Please join the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce for the State of the Town Forum to hear from a variety of Hopkinton Town Officials on the current state of our Town. This event is a great primer for the upcoming Town Meeting, and is both free and open to the public.
At the February 24 Board of Selectmen meeting, the Town Manager presented the FY16 Comprehensive Budget and Financing Plan. At their March 10 meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted 4-0 to send the budget to the Appropriation Committee who will now hold several public meetings and a public hearing on the budget sometime before Town Meeting. A controversial item seems to be that two new firefighters requested by Chief Ken Clark were not included in the budget sent to Appropriations. Please see two articles in the Metrowest Daily News below for more information.
- FY2016 Operating Budget Narrative (PDF)
- FY16 Comprehensive Budget and Financing Plan (spreadsheet)
- FY16 Town Financial Model & Comprehensive Budget Recommendation
- FY16 Tax Levy Worksheet – Operating Budget Analysis – Budget Assumptions
- FY16 Capital Pay-As-You-Go List – Capital Debt List Narratives
- FY16 Town Department Strategic Initiatives List
- FY16 Excess Levy Capacity
- Hopkinton: Selectmen leave two firefighters out in the cold by Jonathan Phelps, Metrowest Daily News Staff
- Hopkinton fire union decries two nixed firefighters by Jonathan Phelps, Metrowest Daily News Staff
The next Appropriation Committee meetings are 3/23, 3/25, 3/30 and 4/1, all at 6:30pm in Town Hall.
The next Board of Selectmen meetings are 4/7 and 4/14, all at 6:30pm in Town Hall.
On January 22nd, the School Committee approved a budget of $39,143,441 which is a 4.85% increase over last year’s budget. Dr. MacLeod noted that 3.85% of the increase alone represents fixed costs over which the schools have no control. Included in the budget is a reduction of bus fees and increased support to help remediate the level 2 designation from the past year’s MCAS scores. The proposed budget originally presented to the School Committee included funding to expand foreign language at the Middle School to 6th grade. The decision to remove the foreign language expansion brought the budget below 5%.
On Monday, February 23 at 7:30pm, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed zoning bylaw and zoning map amendments that have been recommended to the Planning Board by the Zoning Advisory Committee for the May 2015 Annual Town Meeting:
- RA/BD Districts boundary line – Rezone 5 parcels as RA in the B Street area.
- BD District – Allow off-street parking between a building and the street by special permit.
- Define Indoor Recreation and permit the use in the IB District.
- Signs – Lighting regulations, design and placement on buildings, prohibit off-
premises signs, increase maximum size of trades/professional signs.
- Add site lighting regulations in the Site Plan Review bylaw.
- OSLPD – Trails in buffer; parcel size.
- Move definition of Lots in Two or More Residence Districts.
- Special Permit language – consolidate and reorganize.
- Crossroads Redevelopment District – Adopt new district, rezone 57 acres off Elm St. & Parkwood Dr.
- OSMUD Overlay District – Increase number of dwelling units from 940 to 1,120, of which 180 would be age-restricted; allow senior housing in Commercial and Village Center Subdistricts by right. (Legacy Farms)
Links and Documents for More Info:
At the January 20 Board of Selectmen meeting, the Town Manager and Finance Director presented the Capital Improvement Committee’s 10-Year Capital Plan. The CIC has not yet made a recommendation on the proposed $15 million new public works garage on Wood Street, which was recommended by the Permanent Building Committee in December. Selectmen requested more details on many of the articles ASAP so they can decide which items to put on the May Annual Town Meeting warrant. A $400,000 item for Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming near the schools was not recommended by the CIC. Some of the larger items in the General Fund recommended by the CIC include:
- Fire Rescue 1 Replacement $680,000
- Townwide Security Upgrades (School and Town) $300,000
- School Safety & Security $200,000
- Joint Town and School Technology $200,000
- Highway Department 10-Wheel Dump Truck $240,000