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Here's a look at the action taken by the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen at its Dec. 3, 2013, meeting.

Hopkinton Town Seal. Credit: Theresa Knapp.
Hopkinton Town Seal. Credit: Theresa Knapp.
The following report was submitted from the Office of the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen regarding its Dec. 3, 2013, meeting. 

The meeting started with Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. where the board discussed minutes as well as contract negotiations, litigation, and real property:

● To discuss the deployment of security personnel or devices, or strategies with
respect to emergency communications and the 2014 Boston Marathon;
● To discuss strategies with respect to collective bargaining updates by the Town
Manager, because an open meeting may have detrimental effects on the
bargaining positions of the Board;
● To discuss considering the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property in
regards to a property on Lumber Street, Main Street and Ash Street, because an
open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the
Board;
● To discuss strategy with respect to litigation on Brock v. Town of Hopkinton,
because an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigation
position of the Board; and
● Town Counsel will provide an overview of pending litigation currently before the
Town.

The public session started at 6:30 p.m. with a public forum, and included: 
  • Chris McClure received a certificate of completion for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • Appointed Barry Rosenbloom as an Associate/Alternate Member of the Upper Charles Trail Committee to complete a 3-year term to be completed on June 30, 2016.
  • Approved a parade permit for Dec. 7 from noon to 3 p.m. for the Hopkinton Downtown Holiday Stroll.
  • Approved 10 donations totaling $640 to the Hopkinton Ambulance Fund in memory of Curtis Melvin, and one donation of $100 to the Hopkinton Ambulance Fund in memory of Ruth Phipps.
  • Approved one disbursement of $2,000 for the Senior Center exercise program request from Marathon Fund Disbursements.
  • Heard an update from the Elementary School Building Committee
  • Held a public hearing regarding the assessor's tax rate. Selectmen voted to set a single tax rate. 
  • Voted to terminate the Town’s involvement in the MetroWest Anti-Casino Coalition.
  • Held and continued a hearing regarding the transfer of a liquor license for N. Serres Corp. (DBA Bill’s Pizza) at 14 Main Street. 
  • Made Board liaison appointments.
  • Heard the Town Manager's report.
  • Heard a Police Chief Search update.
  • Heard a MassDOT update on the bridge work at the Southborough/Hopkinton town line.
  • Accepted an item that was unknown to the Board at the time of posting, then  approved two proclamations for the Chamber of Commerce’ Distinguished Service Awards. 

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