Monday, May 13, 2013
Joe Markey and Mike Shepard of Hopkinton's Elementary School Building Committee are thankful the residents supported the next step in finding a solution to Center School.
Monday, May 13
Dear Editor, We would like to thank Town Meeting for the confidence expressed in the unanimous vote on Article 17, funding a feasibility study to address the constraints at Center School. Our goal on the Elementary School Building Committee is to develop a solution that will be actively embraced by the community; achieving this will require your continued active involvement. At our upcoming meetings we will focus on developing and publishing a timeline for community engagement, even as we await a formal project selection response from the MSBA. Thanks to your involvement, your confidence expressed at Town Meeting, and to the partnership to date with the Board of Selectmen and School Committee, we find ourselves at a favorable new starting…
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Among other votes, Town Meeting rejected a liquor store petition and a bylaw that would require changes for second-hand businesses.
At the third and final night of Hopkinton's annual town meeting voters approved changes to the zoning bylaws as well as a tax incentive for PerkinElmer, a company looking to expand their presence in town. What they didn't approve may have been far more significant. Hopkinton developer Chuck Joseph, representing CJPM Development LLC, asked residents to petition the state to add an extra liquor license to the town so a new package store could be built in the Hopkinton Square Development. The town meeting voters decided that it was not in the best interest for the town to add a license above and beyond the amount allowed based on the town's population. As the state has laid out liquor licenses, each town is given one license plus another for …
Find out what happened at town meeting and see what yoga studio is designated as "inspired".
Our weekday morning column, 5 Things You Need to Know, provides you with information that can help you plan your day and give you some fodder for water cooler conversations. 1. Last night Hopkinton’s 2012 annual town meeting came to a close. They voted in favor of most of the articles including an increase to the fines for public consumption of alcohol and marijuana. The voters rejected a petition to add an extra liquor store to town. 2. The photography of Lindsey Payson will be featured in the Studies Abroad exhibit at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe in Hopkinton from May 11 to June 1. Payson was the winner of the HCA’s recent On the Edge exhibit, and specializes in city and landscape photography. She has also …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The last scheduled night of town meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Middle School.
7:03 When I signed in as a visitor there were 70 voters here, not a quorum at the time. But more people were filing in. 7:12 Town moderator said we're about five voters off from a quorum 7:14 And we're ready to begin. After an announcement from the moderator to take your seat a reporter near me was concerned that he had lost it. 7:17 The first article is 41, sponsored by the Hopkinton Youth Commission, will increase the fine for public consumption of marijuana and alcohol. 7:19 Alcohol up from $50 to $100, marijuana from $100 to $300 "I see this as an opportunity for Hopkinton to increase fines as other MetroWest communities are doing the same," Jean Vazza said. 7:19 At this point the town has not collected either …
At night number two of Hopkinton’s 2012 annual town meeting voters approved nearly all of the articles presented before them.
For the second night in a row Hopkinton voters gathered in the Middle School Auditorium. Hopes were high that it would be the last night of the meeting, but that wouldn’t end up being the case. The longest discussion of the night revolved around an article that generated from the Downtown Initiative Steering Committee plans to improve the overall downtown experience. Tonight the DISC article was designed to allow for an engineering study and design for the undergrounding of utilities from Wood Street to Ash Street. The article revolved around two motions. The first would have allowed the town to petition the state’s general court for permission to use taxpayer dollars to fund a private project. This motion was required because the town …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
At last night's town meeting voters told government leaders how the feel about issues including the budget, downtown parking and town savings accounts.
Voters at gathered at Hopkinton Middle School last night for the town's 2012 Annual Town Meeting. With a long list of warrant articles to get through , 58 in total, residents made it almost halfway by getting through 24 of the articles when the magic hour of 11 p.m. came and the meeting was adjourned for the night. In perhaps to of the most impactful votes of the night, the town approved a budget of $34 million for the schools and a budget of $30 million for the rest of the town. There were nearly 200 voting members present at the meeting, less than five percent of the town's voting residents, and the voters are on pace to raise the total taxes paid by homeowners more than 2 percent. Of the 24 articles voted on, 21 received un-amended …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Tonight is the first night of Hopkinton's 2012 annual town meeting. Join Patch for live coverage and ask your questions to the editor, Sean O'Donnell.
On Monday, May 7 Hopkinton will begin their annual town meeting at 7 p.m. in the Middle School auditorium. Join Hopkinton Patch for live updates from the meeting and your opportunity to ask the editor questions relative to the warrant articles. Here is the full transcript of the event: 7:06 Welcome to Hopkinton Patch's live coverage of the 2012 annual town meeting I'm your editor and tonight's guide Sean O'Donnell. I'll be providing you with discussion topics, votes and maybe a few pictures as we go. If you have any questions feel free to send them along and I'll do my best to answer them. 7:07 Moderator Bruce Karlin just said there is not yet a quorum, looks to be pretty close to me so expect the meeting to start shortly Even …
Here is a complete list of warrant articles for tonight's town meeting, as well as a brief introduction to town meeting by Town Moderator Dr. Bruce Karlin.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Intro by Dr. Bruce Karlin, town moderator. In the list of articles in italic writing has been added by the editor. Welcome to Town Meeting. Let me outline how Town Meeting proceeds: To start the meeting I ask the Clerk for confirmation of a quorum (100) and that the hour has arrived (as posted in the warrant). We salute the flag and then take a moment to honor those who have passed in the last year. I next review the handouts available to aid the meeting. I then establish the bounds of the hall and where voters and non-voters should sit. I give instructions on how voters can speak at the meeting. It’s a simple and easy process; voters should not be intimidated. I then review the rules of order of the meeting. It has been our custom to …
The owner of a liquor store in Hopkinton urges residents to weigh the pros and cons as well as the fairness of a town meeting petition to allow a fourth liquor store in to town.
Monday, May 7, 2012
This letter was Submitted by Clelland Johnson of Hopkinton Wine and Spirits in response to an article published last week about a town meeting petition for a fourth liquor store in town. Dear Friends, The developer of the Price Chopper plaza, i.e. Hopkinton Square, has convinced the Board of Selectmen to put a citizen’s petition on the warrant of next week’s Town Meeting that would grant a liquor license toCJPM Development LLC (the plaza developer). This is not a good option for two very good reasons: A fourth retail liquor license is unnecessary at this time While a fourth license will be appropriate when Legacy Farms comes online, it is unnecessary at this time. And, when Legacy Farms does come online, the new license will be better …
Don't miss the annual town meeting tonight. Votes will include a parking lot for EMC, a new liquor license and the creating of a downtown parking lot.
Our weekday morning column, 5 Things You Need to Know, provides you with information that can help you plan your day and give you some fodder for water cooler conversations. 1. Tonight at 7 is the Annual Town Meeting in the Middle School auditorium. Hopkinton Patch will be at the meeting giving live updates as the night progresses. As a supporter of local government we understand how important it is to have your voice heard and your vote counted. We encourage everyone to attend the meeting in person but we hope to provide those who are unable to attend a chance to follow along from wherever they may be. Throughout the day today will be posting a rundown of all 58 articles, we will also feature a letter from the town moderator that outlines…