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The Town of Hopkinton encourages all residents who are interested in helping govern Hopkinton to apply now to any board of committee. If you have been curious or interested in giving your time, expertise or perspective on behalf of your community, now is an excellent time to get involved!

Please visit the Town Website for a full listings of all Boards, Committees and Commissions. Each entity has a full membership listing, charge and a unique website link full of information and activities on relevant topics. Many board and committee memberships will expire very soon, so if you are interested in any committee now is the time to throw your hat in the ring!

To apply for a any volunteer position on any Board or Committee, please visit the Town’s website and fill out the online volunteer form at: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/about/hug. Interested parties may also visit the Board of Selectmen’s Office to fill out an application in person or call the office to have staff assist in applying.

For more information or questions about a Board or Committee, please visit the committee website and contact the respective Board or Committee Chairperson, or call Jamie Hellen, Operation’s Assistant to the Town Manager’s Office, at 508-497-9700 who can assist in any interested volunteer get in touch with a committee representative. Continue reading Apply for an Appointed Town Board or Committee

Town Meeting Results Day 2

Holliston Town Meeting Banner 2013

CAPITAL EXPENSES AND PROJECTS
Article 25: ADAOC Phase VII PASSED
Article 26: Lakeshore Drive Culvert PASSED
Article 27: Water/Sewer Manager’s Truck PASSED
Article 28: DPW Director’s Vehicle PASSED
Article 29: DPW Dump Truck PASSED
Article 30: DPW Trackless Municipal Tractor PASSED
Article 31: DPW Street Sweeper FAILED
Article 32: Grove Street Water Tank Inspection and Mixer PASSED
Article 33: Flanders Road Sewer Main Replacement PASSED
Article 34: North Mill Street Slope Stabilization PASSED
Article 35: Main Street Water Main Replacement PASSED
Article 36: DPW Facility Design PASSED
Article 37: DPW Garage Standby Generator PASSED
Article 38: Town Hall Upgrade/Repair Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP)
and Miscellaneous Interior Systems FAILED 80 to 44
Article 39: Town Hall Phase II Envelope Repairs PASSED

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUNDS
Article 40: Community Preservation Recommendations PASSED
Article 41: Amend Elmwood Farm CPA Vote PASSED on 5/6 on Consent Agenda

GENERAL BYLAW AMENDMENTS
Article 42: Civil Fingerprinting- Ice Cream Truck Vendors PASSED
Article 43: Registered Sex Offender Restrictions PASSED
Article 44: Historic Preservation- Demolition Delay PASSED 80 to 51
Article 45: Historic Preservation- Demolition Delay Time Period FAILED
Article 46: General Bylaw- Scenic Roads PASSED

ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENTS
Article 47: Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers Temporary Moratorium PASSED 109 to 47
Article 48: Zoning- 169 West Main Street PASSED
Article 49: Zoning- Water Fresh Farm Zoning Change FAILED 64 to 96
Article 50: Zoning- Storage Sheds PASSED
Article 51: Zoning- Drive-Up Windows PASSED
Article 52: Zoning- IB District, School Bus Parking PASSED
Article 53: Zoning- Design Review Board PASSED
Article 54: Zoning-Temporary Banner Signage PASSED
Article 55: Zoning- Neighborhood Mixed Use District and Rezoning of
Land on Lumber St. & West Main St. NO ACTION
Article 56: Zoning- Agricultural District Name Change FAILED 44 to 86
Article 57: Zoning- Commercial Solar Facilities PASSED

LAND ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSITIONS
Article 58: Fruit Street Solar Farm PASSED 109 to 33
Article 59: Gift of Land-Hayden Rowe St. PASSED on 5/6 on Consent Agenda
Article 60: Acquisition of Property on West Main Street PASSED
Article 61: Acceptance of Drainage Easement PASSED on 5/6 on Consent Agenda
Article 62: Municipal Parking Lot PASSED
Article 63: Sale of Property on Knoll Road PASSED
Article 64: Sale of Property Duffield Road PASSED
Article 65: Street Acceptances PASSED

ADMINISTRATIVE
Article 66: Frankland Road PASSED 51 to 32
Article 67: Community Choice Aggregation PASSED
Article 68: Lumber Street- Expansion of Sewer Service Area NO ACTION

The warrant was completed and Town Meeting was adjourned at about 12:30am.  There will be no need for Day 3.

Coming Up on Town Meeting Day 2 Tuesday

IMG_4025Hopkinton Annual Town Meeting Day 2
Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00-11:00pm
Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium
There are 44 articles left to vote. Town meeting will repeat the following evenings 7:00-11:00pm until all the articles are voted.

CAPITAL EXPENSES AND PROJECTS
Article 25: ADAOC Phase VII
Article 26: Lakeshore Drive Culvert
Article 27: Water/Sewer Manager’s Truck
Article 28: DPW Director’s Vehicle
Article 29: DPW Dump Truck
Article 30: DPW Trackless Municipal Tractor
Article 31: DPW Street Sweeper
Article 32: Grove Street Water Tank Inspection and Mixer
Article 33: Flanders Road Sewer Main Replacement
Article 34: North Mill Street Slope Stabilization
Article 35: Main Street Water Main Replacement
Article 36: DPW Facility Design
Article 37: DPW Garage Standby Generator
Article 38: Town Hall Upgrade/Repair Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP)
and Miscellaneous Interior Systems
Article 39: Town Hall Phase II Envelope Repairs

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUNDS
Article 40: Community Preservation Recommendations
Article 41: Amend Elmwood Farm CPA Vote

GENERAL BYLAW AMENDMENTS
Article 42: Civil Fingerprinting- Ice Cream Truck Vendors
Article 43: Registered Sex Offender Restrictions
Article 44: Historic Preservation- Demolition Delay
Article 45: Historic Preservation- Demolition Delay Time Period
Article 46: General Bylaw- Scenic Roads

ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENTS
Article 47: Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers
Article 48: Zoning- 169 West Main Street
Article 49: Zoning- Water Fresh Farm Zoning Change
Article 50: Zoning- Storage Sheds
Article 51: Zoning- Drive-Up Windows
Article 52: Zoning- IB District, School Bus Parking
Article 53: Zoning- Design Review Board
Article 54: Zoning-Temporary Banner Signage
Article 55: Zoning- Neighborhood Mixed Use District and Rezoning of
Land on Lumber St. & West Main St.
Article 56: Zoning- Agricultural District Name Change
Article 57: Zoning- Commercial Solar Facilities

LAND ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSITIONS
Article 58: Fruit Street Solar Farm
Article 59: Gift of Land-Hayden Rowe St.
Article 60: Acquisition of Property on West Main Street
Article 61: Acceptance of Drainage Easement
Article 62: Municipal Parking Lot
Article 63: Sale of Property on Knoll Road
Article 64: Sale of Property Duffield Road
Article 65: Street Acceptances

ADMINISTRATIVE
Article 66: Frankland Road
Article 67: Community Choice Aggregation
Article 68: Lumber Street- Expansion of Sewer Service Area

It’s Not Over, Please Attend Town Meeting Again Tonight

Hopkinton Annual Town Meeting Day 2
Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00-11:00pm
Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium
Twenty-four articles were voted last night, but there are 34 more left to go, including many capital projects, such as Loop Road repairs, ADA compliance upgrades, and Sandy Beach improvements. Last night less than 3% of registered voters turned out. The important decisions made at Town Meeting affect us all, please attend Town Meeting and let your voice be heard. The articles left to be voted are listed below. Many articles have links for more information.

CAPITAL EXPENSES AND PROJECTS
Article 24: High School Track Renovation $278,500.00
Article 25: Lake Shore Drive Culvert $300,000.00
Article 26: ADAOC Phase VI $150,000.00 – ADA Upgrades to Center School and the Hopkinton Public Library.
Article 27: Tender Truck Supplemental Appropriation $17,000.00
Article 28: Wood Street Pump Station Improvements $1,750,000
Article 29: Water Meter Upgrade to Radio Read $77,000
Article 30: Water Supply Study $90,000
Article 31: Water Vehicle $43,000
Article 32: Sewer Vehicle $43,000
Article 33: Sandy Beach Improvements $332,000
Article 34: Library – Replace Knob/Tube Electrical System/Envelope Repairs $50,000
Article 35: Loop Road Repair $96,025
Article 36: School and West Main Street Traffic Signal $540,000 
Article 37: Pave Lumber Street $540,000
Article 38: School Buildings and Grounds Equipment – Tractor-Mower $64,000
Article 39: Undergrounding Utilities On Main Street $580,000

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUNDS
Article 40: Community Preservation Recommendations

To be Appropriated from CPA Reserves ($620,500 Total):
a. Restore Assessor’s tax records, $20,000
b. Repairs to historic headstones, and tombs at Mt Auburn Cemetery, $10,000
c. Restore Town records from 1798-1999, $8,500
d. Construct and Install Signage on H.A.L.T. properties, $7,000
e. Acquisition of 6.1 acres on Whisper Way by Cameron Woods, $175,000
f. Acquisition of 20+ acre parcel of land on Hayden Rowe Street (access to Milford Bike Trail), $400,000

To be Borrowed and then Repaid by CPA Funds:
g. Acquisition of 80 acres of land (Elmwood Farm Conservation Project) owned by the Abbott Realty Trust, $1,800,000

GENERAL BYLAW AMENDMENTS
Article 41: Amendment to Alcoholic Beverage, Marihuana or Tetrahydrocannabinol and Tobacco Bylaw
Article 42: Amendment to Wetlands Protection Bylaw
Article 43: Unregistered Motor Vehicles Bylaw
Article 44: Secondhand Dealers Bylaw

ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENTS
Article 45: Site Plan Review Bylaw
Article 46: Health Services Facility
Article 47: Medical Office Use
Article 48: Continuing Care Retirement Community
Article 49: Restaurants in Industrial B District
Article 50: Retail Uses
Article 51: Zoning District of 91 Grove Street (J B Service Station, change from Residence A to Business)
Article 52: Off-Street Parking Bylaw
Article 53: Life Sciences
Article 54: Amend Zoning Map (EMC Corporation) Voted NO ACTION on 5/7/12

LAND ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSITIONS
Article 55: Street Acceptances (Longwood Drive, Emma Drive, Ralph Road, Meadowland Drive)
Article 56: Acquisition of Property at 2 West Main Street $325,000

ADMINISTRATIVE
Article 57: Package Licenses (Additional Alcohol Package Store License for Hopkinton Square)
Article 58: PerkinElmer TIF (Tax Increment Financing)

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Voting information for Monday, May 19th

When you go to the Hopkinton Middle School to vote on Monday, May 19th you will be asked to complete 2 tasks:

1) Vote in the general Election (i.e. vote for Selectman, Parks and Rec Commissioners, School Committee, Board or Health, etc.)

To prepare for this task, you can go to www.educatehopkinton.com for information on the candidates.

2) Vote on 2 Ballot Questions

To prepare for this task, the ballot questions are included below:

QUESTION #1

Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition 2 ½, so-call, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to obtain plans, designs, cost estimates and bid documents, as well as to provide for the acquisition of all materials, equipment, engineering, needs analyses and services necessary or appropriate for the repair, maintenance, renovation or improvement of municipal buildings and grounds, school buildings and grounds to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990?

Yes ___________ No _____________

This question is about mandatory compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. If approved, it allows the town to borrow funds to improve accessibility to our public buildings. The amount that will be borrowed is $157,232 which was approved by a 2/3 vote on Article 50 at Annual Town Meeting.

QUESTION #2

Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition 2 ½, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to obtain soil borings, topographical studies, land surveys, wetlands surveys, preliminary site development plans, schematic designs, architectural and engineering designs, cost estimates, bid documents, and construction alternatives for the renovation or replacement of the Center Elementary School located at 11 Ash Street in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, for which feasibility study the Town may be eligible for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority?

Yes ___________ No _____________

This question is about a state mandated feasibility study to resolve issues around the viability of Center School and Hopkinton’s facility planning efforts. The amount approved by a 2/3 vote on Article 48 at Annual Town Meeting was $385,000, but at least 40% of that would be reimbursed by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, bringing actual borrowing to no more than $231,000. If approved, the funding allows Hopkinton to move forward with applying for state funds for school buildings. If not approved, Hopkinton would be removed from the current list of eligible projects.

In addition to these projects receiving Town Meeting endorsement, both of these Questions require a majority vote at the polls.

www.educatehopkinton encourages you to read up on the issues and exercise your right to vote.

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Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

Annual Town Meeting and Special Town meeting school-related article schedule

Just to follow up and CLARIFY the article numbers relating to the schools for both the Annual Town meeting and the Special Town Meeting, the following information is provided :

  • Annual Town Meeting Article # 5 – FY09 School Budget *Expected to be covered Monday night by 8:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Appropriation Committee
  • Annual Town Meeting Article #48 – Center School Feasibility Study Article *Expected to be covered very late Tuesday or Wednesday night. Sponsored by the School Committee
  • Annual Town Meeting #49 – Loop Road Repair *Expected to be covered very late Tuesday or Wednesday night. Sponsored by the School Committee
  • Annual Town Meeting Article – #50 – ADA Compliance Upgrade Article *****Expected to be covered very late Tuesday or Wednesday night. Sponsored by the BOS and the School Committee
  • Special Town Meeting Article #2 – Excess $ left over from May 2005 article for repairs and such to Elmwood School – looking to give it rescind already granted monies from. Sponsored by the School Committee *Expected to be covered Tuesday during Special Town meeting
  • Annual Town Meeting ARTICLE 29 refers to the OSMUD. This will be discussed on Tuesday night DIRECTLY following the close of Special Town Meeting. If Article #28 is covered on Monday and it is still early in the evening, the next article discussed will be #30 and they will continue this way until the close of Town Meeting on Monday. Tuesday night will open with the Special Town meeting. At the close of that, the Annual Town meeting article #29 will be the first discussed and the next will follow where we left off (numerically) on Monday.

Contact Jean Bertschmann (HPTA President) at jeanber65@hotmail.com to secure FREE on-site babysitting services (provided by the teaching professionals from the Champions program – they run the after-school programs in our schools) for each of the Town Meeting nights.

educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.