Weekly News Roundup – 09/20/2021

Weekly News Roundup – 09/20/2021

Main Street Corridor Project – Weekly Update • Diversity mural unveiling at EMC Park • Photos: Polyarts festival Parks & Rec roundup: Turf fields might last 2 more years; Town Common trees in rough shape; dog park nearly complete • Appropriations Committee – Did you know?• Veterans Celebrations Committee – Did you know? • Woodville Historic District – Did you know? • Hopkinton Historic District Commission – Did you Know? • ConCom focuses on Leonard Street project’s flooding issues • Planning Board expresses concerns about parking for 17 Main St. expansion • Health Department offers flu clinics • eHop Marathon Fundraiser


Main  Street Corridor Project – Weekly Update

What to Expect for the Week of September 20, 2021

  • Continuation of the Drainage Installation along Main Street (work will take place in the vicinity of 48-52 Main, 90, 92, 95, and 96 Main Street and 4 and 6 West Main Street)
  • MassDOT Survey Crews to continue to locate limits of easements within the corridor
  • Delivery of Drainage materials and Electric materials

https://hopkintonmainstreet.com/

RELATED: Live Construction Video Feeds are available for the Main Street Corridor Project, check where crews are working and traffic / weather conditions before you leave your home or office.

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Planning Ahead for Underground Utility Work

Press Release on Upcoming Underground Utility Work

 

Diversity mural unveiling at EMC Park

The Hopkinton Cultural Council on Saturday hosted the unveiling of the latest additions to the diversity mural project along the fence at EMC Park.

The new murals are: “Hopkinton is Multi-Colored” by Rick Jacobs, “Ready to Fly Wings” by Roselyn Jeun, “Perpetual Kindness” by Owen Fitzpatrick, “Love is Love” by Charusmitha Ram and Freya Proudman of the Hopkinton Freedom Team, and “Generations Pometuongash” by Talitha Fortes from Massachusetts Nation NPI.

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Photos: Polyarts festival

The Hopkinton PolyArts festival returned to the Town Common on Saturday. The event, established in 1974, features regional artisans, crafters and local nonprofits.

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eHop also had a booth at the festival and spoke to several visitors interested in knowing more about town issues. View More

 

Parks & Rec roundup: Turf fields might last 2 more years; Town Common trees in rough shape; dog park nearly complete

At its meeting Wednesday, the Parks & Recreation Commission discussed progress made on several ongoing issues, including the Fruit Street turf fields assessment, some decaying Town Common trees and the nearly completed dog park.

Ian Lacy, the lead project advisor for Tom Irwin Advisors, a firm that designs and maintains green spaces, told the commission about that he performed a study on the fields in response to concerns about wear and tear on the synthetic turf. He said he believes the fields will last for another 18 months to two years before they need to be replaced.

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DID YOU KNOW? 

Updated 9/16/21: The following Town boards & committees will have one or more anticipated vacancies.  Please see the Town website at www.hopkintonma.gov for information about the duties of specific boards and committees.  Interested residents must apply via the online volunteer form at  Town of Hopkinton, MA: Boards 

Please note that all current board and committee members interested in reappointment MUST apply online via the link above.  Appointments would be made at an upcoming meeting of the relevant appointing authority.  For questions, please contact Elaine Lazarus at 508-497-9701 or elainel@hopkintonma.gov.

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Appropriation Committee – Did you know? 

Committee Size:  5 members
Term Length: 3 years
Meeting Schedule: Typically once a week on Thursdays in the spring leading up to Town Meeting. The rest of the year is typically once a month.
Description: There shall be an Appropriation Committee of five registered voters of sound business experience or good judgment, who shall serve without pay and who shall consider any and all questions involving the expenditure of money, for the purpose of making reports or recommendations thereon to the Town. The Finance Director shall serve on the Appropriation Committee ex officio, as a sixth non-voting member. The Appropriation Committee shall be appointed by an appointing committee composed of the Moderator, the Chair of the Board of Selectmen and the Town Clerk.

The Town Charter Article 7 lays out the role of the Appropriation Committee in the development of the Town Budget.

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Veterans Celebrations Committee – Did you know? 

Committee Size:  8 members

Term Length: 3 years

Meeting Schedule: Typically once a month on a Tuesday

Description: This Committee was established to remember and honor our fallen Vets with an Annual Memorial Day Remembrance Celebration and to honor our local veterans with an annual Veteran’s Day dinner.

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Woodville Historic District – Did you know? 

Committee Size:  7 members

Term Length: 3 years

Meeting Schedule: Typically once a month on a Monday

Description:  The Woodville Historic District was created by Town Meeting in May of 2005 to preserve and protect the unique heritage of the Village of Woodville.

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Affordable Housing Trust Board – Did you know? 

Committee Size:  5 members

Term Length: 2 years

Meeting Schedule: Typically once a month as determined by the members

Description:  The purpose of the Hopkinton Affordable Housing Trust is to provide for the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Hopkinton for the benefit of low-and moderate-income households. See also Hopkinton Bylaws Chapter 5, Article VII.

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Hopkinton Historic District Commission – Did you Know? 

Committee Size: 7 members

Term Length: 3 years

Meeting Schedule: Typically once a month on the second Thursday

Description: Historic Districts in Massachusetts have three major purposes, as stated in Ch. 40C of Massachusetts General Law: 1.) To preserve and protect the distinctive characteristics of buildings and places significant to the history of the Commonwealth and its cities and towns; 2.) To maintain and improve the settings of those buildings and places; 3.) To encourage new designs compatible with existing buildings in the district.

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ConCom focuses on Leonard Street project’s flooding issues

The Conservation Commission at its Tuesday meeting issued an enforcement order on violations at the Leonard Street subdivision project, which over the past two months has been chastised for poor erosion control measures that allowed flooding on the site.

The order was ratified by a 6-0 vote after a long exchange about the inability to remove water from the construction area for the proposed detention basin area because of the recent inclement weather.

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Planning Board expresses concerns about parking for 17 Main St. expansion

The Planning Board at its meeting Monday decided in an 8-0 vote to continue the hearing for 17 Main Street after concerns arose about the parking layout and the ability of emergency vehicles to have enough space to access the building.

This was the first hearing before the board about this proposed project at Main and Church streets. Owner Tom Carey explained that he has owned the property since 2011.

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Health Department offers flu clinics

The Hopkinton Health Department is hosting drive-through flu clinics at Center School (11 Ash St.) on Sept. 30 and Oct. 14 (both Thursdays) from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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eHop Marathon Fundraiser

Not a coffee fan? Check out the other amazing products you can purchase to support eHop’s 2021 Marathon Runner fundraiser!

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Support Civic Engagement: Please Donate to our Marathon Runner – Reilly McGreen

“I love running, especially for a good cause. In 2019, I ran the Boston Marathon to raise money for the Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association. This year, I’m excited to be running the marathon for another amazing Hopkinton organization, eHop, which works to increase government transparency and foster civic engagement.”

-Reilly McGreen

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