Category Archives: Town Meeting 2011

Recaps of the School Forum and Library Meeting, Correction about tonight’s School Committee Meeting

RECAP: Elementary School Building Project Community Forum/Listening Session

Residents raise concerns, press for fixes at Hopkinton’s Center School
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff, The MetroWest Daily News
Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 12:12 AM Read more.
If you were unable to attend the forum you are encouraged to email the Selectmen and School Committee with your feedback and constructive suggestions. Emails: selectmen@hopkinton.org, rebeccarobaksc@gmail.com, jeanber65@hotmail.com, nancyb88@hotmail.com, rdemont@demontlaw.com, troymick@verizon.net

RECAP: Joint Meeting about the Proposed New Library

Hopkinton Historic District Commission Explains Vote
By Gene Cassidy/HopkintonPatch
April 27, 2011
http://hopkinton.patch.com/articles/hopkinton-historic-district-commission-explains-vote

Commission stands behind Hopkinton Library vote
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff, MetroWest Daily News
Posted Apr 28, 2011 @ 12:07 AM Read more.

Thursday, April 28 – TONIGHT
@ 7:30 pm at Middle School Library
School Committee Meeting
CORRECTION – Tonight’s meeting is a regular school committee meeting, the public hearing on School Choice will be on May 12 instead. [This was Educate Hopkinton’s mistake. We regret the error.]

Annual Town Meeting Begins Next Week
Monday, May 2 @ 7:00pm at the Middle School Auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe St.
Continuing on Tuesday, May 3 @ 7:00pm and consecutive nights as needed.
Read the Hopkinton Annual Town Report
Read the Town Meeting Warrant (List of the 58 articles on the agenda)
Stay tuned for our Town Meeting 101 coming next week. With 58 articles on the warrant, Town Meeting almost certainly go for at least two evenings this year. (Some years it has even gone for four evenings.) We’re pleased to report that the Middle School Auditorium is a more comfortable location than the HS Gym.

Thursday, May 12
@ 7:30 pm at Middle School Library
School Committee Public Hearing and Meeting
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.

Never attended a meeting and have a question? Contact Amy Ritterbusch at webmaster@educatehopkinton.com.

Important Elementary School Forum Tonight, and Town Meeting Next Week

Wednesday, April 27 – TONIGHT!
Elementary School Building Project Community Forum/Listening Session
@ 7:00-9:00pm at the Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St. (
Directions)
The Board of Selectmen and School Committee will host a community forum/listening session related to the Elementary School Building Project tonight. The Educate Hopkinton Steering Committee urges all residents with an opinion on this subject to attend. The event will be held at the Senior Center from 7:00-9:00pm. The public is encouraged to attend to give feedback on the challenges and commonalities of the most recent proposal, as well as to weigh in on the process, context and communication regarding next steps in the process. Anyone who is unable to attend the forum is encouraged to e-mail the School Committee with their feedback and constructive suggestions. Emails: selectmen@hopkinton.org;rebeccarobaksc@gmail.com;jeanber65@hotmail.com;nancyb88@hotmail.com;rdemont@demontlaw.com;troymick@verizon.net

Wednesday, April 27
@ 7:00 pm at Town Hall, Lower Level

Joint meeting with the Historic District Commission, Library Trustees and the Permanent Building Committee. Check out the “Virtual Tour” of the Library’s proposed expansion. It is a great way to visualize the proposed project. For more information visit http://www.hopkintonlibrary.org/hopkinton/expansionhome.asp where you can view the project documents, time line, FAQ or to take the virtual tour.

Wednesday, April 27
@ 7:00 pm at Town Hall, Room 211

Appropriations Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 28
@ 7:30 pm at Middle School Library

School Committee Meeting
CORRECTION – This Thursday’s meeting is a regular school committee meeting, the public hearing on school choice will be on May 12 instead.

Annual Town Meeting Begins Next Week
Monday, May 2 @ 7:00pm at the Middle School Auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe St.
Continuing on Tuesday, May 3 @ 7:00pm and consecutive nights as needed.

Read the Hopkinton Annual Town Report
Read the Town Meeting Warrant (List of the 58 articles on the agenda)
Stay tuned for our “Town Meeting 101” coming next week. With 58 articles on the warrant, Town Meeting will almost certainly go for at least two evenings this year. (Some years it has even gone for four evenings.) We’re pleased to report that the Middle School Auditorium is a more comfortable location than the HS Gym.

Thursday, May 12
@ 7:30pm at the Middle School Library
School Committee Meeting and Public Hearing
The School Committee holds its annual public hearing on School Choice on May 12. 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 schools out of Hopkinton via School Choice and 34 students attend charter schools outside of Hopkinton.

Never attended a meeting and have a question? Contact Amy Ritterbusch at webmaster@educatehopkinton.com.

Upcoming Forums and Meetings

For locations and details visit http://www.educatehopkinton.com/calendar.html. Never attended a meeting and have a question? Contact Amy Ritterbusch at webmaster@educatehopkinton.com.

Wednesday, April 13 – TONIGHT!
@ 7:00pm Library Expansion Forum (HCAM Studios)
@ 7:00pm Appropriations Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 14
@ 7:00pm Appropriations Committee Meeting

Saturday, April 16
@ 11:00am Library Expansion Forum (at the Hopkinton Library – Children’s fun with Mrs. “K” while parents attend the information session.)

Tuesday, April 19
@ 7:00pm Appropriations Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 20
@ 7:00pm Appropriations Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 21
@ 7:00pm Town Budget Public Hearing – Appropriations Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 27
@ 7:00pm Center School Forum (Senior Center – RESCHEDULED from previous date)

For locations and details visit http://www.educatehopkinton.com/calendar.html. Never attended a meeting and have a question? Contact Amy Ritterbusch at webmaster@educatehopkinton.com.

Voters to Review Preliminary Library Plans at Annual Town Meeting

Library Expansion Fact Facts
Size = 22,000 square feet
Estimated cost = $10 million
Tax impact = $40 per current average home evaluation of $473k.

Library Expansion Timeline
May 2, 2011 Annual Town Meeting – voters approve preliminary library design
July 2011 – MBLC announces grant recipients (up to 50% funding)
January 2012 (no later than) – Town must accept grant and approve funding
January 2013 (no later than) – library construction must begin


At Hopkinton’s Annual Town Meeting on May 2, residents will vote on the preliminary design for an expanded Hopkinton Public Library. The two-story, 22,000-square-foot building and onsite parking will occupy the current Main Street site and the adjacent site at 9 Church Street. For the first time, the library will be completely accessible to people with disabilities and a LEED-certified silver level green building. It will also include a 110-seat program room available for community use during non-library hours.

To qualify for a state grant that could fund up to 50% of the new library’s estimated $10 million construction costs, the town must approve the design. The remaining costs will be funded by the town and private fundraising. MBLC will award the grants in July 2011. If Hopkinton receives a grant, voters must approve library funding by January 2012. Construction would begin in 2013.

Last expanded in 1967, the current library is considered undersized for Hopkinton’s 15,000 population. Since June 2010, Hopkinton’s Permanent Building Committee (PBC) has been working with Johnson and Roberts architects to design the new building. The current design includes a 25-seat children’s room with activity space, a young adult room with computer and study space, a 12-seat conference room, a technology classroom and space throughout the building for up to 38 computers.

“We used community input to guide the design process,” said John Ferrari, chairman of the PBC. “And the work done to date has been fully funded by the library trustees at no cost to the town.”

“This building will provide the town with a 21st century library that meets our current and future needs,” said Library Director Rownak Hussain. “With its flexible, open layout and increased space, I think the new library will be an even more important information hub and meeting place for the community.”

To learn more about library expansion plans, go to: http://www.hopkintonlibrary.org/hopkinton/libraryexpansion.asp


Upcoming Public Forums – Find out details about the new library expansion!

The Library Trustees and Permanent Building Committee will present two public forums for the community to learn the facts, figures and fun involved in the proposed library expansion project.

Wednesday, April 13 @ 7:00 pm
HCAM Studios
This forum will be broadcast live and give residents another chance to find out information about the library project and have questions answered.

Saturday, April 16 @ 11:00 am
Hopkinton Library

  • Find out what the new improved library will offer to our community! Bring your questions and get answers right from the source.
  • Children’s fun with Mrs. “K” while parents attend the information session. A very “Library” storytime and “make your own” book craft to take home!

May Annual Town Meeting Warrant Closed

Last Tuesday, the Board of Selectmen finalized the agenda (aka warrant) for Annual Town Meeting, which begins on Monday, May 2 at 7:00pm. Please save the date to attend the Annual Town Meeting and come vote on important issues that shape our town. All articles in connection with the proposed new K-5 School on Fruit Street were removed at the School Committee’s request due to the failed vote. A group of citizen petitioners who had previously submitted three non-binding warrant articles and ballot questions regarding alternate grade configurations for a new school have requested that the three articles be removed from the warrant and ballot. The questions were removed from the ballot, but it was too late for them to be removed from the warrant. It is expected that they will be withdrawn on the floor of Town Meeting. Citizens who had originally submitted the three petitions were Glen Layton, Christian Ollenborger, Wendy Ollenborger, James Hoyt, Carrie Hoyt, Frank Fiore, Meghan Fiore, Kevin Kohrt, Susan McCarthy, Sue Layton, Aimee Graeber, Jane Moran, Amy Hibel, Veda Kerr, Caroline Bolick, Cheryl McIntire and Joanna DeMartino.

There are two articles regarding the Hopkinton Public Library on the May Town Warrant:

  • Article #53 Approve schematic design recommended by Permanent Building Committee
  • Article #49 Approve request for zoning change of 13 Main and 9 Church Streets from Residential A to Downtown business district

Both are NO COST votes. The link to the Library Expansion Project website is http://hopkintonlibrary.org/hopkinton/libraryexpansion.asp

Read the Warrant http://ehop01748.org/2011-TownMeeting/2011ATMWarrant-FINAL.pdf

Hopkinton Town Leadership Drafts Letter to MSBA

In a joint meeting on Tuesday, March 29, the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Elementary School Building Committee worked on a draft of a letter to the Massachusetts Building Authority (MSBA) explaining the results of the vote on the new school. The letter was later finalized by Selectman Chair RJ Dourney and Superintendent Jack Phelan and has been posted to school’s website. The town is awaiting the MSBA’s response to see if Hopkinton can remain in the MSBA’s capital pipeline or if we will need to start again at the beginning with the Statement of Interest process. Read the full letter from Hopkinton’s leaders to the MSBA: http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/HESBC/HopkintonMSBA.pdf The town of Granby, Massachusetts is the only other town which failed to support a MSBA approved project. Granby has been removed from the MSBA capital pipeline although their vote failed by a much closer margin than Hopkinton’s vote.

At Tuesday’s meeting the Hopkinton Elementary School Building Committee also discussed how things could move forward using the work of the Center School Feasibility Study already completed, after determining what option would be supported by voters. A minor modification, for example, would be to change the grade configuration of the proposed school at Fruit Street. A major change, which would require a new MSBA vote, would be to pursue building on the Center School site. The Center School site was studied in detail during the feasibility study process, but new schematics would be needed at an approximate cost of $120,000-$150,000 funded solely by the town. The project architect David Finney explained in more detail about the constraints of the Center School site. Although the full site is 11.5 acres, there is a narrow lot owned by NSTAR that cuts across the Center School land. NSTAR has granted an easement on this strip of land to Tennessee gas and there is a natural gas pipeline running under it. Mr. Finney said he has verified that the gas pipeline is indeed there. He also stated that due to the topography, it would very difficult (expensive) to build on the land on the other side of the pipeline. There are approximately 4.5 acres at the front part of the Center School lot (from Ash Street to the NSTAR land) and an additional 7 acres behind the NSTAR strip of land. He stated that although a school could be built on 4 acres, this would be “an urban solution for a suburban town.” The proposed school on Fruit Street was designed on approximately 12 acres.

MSBA Failed Vote Policy
http://www.massschoolbuildings.org/sites/default/files/edit-contentfile/Guidelines_Forms/Vote%20Requirements/Policy_Statement_revote_fail_feas_study.pdf

MSBA Letter in Response to Inquiry by Hopkinton Residents 3-11-11
https://sites.google.com/a/hopkinton.k12.ma.us/hesbc/news-and-announcements-2/msbaletterinresponsetoinquiry

Center School Principal Jennifer Parson expressed that there are real repair needs that will need to be taken care of at Center School for the time being. It was expressed by the boards they might be able to put some repair articles on the warrant for a Fall 2011 Special Town Meeting. In the meantime some partial ADA compliance work for Center School is already on the warrant for the May 2011 Town Meeting.

Next Steps:
Hopkinton is waiting to hear from back from the MSBA on whether or not the Center School project will be kept in the MSBA capital pipeline or if Hopkinton will need to start again with the Statement of Interest (SOI) process (as they did in 2007). Over the next few months Hopkinton leaders will be working on a timeline to build consensus on what type of new or renovated building would be supported by taxpayers going forward, for example surveys, public forums and focus groups conducted with a variety of residents.