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Ask eHop – What’s a Consent Agenda? What does “No Action” mean?

The Consent Agenda is a tool to allow housekeeping items or articles that require “No Action” to be approved with a single vote at the start of Town Meeting. The concept is to allow for more time for the thoughtful debate of other articles. Articles with a “No Action” designation do not pass. The Town Moderator thanks you for your consideration of this tool to make Town Meeting an efficient event!

If a Town Meeting voter opposes the inclusion of any proposed consent agenda Articles that Article/Motion will be removed from the list and the remaining Motions will be put before Town Meeting for a vote.

Articles on the Consent Agenda 2016:

  • #3 FY 2016 Budget Transfers – No Action
  • #5 Property Tax Exemption Increase (MGL Chapter 59 Section 5 – these exemptions are aimed at helping low-income residents, veterans, the blind, firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. Town Meeting votes annually on these exemptions.)  Hopkinton Tax Relief Committee
  • #25 School Bus Parking Lot (Construct gravel parking lot for buses at the proposed new elementary school – results in estimated annual positive impact of $111K ) $320,000 – No Action
  • #27 Artificial Turf Field with Lights – Design & Feasibility $100,000 – No Action
  • #29 Transfer Funds for New Capital Projects – No Action
  • #45 Gift of land – Hilltop Road – No Action
  • #52 Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton – to appoint Jeanne Bernardin (7 Kimball Road) as a Trustee

Town Meeting Results Day 1 (unofficial)

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Documents:

Consent Agenda Motions Passed on Articles 3, 4, 41, 45, 46, 49, 53, 54, 55, and 57 at the beginning of the meeting. Read more in the consent agenda. Consent Agenda articles 33, 50, and 51 were held for debate for later in the week.

  1. Acceptance of Town Reports – PASSED
  2. FY 2015 Supplemental Appropriations – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED – The State has not yet certified Hopkinton’s “Free Cash” amount, so no money is available yet for these items.
    • 199 General Government; Hydrant Rental To be transferred to the Water Enterprise Fund $167,360
    •  422  Highway; Lake Maspenock Weed Control $60,000 – This will be discussed later under article 8.
    • 423  FY15 Snow and Ice Deficit $854,565.38
    • 450 Water Enterprise Operating Budget $80,000
  3. FY 2015 Budget Transfers – Consent Agenda – No Action – There are no budget transfers this year. Motion for NO ACTION PASSED
  4. Tercentennial Funds – Consent Agenda – Action: The Town is moving $890.92 in between accounts. PASSED
  5. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years – Transfer from free cash the sum of $5,047.60 – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED – The State has not yet certified Hopkinton’s “Free Cash” amount, so no money is available yet for these items.
    Later in the evening, a motion to RECONSIDER article 5 was TABLED until Tuesday evening.
  6. Property Tax Exemption Increase – PASSED
  7. Set the Salary of Elected Officials – Town Clerk, $70,000 – PASSED
  8. Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget – $72 million
  9. FY 2016 Revolving Funds – PASSED
  10. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $662,271 – PASSED
  11. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $300,000 – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED – The State has not yet certified Hopkinton’s “Free Cash” amount, so no money is available yet for these items.
  12. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $411,118 – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED – The State has not yet certified Hopkinton’s “Free Cash” amount, so no money is available yet for these items.
  13. Local Hotel Tax Amendment – amend its local room occupancy excise tax rate to 6% – PASSED
  14. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED – The State has not yet certified Hopkinton’s “Free Cash” amount, so no money is available yet for these items.
    1. Purchase of Portable Radios – Police Chief – $49,500
    2. Replacement of Police Cruisers – Police Chief –  $78,000
    3. Replacement Cardiac Monitor – Fire Chief – $28,099
    4. Purchase Public Safety Dispatch Equipment – Town Manager –  $16,250
    5. Upgrades to Roadway Light System to Energy Efficient LED Lighting – DPW – $175,000
    6. Cleanup of Snow Dump – DPW – $140,000
    7. Purchase of Loader Mounted Snow Blower – DPW – $115,000
    8. Elmwood Farm Parking Area – Town Manager – $40,000
    9. Expansion of Police Department Parking Lot – Town Manager – $75,000
    10. Sewer System Capacity and Business Analysis – DPW – $140,000
    11. Fruit Street Aquifer Analysis – DPW – $75,000
    12. Whitehall Wells Test Wells Installation – DPW – $35,000

Town Meeting adjourned shortly before 11:00pm and will reconvene Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00pm in the Middle School Auditorium.

Proposed Consent Agenda

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Dear Town Meeting Voter:

The Consent Agenda is a tool to allow housekeeping items or articles that require “No Action” to be approved with a single vote at the start of Town Meeting. The concept is to allow for more time for the thoughtful debate of other articles. Articles with a “No Action” designation do not pass. We thank you for your consideration of this tool to make Town Meeting an efficient event!

Dr. Bruce Karlin, Town Moderator

If a Town Meeting voter opposes the inclusion of any proposed consent agenda Articles that Article/Motion will be removed from the list and the remaining Motions will be put before Town Meeting for a vote. A brief rationale of each consent agenda Article follows below.

Proposed Articles

  • Article 3: FY 2015 Budget Transfers (NO ACTION)
    • Rationale: There are not any budget transfers. No Action.
  • Article 4: Tercentennial Funds (ACTION)
    • Rationale: The Town is moving $890.92 in between accounts.
  • Article 33: Housekeeping article to move definition of lots in Two or More Res. Districts (ACTION)
    • Rationale: Housekeeping item to clarify zoning.
  • Article 41: Tax Collector Tax Authority (NO ACTION)
    • Rationale: No Action.
  • Article 45: Gift of Easement – 85 West Main Street (ACTION)
    • Rationale: To accept a small easement to create an exclusive Eastbound right turn lane.
  • Article 46: Acquisition of Easement – 91 West Main Street (NO ACTION)
    • Rationale: No Action.
  • Article 49: Grant of Utility Easements (ACTION)
    • Rationale: Housekeeping item. For electricity to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.
  • Article 50: Gift of Land – Legacy Farms Athletic field (ACTION)
    • Rationale: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement.
  • Article 51: Gift of Land – Legacy Farms Municipal Parcel (ACTION)
    • Rationale: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement.
  • Article 53: Gift of Easement at 287 Hayden Rowe Street (ACTION)
    • Rationale: Housekeeping item. Drainage easement.
  • Article 54: Street Acceptances (ACTION)
    • Rationale: The Town will accept seven roads as public ways; increased state revenue.
  • Article 55: Ashland-Hopkinton Fire & Emergency Services (NO ACTION)
    • Rationale: No Action.
  • Article 57: Trustees of the School Fund in the Town of Hopkinton (ACTION)
    • Rationale: Appointing Michael Contino and Kathryn Tighe to the Committee.