Category Archives: Town Meeting 2014

Town Meeting Day 3 Results (unofficial)

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All of the remaining nine articles passed at Day 3 of Town Meeting last night and the meeting was adjourned shortly after 9:00pm.

  1. Neighborhood Mixed Use District – Lumber Street PASSED (Yes 137 / No 19)
  2. Sidewalk Easement – East Main Street PASSED
  3. Gift of Land – Hunters Ridge Open Space PASSED
  4. Gift of Land – 294 Hayden Rowe Street PASSED
  5. Acceptance of Easement – Upper Charles Trail PASSED
  6. Acquisition of Property at 25 Ash Street PADDED (Yes 81 / No 41)
  7. Street Acceptances PASSED
  8. Scenic Road Designation – Chamberlain Street PASSED
  9. Commissioner of School Trust Funds PASSED

Town Election is coming up in just 11 days on Monday, May 19.  Click here to read the list of candidates and ballot questions. Stay tuned for more info coming soon.

Town Meeting Day 2 Results (unofficial)

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  1. Sidewalk Construction and Rehabilitation Program $1,519,000 PASSED
  2. Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming – Near the Schools $400,000 FAILED (Yes 67 / No 82)
  3. Fire Station Roof Repair $400,000 PASSED
  4. International Horton Ambulance $270,000 PASSED
  5. Vactor Truck $395,000 PASSED
  6. Evaluation Studies of School Roof Repairs – Hopkins and the High School $30,000  from Free Cash PASSED as amended by Dr Duffy.
  7. School Safety and Security $152,400 from Free Cash PASSED as amended by Dr Duffy.
  8. Board of Assessors Consultant $21,300 PASSED
  9. Community Preservation Recommendations $208,000 ALL PASSED
    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.
  10. Farmer’s Market Wine Sampling on Town Common PASSED
  11. Downtown Business/Residence A District Boundary Modifications PASSED
  12. Downtown Business District Lot Area FAILED to get the required 2/3 vote (Yes 87 / No 78)
  13. Industrial A and Industrial B Districts – frontage PASSED
  14. Floodplain District PASSED
  15. Repeal Subdivision Phasing Bylaw PASSED
  16. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries PASSED
  17. Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – Hockey Rink PASSED
  18. Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – More dwelling units; senior housing development definition – Legacy Farms FAILED (Yes 61 / No 107)

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

Coming Up on Town Meeting Day 3 Tonight

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Hopkinton Annual Town Meeting Day 3
Wednesday, May 7 at 7:00-11:00pm
Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium
There are 9 articles left to vote. Town meeting continues on consecutive evenings 7:00-11:00pm until all the articles are voted.

  1. Neighborhood Mixed Use District – Lumber Street
  2. Sidewalk Easement – East Main Street
  3. Gift of Land – Hunters Ridge Open Space
  4. Gift of Land – 294 Hayden Rowe Street
  5. Acceptance of Easement – Upper Charles Trail
  6. Acquisition of Property at 25 Ash Street
  7. Street Acceptances
  8. Scenic Road Designation – Chamberlain Street
  9. Commissioner of School Trust Funds

Town Meeting Day 1 Results (unofficial)

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  1. Acceptance of Town Reports PASSED
  2. FY14 Supplement Appropriations – transfer $935,000 from Free Cash for HR, Snow Removal, 300th Anniversary PASSED
  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 PASSED
  4. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years – NO ACTION (no unpaid bills)
  5. Property Tax Exemption Increase for Veterans and Seniors – PASSED
  6. Amend the Salary of an Elected Official – Town Clerk Salary $67,250.00 PASSED
  7. FY15 Operating Budget – Town and School budgets together – Raise and appropriate $64,422,279.81 Amended to $64,483,923.81 (Total budget including transfers from Community Preservation and various Enterprise Funds is a little over $70M) PASSED
  8. Underride – $1,250,000 PASSED
  9. FY15 Revolving Funds PASSED
  10. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $662,271 PASSED
  11. Transfer to Capital Expense Stabilization Fund – $50,000 $20,000 PASSED as amended by Dr Duffy
  12. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $50,000 PASSED
  13. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $350,000 $197,600 PASSED as amended by Dr. Duffy
  14. Pay As You Go Capital Expenses – $789,999 ALL PASSED
    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). An amendment to reduce the amount failed. The article then PASSED with a clear 2/3 majority.

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

Coming Up on Town Meeting Day 2 Tonight

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Hopkinton Annual Town Meeting Day 2
Tuesday, May 6 at 7:00-11:00pm
Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium
There are 27 articles left to vote. Town meeting will repeat the following evenings 7:00-11:00pm until all the articles are voted.

  1. Sidewalk Construction and Rehabilitation Program $1,519,000
  2. Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming – Near the Schools $400,000
  3. Fire Station Roof Repair $400,000
  4. International Horton Ambulance $270,000
  5. Vactor Truck $395,000
  6. Evaluation Studies of School Roof Repairs – Hopkins and the High School $30,000
  7. School Safety and Security $152,400
  8. Board of Assessors Consultant $21,300
  9. 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.
  10. Farmer’s Market Wine Sampling on Town Common
  11. Downtown Business/Residence A District Boundary Modifications
  12. Downtown Business District Lot Area
  13. Industrial A and Industrial B Districts – frontage
  14. Floodplain District
  15. Repeal Subdivision Phasing Bylaw
  16. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
  17. Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – Hockey Rink
  18. Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – More dwelling units; senior housing development definition – Legacy Farms
  19. Neighborhood Mixed Use District – Lumber Street
  20. Sidewalk Easement – East Main Street
  21. Gift of Land – Hunters Ridge Open Space
  22. Gift of Land – 294 Hayden Rowe Street
  23. Acceptance of Easement – Upper Charles Trail
  24. Acquisition of Property at 25 Ash Street
  25. Street Acceptances
  26. Scenic Road Designation – Chamberlain Street
  27. Commissioner of School Trust Funds

Photo Gallery of Remaining Town Meeting Articles

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

Town Meeting Begins Tomorrow at 7:00pm

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Hopkinton Annual Town Meeting Day 1
Monday, May 5 at 7:00-11:00pm
Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium
There are 42 articles to vote on in the warrant this year. Town meeting will repeat the following evenings 7:00-11:00pm until all the articles are voted. We expect Town Meeting to last 1-2 evenings. A photo gallery, full list of articles, and our Town Meeting 101 is included in the following posts.

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Useful Documents:

Photo Gallery of Town Meeting Articles

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