Weekly News Roundup for 11/11/18

Weekly News Roundup for 11/11/18

This Week:

Election Results • Preliminary School Budget • DPW Facility Dedication • Winter Parking Ban Reminder • Mobil Station Expansion • Center School Re-Use Updates

Massachusetts election results at a glance from WBUR

New Home Projections FY19 and FY20

Hopkinton Public Schools FY20 Preliminary Budget Overview

Budget Preview Presentation Takeaways:

  • 132 new occupancy permits for homes and condos are expected to be issued by the end of June 2019, but we do not know how many HPS students will live in each unit.
  • Every 20 new students added to HPS = 1.4 new Teachers (on average)
  • Preliminary request is for 27.3 FTE (full-time equivalent) new positions for FY20 (2019-20 school year)


Board of Selectmen Update

The proposed tax rate for Fiscal Year 2019 is $17.17 per thousand of valuation. The Board of Assessors and the Principal Assessor will appear before the Board of Selectmen on 11/13/18 to present information to assist the Selectmen in making decisions in reference to property tax options. Read the full BOS Update

DPW Facility Dedication

Hopkinton’s DPW Facility was dedicated to the late Tom McIntyre on Saturday: http://hopkinton.wickedlocal.com/news/20181104/dpw-dedication

Winter Parking Ban Reminder

The DPW wishes to remind all Hopkinton residents of By-Laws pertaining to the parking of motor vehicles during the winter months.
Traffic Rules and Orders, Town of Hopkinton, Article lV, Section 8 “It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than for an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street between the hours of 1:00am to 6:00am from November 15 through April 1. http://www.hcam.tv/news/community-notice-winter-parking-ban-affect-starting-november-15th

Hopkinton: Mobil franchisee goes to court to fight rent hike

The expansion of the Mobil gas station on West Main Street which has recently received approval from various town boards including Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, and Board of Appeals, is now the subject of a lawsuit between the franchisee and the landlord. http://hopkinton.wickedlocal.com/news/20181102/hopkinton-mobil-franchisee-goes-to-court-to-fight-rent-hike

Hopkinton to further study costs of Center School reuse

The options include: Municipal use, leasing it to a third-party or selling to a private developer. A report by the Center School Re-Use Advisory Team recommends keeping the building for town use, but doesn’t include architectural designs or construction estimates. Selectmen unanimously voted to have Town Manager Norman Khumalo work with the Permanent Building Committee to explore options and bringing an article to Town Meeting for money for a feasibility study. http://hopkinton.wickedlocal.com/news/20181101/hopkinton-to-further-study-costs-of-center-school-reuse

Veteran’s Day

In observance of Veteran’s Day – Hopkinton Town Hall and Municipal Offices will be closed on Monday 11/12/2018.

Hopkinton UNOFFICIAL Election Results

Please see note below from Town Clerk Connor Degan: Attached are the unofficial results of the State Election in Hopkinton. These are not final numbers as we are still investigating a handful of provisional ballots. We have secured a turnout of 65.5% with 7,979 of 12,180 of registered voters
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new MBTA fare collection system – May 2020 cash will no longer be accepted

Please see below notice from the Office of Government and Public Affairs Co-op at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation: Hopefully you are aware that the MBTA is implementing a new fare collection system. There is a lot going on with the project to reach our May 2020 launch date, but
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