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Commissioner of Trust Funds – Did You Know?

Comey Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery
Comey Memorial Chapel

The Commissioners of Trust Funds is a three-member three-year elected board that acts in accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws. This group of elected members submits a written statement of the amount of payment and the date this payment was made to the town anytime an officer of the commonwealth makes a payment of public money to the treasurer of Hopkinton.

The Town of Hopkinton has five funds that are managed by The Commissioners of Trust Fund. The Charlies B. and Mary C. Homan Fund, in the amount of $1,500, to be used in beautifying and making the town attractive by setting out and caring for shade trees, especially on Main Street in the center of town.

The Comey Memorial Chapel Fund, in the amount of $1,000, for the care and maintenance of the Comey Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville Hopkinton, MA. This fund requires specific and detailed conditions to be met and compiled.

The Mary A. Roche Fund, in the amount of $5,000, to be divided in June of each year to the 2 students in the graduating class of Elmwood Elementary School receiving the highest academic marks during the full school term leading up to their graduation. This is to be administered by the Hopkinton School Committee.

The Charles L. Claflin Trust Fund, in the amount of $1,000, to invest into the caring and maintenance of the Park in the center of town.

Lastly, The Bernard J. McGovern Trust, is to be used for the purchase of materials for the public library. These materials include books, videotapes, audiotapes, and music on compact disks, language tapes, magazines, periodicals, newspapers, and subscriptions used to educate, enlighten and inform the citizens of the Town. The trust also wishes for this money to be used to arrange for programs, including lectures, films, exhibitions, trips and other events of interest to the town. Also, for the purchase of computer hardware and software, and membership passes to area museums and other attractions for its public library. Continue reading Commissioner of Trust Funds – Did You Know?

Board of Library Trustees – Did you Know?

Hopkinton Library Under Construction in snow

The Hopkinton Public Library’s Board of Trustees is a five-member elected board responsible for overseeing the library for the benefit of the community.  Working closely with the library director, members are responsible for establishing library policies and plans, determining the final budget and conducting public relations. Members are elected for a three-year term.

The board meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM from September through June. A Trustee should be an active library patron, who is genuinely interested in assisting the Library and its’ director for the betterment of the library. Organizational and administrative skills would be a plus, but are not necessary. To learn more about the state library system and the responsibilities of library trustees, go to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners website. Continue reading Board of Library Trustees – Did you Know?

Library Moving to South Street During Renovation

2015-05-15 Library HDC Certificate of Appropriatness Application Exhibit 2a

According to an article in the Metrowest Daily News “The Planning Board gave its OK to the town’s $11.8 million library renovation and expansion project Monday night, after debating landscaping and a $16,000 per year deal for the town to use part of the St. John the Evangelist Church’s parking lot.” Read more in the Metrowest Daily News…

According to an article in the Hopkinton Crier, the Chairman of the Permanent Building Committee, Dan “McIntyre said the library will shut down for about two weeks [eHop has been told that the library will actually be closed for about one month] next month as it moves into a temporary home at 63-65 South St. The town rented the 3,000-square-foot space after the building committee put out three bid requests. The building is home to a number of businesses, including The Playhouse Preschool. The building will also store library equipment and collections not being used or displayed. “We should be set up before the holidays,” he said.” Read more in the Hopkinton Crier…

On Friday, October 23, over 300 “Hoptoberfest” partygoers filled St. John’s Parish Hall, raising over $30,000 for the Library renovation and expansion project set to break ground in early 2016. Hopkinton Public Library Foundation’s Third Annual Hoptoberfest, a fun night out to celebrate the fall and enjoy all things local, helped Library fundraising top $700,000. In addition, a number of guests joined the 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library, adding their names to the 1000 Homes plaque to be hung in the new Library.

Founded in 2011, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc. (HPLF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to raise private funds to support the state-of-the-art restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library. HPLF has raised over $700,000 for the Library project. HPLF appreciates the Hopkinton community’s tremendous response, and asks for the community’s continued support. Gifts in any amount are welcome and appreciated, and are tax-deductible. For more information about how to build with us through 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library, and the restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Library, please visit the HPLF website and the HPLF Facebook page.

PBC Announces Refinement of Library Design

Hopkinton Public Library Foundation press release:

library_march2015_1Since the May 2014 Town Meeting and Town Election, when residents approved funding for the Library building project, Hopkinton’s Permanent Building Committee (PBC) has been hard at work refining the plans for the restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library.

Based on feedback from members of the community before and after Town Meeting, as well as extensive discussions with the immediate neighbors of the Library, the PBC has been working diligently with Johnson Roberts Architects to refine the design of the Library to address three primary concerns: (1) reducing the “bulk” of the proposed expansion; (2) preserving the interior space of the former church; and (3) increasing the distance between the Library expansion and the neighboring property lines. Johnson Roberts has done a remarkable job addressing these concerns, while at the same time maintaining a functional, historically sensitive, and beautiful design.

library_march2015_2To reduce the “footprint” of the building, the revised design reduces the square footage of the first two floors of the building (what is visible above ground) from about 22,000 square feet to about 17,000 square feet. A lower basement level with usable space has been added to the new design (with light wells for natural light) in order to provide the necessary Library space incorporated in the original plans.

The revised design keeps both the original Library and the former church building intact (including both the ceiling and roof structures) and eliminates the originally proposed addition of a second floor to the church. To accentuate the stone and granite of the original buildings, a new glass connector will link the original Library and the former church.

library_march2015_3Finally, at the request of the immediate neighbors of the Library, the expanded portion of the Library has been reduced in size and scale by lowering the roof lines by about four feet, as well as reducing the footprint of the building on the site. In addition, the distance from the new building to the property line has been increased from 10 feet to 20 feet.

In continuing with the design development phase of the project, the PBC will work with appropriate local officials and boards, such as the Planning Board, Historic District Commission and Director of Inspectional Services, to ensure the project meets local requirements. Architectural drawings of the refined design and floor plans will become available in the Library and online in the coming weeks. The PBC wishes to thank the people of Hopkinton and the Library’s neighbors for their feedback over the past several months and looks forward to continuing this tremendous community collaboration so that Hopkinton residents may soon enjoy a beautiful and functional Library that benefits current and future residents of Hopkinton.

Library Foundation Update

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It has been an incredible year for the library.  This October, the Hopkinton Library Foundation’s Hoptoberfest event brought in over $30,000 for the library project.

Also in late October, Hopkinton’s Town Manager signed the contract for the Library’s $4.5 million Construction Grant. Hopkinton is expected to receive the first installation ($900,000 of grant funds the restoration, renovation and expansion of our library.
Hopkinton’s Permanent Building Committee is diligently working on selecting an Owners Project Manager and will be retaining Johnson Roberts Associates as Architect.

Library and Underride Pass; Knight and Nickerson Elected to School Committee

Article 15 - Library Construction - $6,255,000 - Exterior View

Congratulations to all the participants in the May 19 town election and thank you for your willingness to volunteer for our town. This year 2,132 voters participated, which is more than a 50% increase from last May’s Town Election. The ballot questions for the library expansion funding and the underride both passed. Kelly Knight and Lori Nickerson won the two open seats on the School Committee. All other races were uncontested.

After the election, at the May 20 Board of Selectmen meeting Todd Cestari was unanimously elected Chair and John Mosher was unanimously elected Vice-Chair.

SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 1

Blanks 614
John M Coutinho 1487
Scattered 31

BOARD OF ASSESSORS, For 3 years, Vote for 1
Blanks 579
John L Palmer 1545
Scattered 8

BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1
Blanks 622
Jennifer Belesi 1499
Scattered 11

BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES, For 3 years, Vote for 2
Blanks 1456
June A Harris 1470
Stanley D Pulnik 1320
Scattered 18

CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, For 3 years, Vote for 1
Blanks 611
Claire B Wright 1512
Scattered 9

COMMISSIONER OF TRUST FUND, For 3 years, Vote for 1
Blanks 637
Muriel E Kramer 1478
Scattered 17

HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 5 years, Vote for 1
Blanks 738
Warren E Johnson 1388
Scattered 6

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, For 3 years, Vote for 2
Blanks 1327
Timothy Kilduff 1459
Amy Markovich 1461
Scattered 17

PLANNING BOARD, For 5 years, Vote for 1
Blanks 705
Francis J DeYoung 1415
Scattered 12

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 2
Blanks 820
Kelly J Knight 1230
Lori M Nickerson 1173
Frank E Sivo 1028
Scattered 13

Ballot Question #1 – Underride
Blanks 183
Yes 1421
No 528

Ballot Question #2 – Library Renovation and Expansion Funding
Blanks 33
Yes 1363
No 736

Click to read full results by precinct on the town website.

Vote Tomorrow on Library, Underride and School Committee

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All Hopkinton precincts vote at the Middle School. Polls are open 7:00am-8:00pm on Monday, May 19. The only contested race is for School Committee, so we are listing those candidates first, in alphabetical order as they appear on the ballot. There are also two ballot questions: a $1.25M Underride and the Library Expansion Project. Click here to view a Specimen Ballot.

List Candidates & Questions

  • SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 2 – Contested Race
  • SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    • John M Coutinho, Republican
  • BOARD OF ASSESSORS, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    • John L Palmer
  • BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    • Jennifer Belesi, Republican
  • BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES, For 3 years, Vote for 2
    • June A Harris, Republican
    • Stanley D Pulnik
  • CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    • Claire B Wright, Republican
  • COMMISSIONER OF TRUST FUND, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    • Muriel E Kramer, Democrat
  • HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 5 years, Vote for 1
    • Warren E Johnson
  • PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, For 3 years, Vote for 2
    • Timothy W Kilduff
    • Amy K Markovich
  • PLANNING BOARD, For 5 years, Vote for 1
    •  Francis J DeYoung, Republican

Ballot Questions

#1 Underride – YES or NO

  • “Shall the Town of Hopkinton be required to reduce the amount of real estate and personal property taxes to be assessed for the fiscal year beginning July first, two thousand and fourteen by an amount equal to $1,250,000?”
  • Read more about the Underride…

#2 Library Renovation and Expansion Funding – YES or NO

  • “Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the limitations imposed by Chapter 59, Section 21C of the Massachusetts General Laws (Proposition 2 1/2, so-called), the amounts required to pay for the bond issued for costs related to the renovation, restoration, expansion, construction and reconstruction of the Hopkinton Public Library?”
  • Read more about the Library project…
Question 1 - Underride - Reduce Excess Tax Levy Capacity by $1.25M
Question 1 – Underride – Reduce Excess Tax Levy Capacity by $1.25M
Article 15 - Library Construction - $6,255,000 - Exterior View
Question 2 – Library Renovation and Expansion Funding – Exterior View
Official Specimen Ballot Annual Town Election May 19, 2014
Official Specimen Ballot Annual Town Election May 19, 2014

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.