Category Archives: Town Meeting 2015

Town Meeting Results Day 3 (unofficial) – Legacy Farms change passes

Article 30 - Amend Open Space Mixed Use Overlay District to allow 180 more units, age restricted – Legacy Farms
Article 30 – Amend Open Space Mixed Use Overlay District to allow 180 more units, age restricted – Legacy Farms

Documents:

  1. Community Preservation Recommendations
    1. Fruit Street Athletic Complex Building – Amended to Concession Area, Restrooms & Storage – $500,000
      CPC Motion 2 (Item h) PASSED
  2. Amend Open Space Mixed Use Overlay District to allow 180 more units, age restricted – Legacy Farms
    • Amendment proposed to decrease total new Dwelling Units from 940 to 840, and increase Senior Housing Developments from 180 to 280 Dwelling Units. FAILED
    • Main motion – FAILED to get the required 2/3rds – Yes 157 No 82
    • RECOUNT – PASSED Yes 166  No 82
    • SECOND RECOUNT – PASSED Yes 171 No 85 – Passed by just 1 vote
  3. Adjust boundary line between Downtown Business District & Residence A District off B Street – PASSED
  4. Amend Industrial B District to allow indoor recreation uses by right, and to adopt a definition of indoor recreation uses – PASSED
  5. Housekeeping article to move definition of Lots in Two or More Residential Districts – Action: Housekeeping item to clarify zoning. PASSED
  6. Amend Downtown Business District to allow parking between principal buildings and the street by special permit – PASSED
  7. Amend Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development – PASSED
  8. Amend site plan review bylaw pertaining to site lighting – PASSED
  9. Housekeeping article on modifying Design Review Board Bylaw – PASSED
  10. Sign bylaw amendments – PASSED after a typo noticed by Mike Shepard was corrected.
  11. Housekeeping article to consolidate and coordinate special permit language – PASSED
  12. Adjust boundary line between Residence Lake Front District & Rural Business District Hayward Street – Citizen’s Petition by Property Owner, William C. Tetlow – PASSED Yes 123  No 35
  13. Tax Collector Tax Authority – Motion for No Action PASSED on Consent Agenda on 5/4
  14. Secondhand Dealer Bylaw – FAILED
  15. Acquisition of Property at 135 Hayden Rowe Street – Irvine Site – 28.7 Acres – $1.8 million
    • Friendly amendment to add the deed book and page number PASSED
    • Amendment to require Selectmen to obtain a satisfactory appraisal. PASSED
    • Main motion PASSED by a clear 2/3rds.
  16. Acquisition of Property at 147 Hayden Rowe Street – Todaro Site – 23.8 acres – $1.5 million
    • Amendment to require Selectmen to obtain a satisfactory appraisal. PASSED
    • Friendly amendment to add the deed book and page number PASSED
    • Main motion PASSED by a clear 2/3rds.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Acquisition of Property at 15 Claflin Avenue (to be used for a cemetery) – 3.5 acres – $310,000
    • Amendment to require Selectmen to obtain a satisfactory appraisal. PASSED
    • Main motion PASSED
  20. 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
    • Amendment to require Selectmen to obtain a satisfactory appraisal. PASSED
    • Main motion PASSED
  21. 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
  22. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Athletic Field – Action: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement. PASSED
  23. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Municipal Parcel – Action: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement. PASSED
  24. Gift of Property at 123 East Main Street – “Toll House” Historic Site – Pending CPC Funds Approval in Article 29. PASSED
  25. Gift of Drainage Easement at 287 Hayden Rowe Street – Action: Housekeeping item. Drainage easement. PASSED on Consent Agenda on 5/4
  26. Street Acceptances – Action: The Town will accept seven roads as public ways; increased state revenue. PASSED on Consent Agenda on 5/4
  27. Ashland-Hopkinton Fire and Emergency Services District – Motion for No Action PASSED on Consent Agenda
  28. Fruit Street Conceptual Master Plan PASSED
  29. 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

Town Meeting adjourned at 12:02AM! A huge thank you to everyone who stayed until the very end, so that we didn’t have to come back for a fourth night!

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.

Photo Gallery of Town Meeting Articles Still to Come

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Town Meeting Results Day 1 (unofficial)

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Documents:

Consent Agenda Motions Passed on Articles 3, 4, 41, 45, 46, 49, 53, 54, 55, and 57 at the beginning of the meeting. Read more in the consent agenda. Consent Agenda articles 33, 50, and 51 were held for debate for later in the week.

  1. Acceptance of Town Reports – PASSED
  2. FY 2015 Supplemental Appropriations – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED – The State has not yet certified Hopkinton’s “Free Cash” amount, so no money is available yet for these items.
    • 199 General Government; Hydrant Rental To be transferred to the Water Enterprise Fund $167,360
    •  422  Highway; Lake Maspenock Weed Control $60,000 – This will be discussed later under article 8.
    • 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. Motion for NO ACTION PASSED
  4. Tercentennial Funds – Consent Agenda – Action: The Town is moving $890.92 in between accounts. PASSED
  5. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years – Transfer from free cash the sum of $5,047.60 – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED – The State has not yet certified Hopkinton’s “Free Cash” amount, so no money is available yet for these items.
    Later in the evening, a motion to RECONSIDER article 5 was TABLED until Tuesday evening.
  6. Property Tax Exemption Increase – PASSED
  7. Set the Salary of Elected Officials – Town Clerk, $70,000 – PASSED
  8. Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget – $72 million
  9. FY 2016 Revolving Funds – PASSED
  10. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $662,271 – PASSED
  11. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $300,000 – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED – The State has not yet certified Hopkinton’s “Free Cash” amount, so no money is available yet for these items.
  12. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $411,118 – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED – The State has not yet certified Hopkinton’s “Free Cash” amount, so no money is available yet for these items.
  13. Local Hotel Tax Amendment – amend its local room occupancy excise tax rate to 6% – PASSED
  14. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED – The State has not yet certified Hopkinton’s “Free Cash” amount, so no money is available yet for these items.
    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

Town Meeting adjourned shortly before 11:00pm and will reconvene Tuesday, May 5 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

Photo Gallery of Town Meeting Articles Still to Come

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Town Meeting Begins Tonight at 7:00pm

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Hopkinton Annual Town Meeting Day 1
Monday, May 4 at 7:00-11:00pm
Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium
There are 57 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 2-4 evenings. A photo gallery, full list of articles, and our Town Meeting 101 is included in the following posts.

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Photo Gallery of Town Meeting Articles

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