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REPORTS:

  1. Acceptance of Town Reports – HOPKINTON MA 2016 Annual Town Report
  2. Hopkinton Day

FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2017:

  1. FY 2017 Supplemental Appropriations – $500,000 from free cash for snow & ice removal in excess of last year’s budget
  2. FY 2017 Budget Transfers
  3. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years

FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2018:

  1. Property Tax Exemption Increase
  2. Senior Tax Relief
  3. Means Tested Senior Property Tax Exemption
  4. Set the Salary of Elected Officials – Town Clerk $65,630.24
  5. Fiscal 2018 Operating Budget – $82,257,328.78 (This includes $42,591,311 for the Hopkinton Public Schools)
  6. FY 2018 Revolving Funds
  7. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $651,149 paid by the state to support the Town’s Pavement Management Plan
  8. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $300,000 from free cash
  9. Transfer to Capital Expense Stabilization Fund
  10. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $379,264 from free cash
  11. Underride
  12. Hopkinton Day Funds
  13. Sewer Flow Metering Program – $150,000 from Sewer Enterprise Fund Borrowing

CAPITAL EXPENSES AND PROJECTS:

  1. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses
  2. Fire Station Roof HVAC $525,000 Debt Exclusion
  3. Main Street Cemetery Fence Repairs
  4. Re-purposing of Appropriated Funds – ATM 2016 Article 23 – $50,000
  5. Fruit Street Blending Facility Construction $1,500,000 from Water Enterprise Fund Borrowing
  6. Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming $1,050,000 Debt Exclusion
  7. Chestnut Street Sidewalks – Citizen’s Petition – This is expected to be withdrawn
  8. DPW Salt Shed $260,000 from General Fund Borrowing
  9. Elmwood School Solution – $600,000 for a Feasibility Study from General Fund Borrowing
  10. Application of Bond Premiums
  11. Excess Bond Premium

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUNDS:

  1. Community Preservation Funds
  2. Community Preservation Recommendations – CPC Slides
    • a.) $55,000 from Budgeted Reserves for a Shared Use Trail on property located on the former Hughes Property and shown on the Assessor’s Map as U24 10 0, U24 10A and U24 9 0 (192 Hayden Rowe); provided, however, that no work shall be performed with CPC funds except on such property, that signage shall be installed prohibiting dogs off the Shared Use Trail, that no trail construction shall commence until a plan is approved which identifies the location of a dog park on the property, and that no bridge shall be constructed over wetlands located on the property with CPC funds; said sum to be spent under the direction of Hopkinton Trails Club and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • b.) $20,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation to preserve Hopkinton and Upton Town land records, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Town Clerk and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • c.) $200 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for the Film Reel Conversion of “Hopkinton Fair” 1944-1945, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of Hopkinton Historical Society and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • d.) $10,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for Historic Headstone Restoration, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of Hopkinton Cemetery Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • e.) $7,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for the professional organization, cataloging and display of the Cheney Family Collection; determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town. Said sum to be spend under the direction of the Hopkinton Historical Society and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • f.) $4,000 from Budgeted Reserves for the Reconstruction of Three Bridges in the Town owned Cameron Woods Property. Said sum to be spent under the direction of Hopkinton Area Land Trust (HALT), the Open Space Preservation Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • g.) $25,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for an Architectural Historical Survey. Funding request is contingent upon receiving a Massachusetts Historic Grant, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of Hopkinton Historical Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • h.) $400,000 for the Fruit Street Building bathroom, concession and storage facility; said sum to be spent under the direction of Parks and Recreation Commission and the Community Preservation Committee, and for the purpose of meeting such appropriation, to authorize the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to borrow said sum in accordance with Chapter 44B, Section 11 of the Massachusetts General Laws, or any other enabling authority; provided, however, that payment of debt service on the bonds and notes for this purpose shall be made from CPC reserve funds.
    • i.) $250,000 from Budgeted Reserves for EMC Park Lighting; said sum to be spent under the direction of Parks and Recreation Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • j.) $5,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for Cemetery Fencing on Main Street, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Cemetery Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • k.) $26,000 from Budgeted Reserves for the engineering, and limited construction support for Reed Park; said sum to be spent under the direction of Parks and Recreation Commission.
    • l.) $5,500 from Budgeted Reserves for benches for the Center Trail; said sum to be spend under the direction of Open Space Preservation Committee, Hopkinton Area Land Trust (HALT) and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • m.) $5,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for Cemetery Fencing on Main Street, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Cemetery Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.

ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENTS:

  1. Utility Structures
  2. Restaurant Definition and Parking Requirements
  3. Flexible Community Development Bylaw
  4. Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development
  5. Hotel Parking Requirement
  6. Gross Floor Area/Site Plan Review
  7. Moratorium on Marijuana Establishments
  8. Sign Bylaw

GENERAL BYLAW AMENDMENTS:

  1. Public Consumption of Tetrahydrocannabinol (marijuana / cannabis)
  2. Minutes of Public Bodies
  3. Departmental Revolving Funds
  4. Posting of Warrant
  5. Town Meeting Quorum – Citizen’s Petition
  6. Alcohol Sales at Town Facilities
  7. Kennels
  8. Construction Waste or Debris Bylaw
  9. Discharges to Storm Drain System
  10. Driveway Standards
  11. Unregistered Motor Vehicles

LAND ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSITIONS:

  1. Gift of Land – Hehn’s Farm Way
  2. Gift of Land – Box Mill Road
  3. Street Acceptances
    • Cider Mill Road from Ash Street to Dead End
    • Cold Spring Brook Road from North Mill Street to Dead End
    • Cranberry Lane from South Mill Street to Dead End
    • Pinetree Lane from North Mill Street to Dead End
  4. Easement – 125 East Main Street
  5. Fruit Street Property – Lease to Youth Organization
  6. Fruit Street Property – Lease to Animal Shelter

ADMINISTRATIVE:

  1. Early Voting – Citizen’s Petition
  2. PILOT Agreement – MA Solar Highway Phase 1B LLC
  3. PILOT Agreement – NRG DG Marathon LLC
  4. Set local speed limits – 25 MPH
  5. Set local speed limits – Designated Safety Zones
  6. Constables – to make the position of Constable an appointed, instead of elected, position to be appointed by the Board of Selectmen.
  7. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton

Town Meeting 101

Town Meeting 101 Photo Essay (2 min. video)
You do not need to bring anything to Town Meeting. However, many people find that bringing a notebook and pen or pencil is helpful to make notes during the discussions. No food or drink is allowed in the Middle School Auditorium. There is a drinking fountain outside the auditorium. Many people also find that something to occupy one’s hands is helpful. If you are a knitter, for example, bring a small project. There are plenty of padded stationary folding auditorium style chairs, which are reasonably comfortable. But remember you’ll be there for a long time, so wear comfortable clothes.

Town Meeting begins at 7:00 PM in the Middle School Auditorium. Enter by Grove Street and please allow time to park and walk to the building. As you enter the Middle School, head to the left to the cafeteria to sign in. To actually vote in the auditorium, you must be a Hopkinton resident registered to vote and you must sign in at the voter table. Your name will be checked off and you’ll be given a small piece of paper marked “Voter Pass.” Hold on to this slip of paper; you will need it when it is time for the votes to be counted! You’ll see a table of handouts and fact sheets regarding all the proposed articles to be voted on from the town boards and committees. There is some terrific information here that may answer many of your questions. Listening devices for the hearing impaired will be available, please ask when you check in.

Assistive Listening Device

You do not have to be present for the entire town meeting to vote, though the more that participate in whole, the more balanced the democratic process. A quorum of 100 people is needed for any business which calls for the appropriation of money at any Town Meeting. There is no set time to check in. The meeting will be broadcast live via HCAM TV (Comcast 8/Verizon 30/Streaming live at www.hcam.tv), but you MUST be present to vote. You just need to check in prior to the vote, whenever you arrive. You only have to check in once, and you can come and go from the auditorium as you please. You can text (with phone switched to silent mode) from within the auditorium, although there is minimal cell coverage. Step outside to make a phone call.

The Board of Selectmen (Brian Herr, Chair) presides over the meeting, which is facilitated by the Town Moderator (Thomas Garabedian) and recorded by the Town Clerk (Connor Degan). The format of the meeting itself follows procedures set out in the Town Bylaws, page 35-37 (similar to Robert’s Rules of Order). Articles are presented, motions made, discussions ensue. Sometimes it can be a little confusing if an amendment comes up, so keep your ears open. Listen carefully — and you’ll learn a lot.

The committee or board presenting each article may make a brief presentation before each article. The Town Moderator, Thomas Garabedian, will facilitate a question and answer period for registered residents. If you choose to ask a question or comment on an article, step up to one of the microphones located in the auditorium aisles. Wait for the moderator, to recognize you, then state your name and address, and keep your comments brief, civil, and to the point. The comment, question and answer period will end when either #1 the moderator sees that no one else is waiting at the microphone to speak or #2 a voter comes to the microphone, is recognized by the moderator, and says “I move the question” or “I call the question.” The motion to end debate must then be seconded and then adopted by a ⅔ vote.

As for the actual voting, most votes start as a voice vote. The moderator asks all in favor and all opposed. If the voice vote sounds close, it will go to a standing count. The moderator will ask all in favor to stand up. Now is the time to get out that piece of paper! Hold out your Voter Pass and remain standing until the counters for your section have indicated that your vote has been recorded.

Although you can leave at any time, we recommend you do NOT leave until the meeting is officially adjourned. Someone may ask for a recount, and if a large group has already left, the outcome could be different, especially if the original vote was close. If you have any other questions about Town Meeting, please ask!

Citizen’s Guide to Town Meetings from the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Tomorrow: 5th Annual “Know Your Vote” at 6:30 PM at the High School

Know Your Vote Postcard 2017

In preparation for Annual Town Meeting, eHop in conjunction with the Town of Hopkinton, will hold its 5th Annual “Know Your Vote” forum on Monday, April 24 at 6:30-8:30 pm in the Hopkinton High School library. The forum will be broadcast on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8/Verizon 30) and streamed on Facebook Live at facebook.com/eHop01748. This is your chance to get the answers you need from town officials before Town Meeting.

A few key issues to be voted on at this year’s Annual Town Meeting include a temporary moratorium on non-medical marijuana establishments, traffic calming measures on Hayden Rowe ($1M), a feasibility study to renovate or replace Elmwood School ($600K), and additional funds to begin the construction of an athletic facility on Fruit Street ($400K). Read the full 2017 Annual Town Meeting Warrant at http://ehop.org/HopTM17Warrant. There are 63 articles on the warrant this year.

Come join the conversation and learn about the potential impact of these and other important votes. You can also submit questions in advance to knowyourvote@eHop01748.org or on facebook.com/eHop01748 or by using the hashtag #HopTM17.

Panelists will include:

  • Town Moderator Thomas J. Garabedian
  • Town Manager Norman Khumalo
  • Superintendent of Schools Cathy MacLeod
  • Selectmen Chair Brian Herr
  • School Committee Chair Lori Nickerson
  • Planning Board Chair Ken Weismantel
  • Director of Land Use and Town Operations Elaine Lazarus
  • Director of Youth and Family Services Denise Hildreth
  • Parks & Recreation Representative TBD

 

List of Articles for Town Meeting 2017

Town Meeting 2017 Banner

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

REPORTS:

  1. Acceptance of Town Reports – HOPKINTON MA 2016 Annual Town Report
  2. Hopkinton Day

FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2017:

  1. FY 2017 Supplemental Appropriations – $500,000 from free cash for snow & ice removal in excess of last year’s budget
  2. FY 2017 Budget Transfers
  3. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years

FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2018:

  1. Property Tax Exemption Increase
  2. Senior Tax Relief
  3. Means Tested Senior Property Tax Exemption
  4. Set the Salary of Elected Officials – Town Clerk $65,630.24
  5. Fiscal 2018 Operating Budget – $82,257,328.78 (This includes $42,591,311 for the Hopkinton Public Schools)
  6. FY 2018 Revolving Funds
  7. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $651,149 paid by the state to support the Town’s Pavement Management Plan
  8. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $300,000 from free cash
  9. Transfer to Capital Expense Stabilization Fund
  10. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $379,264 from free cash
  11. Underride
  12. Hopkinton Day Funds
  13. Sewer Flow Metering Program – $150,000 from Sewer Enterprise Fund Borrowing

CAPITAL EXPENSES AND PROJECTS:

  1. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses
    • Highway Ford Explorer $41,000
    • Repair of Lake Maspenock Dam $110,000
    • Replacement of Hayden Rowe Drainage Pipe $90,000
    • Replacement of Police Vehicles $79,468
    • Garage Door at Main St. Fire Station $70,140
    • Retrofit Police Department Access Control System $57,239
    • Install IP Cameras at Fire Department $39,754
    • Replacement Desktops and Laptops $34,921
    • Building & Grounds Equipment – Systemwide – Schools $30,000
    • Systemwide Security Upgrades – Schools $100,000
    • Systemwide Technology Upgrades – Schools $70,000
    • Hopkins School HVAC Assessment & Upgrades $125,000
  2. Fire Station Roof HVAC $525,000 Debt Exclusion
  3. Main Street Cemetery Fence Repairs
  4. Re-purposing of Appropriated Funds – ATM 2016 Article 23 – $50,000
  5. Fruit Street Blending Facility Construction $1,500,000 from Water Enterprise Fund Borrowing
  6. Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming $1,050,000 Debt Exclusion – Hayden Rowe Traffic Forum Slides 03-29-2017
  7. Chestnut Street Sidewalks – Citizen’s Petition – This has been withdrawn
  8. DPW Salt Shed $260,000 from General Fund Borrowing
  9. Elmwood School Solution – $600,000 for a Feasibility Study from General Fund Borrowing
  10. Application of Bond Premiums
  11. Excess Bond Premium

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUNDS:

  1. Community Preservation Funds
  2. Community Preservation Recommendations
    • a.) $55,000 from Budgeted Reserves for a Shared Use Trail on property located on the former Hughes Property and shown on the Assessor’s Map as U24 10 0, U24 10A and U24 9 0 (192 Hayden Rowe); provided, however, that no work shall be performed with CPC funds except on such property, that signage shall be installed prohibiting dogs off the Shared Use Trail, that no trail construction shall commence until a plan is approved which identifies the location of a dog park on the property, and that no bridge shall be constructed over wetlands located on the property with CPC funds; said sum to be spent under the direction of Hopkinton Trails Club and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • b.) $20,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation to preserve Hopkinton and Upton Town land records, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Town Clerk and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • c.) $200 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for the Film Reel Conversion of “Hopkinton Fair” 1944-1945, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of Hopkinton Historical Society and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • d.) $10,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for Historic Headstone Restoration, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of Hopkinton Cemetery Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • e.) $7,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for the professional organization, cataloging and display of the Cheney Family Collection; determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town. Said sum to be spend under the direction of the Hopkinton Historical Society and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • f.) $4,000 from Budgeted Reserves for the Reconstruction of Three Bridges in the Town owned Cameron Woods Property. Said sum to be spent under the direction of Hopkinton Area Land Trust (HALT), the Open Space Preservation Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • g.) $25,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for an Architectural Historical Survey. Funding request is contingent upon receiving a Massachusetts Historic Grant, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of Hopkinton Historical Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • h.) $400,000 for the Fruit Street Building bathroom, concession and storage facility; said sum to be spent under the direction of Parks and Recreation Commission and the Community Preservation Committee, and for the purpose of meeting such appropriation, to authorize the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to borrow said sum in accordance with Chapter 44B, Section 11 of the Massachusetts General Laws, or any other enabling authority; provided, however, that payment of debt service on the bonds and notes for this purpose shall be made from CPC reserve funds.
    • i.) $250,000 from Budgeted Reserves for EMC Park Lighting; said sum to be spent under the direction of Parks and Recreation Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • j.) $5,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for Cemetery Fencing on Main Street, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Cemetery Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • k.) $26,000 from Budgeted Reserves for the engineering, and limited construction support for Reed Park; said sum to be spent under the direction of Parks and Recreation Commission.
    • l.) $5,500 from Budgeted Reserves for benches for the Center Trail; said sum to be spend under the direction of Open Space Preservation Committee, Hopkinton Area Land Trust (HALT) and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • m.) $5,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for Cemetery Fencing on Main Street, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Cemetery Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.

ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENTS:

  1. Utility Structures
  2. Restaurant Definition and Parking Requirements
  3. Flexible Community Development Bylaw
  4. Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development
  5. Hotel Parking Requirement
  6. Gross Floor Area/Site Plan Review
  7. Moratorium on Marijuana Establishments
  8. Sign Bylaw

GENERAL BYLAW AMENDMENTS:

  1. Public Consumption of Tetrahydrocannabinol (marijuana / cannabis)
  2. Minutes of Public Bodies
  3. Departmental Revolving Funds
  4. Posting of Warrant
  5. Town Meeting Quorum – Citizen’s Petition
  6. Alcohol Sales at Town Facilities
  7. Kennels
  8. Construction Waste or Debris Bylaw
  9. Discharges to Storm Drain System
  10. Driveway Standards
  11. Unregistered Motor Vehicles

LAND ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSITIONS:

  1. Gift of Land – Hehn’s Farm Way
  2. Gift of Land – Box Mill Road
  3. Street Acceptances
    • Cider Mill Road from Ash Street to Dead End
    • Cold Spring Brook Road from North Mill Street to Dead End
    • Cranberry Lane from South Mill Street to Dead End
    • Pinetree Lane from North Mill Street to Dead End
  4. Easement – 125 East Main Street
  5. Fruit Street Property – Lease to Youth Organization
  6. Fruit Street Property – Lease to Animal Shelter

ADMINISTRATIVE:

  1. Early Voting – Citizen’s Petition
  2. PILOT Agreement – MA Solar Highway Phase 1B LLC
  3. PILOT Agreement – NRG DG Marathon LLC
  4. Set local speed limits – 25 MPH
  5. Set local speed limits – Designated Safety Zones
  6. Constables – to make the position of Constable an appointed, instead of elected, position to be appointed by the Board of Selectmen.
  7. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton

Town Election Update – 5 Contested Races

Town Election 2017 Word Cloud

Offices on the May 15 Ballot

Board of Assessors, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Lya Batlle-Rafferty, Democrat

Board of Assessors, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Lesley Ficarri, Democrat

Board of Health, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Elizabeth Whittemore, Democrat

Board of Health, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Michael King, Democrat

Board of Library Trustees, 3 Years, 2 Seats – Contested Race

  • Stanley D Pulnik, Unenrolled (incumbent)
  • June Harris, Republican (incumbent)
  • Margaret Wiggin, Democrat
  • Susan Kurys, Democrat

Board of Library Trustees, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Jessica King, Democrat

Board of Selectmen, 3 Years, 1 Seat- Contested Race

  • John M Coutinho, Republican (incumbent)
  • Amman Haidri, Democrat

Cemetery Commissioners, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Claire Wright, Republican (incumbent)

Commissioners of Trust Funds, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Muriel Kramer, Democrat

Constable, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Ed Millis, Democrat

Constable, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Francis J. D’Urso, Jr., Democrat

Hopkinton Housing Authority, 5 Years, 1 Seat

  • Rebeka Hoffman, Democrat

Parks and Recreation Commission, 3 Years, 2 Seats – Contested Race

  • Christina Anderson, Democrat
  • Laura Hanson, Democrat (incumbent)
  • Amy Markovich, Republican (incumbent)

Planning Board, 5 Years, 2 Seats – Contested Race

  • Amy Ritterbusch, Democrat
  • Gary Trendel, Republican
  • Kenneth Weismantel, Republican (incumbent)
  • Muriel Kramer, Democrat

Planning Board, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Kelly Karp, Democrat

Planning Board, 1 Year, 1 Seat – Contested Race

  • Irfan Nasrullah, Democrat
  • Al Rogers, Republican

School Committee, 3 Years, 2 Seats

  • Jennifer Devlin, Democrat
  • Meenakshi Bharath, Unenrolled

Attention Candidates:

Candidates are welcome to email a candidate statement or a link to their campaign website, which we will be happy to post to our website along with info about all the other candidates. Please send to kristywilladsen@ehop01748.org.

Cemetery Commission – Did You Know?

Mt Auburn Cemetery Hopkinton

The Cemetery Commission is a three-person elected board whose members serve a three-year term. The  Commission is responsible for overseeing the Town’s cemeteries. The Commission meets only when some issue needs attention. Some of the issues presently active are: trying to solve the damaged fence problem at the Main St. Cemetery (beside the Korean church), digitizing and providing access to all burial records for the Town cemeteries, and arranging for the cleaning and/or restoration of early headstones. Although not an immediate problem, the Commission also does the planning for additional cemetery space needs. The DPW handles the day-to-day operations and routine maintenance. Continue reading Cemetery Commission – Did You Know?

Ask eHop: Why does Hopkinton have partisan town elections?

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eHop contacted the Town Clerk last year who told us that caucuses in our area date back to the 1700’s. She also told us that most towns in Massachusetts have non-partisan local elections and that there are less than 20 localities who continue to have Caucus Nominees.   A Special Act of the Legislature is required to discontinue the practice, as well as a vote at a local Town Meeting. The town of Sturbridge did this recently in 2012.  eHop also contacted the Secretary of State’s office last year who told us that according to the 2014 “Election Statistical Book” there are only 16 towns where the local election is preceded by partisan caucuses. Massachusetts has a total of 351 cities and towns. So less than 5% of municipalities have caucus nominees. Read more Massachusetts election stats…

As a side note, in some instances the federal Hatch Act may prohibit state or local employees whose salary is paid completely by federal loans or grants from becoming candidates for public office in a partisan election. This has occasionally prevented Hopkinton residents from running for local office. Read more about the Hatch Act…