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

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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

List of Articles with Links & Details

Town Meeting May 2, 2016

REPORTS:

  1. Acceptance of Town Reports

FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2016:

  1. FY 2016 Supplemental Appropriations – $200,000 FY16 Snow and Ice Deficit, and $31,500 for Sewer Enterprise Fund
  2. FY 2016 Budget Transfers – No Action – Consent Agenda
  3. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years $3,142.25

FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2017:

  1. Property Tax Exemption Increase (MGL Chapter 59 Section 5 – these exemptions are aimed at helping low-income residents, veterans, the blind, firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. Town Meeting votes annually on these exemptions.) – Consent Agenda Hopkinton Tax Relief Committee
  2. Personal Property Tax Bill Threshold – to establish a minimum personal property value of $1,000.00 for personal property accounts to be taxed. (MGL Chapter 59 Section 5)
  3. Set the Salary of Elected Officials – Town Clerk $65,630.
  4. Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget $75,982,132.38, which is a +2.46% Tax Impact (net of new growth)
  5. FY 2017 Revolving Funds. To see if the Town will vote to authorize or re-authorize the use of revolving funds containing receipts from the fees charged to users of the services provided by the various Boards, Committees, Departments or Offices of the Town, pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 53E 1/2, of the Massachusetts General Laws.
  6. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $651,957
  7. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $300,000
  8. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $612,647

CAPITAL EXPENSES AND PROJECTS:

  1. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses
    • Highway F-350 Pickup $60,000 DPW
    • Fire Apparatus/Vehicles $46,394
    • IT Equipment Replacement $100,000
    • Replacement of Police Cruisers $74,000
    • Systemwide School Security Upgrades (FY17 Upgrade intrusion alarm systems at Elmwood and High School) $100,000
    • Hopkins School Boiler Replacement (Replace boiler #2 at Hopkins – town received insurance proceeds $42,088 in FY16) $55,000
    • Middle School Water Heater Replacement (Replace water heater installed in 1996) $33,000
    • High School Athletic Center Scoreboard Replacement $25,000
    • Systemwide School Technology Upgrades (FY17 New student information system & wiring upgrades) $100,000
    • School Dept. – Replacement of Tractor $81,000
    • Middle School and High School Bleacher Upgrades and Repairs $85,000
  2. Weed Control at Lake Maspenock – No Action – The Lake Maspenock Weed Management & Control Advisory Group expects to release its recommendations by the end of May 2016.
  3. Sidewalk Master Plan Phase II – $136,000
  4. Transfer Funds to Purchase Fire Vehicle and Equipment – $500,000
  5. Transfer Funds to Purchase Fire Vehicle – $125,000
  6. Transfer Funds to Reequip/Reconfigure Fire Vehicle and Equipment – $55,000
  7. Purchase of Dump Truck $200,000 DPW
  8. Grove Street Water Tank Replacement $1,530,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund – Replaces the smaller 0.32 million gallon water tank which is 95 years old, with a new 1.33 million gallon tank.
  9. Water Main Replacement – Hayden Rowe Street $260,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund
  10. Water Source of Supply $1,000,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund
  11. Biological Filtration Wells #4 & #5 $50,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund
  12. Middle School Auditorium Upgrades (Install air conditioning, repaint stage floor, replace curtains, stage rigging, control console, & light board) $167,000
  13. School Bus Parking Lot (Construct gravel parking lot for buses at the proposed new elementary school – results in estimated annual positive impact of $111K ) $320,000 – No Action – Consent Agenda
  14. School Building & Grounds Storage Facility – Design & Feasibility $25,000 – No Action
  15. Artificial Turf Field with Lights – Design & Feasibility $100,000 – No Action – Consent Agenda
  16. Signage for Historical Sites – $15,000
  17. Transfer Funds for New Capital Projects – No Action – Consent Agenda
  18. Cemetery Roadway Opening – access to the Claflin St from Mt Auburn Cemetery – $2,500

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUNDS:

  1. Community Preservation Recommendations – CPC Project Narratives, CPC Powerpoint Slides, About the Community Preservation Act:
    1. $20,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to preserve Town records
    2. $2,500 from funds reserved for Open Space for Boundary Markers/Medallions to be acquired and installed on Town owned parcels
    3. $50,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to improve the public trail and create a dog park on 192 Hayden Rowe Street (Hughes Property). – Some of the maintenance will fall under the DPW budget and the Parks & Rec Budget. The goal is also to set up a volunteer group of dog owners in town to help with some of the maintenance and to think of fundraising ideas.
    4. $50,000 from funds reserved for Open Space to acquire approximately 6 acres of land located at 0 East Main Street and shown as parcel U12-23-0 on the Assessors Map
    5. $60,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to rehab and restore the McFarland Sanger House
    6. $75,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to rehab and restore the Rte 85 Stone Bridge
    7. $25,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to construct a recreational path from Rte 85 to the Stone Bridge
    8. $10,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to install fencing around the Claflin Fountain
    9. $50,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to install protective netting at the Fruit Street Athletic Complex
    10. $20,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to install a boat dock at Sandy Beach

ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENTS:

  1. Amend Open Space Mixed Use Development Overlay District to allow “Cultural Uses” by Special Permit in the Residential Subdistrict, for example an International Marathon Center.
  2. Amend Garden Apartments in Residential Districts and Village Housing in Residential Districts Bylaws Garden Apartments and Village Housing bylaws draft 2-2-16
  3. Repeal Senior Housing Development Bylaw Senior Housing Development Bylaw draft 2-2-16
  4. Amend Site Plan Review and Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development Bylaws Site Plan Review and OSLPD Bylaws draft 2-2-16
  5. Amend Sign Bylaw Sign Bylaw draft 2-2-16Document depicting proposed changes to Sign Bylaw 2-2-16 – These changes are due to a unanimous 2015 US Supreme Court Ruling “Reed vs Town of Gilbert, AZ.” Changes are being made to comply with the ruling, as recommended by Town Counsel.
  6. Amend Hotel Overlay District Hotel Overlay District draft 2-2-16 – Hopkinton already has a Hotel Zoning Overlay District, but has not yet been able to attract a hotel. These changes would: 1) reduce the amount of function room space required from 8,000 sq. ft. to just 1,500 sq. ft.; 2) require just a “restaurant” instead of a “full service restaurant;” and 3) require just a “fitness center” instead of a “health club facility.” Hopkinton’s local hotel room occupancy excise tax rate is 6% (voted at 2015 Town Meeting). A report on the Municipal Cost Impacts of Massachusetts’s Hotel/Motel-Based Homeless Families Shelter Program by the State Auditor’s office.
  7. Elmwood Park Business District Elmwood Park Business District draft 2-2-16Proposed Elmwood Park Business District Map – Elmwood Park is currently in the “Industrial B” zoning district of Hopkinton, this change would create a separate zoning district for Elmwood Park with its own list of permitted uses.
  8. Dog Day Care Dog Day Care Facilities draft 2-2-16 – Hopkinton does not currently have zoning to allow Dog Day Care Facilities, this bylaw would set hours, size, waste, odor control and other requirements for such facilities.
  9. Animal Shelters Animal Shelters draft 2-2-16 – This bylaw change would set requirements for animal shelters, such as Baypath Humane Society, which also acts as Hopkinton’s dog pound.  Baypath would like to expand and improve their physical plant and would need to find another location where they can build a modern animal shelter. They would like to remain in Hopkinton, however, today there is no land within the town of Hopkinton zoned for use by an animal shelter. Info Sheet from Baypath

GENERAL BYLAW AMENDMENTS:

  1. Repeal Sex Offender Residency Requirement – This repeal is due to a unanimous Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling in 2015 that struck down a law in the City of Lynn, which was very similar to Hopkinton’s bylaw.

LAND ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSITIONS:

  1. Acquisition of Easement – 91 West Main Street – for the purpose of creating an exclusive right turn lane in West Main Street eastbound onto Lumber Street.
  2. Acquisition of Easement – Leonard Street – to be used for stormwater management purposes.
  3. Gift of Land – Connelly Hill Estates – to be used for open space and recreation purposes.
  4. Gift of land – Hilltop Road – No Action – Consent Agenda
  5. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Recreation Parcel – to be used for open space, recreation and general municipal purposes.
  6. Street Acceptance
    • Connelly Hill Road, from Smith Road to Bowker Road
    • Valleywood Road, from Erika Drive to dead end
    • Carol Ann Drive, from West Elm Street to dead end
    • Kerry Lane, from Eastview Road to dead end
    • Nancy Lane, from Teresa Road to dead end
  7. Street Discontinuance
    • “Frankland Road” from its intersection with East Main Street to its intersection with Legacy Farms Road
    • The entirety of the private way known as “Peach Street”
  8. Disposition of Property – the discontinued portions of Frankland Road and Peach Street.
    Selectmen recommend No Action, but Planning Board recommend Approval

ADMINISTRATIVE:

  1. Solar Tax Agreements – to authorize the Board of Selectmen to negotiate a Tax Agreement for payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT Agreement) with the owner(s) of a solar photovoltaic facility on East Main Street.
  2. Town Clerk – to change the position of Town Clerk from elected to appointed (hired). In order to move forward this question would also require approval from the state and a yes vote on a future town election ballot.  It is not on the ballot for May 16. Town of Hopkinton 2016 Job Description Town Clerk
  3. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton – to appoint Jeanne Bernardin (7 Kimball Road) as a Trustee – Consent Agenda

School Budget Update

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The Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cathy MacLeod has presented a total preliminary budget for FY 17 of $39,143,441, representing a 4.31% increase over the FY 16 budget.  However, School Departments will continue to present their parts of the budget separately to the School Committee at the December 17 and January 7 meetings, with a public hearing on the budget scheduled for January 21.  By February 1, the School Committee will vote to adopt its FY 17 budget, allowing time for the community input along the way.

According to the Superintendent’s budget summary, the proposed budget includes, “increased staffing to support priority initiatives: reading coaches, English Language Learner teachers, Elementary Adjustment Counselor, BCBA [Board Certified Behavior Analyst], and Maintenance,” as well as “school facilities that support effective instruction: High School physics lab and library, Middle School engineering classroom, and painting, carpeting and lockers.”

At Center School, Principal Lauren Dubeau requested a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) clinician as well as an additional .5 intensive special needs teacher.  According to the proposed budget, there are currently 8 students requiring intensive special needs for FY 17, with a high level of need, including an alternate curriculum, general education modifications, daily data collection and communication with families. 

Center and Elmwood Schools put in for a shared literacy coach.  In the budget request explained, “A literacy coach is a professional development liaison to the school to support, model and continuously improve instructional programs to assure reading improvement for all students.”

Elmwood School also requested an increase in the number of moderate learning specialists from 5.5 FTE to 6.0 FTE in order to increase the number of co-taught classroom from 1 per grade to 2 per grade for a total of 4 in the building.  This increase would also reportedly allow increased flexibility to offer inclusion services in a wider range of classrooms. 

Hopkins requested the addition of an Adjustment Counselor to provide social-emotional support to regular and special education classes.  According to the executive summary of the Hopkins proposed budget, “Student need, as evidenced by student surveys and teacher/parent referrals for support, has been increasing at Hopkins.”

This Thursday, December 17, Middle School, High School and the Athletics Department will present their preliminary budgets at the School Committee meeting which begins at 7:00 in the Middle School library.  There is an opportunity to express opinions to the School Committee during the public comment portions of the meeting or the School Committee may be reached by email at hpsschoolcommittee@hopkinton.k12.ma.us.  The January 21 public hearing of the School Committee is another opportunity to express opinions, priorities or concerns about the budget proposals before the School Committee votes to adopt a budget.

Budget Documents for Your Reference:

Preliminary Budget Overview at School Committee

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At the Thursday, December 3 School Committee meeting, Superintendent Cathy MacLeod and Director of Finance Ralph Dumas will present the FY17 Preliminary Budget Overview Related to Strategic Initiatives and Overall Costs.  In addition, Mr Ghosh will present the Technology Budget, Mr Rogers will present the Buildings & Grounds Budget and Dr MacLeod and Mr Berlo will present the Central Office/Curriculum Budget. None of the budget documents were available on the school website yet as of 5pm on the day of the meeting. The meeting begins at 7:00pm in the Middle School Library, public comments may be given at the beginning of the meeting. The budget presentation is scheduled for approximately 7:55pm. You may also watch the meeting on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 / Streaming www.hcam.tv). Click here to view the meeting agenda here.

Update:

The budget documents presented on December 3 were posted to the School District website on December 4,  the day after the meeting. The meeting was NOT televised live on HCAM and is not yet available on the HCAM website.

TIME TO GIVE INPUT:

If you have questions, comments or concerns, now is a good time to voice them while budgets are not yet final. Email both the School Committee and the Superintendent at the following addresses:

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

Hopkinton Middle School 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative

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A message from Hopkinton Middle School:

“We are excited to move forward in the 2015-2016 school year with a 1:1 (1 student, 1 device) digital learning initiative at Hopkinton Middle School. As you may know, during the current school year, our grade 8 math and science teachers have been utilizing Chromebooks in their classrooms. In the past two years, our school and district have invested heavily in Google Apps for Education products. This year, six of our educators attended a Google Apps for Education Summit. These teachers, in addition to our grade 8 math and science teachers, have become exceptional resources as we prepare our staff for the 1:1 digital learning initiative. Throughout this year, we have learned how Google Apps for Education can enhance staff and student learning, and we believe that the Chromebook is the device that best meets our needs as a learning community.

The purpose of our 1:1 program is to help our students learn and continuously grow as independent, confident, resilient, and thoughtful individuals willing to explore new ideas, reflect on progress, and challenge themselves. Hopkinton Middle School’s goals for a 1:1 initiative are focused on enhancing curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Our curricular goals center on developing personalized learning experiences and providing equitable learning opportunities that promote student ownership of their learning. Technology in the classroom allows teachers to develop timely and targeted instruction that supports individualized student learning. Through assessments that utilize technology, the teacher and the student receive immediate and frequent feedback on the student’s progress toward the learning goals. Our leadership team has been meeting throughout the year developing our 1:1 roll-out plan.”

For more information:

Town Meeting Results Day 2 (unofficial) – DPW Facility Passes

Article 15 - Department of Public Works Facility - $14.1 Million
Article 15 – Department of Public Works Facility – $14.1 Million

Documents:

  1. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years – RECONSIDERED and PASSED – $3,427.60 for Highway Dept, and $1,620 for Human Resources
  1. Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget
    • An amendment by Ken Weismantel to reduce operating budget by $60,000 to eliminate the proposed Assistant Town Manager position. PASSED
    • FY16 Operating Budget – $72,388,886.06 PASSED
  1. Department of Public Works Facility – $14.1 million PASSED
  2. Fire Truck Replacement – $680,000 PASSED
  3. Purchase of Dump Truck – $240,000 PASSED
  4. Purchase of Water Utility Vehicle – $87,000 PASSED
  5. Water Main Replacement – Cedar Street – $260,000 PASSED
  6. Fruit Street Water Facility Engineering – Well Blending – $100,000 PASSED
  7. Grove Street Water Facility – Engineering – $75,000 PASSED
  8. Fruit Street Auxiliary Facility – Construction – Appropriation Committee Recommends No Action – Motion to No Action PASSED
  9. Joint Information Technology – $200,000 PASSED
  10. School Safety & Security – $200,000 PASSED
  11. Joint Safety and Security Upgrades – $300,000
    • Appropriation Committee’s Motion for No Action FAILED
    • School Committee’s Alternate Motion for $103,471 PASSED
  12. Fire Alarm Upgrades – Middle School – $170,000 PASSED
  13. Roof Repairs – Hopkins and High Schools – $1,114,000
    • Amendment offered by Vascen Bogigian to instruct Selectmen and School Committee to seek all reasonable legal remedies for roof damage. PASSED
    • Main Motion for $1,114,000 PASSES 144 to 62
  14. Resurfacing Basketball & Tennis Courts – $70,000 PASSED
  15. Community Preservation Recommendations
    1. Preservation of Town Records – $15,000
    2. Acquisition of Rail Bed South of Granite St – $135,000
    3. Trail Head Signage – $7,500
    4. Sylvan Way Conservation Restriction & Endowment – $2,500
    5. MacFarland Sanger House Historic Repairs – $50,000
    6. Fruit Street Parking Engineering Study – $50,000
    7. Access & Parking for Legacy Farms Engineering Study – $34,000
    8. Fruit Street Athletic Complex Building – Amended to Concession Area, Restrooms & Storage – $500,000
    9. Cemetery Records Preservation – $33,000
    10. Toll House Historic Site – $30,000
    11. Hopkins School Pavilion for Shade & Shelter $30,000
    12. Claflin Memorial Fountain $20,000
      • Motion 1: To vote items a, b, c, d, e, f, g, i, j, k, and l
        • Two amendments correcting typos and omissions PASSED
        • Amendment by Mary Arnaut to remove items f, g, and k. FAILED
        • Amendment by Richard Flannery to remove item b. FAILED
        • Amendment by Matt Zettek to add language regarding athletic fields and recreational purposes to item g. PASSED
        • Main Motion for items a, b, c, d, e, f, g, i, j, k, and l: PASSED
      • Motion 2: To vote item h – Fruit Street Athletic Complex HELD FOR TOMORROW

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

Coming Up on Town Meeting Day 2 Tonight

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Documents:

  1. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years – Transfer from free cash the sum of $5,047.60 – Motion to RECONSIDER tabled until Tuesday.
  1. Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget – $72 million – TABLED until Tuesday
  1. Department of Public Works Facility – $14.1 million
    Town & School Building Survey Results 2012
  2. Fire Truck Replacement – $680,000
  3. Purchase of Dump Truck – $240,000
  4. Purchase of Water Utility Vehicle – $87,000
  5. Water Main Replacement – Cedar Street – $260,000
  6. Fruit Street Water Facility Engineering – Well Blending – $100,000
  7. Grove Street Water Facility – Engineering – $75,000
  8. Fruit Street Auxiliary Facility – Construction – Appropriation Committee Recommends No Action
  9. Joint Information Technology – $200,000
  10. School Safety & Security – $200,000
  11. Joint Safety and Security Upgrades – $300,000 – Appropriation Committee Recommends No Action – Alternate Motion for $103,471
  12. Fire Alarm Upgrades – Middle School – Approx. $170,000
  13. Roof Repairs – Hopkins and High Schools – $1,114,000
  14. Resurfacing Basketball & Tennis Courts – $70,000
  15. Community Preservation Recommendations
    1. Preservation of Town Records – $15,000
    2. Acquisition of Rail Bed South of Granite St – $135,000
    3. Trail Head Signage – $7,500
    4. Sylvan Way Conservation Restriction & Endowment – $2,500
    5. MacFarland Sanger House Historic Repairs – $50,000
    6. Fruit Street Parking Engineering Study – $50,000
    7. Access & Parking for Legacy Farms Engineering Study – $34,000
    8. Cemetery Records Preservation – $33,000
    9. Toll House Historic Site – $30,000
    10. Hopkins School Pavilion for Shade & Shelter $30,000
    11. Claflin Memorial Fountain $20,000
    12. Fruit Street Athletic Complex Building – Amended to Concession Area, Restrooms & Storage – $500,000
  16. Amend Open Space Mixed Use Overlay District to allow 180 more units, age restricted – Legacy Farms
  17. Adjust boundary line between Downtown Business District & Residence A District off B Street
  18. Amend Industrial B District to allow indoor recreation uses by right, and to adopt a definition of indoor recreation uses
  19. Housekeeping article to move definition of Lots in Two or More Residential Districts – Action: Housekeeping item to clarify zoning.
  20. Amend Downtown Business District to allow parking between principal buildings and the street by special permit
  21. Amend Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development
  22. Amend site plan review bylaw pertaining to site lighting
  23. Housekeeping article on modifying Design Review Board Bylaw
  24. Sign bylaw amendments
  25. Housekeeping article to consolidate and coordinate special permit language
  26. Adjust boundary line between Residence Lake Front District & Rural Business District Hayward Street – Citizen’s Petition by Property Owner, William C. Tetlow
  27. Tax Collector Tax Authority – Motion for No Action PASSED on Consent Agenda on 5/4
  28. Secondhand Dealer Bylaw
  29. Acquisition of Property at 135 Hayden Rowe Street – Irvine Site – 28.7 Acres – $1.8 million
  30. Acquisition of Property at 147 Hayden Rowe Street – Todaro Site – 23.8 acres – $1.5 million
  31. Gift of Easement – 85 West Main Street – to create exclusive right hand turn lane onto Lumber Street – Action: To accept a small easement to create an exclusive Eastbound right turn lane. PASSED Consent Agenda on 5/4
  32. Acquisition of Easement – 91 West Main Street – to create exclusive right hand turn lane onto Lumber Street. – Motion for No Action PASSED on Consent Agenda 5/4
  33. Acquisition of Property at 15 Claflin Avenue (to be used for a cemetery) – 3.5 acres – $310,000
  34. Acquisition of Property at 102 Fruit Street – 43 acres -Purchase of the Pratt Estate for the purposes of open space, scouting and other municipal purposes. $2.5 million
  35. Grant of Utility Easements – 98 Hayden Rowe Street – Action: Housekeeping item. For electricity to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. PASSED on Consent Agenda on 5/4
  36. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Athletic Field – Action: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement.
  37. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Municipal Parcel – Action: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement.
  38. Gift of Property at 123 East Main Street – “Toll House” Historic Site – Pending CPC Funds Approval in Article 29.
  39. Gift of Drainage Easement at 287 Hayden Rowe Street – Action: Housekeeping item. Drainage easement. PASSED on Consent Agenda on 5/4
  40. Street Acceptances – Action: The Town will accept seven roads as public ways; increased state revenue. PASSED on Consent Agenda on 5/4
  41. Ashland-Hopkinton Fire and Emergency Services District – Motion for No Action PASSED on Consent Agenda
  42. Fruit Street Conceptual Master Plan
  43. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton – Action: Appointing Michael Contino and Kathryn Tighe to the Committee. PASSED on Consent Agenda on 5/4

List of Articles with Details and Links

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Documents:

  1. Acceptance of Town Reports
  2. FY 2015 Supplemental Appropriations
    • 199 General Government; Hydrant Rental To be transferred to the Water Enterprise Fund $167,360
    •  422  Highway; Lake Maspenock Weed Control $ 60,000
    • 423  FY15 Snow and Ice Deficit $854,565.38
    • 450 Water Enterprise Operating Budget   $80,000
  3. FY 2015 Budget Transfers – Consent Agenda – No Action – There are no budget transfers this year.
  4. Tercentennial Funds – Consent Agenda – Action: The Town is moving $890.92 in between accounts.
  5. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years – Transfer from free cash the sum of $5,047.60
  6. Property Tax Exemption Increase
  7. Set the Salary of Elected Officials – Town Clerk, $70,000
  8. Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget – $72 million
  9. FY 2016 Revolving Funds
  10. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $662,271
  11. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $300,000
  12. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $411,118
  13. Local Hotel Tax Amendment – amend its local room occupancy excise tax rate to 6%
  14. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses
    1. Purchase of Portable Radios – Police Chief – $49,500
    2. Replacement of Police Cruisers – Police Chief –  $78,000
    3. Replacement Cardiac Monitor – Fire Chief – $28,099
    4. Purchase Public Safety Dispatch Equipment – Town Manager –  $16,250
    5. Upgrades to Roadway Light System to Energy Efficient LED Lighting – DPW – $175,000
    6. Cleanup of Snow Dump – DPW – $140,000
    7. Purchase of Loader Mounted Snow Blower – DPW – $115,000
    8. Elmwood Farm Parking Area – Town Manager – $40,000
    9. Expansion of Police Department Parking Lot – Town Manager – $75,000
    10. Sewer System Capacity and Business Analysis – DPW – $140,000
    11. Fruit Street Aquifer Analysis – DPW – $75,000
    12. Whitehall Wells Test Wells Installation – DPW – $35,000
  15. Department of Public Works Facility – $14.1 million
    Town & School Building Survey Results 2012
  16. Fire Truck Replacement – $680,000
  17. Purchase of Dump Truck – $240,000
  18. Purchase of Water Utility Vehicle – $87,000
  19. Water Main Replacement – Cedar Street – $260,000
  20. Fruit Street Water Facility Engineering – Well Blending – $100,000
  21. Grove Street Water Facility – Engineering – $75,000
  22. Fruit Street Auxiliary Facility – Construction – Appropriation Committee Recommends No Action
  23. Joint Information Technology – $200,000
  24. School Safety & Security – $200,000
  25. Joint Safety and Security Upgrades – $300,000 – Appropriation Committee Recommends No Action
  26. Fire Alarm Upgrades – Middle School – Approx. $170,000
  27. Roof Repairs – Hopkins and High Schools – $1,114,000
  28. Resurfacing Basketball & Tennis Courts – $70,000
  29. Community Preservation Recommendations
    1. Preservation of Town Records – $15,000
    2. Acquisition of Rail Bed South of Granite St – $135,000
    3. Trail Head Signage – $7,500
    4. Sylvan Way Conservation Restriction & Endowment – $2,500
    5. MacFarland Sanger House Historic Repairs – $50,000
    6. Fruit Street Parking Engineering Study – $50,000
    7. Access & Parking for Legacy Farms Engineering Study – $34,000
    8. Cemetery Records Preservation – $33,000
    9. Toll House Historic Site – $30,000
    10. Hopkins School Pavilion for Shade & Shelter $30,000
    11. Claflin Memorial Fountain $20,000
    12. Fruit Street Athletic Complex Building – Amended to Concession Area, Restrooms & Storage – $500,000
  30. Amend Open Space Mixed Use Overlay District to allow 180 more units, age restricted – Legacy Farms
  31. Adjust boundary line between Downtown Business District & Residence A District off B Street
  32. Amend Industrial B District to allow indoor recreation uses by right, and to adopt a definition of indoor recreation uses
  33. Housekeeping article to move definition of Lots in Two or More Residential Districts – Consent Agenda – Action: Housekeeping item to clarify zoning.
  34. Amend Downtown Business District to allow parking between principal buildings and the street by special permit
  35. Amend Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development
  36. Amend site plan review bylaw pertaining to site lighting
  37. Housekeeping article on modifying Design Review Board Bylaw
  38. Sign bylaw amendments
  39. Housekeeping article to consolidate and coordinate special permit language
  40. Adjust boundary line between Residence Lake Front District & Rural Business District Hayward Street – Citizen’s Petition by Property Owner, William C. Tetlow
  41. Tax Collector Tax Authority – Consent Agenda – No Action
  42. Secondhand Dealer Bylaw
  43. Acquisition of Property at 135 Hayden Rowe Street – Irvine Site – 28.7 Acres – $1.8 million
  44. Acquisition of Property at 147 Hayden Rowe Street – Todaro Site – 23.8 acres – $1.5 million
  45. Gift of Easement – 85 West Main Street – to create exclusive right hand turn lane onto Lumber Street – Consent Agenda – Action: To accept a small easement to create an exclusive Eastbound right turn lane.
  46. Acquisition of Easement – 91 West Main Street – to create exclusive right hand turn lane onto Lumber Street. – Consent Agenda – No Action
  47. Acquisition of Property at 15 Claflin Avenue (to be used for a cemetery) – 3.5 acres – $310,000
  48. Acquisition of Property at 102 Fruit Street – 43 acres -Purchase of the Pratt Estate for the purposes of open space, scouting and other municipal purposes. $2.5 million
  49. Grant of Utility Easements – 98 Hayden Rowe Street – Consent Agenda – Action: Housekeeping item. For electricity to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.
  50. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Athletic Field – Consent Agenda – Action: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement.
  51. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Municipal Parcel – Consent Agenda – Action: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement.
  52. Gift of Property at 123 East Main Street – “Toll House” Historic Site – Pending CPC Funds Approval in Article 29.
  53. Gift of Drainage Easement at 287 Hayden Rowe Street – Consent Agenda – Action: Housekeeping item. Drainage easement.
  54. Street Acceptances – Consent Agenda – Action: The Town will accept seven roads as public ways; increased state revenue.
  55. Ashland-Hopkinton Fire and Emergency Services District – Consent Agenda – No Action
  56. Fruit Street Conceptual Master Plan
  57. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton – Consent Agenda – Action: Appointing Michael Contino and Kathryn Tighe to the Committee.