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Elected offices in Hopkinton

Board of Selectmen – Did you know?

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A board of five members, elected for three-year terms on a rotating basis. The Board serves as the chief executive of the Town, and is responsible for policy making, granting licenses, and appointing the Town Manager, Town Counsel, Police Chief, Fire Chief and members of multiple member bodies for whom no other method of selection is provided by the general laws.

Board of Selectmen regularly meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. Public meetings usually start at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Hearing Room (215).  A public forum is typically held at the beginning of each regular meeting where the residents are invited to share ideas, opinions or ask questions regarding town government.

To run for Selectmen a person must be a registered voter in Hopkinton and either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters; or a person may qualify by being the top vote getter in one of the town political party caucuses; or a combination of both. Selectmen is currently an unpaid volunteer position, but compensation for any elected official could be voted on at any future town meeting.

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School Committee – Did you know?

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A board of five members, elected for three-year terms on a rotating basis. The School Committee is responsible for voting on an annual budget and overseeing all spending during the year; maintaining school buildings and overseeing any improvements to them or construction of new buildings; negotiating with collective bargaining units; and developing policies to help govern the school district. The School Committee is also responsible for hiring the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and Business Manager.

The School Committee meets on Thursdays twice a month in the Middle School Library at 7:00 PM. A public comment period is typically held at the beginning of each regular meeting, and a second public comment period is often held near the end of the meeting.

To run for School Committee a person must be a registered voter in Hopkinton and either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters; or a person may qualify by being the top vote getter in one of the town political party caucuses; or a combination of both. School Committee member is currently an unpaid volunteer position, but compensation for any elected official could be voted on at any future town meeting.

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Planning Board – Did You Know?

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A board of nine members, elected for five-year terms on a rotating basis. The Planning Board is charged with the following duties, which are contained in the Mass. General Laws and the Hopkinton Zoning and General Bylaws:

  1. Adopting a Master Plan for the Town. The current Master Plan was adopted in 2007.
  2. Conducting studies, and, when necessary, preparing plans of the resources, possibilities and needs of the Town for submittal to the Board of Selectmen for their consideration.
  3. Serving as the local authority for the Subdivision Control Law; adopting Rules and Regulations governing the subdivision of land in the Town of Hopkinton ; reviewing all preliminary and definitive plan submittals, and endorsing approval-not-required plans.
  4. Drafting and submitting zoning amendments for consideration by the Town. When a zoning amendment has been put forward by any entity, the Planning Board holds the public hearing and also reports its recommendation to Town Meeting.
  5. Serving, in some instances, as the Special Permit Granting Authority (SPGA). The Planning Board is charged with issuing the following Special Permits in the Hopkinton Zoning Bylaw: Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development; Garden Apartments in Residential Districts; Senior Housing Developments; Flexible Community Development and Campus Style Development.
  6. Reviewing and proposing the acceptance of streets as Town public ways, with recommendation to the Town Meeting.
  7. Serving as Site Plan Review authority for non-residential Site Plans.
  8. Issuing permits to remove trees and stone wall within street rights of way designated as scenic roads by Town Meeting. The Planning Board also recommends roads for scenic road designation.
  9. Issuing permits for earth removal within the Town of Hopkinton .
  10. Annually appoints the members of the Design Review Board.

Planning Board representatives also serve on the following other Boards and Committees: Open Space Preservation Commission, Community Preservation Committee, Design Review Board, and Zoning Advisory Committee.

The Planning Board typically meets on Mondays twice a month in Town Hall at 7:30 PM.  The Planning Board’s staff services are provided by the Department of Land Use, Planning and Permitting.

To run for Planning Board a person must be a registered voter in Hopkinton and either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters; or a person may qualify by being the top vote getter in one of the town political party caucuses; or a combination of both. Planning Board member is currently an unpaid volunteer position, but compensation for any elected official could be voted on at any future town meeting.

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Town Clerk – Did You Know?

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The Town Clerk is the keeper of vital statistics for the Town, the custodian of the Town seal and all records of the Town; administers the oath of office to all Town officers, elected or appointed; issues such licenses and permits as are required by general law to be issued by such clerks; supervises and manages the conduct of all elections and matters relating thereto and is the clerk of the open Town Meeting, keeps its records and, in the absence of the Town Moderator and Deputy Town Moderator, serves as temporary presiding officer.

To run for Town Clerk a person must be a registered voter in Hopkinton and either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters; or a person may qualify by being the top vote getter in one of the town political party caucuses; or a combination of both. Town Clerks who have completed the necessary courses of study and training, may be awarded a certificate by the Massachusetts Town Clerks’ Association as a certified Massachusetts municipal clerk. Town Clerk is currently a full-time salaried position. Compensation for the Town Clerk is voted on every year at town meeting upon recommendation of the Personnel Committee:

  • Town Meeting 2015 – $70,000 Town Clerk annual salary
  • Town Meeting 2014 – $67,250 Town Clerk annual salary
  • Town Meeting 2013 – $62,308 Town Clerk annual salary

In 2011 60% of Hopkinton voters rejected a ballot question that would have changed the position of Town Clerk from elected to appointed. The change had previously been approved at the May 2010 Town Meeting by a 2/3 voice vote, but charter changes must pass at both a Town Meeting and Town Election.

Contact Info:

  • 508-497-9710
  • townclerk@hopkintonma.gov
  • Town Clerk Webpage
  • Office Hours at Town Hall:
    • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    • Tuesday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    • Friday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    • Public Notary Services available by appointment

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