For your visual reference, here’s a photo gallery of Town Meeting articles:
FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2016:
- FY 2016 Supplemental Appropriations – $200,000 FY16 Snow and Ice Deficit, and $31,500 for Sewer Enterprise Fund
- FY 2016 Budget Transfers – No Action – Consent Agenda
- Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years $3,142.25
FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2017:
- 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.) – Consent Agenda Hopkinton Tax Relief Committee
- Personal Property Tax Bill Threshold – to establish a minimum personal property value of $1,000.00 for personal property accounts to be taxed. (MGL Chapter 59 Section 5)
- Set the Salary of Elected Officials – Town Clerk $65,630.
- Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget $75,982,132.38, which is a +2.46% Tax Impact (net of new growth)
- FY 2017 Revolving Funds. To see if the Town will vote to authorize or re-authorize the use of revolving funds containing receipts from the fees charged to users of the services provided by the various Boards, Committees, Departments or Offices of the Town, pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 53E 1/2, of the Massachusetts General Laws.
- Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $651,957
- Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $300,000
- Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $612,647
CAPITAL EXPENSES AND PROJECTS:
- Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses
- Highway F-350 Pickup $60,000 DPW
- Fire Apparatus/Vehicles $46,394
- IT Equipment Replacement $100,000
- Replacement of Police Cruisers $74,000
- Systemwide School Security Upgrades (FY17 Upgrade intrusion alarm systems at Elmwood and High School) $100,000
- Hopkins School Boiler Replacement (Replace boiler #2 at Hopkins – town received insurance proceeds $42,088 in FY16) $55,000
- Middle School Water Heater Replacement (Replace water heater installed in 1996) $33,000
- High School Athletic Center Scoreboard Replacement $25,000
- Systemwide School Technology Upgrades (FY17 New student information system & wiring upgrades) $100,000
- School Dept. – Replacement of Tractor $81,000
- Middle School and High School Bleacher Upgrades and Repairs $85,000
- Weed Control at Lake Maspenock – No Action – The Lake Maspenock Weed Management & Control Advisory Group expects to release its recommendations by the end of May 2016.
- Sidewalk Master Plan Phase II – $136,000
- Transfer Funds to Purchase Fire Vehicle and Equipment – $500,000
- Transfer Funds to Purchase Fire Vehicle – $125,000
- Transfer Funds to Reequip/Reconfigure Fire Vehicle and Equipment – $55,000
- Purchase of Dump Truck $200,000 DPW
- Grove Street Water Tank Replacement $1,530,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund – Replaces the smaller 0.32 million gallon water tank which is 95 years old, with a new 1.33 million gallon tank.
- Water Main Replacement – Hayden Rowe Street $260,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund
- Water Source of Supply $1,000,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund
- Biological Filtration Wells #4 & #5 $50,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund
- Middle School Auditorium Upgrades (Install air conditioning, repaint stage floor, replace curtains, stage rigging, control console, & light board) $167,000
- 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 – Consent Agenda
- School Building & Grounds Storage Facility – Design & Feasibility $25,000 – No Action
- Artificial Turf Field with Lights – Design & Feasibility $100,000 – No Action – Consent Agenda
- Signage for Historical Sites – $15,000
- Transfer Funds for New Capital Projects – No Action – Consent Agenda
- Cemetery Roadway Opening – access to the Claflin St from Mt Auburn Cemetery – $2,500
COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUNDS:
- Community Preservation Recommendations – CPC Project Narratives, CPC Powerpoint Slides, About the Community Preservation Act:
- $20,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to preserve Town records
- $2,500 from funds reserved for Open Space for Boundary Markers/Medallions to be acquired and installed on Town owned parcels
- $50,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to improve the public trail and create a dog park on 192 Hayden Rowe Street (Hughes Property). – Some of the maintenance will fall under the DPW budget and the Parks & Rec Budget. The goal is also to set up a volunteer group of dog owners in town to help with some of the maintenance and to think of fundraising ideas.
- $50,000 from funds reserved for Open Space to acquire approximately 6 acres of land located at 0 East Main Street and shown as parcel U12-23-0 on the Assessors Map
- $60,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to rehab and restore the McFarland Sanger House
- $75,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to rehab and restore the Rte 85 Stone Bridge
- $25,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to construct a recreational path from Rte 85 to the Stone Bridge
- $10,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to install fencing around the Claflin Fountain
- $50,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to install protective netting at the Fruit Street Athletic Complex
- $20,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to install a boat dock at Sandy Beach
ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENTS:
- Amend Open Space Mixed Use Development Overlay District to allow “Cultural Uses” by Special Permit in the Residential Subdistrict, for example an International Marathon Center.
- Amend Garden Apartments in Residential Districts and Village Housing in Residential Districts Bylaws Garden Apartments and Village Housing bylaws draft 2-2-16
- Repeal Senior Housing Development Bylaw Senior Housing Development Bylaw draft 2-2-16
- Amend Site Plan Review and Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development Bylaws Site Plan Review and OSLPD Bylaws draft 2-2-16
- Amend Sign Bylaw Sign Bylaw draft 2-2-16, Document depicting proposed changes to Sign Bylaw 2-2-16 – These changes are due to a unanimous 2015 US Supreme Court Ruling “Reed vs Town of Gilbert, AZ.” Changes are being made to comply with the ruling, as recommended by Town Counsel.
- Amend Hotel Overlay District Hotel Overlay District draft 2-2-16 – Hopkinton already has a Hotel Zoning Overlay District, but has not yet been able to attract a hotel. These changes would: 1) reduce the amount of function room space required from 8,000 sq. ft. to just 1,500 sq. ft.; 2) require just a “restaurant” instead of a “full service restaurant;” and 3) require just a “fitness center” instead of a “health club facility.” Hopkinton’s local hotel room occupancy excise tax rate is 6% (voted at 2015 Town Meeting). A report on the Municipal Cost Impacts of Massachusetts’s Hotel/Motel-Based Homeless Families Shelter Program by the State Auditor’s office.
- Elmwood Park Business District Elmwood Park Business District draft 2-2-16, Proposed Elmwood Park Business District Map – Elmwood Park is currently in the “Industrial B” zoning district of Hopkinton, this change would create a separate zoning district for Elmwood Park with its own list of permitted uses.
- Dog Day Care Dog Day Care Facilities draft 2-2-16 – Hopkinton does not currently have zoning to allow Dog Day Care Facilities, this bylaw would set hours, size, waste, odor control and other requirements for such facilities.
- Animal Shelters Animal Shelters draft 2-2-16 – This bylaw change would set requirements for animal shelters, such as Baypath Humane Society, which also acts as Hopkinton’s dog pound. Baypath would like to expand and improve their physical plant and would need to find another location where they can build a modern animal shelter. They would like to remain in Hopkinton, however, today there is no land within the town of Hopkinton zoned for use by an animal shelter. Info Sheet from Baypath
GENERAL BYLAW AMENDMENTS:
- Repeal Sex Offender Residency Requirement – This repeal is due to a unanimous Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling in 2015 that struck down a law in the City of Lynn, which was very similar to Hopkinton’s bylaw.
LAND ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSITIONS:
- Acquisition of Easement – 91 West Main Street – for the purpose of creating an exclusive right turn lane in West Main Street eastbound onto Lumber Street.
- Acquisition of Easement – Leonard Street – to be used for stormwater management purposes.
- Gift of Land – Connelly Hill Estates – to be used for open space and recreation purposes.
- Gift of land – Hilltop Road – No Action – Consent Agenda
- Gift of land – Legacy Farms Recreation Parcel – to be used for open space, recreation and general municipal purposes.
- Street Acceptance
- Connelly Hill Road, from Smith Road to Bowker Road
- Valleywood Road, from Erika Drive to dead end
- Carol Ann Drive, from West Elm Street to dead end
- Kerry Lane, from Eastview Road to dead end
- Nancy Lane, from Teresa Road to dead end
- Street Discontinuance
- “Frankland Road” from its intersection with East Main Street to its intersection with Legacy Farms Road
- The entirety of the private way known as “Peach Street”
- Disposition of Property – the discontinued portions of Frankland Road and Peach Street.
Selectmen recommend No Action, but Planning Board recommend Approval
- Solar Tax Agreements – to authorize the Board of Selectmen to negotiate a Tax Agreement for payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT Agreement) with the owner(s) of a solar photovoltaic facility on East Main Street.
- Town Clerk – to change the position of Town Clerk from elected to appointed (hired). In order to move forward this question would also require approval from the state and a yes vote on a future town election ballot. It is not on the ballot for May 16. Town of Hopkinton 2016 Job Description Town Clerk
- Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton – to appoint Jeanne Bernardin (7 Kimball Road) as a Trustee – Consent Agenda
- Annual Town Meeting Article Tracker (live document, updated frequently)
- “Herbicides take spotlight at Hopkinton Town Meeting” – Hopkinton Crier
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.
- Acceptance of Town Reports – PASSED
- 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
- FY 2015 Budget Transfers – Consent Agenda – No Action – There are no budget transfers this year. Motion for NO ACTION PASSED
- Tercentennial Funds – Consent Agenda – Action: The Town is moving $890.92 in between accounts. PASSED
- 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.
- Property Tax Exemption Increase – PASSED
- Set the Salary of Elected Officials – Town Clerk, $70,000 – PASSED
- Fiscal 2016 Operating Budget – $72 million
- FY16 Operating Budget Narrative
- FY16 Town Financial Model & Comprehensive Budget Recommendation
- FY16 Comprehensive Budget Town Manager Transmittal Letter
- Amendment to add $60,000 to fund Lake Maspenock Weed Management WITHOUT herbicides. PASSED 150 to 90
- Additional amendment to Article 8 for Lake Maspenock Weed Management to be supervised by Selectmen. PASSED by voice vote.
- TABLED: Discussion on the rest of Article 8 tabled until Tuesday evening.
- FY 2016 Revolving Funds – PASSED
- Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $662,271 – PASSED
- 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.
- 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.
- Local Hotel Tax Amendment – amend its local room occupancy excise tax rate to 6% – PASSED
- 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.
- Purchase of Portable Radios – Police Chief – $49,500
- Replacement of Police Cruisers – Police Chief – $78,000
- Replacement Cardiac Monitor – Fire Chief – $28,099
- Purchase Public Safety Dispatch Equipment – Town Manager – $16,250
- Upgrades to Roadway Light System to Energy Efficient LED Lighting – DPW – $175,000
- Cleanup of Snow Dump – DPW – $140,000
- Purchase of Loader Mounted Snow Blower – DPW – $115,000
- Elmwood Farm Parking Area – Town Manager – $40,000
- Expansion of Police Department Parking Lot – Town Manager – $75,000
- Sewer System Capacity and Business Analysis – DPW – $140,000
- Fruit Street Aquifer Analysis – DPW – $75,000
- 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.
Hopkinton Annual Town Meeting Day 1
Monday, May 6 at 7:00-11:00pm
Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium
There are 68 articles to vote on in the warrant this year. Town meeting will repeat the following evenings 7:00-11:00pm until all the articles are voted. We expect Town Meeting to last 2-3 evenings. A list of articles and our Town Meeting 101 is included below.
- Full List of Warrants and Motions, including dollar amounts (72 pages)
- Watch “Know Your Vote” eHop’s Pre-Town Meeting Show on HCAM (90 minutes)
- Watch “Article 17 Center School Feasibility Study” on HCAM (38 minutes)
- 2012 Annual Town Report 2012 (218 pages)
- Appropriations Committee Presentation (22 pages)
- School Committee 2013-14 Budget Booklet (11 pages)
- Information and handouts for the other articles
HHS Principal Update – Superintendent Dr. Steven Hiersche announced that Mr. Evan Bishop has been appointed Interim Principal at Hopkinton High School, replacing Alyson Geary who will be departing at the end of December. Read more from HCAM News…
Sandy Beach Update – The Planning board has approved the site plan for Sandy Beach on Lake Maspenock. Improvements to the 2.5-acre beach area will include a new 432-sq.-ft. building with restrooms and storage, playground structures, beach volleyball court and picnic area. The pathways to and around the beach will be made handicapped-accessible. Read more in The Hopkinton Crier…
Remote Participation in Board Meetings – Despite some continued reservations, the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen on Tuesday decided to allow remote meeting participation for town board and committee members on a trial basis. Read more in The Hopkinton Crier…
CAPITAL EXPENSES AND PROJECTS
Article 24: High School Track Renovation $278,500.00 PASSED
Article 25: Lake Shore Drive Culvert $300,000.00 PASSED
Article 26: ADAOC Phase VI $150,000.00 – ADA Upgrades to Center School and the Hopkinton Public Library. PASSED
Article 27: Tender Truck Supplemental Appropriation $17,000.00 PASSED
Article 28: Wood Street Pump Station Improvements $1,750,000 PASSED
Article 29: Water Meter Upgrade to Radio Read $77,000 PASSED
Article 30: Water Supply Study $90,000 PASSED (103 for/75 against)
Article 31: Water Vehicle $43,000 PASSED
Article 32: Sewer Vehicle $43,000 PASSED
Article 33: Sandy Beach Improvements $332,000 PASSED
Article 34: Library – Replace Knob/Tube Electrical System/Envelope Repairs $50,000 PASSED
Article 35: Loop Road Repair $96,025 PASSED (143 for/56 against)
Article 36: School and West Main Street Traffic Signal $540,000 PASSED
Article 37: Pave Lumber Street $50,000 PASSED
Article 38: School Buildings and Grounds Equipment – Tractor-Mower $64,000 PASSED
Article 39: Undergrounding Utilities On Main Street – Motion to Send to General Court FAILED (85 for/103 against) – No Appropriation
COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUNDS
Motion to Transfer $819,100 to CPA Reserves – PASSED
Community Preservation Recommendations To be Appropriated from CPA Reserves ($620,500 Total):
a. Restore Assessor’s tax records, $20,000 PASSED
b. Repairs to historic headstones, and tombs at Mt Auburn Cemetery, $10,000 PASSED
c. Restore Town records from 1798-1999, $8,500 PASSED
d. Construct and Install Signage on H.A.L.T. properties, $7,000 PASSED
e. Acquisition of 6.1 acres on Whisper Way by Cameron Woods, $175,000 PASSED
f. Acquisition of 20+ acre parcel of land on Hayden Rowe Street (access to Milford Bike Trail), $400,000 PASSED
Community Preservation Recommendation To be Borrowed and then Repaid by CPA Funds:
g. Acquisition of 80 acres of land (Elmwood Farm Conservation Project) owned by the Abbott Realty Trust, $1,300,000. PASSED
To be continued on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00-11:00pm at Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium. Next on the agenda is the rest of the General Bylaw Amendments, Land Acquisitions and Dispositions, and Administrative Items. Only 18 articles left to vote.
Hopkinton Annual Town Meeting Day 2
Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00-11:00pm
Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium
Twenty-four articles were voted last night, but there are 34 more left to go, including many capital projects, such as Loop Road repairs, ADA compliance upgrades, and Sandy Beach improvements. Last night less than 3% of registered voters turned out. The important decisions made at Town Meeting affect us all, please attend Town Meeting and let your voice be heard. The articles left to be voted are listed below. Many articles have links for more information.
CAPITAL EXPENSES AND PROJECTS
Article 24: High School Track Renovation $278,500.00
Article 25: Lake Shore Drive Culvert $300,000.00
Article 26: ADAOC Phase VI $150,000.00 – ADA Upgrades to Center School and the Hopkinton Public Library.
Article 27: Tender Truck Supplemental Appropriation $17,000.00
Article 28: Wood Street Pump Station Improvements $1,750,000
Article 29: Water Meter Upgrade to Radio Read $77,000
Article 30: Water Supply Study $90,000
Article 31: Water Vehicle $43,000
Article 32: Sewer Vehicle $43,000
Article 33: Sandy Beach Improvements $332,000
Article 34: Library – Replace Knob/Tube Electrical System/Envelope Repairs $50,000
Article 35: Loop Road Repair $96,025
Article 36: School and West Main Street Traffic Signal $540,000
Article 37: Pave Lumber Street $540,000
Article 38: School Buildings and Grounds Equipment – Tractor-Mower $64,000
Article 39: Undergrounding Utilities On Main Street $580,000
COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUNDS
Article 40: Community Preservation Recommendations
To be Appropriated from CPA Reserves ($620,500 Total):
a. Restore Assessor’s tax records, $20,000
b. Repairs to historic headstones, and tombs at Mt Auburn Cemetery, $10,000
c. Restore Town records from 1798-1999, $8,500
d. Construct and Install Signage on H.A.L.T. properties, $7,000
e. Acquisition of 6.1 acres on Whisper Way by Cameron Woods, $175,000
f. Acquisition of 20+ acre parcel of land on Hayden Rowe Street (access to Milford Bike Trail), $400,000
To be Borrowed and then Repaid by CPA Funds:
g. Acquisition of 80 acres of land (Elmwood Farm Conservation Project) owned by the Abbott Realty Trust, $1,800,000
GENERAL BYLAW AMENDMENTS
Article 41: Amendment to Alcoholic Beverage, Marihuana or Tetrahydrocannabinol and Tobacco Bylaw
Article 42: Amendment to Wetlands Protection Bylaw
Article 43: Unregistered Motor Vehicles Bylaw
Article 44: Secondhand Dealers Bylaw
ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENTS
Article 45: Site Plan Review Bylaw
Article 46: Health Services Facility
Article 47: Medical Office Use
Article 48: Continuing Care Retirement Community
Article 49: Restaurants in Industrial B District
Article 50: Retail Uses
Article 51: Zoning District of 91 Grove Street (J B Service Station, change from Residence A to Business)
Article 52: Off-Street Parking Bylaw
Article 53: Life Sciences
Article 54: Amend Zoning Map (EMC Corporation) Voted NO ACTION on 5/7/12
LAND ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSITIONS
Article 55: Street Acceptances (Longwood Drive, Emma Drive, Ralph Road, Meadowland Drive)
Article 56: Acquisition of Property at 2 West Main Street $325,000
Article 57: Package Licenses (Additional Alcohol Package Store License for Hopkinton Square)
Article 58: PerkinElmer TIF (Tax Increment Financing)
- Full List of Warrants and Motions, including dollar amounts
- 2011 Town Report
- Appropriations Committee Presentation
- School Committee Budget Booklet
- Planning Board Articles Descriptions
- Information and handouts for the other articles
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