The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen has called a special town meeting to be held on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium. Residents will consider changes to the town’s charter as proposed by the Charter Review Committee. All articles or petitions proposed to be included in the special town meeting warrant must be received at the Board of Selectmen’s office no later than 2:00 PM on Friday, January 6, 2017. We will not have a full list of articles on the warrant until after January 6.
At their meeting on January 5, the School Committee voted to put a placeholder article on the Special Town Meeting warrant appropriating up to $3 million to include 4 additional classrooms (and associated redesign costs) to the current school building project on Hayden Rowe Street. When the new school was proposed Hopkinton and the MSBA agreed in the fall of 2014 on an enrollment projection of 395 students. New enrollment projections from November 2016 now anticipate an enrollment of 485 students for the foreseeable future.
Hayden Rowe Street / Route 85 Traffic Study:
In November, the Selectmen & School Committee each voted to fund $20,000 in order to have technical studies done looking at how to improve traffic safety on Hayden Rowe Street, between the high school and Chestnut Street. If the study is completed in time, they may bring forward an article to implement any recommended traffic safety improvements at the January 30 Special Town Meeting. Read more on the MetroWest Daily News website.
Tonight, Wednesday, December 7 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Hopkinton Senior Center (28 Mayhew St) the Charter Review Committee will hold a public forum on its recommended changes. There will be three significant changes presented for consideration at the forum:
• Changing the Town Clerk from elected to appointed by the Board of Selectmen;
• Standardizing reporting structure for Town employees; and
• Streamlining the Budget Schedule and Warrant Process.
If you cannot attend you may contact the committee chair Pam Waxlax at email@example.com.
At least once every ten (10) years, in each year ending in a six (6), the Town Clerk shall establish a special committee for the purpose of reviewing this Charter and to make a report, with recommendations, to the Town Meeting concerning any proposed amendments which said committee may determine to be necessary or desirable.
The Charter Review Commission held a forum on September 19 to gather public input. You can watch the video on HCAM’s YouTube Channel. At their December 7, 2016 Public Forum, the Charter Review Commission intends to present a “near final” charter with their proposed changes, providing background and support for any proposed changes as well as another opportunity to answer questions from the residents. They have requested that the Board of Selectmen hold a Special Town Meeting on February 13, 2017, allowing requisite time for the Attorney General to review the revised charter and placement on the ballot for the May 15, 2017 annual town election.
If you could not attend the September forum, you may feel free to attend any of the upcoming Charter Review Committee meetings and speak during the public comment period, or contact the committee chair Pam Waxlax at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next meetings are scheduled for October 12, October 26, November 9 and November 21.