Weekly News Roundup – 02/28/2021

Weekly News Roundup – 02/28/2021

Covid-19 Vaccine, Updates & Precautions • Hopkinton Public Schools Reopening Planning Updates Health department, schools push forward on reopening plan following announcement from state • School Committee considers proposal for March 29 return to full-time in-person instruction • Commercial Solar By-Laws – The Whole Story ZAC sends proposed tree-cutting bylaw to Planning Board • Stakeholder Concerns and Challenges Surrounding Solar By-laws in Hopkinton Hopkinton Main Street Corridor Project Construction Advisory • Water main break: Teresa Rd • Select Board roundup: CFO requests additional funds so town can ‘stand up to Eversource’ Select Board removes proposed firearm restriction amendment for this year but plans to revisit it Select Board Actions Taken 02/23/2021


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 02/26/21, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 739 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; 24 of those cases are active, with 698 recoveries and 17 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard

The most recent update from Feb 27th includes:

  • Reopening Massachusetts – On Thursday (2/25/21), the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts would advance to Step 2 of Phase III of the state’s reopening plan as of Monday, March 1, and also announced its plan to transition to Step 1 of Phase IV on Monday, March 22.
    For more information on the Commonwealth’s reopening plan: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts
  • Future Vaccine Distribution
  • Hopkinton Public Schools

RELATED NEWS:

Hopkinton Public Schools Reopening Planning Updates

Health department, schools push forward on reopening plan following announcement from state

Health director Shaun McAuliffe, during his update to the Select Board on Tuesday, said he is conferring with school officials regarding a reopening plan following an announcement from state officials earlier in the day pushing districts to return to full-time in-person learning.

 

Schools could reopen on a full-time basis in Hopkinton on March 29, according to a proposal presented to the School Committee on Thursday. The proposal, prepared by the reopening planning team tasked with looking at the issues involved with returning students to schools full-time, offered a plan for the high school, middle school and elementary schools.

 

Commercial Solar By-Laws – The Whole Story

The issue of ground-mounted photovoltaic commercial solar overlay in Hopkinton has been a source of a long and contentious debate for over a couple of years now. The following visual story is broken down by timeline and lays out all events, actions and plans pertaining to the Commercial Solar Bylaw for the 2021 Town Meeting. Along with these snippets, you will also find news article references and video links of discussions recorded by HCAM TV.

 

RELATED NEWS: 

ZAC sends proposed tree-cutting bylaw to Planning Board

The Zoning Advisory Committee on Monday made some final tweaks to its proposed tree-cutting bylaw, which is primarily designed to curtail large commercial ground-mounted solar arrays, and voted to send it to the Planning Board. The vote was 7-1, with Ron Foisy the lone dissenter. John Coutinho was not present.

 

Stakeholder Concerns and Challenges Surrounding Solar By-laws in Hopkinton

Here’s a quick summary of concerns that residents, land owners, town officials and abutters in Hopkinton have been voicing over more than the last couple of years.

 

Hopkinton Main Street Corridor Project Construction Advisory

It is anticipated that the MassDOT contractor, A.F. Amorello will begin to mobilize in the coming weeks to begin the long-anticipated construction of improvements to enhance Hopkinton’s Main Street Corridor. The Town is working closely with MassDOT and the contractor to ensure the consistent flow of accurate and timely information about this project and its temporary construction impacts to downtown abutters, businesses, commuters, and the community at large.

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Water main break: Teresa Rd

Crews are currently repairing a water main break on Teresa RD.  The water will be off between Hayden Rowe and Nicholas during repairs. Others in the area may notice some discoloration.

 

Select Board roundup: CFO requests additional funds so town can ‘stand up to Eversource’

Chief financial officer Tim O’Leary requested an additional $30,000 for appraisal services “to continue to engage with Eversource,” the energy company that owns a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in town and has frustrated town leaders on numerous occasions.
“The town’s tax relationship with Eversource is challenging and expensive. And this situation is not unique to Hopkinton. Across the commonwealth, Eversource is appealing assessments, thereby imposing high staff and legal costs on towns where they operate. Despite this expense, the town believes it’s important and completely appropriate to stand up to Eversource on these cases.”

 

Select Board removes proposed firearm restriction amendment for this year but plans to revisit it

The Select Board voted unanimously Tuesday not to take action on the proposed amendment to the general bylaw that deals with the discharge of firearms, a proposal that was widely and loudly panned by local hunters.

While the board is passing on the proposal for this year, members expressed an interest in discussing it as a potential submission for 2022 Town Meeting, albeit likely with the verbiage substantially different.

View Article

 

Select Board Actions Taken 02/23/2021

AGENDA ITEMS & ACTIONS TAKEN:

6:35 PM CONSENT AGENDA

5. i. MINUTES – The Select Board will consider approving the Minutes of the February 2, 2021 and February 9, 2021 meetings.

ii. RESIGNATION – The Select Board will consider accepting the resignation of Marilyn Palmer from the Council on Aging .

iii. APPOINTMENT – The Select Board will consider reappointing Ed Harrow as the Con. Comm. representative to the Open Space Preservation Commission, term expiration 6/30/2025.

iv. APPOINTMENT – The Select Board will consider appointing Rebecka Lapierre as a Traffic Constable (term expiring 6/30/2023).

v. AMBULANCE GIFT – The Select Board will consider accepting a $100 gift to the Ambulance Fund from Mary Louise Moore in memory of Francis Pyne.

The Select Board approved Consent Agenda items i, iii, and iv. (5-0)

The Select Board approved Consent Agenda items ii and v. (5-0)

6. PUBLIC FORUM – PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO GENERAL BYLAWS

The Select Board will hold a Public Forum to hear public comment on proposed amendments to the General Bylaws, as follows:

  1. Dog Licensing
  2. Discharge of Firearms
  3. Obstruction of Streets & Sidewalks
  4. Street Opening Permits
  5. Trench Safety Officer
  • The Select Board voted to take no action on the Discharge of Firearms bylaw this year and not to include it on the 2021 Annual Town Meeting warrant. (5-0)
  • The Select Board voted to recommend that the Dog Licensing bylaw amendment be adopted at the 2021 Annual Town Meeting. (5-0)
  • The Select Board voted to recommend that the Obstruction of Streets & Sidewalks bylaw amendments be adopted at the 2021 Annual Town Meeting. (5-0)
  • The Select Board voted to recommend that the Street Opening Permit bylaw be adopted at the 2021 Annual Town Meeting. (5-0)
  • The Select Board voted to recommend that the Trench Safety Officer bylaw be adopted at the 2021 Annual Town Meeting. (5-0)

MATERIALS FOR THIS MEETING:



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