Elm Street Gas Gate Station

Elm Street Sign

At their April 25, 2017 meeting the Board of Selectmen received an update from Eversource on the proposed gas gate station at Elm Street, which would be located next to the Apple Tree Hill Road condos and near the Elmwood Elementary School.  The permit for the project is expected to be filed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), however there will be a pubic hearing and public comment period.  A quote from selectmen Chairman John Coutinho in the Hopkinton Crier article: “We voted to oppose the siting on Elm Street. We are hoping before they (Eversource) go before the DPU they’ll reconsider other sites.”  Rep. Dykema and Sen. Spilka have also written a letter asking Eversource to look at alternative locations. A group of residents opposed to the project has set up a website, petition and Facebook page.

Documents from the 4-25-17 Selectmen’s Meeting:

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News articles:

Links from the group of Hopkinton residents opposed to the project:

HPS School Council Openings – Deadline to Apply is 8/20

HPS Schools Collage

Now that the summer is underway, it is great time to think about how you can support your child and make a difference in your child’s education and your community next year! Below are the School Council opportunities for the school year 2017-18.

Duties include: working with the principal to adopt goals for the school, identify educational needs for the student body, review the school’s budget, and formulate a school improvement plan. Each school includes a parent and teacher from each grade level and a community representative who does not have a child at the school. The term is two years unless otherwise noted. The dates and times of the meetings are set by the principal.

If you’re interested in learning more about the School Council open positions or submitting your name as a candidate, please contact Lee Burns and/or submit a biography via email at schoolcouncil@hptaonline.com by August 20, 2017.

Hopkinton Preschool
Parent Representative (Preschool)
Parent Representative (Preschool)
Community Representative Community Representative

Center School 
Parent Representative (Kindergarten)
Parent Representative (Kindergarten)
Community Representative

Elmwood School 
Parent Representative (Grade 2)
Parent Representative (Grade 2)
Community Representative

Hopkins School
Parent Representative (Grade 4)
Parent Representative (Grade 4)
Community Representative

Middle School
Parent Representative (Grade 6)
Community Representative

High School
Parent Representative (Grade 9)

Input Needed: Downtown Improvements to Main Street Forum

61 Main Street Downtown Corridor

Please click here to take the following 1-question survey to let the town know when you would most likely be able to attend a Public Forum regarding the Downtown Improvements to Main Street (Route 135) Project.  The Town of Hopkinton would like to best schedule this forum at a time preferred by the majority of our resident respondents.

https://goo.gl/forms/3t3Qgok33T2TMLb62

Traffic Calming on Hayden Rowe

Town and school officials are implementing a $1 million plan to improve traffic and pedestrian safety along Hayden Rowe Street near the high school – without creating too much of a headache in the fall for parents during construction.  Read more by Jonathan Phelps in the Hopkinton Crier.

Town Hall Relocated to 80 South St

 

80 South St - Temporary Town Hall Location 2017

On April 11, the Hopkinton Town Hall suffered extensive damage when a water line ruptured on the third floor that resulted in devastating damage to areas of all the building’s four floors. However, town services were up and running within 16 hours in four separate temporary locations.

In order to continue to provide excellent customer service to residents, Town Hall departments have consolidated into one location at 80 South Street. This will result in the benefit and convenience of having Town Hall business conducted in one location. ALL department phone numbers will remain the same,  the main phone number is still 508-497-9700. Please continue to use 18 Main St. as the mailing address.  They will NOT receive mail via USPS if it is addressed directly to 80 South St.

Hours of operation at 80 South Street are the same as they were at Town Hall:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 

Spotlight on Water Updates

Annual Water Restrictions

Please be advised that the water department has stopped the refill process and allowed the smaller water tank on Grove St. to drain in preparation for demolition this summer.  As a result, we will be losing 320,000 gallons of storage at a time when demand is usually at its peak.  It is IMPERATIVE that EVERYONE follows the twice per week water use restrictions that are in place and can be found here.  It is of the upmost importance that everyone adheres to restrictions,  to ensure proper storage levels for essential daily needs and for fire protection.

Although Massachusetts is no longer in a drought, please keep in mind that the DEP imposes annual mandatory water use restrictions on users of the Hopkinton municipal water system from May 1 through September 31 of each year. Watering lawns, including the use of lawn sprinklers, is allowed for up to two days per week, before 7:00 a.m. and after 7:00 p.m. All other non-essential use is permitted daily before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. The following table details when residents may water their lawns based on the voting precinct in which they live (find your precinct):

  • Precinct 1 Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Precinct 2 Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Precinct 3 Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Precinct 4 Wednesdays and Fridays

Watering lawns is prohibited on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. The following penalties apply to violations of this Mandatory State of Water Supply Conservation:

  • First offense – written warning
  • Second offense – $100 fine
  • Third offense and beyond – water service may be suspended

More information on this Mandatory Action is available at www.hopkintonma.gov.

Water & Sewer Rates

In a continued public hearing, selectmen voted at their June 20 meeting to set the water and sewer rates for the upcoming fiscal year, keeping water rates flat and increasing sewer rates by one percent.  Read more by Michelle Murdock in the Hopkinton Independent June 29 Issue. http://www.hopkintonindependent.com/admin/current062917.pdf

eHop Annual Meeting Notice 2017

The eHop Annual Member Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 14 at 12:00 PM. All subscribers and members are welcome to attend. We are planning to meet at a restaurant, so we will need an accurate headcount, please RSVP to nandabarkerhook@ehop01748.org by midday June 13. The exact location will be sent to all those who RSVP. Anyone interested in getting more involved with eHop is encouraged to attend or to reach out to any eHop Board Member for more information. We would especially love to have more help with flocking!

Continue reading eHop Annual Meeting Notice 2017

Flamingos are Back in Hopkinton

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They’re back! Under the cover of darkness eHop will once again be herding a flock of 24 friendly flamingos around town. To join in on the fun, send a flock to a friend! Visit our website shop to order {Sorry! The 2017 flocking season is now over.} or simply email Tara Sanda and she can help you out at tarasanda@ehop01748.org.

What are we fundraising for?

We’re glad you asked. eHop’s mission is to provide timely and factual information about key town matters with the goal of increasing government transparency and fostering civic engagement. In recent years our flock earned us banners, yard signs, and social media publicity to raise awareness about Town Meetings.  This past year we were also able to host forums on:

  • Water and the Drought
  • Traffic & Pedestrian Safety
  • As well as our 5th Annual “Know Your Vote” pre-town meeting show

We hope to continue to do even more next year! So have a little fun, send a flock to a friend and support awareness of town issues!

Click here to Flock a Friend!
Sorry, the 2017 flocking season is now over!

Volunteer Openings on Hopkinton Town Committees

Town Hall

The following Vacancies (see below) are open and available to all Hopkinton residents. Interested residents should apply by 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 via the online volunteer form at http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/about/hug. If the board or committee name is not listed on the form, please be sure to fill in the name of the Board/Committee you are interested in applying for. Residents may also apply by submitting a letter of interest to Maria Glynn, Executive Assistant, Town Manager’s Office, 18 Main St., Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Board or committee qualifications: Hopkinton resident. Special qualifications for positions, if any, are noted in the list:

  • ADA Oversight Committee (3 year term)
  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board (2 year term)
  • Board of Registrar of Voters (Please contact Democratic or Republican Town Committee)
  • Cable Advisory Committee (3 year term)
  • Conservation Commission (3 year term)
  • Council on Aging (Associate) (1 year term)
  • Cultural Council (3 year term)
  • Fence Viewer (one year term) (Town Manager appointment)
  • Field Inspector (one year term) (Town Manager appointment)
  • HCAM Board of Directors (3 year term)
  • Historical Commission (3 year term) (2 vacancies)
  • Marathon Committee (3 year term)
  • Permanent Building Committee (3 year term) (2 vacancies)
  • Personnel Committee (3 year term) (2 vacancies)
  • Surveyor of Wood, Lumber & Bark (1 year term) (Town Manager appointment)
  • Tax Relief Committee (1 year term) (2 vacancies)

Because Information Matters, a Civic League of Hopkinton, Massachusetts