6,181, an increase of $67. Coderre pointed out that in a five year span of FY2005 to FY2010, the average increase was around $220 each year. Within the past three years, the increase has been $189 combined. "The total increase …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Also, board discusses pole petition, and other things, at tonight's board meeting.
1. Did you know it's exceptionally easy to load your own announcements, events, photos and more on Patch? Well, it is, and this is how you do it. And why you should do it. 2. Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton is holding a giant fund-raising yard sale Saturday Sept. 29. Not only should you mark it down to attend, but Baypath is still in need of donated items to make sure the yard sale is indeed "giant." Baypath helps hundreds of local animals. 3. On the Board of Selectmen's agenda this evening: discussion of a Verizon pole, and a proclamation of 140th homecoming presented to the town. The meeting, open to the public, takes place at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. 4. It. Is. Punctuation, day, according, to; brownielocks.com. And how, important…
Monday, June 25, 2012
And every seven days, we've got to deal with Monday head-on.
Our morning column, 5 Things You Need to Know, provides you with information that can help you plan your day and give you some fodder for water cooler conversations. 1. The Board of Selectmen meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, with an agenda that includes approving a license for an iHop and discussing the purchase and sale of Indian Meadows. 2. Summer Reading kicks off at the library today with Magic by Scott Jameson. 3. In the face of a national health crisis, "Two Angry Moms" asks: What are our children eating in school and how it is impacting their learning, behavior and health? Watch this tonight at the Northborough Chiropractic Center. 4. You've got something to say. You all do. Why not considering blogging for Patch? 5. What's…
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Board of Selectmen, inspired by a multitude of complaints from the public, is asking for some attention to be paid to the bylaws regarding signage in Northborough.
Earlier this year, Northborough Patch blogger Ron Goodenow discussed on a variety of occasions what he calls the "uglification of Northborough." An accomplished photographer, he had his camera in tow and captured throughout the town what he considers to be a clutter of signs. Just too many signs. "What I don't understand is why there seems to be absolutely no enforcement of signage regulations," wrote Goodenow. "Often, it is difficult to see out of driveways. There is only so much we can expect from a scar like Route 20, but what is so obvious is a total lack of imagination, concern for aesthetics and, sadly, enforcement. Anybody in charge?" The Board of Selectmen has begun to ask the same question. Spurred by numerous complaints from …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Sorry it's Monday. But the holiday weekend is within sight. Tonight, the Board of Selectmen meet, and kids read to dogs at the library. Also, learn about a pretty awesome adventure club.
Our morning column, 5 Things You Need to Know, provides you with information that can help you plan your day and give you some fodder for water cooler conversations. 1. Kids read to a furry buddy named Christopher at the Northborough Free Library today as part of this regular Reading to the Dogs program. 2. In case you missed it, take a look at which business won the best liquor store in town. 3. The Board of Selectmen meet tonight at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. At this meeting, which is always open to the public, the agenda includes voting on elected officers, Allison Lane accepting a donation for umbrellas at McAffee Park and an application or a common victualler license for Trombetta's. 4. Tonight, learn about the Adventure Crew 11 at St. …