Category Archives: Town Meeting 2011

HCAM News Candidate Focus Tonight and School Committee Meeting Thursday

HCAM News Candidate Focus – TONIGHT
Monday, May 9 at 7:00pm
HCAM Studio, 77 Main St
RSVP to news@hcam.tv
Read more…

Candidates in contested races:

Selectmen – 1 position open – 3 year term
Brian Herr (R)
Francis D’Urso (D)

School Committee – 2 positions open – 3 year term
Nancy Burdick (R) (Incumbent)
Richard P. deMont (D) (Incumbent)
Scott Aghababian (R)


School Committee Public Hearing and Meeting
Thursday, May 12 @ 7:30 pm
Middle School Library
The School Committee holds its annual public hearing on School Choice. Every year they must decide by June 1 if Hopkinton will accept school choice students the following year. We have NOT accepted school choice students for several years, however Hopkinton students may still go out of district to other towns that accept school choice students. This year 15.5 students attend out of Hopkinton via School Choice and 34 students attend public charter schools out of Hopkinton.


Recaps from Annual Town Meeting

Town Meeting: Monday Night Recap
by Michelle Murdock, HCAM News Director
http://www.hcam.tv/news/town-meeting-monday-night-recap

May 2011 Town Meeting Recap: Second Night
by Michelle Murdock, HCAM News Director
http://www.hcam.tv/news/may-2011-town-meeting-recap-second-night

Scenes from Hopkinton Town Meeting
By Gene Cassidy, HopkintonPatch
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/scenes-from-hopkinton-town-meeting

Hopkinton Town Meeting Closes on 2 Library Yes Votes
By Gene Cassidy, HopkintonPatch
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/hopkinton-town-meeting-closes-on-2-library-yes-votes

Support builds for DPW home in Hopkinton.
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff MetroWest Daily News
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1760689936/Support-builds-for-DPW-home-in-Hopkinton

Hopkinton Town Meeting approves library renovation, rezoning.
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff The MetroWest Daily News
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x449047688/Hopkinton-Town-Meeting-approves-library-renovation-rezoning

Town Meeting Results – Articles #43-58 – End of Warrant

ARTICLE 43: Nonconforming Uses Zoning By-Law Change. PASSED Clear 2/3rds

ARTICLE 44: Special Permit for New Lots with Historic Structures Zoning By-Law Change. PASSED Clear 2/3rds

ARTICLE 45: Commercial Solar Photovoltaic Installations Zoning By-Law Change. An amendment failed 99 Against, 95 For. The motion FAILED, 124 For, 72 Against, but needed a 2/3rds.

ARTICLE 46: Water Resources Protection Overlay District Zoning By-Law Change. PASSED Clear 2/3rds Majority

ARTICLE 47: Rural Business District, Setbacks and Screening Zoning By-Law Change. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 48: Open Space Mixed Use District Definitions Zoning By-Law Change. PASSED Clear 2/3rds Majority

ARTICLE 49: Amend Zoning Map: Library Parcels Zoning By-Law Change. PASSED Clear 2/3rds

ARTICLE 50: Amend Zoning Map: Hayward St. and Old Town Rd. NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 51: Accept Gift of Land: Granite St. and South Barn Rd. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 52: Disposition of Town Property on Old Town Road. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 53: Library Project Preliminary Design. PASSED Clear Majority

ARTICLE 54: Accept M.G.L. c.32B, §18: Medicare for Retirees NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 55: Accept M.G.L. c.32B, §19: Join the GIC NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 56: Replace Center School With K-1 School NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 57: Build New Middle School, Repurpose Old Middle School NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 58: Replace Center and Elmwood Schools With K-3 School NO ACTION Clear Majority

Meeting Adjourned on May 3, 2011 at 11:14pm until the date of the Annual Town Election, May 16, 2011. The Annual Town Meeting shall be dissolved upon the close of the polls on the date of the Annual Town Election.

Town Meeting Results Continued – Articles #34-42 and Article 7 Reconsidered

ARTICLE 34: Fire Department Tender Truck. On 5/2/11 a motion for NO ACTION FAILED 83-57 after a standing count. On 5/3/11 a motion was made by the Fire Chief for $350,000 to be borrowed. An amendment to make this a debt exclusion PASSED Clear Majority. The Fire Chief’s Motion then PASSED after a standing count of 112 For, 52 Against.

ARTICLE 7 RECONSIDERED: FY 2012 Operating Budget New Amount $29,811,188.97 (2 1/2% increase + New Growth) – Amendment by Joe Regan added $7,000 to the budget for a tree warden – Amendment passed on 5/2/11 after a standing count. Article PASSED Unanimous on 5/2/11. On 5/3/11 an additional $125,000 is now added to include insurance proceeds from collapsed DPW Barn, to be used for a temporary DPW structure. An amendment by Ken Weismantel PASSED Clear Majority. Article then PASSED Clear Majority.

ARTICLE 35: ADA Upgrades $138,000. PASSED Clear 2/3rds Majority.

ARTICLE 36: Middle School Wiring Upgrade $95,000. PASSED Unanimous.

ARTICLE 37: Middle School Auditorium Upgrade $47,000. PASSED Clear Majority

ARTICLE 38: Community Preservation Recommendations $862,500 Historical Society Records Preservation, Replace Library Access Ramp, Historic Preservation of Town Records, Kiosk for Cameron Woods, Center Trail Improvements, CAA Terry Farm Barn Upgrades. PASSED Clear Majority

ARTICLE 39: Appropriation Committee Membership By-Law Change. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 40: Printing of Town Report Without ATM Warrant. PASSED Clear Majority

ARTICLE 41: Tobacco Use by Minors. PASSED Clear Majority

ARTICLE 42: Registered Sex Offender Restrictions. PASSED Clear Majority

Town Meeting Results – End of Day 1 – Articles #28-34

ARTICLE 28: DPW Facility Design $250,000 to be borrowed ($125,000 insurance money taken out of the article via amendment to be used for a temporary structure). PASSED by 2/3rds Majority after a standing count

ARTICLE 29: Traffic Study: West Main / School Street Intersection. An amendment offered by Errol Dickey (13 School St.) for $30,000 to be funded from free cash was passed. PASSED Unanimous

– Motion to Reconsider Article 7 Tomorrow Night to include $125,000 from insurance for a temporary DPW barn. Motion to Reconsider PASSED by a Clear 2/3rds Majority –

ARTICLE 30: Storm Water Improvements: EPA Phase II. NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 31: Refurbish Fire Engine 1 $45,000. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 32: Fire Department Command and Control Vehicle $45,000. PASSED Clear 2/3rds Majority

ARTICLE 33: Fire Department Ambulance $230,000. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 34: Fire Department Tender Truck. A motion for NO ACTION FAILED 83-57 after a standing count. A new motion in favor of the article will be entertained tomorrow evening.

Meeting adjourned until Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Auditorium.
Articles on the warrant for tomorrow include the Library Preliminary design, Fire Department Tender Truck, ADA upgrades to town buildings, two Middle School spending articles, CAA Barn Renovation, tobacco use by minors by-law and registered sex offenders restriction by-law.

Town Meeting Results Continued – Articles #13-27

ARTICLE 13: Property Tax Exemptions. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 14: Consultant for Assessment Certificate Program $25,000. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 15: Pay As You Go Capital Expenses $235,500 for DPW Truck, East Main St Guardrail, 2 Police Cars, Digital Fingerprinting Device, Upgrade Police Dept A/V Equipment, Portable Radios for Fire Dept. (Muncipal Telephone System for $40,000 was removed from article as Out Of Order.) PASSED Clear Majority

ARTICLE 16: Council on Aging Bus $58,000. PASSED Clear 2/3rds Majority

ARTICLE 17: DPW Highway Tractor $110,000. FAILED after a standing count, had a majority but not the required 2/3rds

ARTICLE 18: West Main Street Culvert Repair $150,000. PASSED Clear 2/3rds Majority

ARTICLE 19: West Main Street Culvert and Basin Repair NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 20: Lake Maspenock Dam Repairs. NO ACTION Unanimous

ARTICLE 21: Fruit Street Property Access Way. NO ACTION Unanimous

ARTICLE 22: Generator for Fruit Street Well $200,000. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 23: Water Department Service Truck $59,000. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 24: Radio Automatic Water Meters $175,000. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 25: Study and Design for Wood Street Sewer Lift Station $100,000. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 26: Study of South Street Sewer Lift Station $50,000. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 27: Study of the Town’s Wells. NO ACTION Clear Majority

Town Meeting Results So Far – Articles #1-12

ARTICLE 1: Acceptance of Town Reports. PASSED Clear Majority

ARTICLE 2: FY 2011 Supplemental Appropriations. NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 3: FY 2011 Budget Transfers. NO ACTION Unanimous

ARTICLE 4: Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 5: Amend the Salary of an Elected Official – Town Clerk $63,793. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 6: Establish Parks & Recreation Enterprise Fund. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 7: FY 2012 Operating Budget $29,686,116.51 (2 1/2% increase) – Amendment by Joe Regan (37 Front St.) added $7,000 to the budget for a tree warden – Amendment passed after a standing count. Article PASSED Unanimous

– Later in the evening a Motion was made to Reconsider Article 7 Tomorrow Night to include $125,000 from insurance for a temporary DPW barn. Motion to Reconsider PASSED by a Clear 2/3rds Majority –

ARTICLE 8: FY 2012 Operating Budget – School Department $32,957,721. PASSED Clear Majority

ARTICLE 9: FY 2012 Revolving Funds. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 10: Chapter 90 Highway Funds $639,604. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 11: Transfer to Capital Expense Stabilization Fund $28,324. PASSED Unanimous

ARTICLE 12: Transfer to General Stabilization Fund $31,533.80. PASSED Unanimous

Town Meeting Consent Agenda Passes

Consent Agenda – A Clear Majority votes to take NO ACTION on the following articles:

ARTICLE 2: FY 2011 Supplemental Appropriations. NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 19: West Main Street Culvert and Basin Repair. NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 27: Study of the Town’s Wells. NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 30: Storm Water Improvements: EPA Phase II. NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 50: Amend Zoning Map: Hayward St. and Old Town Rd. NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 54: Accept M.G.L. c.32B, §18: Medicare for Retirees. NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 55: Accept M.G.L. c.32B, §19: Join the GIC. NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 56: Replace Center School With K-1 School. NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 57: Build New Middle School, Repurpose Old Middle School. NO ACTION Clear Majority

ARTICLE 58: Replace Center and Elmwood Schools With K-3 School. NO ACTION Clear Majority

Town Meeting 101

Hopkinton Annual Town Meeting Day 1
Monday, May 2, 2011
7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Middle School Auditorium
To reconvene for Day 2 at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 in the Middle School Auditorium. Annual Town Meeting typically lasts at least two evenings.

Town Meeting 101

If you have never been to Town Meeting before, you may not know what to expect. As such, we decided to compile this guide to help you know what to expect.

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), 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 (RJ Dourney, Chair) presides over the meeting, which is facilitated by the Town Moderator (Dr. Bruce Karlin) and recorded by the Town Clerk (Ann M. Click). 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 58 articles on the warrant (agenda) for Hopkinton’s Annual Town Meeting.

NEW THIS YEAR! As one of the first orders of business at this year’s Annual Town Meeting, there will be a single motion to take “no action” on all of the articles listed on the Consent Calendar (Articles #2, 19, 27, 30, 50, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58). After the motion is made, the Moderator will call out the numbers of the articles, one by one. Any voter who would like to ask a question about one of the articles or wishes to hold a debate on one of the articles should say the word “hold” in a loud voice when the article number is called by the Moderator. The Moderator will inquire as to whether the request is for a question or for debate. If the purpose of the request is to ask a question, an attempt will be made to quickly obtain a satisfactory answer. If the purpose is to hold the article for debate, the article will be removed from the Consent Calendar and restored to its original place in the Warrant to be moved, debated and voted in the usual manner. It is hoped that voters will remove articles from the Consent Calendar only in cases of genuine concern. After calling the individual articles on the Consent Calendar, the Moderator will ask for a vote to take “no action” on all of the articles remaining on the Consent Calendar.

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. Passion is absolutely allowed. 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. The meeting is typically adjourned at 11:00 p.m. and reconvened at 7:00 p.m. the next day. Town Meeting typically lasts at least two evenings, although in some years it has gone as long as three or four evenings in a row. If you have any other questions about Town Meeting, please ask!

(Thank you to the folks at DuxburyCares for giving us the Survival Guide idea!)