Category Archives: Voter Information

Open Forum on the Hopkinton Public Library, Meet the Middle School Principal Candidates and Election Deadlines this Week

Open Forum on Future of the Hopkinton Public Library
Monday April 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hopkinton Library

Did you know that the Hopkinton Public Library is funded by the Town of Hopkinton but is privately owned? Under this arrangement, the trustees currently fund all building expenses, but the Town pays for salaries, utilities and books.

The Hopkinton Library Board of Trustees want to hear from you! To kick off National Library Week, the Trustees will hold a public forum on April 12, 2010 to give a brief overview of the unique ownership structure of the library and the objectives of the recently proposed transfer of ownership to the town – which will be voted at the May town meeting. The overview will be followed by a question and answer session. So please come and meet the Trustees at 7:00 pm at the library for this informative event.

Meet the Hopkinton Middle School Principal Candidates
Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Auditorium

UPDATE: The Appropriations Committee Public Hearing on the FY11 Budget has been rescheduled for April 21 or 22. Details to come. The Following documents have recently been posted to the Hopkinton town website:
PDF 2009 Town Report
PDF Fiscal year 2011 Proposed Budget
PDF Annual Town Meeting Warrant May 3, 2010

REMINDER: Last Day to File Nomination Papers – Monday, April 12
Would you like to help shape the future of Hopkinton? There are several elected positions within Hopkinton Town Government that are up for re-election this year. This includes positions on the Board of Selectmen, the School Committee, the Planning Board, and several others. The last day to file nomination papers is April 12. Town Elections will be held May 17. Please visit the Town Clerk’s elections web page (http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/elections.htm) for more details.

REMINDER: Last Day to Register to Vote – Tuesday, April 13
Are you registered to vote? Town Meeting is coming up (begins May 3), and in order to vote on the school budget and many other town services, you must be a registered voter. The deadline to register to vote is April 13 at the Town Clerk’s office (office hours are weekdays 8am-4:30pm, and until 7pm on Tuesdays). Please visit the Town Clerk’s elections web page (http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/elections.htm) for more details and be sure to remind friends that have just moved to town and may not yet be registered.

Voter Information for May Town Meeting and Town Election

Are you registered to vote?  Town Meeting is coming up (begins May 3), and in order to vote on the school budget and many other town services, you must be a registered voter.  The deadline to register to vote is April 13 at the Town Clerk’s office (office hours are weekdays 8am-4:30pm, and until 7pm on Tuesdays).  Please visit the Town Clerk’s elections web page (http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/elections.htm) for more details.


Would you like to help shape the future of Hopkinton?   There are several elected positions within Hopkinton Town Government that are up for re-election this year.  This includes positions on the Board of Selectmen, the School Committee, the Planning Board, and several others.   The last day to file nomination papers is April 12.  Town Elections will be held May 17.  Please visit the Town Clerk’s elections web page (http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/elections.htm) for more details.

Office # Positions Term
Selectmen (2) 2 3 years
Town Moderator 1 3 years
Town Clerk 1 3 years
Board of Assessors 1 3 years
Board of Health 1 3 years
Cemetery Commissioner 1 3 years
Commissioner of Trust Fund 1 3 years
Constables 3 3 years
Member of Board of Public Works
The candidate with the greatest number of votes will serve 3 years, the candidate with the second greatest number of votes will serve 2 years, the candidate with the third greatest number of votes will serve 1 year.
3 1 for 3 years
1 for 2 years
1 for 1 year
Housing Authority 1 5 years
Parks and Recreation Commission 2 3 years
Planning Board 2 5 years
Planning Board 1 Unexpired term – 2014
School Committee 1 3 years

Voting information for Monday, May 19th

When you go to the Hopkinton Middle School to vote on Monday, May 19th you will be asked to complete 2 tasks:

1) Vote in the general Election (i.e. vote for Selectman, Parks and Rec Commissioners, School Committee, Board or Health, etc.)

To prepare for this task, you can go to www.educatehopkinton.com for information on the candidates.

2) Vote on 2 Ballot Questions

To prepare for this task, the ballot questions are included below:

QUESTION #1

Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition 2 ½, so-call, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to obtain plans, designs, cost estimates and bid documents, as well as to provide for the acquisition of all materials, equipment, engineering, needs analyses and services necessary or appropriate for the repair, maintenance, renovation or improvement of municipal buildings and grounds, school buildings and grounds to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990?

Yes ___________ No _____________

This question is about mandatory compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. If approved, it allows the town to borrow funds to improve accessibility to our public buildings. The amount that will be borrowed is $157,232 which was approved by a 2/3 vote on Article 50 at Annual Town Meeting.

QUESTION #2

Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition 2 ½, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to obtain soil borings, topographical studies, land surveys, wetlands surveys, preliminary site development plans, schematic designs, architectural and engineering designs, cost estimates, bid documents, and construction alternatives for the renovation or replacement of the Center Elementary School located at 11 Ash Street in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, for which feasibility study the Town may be eligible for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority?

Yes ___________ No _____________

This question is about a state mandated feasibility study to resolve issues around the viability of Center School and Hopkinton’s facility planning efforts. The amount approved by a 2/3 vote on Article 48 at Annual Town Meeting was $385,000, but at least 40% of that would be reimbursed by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, bringing actual borrowing to no more than $231,000. If approved, the funding allows Hopkinton to move forward with applying for state funds for school buildings. If not approved, Hopkinton would be removed from the current list of eligible projects.

In addition to these projects receiving Town Meeting endorsement, both of these Questions require a majority vote at the polls.

www.educatehopkinton encourages you to read up on the issues and exercise your right to vote.

educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

what/when/where/why of Town Meeting

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING STARTS TONIGHT
7:00 p.m.
at the High School Field House

Your ATTENDANCE and VOTES are needed at the Annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting.

  • Operating budget articles require a simple majority (more than 50%). Article 5, the School department budget, is one such article.
  • Articles for capital items require a 2/3 affirmative vote if they are to be bonded. Article 48, the Feasibility Study for the renovation or replacement of Center School, is an example.
  • A new by-law or a change to a current by-law requires a 2/3 affirmative vote. Article 29, the Open Space Mixed Use Development Overlay District (OSMUD), is one such example.

educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

Annual Town Meeting and Special Town meeting school-related article schedule

Just to follow up and CLARIFY the article numbers relating to the schools for both the Annual Town meeting and the Special Town Meeting, the following information is provided :

  • Annual Town Meeting Article # 5 – FY09 School Budget *Expected to be covered Monday night by 8:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Appropriation Committee
  • Annual Town Meeting Article #48 – Center School Feasibility Study Article *Expected to be covered very late Tuesday or Wednesday night. Sponsored by the School Committee
  • Annual Town Meeting #49 – Loop Road Repair *Expected to be covered very late Tuesday or Wednesday night. Sponsored by the School Committee
  • Annual Town Meeting Article – #50 – ADA Compliance Upgrade Article *****Expected to be covered very late Tuesday or Wednesday night. Sponsored by the BOS and the School Committee
  • Special Town Meeting Article #2 – Excess $ left over from May 2005 article for repairs and such to Elmwood School – looking to give it rescind already granted monies from. Sponsored by the School Committee *Expected to be covered Tuesday during Special Town meeting
  • Annual Town Meeting ARTICLE 29 refers to the OSMUD. This will be discussed on Tuesday night DIRECTLY following the close of Special Town Meeting. If Article #28 is covered on Monday and it is still early in the evening, the next article discussed will be #30 and they will continue this way until the close of Town Meeting on Monday. Tuesday night will open with the Special Town meeting. At the close of that, the Annual Town meeting article #29 will be the first discussed and the next will follow where we left off (numerically) on Monday.

Contact Jean Bertschmann (HPTA President) at jeanber65@hotmail.com to secure FREE on-site babysitting services (provided by the teaching professionals from the Champions program – they run the after-school programs in our schools) for each of the Town Meeting nights.

educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

Links to Annual Town Meeting information – get educated BEFORE Town Meeting on MONDAY, May 5th

Important Annual Town Meeting Reference Material is Available Now on the following sites:

www.HOPKINTON.ORG – www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us – www.hopnews.com

Here are a few examples of important information that you can read BEFORE you attend Annual Town Meeting on MONDAY, MAY 5th:

  • Below is the link for the 2007-08 Hopkinton Annual report. This is the very thick book that will be available on the reference material table at outside of Town Meeting – as each year’s Annual Report is.
    http://www.hopnews.com/Hopkinton2007Report.pdf
  • The link below contains a summary of the School Committee’s proposed budget for FY 09. Please take the time familiarize yourself with the school budget, as well prior to Town Meeting.
    http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee/budget/08_09/Budget_Booklet_FY09.pdf

EducateHopkinton.com encourages your attendance at the Annual Town Meeting, which is scheduled to begin Monday, May 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Athletic Center.

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

Women’s Club “Meet the Candidates Night” April 30 7:00 p.m.

Hopkinton Women’s Club presents the 22nd annual “Meet the Candidates Night”
Wednesday, April 30th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm @ HCAM Studios

The public is invited to meet the candidates for the upcoming town election. Following their presentations, the candidates are available for questions from the audience. The forum is broadcast by HCAM-TV.

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.

Hopkinton Independent Selectman Candidate Debate

Hopkinton Independent Selectman Candidate Debate

Monday, April 28, 2008

Taped at 5 p.m. at HCAM Studio – Limited seating available
Debate will air at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28 on HCAM – Channel 8 (Comcast) Channel 30 (Verizon)
Tune in to see the candidates answer questions about critical issues facing Hopkinton. Learn where each candidate stands on these issues and be an informed voter on May 19.

www.educatehopkinton.com

Educate Hopkinton’s goal is to keep people up-to-date on the budget process and the Town’s financial needs.