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eHop Board Member 2007-present

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

5th Annual “Know Your Vote” 4/24 at 6:30 PM at the High School

Know Your Vote Postcard 2017

In preparation for Annual Town Meeting, eHop (educate • engage • empower | Hopkinton) 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, Town Planner Elaine Lazarus, and Director of Youth and Family Services Denise Hildreth.

eHop (ehop.org) is a Hopkinton based 501(c)(4) nonprofit whose mission is to provide timely and factual information about key town matters with the goal of increasing government transparency and fostering civic engagement.

Important Info:

Annual Town Meeting begins Monday, May 1 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.

Hayden Rowe Corridor – 2nd Workshop

Hayden Rowe Crosswalk at HCA

The Town of Hopkinton will conduct a second public workshop on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe, at 7:00 pm, to discuss the traffic calming measures currently being evaluated in the Hayden Rowe corridor between Grove Street and the Milford town line. The Town is committed to determining how public safety can be improved​ within the corridor.

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to continue the discussion on pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic challenges within the corridor. The Town’s consultant, WorldTech Engineering, will be in attendance and will discuss traffic calming measures that they are evaluating to help improve safety within the corridor.

Please contact John Westerling, your Director of Public Works, at 508-497-9740 or jwesterling@hopkintonma.gov with any questions.

Hayden Rowe School Zone at Middle School

Hayden Rowe Crosswalk at Chestnut St

Water Ban Ends, Drought Continues

Drought Monitor 3-14-17

The Hopkinton Director of Public Works ended the Mandatory State of Water Supply Conservation (water ban) on January 19, 2017, for all customers connected to the municipal water system. He said that this action was the result of the recent change in drought status to our area, the return of ground water to normal levels, and consultation with officials in the town of Ashland regarding the water levels in the Hopkinton Reservoir.

Hopkinton along with 97% of Massachusetts is still in a “Moderate Drought” as of March 14, 2017.  This is a significant improvement from the start of the water season in the fall of 2016, when 98% of Massachusetts was in “Severe Drought” or worse, with over 50% in “Extreme Drought.” However last year at this time, 79% of Massachusetts had no drought at all, while 20% was “Abnormally Dry.” Stay tuned into this issue.

Hopkinton Housing Authority – Did you know?

The Hopkinton Housing Authority shall conduct studies of the housing needs of the community and shall provide programs to make available housing for families of low income and for elderly persons of low income. The Hopkinton Housing Authority shall have such other powers and duties as are assigned to housing authorities by general law. (MGL Part I, Title XVII,  Chapter 121B, Section 26) Continue reading Hopkinton Housing Authority – Did you know?

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