Select Board Actions Taken 06/15/21

Select Board Actions Taken 06/15/21

Agenda Items & Actions Taken:

6:00 PM CALL TO ORDER
1. EXECUTIVE SESSION
i. Pursuant to M.G.L. c.30A, s.21(a) purpose 3, to discuss litigation strategy concerning Department of Public Utilities docket number 20-80, because discussing the same in an open session would have a detrimental effect on the Town’s litigation position.
ii. Pursuant to M.G.L. c.30, s.21(a) purpose 3, to discuss litigation strategy concerning [Parents Individually and on behalf of a Minor Child] v. Hopkinton Public Schools & others, Middlesex Superior Court docket number 2181CV01005, because discussing the same in an open session would have a detrimental effect on the Town’s litigation position.
iii. Pursuant to M.G.L. c.30A,  21(a) (purpose 3) to consider strategy with respect to collective bargaining relative to DPW, Police, Fire and Library Unions, and negotiations with non-union staff because an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the Board.
iv. To approve executive session Minutes (5/4/21, 5/18/21).
6:30 PM CALL TO ORDER – OPEN SESSION
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
6:31 PM PUBLIC FORUM
3. Residents are invited to share ideas, opinions or ask questions regarding Town Government.
6:40 PM CONSENT AGENDA
4. i. MINUTES – The Select Board will consider approving the Minutes of the 5/28/21 & 6/1/21 meetings.
ii. AMBULANCE FUND GIFTS – The Select Board will consider accepting the following Ambulance Fund gifts in memory of Lawrence Tedstone: 1) $100 gift from James Bartlett; 2) $50 gift from Claire Wright; 3) $250 gift from Daniel & Eileen McIntyre; 4) $20 gift from Elaine Mullen.

  • The Select Board approved the Minutes of the 5/28/21 and 6/1/21 Select Board meetings. (5-0)
  • The Select Board accepted the gifts to the Ambulance Fund in memory of Lawrence Tedstone. (5-0)

6:45 PM 2021 BOSTON MARATHON – PARADE PERMIT APPLICATION
5. The Select Board will consider approving a Parade Permit for the B.A.A. for the 125th Boston Marathon, being held on October 11, 2021.
The Select Board approved a Parade Permit for the 2021 Boston Marathon on October 11, 2021. (5-0)
6:50 PM APPOINTMENTS – ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE #2
6. The Select Board will consider the following finalist candidates recommended by the Town Manager and School Superintendent for the Elementary School Building Committee #2. Recommended finalists will be moved forward for Select Board appointment. Finalists are Jagrut Jathal, Jonathan Graziano, Mike Shepard and Tiffany Ostrander.

The Select Board appointed the following members of the Elementary School Building Committee #2, for the life of the project: (5-0)

  • Mike Shepard, as the member of the community knowledgeable in educational mission and function of facility & MSBA school building experience;
  • Tiffany Ostrander, as the at-large member of the community;
  • Jagrut Jathal, as a member with architecture, engineering and/or construction experience;
  • Jonathan Graziano, as a member of the community with Communications/PR/Marketing/or Facilitator experience.
  • Brendan Tedstone, Select Board Member
  • Joe Markey, School Committee Member
  • Lya Batlle-Rafferty, Alternate School Committee Member
  • Bill F. Flannery, Appropriation Committee Member
  • Norman Khumalo, Town Manager (non voting member)
  • Dr. Carol Cavanaugh, Superintendent of Schools (non voting member)
  • Susan Rothermich, Hopkinton Public Schools Director of Finance (non voting member)
  • Anne Carver, Principal, Elmwood School (non voting member)
  • Tim Persson, HPS Director of Facilities (non voting member)

7:00 PM ANNUAL APPOINTMENTS
7. The Select Board will consider making the following appointments:
i) Reappoint Constable: Barry Sims, to a term expiring 6/30/2024;
ii) Appoint new Traffic Constables, to terms expiring 6/30/2024:
Dispatcher Rob Savolt
Firefighter Paul Finneran
Firefighter Patrick Rahill
iii) Appoint members to the following Boards and Committees: Board of Appeals, Community Preservation Committee, Conservation Commission, Council on Aging, Cultural Council, Historical Commission, Marathon Committee, Sustainable Green Committee, Trail Coordination and Management Committee, Upper Charles Trail Committee, Woodville Historic District Commission, Youth Commission.
No applications have been submitted for vacancies on the following boards and committees: Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board, Hopkinton Historic District Commission (Resident of District), Marathon Fund Committee, Permanent Building Committee, Personnel Committee, Tax Relief Committee, Veterans Celebration Committee.

  • The Select Board appointed Barry Sims as Constable, to a term expiring 6/30/2024. (4-0)
  • The Select Board appointed Rob Savolt, Paul Finneran and Patrick Rahill as Traffic Constables, to terms expiring 6/30/2024. (5-0)
  • The Select Board appointed the following members of boards and committees to the terms indicated: (5-0)
    • Al Rogers to the At-Large position on the Community Preservation Committee, term expiring 6/30/2024;
    • Kerry Reed, Janine LeBlanc and Jeffrey Barnes to the Conservation Commission, terms expiring 6/30/2024;
    • Patricia Srodawa to the Council on Aging, to a term expiring 6/30/2024;
    • Mike Roughan to the Historical Commission, to a term expiring 6/30/2024;
    • Charles Wallace, Craig Gormley, Judith Pitasi, Jane Goodman, Jacques Leduc and Jean Cann to the Marathon Committee (at-large), terms expiring 6/30/2024;
    • Olivia Sward and Robert Gilbert to the Sustainable Green Committee, terms expiring 6/30/2024;
    • Peter LaGoy to the Trail Coordination & Management Committee, term expiring 6/30/2024;
    • Eric Sonnett to the Upper Charles Trail Committee, to a term expiring 6/30/2024;
    • Craig Nation to the Woodville Historic District Commission, term expiring 6/30/2024.
  • The Select Board appointed Mike DiMascio as a full member, and Kevin K. Baxter as an associate member of the Board of Appeals, to terms expiring 6/30/2026. (5-0)
  • The Select Board appointed Kathy Yang to the Cultural Council, to a term expiring 6/30/2024. (5-0)
  • The Select Board appointed Carly Grant, Eva Bennet and Kelly Karp to the Youth Commission, to terms expiring 6/30/2024.

7:10 PM COMMUNITY UPDATES
8. i) Juneteenth Activities – A Hopkinton Freedom Team representative will review activities related to the Juneteenth holiday, June 19, 2021.
ii) Hopkinton’s First LGBTQIA+ Pride Parade – A Hopkinton Freedom Team representative will review the Pride Parade event scheduled for June 26, 2021.
7:20 PM PUBLIC LIBRARY STRATEGIC PLAN PRESENTATION
9. Representatives of the Library Friends, Foundation, and Trustees will join Heather Backman, Library Director, to speak about the Library Strategic Plan and each groups’ role in supporting the Plan.
7:30 PM MUNICIPAL BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES APPROVAL
10. The Select Board will consider approving bond anticipation notes (BAN) financing to support $5,297,502 approved for capital projects at the 2019 and 2021 Annual Town Meetings.

The Select Board approved bond anticipation notes financing to support $5,297,502 approved for capital projects at the 2019 and 2021 Annual Town Meetings. (5-0)

7:35 PM WATER AND SEWER RATES
11. The Select Board will consider setting Water and Sewer Rates for FY22.

The Select Board set water rates for fiscal year 2022 with an increase of 6.5% effective July 1, 2021, as follows: (5-0)

  • 0-1000 cubic feet $28.97 dollar minimum
  • 1001-8000 cubic feet at $3.53 per 100 cubic feet
  • over 8000 cubic feet at $7.33 per 100 cubic feet

The Select Board set sewer rates for fiscal year 2022 with an increase of 2% effective July 1, 2021 as follows: (5-0)

  • 0-1000 cubic feet at $11.77 per 100 cubic feet.
  • 1,001-8000 cubic feet at $13.96 per 100 cubic feet.
  • Over 8000 cubic feet at $17.26 per 100 cubic feet

The Select Board voted to implement a $200 per year Sewer bill discount for Sewer Enterprise residential customers who receive property tax exemptions from the Hopkinton Board of Assessors under clauses 17, 22, 37, and 41 of section 5 in chapter 59 of the Massachusetts General Laws, for FY2022 effective July 1, 2021. (5-0)

7:50 PM TOWN MANAGER REPORT
12. i) Main Street Corridor Project Update
ii) Announcement of the release of executive session minutes.
7:55 PM LIAISON ASSIGNMENTS & REPORTS/BOARD INVITES
13. The Select Board will approve the FY22 Liaison Assignments and appoint Select Board members to the Irvine-Todaro Properties Advisory Group, Pratt Farm Master Plan Team, Marathon Fund Committee, and Open Space Preservation Commission.

The Select Board approved the FY22 Liaison Assignments and appointed Select Board members to the following boards and committees: (5-0)

  • Muriel Kramer to the Irvine-Todaro Properties Advisory Group, to a term for the life of the project,
  • Muriel Kramer to the Pratt Farm Master Plan Team, to a term for the life of the project,
  • Brendan Tedstone to the Open Space Preservation Commission to a term expiring 6/30/2026,
  • Muriel Kramer to the Marathon Fund Committee, to a term expiring 6/30/2022.

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