Category Archives: FY10 Budget

Open Forum on the Hopkinton Public Library, Meet the Middle School Principal Candidates and Election Deadlines this Week

Open Forum on Future of the Hopkinton Public Library
Monday April 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hopkinton Library

Did you know that the Hopkinton Public Library is funded by the Town of Hopkinton but is privately owned? Under this arrangement, the trustees currently fund all building expenses, but the Town pays for salaries, utilities and books.

The Hopkinton Library Board of Trustees want to hear from you! To kick off National Library Week, the Trustees will hold a public forum on April 12, 2010 to give a brief overview of the unique ownership structure of the library and the objectives of the recently proposed transfer of ownership to the town – which will be voted at the May town meeting. The overview will be followed by a question and answer session. So please come and meet the Trustees at 7:00 pm at the library for this informative event.

Meet the Hopkinton Middle School Principal Candidates
Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Auditorium

UPDATE: The Appropriations Committee Public Hearing on the FY11 Budget has been rescheduled for April 21 or 22. Details to come. The Following documents have recently been posted to the Hopkinton town website:
PDF 2009 Town Report
PDF Fiscal year 2011 Proposed Budget
PDF Annual Town Meeting Warrant May 3, 2010

REMINDER: Last Day to File Nomination Papers – Monday, April 12
Would you like to help shape the future of Hopkinton? There are several elected positions within Hopkinton Town Government that are up for re-election this year. This includes positions on the Board of Selectmen, the School Committee, the Planning Board, and several others. The last day to file nomination papers is April 12. Town Elections will be held May 17. Please visit the Town Clerk’s elections web page (http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/elections.htm) for more details.

REMINDER: Last Day to Register to Vote – Tuesday, April 13
Are you registered to vote? Town Meeting is coming up (begins May 3), and in order to vote on the school budget and many other town services, you must be a registered voter. The deadline to register to vote is April 13 at the Town Clerk’s office (office hours are weekdays 8am-4:30pm, and until 7pm on Tuesdays). Please visit the Town Clerk’s elections web page (http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/elections.htm) for more details and be sure to remind friends that have just moved to town and may not yet be registered.

Special Town Meeting Alert

We are in the midst of Holidays and winter weather, but please attend the Special Town Meeting on Monday, December 14 at 7:00 pm at the Middle School Auditorium. There are seven Articles on the Warrant. A handful of votes can make the difference!

The seven Articles to be voted on are:

  1. Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Adjustments – Town Manager
  2. Phase VI Sewer Project – Department of Public Works*
  3. Senior Center Parking Expansion – Council on Aging [This article is expected to be withdrawn on Monday. Click to read more.]
  4. Amend Industrial B District and Definitions– Planning Board
  5. Amend Subdivision Phasing Bylaw– Planning Board
  6. Amend Scenic Roads General Bylaw – Planning Board
  7. Amend Stormwater Management and Erosion Control Bylaw – Planning Board

Click on the link to read the full warrant:
http://www.educatehopkinton.com/pdf/Special_Town_Meeting_Warrant-12_14_09.pdf

*Article 2 – Completion of the Phase 6 Sewer Project (commonly known as the Fruit Street Wastewater Treatment Facility)
A list of Frequently Asked Questions about this article has been published by the Town of Hopkinton Department of Public Works and the Town Manager’s Office.
http://ehop01748.org/pdf/FAQ_Article2_STM12-14-09.pdf

Library Construction Grant and December Special Town Meeting Warrant

Here are the latest updates from Educate Hopkinton:

Library Construction Grant
The Hopkinton Library may be eligible for a state library construction grant for a larger and more accessible facility. If the Town receives a grant award, the state would pay for up to 50% of the costs of either refurbishing or building a new library. The town would pay for 25% of the costs, with the remainder would come from private donations. Read more at:
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x1659497923/Hopkinton-selectmen-OK-Town-Hall-overhaul
http://hopnews.com/page2.html

Special Town Meeting
Monday, December 14 @ Middle School Auditorium
The warrant contains seven articles:

  1. Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Adjustments – Town Manager
  2. Phase VI Sewer Project – Department of Public Works
  3. Senior Center Parking Expansion – Council on Aging
  4. Amend Industrial B District and Definitions– Planning Board
  5. Amend Subdivision Phasing Bylaw– Planning Board
  6. Amend Scenic Roads General Bylaw – Planning Board
  7. Amend Stormwater Management and Erosion Control Bylaw – Planning Board

Click on the link to read the full warrant:
http://www.educatehopkinton.com/pdf/Special_Town_Meeting_Warrant-12_14_09.pdf

School Committee
The agenda for the November 19 School Committee Meeting is now posted. Agenda items include a report from the Elementary Building Committee, the Wellness Policy and the FY11 Budget. Read more:
http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee/agenda_minutes/Agendas/2006_2007/AGENDA_11_19_09.htm

Potential Tax Increase, Special Town Meeting Scheduled, School Finance Update and District MCAS Results

Tax Increase May Be Needed
The Board of Selectmen (BOS) indicated at its October 19, 2009 meeting that any state cut in local aid may now have to be covered solely by raising property taxes. As we noted in our last e-mail, the state is facing a severe tax revenue shortage and town funding from the state has already fallen short of earlier predictions, with more potential cuts looming. Town officials had discussed trimming department budgets or incorporating unspent cash from previous years to cover the potential funding gap Hopkinton will face because of state cuts, but the cash has not been released yet by the state.

Special Town Meeting for Wastewater Treatment Plant
The BOS has posted a special Town Meeting for December 14, with a December 21 snow date.The warrant for the meeting opens this Thursday (October 22) and closes Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m. The main purpose of the Special Town Meeting is to request funding for the Fruit Street Wastewater Treatment Facility project. While the town’s unspent budget money could be state-certified and available for additional spending by December, the BOS is asking town departments not to make any requests. For more on this issue, see Hopkinton Town Meeting to Focus on Sewage Plant at http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x1718695307/Hopkinton-Town-Meeting-to-focus-on-sewage-plant

School Finances

The October 15, 2009 School Committee focused on finances and the district’s MCAS results. Cost-saving measures discussed included the Middle School NSTAR project, a transition plan to cover the maternity leave of the Director of Student Services, and a creative agreement to bring new funding sources online with a license agreement with local business, Phipps Insurance. The School Committee directed the School Department to continue to look for efficiencies and institute a freeze on non-essential spending. They discussed the potential further cuts to local aid for FY10, and planned an e-mail to the Town Manager indicating their support for any and all potential sources of revenue to be fully explored prior to making further cuts to the FY10 Budget. Superintendent Phelan noted that there has never been such a low balance in the Circuit Breaker Account, which is used for pay for state mandated, but unfunded, special education costs.

District MCAS Results
In addition to the finance discussion, Dr. Mary Colombo also gave a presentation on the MCAS results–citing promising scores in English Language Arts for grades 3 through 6 and in Math for grades 3 and 6. But she also noted the challenges in Math for grades 4, 5, 7 and 8, and in Science across the elementary and middle school grades. For more information, see the following articles:

Educate Hopkinton Reminds You to Register to Vote!!!

If you are not already registered to vote, please stop by the Town Clerk’s office Monday or Tuesday, in order to be eligible to vote at Town Meeting and in the May 18 town election. Extended Office Hours will be available on Tuesday, April 14th from 8 am – 8 pm.

Also, remember to contact the Town Clerk for Absentee Ballots if you will be out of town on May 18th.

Wed 4/15, 7:00 pm, High School Cafeteria: School Committee Public Forum on Transportation Policy

The School Committee is looking for input and discussion from parents and day care providers on the bus policy. All are invited to attend. Please note this meeting was originally scheduled for 4/8, and has been moved.

@ Wed 4/22: Appropriations Committee Public Hearing on the FY10 Budget
The Appropriations Committee will be scheduling this meeting on or around 4/22, please check http://www.hopkinton.org/meetings/april.htm for final date, time, and location.

Mon 5/4, 7:00 pm, Middle School Auditorium: Annual Town Meeting Begins

Please note change in location from High School to Middle School!!!!

It is important to have at least one registered voter from each household attend Town Meeting. It begins on Monday, 5/4, and goes for 2-4 days until it is concluded. Budgets for school and town are approved, and important decisions are made regarding purchases, taxes, and town governance.

Fri 5/15, 12 pm, Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 18 Main Street: All absentee ballots must be received. Applications for an absentee ballot may be obtained at the Town Clerk’s office.

Mon 5/18, 7am – 8 pm, Middle School Brown Gym: Town Elections

Educate Hopkinton Updates

4/14, Last day to register to vote in 5/18 elections
Register with Town Clerk, Town Hall, 18 Main Street.
4/15, 7:00 pm, High School Cafeteria:  School Committee Public Forum on Transportation Policy
The School Committee is looking for input and discussion from parents and day care providers on the bus policy.  All are invited to attend. Please note this meeting was originally scheduled for 4/8, and has been moved.

@4/22:  Appropriations Committee Public Hearing on the FY10 Budget
The Appropriations Committee will be scheduling this meeting on or around 4/22, please check http://www.hopkinton.org/meetings/april.htm for final date, time, and location.

5/4, 7:00 pm, HHS Athletic Center:  Annual Town Meeting Begins
It is important to have at least one registered voter from each household attend Town Meeting.  It begins on Monday, 5/4, and goes for 2-4 days until it is concluded.  Budgets for school and town are approved, and important decisions are made regarding purchases, taxes, and town governance.
5/15, 12 pm, Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, 18 Main Street:  All absentee ballots must be received.  Applications for an absentee ballot may be obtained at the Town Clerk’s office.
5/18, 7am – 8 pm, Middle School Brown Gym:  Town Elections
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Educate Hopkinton Update – A Very Busy Week in Hopkinton!

Dear Educate Hopkinton Subscriber –

Below are some upcoming meetings/events of interest:

3/30, 8pm, Room 211, Town Hall: Board of Selectmen Meeting
The Selectmen will meet to review the town budget and prepare their 4/1 submission to the Appropriations Committee.
4/1, 7 pm,  HPTA State of the Schools Forum, HCAM Studios, 77 Main Street
The annual HPTA State of the Schools Forum is the perfect opportunity to ask your questions regarding the current state of our school system.  Presentations will be given by Nancy Burdick, Chair of the School Committee; Dr. John Phelan, Superintendent of Schools; and Representative Carolyn Dykema.  You are encouraged to submit your questions beforehand to Patty Doshier, pdoshier@comcast.net, or call 508-435-7887 during the live broadcast.  The public is welcome, refreshments are available.  Please rsvp to Adrienne McKenna at secretary@hptaonline.com to reserve your seat.
4/2, 7:30 pm, Middle School Library:  School Committee Meeting
Full Day Kindergarten in on the agenda for this regular School Committee Meeting.
4/8, 7:00 pm, High School Cafeteria:  School Committee Public Forum on Transportation Policy
The School Committee is looking for input and discussion from parents and day care providers on the bus policy.  All are invited to attend.
It is always appropriate to e-mail the Selectmen and/or School Committee and let them know your thoughts regarding the options available. 

School Committee:Nancy Burdick:  nancyb88@hotmail.com   
Phil Totino:  ptotino@comcast.net    
Rebecca Robak:  rebeccarobak@aol.com
Richard deMont:  rdemont@demontlaw.com        
Dave Stoldt:  stoldt@comcast.net

Selectmen:

Brian Herr:  bherr@wesco.com
Mary Pratt:  mpratt102@aol.com
Mike Shepard:  mwshepa@verizon.net
Matt Zettek:  mezettekjr@aol.com
RJ Dourney:  rj@hearthstonea.com

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

Many Opportunities for Information!

Below are some upcoming meetings/events of interest:

3/19, 11 – 1, Hopkinton Town Hall, Room 211: Senator John Kerry Office Hours

Open to the public.

3/21, 8am, Room 211, Town Hall: Board of Selectmen Meeting

The Selectmen will meet to review the town budget and individual line items. Open to the public.

4/1 Board of Selectmen Scheduled to give FY10 Budget to Appropriations Committee

4/1, 7 pm, HPTA State of the Schools Forum, HCAM

Join the HPTA and Educate Hopkinton for this perfect opportunity to ask your questions regarding the current state of our school system. Presentations will be given by Nancy Burdick, Chair of the School Committee; Dr. John Phelan, Superintendent of Schools; and Representative Carolyn Dykema. You are encouraged to submit your questions beforehand to Patty Doshier, pdoshier@comcast.net, or call 508-435-7887 during the live broadcast. The Forum is open to the public. Please rsvp to Adrienne McKenna at secretary@hptaonline.com to reserve your seat.

It is always appropriate to e-mail the Selectmen and/or School Committee and let them know your thoughts regarding the options available.

School Committee:Nancy Burdick: nancyb88@hotmail.com
Phil Totino: ptotino@comcast.net
Rebecca Robak: rebeccarobak@aol.com
Richard deMont: rdemont@demontlaw.com
Dave Stoldt: stoldt@comcast.net

Selectmen:

Brian Herr: bherr@wesco.com

Mary Pratt: mpratt102@aol.com

Mike Shepard: mwshepa@verizon.net

Matt Zettek: mezettekjr@aol.com