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Town Meeting May 2, 2016

REPORTS:

  1. Acceptance of Town Reports

FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2016:

  1. FY 2016 Supplemental Appropriations – $200,000 FY16 Snow and Ice Deficit, and $31,500 for Sewer Enterprise Fund
  2. FY 2016 Budget Transfers – No Action – Consent Agenda
  3. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years $3,142.25

FINANCIAL – FISCAL YEAR 2017:

  1. 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
  2. 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)
  3. Set the Salary of Elected Officials – Town Clerk $65,630.
  4. Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget $75,982,132.38, which is a +2.46% Tax Impact (net of new growth)
  5. 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.
  6. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $651,957
  7. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $300,000
  8. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $612,647

CAPITAL EXPENSES AND PROJECTS:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Sidewalk Master Plan Phase II – $136,000
  4. Transfer Funds to Purchase Fire Vehicle and Equipment – $500,000
  5. Transfer Funds to Purchase Fire Vehicle – $125,000
  6. Transfer Funds to Reequip/Reconfigure Fire Vehicle and Equipment – $55,000
  7. Purchase of Dump Truck $200,000 DPW
  8. 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.
  9. Water Main Replacement – Hayden Rowe Street $260,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund
  10. Water Source of Supply $1,000,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund
  11. Biological Filtration Wells #4 & #5 $50,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund
  12. Middle School Auditorium Upgrades (Install air conditioning, repaint stage floor, replace curtains, stage rigging, control console, & light board) $167,000
  13. 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
  14. School Building & Grounds Storage Facility – Design & Feasibility $25,000 – No Action
  15. Artificial Turf Field with Lights – Design & Feasibility $100,000 – No Action – Consent Agenda
  16. Signage for Historical Sites – $15,000
  17. Transfer Funds for New Capital Projects – No Action – Consent Agenda
  18. Cemetery Roadway Opening – access to the Claflin St from Mt Auburn Cemetery – $2,500

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION FUNDS:

  1. Community Preservation Recommendations – CPC Project Narratives, CPC Powerpoint Slides, About the Community Preservation Act:
    1. $20,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to preserve Town records
    2. $2,500 from funds reserved for Open Space for Boundary Markers/Medallions to be acquired and installed on Town owned parcels
    3. $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.
    4. $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
    5. $60,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to rehab and restore the McFarland Sanger House
    6. $75,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to rehab and restore the Rte 85 Stone Bridge
    7. $25,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to construct a recreational path from Rte 85 to the Stone Bridge
    8. $10,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to install fencing around the Claflin Fountain
    9. $50,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to install protective netting at the Fruit Street Athletic Complex
    10. $20,000 from Budgeted Reserve Funds to install a boat dock at Sandy Beach

ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENTS:

  1. 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.
  2. Amend Garden Apartments in Residential Districts and Village Housing in Residential Districts Bylaws Garden Apartments and Village Housing bylaws draft 2-2-16
  3. Repeal Senior Housing Development Bylaw Senior Housing Development Bylaw draft 2-2-16
  4. Amend Site Plan Review and Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development Bylaws Site Plan Review and OSLPD Bylaws draft 2-2-16
  5. Amend Sign Bylaw Sign Bylaw draft 2-2-16Document 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Elmwood Park Business District Elmwood Park Business District draft 2-2-16Proposed 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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:

  1. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Acquisition of Easement – Leonard Street – to be used for stormwater management purposes.
  3. Gift of Land – Connelly Hill Estates – to be used for open space and recreation purposes.
  4. Gift of land – Hilltop Road – No Action – Consent Agenda
  5. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Recreation Parcel – to be used for open space, recreation and general municipal purposes.
  6. 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
  7. 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”
  8. Disposition of Property – the discontinued portions of Frankland Road and Peach Street.
    Selectmen recommend No Action, but Planning Board recommend Approval

ADMINISTRATIVE:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton – to appoint Jeanne Bernardin (7 Kimball Road) as a Trustee – Consent Agenda

Town Meeting Day 3 Results (unofficial)

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All of the remaining nine articles passed at Day 3 of Town Meeting last night and the meeting was adjourned shortly after 9:00pm.

  1. Neighborhood Mixed Use District – Lumber Street PASSED (Yes 137 / No 19)
  2. Sidewalk Easement – East Main Street PASSED
  3. Gift of Land – Hunters Ridge Open Space PASSED
  4. Gift of Land – 294 Hayden Rowe Street PASSED
  5. Acceptance of Easement – Upper Charles Trail PASSED
  6. Acquisition of Property at 25 Ash Street PADDED (Yes 81 / No 41)
  7. Street Acceptances PASSED
  8. Scenic Road Designation – Chamberlain Street PASSED
  9. Commissioner of School Trust Funds PASSED

Town Election is coming up in just 11 days on Monday, May 19.  Click here to read the list of candidates and ballot questions. Stay tuned for more info coming soon.

Town Meeting Day 2 Results (unofficial)

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  1. Sidewalk Construction and Rehabilitation Program $1,519,000 PASSED
  2. Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming – Near the Schools $400,000 FAILED (Yes 67 / No 82)
  3. Fire Station Roof Repair $400,000 PASSED
  4. International Horton Ambulance $270,000 PASSED
  5. Vactor Truck $395,000 PASSED
  6. Evaluation Studies of School Roof Repairs – Hopkins and the High School $30,000  from Free Cash PASSED as amended by Dr Duffy.
  7. School Safety and Security $152,400 from Free Cash PASSED as amended by Dr Duffy.
  8. Board of Assessors Consultant $21,300 PASSED
  9. Community Preservation Recommendations $208,000 ALL PASSED
    1. $80,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation and $34,000 from the Discretionary/Budgeted reserves to increase classroom space in the barn at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, located at 98 Hayden Rowe Street; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Community Endowment and the Community Preservation Committee.
    2. $15,000 from the Discretionary/Budgeted Reserves for the preservation of Town records; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Town Clerk and the Community Preservation Committee.
    3. $45,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation for plumbing, electrical and aesthetic repairs to the Claflin Fountain on the Town Common; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department and the Community Preservation Committee.
    4. $15,000 from funds reserved for Passive Recreation to fund the placement of Conservation Restrictions on the open space properties known as Cameron Woods and Whisper Way; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Area Land Trust and the Community Preservation Committee.
    5. $7,500 from funds reserved for Passive Recreation to install signage to identify trailheads at the Town-owned parcels on Fruit Street, Phipps Woods, Braden Woods, Cameron Woods and Whisper Way; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Area Land Trust and the Community Preservation Committee.
    6. $6,500 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to restore and reset granite curbing on Town Common memorials; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department and the Community Preservation Committee.
    7. $5,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to digitize and catalogue historic Hopkinton documents; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Public Library and the Community Preservation Committee.
  10. Farmer’s Market Wine Sampling on Town Common PASSED
  11. Downtown Business/Residence A District Boundary Modifications PASSED
  12. Downtown Business District Lot Area FAILED to get the required 2/3 vote (Yes 87 / No 78)
  13. Industrial A and Industrial B Districts – frontage PASSED
  14. Floodplain District PASSED
  15. Repeal Subdivision Phasing Bylaw PASSED
  16. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries PASSED
  17. Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – Hockey Rink PASSED
  18. Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – More dwelling units; senior housing development definition – Legacy Farms FAILED (Yes 61 / No 107)

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

Coming Up on Town Meeting Day 3 Tonight

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Hopkinton Annual Town Meeting Day 3
Wednesday, May 7 at 7:00-11:00pm
Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium
There are 9 articles left to vote. Town meeting continues on consecutive evenings 7:00-11:00pm until all the articles are voted.

  1. Neighborhood Mixed Use District – Lumber Street
  2. Sidewalk Easement – East Main Street
  3. Gift of Land – Hunters Ridge Open Space
  4. Gift of Land – 294 Hayden Rowe Street
  5. Acceptance of Easement – Upper Charles Trail
  6. Acquisition of Property at 25 Ash Street
  7. Street Acceptances
  8. Scenic Road Designation – Chamberlain Street
  9. Commissioner of School Trust Funds

Coming Up on Town Meeting Day 2 Tonight

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Hopkinton Annual Town Meeting Day 2
Tuesday, May 6 at 7:00-11:00pm
Hopkinton Middle School Auditorium
There are 27 articles left to vote. Town meeting will repeat the following evenings 7:00-11:00pm until all the articles are voted.

  1. Sidewalk Construction and Rehabilitation Program $1,519,000
  2. Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming – Near the Schools $400,000
  3. Fire Station Roof Repair $400,000
  4. International Horton Ambulance $270,000
  5. Vactor Truck $395,000
  6. Evaluation Studies of School Roof Repairs – Hopkins and the High School $30,000
  7. School Safety and Security $152,400
  8. Board of Assessors Consultant $21,300
  9. Community Preservation Recommendations $208,000
    1. $80,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation and $34,000 from the Discretionary/Budgeted reserves to increase classroom space in the barn at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, located at 98 Hayden Rowe Street; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Community Endowment and the Community Preservation Committee.
    2. $15,000 from the Discretionary/Budgeted Reserves for the preservation of Town records; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Town Clerk and the Community Preservation Committee.
    3. $45,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation for plumbing, electrical and aesthetic repairs to the Claflin Fountain on the Town Common; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department and the Community Preservation Committee.
    4. $15,000 from funds reserved for Passive Recreation to fund the placement of Conservation Restrictions on the open space properties known as Cameron Woods and Whisper Way; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Area Land Trust and the Community Preservation Committee.
    5. $7,500 from funds reserved for Passive Recreation to install signage to identify trailheads at the Town-owned parcels on Fruit Street, Phipps Woods, Braden Woods, Cameron Woods and Whisper Way; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Area Land Trust and the Community Preservation Committee.
    6. $6,500 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to restore and reset granite curbing on Town Common memorials; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department and the Community Preservation Committee.
    7. $5,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to digitize and catalogue historic Hopkinton documents; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Public Library and the Community Preservation Committee.
  10. Farmer’s Market Wine Sampling on Town Common
  11. Downtown Business/Residence A District Boundary Modifications
  12. Downtown Business District Lot Area
  13. Industrial A and Industrial B Districts – frontage
  14. Floodplain District
  15. Repeal Subdivision Phasing Bylaw
  16. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
  17. Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – Hockey Rink
  18. Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – More dwelling units; senior housing development definition – Legacy Farms
  19. Neighborhood Mixed Use District – Lumber Street
  20. Sidewalk Easement – East Main Street
  21. Gift of Land – Hunters Ridge Open Space
  22. Gift of Land – 294 Hayden Rowe Street
  23. Acceptance of Easement – Upper Charles Trail
  24. Acquisition of Property at 25 Ash Street
  25. Street Acceptances
  26. Scenic Road Designation – Chamberlain Street
  27. Commissioner of School Trust Funds

Photo Gallery of Remaining Town Meeting Articles

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Photo Gallery of Town Meeting Articles

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List of Articles with Details and Links

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  1. Acceptance of Town Reports
  2. FY14 Supplement Appropriations – transfer $935,000 from Free Cash
  3. FY14 Budget Transfers – transfer $48,314.14 from 300th Anniversary Expenses to a Celebrations Special Fund, and transfer $33,930 from Waste Disposal to Highway Expenses
  4. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years – No Action
  5. Property Tax Exemption Increase
  6. Amend the Salary of an Elected Official – Town Clerk Salary $67,250.00
  7. FY15 Operating Budget – Town and School budgets together – $64,422,279.81
  8. Underride – $1,250,000
  9. FY15 Revolving Funds
  10. Chapter 90 Highway Funds – $662,271
  11. Transfer to Capital Expense Stabilization Fund – $50,000
  12. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $50,000
  13. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $350,000
  14. Pay As You Go Capital Expenses – $789,999
    1. Pierce/Sabre Fit-out, Fire Chief $112,149
    2. Replacement of Two Front-Line Cruisers and One Mobile Data Terminal, Police Chief $78,000
    3. Two Building and Grounds Department Trucks, School Committee $90,000
    4. Hopkins School Ceiling Tile Replacement, School Committee $203,000
    5. Upgrade Middle School Auditorium Stage Components
      School Committee $32,000
    6. Upgrade Fire Alarm System – Horns/Strobes, School Committee $25,000
    7. Joint IT Upgrades at the Center and Elmwood Schools, School Committee $100,000
    8. Hayden Rowe Drainage, Department of Public Works $80,000
    9. Keefe Regional Technical School Roof, Keefe Regional Technical School District $69,850
  15. Library Construction $11,753,517 (Includes the provision of temporary quarters and is subject to the receipt of a Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Construction Grant, Remaining cost to town after grant and fundraising is $6.25M)
  16. Sidewalk Construction and Rehabilitation Program $1,519,000
  17. Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming – Near the Schools $400,000
  18. Fire Station Roof Repair $400,000
  19. International Horton Ambulance $270,000
  20. Vactor Truck $395,000
  21. Evaluation Studies of School Roof Repairs – Hopkins and the High School $30,000
  22. School Safety and Security $152,400
  23. Board of Assessors Consultant $21,300
  24. Community Preservation Recommendations $208,000
    1. $80,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation and $34,000 from the Discretionary/Budgeted reserves to increase classroom space in the barn at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, located at 98 Hayden Rowe Street; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Community Endowment and the Community Preservation Committee.
    2. $15,000 from the Discretionary/Budgeted Reserves for the preservation of Town records; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Town Clerk and the Community Preservation Committee.
    3. $45,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation for plumbing, electrical and aesthetic repairs to the Claflin Fountain on the Town Common; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department and the Community Preservation Committee.
    4. $15,000 from funds reserved for Passive Recreation to fund the placement of Conservation Restrictions on the open space properties known as Cameron Woods and Whisper Way; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Area Land Trust and the Community Preservation Committee.
    5. $7,500 from funds reserved for Passive Recreation to install signage to identify trailheads at the Town-owned parcels on Fruit Street, Phipps Woods, Braden Woods, Cameron Woods and Whisper Way; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Area Land Trust and the Community Preservation Committee.
    6. $6,500 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to restore and reset granite curbing on Town Common memorials; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department and the Community Preservation Committee.
    7. $5,000 from funds reserved for Historic Preservation to digitize and catalogue historic Hopkinton documents; said sum to be spent under the direction of the Hopkinton Public Library and the Community Preservation Committee.
  25. Farmer’s Market Wine Sampling on Town Common
  26. Downtown Business/Residence A District Boundary Modifications
  27. Downtown Business District Lot Area
  28. Industrial A and Industrial B Districts – frontage
  29. Floodplain District
  30. Repeal Subdivision Phasing Bylaw
  31. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
  32. Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – Hockey Rink
  33. Open Space Mixed Use Development (OSMUD) Overlay District – More dwelling units; senior housing development definition – Legacy Farms
  34. Neighborhood Mixed Use District – Lumber Street
  35. Sidewalk Easement – East Main Street
  36. Gift of Land – Hunters Ridge Open Space
  37. Gift of Land – 294 Hayden Rowe Street
  38. Acceptance of Easement – Upper Charles Trail
  39. Acquisition of Property at 25 Ash Street
  40. Street Acceptances
  41. Scenic Road Designation – Chamberlain Street
  42. Commissioner of School Trust Funds