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All Six Ballot Questions Pass, Graziano and Bertschmann reelected, Hanson wins Parks & Recreation

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Congratulations to all the participants in the May 18 town election and thank you for your willingness to volunteer for our town. This year 1,810 voters participated, which is down 16% from last May’s Town Election. All six ballot questions passed. Jon Graziano and Jean Bertschmann were reelected to the School Committee. Laura Hanson was elected to the Parks & Recreation Commission, and Connor Degan was elected to the Hopkinton Housing Authority. All other races were uncontested.

After the election, at the May 19 Board of Selectmen meeting Ben Palleiko was unanimously elected Chair and John Coutinho was unanimously elected Vice-Chair. At the May 28 School Committee meeting, Ellen Scordino was elected Chair (4-1) and Lori Nickerson was elected Vice-Chair (5-0).

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 2 – CONTESTED RACE

  • Jean Bertschmann 1,092
  • Jonathan Graziano 1,099
  • Brian Karp 841

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, Unexpired term to 2017, Vote for 1 – CONTESTED RACE

  • Robert McGuire 756
  • Laura Hanson 785

HOPKINTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 5 years, Vote for 1 – Write-In Candidate

  • Connor Degan 50
  • Darlene Hayes 42

Ballot Questions

Question 1: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to construct a new Department of Public Works headquarters facility?

  • Yes 1,049
  • No 675

Question 2: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order fund engineering designs and construction services related to making roof repairs at the Hopkins and High Schools?

  • Yes 1,198
  • No 550

Question 3: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a parcel of land located at 135 Hayden Rowe Street and shown as parcel U23-28-0 on the Assessors Map?

  • Yes 1,124
  • No 584

Question 4: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a parcel of land located at 147 Hayden Rowe Street and shown as parcels U23-32-0, U23-33-0 and U23-35-A on the Assessors Map?

  • Yes 939
  • No 757

Question 5: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a portion ofthe parcel of land located at 15 Claflin Avenue and shown as parcel U16-14-0 on the Assessors Map?

  • Yes 920
  • No 757

Question 6: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to acquire a fee interest in a portion of the parcel of land located at 102 Fruit Street and shown as parcel RG-5-0 on the Assessors Map as shown on a plan?

  • Yes 958
  • No 746

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Question 1: DPW Facility

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Question 1: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to be exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to construct a new Department of Public Works headquarters facility?

Voters at Town Meeting voted to borrow $14.1 million to construct a new DPW headquarters facility to be located at 83 Wood Street, but for the project to go forward, the voters must also pass a debt exclusion at the ballot under proposition 2 1/2 to authorize a temporary increase in the Town’s levy limit to cover the cost of borrowing for this facility.

  • A “yes” vote would approve the funds and the project could proceed.
  • A “no” vote would mean that the Town could not borrow the funds to proceed with the project without a future affirmative ballot vote within 90 days.

If the question passes, it is estimated to cost the average household $157 per year for the life of the loan.  Unlike operating budget overrides, debt exclusions do not cause a permanent increase in the tax base and do not affect the base upon which succeeding years’ tax levy is collected.

The DPW is responsible for:

  • 125 miles of roads
  • 65 miles of water mains
  • 35 miles of sewer
  • 666 hydrants
  • 18 acres of cemeteries
  • 14 acres of parks and fields
  • Maintenance of DPW fleet, valued at $3.9 million
  • on-call for emergencies 24 hours a day

According to the Permanent Building Committee (PBC) and the DPW, the existing facility:

  • is inadequate and in need of repairs
  • has insufficient space to house modern DPW equipment
  • has an inadequate fuel facility to serve town vehicles
  • lacks storage areas that impact the Town’s ability to protect their multi-million dollar fleet,  allowing equipment to deteriorate more quickly than if protected from the elements.

Following the approval of $250,000 at the 2013 Annual Town Meeting to prepare preliminary design and cost estimates, the PBC and DPW evaluated 8 different site layouts and building arrangements before determining the Wood Street site and the proposed design best fit their needs.

If approved, the new 41,000 square foot facility would have trade shops, wash bays and places for vehicle maintenance and storage as well as work space for DPW employees.  It would also include a fuel facility that would service DPW trucks as well as police, fire and other town vehicles.

Town Meeting Results Day 2 (unofficial) – DPW Facility Passes

Article 15 - Department of Public Works Facility - $14.1 Million
Article 15 – Department of Public Works Facility – $14.1 Million

Documents:

  1. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years – RECONSIDERED and PASSED – $3,427.60 for Highway Dept, and $1,620 for Human Resources
  1. Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget
    • An amendment by Ken Weismantel to reduce operating budget by $60,000 to eliminate the proposed Assistant Town Manager position. PASSED
    • FY16 Operating Budget – $72,388,886.06 PASSED
  1. Department of Public Works Facility – $14.1 million PASSED
  2. Fire Truck Replacement – $680,000 PASSED
  3. Purchase of Dump Truck – $240,000 PASSED
  4. Purchase of Water Utility Vehicle – $87,000 PASSED
  5. Water Main Replacement – Cedar Street – $260,000 PASSED
  6. Fruit Street Water Facility Engineering – Well Blending – $100,000 PASSED
  7. Grove Street Water Facility – Engineering – $75,000 PASSED
  8. Fruit Street Auxiliary Facility – Construction – Appropriation Committee Recommends No Action – Motion to No Action PASSED
  9. Joint Information Technology – $200,000 PASSED
  10. School Safety & Security – $200,000 PASSED
  11. Joint Safety and Security Upgrades – $300,000
    • Appropriation Committee’s Motion for No Action FAILED
    • School Committee’s Alternate Motion for $103,471 PASSED
  12. Fire Alarm Upgrades – Middle School – $170,000 PASSED
  13. Roof Repairs – Hopkins and High Schools – $1,114,000
    • Amendment offered by Vascen Bogigian to instruct Selectmen and School Committee to seek all reasonable legal remedies for roof damage. PASSED
    • Main Motion for $1,114,000 PASSES 144 to 62
  14. Resurfacing Basketball & Tennis Courts – $70,000 PASSED
  15. Community Preservation Recommendations
    1. Preservation of Town Records – $15,000
    2. Acquisition of Rail Bed South of Granite St – $135,000
    3. Trail Head Signage – $7,500
    4. Sylvan Way Conservation Restriction & Endowment – $2,500
    5. MacFarland Sanger House Historic Repairs – $50,000
    6. Fruit Street Parking Engineering Study – $50,000
    7. Access & Parking for Legacy Farms Engineering Study – $34,000
    8. Fruit Street Athletic Complex Building – Amended to Concession Area, Restrooms & Storage – $500,000
    9. Cemetery Records Preservation – $33,000
    10. Toll House Historic Site – $30,000
    11. Hopkins School Pavilion for Shade & Shelter $30,000
    12. Claflin Memorial Fountain $20,000
      • Motion 1: To vote items a, b, c, d, e, f, g, i, j, k, and l
        • Two amendments correcting typos and omissions PASSED
        • Amendment by Mary Arnaut to remove items f, g, and k. FAILED
        • Amendment by Richard Flannery to remove item b. FAILED
        • Amendment by Matt Zettek to add language regarding athletic fields and recreational purposes to item g. PASSED
        • Main Motion for items a, b, c, d, e, f, g, i, j, k, and l: PASSED
      • Motion 2: To vote item h – Fruit Street Athletic Complex HELD FOR TOMORROW

Town Meeting adjourned shortly after 11:00pm  and will reconvene Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00pm in the Middle School Auditorium.

Coming Up on Town Meeting Day 2 Tonight

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Documents:

  1. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years – Transfer from free cash the sum of $5,047.60 – Motion to RECONSIDER tabled until Tuesday.
  1. Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget – $72 million – TABLED until Tuesday
  1. Department of Public Works Facility – $14.1 million
    Town & School Building Survey Results 2012
  2. Fire Truck Replacement – $680,000
  3. Purchase of Dump Truck – $240,000
  4. Purchase of Water Utility Vehicle – $87,000
  5. Water Main Replacement – Cedar Street – $260,000
  6. Fruit Street Water Facility Engineering – Well Blending – $100,000
  7. Grove Street Water Facility – Engineering – $75,000
  8. Fruit Street Auxiliary Facility – Construction – Appropriation Committee Recommends No Action
  9. Joint Information Technology – $200,000
  10. School Safety & Security – $200,000
  11. Joint Safety and Security Upgrades – $300,000 – Appropriation Committee Recommends No Action – Alternate Motion for $103,471
  12. Fire Alarm Upgrades – Middle School – Approx. $170,000
  13. Roof Repairs – Hopkins and High Schools – $1,114,000
  14. Resurfacing Basketball & Tennis Courts – $70,000
  15. Community Preservation Recommendations
    1. Preservation of Town Records – $15,000
    2. Acquisition of Rail Bed South of Granite St – $135,000
    3. Trail Head Signage – $7,500
    4. Sylvan Way Conservation Restriction & Endowment – $2,500
    5. MacFarland Sanger House Historic Repairs – $50,000
    6. Fruit Street Parking Engineering Study – $50,000
    7. Access & Parking for Legacy Farms Engineering Study – $34,000
    8. Cemetery Records Preservation – $33,000
    9. Toll House Historic Site – $30,000
    10. Hopkins School Pavilion for Shade & Shelter $30,000
    11. Claflin Memorial Fountain $20,000
    12. Fruit Street Athletic Complex Building – Amended to Concession Area, Restrooms & Storage – $500,000
  16. Amend Open Space Mixed Use Overlay District to allow 180 more units, age restricted – Legacy Farms
  17. Adjust boundary line between Downtown Business District & Residence A District off B Street
  18. Amend Industrial B District to allow indoor recreation uses by right, and to adopt a definition of indoor recreation uses
  19. Housekeeping article to move definition of Lots in Two or More Residential Districts – Action: Housekeeping item to clarify zoning.
  20. Amend Downtown Business District to allow parking between principal buildings and the street by special permit
  21. Amend Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development
  22. Amend site plan review bylaw pertaining to site lighting
  23. Housekeeping article on modifying Design Review Board Bylaw
  24. Sign bylaw amendments
  25. Housekeeping article to consolidate and coordinate special permit language
  26. Adjust boundary line between Residence Lake Front District & Rural Business District Hayward Street – Citizen’s Petition by Property Owner, William C. Tetlow
  27. Tax Collector Tax Authority – Motion for No Action PASSED on Consent Agenda on 5/4
  28. Secondhand Dealer Bylaw
  29. Acquisition of Property at 135 Hayden Rowe Street – Irvine Site – 28.7 Acres – $1.8 million
  30. Acquisition of Property at 147 Hayden Rowe Street – Todaro Site – 23.8 acres – $1.5 million
  31. Gift of Easement – 85 West Main Street – to create exclusive right hand turn lane onto Lumber Street – Action: To accept a small easement to create an exclusive Eastbound right turn lane. PASSED Consent Agenda on 5/4
  32. Acquisition of Easement – 91 West Main Street – to create exclusive right hand turn lane onto Lumber Street. – Motion for No Action PASSED on Consent Agenda 5/4
  33. Acquisition of Property at 15 Claflin Avenue (to be used for a cemetery) – 3.5 acres – $310,000
  34. Acquisition of Property at 102 Fruit Street – 43 acres -Purchase of the Pratt Estate for the purposes of open space, scouting and other municipal purposes. $2.5 million
  35. Grant of Utility Easements – 98 Hayden Rowe Street – Action: Housekeeping item. For electricity to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. PASSED on Consent Agenda on 5/4
  36. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Athletic Field – Action: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement.
  37. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Municipal Parcel – Action: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement.
  38. Gift of Property at 123 East Main Street – “Toll House” Historic Site – Pending CPC Funds Approval in Article 29.
  39. Gift of Drainage Easement at 287 Hayden Rowe Street – Action: Housekeeping item. Drainage easement. PASSED on Consent Agenda on 5/4
  40. Street Acceptances – Action: The Town will accept seven roads as public ways; increased state revenue. PASSED on Consent Agenda on 5/4
  41. Ashland-Hopkinton Fire and Emergency Services District – Motion for No Action PASSED on Consent Agenda
  42. Fruit Street Conceptual Master Plan
  43. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton – Action: Appointing Michael Contino and Kathryn Tighe to the Committee. PASSED on Consent Agenda on 5/4

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List of Articles with Details and Links

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Documents:

  1. Acceptance of Town Reports
  2. FY 2015 Supplemental Appropriations
    • 199 General Government; Hydrant Rental To be transferred to the Water Enterprise Fund $167,360
    •  422  Highway; Lake Maspenock Weed Control $ 60,000
    • 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.
  4. Tercentennial Funds – Consent Agenda – Action: The Town is moving $890.92 in between accounts.
  5. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years – Transfer from free cash the sum of $5,047.60
  6. Property Tax Exemption Increase
  7. Set the Salary of Elected Officials – Town Clerk, $70,000
  8. Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget – $72 million
  9. FY 2016 Revolving Funds
  10. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $662,271
  11. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $300,000
  12. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $411,118
  13. Local Hotel Tax Amendment – amend its local room occupancy excise tax rate to 6%
  14. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses
    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
  15. Department of Public Works Facility – $14.1 million
    Town & School Building Survey Results 2012
  16. Fire Truck Replacement – $680,000
  17. Purchase of Dump Truck – $240,000
  18. Purchase of Water Utility Vehicle – $87,000
  19. Water Main Replacement – Cedar Street – $260,000
  20. Fruit Street Water Facility Engineering – Well Blending – $100,000
  21. Grove Street Water Facility – Engineering – $75,000
  22. Fruit Street Auxiliary Facility – Construction – Appropriation Committee Recommends No Action
  23. Joint Information Technology – $200,000
  24. School Safety & Security – $200,000
  25. Joint Safety and Security Upgrades – $300,000 – Appropriation Committee Recommends No Action
  26. Fire Alarm Upgrades – Middle School – Approx. $170,000
  27. Roof Repairs – Hopkins and High Schools – $1,114,000
  28. Resurfacing Basketball & Tennis Courts – $70,000
  29. Community Preservation Recommendations
    1. Preservation of Town Records – $15,000
    2. Acquisition of Rail Bed South of Granite St – $135,000
    3. Trail Head Signage – $7,500
    4. Sylvan Way Conservation Restriction & Endowment – $2,500
    5. MacFarland Sanger House Historic Repairs – $50,000
    6. Fruit Street Parking Engineering Study – $50,000
    7. Access & Parking for Legacy Farms Engineering Study – $34,000
    8. Cemetery Records Preservation – $33,000
    9. Toll House Historic Site – $30,000
    10. Hopkins School Pavilion for Shade & Shelter $30,000
    11. Claflin Memorial Fountain $20,000
    12. Fruit Street Athletic Complex Building – Amended to Concession Area, Restrooms & Storage – $500,000
  30. Amend Open Space Mixed Use Overlay District to allow 180 more units, age restricted – Legacy Farms
  31. Adjust boundary line between Downtown Business District & Residence A District off B Street
  32. Amend Industrial B District to allow indoor recreation uses by right, and to adopt a definition of indoor recreation uses
  33. Housekeeping article to move definition of Lots in Two or More Residential Districts – Consent Agenda – Action: Housekeeping item to clarify zoning.
  34. Amend Downtown Business District to allow parking between principal buildings and the street by special permit
  35. Amend Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development
  36. Amend site plan review bylaw pertaining to site lighting
  37. Housekeeping article on modifying Design Review Board Bylaw
  38. Sign bylaw amendments
  39. Housekeeping article to consolidate and coordinate special permit language
  40. Adjust boundary line between Residence Lake Front District & Rural Business District Hayward Street – Citizen’s Petition by Property Owner, William C. Tetlow
  41. Tax Collector Tax Authority – Consent Agenda – No Action
  42. Secondhand Dealer Bylaw
  43. Acquisition of Property at 135 Hayden Rowe Street – Irvine Site – 28.7 Acres – $1.8 million
  44. Acquisition of Property at 147 Hayden Rowe Street – Todaro Site – 23.8 acres – $1.5 million
  45. Gift of Easement – 85 West Main Street – to create exclusive right hand turn lane onto Lumber Street – Consent Agenda – Action: To accept a small easement to create an exclusive Eastbound right turn lane.
  46. Acquisition of Easement – 91 West Main Street – to create exclusive right hand turn lane onto Lumber Street. – Consent Agenda – No Action
  47. Acquisition of Property at 15 Claflin Avenue (to be used for a cemetery) – 3.5 acres – $310,000
  48. Acquisition of Property at 102 Fruit Street – 43 acres -Purchase of the Pratt Estate for the purposes of open space, scouting and other municipal purposes. $2.5 million
  49. Grant of Utility Easements – 98 Hayden Rowe Street – Consent Agenda – Action: Housekeeping item. For electricity to the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.
  50. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Athletic Field – Consent Agenda – Action: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement.
  51. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Municipal Parcel – Consent Agenda – Action: To enact a condition of the Host Community Agreement.
  52. Gift of Property at 123 East Main Street – “Toll House” Historic Site – Pending CPC Funds Approval in Article 29.
  53. Gift of Drainage Easement at 287 Hayden Rowe Street – Consent Agenda – Action: Housekeeping item. Drainage easement.
  54. Street Acceptances – Consent Agenda – Action: The Town will accept seven roads as public ways; increased state revenue.
  55. Ashland-Hopkinton Fire and Emergency Services District – Consent Agenda – No Action
  56. Fruit Street Conceptual Master Plan
  57. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton – Consent Agenda – Action: Appointing Michael Contino and Kathryn Tighe to the Committee.

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