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Town Meeting Day 1 Updates

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Motion to move Article 53 after Article 22 - Passed Unanimously

Article 1: Acceptance of Town Reports - Passed Unanimously

Article 2: FY 2019 Supplemental Appropriations and transfers - Passed Unanimously
($525,000 for snow and Ice, $70,000 for Sewer Enterprise Fund)

Article 3: Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years - Passed Unanimously

Article 4: Property Tax Exemption Increase - Passed Unanimously

Article 5: The Brave Act - Increase in abatement by amount not to exceed the cost of the Living - Passed Unanimously

Article 6: The Brave Act - Real estate tax exemption for veterans and other qualified persons where home is owned by a trust, conservator or other fiduciary for the person's benefit - Passed Unanimously

Article 7: Brave Act - Real Estate Tax Exemption for surviving parents of guardians of certain soldiers, sailors, members of the national guard and Veterans - Passed Unanimously

Article 8: Brave Act - Reduction of Property Tax Obligation of Veteran in exchange for volunteer services - Passed Unanimously

Article 9: Set the Salary of Elected Officials - Passed Unanimously

Article 10: Fiscal 2020 Operating Budget - Passed with motion
(Total Budget: $92,698,222.88)
General Fund: $87,148,752.27
Community Preservation Fund: $289,605.75
Sewer Enterprise Sources of Funds: $2,569,775.55
Sewer Enterprise fund Budget: $2,850,953.07
Water Enterprise Sources of Funds: $2,057,513.31
Water Enterprise Fund Budget: $2,427,060.67
Parks & Recreation Enterprise Sources of Funds: $632,576
Parks & Recreation Enterprise Fund Budget - $671,439.76

-Heavy Discussion of Town Under-ride

-Motion to vote on Under-ride Separately - Motion Cancelled
-Motion to Delete language relating to a non-binding under-ride language by Mary Ondrechen - Motion Passes Majority

Article 11: FY 2020 Revolving Funds Spending Limits - Passed Unanimously

Article 12: PEG Access Enterprise Fund - Passed Unanimously
-Sets up enterprise fund for Hcam with $50,000

Article 13: Chapter 90 Highway Funds - Passed Unanimously
$643,095 for town from State

Article 14: Transfer to General Stabilization Fund - Passed Unanimously
-Moves $200,000 from Free Cash to G.S.F.

Article 15: Establishments of School Department Stabilization Fund - Passed Unanimously
-$500,000 from town's receipts reserved for Appropriation Account to establish a School Department Stabilization Fund.
-Town Counsel: "All money from Legacy Farms to address over population will go into the stabilization funds."

Article 16: Transfer to Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Funds - Passed Unanimously

Article 17: Pay As You Go Capital Expenses - Passed Unanimously

Article 18: Purchase of Valve Maintenance Trailer System - Passed Unanimously

Article 19: Purchase of Water Department Truck - Passed Unanimously

Article 20: Purchase of Bucket Truck - Passed Unanimously

Article 21: Purchase of Multi-Purpose Municipal Tractor - Passed Majority

Article 22: Sewer Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan Update - Passed Unanimously

Article 53: Colella Farm Road Sewer - No Action Recommended - Passed Unanimously

Article 23: Sidewalk Master Plan Phase II - Fails required 2/3rd majority 124 For, 103 Against
$1,060,000 used for design, repair, maintenance, renovation, improvement, rehabilitation, construction and reconstruction of sidewalks along West Main Street and Wood Street.

Amendment to eliminate West Main Street expenses, bringing total to $100,000 - Failed Standing Vote 127-104

Article 24: School Bus Parking Lot - Passes Standing Vote 146-60
$300,000, location will be at Town Owned 90 Hayden Rowe.
-Reduces current school bus contract $50,000

End of Day 1!


Article 46 - The Aaron and Lucy Claflin House Historic District (76 Main St)

On May 1, 2019 the Hopkinton Historic District Commission (HHDC) held a public hearing on the Preliminary Study Report for the creation of the Aaron and Lucy Claflin House Historic District (76 Main St), which is the subject of a Town Meeting Warrant Article (Article #46) submitted by the Hopkinton Historical Commission (HHC). The current property owner sought a demolition permit for the Claflin House; the Hopkinton Historical Commission then imposed a six-month demolition delay, which will expire July 4, 2019. The Hopkinton Historic District Commission, which oversees the existing Hopkinton Center Historic District half a mile east of the subject property, is seeking to establish the Aaron and Lucy Claflin House Historic District before the demolition delay expires. The Preliminary Study Report was prepared by a historic preservation consultant and submitted to the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) and the Hopkinton Planning Board on March 1, 2019. After receiving public feedback, an advisory recommendation from MHC and holding a Public Hearing on May 1, the Final Study Report is now ready to be submitted to Town Meeting. As always, please feel free to contact the Commissions with any questions at: and

Final Study Report PDF

Upcoming Dates:

Pre-Town Meeting Mon., May 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Hopkinton Middle School Room 257 - Hopkinton Historic District Commission Meeting

Town Meeting - Begins Mon., May 6, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Hopkinton Middle School - Vote on the creation of a single-property historic district, Article #46. Annual Town Meeting may run for more than one evening, so it is not known exactly when Article #46 will be discussed.


Sue Kurys - Candidate for Commissioners of Trust Funds Statement

Hi. I'm Sue Kurys and I’m running for Commissioner of Trust Funds. Recently, I’ve been supporting my
gracefully aging parents as they re-visit their estate plans. It’s made me realize just how significant it is
that, when we value something so much, we are moved to pass it on to others and enable them to carry
it forward.

Stewardship of such legacies is at the heart of what the Commissioners of Trust Funds do. Their principal
duty is to respect the wishes of the benefactors by ensuring the funds are disbursed as intended.

My service to the Town and community makes me well-qualified for this role. As the Clerk of the Tax
Relief Committee for Senior and Disabled residents, I’ve learned how to ensure that town policies are
followed and decision-making is objective and equitable. As a member of two nonprofit boards, I
manage financial assets and ensure their use furthers each organization’s mission. I also have an MBA
from Stanford with a certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management and recently completed studies in
fundraising, estate planning and grants at BU.

The Trusts were created by individuals who loved Hopkinton. Their values – education, the
beautification of our town and the preservation of our heritage – are the same values that make
Hopkinton a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

It would be my honor and privilege to carry forth their vision for Hopkinton for the benefit of all
residents as a Commissioner of Trust Funds. Please vote for me on May 20th


Hopkinton Trails Club Event Rescheduled

Because of the damp weather conditions, Saturday's walk at the Betty Fitzpatrick trail has been rescheduled to Sunday, May 19, at 1PM. We hope to see you there (and we hope the weather is better!).

Unless otherwise noted, all Hopkinton Trails Club events are free and open to the public.


Dexter C. Silva 78

Dexter C. Silva 78, of Hopkinton, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019. He was the beloved husband of 56 years to Susan Silva of Hopkinton.

Dexter retired as an Executive at Verizon. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Stephen Silva, of Ipswich, and Sharon Silva of Hopkinton. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Andrew and Zachary Silva.

Funeral services will be held privately with family. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of

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