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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

Zoning Bylaw & Map Changes – Public Hearing 2/22

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In advance of Town Meeting, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the zoning bylaw and/or zoning map on Mon Feb 22 @ 7:30pm (Snow Date 2/23) at Town Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend. Questions? Contact the Land Use Department at 508-497-9745.

  1. Adopt provisions pertaining to dog day care facilities, including a definition of the use, a new bylaw that includes the requirement for a special permit, regulations on minimum lot area, maximum number of dogs, hours of operation, odor and noise control, and parking.
    Dog Day Care Facilities draft 2-2-16
  2. Adopt provisions pertaining to animal shelters, including a definition of the use, a parking requirement, and a new bylaw which requires a special permit for the use and contains regulations pertaining to items such as minimum lot area, noise, odor and screening requirements.
    Animal Shelters draft 2-2-16
  3. Modify the Hotel Overlay District to reduce the amount of meeting room/function space required, change the reference to restaurants, and to change “health club” to “fitness center”.
    Hotel Overlay District draft 2-2-16
  4. Adopt a new Elmwood Park Business District (EPBD), a new definition of “licensed medical care facility for inpatient and outpatient services”, change the zoning district of about 54 acres from Industrial B District to EPBD, remove the area from the Hotel Overlay District, modify the Sign bylaw to reference the EPBD, and reference the EPBD in the list of zoning districts…
    Elmwood Park Business District draft 2-2-16
    Proposed Elmwood Park Business District Map
  5. Sign Bylaw including the removal of references to sign content, adoption of new definitions, and general revisions to regulations including temporary signs, sign lighting, size and number.
    Sign Bylaw draft 2-2-16
    Document depicting proposed changes to Sign Bylaw 2-2-16
  6. Modify the Garden Apartments in Residential Districts Bylaw, including changes to the references to open space and historic buildings and structures. Adopt a new special permit criterion which references the statutory goal to provide 10% of the housing stock as affordable housing.
    Garden Apartments and Village Housing bylaws draft 2-2-16
  7. Modify the Village Housing in Residential Districts Bylaw, including changes to the references to open space and historic buildings and structures. Adopt a new special permit criterion which references the statutory goal to provide 10% of the housing stock as affordable housing. Adopt a site plan approval criterion which requires a host community agreement.
    Garden Apartments and Village Housing bylaws draft 2-2-16
  8. Senior Housing Development – Repeal Article XVIA
    Senior Housing Development Bylaw draft 2-2-16
  9. Amend Site Plan Review and Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development Bylaws to references § 210-117.2, lots with historic structures.
    Site Plan Review and OSLPD Bylaws draft 2-2-16

CVS Signage & Lawsuit

The signage for CVS Pharmacy in the former Colella’s building at 61 Main Street is back on the agenda for Sign Design Review by Hopkinton’s Design Review Board.  The Board will be meeting on this topic on Tuesday, January 19 in Town Hall Room 211. The meeting begins at 7:30pm, with the CVS Sign Discussion scheduled as the first item on the agenda. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Design Review is a 5-member advisory board appointed by the Planning Board.

In related news regarding Hopkinton Drug’s lawsuit against CVS Caremark, a corporate affiliate of CVS Pharmacy, a U.S. District Court has ordered Hopkinton Drug to pay $1,000,000 to CVS Caremark. For further reading:

There are no sign designs from Marty’s Fine Wines & Liquors on the Design Review Board agenda for 1-19-16.

CVS Signage Back at Design Review Board 12/15

Polyant Signs Inc, working on behalf of CVS Pharmacy, has submitted updated sign designs for Sign Design Review by Hopkinton’s Design Review Board.  The Board will be meeting on this topic on Tuesday, December 15 in Town Hall Room 211. The meeting begins at 7:30pm, with the CVS Sign Discussion scheduled for approximately 7:45pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The revised plans are for one 2-sided free-standing sign using the existing Colella’s sign post and two wall/facade signs to be placed at the front and back of the building at 61 Main Street. The revised plans submitted show two different options for sign colors. Option A shows white signs with red lettering, and option B shows maroon signs with gold lettering. Design Review is a 5-member advisory board appointed by the Planning Board. For further reading:

There are no sign designs from Marty’s Fine Wines & Liquors on the Design Review Board agenda for 12-15-15.  But several other signs are on the agenda, including these:

Medical Marijuana Dispensary at Selectmen’s Meeting

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At the Tuesday, December 1 Selectmen’s meeting, the Board will hear a brief presentation from CommCan, Inc. regarding a potential medical marijuana dispensary in Hopkinton and request the Selectmen consider signing a letter to the Department of Public Health in support or non-opposition of a dispensary being located within the Town’s permitted zoning districts.  The meeting begins at 6:45pm in Town Hall Room 215 with the Medical Marijuana Dispensary discussion scheduled for approximately 8:00pm. Residents may attend in person or watch on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 / Streaming at www.hcam.tv).

Update:

The Selectmen voted 3-0 to oppose an application to open a medical marijuana dispensary in town. Selectman Mosher recused himself, due to a conflict of interest with the applicant and stepped off the rostrum and the meeting room for the discussion. Selectman Herr was not in attendance.

CVS Signage at Design Review Board 11/17

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Polyant Signs Inc, working on behalf of CVS Pharmacy, has submitted an application for Sign Design Review by Hopkinton’s Design Review Board.  The Board will be meeting on this topic on Tuesday, November 17 in Town Hall Room 211. The meeting begins at 7:30pm, with the CVS Sign Discussion scheduled for approximately 8:00pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The application is for one free-standing internally lit sign using the existing Colella’s sign post and four wall/facade signs to be placed at the front and back of the building at 61 Main Street. Design Review is a 5-member advisory board appointed by the Planning Board. For further reading:

CVS-GroveStreet-Signs
CVS-MainStreet-Signs

Transfer of Colella’s Liquor License to Marty’s Fine Wines

The Board of Selectmen held a public hearing on October 20 on the Transfer of Colella’s Liquor License to Marty’s Fine Wines & Gourmet Foods. No members of the public spoke at the public hearing. The Selectmen voted 5-0 to approve the transfer.

New School & Indoor Recreational Facility Pass First Hurdles

Special Town Meeting October 26, 2015

Unofficial Results – Special Town Meeting – Monday, October 26
Read the Special Town Meeting Warrant
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  1. School Building Project  – $43,229,373 PASSED
  2. Oliver Lane Retaining Wall – $320,000 from Free Cash PASSED
  3. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Year – $10,701.69 Free Cash  PASSED
    1. Ride Rite Medi-Van, Inc. $1,406.25
    2.  Mark Abrahams $6,000.00
    3. Verizon $48.20
    4. Hopkinton Lumber $3.05
    5. Hopkinton Lumber $14.38
    6. Utilitronics $461.17
    7. Wheelabrator $2,768.64
  4. FY 2016 Supplemental Appropriations – $1,044,346.38 from Free Cash PASSED
  5. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund – $300,000 from Free Cash PASSED
  6. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund – $411,118  from Free Cas PASSED
  7. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses – All items except item i. PASSED together in one vote.
    1. Purchase Portable Radios – Police Chief – $49,500
    2. Replace Police Cruisers – Police Chief –  $78,000
    3. Replace Cardiac Monitor – Fire Chief – $28,099
    4. Purchase Public Safety Dispatch Equipment – Town Manager –  $16,250
    5. Upgrade to Roadway Light System to Energy Efficient LED Lighting – DPW – $175,000
    6. Cleanup Snow Dump located off Cedar Street  – DPW – $140,000
    7. Purchase Loader Mounted Snow Blower – DPW – $115,000
    8. Construct Elmwood Farm Parking Area  – Town Manager – $40,000
    9. Construct Expansion to Police Department Parking Lot  – Town Manager – $75,000 PASSED Yes 154 No 75
    10. Fruit Street Aquifer Analysis – DPW – $75,000
    11. Install Test Wells at Whitehall Property – DPW – $35,000
    12. Procure Sewer System Capacity and Business Analysis  – DPW – $140,000
  8. Fruit Street Indoor Recreational Facility/Athletic Center -Construction – Appropriation Committee first made a motion for NO ACTION which FAILED Yes 74 No 164. Then the Parks & Recreation Commission made a motion to borrow $500,000.
    • An amendment was made by Ron Clark to use Free Cash rather than borrow the money via a debt exclusion. Amendment FAILED Yes 39 to No 172
    • Vote on the main motion for $500,000 Debt Exclusion PASSED Yes 154 No 67
  9. Vehicle Purchase – Assessors Department – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED
  10. Vendor Contract for Personal Property Services – Assessors Department – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED
  11. Zoning Map Change – 79, 81, 83 Hayden Rowe Street – Property Owner’s Petition – Motion for NO ACTION PASSED

Both the New School Project and the Indoor Recreational Facility are debt exclusions and require a vote at Special Town Election on Monday, May 9. Stay tuned…