Town Election Roundup – Vote this Saturday

Town Election Roundup – Vote this Saturday

Vote Saturday, May 22, 2021, polls are open 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM at Hopkinton Middle School Brown Gym. View a Sample Ballot. School Committee is the only contested race in the Town Election this year. There are three Candidates vying for two seats for a 3-year term on the School Committee.  There are also four ballot questions this year to fund capital projects. And finally there are several uncontested races.

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Contested Race – School Committee

Vote for 2:

Learn more about the role of a member of the Hopkinton School Committee… Watch the School Committee Debate


Ballot Questions

QUESTION 1: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to fund construction, reconstruction, renovation, alteration, and associated improvements of the Marathon School, including any planning, design, engineering, original equipment, or associated costs or expenses related thereto? Yes/No

Background: The Marathon School has repurposed several rooms. The Health room is now a preschool room and Art room is now a first grade classroom. PLC room is now ESOL (and adult workspace). The Family Resource room is slated for instruction in FY22. This construction would add four classrooms at the end of the wing, two on each floor, with a stair tower.

At the 2021 Annual Town Meeting, the voters voted to borrow $3,625,000 to be used for the Marathon School Addition. This borrowing was made contingent on the passage of a debt exclusion under Proposition 2 1/2, authorizing a temporary increase in the Town’s levy limit to cover the cost of borrowing for this item. A YES vote would mean that the funds are approved, and the expenditure can proceed. A NO vote would mean that the funds are disapproved, and the expenditure cannot proceed without a future ballot vote within 90 days.


QUESTION 2: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to fund the installation of control systems for the Hopkinton Middle School HVAC Renewal and Digital Control Upgrade, including any planning, design, engineering, original equipment, or associated costs or expenses related thereto? Yes/No

Background: HVAC Districtwide request will continue the process of installing control systems for the middle school HVAC by installing Direct Digital Controls (DDC) on up to 20 of the largest heating coils (using 10 gpm of heating hot water or more).

At the 2021 Annual Town Meeting, the voters voted to borrow $350,000 to be used for the Hopkinton Middle School HVAC Renewal and Digital Control Upgrade. This borrowing was made contingent on the passage of a debt exclusion under Proposition 2 1/2, authorizing a temporary increase in the Town’s levy limit to cover the cost of borrowing for this item. A YES vote would mean that the funds are approved, and the expenditure can proceed. A NO vote would mean that the funds are disapproved, and the expenditure cannot proceed without a future ballot vote within 90 days.


QUESTION 3: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to fund the partial roof replacements at the Hopkins and Hopkinton Middle Schools including any planning, design, engineering, or associated costs or expenses related thereto? Yes/No

Background: Roof replacements represents the partial replacement at Hopkins School and the middle school. The areas of recommendation have active leaks.

At the 2021 Annual Town Meeting, the voters voted to borrow $3,000,000 to be used for the partial roof replacements at the Hopkins and Hopkinton Middle Schools. This borrowing was made contingent on the passage of a debt exclusion under Proposition 2 1/2, authorizing a temporary increase in the Town’s levy limit to cover the cost of borrowing for this item. A YES vote would mean that the funds are approved, and the expenditure can proceed. A NO vote would mean that the funds are disapproved, and the expenditure cannot proceed without a future ballot vote within 90 days.


QUESTION 4: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to fund for the roof replacement at the Police Station, including any planning, design, engineering, or associated costs or expenses related thereto? Yes/No

Background: The replacement of the Police Station roof would protect a town owned asset from the elements and maintain public safety operations. The project would benefit the entire community and allow the continued use of the police station. The expected lifespan of the new roof would be 30 years.

At the 2021 Annual Town Meeting, the voters voted to borrow $250,000 to be used for the roof replacement at the Police Station. This borrowing was made contingent on the passage of a debt exclusion under Proposition 2 1/2, authorizing a temporary increase in the Town’s levy limit to cover the cost of borrowing for this item. A YES vote would mean that the funds are approved, and the expenditure can proceed. A NO vote would mean that the funds are disapproved, and the expenditure cannot proceed without a future ballot vote within 90 days.


UNCONTESTED CANDIDATES ON THE MAY 22, 2021 BALLOT:

Watch the Meet the Candidates Night hosted by the Hopkinton Women’s Club


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