Category Archives: Town Election 2015

Question 4: 147 Hayden Rowe Street – Todaro Property

Article 44 - Acquisition of Property at 147 Hayden Rowe Street - Todaro Site - 23.8 acres - $1.5 million
Ballot Question 4 – Acquisition of Property at 147 Hayden Rowe Street – Todaro Site – 23.8 acres – $1.5 million

Question 4: Shall the Town be allowed to be exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a parcel of land located at 147 Hayden Rowe. 

Annual Town Meeting voted to borrow $1.5 million for the purchase of this property, consisting of approximately 23.8 acres of land on property commonly known as the Todaro Parcel.  To borrow the money the town must also pass a debt exclusion under proposition 2 1/2, authorizing a temporary increase in the town’s levy to cover the cost of borrowing.

Debt exclusions like the one sought here differ from proposition 2 1/2 overrides for operating budget increases in that they only cause an increase in the levy for the life of the loan and they do not affect the base upon which future years’ tax levy will be determined.

  • A “yes” vote would approve the expenditure and allow the town to purchase the land.
  • A “no” vote would mean that the Town could not borrow the funds to proceed with the project without a future affirmative ballot vote within 90 days.

The Todaro parcel abuts Water Fresh Farm and the Irvine property, the site selected for the proposed new elementary school building.  Proponents of this question cite the unique opportunity to acquire the land which is conveniently located in proximity to the schools and could house many different town functions.  The purchase of the property is expected to cost the average single family home owner $34 in the first year, with an expected loan of 10 years.

Question 5: 15 Claflin Avenue – Cemetery Use

Article 47 - Acquisition of Property at 15 Claflin Avenue (to be used for a cemetery) - 3.5 acres - $310,000
Ballot Question 5 – Acquisition of Property at 15 Claflin Avenue (to be used for a cemetery) – 2.5 acres – $259,900

Question 5: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a portion of the parcel of land located at 15 Claflin Avenue and shown as parcel U16-14-0 on the Assessors Map?

The 2015 Annual Town Meeting voted to borrow $259,900 for the purchase of a portion of the parcel of land, consisting of approximately 2.5 acres, located at 15 Claflin Avenue and shown as Parcel B on a plan entitled “Compiled Plan of Land, Hopkinton MA,” prepared for Raymond Davis by J.D. Marquedant & Associates, Inc. (dated May 4, 2015), to be used for cemetery purposes. This borrowing was made contingent on the passage of a debt exclusion under Proposition 2 1/2, authorizing a temporary increase in the Town’s levy limit to cover the cost of borrowing for this purchase.

  • A YES vote would mean that the funds are approved and the expenditure will proceed.
  • A NO vote would mean that the funds are disapproved and the expenditure cannot proceed without a future ballot vote within 90 days.

This override is expected to cost the average single-family homeowner in town $10 in the first year of borrowing. The borrowing is expected over 5 years. The land is adjacent to the Mount Auburn Cemetery, which allows for a contiguous parcel for these services and this new land can be accessed from the existing cemetery.

Question 6: 102 Fruit Street – Pratt Farm and Scout Lodge

Article 48 - Acquisition of Property at 102 Fruit Street - 43 acres -Purchase of the Pratt Estate for the purposes of open space and other municipal purposes.
Ballot Question 6 – Acquisition of Property at 102 Fruit Street – 33 acres -Purchase of the Pratt Estate for the purposes of open space, scouting and other municipal purposes.

Question 6: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a portion of the parcel of land located at 102 Fruit Street and shown as parcel R6-5-0 on the Assessors Map as shown on a plan?

The 2015 Annual Town Meeting voted to borrow $2.5 million for the purchase of a portion of the parcel of land, consisting of approximately 32.68 acres, located at 102 Fruit Street (commonly known as Pratt Farm) and shown as Lot 1 on a Plan of Land entitled “Plan of Land in Hopkinton, Mass (Middlesex County),” prepared by Metrowest Engineering, Inc., 75 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA 01702 (dated May 4, 2015), to be used for recreational purposes, water supply and access by the Town to adjacent properties owned by the Town. This borrowing was made contingent on the passage of a debt exclusion under Proposition 2 1/2, authorizing a temporary increase in the Town’s levy limit to cover the cost of borrowing for this purchase.

  • A YES vote would mean that the funds are approved and the expenditure will proceed.
  • A NO vote would mean that the funds are disapproved and the expenditure cannot proceed without a future ballot vote within 90 days.

This override is expected to cost the average single-family homeowner in town $43 in the first year of borrowing. The borrowing is expected over 15 years. Proponents cite four main reasons for supporting this purchase:

  1. Municipal Water Resource Area – The Pratt Farm is a valuable water resource as a potential municipal well site & ground water recharge area and is adjacent to the existing town wells. Acquisition may assist in meeting Storm Water Management Initiative. Abuts the Fruit Street site currently owned by the Town.
  2. Create a Unique Outdoor Resource – Following acquisition, the Town will create a Master Plan to identify and provide multiple resident uses of the property that will benefit the entire community, such as Trail Network, Day Use Areas, and Community Supported Agricultural Projects. A central element of proposed Master Plan will be a collaboration agreement with Hopkinton Scout Leaders Association, Inc. (HSLA). The Town will seek input from HSLA and the community for the site’s intended recreational and other uses.
  3. Beneficial Collaboration with Local Scouting – Prior to the Town’s purchase the Pratt Estate will transfer a 1.6 acre interest to enable HSLA to construct at its own cost a Scout Lodge that will be a permanent home for the hundreds of Hopkinton’s Cub, Boy, & Girl Scouts and their parents who serve as volunteer Scout Leaders. As part of the collaboration agreement, HSLA will encourage local scouting units to support creation of the site’s infrastructure, such as trails, through community service including Boy Scout Eagle projects and Girl Scout Gold Award projects. The infrastructure will be open for use by the entire community and will become a valued benefit to the Town as a whole.
  4. Preserve Vital Natural Resources – This site abuts existing town wells and was identified as a target acquisition in the 2013 Hopkinton Open Space Master Plan, and its purchase adheres to the Vision statement recently approved by the Town. The Personal Representative of the Pratt Estate is a fiduciary who is required to sell and develop the property if the Town does not purchase.

Several Voter Info Forums this Week

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Updated Candidate List

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This year there are two contested races, Parks & Recreation and School Committee:

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 2 – CONTESTED RACE

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, Unexpired term to 2017, Vote for 1 – CONTESTED RACE

Click here for a full list of candidates and ballot questions.

HWC Meet the Candidates 4/29

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The Hopkinton Women’s Club is holding its annual Meet the Candidates Night on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 PM in the HCAM studio. Townspeople are encouraged to attend in person or watch on TV (Verizon Channel 30, Comcast Channel 8, Streaming Live at www.hcam.tv). They are also invited to ask questions of those citizens running for office in the 2015 Town Election. This year home viewers will have the opportunity to pose questions to the candidates live by calling in to 508-625-1640 during the show. Also, questions can be emailed ahead of time or that evening to live@hcam.tv.

Please click here for a list of candidates and ballot questions.

Town Election Candidates and Ballot Questions

Offices & Questions on the May 18 Ballot

This year there are two contested races, Parks & Recreation and School Committee, as well as six debt exclusion ballot questions.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 2 – CONTESTED RACE

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, Unexpired term to 2017, Vote for 1 – CONTESTED RACE

HOPKINTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 5 years, Vote for 1 – Write-In Candidate

Ballot Questions

Question 1: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to construct a new Department of Public Works headquarters facility?

Question 2: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order fund engineering designs and construction services related to making roof repairs at the Hopkins and High Schools?

Question 3: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a parcel of land located at 135 Hayden Rowe Street and shown as parcel U23-28-0 on the Assessors Map?

Question 4: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a parcel of land located at 147 Hayden Rowe Street and shown as parcels U23-32-0, U23-33-0 and U23-35-A on the Assessors Map?

Question 5: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a portion ofthe parcel of land located at 15 Claflin Avenue and shown as parcel U16-14-0 on the Assessors Map?

Question 6: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a portion of the parcel of land located at 102 Fruit Street and shown as parcel RG-5-0 on the Assessors Map as shown on a plan? Continue reading Town Election Candidates and Ballot Questions

Town Election Candidates to Date

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Many candidates have pulled nomination papers already for the upcoming Town Election, but some offices still have no candidates. To become a candidate a person must either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters by Monday, March 30; or a person may qualify by being the top vote getter in one of the town political party caucuses. The Democratic Caucus is Thursday, April 9 at 7:30pm (Town Hall) and the Republican Caucus is Friday, April 10 at 5:00pm (Town Hall).

Offices on the May 18 Ballot

SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 2

  • Todd Cestari, 19 Elizabeth Rd, Unenrolled
  • Brian Herr, 31 Elizabeth Rd, Republican

BOARD OF ASSESSORS, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • John Duffy, 175 Hayden Rowe St, Unenrolled

BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Paul Winshman, 27 Elizabeth Rd, Unenrolled

BOARD OF HEALTH, Unexpired term to 2016, Vote for 1

  • Philip Cohen, 3 John Matthew Rd, Republican

BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Thomas Pratt, 102 Fruit St, Democrat

COMMISSIONERS OF TRUST FUND, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

HOPKINTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 5 years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, For 3 years, Vote for 2

  • Daniel Terry, 9 John Matthew Rd, Republican
  • Robert Dobinski, 10 Highland St, Republican

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, Unexpired term to 2017, Vote for 1

  • Robert McGuire, 4 Huckleberry Rd, Unenrolled

PLANNING BOARD, For 5 years, Vote for 2

  • Frank Sivo, 14 Stone Crossing Way, Republican
  • Second Candidate Needed

PLANNING BOARD, Unexpired term to 2018, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 2

  • Jean Bertschmann, 4 Cider Mill Rd, Unenrolled
  • Jonathan Graziano, 8 Kimball Rd, Unenrolled
  • Brian Karp, 23 Nicholas Rd, Republican

For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 508-497-9710 or geri@hopkintonma.gov. Click to read more on the Town Clerk’s website.