November 4th Election

Dear Subscribers:

Educate Hopkinton would like to remind you to vote in the upcoming State and National Election on November 4, 2008. Polls will be open at the Hopkinton Middle School, 88 Hayden Rowe Street, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The last day to register to vote or change your party affiliation is Wednesday, October 15. You can register at the Town Clerk’s office, located in the Town Hall, 18 Main Street, and open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays, with extended hours on Tuesday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.

If you will be out of town, or unable to get to the polls on November 4, please be sure to obtain an absentee ballot. Online forms can be found at: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/absbalap.pdf.

In addition to the candidate selections, you will be asked to vote on 3 ballot questions on November 4. Each could potentially have a significant impact on the state budget, and the money that comes to Hopkinton from the Commonwealth.The questions are as follows, with links to information from the Secretary of State’s office:

Question 1: State Personal Income Tax
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele08/ballot_questions_08/quest_1.htm

Question 2: Possession of Marijuana
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele08/ballot_questions_08/quest_2.htm

Question 3: Dog Racing
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele08/ballot_questions_08/quest_3.htm

Please take the time to make informed choices on Tuesday, November 4, and GET OUT AND VOTE!

Please participate in the www.educatehopkinton.com 2008 Satisfaction Survey

In an effort to improve www.educatehopkinton.com, we invite you to participate in a short online survey. By clicking on the link below, you will access the www.educatehopkinton.com 2008 Satisfaction Survey (see link below):

http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB227WYS64SQG

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

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.

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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.

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www.educatehopkinton.com has been updated – check it out

Check out www.educatehopkinton.com for the following UPDATED information:

  • Annual Town Meeting (TM) Warrant with ballot questions
  • TM Article 29 – OSMUD “Open Space Mixed Use Development” Overlay District
  • Host Community Agreement for Legacy Farms
  • TM Article 48 – Center School Feasibility Study – New!
  • Q & A Submitted by the School Committee
  • Hopkinton 2007 Annual Town Report – New!
  • Article 5 – FY09 School Budget – New!

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.

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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.

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

Why do we Need to Go to Annual Town Meeting (ATM)?

  • To approve spending for the fiscal year beginning July 1. At ATM, we approve money for the operating budgets of all town departments. We also approve money for capital items such as new trucks or major repairs to buildings. The source of the money can be from the annual tax levy, existing funds, or bonding (new borrowing).
    • 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.
  • To approve other important Articles that affect our town’s finances and services. For example, Article 29, the Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) bylaw for Legacy Farms, is a critical article for the future financial health of the town.

The Warrant for the ATM is available on the web http://www.hopkinton.org/gov/clerk/pdf/ATM_5-5-08.pdf and contains details of all the articles that will be voted on at ATM.

Town Meeting begins Monday, May 5th at the Hopkinton High School Gymnasium (a.k.a. Field House) at 7:00 p.m.

Secure your babysitters now! Encourage your spouse, friends and neighbors to attend and have their voices be heard.

www.educatehopkinton.com

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

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