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Town Meeting Results Day 1 (unofficial)

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REPORTS:

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

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 – PASSED
  2. FY 2017 Budget Transfers (none needed) – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED
  3. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years -$6,076.79 – PASSED

FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2018:

  1. Property Tax Exemption Increase – PASSED
  2. Senior Tax Relief – PASSED
  3. Means Tested Senior Property Tax Exemption – PASSED
  4. Set the Salary of Elected Officials – Town Clerk $65,630.24 PASSED
  5. Fiscal 2018 Operating Budget – $82,102,328.78 (This includes $42,591,311 for the Hopkinton Public Schools) – PASSED
  6. FY 2018 Revolving Funds – PASSED
  7. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $651,149 paid by the state to support the Town’s Pavement Management Plan – PASSED
  8. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $300,000 from free cash – PASSED
  9. Transfer to Capital Expense Stabilization Fund – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED
  10. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $379,264 from free cash – PASSED
  11. Underride $1,500,000 – PASSED
  12. Hopkinton Day Funds – Motion for NO ACTION – PASSED
  13. Sewer Flow Metering Program – $150,000 from Sewer Enterprise Fund Borrowing – PASSED

CAPITAL EXPENSES AND PROJECTS:

  1. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses – $583,115.88 from Free Cash & $264,406.12 of Excess Bond Premiums – ALL PASSED
  2. Fire Station Roof HVAC $525,000 Debt Exclusion – FD Roof Slides – PASSED
  3. Main Street Cemetery Fence Repairs – Motion for NO ACTION
  4. Re-purposing of Appropriated Funds – ATM 2016 Article 23 – $50,000 – Whitehall Wells DPW Slide – PASSED
  5. Fruit Street Blending Facility Construction $1,500,000 from Water Enterprise Fund Borrowing – PASSED
  6. Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming $1,050,000 Debt Exclusion – PASSED 152 Yes to 20 No
  7. Chestnut Street Sidewalks – Citizen’s Petition – Motion for NO ACTION (Article does not have a funding source) – PASSED
  8. DPW Salt Shed $260,000 from General Fund Borrowing – PASSED
  9. Elmwood School Solution – $600,000 for a Feasibility Study from General Fund Borrowing – Motion for NO ACTION – PASSED
  10. Application of Bond Premiums – This article is of housekeeping nature in order to facilitate the request in Article 29 below. PASSED 160 Yes to 0 No
  11. Excess Bond Premium – $646,430.41 – PASSED

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUNDS:

  1. Community Preservation Funds – Housekeeping Article – PASSED
  2. Community Preservation Recommendations – CPC Slides
    • Motion to approve items a, b, c, d, e, f, g, k, l – PASSED
    • Motion for NO ACTION on CPC items i, j and m – PASSED
    • Motion to approve item h (Fruit Street Building) – PASSED 117 Yes to 22 No
    • 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. REMOVED
    • 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. REMOVED
    • 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. REMOVED

ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENTS:

  1. Utility Structures – This article would make a change to require a special permit in the residential zoning districts for the construction of new above ground structures for utilities. At the present time, these structures typically require Site Plan Review from the Planning Board, and this would not change. It would add another layer of Town regulation of utilities. – PASSED
  2. Restaurant Definition and Parking Requirements – This article would define the term “restaurant” and clarify the bylaw with respect to such uses. The changes also revise the parking requirements by establishing separate parking requirements for restaurants with customer seating and those without. The parking requirements also take into account outdoor seating, which current requirements do not. This change was initiated from litigation. The case pointed out that the term “restaurant” is used extensively in the bylaw, but it isn’t defined. There are many places that have food available and the Zoning Advisory Committee had extensive discussions regarding the nature of restaurants. The proposed definition would not make any existing restaurants nonconforming. – PASSED Yes 96 to No 34
  3. Flexible Community Development Bylaw – This is a housekeeping article that clarifies the intent of existing language within this bylaw. Some developers were confused as to how the amount of a payment in lieu of an affordable housing unit is calculated. The intent of the Town has always been that the payment would be calculated for an affordable 3 bedroom single family home regardless of what is constructed. This will spell that out more clearly. – PASSED
  4. Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development – This is a housekeeping article to clarify when the Open Space required under the bylaw is conveyed to the future owner. This language will require conveyance prior to the issuance of the first building permit but also allow some flexibility if an extension is needed and all parties agree. – PASSED
  5. Hotel Parking Requirement – There is currently no parking requirement associated with hotels and inns permitted in the Hotel Overlay District. This article will add a parking requirement. – PASSED
  6. Gross Floor Area/Site Plan Review – The terms gross floor area and gross floor space are used interchangeably in the Zoning Bylaw and gross floor area is not defined. The definition of gross floor space excludes the floor area used by accessory garages. Because our site plan review bylaw has a review threshold based on gross floor area, there is a loophole in which large commercial garages can be constructed without site plan review. The amendment closes that loophole but does not change the intent of site plan review. The impact of the change would mean that site plan review would be required for commercial garages. – PASSED
  7. Moratorium on Marijuana Establishments – This article proposes a temporary moratorium on commercial marijuana establishments in the Town. The need for this arose from last November’s state election that legalized recreational use of marijuana. The Planning Board and Zoning Advisory Committee will draft zoning regulations for the 2018 annual town meeting during the period of the moratorium. During this same period, the state will developing regulations, and it is hoped that the regulations they develop will inform our process. These are new uses that the Town is not familiar with, so we need to do research on parking requirements, dimensional requirements, etc. before making recommendations to town meeting. – PASSED 103 Yes to 16 No

The meeting adjourned at 11:13 PM, to be continued tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 PM.

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

 

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.

Public Hearing on 2017-18 School Budget 1/9/17

HHS Winter

The Hopkinton School Committee will conduct a Public Hearing on its proposed budget for 2017-18 at 7:00 PM in the High School Library on Monday, January 9, 2017.  It is expected to be televised on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8/Verizon 30/Streaming Live at www.hcam.tv). The School Committee’s budget will be available for the public to examine at the Superintendent’s Office on Friday, January 6. Administrators originally requested a 6.99% increase (+$2,862,135) over the current school year, but that was reduced to a 4.66% increase  (+$1,907,069) in the 11-17-16 Preliminary Budget Presentation. However, in the most recent School Committee Budget Presentation from 12-15-16 that number was reduced to a request a 4.13% increase (+$1,688,410). Please see the  budget documents posted below for more information.

Give Input Before the Vote:

The committee is scheduled to vote on the Superintendent’s budget recommendation on January 9, so if you have questions, comments or concerns, you should voice them ahead of time or come to the meeting in person to voice them there. Email both the School Committee and the Superintendent at the following addresses:

  • hpsschoolcommittee@hopkinton.k12.ma.us
  • cmacleod@hopkinton.k12.ma.us