Please see agenda and attachments here.
Water Restrictions - Details here
St. Patrick’s Project (Stonegate) update - Efforts are being taken to secure the building
Town Meeting Member, Precinct 9, Catherine Brunell made a request that the Select Board put Munis, the software program used to manage money for the town and schools, as an agenda in an upcoming Select Board meeting. There were concerns shared during School and Finance Committee meetings in the spring about access to the software across the town departments and schools.
Covid 19 Update - Melissa Malone, Town Administrator and John Gadson, Director of Facilities
The amount of testing has increased in Natick.
Rate of infection remains low. 10 positive tests out of 1,000 in the past two weeks.
Mr. Gadson shared that all town and school buildings are going to be ready for operation on time for the public programs running at each. Facilities have responded to many emails from parents and been in communication with the Teacher’s union when preparing the school buildings for reopening for first cohorts on 9/14. Additionally…
Parks and Rec Cole Center to be open on 9/20
Senior Center scheduled to be open on 10/1
Municipal Action Plan Grant - Jamie Errickson, Deputy Town Administrator
Town of Natick is applying for a grant on 8/20 to receive funding to study barriers to affordable housing and consider housing equity in Natick.
If awarded, the learnings gained could be added to the Natick 2030 plan.
Considerable efforts to partner with Framingham and thinking of this as an area plan
Capital Plan Update - Jamie Errickson, Deputy Town Administrator
Natick will be adding more information for residents of Natick to access on cleargov.com
Town Administrator’s office will put together a list of capital projects to be considered at the fall town meeting:
Requests that were moved to fall town meeting from spring consent agenda
Adding projects from the FY21 January approved projects list
Adding concrete projects that will advance items that have been discussed before - one example given was an online virtual cloud presence
Voting Updates - Diane Packer, Town Clerk
For the September 1st primary Vote this statement was shared: For those who are voting by mail, we have recently learned that due to a printer error, some voters did not receive the correct ballot. All ballots are for Natick but because Natick is split between two State Senate districts, Precincts 1 through 5 and 8 receive a different ballot than Precincts 6, 7, 9 and 10. Please check your ballot and make sure it is for your precinct. If you did not receive the correct ballot or if you are not sure of your precinct number call the Town Clerk's Office and someone will help you. (508) 647-6430 X4.
Precincts 1, 2 and 3 will vote at the Natick High School on September 1st.
Fall Town Meeting
The Select Board voted to approve a virtual fall town meeting.
The Select Board voted to co-sponsor several articles around the downtown mixed use area with the Planning Board*. See more information here on all of these items.
*The planning board met simultaneously and voted yes to the co-sponsoring of these same articles with the Select Board.
Safety Commission - Police Chief Hicks
SB voted yes to the recommendation that Natick Public Schools parking lots fall under the traffic laws of the town of Natick.
Sustainability Efforts - Jillian Wilson Martin, Sustainability Coordinator for Natick
SB voted to approve solar panels on the West Natick Fire Station
SB voted to approve to make our aggregate more green, starting in December, the average Natick resident will get almost 30% of their electricity from renewable sources.
Also… Birthday Resolutions were given for the 100th Birthday to resident Esther Fine and the 97th Birthday Lawrence Richard Hunewill Jr., WWII Veteran! Happy Birthday!
Thank you to Harriet Merkowitz for becoming a member of the Council on Aging. Harriet was approved by the Select Board tonight.