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Reminder: Town Meeting Nov. 26 – Elmwood Roof and two more questions

Educate Hopkinton is hosting a “Know Your Vote” Question and Answer Forum about the Elmwood School Roof Project on Monday, November 19 at 7:00 pm at HCAM-TV Studios, 77 Main St (Lower Level), Hopkinton. Residents are invited to attend the forum in person or watch on TV (Verizon Channel 30, Comcast Channel 8, Streaming Live at www.hcam.tv). Residents may submit questions in advance or during the show by email to knowyourvote@educatehopkinton.com or call the studio at 508.435.7887 to ask your question live on the air. Panelists available at the forum to answer your questions about the Elmwood School Roof Project will be Superintendent Dr Steven Hiersche, School Committee Vice Chair Scott Aghababian, Selectmen Chair Ben Palleiko, Town Moderator Dr Bruce Karlin and Town Finance Director Christopher Ketchen.

Save the dates!

Special Town Meeting
Monday, November 26 at 7:00pm
Middle School Auditorium

  • Article #1 – Elmwood Roof Replacement – $1,100,000 Prop 2 1/2 Debt Exclusion – School Committee
  • Article #2 – Elm Street Sewer Line Extension – $220,000 – DPW/Selectmen
  • Article #3 – Grove Street -Main Street Parcel Acquisition (40 sq ft to improve the intersection) – Town Manager

Special Town Election (Ballot Vote)
Monday, December 3 – Polls open 7:00am-8:00pm
Middle School Brown Gym 

  • Question #1 – Elmwood Roof Replacement – $1,100,000 Prop 2 1/2 Debt Exclusion

 

Hopkinton Special Town Meeting Unofficial Results

Hopkinton Special Town Meeting – December 14, 2009 at the Middle School Auditorium
Unofficial Results

  1. Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Adjustments – Town Manager
    Article 1 passed by Voice Vote, unanimous.
  2. Phase VI Sewer Project – Department of Public Works*
    Article 2 (Fruit Street Wastewater Treatment Facility) passed by 2/3 majority after a count at 8:25pm.
  3. Senior Center Parking Expansion – Council on Aging
    Article 3 – a motion for no action to be taken was made by the Appropriations Committee and was passed by Voice Vote.
  4. Amend Industrial B District and Definitions– Planning Board
    Article 4 passed unanimously by voice vote.
  5. Amend Subdivision Phasing Bylaw– Planning Board
    Article 5 passed unanimously by voice vote.
  6. Amend Scenic Roads General Bylaw – Planning Board
    Article 6 passed by a voice vote, only a simple majority needed.
  7. Amend Stormwater Management and Erosion Control Bylaw – Planning Board
    Article 7 passed by a voice vote, only a simple majority needed.

Special Town Meeting Alert

We are in the midst of Holidays and winter weather, but please attend the Special Town Meeting on Monday, December 14 at 7:00 pm at the Middle School Auditorium. There are seven Articles on the Warrant. A handful of votes can make the difference!

The seven Articles to be voted on are:

  1. Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Adjustments – Town Manager
  2. Phase VI Sewer Project – Department of Public Works*
  3. Senior Center Parking Expansion – Council on Aging [This article is expected to be withdrawn on Monday. Click to read more.]
  4. Amend Industrial B District and Definitions– Planning Board
  5. Amend Subdivision Phasing Bylaw– Planning Board
  6. Amend Scenic Roads General Bylaw – Planning Board
  7. Amend Stormwater Management and Erosion Control Bylaw – Planning Board

Click on the link to read the full warrant:
http://www.educatehopkinton.com/pdf/Special_Town_Meeting_Warrant-12_14_09.pdf

*Article 2 – Completion of the Phase 6 Sewer Project (commonly known as the Fruit Street Wastewater Treatment Facility)
A list of Frequently Asked Questions about this article has been published by the Town of Hopkinton Department of Public Works and the Town Manager’s Office.
http://ehop01748.org/pdf/FAQ_Article2_STM12-14-09.pdf

Library Construction Grant and December Special Town Meeting Warrant

Here are the latest updates from Educate Hopkinton:

Library Construction Grant
The Hopkinton Library may be eligible for a state library construction grant for a larger and more accessible facility. If the Town receives a grant award, the state would pay for up to 50% of the costs of either refurbishing or building a new library. The town would pay for 25% of the costs, with the remainder would come from private donations. Read more at:
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x1659497923/Hopkinton-selectmen-OK-Town-Hall-overhaul
http://hopnews.com/page2.html

Special Town Meeting
Monday, December 14 @ Middle School Auditorium
The warrant contains seven articles:

  1. Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Adjustments – Town Manager
  2. Phase VI Sewer Project – Department of Public Works
  3. Senior Center Parking Expansion – Council on Aging
  4. Amend Industrial B District and Definitions– Planning Board
  5. Amend Subdivision Phasing Bylaw– Planning Board
  6. Amend Scenic Roads General Bylaw – Planning Board
  7. Amend Stormwater Management and Erosion Control Bylaw – Planning Board

Click on the link to read the full warrant:
http://www.educatehopkinton.com/pdf/Special_Town_Meeting_Warrant-12_14_09.pdf

School Committee
The agenda for the November 19 School Committee Meeting is now posted. Agenda items include a report from the Elementary Building Committee, the Wellness Policy and the FY11 Budget. Read more:
http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee/agenda_minutes/Agendas/2006_2007/AGENDA_11_19_09.htm

Potential Tax Increase, Special Town Meeting Scheduled, School Finance Update and District MCAS Results

Tax Increase May Be Needed
The Board of Selectmen (BOS) indicated at its October 19, 2009 meeting that any state cut in local aid may now have to be covered solely by raising property taxes. As we noted in our last e-mail, the state is facing a severe tax revenue shortage and town funding from the state has already fallen short of earlier predictions, with more potential cuts looming. Town officials had discussed trimming department budgets or incorporating unspent cash from previous years to cover the potential funding gap Hopkinton will face because of state cuts, but the cash has not been released yet by the state.

Special Town Meeting for Wastewater Treatment Plant
The BOS has posted a special Town Meeting for December 14, with a December 21 snow date.The warrant for the meeting opens this Thursday (October 22) and closes Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m. The main purpose of the Special Town Meeting is to request funding for the Fruit Street Wastewater Treatment Facility project. While the town’s unspent budget money could be state-certified and available for additional spending by December, the BOS is asking town departments not to make any requests. For more on this issue, see Hopkinton Town Meeting to Focus on Sewage Plant at http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x1718695307/Hopkinton-Town-Meeting-to-focus-on-sewage-plant

School Finances

The October 15, 2009 School Committee focused on finances and the district’s MCAS results. Cost-saving measures discussed included the Middle School NSTAR project, a transition plan to cover the maternity leave of the Director of Student Services, and a creative agreement to bring new funding sources online with a license agreement with local business, Phipps Insurance. The School Committee directed the School Department to continue to look for efficiencies and institute a freeze on non-essential spending. They discussed the potential further cuts to local aid for FY10, and planned an e-mail to the Town Manager indicating their support for any and all potential sources of revenue to be fully explored prior to making further cuts to the FY10 Budget. Superintendent Phelan noted that there has never been such a low balance in the Circuit Breaker Account, which is used for pay for state mandated, but unfunded, special education costs.

District MCAS Results
In addition to the finance discussion, Dr. Mary Colombo also gave a presentation on the MCAS results–citing promising scores in English Language Arts for grades 3 through 6 and in Math for grades 3 and 6. But she also noted the challenges in Math for grades 4, 5, 7 and 8, and in Science across the elementary and middle school grades. For more information, see the following articles: