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Cemetery Commission – Did You Know?

Mt Auburn Cemetery Hopkinton

The Cemetery Commission is a three-person elected board whose members serve a three-year term. The  Commission is responsible for overseeing the Town’s cemeteries. The Commission meets only when some issue needs attention. Some of the issues presently active are: trying to solve the damaged fence problem at the Main St. Cemetery (beside the Korean church), digitizing and providing access to all burial records for the Town cemeteries, and arranging for the cleaning and/or restoration of early headstones. Although not an immediate problem, the Commission also does the planning for additional cemetery space needs. The DPW handles the day-to-day operations and routine maintenance. Continue reading Cemetery Commission – Did You Know?

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?

Hopkinton Housing Authority – Did you know?

The Hopkinton Housing Authority shall conduct studies of the housing needs of the community and shall provide programs to make available housing for families of low income and for elderly persons of low income. The Hopkinton Housing Authority shall have such other powers and duties as are assigned to housing authorities by general law. (MGL Part I, Title XVII,  Chapter 121B, Section 26) Continue reading Hopkinton Housing Authority – Did you know?

Constables in Massachusetts – Did You Know?

Per Massachusetts General Law Chapter 41 Section 94: “Constables may serve the writs and processes described in section ninety-two and warrants and processes in criminal cases, although their town, parish, religious society or district is a party or interested. They shall have the powers of sheriffs to require aid in the execution of their duties. They shall take due notice of and prosecute all violations of law respecting the observance of the Lord’s day, profane swearing and illegal gaming. They shall serve all warrants and other processes directed to them by the selectmen of their town for notifying town meetings or for other purposes. They may serve by copy, attested by them, demands, notices and citations, and their returns of service thereof shall be prima facie evidence; but this provision shall not exclude the service thereof by other persons.”

A Constable is traditionally a preserver of the peace. Under Massachusetts Open Meeting Law “An individual may not disrupt a meeting of a public body, and at the request of the chair, all members of the public shall be silent. If, after clear warning, a person continues to be disruptive, the chair may order the person to leave the meeting. If the person does not leave, the chair may authorize a constable or other officer to remove the person.”
Constables may serve and execute civil processes. Constables may serve judicial process only in the cities or towns in which appointed or elected. Constables are required by law to be bonded for the service of civil process. Constables usually operate as independent contractors. The fees for service of process in Massachusetts by Sheriffs, Deputy Sheriffs and Constables are provided for by statute and are arrived at by combining a number of items provided for in the statute. The fees charged generally include: cost of service, copies, travel, and use of motor vehicle, but may include additional fees for attachments, poundage, keepers, assistants, appraisers, posting, advertising, adjournments, auctioneers, arrests, custody, taking bail, etc. if applicable.

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Community Preservation Committee (CPC) – Did You Know?

Article 31f - CPC - Route 85 Stone Bridge Historic Preservation
Article 31f – CPC – Route 85 Stone Bridge Historic Preservation

In 2001, the citizens of Hopkinton voted to adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA) and thereby approved a 2% surcharge to the annual real property tax. Revenue from this surcharge is dedicated for the preservation of open space, historic sites, affordable housing and passive/active outdoor recreation. Local revenue is supplemented through a state Community Preservation Trust Fund (state revenue raised through fees charged at Massachusetts Registries of Deeds). The percentage of state disbursements changes from year to year based on the amount in the Community Preservation Trust Fund.

Under the provisions of the CPA, Hopkinton established a Community Preservation Committee (CPC) in 2001. The Community Preservation Committee shall make recommendations to Town Meeting for the acquisition, creation, and preservation of open space; for the acquisition and preservation of historic resources; for the acquisition creation, and preservation of land for recreational use; for the creation, preservation, and support of community housing; and for rehabilitation or restoration of such open space, historic resources, land for recreational use and community housing that is acquired or created using Community Preservation Committee funds. The CPC has nine members including designees from the Planning Board, Open Space Preservation Committee, Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, the Housing Authority and four At-Large members appointed by the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen. Visit the committee’s website for a list of recent CPC projects.

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