Watch “Know Your Vote” Thursday – Send Questions

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Our annual “Know Your Vote” pre-Town Meeting show will be airing live on HCAM Thursday 4/30 at 7:00pm.  Please send in your questions regarding this year’s Town Meeting. Email them in advance to knowyourvote@educatehopkinton.com or call the studio at 508.625.1640 to ask your question live on the air between 7:00-8:00pm.  Residents are invited to attend the forum in person (HCAM-TV Studios, 77 Main St, Lower Level, Hopkinton) or watch on TV (Verizon Channel 30, Comcast Channel 8, Streaming Live at www.hcam.tv).

Panelists from various town committees will be available at the forum to answer your questions about any of the Town Meeting articles. Panelists include: Town Moderator Bruce Karlin, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, Superintendent of Schools Cathy MacLeod, Selectmen Chair Todd Cestari, School Committee Chair Jon Graziano, and Planning Board Chair Ken Weismantel.

Important Info:

Annual Town Meeting begins Monday, May 4 at 7:00pm in the Middle School Auditorium. It generally stops at 11:00pm and is continued on consecutive evenings until the full warrant is voted. Town Meeting typically lasts 2-4 nights. There are 57 articles on the warrant this year, see the link below for more information.

Several Voter Info Forums this Week

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Photo Gallery of Town Meeting Articles

For your visual reference, here’s a photo gallery of select Town Meeting articles:

 

List of Articles with Links & Details

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Educate Hopkinton will provide more details and links next weekend prior to Town Meeting, but for now here are the key documents and the list of articles.

Documents:

  1. Acceptance of Town Reports
  2. FY 2015 Supplemental Appropriations
  3. FY 2015 Budget Transfers
  4. Tercentennial Funds
  5. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years
  6. Property Tax Exemption Increase
  7. Set the Salary of Elected Officials
  8. Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget
  9. FY 2016 Revolving Funds
  10. Chapter 90 Highway Funds
  11. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund
  12. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund
  13. Local Hotel Tax Amendment
  14. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses
    • Purchase of Portable Radios – Police Chief – $49,500
    • Replacement of Police Cruisers – Police Chief –  $78,000
    • Replacement Cardiac Monitor – Fire Chief – $28,099
    • Purchase Public Safety Dispatch Equipment – Town Manager –  $16,250
    • Upgrades to Roadway Light System to Energy Efficient LED Lighting – DPW – $175,000
    • Cleanup of Snow Dump – DPW – $140,000
    • Purchase of Loader Mounted Snow Blower – DPW – $115,000
    • Sewer System Capacity and Business Analysis – DPW – $140,000
    • Fruit Street Aquifer Analysis – DPW – $75,000
    • Whitehall Wells Test Wells Installation – DPW – $35,000
    • Elmwood Farm Parking Area – Town Manager – $40,000
    • Expansion of Police Department Parking Lot – Town Manager – $75,000
  15. Department of Public Works Facility – $14.1 million
  16. Fire Truck Replacement – $680,000
  17. Purchase of Dump Truck – $240,000
  18. Purchase of Water Utility Vehicle – $87,000
  19. Water Main Replacement – Cedar Street – $260,000
  20. Fruit Street Water Facility Engineering – Well Blending – $100,000
  21. Grove Street Water Facility – Engineering – $75,000
  22. Fruit Street Auxiliary Facility – Construction
  23. Joint Information Technology – $200,000
  24. School Safety & Security – $200,000
  25. Joint Safety and Security Upgrades – $300,000
  26. Fire Alarm Upgrades – Middle School – Approx. $170,000
  27. Roof Repairs – Hopkins and High Schools – $1.1 million
  28. Resurfacing Basketball & Tennis Courts – $70,000
  29. Community Preservation Recommendations
    • Preservation of Town Records – $15,000
    • Acquisition of Rail Bed South of Granite St – $135,000
    • Trail Head Signage – $7,500
    • Sylvan Way Conservation Restriction & Endowment – $2,500
    • MacFarland Sanger House Historic Repairs – $50,000
    • Fruit Street Parking Engineering Study – $50,000
    • Access & Parking for Legacy Farms Engineering Study – $34,000
    • Fruit Street Athletic Complex Building – Amended to Concession Area, Restrooms & Storage – $500,000
    • Cemetery Records Preservation – $33,000
    • Toll House Historic Site – $30,000
    • Hopkins School Pavilion for Shade & Shelter $30,000
    • Claflin Memorial Fountain $20,000
  30. Amend Open Space Mixed Use Overlay District to allow 180 more units, age restricted – Legacy Farms
  31. Adjust boundary line between Downtown Business District & Residence A District off B Street
  32. Amend Industrial B District to allow indoor recreation uses by right, and to adopt a definition of indoor recreation uses
  33. Housekeeping article to move definition of Lots in Two or More Residential Districts
  34. Amend Downtown Business District to allow parking between principal buildings and the street by special permit
  35. Amend Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development
  36. Amend site plan review bylaw pertaining to site lighting
  37. Housekeeping article on modifying Design Review Board Bylaw
  38. Sign bylaw amendments
  39. Housekeeping article to consolidate and coordinate special permit language
  40. Adjust boundary line between Residence Lake Front District & Rural Business District Hayward Street – Citizen’s Petition
  41. Tax Collector Tax Authority
  42. Secondhand Dealer Bylaw
  43. Acquisition of Property at 135 Hayden Rowe Street – Irvine Site – 28.7 Acres – $1.8 million
  44. Acquisition of Property at 147 Hayden Rowe Street – Todaro Site – 23.8 acres – $1.5 million
  45. Gift of Easement – 85 West Main Street – to create exclusive right hand turn lane onto Lumber Street.
  46. Acquisition of Easement – 91 West Main Street – to create exclusive right hand turn lane onto Lumber Street.
  47. Acquisition of Property at 15 Claflin Avenue (to be used for a cemetery) – 3.5 acres – $310,000
  48. Acquisition of Property at 102 Fruit Street – 43 acres -Purchase of the Pratt Estate for the purposes of open space and other municipal purposes.
  49. Grant of Utility Easements – 98 Hayden Rowe Street
  50. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Athletic Field
  51. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Municipal Parcel
  52. Gift of Property at 123 East Main Street – “Toll House” Historic Site – Pending CPC Funds Approval in Article 29.
  53. Gift of Drainage Easement at 287 Hayden Rowe Street
  54. Street Acceptances
  55. Ashland-Hopkinton Fire and Emergency Services District – The Selectmen are expected to make a motion to take NO ACTION on this article.
  56. Fruit Street Conceptual Master Plan
  57. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton

Updated Candidate List

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This year there are two contested races, Parks & Recreation and School Committee:

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 2 – CONTESTED RACE

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, Unexpired term to 2017, Vote for 1 – CONTESTED RACE

Click here for a full list of candidates and ballot questions.

“Know Your Vote” Before Town Meeting 4/30 on HCAM

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In preparation for Annual Town Meeting, Educate Hopkinton will be hosting a “Know Your Vote” Question and Answer Forum on Thursday, April 30 at 7:00-8:30pm at HCAM-TV Studios, 77 Main St (Lower Level), Hopkinton. Residents are invited to attend the forum in person or watch on TV (Verizon Channel 30, Comcast Channel 8, Streaming Live at www.hcam.tv). Residents may submit questions in advance or during the show by email to knowyourvote@educatehopkinton.com or call the studio at 508-625-1640 to ask your question live on the air.

Panelists from various town committees will be available at the forum to answer your questions about any of the Town Meeting articles. Panelists include: Town Moderator Bruce Karlin, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, Superintendent of Schools Cathy MacLeod, Selectmen Chair Todd Cestari, School Committee Chair Jon Graziano, and Planning Board Chair Ken Weismantel.

Important Info:

Annual Town Meeting begins Monday, May 4 at 7:00pm in the Middle School Auditorium. It generally stops at 11:00pm and is continued on consecutive evenings until the full warrant is voted. Town Meeting typically lasts 2-4 nights. There are 57 articles on the warrant this year, see the link below for more information.

HWC Meet the Candidates 4/29

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The Hopkinton Women’s Club is holding its annual Meet the Candidates Night on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 PM in the HCAM studio. Townspeople are encouraged to attend in person or watch on TV (Verizon Channel 30, Comcast Channel 8, Streaming Live at www.hcam.tv). They are also invited to ask questions of those citizens running for office in the 2015 Town Election. This year home viewers will have the opportunity to pose questions to the candidates live by calling in to 508-625-1640 during the show. Also, questions can be emailed ahead of time or that evening to live@hcam.tv.

Please click here for a list of candidates and ballot questions.

Town Election Candidates and Ballot Questions

Offices & Questions on the May 18 Ballot

This year there are two contested races, Parks & Recreation and School Committee, as well as six debt exclusion ballot questions.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 2 – CONTESTED RACE

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, Unexpired term to 2017, Vote for 1 – CONTESTED RACE

HOPKINTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 5 years, Vote for 1 – Write-In Candidate

Ballot Questions

Question 1: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to construct a new Department of Public Works headquarters facility?

Question 2: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order fund engineering designs and construction services related to making roof repairs at the Hopkins and High Schools?

Question 3: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a parcel of land located at 135 Hayden Rowe Street and shown as parcel U23-28-0 on the Assessors Map?

Question 4: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a parcel of land located at 147 Hayden Rowe Street and shown as parcels U23-32-0, U23-33-0 and U23-35-A on the Assessors Map?

Question 5: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a portion ofthe parcel of land located at 15 Claflin Avenue and shown as parcel U16-14-0 on the Assessors Map?

Question 6: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a portion of the parcel of land located at 102 Fruit Street and shown as parcel RG-5-0 on the Assessors Map as shown on a plan? Continue reading Town Election Candidates and Ballot Questions