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Photo Gallery of Town Meeting Articles

For your visual reference, here’s a photo gallery of select Town Meeting articles:

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

Photo Gallery of Town Meeting Articles

For your visual reference, here’s a photo gallery of select Town Meeting articles:

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)

With lead gift by Sandra and Kevin Delbridge, 50 Families Contribute $175,000 to the Library Renovation

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In the first month of the “1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library” Challenge,  50 families, individuals, businesses and organizations have pledged or given $1,000 or more to the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation (HPLF) for the renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Library.   With a generous lead gift of $100,000 by Sandra and Kevin Delbridge, our community has contributed $175,000 toward HPLF’s $1,000,000 goal for 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library!  These funds will build a state-of-the-art library that honors our past, serves our present, and builds a stronger future for our community.

1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library echoes a challenge by former Hopkinton resident John Quincy Adams in 1893:  If the citizens of Hopkinton raised $10,000 and built a library within two years, he pledged to give $4,000 to fund the building.  Remarkably, with an average gift of little more than $900, fifteen members of the community collectively funded the entire cost of the library – $14,000.  On January 1, 1895, the Hopkinton Public Library at 13 Main Street opened its doors.

Today, almost 120 years later, Hopkinton again has the unique opportunity to ensure that our Library continues to serve our growing community of 15,000 residents for generations to come.  Hopkinton has exciting plans for the renovation and expansion of the Library.  The 22,000 square foot building will be state-of-the-art, accessible, and environmentally friendly; yet maintain the character of the original, historic library.  It will provide space for community gatherings, a technology classroom for adults and students, and spacious, age appropriate Children’s and Young Adult sections.  The total cost of the project is $10.2 million.  Hopkinton has been awarded a $4.5 million state grant that will reduce the Town’s cost of this much-needed renovation and expansion to $5.7 million.    If this grant is funded in 2014, the new library will open in 2017.

To further reduce the Town’s cost, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation is raising funds to offset the Town’s cost through events, partnerships, and most recently has put forth its own challenge – 1000 Homes for Hopkinton Library.  By pledging $1,000, Hopkinton residents will become a part of Hopkinton history, much like those 15 remarkable people who founded Hopkinton Public Library.  With 1000 homes willing to make this gift, together our community can contribute $1,000,000 to further reduce the remaining cost of restoring, renovating and expanding our most inclusive community asset.

Hopkinton Public Library Foundation also held several successful fundraisers throughout 2013. These fundraisers – the 2012 Annual Appeal and other gifts ($10,000), Mother-Daughter Princess Tea ($7,500), 2013 Boston Marathon ($6,000), Pink Pint Night ($14,000), Touch a Truck ($3,000), Hoptoberfest ($18,000), and the Library Heritage Quilt ($6,000) – have collectively raised almost $65,000.   In total, Hopkinton Public Library Foundation has raised $240,000 for the new library in the past year.

About the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation

The Hopkinton Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in September 2011. Its mission is to raise private funds to support the restoration, expansion and state-of-the-art renovation of Hopkinton Public Library.  In addition to the $4.5 million grant awarded to the Town of Hopkinton by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), funds raised by HPLF will defray the Town’s cost of restoring, renovating and expanding the library’s historic building.  In 2011, the MBLC approved Hopkinton’s plan for the renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library and awarded Hopkinton a $4.5 million Library Construction Grant, approximately 45% of the $10.2 million total cost of the library building project.  Hopkinton currently is #4 on the waiting list to receive these state construction funds, which could be awarded to the Town as soon as 2014.  Once completed, Hopkinton Public Library will provide a modern, accessible facility that meets the current and future needs of the community, while preserving and highlighting the architectural features of the beloved original building.  For more information about HPLF’s mission and 1000 Home for Hopkinton Library, please visit the HPLF website at www.hplfinc.org.  Contributions to Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc. can be mailed to P.O. Box 16, Woodville, MA 01784, or made online at www.hplfinc.org.

Mother-Daughter Princess Tea Jan 26 to Benefit the Library

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3rd Annual Mother-Daughter Princess Tea

You are cordially invited by the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation
Date: Sunday, January 26, 2014
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Westborough DoubleTree
5400 Computer Dr, Westborough, MA 01581
This fun afternoon features:

  • Live performances by Disney’s Belle, Cinderella, and Rapunzel
  • Delicious sundae bar, specialty pastries, tea and light refreshments
  • Face painting and balloon sculptures
  • Vendors including hair accessories for you and your doll from Lollipop Kids, and doll clothing and accessories from My Girl Clothing!
  • Portrait opportunity with your favorite princess to capture the day’s memories
  • Donations enter you into drawings for prizes including an American Girl® doll!
  • Silent auctions for many local classes for your little girl

Tickets are $35.00 per person and go on sale December 15:
http://www.hopkintonpubliclibraryfoundation.org/event/2014motherdaughterprincesstea/

This week only (until Dec. 13) we’re giving away one set of two (2) tickets, along with providing additional details and reminders on our Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/HPLFpage