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List of Articles for Town Meeting 2017

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eHop will provide more details and links prior to Town Meeting, but for now here are the key documents and the list of articles.

REPORTS:

  1. Acceptance of Town Reports – HOPKINTON MA 2016 Annual Town Report
  2. Hopkinton Day

FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2017:

  1. FY 2017 Supplemental Appropriations – $500,000 from free cash for snow & ice removal in excess of last year’s budget
  2. FY 2017 Budget Transfers
  3. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years

FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2018:

  1. Property Tax Exemption Increase
  2. Senior Tax Relief
  3. Means Tested Senior Property Tax Exemption
  4. Set the Salary of Elected Officials – Town Clerk $65,630.24
  5. Fiscal 2018 Operating Budget – $82,257,328.78 (This includes $42,591,311 for the Hopkinton Public Schools)
  6. FY 2018 Revolving Funds
  7. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $651,149 paid by the state to support the Town’s Pavement Management Plan
  8. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $300,000 from free cash
  9. Transfer to Capital Expense Stabilization Fund
  10. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $379,264 from free cash
  11. Underride
  12. Hopkinton Day Funds
  13. Sewer Flow Metering Program – $150,000 from Sewer Enterprise Fund Borrowing

CAPITAL EXPENSES AND PROJECTS:

  1. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses
    • Highway Ford Explorer $41,000
    • Repair of Lake Maspenock Dam $110,000
    • Replacement of Hayden Rowe Drainage Pipe $90,000
    • Replacement of Police Vehicles $79,468
    • Garage Door at Main St. Fire Station $70,140
    • Retrofit Police Department Access Control System $57,239
    • Install IP Cameras at Fire Department $39,754
    • Replacement Desktops and Laptops $34,921
    • Building & Grounds Equipment – Systemwide – Schools $30,000
    • Systemwide Security Upgrades – Schools $100,000
    • Systemwide Technology Upgrades – Schools $70,000
    • Hopkins School HVAC Assessment & Upgrades $125,000
  2. Fire Station Roof HVAC $525,000 Debt Exclusion
  3. Main Street Cemetery Fence Repairs
  4. Re-purposing of Appropriated Funds – ATM 2016 Article 23 – $50,000
  5. Fruit Street Blending Facility Construction $1,500,000 from Water Enterprise Fund Borrowing
  6. Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming $1,050,000 Debt Exclusion – Hayden Rowe Traffic Forum Slides 03-29-2017
  7. Chestnut Street Sidewalks – Citizen’s Petition – This has been withdrawn
  8. DPW Salt Shed $260,000 from General Fund Borrowing
  9. Elmwood School Solution – $600,000 for a Feasibility Study from General Fund Borrowing
  10. Application of Bond Premiums
  11. Excess Bond Premium

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUNDS:

  1. Community Preservation Funds
  2. Community Preservation Recommendations
    • a.) $55,000 from Budgeted Reserves for a Shared Use Trail on property located on the former Hughes Property and shown on the Assessor’s Map as U24 10 0, U24 10A and U24 9 0 (192 Hayden Rowe); provided, however, that no work shall be performed with CPC funds except on such property, that signage shall be installed prohibiting dogs off the Shared Use Trail, that no trail construction shall commence until a plan is approved which identifies the location of a dog park on the property, and that no bridge shall be constructed over wetlands located on the property with CPC funds; said sum to be spent under the direction of Hopkinton Trails Club and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • b.) $20,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation to preserve Hopkinton and Upton Town land records, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Town Clerk and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • c.) $200 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for the Film Reel Conversion of “Hopkinton Fair” 1944-1945, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of Hopkinton Historical Society and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • d.) $10,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for Historic Headstone Restoration, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of Hopkinton Cemetery Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • e.) $7,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for the professional organization, cataloging and display of the Cheney Family Collection; determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town. Said sum to be spend under the direction of the Hopkinton Historical Society and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • f.) $4,000 from Budgeted Reserves for the Reconstruction of Three Bridges in the Town owned Cameron Woods Property. Said sum to be spent under the direction of Hopkinton Area Land Trust (HALT), the Open Space Preservation Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • g.) $25,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for an Architectural Historical Survey. Funding request is contingent upon receiving a Massachusetts Historic Grant, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of Hopkinton Historical Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • h.) $400,000 for the Fruit Street Building bathroom, concession and storage facility; said sum to be spent under the direction of Parks and Recreation Commission and the Community Preservation Committee, and for the purpose of meeting such appropriation, to authorize the Town Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to borrow said sum in accordance with Chapter 44B, Section 11 of the Massachusetts General Laws, or any other enabling authority; provided, however, that payment of debt service on the bonds and notes for this purpose shall be made from CPC reserve funds.
    • i.) $250,000 from Budgeted Reserves for EMC Park Lighting; said sum to be spent under the direction of Parks and Recreation Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • j.) $5,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for Cemetery Fencing on Main Street, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Cemetery Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • k.) $26,000 from Budgeted Reserves for the engineering, and limited construction support for Reed Park; said sum to be spent under the direction of Parks and Recreation Commission.
    • l.) $5,500 from Budgeted Reserves for benches for the Center Trail; said sum to be spend under the direction of Open Space Preservation Committee, Hopkinton Area Land Trust (HALT) and the Community Preservation Committee.
    • m.) $5,000 from funds reserved for Historical Preservation for Cemetery Fencing on Main Street, determined by the Historical Commission to be significant to the history, archeology, architecture or culture of the Town; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Cemetery Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.

ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENTS:

  1. Utility Structures
  2. Restaurant Definition and Parking Requirements
  3. Flexible Community Development Bylaw
  4. Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development
  5. Hotel Parking Requirement
  6. Gross Floor Area/Site Plan Review
  7. Moratorium on Marijuana Establishments
  8. Sign Bylaw

GENERAL BYLAW AMENDMENTS:

  1. Public Consumption of Tetrahydrocannabinol (marijuana / cannabis)
  2. Minutes of Public Bodies
  3. Departmental Revolving Funds
  4. Posting of Warrant
  5. Town Meeting Quorum – Citizen’s Petition
  6. Alcohol Sales at Town Facilities
  7. Kennels
  8. Construction Waste or Debris Bylaw
  9. Discharges to Storm Drain System
  10. Driveway Standards
  11. Unregistered Motor Vehicles

LAND ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSITIONS:

  1. Gift of Land – Hehn’s Farm Way
  2. Gift of Land – Box Mill Road
  3. Street Acceptances
    • Cider Mill Road from Ash Street to Dead End
    • Cold Spring Brook Road from North Mill Street to Dead End
    • Cranberry Lane from South Mill Street to Dead End
    • Pinetree Lane from North Mill Street to Dead End
  4. Easement – 125 East Main Street
  5. Fruit Street Property – Lease to Youth Organization
  6. Fruit Street Property – Lease to Animal Shelter

ADMINISTRATIVE:

  1. Early Voting – Citizen’s Petition
  2. PILOT Agreement – MA Solar Highway Phase 1B LLC
  3. PILOT Agreement – NRG DG Marathon LLC
  4. Set local speed limits – 25 MPH
  5. Set local speed limits – Designated Safety Zones
  6. Constables – to make the position of Constable an appointed, instead of elected, position to be appointed by the Board of Selectmen.
  7. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton

5th Annual “Know Your Vote” 4/24 at 6:30 PM at the High School

Know Your Vote Postcard 2017

In preparation for Annual Town Meeting, eHop (educate • engage • empower | Hopkinton) in conjunction with the Town of Hopkinton, will hold its 5th Annual “Know Your Vote” forum on Monday, April 24 at 6:30-8:30 pm in the Hopkinton High School library. The forum will be broadcast on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8/Verizon 30) and streamed on Facebook Live at facebook.com/eHop01748. This is your chance to get the answers you need from town officials before Town Meeting.

A few key issues to be voted on at this year’s Annual Town Meeting include a temporary moratorium on non-medical marijuana establishments, traffic calming measures on Hayden Rowe ($1M), a feasibility study to renovate or replace Elmwood School ($600K), and additional funds to begin the construction of an athletic facility on Fruit Street ($400K). Read the full 2017 Annual Town Meeting Warrant at http://ehop.org/HopTM17Warrant. There are 63 articles on the warrant this year.

Come join the conversation and learn about the potential impact of these and other important votes. You can also submit questions in advance to knowyourvote@eHop01748.org or on facebook.com/eHop01748 or by using the hashtag #HopTM17.

Panelists will include Town Moderator Thomas J. Garabedian, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, Superintendent of Schools Cathy MacLeod, Selectmen Chair Brian Herr, School Committee Chair Lori Nickerson, Planning Board Chair Ken Weismantel, Town Planner Elaine Lazarus, and Director of Youth and Family Services Denise Hildreth.

eHop (ehop.org) is a Hopkinton based 501(c)(4) nonprofit whose mission is to provide timely and factual information about key town matters with the goal of increasing government transparency and fostering civic engagement.

Important Info:

Annual Town Meeting begins Monday, May 1 at 7:00pm in the Middle School Auditorium. It generally stops at 11:00pm and is continued on consecutive evenings until the full warrant is voted. Town Meeting typically lasts 2-4 nights.

Town Meeting Warrant Open – Citizen’s Petitions due by 3/1

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Have an idea or want to change something, but don’t know how to go about it? See the Guide for Citizen Petitioners (PDF) or view our slide show on Google Drive.

The 2017 Annual Town Meeting will commence on Monday, May 1, 2017. Please be advised that articles may be submitted to the Board of Selectmen/Town Manager’s office. Per the Town Charter, the warrant will close on March 1, 2017. Draft article language should be submitted to the Selectmen/Town Manager’s office on paper or via email to mglynn@hopkintonma.gov. Petition papers may be obtained and submitted at the Town Clerk’s office during normal business hours.

Town Meeting Results Day 2 (unofficial)

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  1. 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 (A motion for No Action FAILED on Day 1 of Town Meeting.) An alternate motion for $320,000 FAILED on Town Meeting Day 2.

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUNDS:

  1. Community Preservation Recommendations – ALL CPC ITEMS PASSED
    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. PASSED
  2. Amend Garden Apartments in Residential Districts and Village Housing in Residential Districts Bylaws PASSED
  3. Repeal Senior Housing Development Bylaw PASSED
  4. Amend Site Plan Review and Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development Bylaws PASSED
  5. Amend Sign Bylaw PASSED
  6. Amend Hotel Overlay District PASSED
  7. Elmwood Park Business District FAILED
  8. Dog Day Care PASSED
  9. Animal Shelters – PASSED

GENERAL BYLAW AMENDMENTS:

  1. Repeal Sex Offender Residency Requirement – PASSED

LAND ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSITIONS:

  1. Acquisition of Easement – 91 West Main Street – PASSED
  2. Acquisition of Easement – Leonard Street –  PASSED
  3. Gift of Land – Connelly Hill Estates – PASSED
  4. Gift of land – Hilltop Road – NO ACTION voted on the  Consent Agenda
  5. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Recreation Parcel – PASSED
  6. Street Acceptance – PASSED
    • 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 PASSED
    • “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. – NO ACTION

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. – PASSED
  2. Town Clerk – to change the position of Town Clerk from elected to appointed (hired). FAILED (Voted on Day 1 after Article 7)
  3. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton – to appoint Jeanne Bernardin (7 Kimball Road) as a Trustee – PASSED in the Consent Agenda on Day 1

Meeting Adjourned at 10:08 PM.

Town Meeting Results Day 1 (unofficial)

CONSENT AGENDA – PASSED:

  • 3. FY 2016 Budget Transfers – NO ACTION
  • 5. Property Tax Exemption Increase PASSED
  • 26. School Building & Grounds Storage Facility – Design & Feasibility $25,000 – NO ACTION
  • 45. Gift of land – Hilltop Road – NO ACTION
  • 52. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton – to appoint Jeanne Bernardin (7 Kimball Road) as a Trustee PASSED

REPORTS:

  1. Acceptance of Town Reports – PASSED

FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2016:

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

FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2017:

  1. Property Tax Exemption Increase – PASSED in Consent Agenda
  2. Personal Property Tax Bill Threshold – PASSED
  3. Set the Salary of Elected Officials – Town Clerk $65,630 – PASSED
  1. Town Clerk – to change the position of Town Clerk from elected to appointed (hired). FAILED
  1. Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget $75,982,132.38, which is a +2.46% Tax Impact (net of new growth) PASSED
    • Motion by Ron Shamus to divide the article so that line 422 (including Lake Weeds) is voted separately. PASSES YES-100 to NO-65
    • Revote of Motion by Ron Shamus to divide the article so that line 422 (only Lake Weeds) is voted separately. FAILS YES-76 to NO-94
    • Main Motion Operating Budget PASSED
  2. FY 2017 Revolving Funds. PASSED
  3. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $651,957 PASSED
  4. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $300,000 PASSED
  5. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $612,647 PASSED

CAPITAL EXPENSES AND PROJECTS:

  1. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses PASSED
    • 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
  3. Sidewalk Master Plan Phase II – $136,000 – PASSED
  4. Transfer Funds to Purchase Fire Vehicle and Equipment – $500,000 PASSED
  5. Transfer Funds to Purchase Fire Vehicle – $125,000 PASSED
  6. Transfer Funds to Reequip/Reconfigure Fire Vehicle and Equipment – $55,000 PASSED
  7. Purchase of Dump Truck $200,000 DPW PASSED
  8. Grove Street Water Tank Replacement $1,530,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund PASSED
  9. Water Main Replacement – Hayden Rowe Street $260,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund PASSED
  10. Water Source of Supply $1,000,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund PASSED
  11. Biological Filtration Wells #4 & #5 $50,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund PASSED
  12. Middle School Auditorium Upgrades (Install air conditioning, repaint stage floor, replace curtains, stage rigging, control console, & light board) $167,000 PASSED
  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 – A motion for No Action FAILED. An alternate motion will be considered as the first Agenda item for Tuesday’s Town Meeting.
  14. School Building & Grounds Storage Facility – Design & Feasibility $25,000 – NO ACTION – Consent Agenda
  15. Artificial Turf Field with Lights – Design & Feasibility $100,000 – NO ACTION
  16. Signage for Historical Sites – $15,000
  17. Transfer Funds for New Capital Projects – NO ACTION
  18. Cemetery Roadway Opening – access to the Claflin St from Mt Auburn Cemetery – $2,500 PASSED

There was some discussion of article 31 (CPC Funding Projects), but it was not ultimately voted. The meeting adjourned at 11:06 PM.

Coming Up on Town Meeting Day 2 Tonight

Town Meeting May 2, 2016

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  1. 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 – A motion for No Action FAILED on Day 1 of Town Meeting. An alternate motion for $320,000 will be considered as the first Agenda item for Town Meeting Day 2.

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 voted on the  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). FAILED (Voted on Day 1 after Article 7)
  3. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton – to appoint Jeanne Bernardin (7 Kimball Road) as a Trustee – PASSED in the Consent Agenda on Day 1

Photo Gallery of Town Meeting Articles to Come

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

Town Meeting 101 – A Photo Essay

Step #1 – PARKING available on the side or back of middle school, ENTER through the side of the building, LEFT into the MS cafeteria.

Step #2 – FIND YOUR DISTRICT – check board, proceed to your assigned CHECK-IN table and state your address and name, take your VOTING PASS.

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Step #3 – Proceed to hallway and pick up your informational packets, enter auditorium and find a seat! Non-voters must sit in specified seating in the front left near the stage. Get comfortable!

A huge thank you to the Hopkinton Town Clerk and the election workers for their help with this photo essay!