Category Archives: Town Meeting 2015

List of Articles with Details and Links

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Documents:

  1. Acceptance of Town Reports
  2. FY 2015 Supplemental Appropriations
    • 199 General Government; Hydrant Rental To be transferred to the Water Enterprise Fund $167,360
    •  422  Highway; Lake Maspenock Weed Control $ 60,000
    • 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.
  4. Tercentennial Funds – Consent Agenda – Action: The Town is moving $890.92 in between accounts.
  5. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years – Transfer from free cash the sum of $5,047.60
  6. Property Tax Exemption Increase
  7. Set the Salary of Elected Officials – Town Clerk, $70,000
  8. Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget – $72 million
  9. FY 2016 Revolving Funds
  10. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $662,271
  11. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $300,000
  12. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $411,118
  13. Local Hotel Tax Amendment – amend its local room occupancy excise tax rate to 6%
  14. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses
    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
  15. Department of Public Works Facility – $14.1 million
    Town & School Building Survey Results 2012
  16. Fire Truck Replacement – $680,000
  17. Purchase of Dump Truck – $240,000
  18. Purchase of Water Utility Vehicle – $87,000
  19. Water Main Replacement – Cedar Street – $260,000
  20. Fruit Street Water Facility Engineering – Well Blending – $100,000
  21. Grove Street Water Facility – Engineering – $75,000
  22. Fruit Street Auxiliary Facility – Construction – Appropriation Committee Recommends No Action
  23. Joint Information Technology – $200,000
  24. School Safety & Security – $200,000
  25. Joint Safety and Security Upgrades – $300,000 – Appropriation Committee Recommends No Action
  26. Fire Alarm Upgrades – Middle School – Approx. $170,000
  27. Roof Repairs – Hopkins and High Schools – $1,114,000
  28. Resurfacing Basketball & Tennis Courts – $70,000
  29. 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
  30. Amend Open Space Mixed Use Overlay District to allow 180 more units, age restricted – Legacy Farms
  31. Adjust boundary line between Downtown Business District & Residence A District off B Street
  32. Amend Industrial B District to allow indoor recreation uses by right, and to adopt a definition of indoor recreation uses
  33. Housekeeping article to move definition of Lots in Two or More Residential Districts – Consent Agenda – Action: Housekeeping item to clarify zoning.
  34. Amend Downtown Business District to allow parking between principal buildings and the street by special permit
  35. Amend Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development
  36. Amend site plan review bylaw pertaining to site lighting
  37. Housekeeping article on modifying Design Review Board Bylaw
  38. Sign bylaw amendments
  39. Housekeeping article to consolidate and coordinate special permit language
  40. Adjust boundary line between Residence Lake Front District & Rural Business District Hayward Street – Citizen’s Petition by Property Owner, William C. Tetlow
  41. Tax Collector Tax Authority – Consent Agenda – No Action
  42. Secondhand Dealer Bylaw
  43. Acquisition of Property at 135 Hayden Rowe Street – Irvine Site – 28.7 Acres – $1.8 million
  44. Acquisition of Property at 147 Hayden Rowe Street – Todaro Site – 23.8 acres – $1.5 million
  45. Gift of Easement – 85 West Main Street – to create exclusive right hand turn lane onto Lumber Street – Consent Agenda – Action: To accept a small easement to create an exclusive Eastbound right turn lane.
  46. Acquisition of Easement – 91 West Main Street – to create exclusive right hand turn lane onto Lumber Street. – Consent Agenda – No Action
  47. Acquisition of Property at 15 Claflin Avenue (to be used for a cemetery) – 3.5 acres – $310,000
  48. 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
  49. Grant of Utility Easements – 98 Hayden Rowe Street – Consent Agenda – Action: Housekeeping item. For electricity to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.
  50. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Athletic Field – Consent Agenda – Action: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement.
  51. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Municipal Parcel – Consent Agenda – Action: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement.
  52. Gift of Property at 123 East Main Street – “Toll House” Historic Site – Pending CPC Funds Approval in Article 29.
  53. Gift of Drainage Easement at 287 Hayden Rowe Street – Consent Agenda – Action: Housekeeping item. Drainage easement.
  54. Street Acceptances – Consent Agenda – Action: The Town will accept seven roads as public ways; increased state revenue.
  55. Ashland-Hopkinton Fire and Emergency Services District – Consent Agenda – No Action
  56. Fruit Street Conceptual Master Plan
  57. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton – Consent Agenda – Action: Appointing Michael Contino and Kathryn Tighe to the Committee.

Proposed Consent Agenda

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Dear Town Meeting Voter:

The Consent Agenda is a tool to allow housekeeping items or articles that require “No Action” to be approved with a single vote at the start of Town Meeting. The concept is to allow for more time for the thoughtful debate of other articles. Articles with a “No Action” designation do not pass. We thank you for your consideration of this tool to make Town Meeting an efficient event!

Dr. Bruce Karlin, Town Moderator

If a Town Meeting voter opposes the inclusion of any proposed consent agenda Articles that Article/Motion will be removed from the list and the remaining Motions will be put before Town Meeting for a vote. A brief rationale of each consent agenda Article follows below.

Proposed Articles

  • Article 3: FY 2015 Budget Transfers (NO ACTION)
    • Rationale: There are not any budget transfers. No Action.
  • Article 4: Tercentennial Funds (ACTION)
    • Rationale: The Town is moving $890.92 in between accounts.
  • Article 33: Housekeeping article to move definition of lots in Two or More Res. Districts (ACTION)
    • Rationale: Housekeeping item to clarify zoning.
  • Article 41: Tax Collector Tax Authority (NO ACTION)
    • Rationale: No Action.
  • Article 45: Gift of Easement – 85 West Main Street (ACTION)
    • Rationale: To accept a small easement to create an exclusive Eastbound right turn lane.
  • Article 46: Acquisition of Easement – 91 West Main Street (NO ACTION)
    • Rationale: No Action.
  • Article 49: Grant of Utility Easements (ACTION)
    • Rationale: Housekeeping item. For electricity to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.
  • Article 50: Gift of Land – Legacy Farms Athletic field (ACTION)
    • Rationale: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement.
  • Article 51: Gift of Land – Legacy Farms Municipal Parcel (ACTION)
    • Rationale: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement.
  • Article 53: Gift of Easement at 287 Hayden Rowe Street (ACTION)
    • Rationale: Housekeeping item. Drainage easement.
  • Article 54: Street Acceptances (ACTION)
    • Rationale: The Town will accept seven roads as public ways; increased state revenue.
  • Article 55: Ashland-Hopkinton Fire & Emergency Services (NO ACTION)
    • Rationale: No Action.
  • Article 57: Trustees of the School Fund in the Town of Hopkinton (ACTION)
    • Rationale: Appointing Michael Contino and Kathryn Tighe to the Committee.

Town Meeting 101

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You do not need to bring anything to Town Meeting. However, many people find that bringing a notebook and pen or pencil is helpful to make notes during the discussions. No food or drink is allowed in the Middle School Auditorium. There is a drinking fountain outside the auditorium. Many people also find that something to occupy one’s hands is helpful. If you are a knitter, for example, bring a small project. There are plenty of padded stationary folding auditorium style chairs, which are reasonably comfortable. But remember you’ll be there for a long time, so wear comfortable clothes.

Town Meeting begins at 7:00pm in the Middle School Auditorium. Enter by Grove Street and please allow time to park and walk to the building. As you enter the Middle School, head to the left to the cafeteria to sign in. To actually vote in the auditorium, you must be a Hopkinton resident registered to vote and you must sign in at the voter table. Your name will be checked off and you’ll be given a piece of paper. Hold on to this piece of paper; you will need it when it is time for the votes to be counted! You’ll see a table of handouts and fact sheets regarding all the proposed article to be voted on from both the town boards and committees. There is some terrific information here that may answer many of your questions. Listening devices for the hearing impaired will be available, please ask when you check in.

You do not have to be present for the entire town meeting to vote, though the more that participate in whole, the more balanced the democratic process. A quorum of 100 people is required to open the meeting. There is no set time to check in. The meeting will be broadcast live via HCAM TV (Comcast 8/Verizon 30/Streaming live at www.hcam.tv), but you MUST be present to vote. You just need to check in prior to the vote, whenever you arrive. You only have to check in once, and you can come and go from the auditorium as you please. You can text (with phone switched to silent mode) from within the auditorium, although there is minimal cell coverage. Step outside to make a phone call.

The Board of Selectmen (Todd Cestari, Chair) presides over the meeting, which is facilitated by the Town Moderator (Dr. Bruce Karlin) and recorded by the Town Clerk (Geri Holland). The format of the meeting itself follows Robert’s Rules of Order. Articles are presented, motions made, discussions ensue. Sometimes it can be a little confusing if an amendment comes up, so keep your ears open. Listen carefully — and you’ll learn a lot. There are 57 articles on the warrant (agenda) for Hopkinton’s Annual Town Meeting.

The committee or board presenting each article may make a brief presentation before each article. The Town Moderator, Dr. Karlin, will facilitate a question and answer period for registered residents. If you choose to ask a question or comment on an article, step up to one of the microphones located in the auditorium aisles. Wait for the moderator, to recognize you, then state your name and address, and keep your comments brief, civil, and to the point. The comment, question and answer period will end when either #1 the moderator sees that no one else is waiting at the microphone to speak or #2 a voter comes to the microphone, is recognized by the moderator, and says “I move the question” or “I call the question.” The motion to end debate must then be seconded and then adopted by a ⅔ vote.

As for the actual voting, most votes start as a voice vote. The moderator asks all in favor and all opposed. If the voice vote sounds close, it will go to a standing count. The moderator will ask all in favor to stand up. Now is the time to get out that piece of paper! Hold out your paper and remain standing until the counters for your section have indicated that your vote has been recorded.

Although you can leave at any time, we recommend you do NOT leave until the meeting is officially adjourned. Someone may ask for a recount, and if a large group has already left, the outcome could be different, especially if the original vote was close. If you have any other questions about Town Meeting, please ask!

Watch “Know Your Vote” Thursday – Send Questions

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Our annual “Know Your Vote” pre-Town Meeting show will be airing live on HCAM Thursday 4/30 at 7:00pm.  Please send in your questions regarding this year’s Town Meeting. Email them in advance to knowyourvote@educatehopkinton.com or call the studio at 508.625.1640 to ask your question live on the air between 7:00-8:00pm.  Residents are invited to attend the forum in person (HCAM-TV Studios, 77 Main St, Lower Level, Hopkinton) or watch on TV (Verizon Channel 30, Comcast Channel 8, Streaming Live at www.hcam.tv).

Panelists from various town committees will be available at the forum to answer your questions about any of the Town Meeting articles. Panelists include: Town Moderator Bruce Karlin, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, Superintendent of Schools Cathy MacLeod, Selectmen Chair Todd Cestari, School Committee Chair Jon Graziano, and Planning Board Chair Ken Weismantel.

Important Info:

Annual Town Meeting begins Monday, May 4 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. There are 57 articles on the warrant this year, see the link below for more information.

Several Voter Info Forums this Week

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Photo Gallery of Town Meeting Articles

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

 

List of Articles with Links & Details

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

Documents:

  1. Acceptance of Town Reports
  2. FY 2015 Supplemental Appropriations
  3. FY 2015 Budget Transfers
  4. Tercentennial Funds
  5. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years
  6. Property Tax Exemption Increase
  7. Set the Salary of Elected Officials
  8. Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget
  9. FY 2016 Revolving Funds
  10. Chapter 90 Highway Funds
  11. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund
  12. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund
  13. Local Hotel Tax Amendment
  14. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses
    • Purchase of Portable Radios – Police Chief – $49,500
    • Replacement of Police Cruisers – Police Chief –  $78,000
    • Replacement Cardiac Monitor – Fire Chief – $28,099
    • Purchase Public Safety Dispatch Equipment – Town Manager –  $16,250
    • Upgrades to Roadway Light System to Energy Efficient LED Lighting – DPW – $175,000
    • Cleanup of Snow Dump – DPW – $140,000
    • Purchase of Loader Mounted Snow Blower – DPW – $115,000
    • Sewer System Capacity and Business Analysis – DPW – $140,000
    • Fruit Street Aquifer Analysis – DPW – $75,000
    • Whitehall Wells Test Wells Installation – DPW – $35,000
    • Elmwood Farm Parking Area – Town Manager – $40,000
    • Expansion of Police Department Parking Lot – Town Manager – $75,000
  15. Department of Public Works Facility – $14.1 million
  16. Fire Truck Replacement – $680,000
  17. Purchase of Dump Truck – $240,000
  18. Purchase of Water Utility Vehicle – $87,000
  19. Water Main Replacement – Cedar Street – $260,000
  20. Fruit Street Water Facility Engineering – Well Blending – $100,000
  21. Grove Street Water Facility – Engineering – $75,000
  22. Fruit Street Auxiliary Facility – Construction
  23. Joint Information Technology – $200,000
  24. School Safety & Security – $200,000
  25. Joint Safety and Security Upgrades – $300,000
  26. Fire Alarm Upgrades – Middle School – Approx. $170,000
  27. Roof Repairs – Hopkins and High Schools – $1.1 million
  28. Resurfacing Basketball & Tennis Courts – $70,000
  29. Community Preservation Recommendations
    • Preservation of Town Records – $15,000
    • Acquisition of Rail Bed South of Granite St – $135,000
    • Trail Head Signage – $7,500
    • Sylvan Way Conservation Restriction & Endowment – $2,500
    • MacFarland Sanger House Historic Repairs – $50,000
    • Fruit Street Parking Engineering Study – $50,000
    • Access & Parking for Legacy Farms Engineering Study – $34,000
    • Fruit Street Athletic Complex Building – Amended to Concession Area, Restrooms & Storage – $500,000
    • Cemetery Records Preservation – $33,000
    • Toll House Historic Site – $30,000
    • Hopkins School Pavilion for Shade & Shelter $30,000
    • Claflin Memorial Fountain $20,000
  30. Amend Open Space Mixed Use Overlay District to allow 180 more units, age restricted – Legacy Farms
  31. Adjust boundary line between Downtown Business District & Residence A District off B Street
  32. Amend Industrial B District to allow indoor recreation uses by right, and to adopt a definition of indoor recreation uses
  33. Housekeeping article to move definition of Lots in Two or More Residential Districts
  34. Amend Downtown Business District to allow parking between principal buildings and the street by special permit
  35. Amend Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development
  36. Amend site plan review bylaw pertaining to site lighting
  37. Housekeeping article on modifying Design Review Board Bylaw
  38. Sign bylaw amendments
  39. Housekeeping article to consolidate and coordinate special permit language
  40. Adjust boundary line between Residence Lake Front District & Rural Business District Hayward Street – Citizen’s Petition
  41. Tax Collector Tax Authority
  42. Secondhand Dealer Bylaw
  43. Acquisition of Property at 135 Hayden Rowe Street – Irvine Site – 28.7 Acres – $1.8 million
  44. Acquisition of Property at 147 Hayden Rowe Street – Todaro Site – 23.8 acres – $1.5 million
  45. Gift of Easement – 85 West Main Street – to create exclusive right hand turn lane onto Lumber Street.
  46. Acquisition of Easement – 91 West Main Street – to create exclusive right hand turn lane onto Lumber Street.
  47. Acquisition of Property at 15 Claflin Avenue (to be used for a cemetery) – 3.5 acres – $310,000
  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.
  49. Grant of Utility Easements – 98 Hayden Rowe Street
  50. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Athletic Field
  51. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Municipal Parcel
  52. Gift of Property at 123 East Main Street – “Toll House” Historic Site – Pending CPC Funds Approval in Article 29.
  53. Gift of Drainage Easement at 287 Hayden Rowe Street
  54. Street Acceptances
  55. Ashland-Hopkinton Fire and Emergency Services District – The Selectmen are expected to make a motion to take NO ACTION on this article.
  56. Fruit Street Conceptual Master Plan
  57. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton

“Know Your Vote” Before Town Meeting 4/30 on HCAM

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In preparation for Annual Town Meeting, Educate Hopkinton will be hosting a “Know Your Vote” Question and Answer Forum on Thursday, April 30 at 7:00-8:30pm at HCAM-TV Studios, 77 Main St (Lower Level), Hopkinton. Residents are invited to attend the forum in person or watch on TV (Verizon Channel 30, Comcast Channel 8, Streaming Live at www.hcam.tv). Residents may submit questions in advance or during the show by email to knowyourvote@educatehopkinton.com or call the studio at 508-625-1640 to ask your question live on the air.

Panelists from various town committees will be available at the forum to answer your questions about any of the Town Meeting articles. Panelists include: Town Moderator Bruce Karlin, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, Superintendent of Schools Cathy MacLeod, Selectmen Chair Todd Cestari, School Committee Chair Jon Graziano, and Planning Board Chair Ken Weismantel.

Important Info:

Annual Town Meeting begins Monday, May 4 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. There are 57 articles on the warrant this year, see the link below for more information.