List of Articles for Town Meeting 2016

List of Articles for Town Meeting 2016

Town Meeting May 2, 2016

eHop will provide more details and links next weekend prior to Town Meeting, but for now here are the key documents and the list of articles.


  1. Acceptance of Town Reports


  1. FY 2016 Supplemental Appropriations
  2. FY 2016 Budget Transfers
  3. Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years


  1. Property Tax Exemption Increase
  2. Personal Property Tax Bill Threshold
  3. Set the Salary of Elected Officials
  4. Fiscal 2017 Operating Budget $70,846,691, which is a +3% Tax Impact (net of new growth)
  5. FY 2017 Revolving Funds
  6. Chapter 90 Highway Funds
  7. Transfer to General Stabilization Fund
  8. Other Post Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund $612,647


  1. Pay-As-You-Go Capital Expenses
    • Highway F-350 Pickup $60,000
    • 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
    • Replacement of Tractor $81,000
    • Middle School and High School Bleacher Upgrades and Repairs $85,000
  2. Weed Control at Lake Maspenock $60,000
  3. Sidewalk Master Plan Phase II
  4. Transfer Funds to Purchase Fire Vehicle and Equipment
  5. Transfer Funds to Purchase Fire Vehicle
  6. Transfer Funds to Reequip/Reconfigure Fire Vehicle and Equipment
  7. Purchase of Dump Truck $200,000
  8. Grove Street Water Tank Replacement $1,530,000 from DPW Water Enterprise Fund
  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 imnpact of $111K ) $320,000
  14. School Building & Grounds Storage Facility – Design & Feasibility $25,000
  15. Artificial Turf Field with Lights – Design & Feasibility $100,000
  16. Signage for Historical Sites
  17. Transfer Funds for New Capital Projects
  18. Cemetery Roadway Opening


  1. Community Preservation Recommendations – CPC Project Narratives:
    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)
    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


  1. Amend Open Space Mixed Use Development Overlay District Site Plan Review and OSLPD Bylaws draft 2-2-16
  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
  5. Amend Sign Bylaw Sign Bylaw draft 2-2-16Document depicting proposed changes to Sign Bylaw 2-2-16
  6. Amend Hotel Overlay District Hotel Overlay District draft 2-2-16
  7. Elmwood Park Business District Elmwood Park Business District draft 2-2-16Proposed Elmwood Park Business District Map
  8. Dog Day Care Dog Day Care Facilities draft 2-2-16
  9. Animal Shelters Animal Shelters draft 2-2-16


  1. Repeal Sex Offender Residency Requirement


  1. Acquisition of Easement – 91 West Main Street
  2. Acquisition of Easement – Leonard Street
  3. Gift of Land – Connelly Hill Estates
  4. Gift of land – Hilltop Road
  5. Gift of land – Legacy Farms Recreation Parcel
  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
  8. Disposition of Property


  1. Solar Tax Agreements
  2. Town Clerk
  3. Trustees of the School Trust Fund in the Town of Hopkinton