Weekly News Roundup – 08/30/2020

Weekly News Roundup – 08/30/2020

Covid-19 Updates & Precautions • Health director: Residents traveling out of state put Hopkinton at risk • With some in-person learning set to resume this fall, Hopkinton schools turn to innovation to keep COVID-19 at bay • Ready, set, go! Virtual Boston Marathon is about to be run • Planning Board reconsiders, votes to take no action on zoning articles; Legacy Farms Road North gets support • Police Chief Bennett: ‘Tension level is palpable,’ but officers maintain positivity • HHS Diversity Club hosts Chalk It Up event to ‘start conversation’ • Select Board Actions Taken – 08/25/2020


Covid-19 Updates & Precautions

This page provides information, maps and resources about the coronavirus response in our local area.

Visit Hopkinton, MA – Coronavirus Response Hub

As of 8/26/20, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 141 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; 4 of those cases are active, with 123 recoveries and 13 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard

The most recent update from Aug 28th includes:

  • Annual Town Meeting – New Details

The update from Aug 26th includes:

  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 weekly Public Health Report
  • MassSupport’s “Back-to-School” Town Hall

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“Stop traveling,” McAuliffe stated bluntly. “I think that’s the key. … What we’ve seen over the last 14 days, or more specifically over the last week, is those that have not been following the governor’s guidelines and have been traveling out of state or out of country have been coming back with COVID.”

“So when students come down to eat lunch they’ll use the QR code, which goes to a google doc. The students will put their name in it,” said Evan Bishop, principal at Hopkinton High School who demonstrated the QR barcode for Boston 25 News. “So we know who’s going to be sitting at what seat and what day and we’ll have that data over a 14 day stretch.”

Ready, set, go! Virtual Boston Marathon is about to be run

Rather than lining up in Hopkinton, and making the long trek to Boston, athletes will run this year’s marathon solo because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Planning Board reconsiders, votes to take no action on zoning articles; Legacy Farms Road North gets support

The Planning Board, in a special Thursday night meeting, reversed course from last week’s decision regarding its seven zoning articles, voting to recommend Town Meeting take no action on the articles in hopes of limiting attendance and discussion at the Sept. 12 Town Meeting.
While it is now too late to remove the articles from the warrant, by recommending no action the Planning Board is encouraging the items be pushed back to 2021 Annual Town Meeting, which is scheduled to take place in May.

Police Chief Bennett: ‘Tension level is palpable,’ but officers maintain positivity

“The tension level is palpable, and the officers sense it,” Bennett said. “They’re maintaining their positive attitude and their positive commitment to the community and just looking to be there for everybody. Every day I’m getting positive feedback from the community about an interaction that they had with one of our officers, and different shows of support come in daily. During these hard times we need to be there for the people more than ever — at least in my career.”

HHS Diversity Club hosts Chalk It Up event to ‘start conversation’

People can change the world without leaving their driveways. That is one message behind Chalk It Up, a town-wide event to be hosted by the Hopkinton High School Diversity Club on Wednesday, Sept. 2. On that day from 2-4 p.m. community members are encouraged to use chalk to create messages of diversity, inclusivity and kindness on their driveways and sidewalks. They can share favorite quotes, positive phrases or artwork. Community members can email the creations to hhsdiversityclub@hillers.org for widespread sharing. A drone also might be utilized to capture the images.

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Select Board Actions Taken – 08/25/2020

5:15 PM CONSENT AGENDA

i. The Select Board will consider approving the Minutes of the August 4, 2020 Select Board Meeting.

ii. The Select Board will consider accepting the resignation of Henry Kunicki from the Community Preservation Committee.

The Select Board approved the Consent Agenda. (5-0)

5:20 PM 2020 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
Following consultation and approval of the Town Moderator, the Select Board will discuss a reduction in the required quorum and other matters regarding the September 12, 2020 Annual Town Meeting. The Select Board will vote to sign the Annual Town Meeting warrant and review draft motions. The Select Board will take positions on warrant articles and discuss town meeting presentations.

Pursuant to Section 7 of Chapter 92 of the Acts of 2020, the Select Board reduced the required quorum for the 2020 Annual Town Meeting from the number calculated pursuant to section 47-13 of the General Bylaws to no less than 80, and directed the Town Clerk to notify the Attorney General of the adjusted quorum requirement as required by said Section 7 of Chapter 92. (5-0)

The Select Board recommended that Town Meeting approve the following Articles on the 2020 Annual Town Meeting Warrant: (4-0)

  • FY 2020 Supplemental Appropriations & Transfers
  • Unpaid Bills from Previous Fiscal Years
  • Excess Bond Premium
  • Personal Property
  • Set the Salary of Elected Officials
  • Fiscal 2021 Operating Budget
  • FY 2021 Revolving Funds Spending Limits
  • Chapter 90 Highway Funds
  • Transfer to Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund
  • Lease East Main Street Parcel for International Marathon Center
  • Community Preservation Funds
  • Amend Charter to Change Board of Selectmen to Select Board

The Select Board voted to sign the 2020 Annual Town Meeting warrant, with the provision that if the Growth Study Committee votes to remove its article (Create Economic Development Office) at a meeting on 8/25, then the article will be removed from the warrant. (4-0)

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