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Special Town Meeting Results Day 2 (unofficial)

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Article 1: Periodic Charter Review: Report and Recommendations – PASSED as amended below

  • Amendment: June Harris of the Board of Library Trustees made a motion to amend Section 4-5c “Library Director – The Town Manager shall annually set goals for the Library Director with input from the Board of Library Trustees.” PASSED on 1/30/17
  • Amendment: Carly Grant made a motion to add welcoming and inclusivity language to the preamble. “The Town of Hopkinton welcomes residents of all races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, gender identifications, and sexual orientations; the Town of Hopkinton, further, is committed to providing a climate of safety and acceptance to all residents. The Town of Hopkinton will actively address and resist acts of discrimination, bullying, or intimidation.” PASSED on 1/30/17
  • Amendment: Christine Dietz made a motion to amend the proposed charter which would keep the Town Clerk elected, rather than appointed by the Board of Selectmen. PASSED on 1/30/17
  • Amendment: Phil Cohen, a member of the Board of Health, made a motion to allow boards and committees with appointing authority to fix the compensation of their appointees. PASSED on 1/30/17
  • Amendment: Frank D’Urso made a motion to make the Town Treasurer an elected position. (The Town Attorney helped to draft the wording before Town Meeting Day 2.) FAILED
  • Amendment: Jim Ciriello made a motion to have a requirement that the Town Manager be a resident of Hopkinton, within 6 months of appointment to the position. (The Town Attorney helped to draft the wording before Town Meeting Day 2.) FAILED
  • Amendment: Frank D’Urso made a motion to create an elected position of Ombudsman. FAILED

Article 2: School Building Project (addition of 4 classrooms to the school building project currently underway) – An additional $1.5 Million – PASSED Unanimously

Article 3: Acquisition of Property at 61 Main Street for Downtown Corridor Realignment – PASSED 96 to 22 on 1/30/17

Article 4: Authority to Negotiate Solar Agreements – PASSED on 1/30/17

Meeting adjourned at about 8:55 PM

Special Town Meeting Results Day 1 (unofficial)

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Motion to defer action on article 2 (School Building Project) until 7:00 PM on day 2, Tuesday, January 31 – PASSED 107 – 42

Article 1: Periodic Charter Review: Report and Recommendations – DEFERRED

  • Amendment: June Harris of the Board of Library Trustees made a motion to amend Section 4-5c “Library Director – The Town Manager shall annually set goals for the Library Director with input from the Board of Library Trustees.” PASSED
  • Amendment: Carly Grant made a motion to add welcoming and inclusivity language to the preamble. “The Town of Hopkinton welcomes residents of all races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, gender identifications, and sexual orientations; the Town of Hopkinton, further, is committed to providing a climate of safety and acceptance to all residents. The Town of Hopkinton will actively address and resist acts of discrimination, bullying, or intimidation.” PASSED unanimously
  • Amendment: Christine Dietz made a motion to amend the proposed charter which would keep the Town Clerk elected, rather than appointed by the Board of Selectmen. PASSED
  • Amendment: Phil Cohen, a member of the Board of Health, made a motion to allow boards and committees with appointing authority to fix the compensation of their appointees. PASSED
  • Amendment: Frank D’Urso made a motion to make the Town Treasurer an elected position. – The Town Attorney needed time to draft the wording that would accomplish what Mr D’Urso intended. So a motion was made to defer voting on this amendment until Tuesday after article 2. DEFERRED This means that the final voting on the Town Charter will be delayed until Tuesday.
  • Amendment: Jim Ciriello made a motion to have provision in the charter to have a residency requirement for the Town Manager.  The Town Moderator asked that Mr Ciriello work on the wording with the Town Attorney and bring his amendment back tomorrow. DEFERRED

Article 2: School Building Project (addition of 4 classrooms to the school building project currently underway) – An additional $1.5 Million – DEFERRED until 1/31/17

Article 3: Acquisition of Property at 61 Main Street for Downtown Corridor Realignment – PASSED 96 to 22

Article 4: Authority to Negotiate Solar Agreements – PASSED

Meeting ended at 10:15 PM, to continue at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 31 at Hopkinton Middle School, when articles that have been deferred with be discussed, starting first with article 2. Keep an eye on the Town Twitter for weather cancellations.

Special Town Meeting – Four Articles

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Article 3: Acquisition of Property at 61 Main Street for Downtown Corridor Realignment

Hopkinton will hold a special town meeting on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium. There will be four articles on the warrant.

  1. Periodic Charter Review: Report and Recommendations
  2. School Building Project (addition of classrooms to building project underway) – $1.5 M
  3. Acquisition of Property at 61 Main Street for Downtown Corridor Realignment
  4. Authority to Negotiate Solar Agreements

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Special Town Meeting 1/30 – Town Charter Changes

The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen has called a special town meeting to be held on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium. Residents will consider changes to the town’s charter as proposed by the Charter Review Committee. All articles or petitions proposed to be included in the special town meeting warrant must be received at the Board of Selectmen’s office no later than 2:00 PM on Friday, January 6, 2017. We will not have a full list of articles on the warrant until after January 6.

The Charter Review Committee held a public hearing on their recommended changes to the charter on December 7.  A YouTube video of the hearing is available on the Committee’s website.  Additional information is available in previous eHop posts tagged Charter Review Committee. The committee is recommending three significant changes to the charter.


Watch the Public Hearing on YouTube

Four More Classrooms for the New School:

At their meeting on January 5, the School Committee voted to put a placeholder article on the Special Town Meeting warrant appropriating up to $3 million to include 4 additional classrooms (and associated redesign costs) to the current school building project on Hayden Rowe Street. When the new school was proposed Hopkinton and the MSBA agreed in the fall of 2014 on an enrollment projection of 395 students. New enrollment projections from November 2016 now anticipate an enrollment of 485 students for the foreseeable future.

Hayden Rowe Street / Route 85 Traffic Study:

In November, the Selectmen & School Committee each voted to fund $20,000 in order to have technical studies done looking at how to improve traffic safety on Hayden Rowe Street, between the high school and Chestnut Street. If the study is completed in time, they may bring forward an article to implement any recommended traffic safety improvements at the January 30 Special Town Meeting. Read more on the MetroWest Daily News website.

Charter Review Committee Public Forum on Changes

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Tonight, Wednesday, December 7 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Hopkinton Senior Center (28 Mayhew St) the Charter Review Committee  will hold a public forum on its recommended changes. There will be three significant changes presented for consideration at the forum:

• Changing the Town Clerk from elected to appointed by the Board of Selectmen;
• Standardizing reporting structure for Town employees; and
• Streamlining the Budget Schedule and Warrant Process.

If you cannot attend you may contact the committee chair Pam Waxlax at pwaxlax@hopkintonma.gov.

Continue reading Charter Review Committee Public Forum on Changes

Charter Review Committee Targets February Special Town Meeting

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At least once every ten (10) years, in each year ending in a six (6), the Town Clerk shall establish a special committee for the purpose of reviewing this Charter and to make a report, with recommendations, to the Town Meeting concerning any proposed amendments which said committee may determine to be necessary or desirable.

The Charter Review Commission held a forum on September 19 to gather public input. You can watch the video on HCAM’s YouTube Channel. At their December 7, 2016 Public Forum, the Charter Review Commission intends to present a “near final” charter with their proposed changes, providing background and support for any proposed changes as well as another opportunity to answer questions from the residents. They have requested that the Board of Selectmen hold a Special Town Meeting on February 13, 2017, allowing requisite time for the Attorney General to review the revised charter and placement on the ballot for the May 15, 2017 annual town election.

If you could not attend the September forum, you may feel free to attend any of the upcoming Charter Review Committee meetings and speak during the public comment period, or contact the committee chair Pam Waxlax at pwaxlax@hopkintonma.gov. The next meetings are scheduled for October 12, October 26, November 9 and November 21.

Charter Review Committee Documents on Google Drive

A video of the Public Forum that was held on HCAM on 9/19/2016

Charter Review Committee Members:

  • Pam Waxlax (Chair), appointed by the Town Moderator
  • Michelle Murdock (Vice-Chair) appointed by the Appropriation Committee
  • Richard Flannery (Secretary), appointed by the Town Moderator
  • Curt Cooprider, appointed by the Town Clerk
  • Elizabeth Herlihy, appointed by the Appropriation Committee
  • Jean Bertschmann, appointed by the School Committee
  • Todd Cestari, appointed by the Selectmen
  • Committee Website

Read the Town Charter:

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