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Town Meeting results

by | May 15, 2019 | Featured, News

Following are results for each article presented at 2019 Town Meeting, held May 6-8 at the Hopkinton Middle School auditorium. For more details on each article, visit the Town of Hopkinton website (hopkintonma.gov).

 

Article 1: Acceptance of town reports

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 2: FY2019 supplemental appropriations and transfers

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 3: Unpaid bills from previous fiscal years

PASSED, unanimous


Article 4: Property tax exemption increase

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 5: BRAVE Act — increase in abatement by amount not to exceed cost of living
PASSED, unanimous


Article 6: 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, unanimous


Article 7: BRAVE Act — real estate tax exemption for surviving parents or guardians of certain soldiers, sailors, members of the National Guard and veterans

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 8: BRAVE Act — reduction of property tax obligation of veteran in exchange for volunteer services

PASSED, unanimous


Article 9:  Set the salary of elected officials (town clerk)

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 10: Fiscal 2020 operating budget

PASSED, clear majority, with amendment to remove non-binding language

 

Article 11: FY2020 revolving funds spending limits

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 12: PEG access enterprise fund — created and funded $50,000

PASSED, unanimous


Article 13: Chapter 90 highway funds in the amount of $643,095

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 14: Transfer to general stabilization funds in the amount of $208,000

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 15: Establishment of School Stabilization Fund

PASSED

 

Article 16: Transfer to other post-employment benefits liability trust fund in the amount of $400,000

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 17: Pay-as-you-go capital expenses

PASSED


Article 18: Purchase of Valve Maintenance Trailer System $65,000

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 19: Purchase of Water Department truck, $50,000

PASSED

Article 20: Purchase of bucket truck, $100,000

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 21: Purchase of multi-purpose municipal tractor, $177,000

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 22: Sewer comprehensive wastewater management plan update, $170,000

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 53: Colella Farm Road sewer (article taken out of order)

Motion for no action recommended by citizen petitioner, PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 23: Sidewalk Master Plan Phase 2, $1,060,000

FAILED, did not receive required two-thirds majority by standing vote, 124 for, 103 against

Amendment to eliminate West Main Street costs, FAILED, 127 to 104

 

Article 24: School bus parking lot, $300,000

PASSED, received required two-thirds majority by standing vote, 146 to 60

Article 25: Purchase of ladder truck, $1,200,000

PASSED, received required two-thirds majority by standing vote, 256 to 11

 

Article 26: Public safety software upgrade, $375,000

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 27: Town Hall basement renovation, $200,000

FAILED, did not receive required two-thirds majority by standing vote, 175 for, 112 against

 

Article 28: Security cameras for school, $200,000

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 29: Center School renovation and reuse feasibility study, $58,000

PASSED, clear majority

 

Article 30: Community Preservation funds allocation

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 31: Community Preservation recommendations

A: Historical preservation for land records in Town Hall basement, $20,000, PASSED

B: Historical preservation for photographs by digitizing, $3,750, PASSED

C: Historical preservation and rehabilitation for cemetery headstones, $10,000, PASSED

D: Dog park at 66B Fruit St., $150,000 toward design and construction, contingent on remaining $250,000 via grant, PASSED in separate standing vote, 191 to 158

E: Lacrosse wall at Fruit Street fields, $25,000, PASSED

F: Irrigation system at Pyne Field, $25,000, PASSED

G: Wetland crossing at 0 Wilson St., $50,000, PASSED

H: Replace equipment at EMC playground, $260,000, PASSED

Motion to separate Item D, PASSED, received 228 to 72 majority by standing vote

Motion to separate Item H, FAILED, 109 for, 178 against, via standing vote

 

Article 32: Car wash use

FAILED, did not receive required two-thirds majority by standing vote, 226 for, 117 against

 

Article 33: Indoor recreation uses

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 34: Self-storage facility

FAILED, did not receive required two-thirds majority

Amendment to change to use by special permit

FAILED, standing vote, 145 for, 190 against

 

Article 35: Associated retail to manufacturing use

PASSED, received required two-thirds majority by standing vote, 305 for, 8 against

 

Article 36: OSMUD district, residents of age-restricted housing

FAILED

 

Article 37: OSMUD district, affordable housing

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 38: OSMUD district, restricted land definition

PASSED, standing vote, 222-2

 

Article 39: Temporary banners

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 40: Commercial solar voltaic installation screening

PASSED, unanimous, with amendment to add language

 

Article 41: Subdivision, garden apartment and village housing phasing, 3-year moratorium

Motion for no action recommended by citizen petitioner, PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 42: 1-year growth restriction

FAILED, did not receive required two-thirds majority

 

Article 43: Change Board of Selectmen to Select Board in zoning bylaws

PASSED, 258 to 53

 

Article 44: Change Board of Selectmen to Select Board in general bylaws

PASSED

 

Article 45: Kennel licensing bylaw

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 46: 76 Main St. historic district

PASSED, received required two-thirds majority by standing vote, 287 for, 70 against

 

Article 47: Historic preservation bylaw amendment, 18-month demolition hold

PASSED, unanimous

Amendment to make demolition hold 12 months instead of 18 months, FAILED, 145 for, 160 against

 

Article 48: Street acceptances

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 49: Fruit Street lease to nonprofit youth organization

PASSED

 

Article 50: Chamberlain Street curve — land swap

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 51: Municipal parking, 3 items

Motion to separate items, PASSED, unanimous

Item 1 (acquire parcel at 6 Walcott St.): PASSED, standing vote, 260 to 32

Item 2 (acquire parcel at 25-35 Main St.): PASSED, standing vote, 197 to 19

Item 3 (acquire parcel at 10 Walcott St./14 Main St./0 Main St.): FAILED, standing vote, 79 to 127

 

Article 52: Easements — Main Street corridor reauthorization

Motion for no action recommended by Select Board, PASSED

 

Article 54: South Middlesex Regional Vocational School District — amend agreement

PASSED, unanimous

 

Article 55: Trustees of the school fund — add members

PASSED, unanimous

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