5th Annual “Know Your Vote” 4/24 at 6:30 PM at the High School

Know Your Vote Postcard 2017

In preparation for Annual Town Meeting, eHop (educate • engage • empower | Hopkinton) in conjunction with the Town of Hopkinton, will hold its 5th Annual “Know Your Vote” forum on Monday, April 24 at 6:30-8:30 pm in the Hopkinton High School library. The forum will be broadcast on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8/Verizon 30) and streamed on Facebook Live at facebook.com/eHop01748. This is your chance to get the answers you need from town officials before Town Meeting.

A few key issues to be voted on at this year’s Annual Town Meeting include a temporary moratorium on non-medical marijuana establishments, traffic calming measures on Hayden Rowe ($1M), a feasibility study to renovate or replace Elmwood School ($600K), and additional funds to begin the construction of an athletic facility on Fruit Street ($400K). Read the full 2017 Annual Town Meeting Warrant at http://ehop.org/HopTM17Warrant. There are 63 articles on the warrant this year.

Come join the conversation and learn about the potential impact of these and other important votes. You can also submit questions in advance to knowyourvote@eHop01748.org or on facebook.com/eHop01748 or by using the hashtag #HopTM17.

Panelists will include Town Moderator Thomas J. Garabedian, Town Manager Norman Khumalo, Superintendent of Schools Cathy MacLeod, Selectmen Chair Brian Herr, School Committee Chair Lori Nickerson, Planning Board Chair Ken Weismantel, Town Planner Elaine Lazarus, and Director of Youth and Family Services Denise Hildreth.

eHop (ehop.org) is a Hopkinton based 501(c)(4) nonprofit whose mission is to provide timely and factual information about key town matters with the goal of increasing government transparency and fostering civic engagement.

Important Info:

Annual Town Meeting begins Monday, May 1 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.

Town Election Update – More Candidates Still Needed

Town Election 2017 Word Cloud

Considering running for local office, but don’t know where to begin?

To become a candidate a person must either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters by Monday, March 27; or a person may qualify by being the top vote-getter in one of the town political party caucuses.  The Democratic caucus is Friday, April 7 at 6:30-8:30 PM in Town Hall Room 215-216. The date of the Republican Caucus is Friday, April 7 at 5:00-7:00 PM in Town Hall Room 211. Nomination signature papers are available from the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall.

Offices on the May 15 Ballot

Board of Assessors, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Board of Assessors, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • No candidates yet

Board of Health, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Elizabeth Whittemore, Democrat

Board of Health, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Michael King, Democrat

Board of Library Trustees, 3 Years, 2 Seats

  • Stanley D Pulnik, Unenrolled (incumbent)
  • June Harris, Republican (incumbent)

Board of Library Trustees, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Jessica King, Democrat

Board of Selectmen, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • John M Coutinho, Republican (incumbent)

Cemetery Commissioners, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Claire Wright, Republican (incumbent)

Commissioners of Trust Funds, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Muriel Kramer, Democrat

Constable, 3 Years, 1 Seat
Constable, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • No candidates yet

Hopkinton Housing Authority, 5 Years, 1 Seat

  • No candidates yet

Parks and Recreation Commission, 3 Years, 2 Seats – Contested Race

  • Christina Anderson, Unenrolled
  • Laura Hanson, Democrat (incumbent)
  • Amy Markovich, Republican (incumbent)

Planning Board, 5 Years, 2 Seats – Contested Race

  • Amy Ritterbusch, Democrat
  • Gary Trendel, Republican
  • Kenneth Weismantel, Republican (incumbent)

Planning Board, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • No candidates yet

Planning Board, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Irfan Nasrullah, Democrat

School Committee, 3 Years, 2 Seats

  • Jennifer Devlin, Democrat
  • Meenakshi Bharath, Unenrolled

Hayden Rowe Corridor – 2nd Workshop

Hayden Rowe Crosswalk at HCA

The Town of Hopkinton will conduct a second public workshop on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium, 88 Hayden Rowe, at 7:00 pm, to discuss the traffic calming measures currently being evaluated in the Hayden Rowe corridor between Grove Street and the Milford town line. The Town is committed to determining how public safety can be improved​ within the corridor.

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to continue the discussion on pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic challenges within the corridor. The Town’s consultant, WorldTech Engineering, will be in attendance and will discuss traffic calming measures that they are evaluating to help improve safety within the corridor.

Please contact John Westerling, your Director of Public Works, at 508-497-9740 or jwesterling@hopkintonma.gov with any questions.

Hayden Rowe School Zone at Middle School

Hayden Rowe Crosswalk at Chestnut St

Water Ban Ends, Drought Continues

Drought Monitor 3-14-17

The Hopkinton Director of Public Works ended the Mandatory State of Water Supply Conservation (water ban) on January 19, 2017, for all customers connected to the municipal water system. He said that this action was the result of the recent change in drought status to our area, the return of ground water to normal levels, and consultation with officials in the town of Ashland regarding the water levels in the Hopkinton Reservoir.

Hopkinton along with 97% of Massachusetts is still in a “Moderate Drought” as of March 14, 2017.  This is a significant improvement from the start of the water season in the fall of 2016, when 98% of Massachusetts was in “Severe Drought” or worse, with over 50% in “Extreme Drought.” However last year at this time, 79% of Massachusetts had no drought at all, while 20% was “Abnormally Dry.” Stay tuned into this issue.

Commissioner of Trust Funds – Did You Know?

Comey Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery
Comey Memorial Chapel

The Commissioners of Trust Funds is a three-member three-year elected board that acts in accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws. This group of elected members submits a written statement of the amount of payment and the date this payment was made to the town anytime an officer of the commonwealth makes a payment of public money to the treasurer of Hopkinton.

The Town of Hopkinton has five funds that are managed by The Commissioners of Trust Fund. The Charlies B. and Mary C. Homan Fund, in the amount of $1,500, to be used in beautifying and making the town attractive by setting out and caring for shade trees, especially on Main Street in the center of town.

The Comey Memorial Chapel Fund, in the amount of $1,000, for the care and maintenance of the Comey Memorial Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville Hopkinton, MA. This fund requires specific and detailed conditions to be met and compiled.

The Mary A. Roche Fund, in the amount of $5,000, to be divided in June of each year to the 2 students in the graduating class of Elmwood Elementary School receiving the highest academic marks during the full school term leading up to their graduation. This is to be administered by the Hopkinton School Committee.

The Charles L. Claflin Trust Fund, in the amount of $1,000, to invest into the caring and maintenance of the Park in the center of town.

Lastly, The Bernard J. McGovern Trust, is to be used for the purchase of materials for the public library. These materials include books, videotapes, audiotapes, and music on compact disks, language tapes, magazines, periodicals, newspapers, and subscriptions used to educate, enlighten and inform the citizens of the Town. The trust also wishes for this money to be used to arrange for programs, including lectures, films, exhibitions, trips and other events of interest to the town. Also, for the purchase of computer hardware and software, and membership passes to area museums and other attractions for its public library. Continue reading Commissioner of Trust Funds – Did You Know?

Parks and Recreation Commission – Did you Know?

Carrigan Park Baseball Field

The Parks & Recreation Commission is an elected group of five individuals. The Commission directs and oversees policies and operations regarding parks and open spaces under their custody as well as recreation programs in town. They also oversee the Parks and Recreation office, consisting of three paid staff members: one director and two program coordinators.

The Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Commission‘s mission is to provide a sustainable parks and recreational program that enhances the quality of life for the Hopkinton community. The Parks and Recreation Commission’s vision is to be the community leader in providing and promoting high quality recreational experiences and park facilities that enhance the lifestyle for residents and visitors of the community. Continue reading Parks and Recreation Commission – Did you Know?

Board of Library Trustees – Did you Know?

Hopkinton Library Under Construction in snow

The Hopkinton Public Library’s Board of Trustees is a five-member elected board responsible for overseeing the library for the benefit of the community.  Working closely with the library director, members are responsible for establishing library policies and plans, determining the final budget and conducting public relations. Members are elected for a three-year term.

The board meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM from September through June. A Trustee should be an active library patron, who is genuinely interested in assisting the Library and its’ director for the betterment of the library. Organizational and administrative skills would be a plus, but are not necessary. To learn more about the state library system and the responsibilities of library trustees, go to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners website. Continue reading Board of Library Trustees – Did you Know?

Board of Assessors – Did you know?

Board of Assessors

The Assessing Department is responsible for accurately determining the value of all real and personal property located within the Town of Hopkinton for the purpose of taxation. Assessors are obliged to assess all property at its full and fair market value as of January 1 of each year. The department is responsible for the administration of all property tax data records and maintains accurate parcel ownership data based upon recorded property transactions at the Registry of Deeds. According to the Town Charter, “There shall be a Board of Assessors consisting of three (3) members elected for a term of three (3) years each, so arranged that the term of office of as nearly an equal number of members as possible shall expire each year.” Continue reading Board of Assessors – Did you know?

Formerly Educate Hopkinton. Because Information Matters, a Civic League of Hopkinton, Massachusetts