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Town Meeting Day 1 Results (unofficial)

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  1. Acceptance of Town Reports PASSED
  2. FY14 Supplement Appropriations – transfer $935,000 from Free Cash for HR, Snow Removal, 300th Anniversary PASSED
  3. FY14 Budget Transfers – transfer $48,314.14 from 300th Anniversary Expenses to a Celebrations Special Fund, and transfer $33,930 from Waste Disposal to Highway Expenses PASSED
  4. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years – NO ACTION (no unpaid bills)
  5. Property Tax Exemption Increase for Veterans and Seniors – PASSED
  6. Amend the Salary of an Elected Official – Town Clerk Salary $67,250.00 PASSED
  7. FY15 Operating Budget – Town and School budgets together – Raise and appropriate $64,422,279.81 Amended to $64,483,923.81 (Total budget including transfers from Community Preservation and various Enterprise Funds is a little over $70M) PASSED
  8. Underride – $1,250,000 PASSED
  9. FY15 Revolving Funds PASSED
  10. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $662,271 PASSED
  11. Transfer to Capital Expense Stabilization Fund – $50,000 $20,000 PASSED as amended by Dr Duffy
  12. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $50,000 PASSED
  13. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $350,000 $197,600 PASSED as amended by Dr. Duffy
  14. Pay As You Go Capital Expenses – $789,999 ALL PASSED
    1. Pierce/Sabre Fit-out, Fire Chief $112,149
    2. Replacement of Two Front-Line Cruisers and One Mobile Data Terminal, Police Chief $78,000
    3. Two Building and Grounds Department Trucks, School Committee $90,000
    4. Hopkins School Ceiling Tile Replacement, School Committee $203,000
    5. Upgrade Middle School Auditorium Stage Components
      School Committee $32,000
    6. Upgrade Fire Alarm System – Horns/Strobes, School Committee $25,000
    7. Joint IT Upgrades at the Center and Elmwood Schools, School Committee $100,000
    8. Hayden Rowe Drainage, Department of Public Works $80,000
    9. Keefe Regional Technical School Roof, Keefe Regional Technical School District $69,850
  15. Library Construction $11,753,517 (Includes the provision of temporary quarters and is subject to the receipt of a Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Construction Grant, Remaining cost to town after grant and fundraising is $6.25M). An amendment to reduce the amount failed. The article then PASSED with a clear 2/3 majority.

Town Meeting adjourned shortly after 11:00pm and will reconvene Tuesday, May 6 at 7:00pm in the Middle School Auditorium.

List of Articles with Details and Links

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  1. Acceptance of Town Reports
  2. FY14 Supplement Appropriations – transfer $935,000 from Free Cash
  3. FY14 Budget Transfers – transfer $48,314.14 from 300th Anniversary Expenses to a Celebrations Special Fund, and transfer $33,930 from Waste Disposal to Highway Expenses
  4. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years – No Action
  5. Property Tax Exemption Increase
  6. Amend the Salary of an Elected Official – Town Clerk Salary $67,250.00
  7. FY15 Operating Budget – Town and School budgets together – $64,422,279.81
  8. Underride – $1,250,000
  9. FY15 Revolving Funds
  10. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $662,271
  11. Transfer to Capital Expense Stabilization Fund – $50,000
  12. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $50,000
  13. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $350,000
  14. Pay As You Go Capital Expenses – $789,999
    1. Pierce/Sabre Fit-out, Fire Chief $112,149
    2. Replacement of Two Front-Line Cruisers and One Mobile Data Terminal, Police Chief $78,000
    3. Two Building and Grounds Department Trucks, School Committee $90,000
    4. Hopkins School Ceiling Tile Replacement, School Committee $203,000
    5. Upgrade Middle School Auditorium Stage Components
      School Committee $32,000
    6. Upgrade Fire Alarm System – Horns/Strobes, School Committee $25,000
    7. Joint IT Upgrades at the Center and Elmwood Schools, School Committee $100,000
    8. Hayden Rowe Drainage, Department of Public Works $80,000
    9. Keefe Regional Technical School Roof, Keefe Regional Technical School District $69,850
  15. Library Construction $11,753,517 (Includes the provision of temporary quarters and is subject to the receipt of a Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Construction Grant, Remaining cost to town after grant and fundraising is $6.25M)
  16. Sidewalk Construction and Rehabilitation Program $1,519,000
  17. Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming – Near the Schools $400,000
  18. Fire Station Roof Repair $400,000
  19. International Horton Ambulance $270,000
  20. Vactor Truck $395,000
  21. Evaluation Studies of School Roof Repairs – Hopkins and the High School $30,000
  22. School Safety and Security $152,400
  23. Board of Assessors Consultant $21,300
  24. Community Preservation Recommendations $208,000
    1. $80,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation and $34,000 from the Discretionary/Budgeted reserves to increase classroom space in the barn at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, located at 98 Hayden Rowe Street; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Community Endowment and the Community Preservation Committee.
    2. $15,000 from the Discretionary/Budgeted Reserves for the preservation of Town records; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Town Clerk and the Community Preservation Committee.
    3. $45,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation for plumbing, electrical and aesthetic repairs to the Claflin Fountain on the Town Common; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department and the Community Preservation Committee.
    4. $15,000 from funds reserved for Passive Recreation to fund the placement of Conservation Restrictions on the open space properties known as Cameron Woods and Whisper Way; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Area Land Trust and the Community Preservation Committee.
    5. $7,500 from funds reserved for Passive Recreation to install signage to identify trailheads at the Town-owned parcels on Fruit Street, Phipps Woods, Braden Woods, Cameron Woods and Whisper Way; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Area Land Trust and the Community Preservation Committee.
    6. $6,500 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to restore and reset granite curbing on Town Common memorials; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department and the Community Preservation Committee.
    7. $5,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to digitize and catalogue historic Hopkinton documents; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Public Library and the Community Preservation Committee.
  25. Farmer’s Market Wine Sampling on Town Common
  26. Downtown Business/Residence A District Boundary Modifications
  27. Downtown Business District Lot Area
  28. Industrial A and Industrial B Districts – frontage
  29. Floodplain District
  30. Repeal Subdivision Phasing Bylaw
  31. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
  32. Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – Hockey Rink
  33. Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – More dwelling units; senior housing development definition – Legacy Farms
  34. Neighborhood Mixed Use District – Lumber Street
  35. Sidewalk Easement – East Main Street
  36. Gift of Land – Hunters Ridge Open Space
  37. Gift of Land – 294 Hayden Rowe Street
  38. Acceptance of Easement – Upper Charles Trail
  39. Acquisition of Property at 25 Ash Street
  40. Street Acceptances
  41. Scenic Road Designation – Chamberlain Street
  42. Commissioner of School Trust Funds

List of Articles for Town Meeting

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

Documents:

List of Articles:

  1. Acceptance of Town Reports
  2. FY14 Supplement Appropriations
  3. FY14 Budget Transfers
  4. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years
  5. Property Tax Exemption Increase
  6. Amend the Salary of an Elected Official
  7. FY15 Operating Budget
  8. Underride
  9. FY15 Revolving Funds
  10. Chapter 90 Highway Funds
  11. Transfer to Capital Expense Stabilization Fund
  12. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund
  13. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund
  14. Pay As You Go Capital Expenses
  15. Library Construction
  16. Sidewalk Construction & Rehabilitation Program
  17. Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming
  18. Main Street Fire Roof
  19. International Horton Ambulance
  20. Vactor Truck
  21. Evaluation Studies of School Roof Repairs
  22. School Safety and Security
  23. Board of Assessors Consultant
  24. Community Preservation Receommendations
  25. Farmer’s Market Wine Sampling on Town Common
  26. Downtown Business/Residence A District Boundary Modifications
  27. Downtown Business District Lot Area
  28. Industrial A and Industrial B Districts – frontage
  29. Floodplain District
  30. Repeal Subdivision Phasing Bylaw
  31. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
  32. Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – Hockey Rink
  33. Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – More dwelling units; senior housing development definition
  34. Neighborhood Overlay Mixed Use District
  35. Sidewalk Easement – East Main Street
  36. Gift of Land – Hunters Ridge Open Space
  37. Gift of Land – 294 Hayden Rowe Street
  38. Acceptance of Easement – Upper Charles Trail
  39. Acquisition of Property at 25 Ash Street
  40. Street Acceptances
  41. Scenic Road Designation – Chamberlain Street
  42. Commissioner of School Trust Funds

Town Meeting Warrant Finalized

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At last week’s meeting, the Board of Selectmen finalized the warrant (agenda) for annual Town Meeting coming up in May. Town Meeting begins Monday, May 5 at 7:00pm at the Middle School. The meeting typically adjourns at 11:00pm and is continued on consecutive evenings usually running for at least two nights. There are 42 articles on the warrant this year, we have highlighted a few key articles below, but you can Click Here to Read the Full Warrant.

  • Article #8 – Underride – This would reduce Hopkinton’s excess levy capacity (its ability to tax without an override) by $1,250,000. In recent years Hopkinton has not taxed to the full 2 1/2% increase allowed by state law and therefore has an excess levy capacity.
  • Article #14 – Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses
    • Pierce/Sabre Fit-out Rescue Equipment – Fire Dept. $112,149
    • Replacement of Two Front-Line Cruisers and One Mobile Data Terminal – Police Dept. $71,727
    • Two Building and Grounds Department Trucks – School Dept. $90,000
    • Hopkins School Ceiling Tile Replacement – School Dept. $203,000
    • Upgrade Middle School Auditorium Stage Components – School Dept. $32,000
    • Upgrade Fire Alarm System – Horns/Strobes – School Dept. $25,000
    • Joint IT Upgrades at the Center and Elmwood Schools – School Dept. $100,000
    • Hayden Rowe Drainage – DPW $80,000
    • Keefe Regional Technical School Roof $69,850
    • Read more about the Pay-As-You-Go articles…
  • Article #15 – Library Construction – $6,255,000
    • In March, Hopkinton moved up to #3 on the waiting list for a state Library Construction Grant. If Hopkinton residents approve funding for the renovation and expansion of our library at Town Meeting on May 5 and at the Town Election on May 19, then Hopkinton may proceed to signing a grant agreement with MBLC as soon as July. Once a grant agreement is signed, Hopkinton will get its first payment of the $4.5 million grant and the town may begin design refinement. The target date for opening of the renovated and expanded library is December 2016. Read more at the HPLF website.
  • Article #16 – Sidewalk Construction & Rehabilitation Program $1,519,000
    • Construction of 10,000 feet of new sidewalks on various streets over the next five years, including three different spots on Ash Street and sections of Wood, Elm and East and West Main streets.
  • Article #17 – Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming near the schools $400,000
  • Article #18 – Main Fire Station Roof $400,000
  • Article #19 – International Horton Ambulance $270,000
  • Article #20 – Vactor Truck – $395,000
  • Article #21 – Evaluation Studies for School Roof Repairs (Hopkins and High School) – $30,000
  • Article #22 – School Safety and Security – $152,400
  • Article #25 – Bylaw Change: Farmer’s Market Wine Sampling on Town Common
  • Article #32 – Zoning Bylaw Change: Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – Hockey Rink
  • Article #39 – Acquisition of Property at 25 Ash Street (abutting Center School property)
  • Article #41 – Scenic Road Designation – Chamberlain Street

Click Here to Read the Full Warrant

Article 16 - Sidewalk Constructionand Rehabilitation Program, $1,519,000
Article 16 – Sidewalk Constructionand Rehabilitation Program, $1,519,000 (click to enlarge)
Article 17 - Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming near the schools, $400,000
Article 17 – Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming near the schools, $400,000 (click to enlarge)

Other Town and School Budget Updates

Hopkinton town election has 18 seats up for grabs
By Michael Morton, Hopkinton Crier
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x873521947/Hopkinton-town-election-has-18-seats-up-for-grabs#ixzz1jp1Z6ui7

The Town of Hopkinton seeks a new Finance Director
http://www.hopkinton.ma.us/hr/postings/FinanceDirector.pdf

Area schools trying to rein in student fees
By David Riley, Metrowest Daily News
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x2062851446/Area-schools-trying-to-rein-in-student-fees#ixzz1jp1wcD69

Hopkinton selectmen take steps to regionalize services
By GateHouse News Service
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x58612511/Hopkinton-selectmen-take-steps-to-regionalize-services

Three MetroWest towns cook up high-tech plan
By Michael Morton, Metrowest DailyNews
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x1496065246/Three-MetroWest-towns-cook-up-high-tech-plan

Early Keefe Tech budget shows 5.78% increase
By Scott O’Connell, Metrowest Daily News
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/education/x1178907684/Early-Keefe-Tech-budget-shows-5-78-increase

Classroom Technology Keeps Education Current
By Sean O’Donnell, HopkintonPatch
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/classroom-technology-keeps-education-current

Princess Tea Party Kicks Off Library Fundraising
By Sean O’Donnell, HopkintonPatch
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/princess-tea-party-kicks-off-library-fundraising

Developer awaits town’s OK for Hopkinton land sale
By Michael Morton, Hopkinton Crier
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1014147587/Developer-awaits-towns-OK-for-Hopkinton-land-sale#ixzz1jp4M1uhH

Fees pose conundrum for Hopkinton town leaders, school officials
By Michael Morton, Hopkinton Crier
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1266412429/Fees-pose-conundrum-for-Hopkinton-town-leaders-school-officials#ixzz1jp4aKRV2

Hopkinton parents surveyed on laptop leasing
By Gatehouse News Service, Metrowest Daily News
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x735287032/Hopkinton-parents-surveyed-on-laptop-leasing

New Website, Budget Talks and a Leaky Roof
By Sean O’Donnell, HopkintonPatch
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/new-website-budget-talks-and-a-leaky-roof

Ashland, Hopkinton ready to explore fire department merger
By Laura Krantz, Metrowest Daily News
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x406232926/Ashland-Hopkinton-ready-to-explore-fire-department-merger#ixzz1jp57AUhN

New group forms for Hopkinton library project
By Michael Morton, Hopkinton Crier
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x1014146953/New-group-forms-for-Hopkinton-library-project