Select Board Actions Taken – 09/13/22

Select Board Actions Taken – 09/13/22

Agenda Items & Actions Taken:

6:00 PM CALL TO ORDER

1. EXECUTIVE SESSION

a. 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 because an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the Board;

b. To approve executive session Minutes (8/2/22).

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. The Select Board will consider the following consent agenda:

a. MINUTES – The Select Board will consider approving the Minutes of the August 2, 2022 and August 18, 2022 meetings.

b. DONATIONS – The Select Board will consider accepting the following donations:

1) $15,000 from The New England Laborers’ Training Trust Fund to the Town of Hopkinton.

2) $100 from The Hopkinton Trails Club to the Hopkinton Public Library to be used towards buying hiking and trail related books.

3) $5,000 from the Friends of Hopkinton Senior Citizens, Inc. to the Hopkinton Senior Center to be used towards Emergency Medical Transportation.

4) $55,000 from the Friends of Hopkinton Senior Citizens, Inc. to the Hopkinton Senior Center for the purchase of a van and associated transportation costs.

c. CONSTABLE APPOINTMENT- The Select Board will consider appointing Jon Pollack as a Constable in the Town, to a term expiring June 30, 2025. The Town has 3 elected Constables plus three unelected Constables.

d. PARADE PERMIT APPLICATION – 23rd ANNUAL MICHAEL’S 5K RUN & WALK -OCTOBER 15, 2022

The Select Board will consider approving a Parade Permit application from the Michael Lisnow Respite Center for the 23rd Annual Michael’s 5k Run and Walk to be held on October 15th, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. The course starts and ends at the Hopkinton Town Common. Road closures are requested at Ash St. at Center School down to Thayer Heights Rd., Park Street (Hayden Rowe Street and Thayer Heights Rd (Ash Street corner).

The Select Board approved Consent Agenda items b, c and d. (5-0)

The Select Board approved the Minutes of the August 2, 2022 and August 18, 2022 meetings as
amended. (5-0)

6:45 PM BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES APPOINTMENT – JOINT MEETING WITH THE BOARD OF

5. LIBRARY TRUSTEES

The Select Board and the remaining members of the Board of Library Trustees will consider filling one vacancy on the Board of Library Trustees, with the term expiring at the May, 2023 annual town election. Applicants: Barbara Kessler, Warren Carter 

The Select Board and the Board of Library Trustees appointed Warren Carter to the Board of Library
Trustees, to a term expiring at the May, 2023 annual town election. (9-0)

6:55 PM POSTED PUBLIC HEARING – JOINT POLE HEARING, VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, INC. AND

6. EVERSOURCE ENERGY (NSTAR), LINCOLN STREET

The Select Board will conduct a public hearing for a petition for joint pole location on Lincoln Street to relocate one (1) jointly owned pole numbered T.9/E.9 to a point on the south side of Lincoln Street approximately one thousand six hundred fifty two (1,652) feet westerly from the centerline of Cedar Street.

The Select Board approved the petition to relocate a utility pole on Lincoln Street as requested. (5-0)

7:00 PM POSTED PUBLIC HEARING- JOINT POLE HEARING, VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, INC. AND

7. EVERSOURCE ENERGY (NSTAR), ELM STREET

The Select Board will conduct a public hearing for a petition for joint pole location on Elm Street to relocate one (1) jointly owned pole numbered T.35/E.35 to a point on the southeast side of Elm Street approximately two hundred twenty-two (222) feet easterly from the centerline of Atwood Drive. The new location will be approximately thirty (30) feet southwest of its current location.

The Select Board approved the petition to relocate a utility pole on Elm Street with the condition that
the existing pole shall be removed on the same day that the wires are moved to the new pole, and
authorized John Westerling, DPW Director, to grant an extension if needed. (5-0)

7:10 PM PLANNING BOARD APPOINTMENT – JOINT MEETING WITH THE PLANNING BOARD 

8. The Select Board and the remaining members of the Planning Board will consider filling one vacancy on the Planning Board, with the term expiring at the May, 2023 annual town election. Applicants: Matthew Wronka

7:20 PM EMPLOYEE RECOGNITIONS

9. The Select Board will recognize:

a. James “Jamie” Stewart, Heavy Equipment Operator (DPW) who retired August 31, 2022 after 36 years with the Town;

b. Michael Prescott, Firefighter, who retired August 26, 2022 after 31 years with the Town (7 of those 31 years as a Call Firefighter).

7:30 PM EMPLOYEE INTRODUCTION

10. The Fire Chief will Introduce and the Town Clerk will administer an oath of office to John Krauss, Training Lieutenant, Fire Department.

The Town Clerk administered the oath of office to Lt. John Krauss.

7:35 PM NEW EMPLOYEES

11. The Select Board will consider confirming the Town Manager’s appointment of the following new Town employees at the Department of Public Works:

a. Stephen Freiberg, Mechanic,

b. Brendan O’Leary, Working Foreperson, and

c. Collin Barry, Working Foreperson.

Supporting Exhibits: Applications

● The Select Board confirmed the Town Manager’s appointment of Stephen Freiberg, Mechanic,
Dept. of Public Works. (5-0)
● The Select Board confirmed the Town Manager’s appointment of Collin Barry, Working Foreperson,
Dept. of Public Works. (5-0)
● The Select Board confirmed the Town Manager’s appointment of Brendan O’Leary, Working
Foreperson, Dept. of Public Works. (5-0)

7:40 PM HUCKLEBERRY ROAD STREET SIGNS

12. The Select Board will consider approving the installation of STOP signs on both ends of Huckleberry Road at their intersection with Fruit Street.

The Select Board approved the installation of Stop signs on both ends of Huckleberry Road at their
intersection with Fruit Street. (5-0)

7:45 PM BOARD/COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

13. The Select Board will consider making the following appointments to boards and committees:

a. Upper Charles Trail Committee Alternate Member (one vacancy, term expiring June 30, 2025): Jamie Wronka, Taylor Ann Estupinan, Craig Martin

b. Sustainable Green Committee (Two vacancies; one term expiring June 30, 2023 and the second expiring June 30, 2024): Mary Beth M Lavoie, Alice Potapov

c. Personnel Committee (one vacancy; term expiring June 30, 2023): Mark Logan

d. Hopkinton Cultural Council (one vacancy, term expiring September 13, 2025): Mari Jae Benning, Keerthika Deepala

● The Select Board appointed Jamie Wronka as an Alternate Member of the Upper Charles Trail
Committee, to a term expiring 6/30/2025. (5-0)
● The Select Board appointed Mary Beth M Lavoie to the Sustainable Green Committee to a term
expiring 6/30/2024, and Alice Potapov to the Sustainable Green Committee to a term expiring
6/30/2023. (5-0)
● The Select Board appointed Mari Jae Benning to the Cultural Council, to a term expiring
9/13/2025. (5-0)

7:55 PM QUARTERLY DEPOSIT AND INVESTMENT REPORT 2022

14. The Select Board will receive an update on the Town’s 2022 Q4 Deposit and Investment Report.

Supporting Exhibits: 2022 Q4 Investment Report

8:05 PM TOWN MANAGER REPORT

15. Town Manager will report on the following:

a. Main Street Corridor Project Update

b. PFAS in Municipal Water Supply Update

c. MWRA Connection Update

d. FY 24 Budget Survey

e. Regional Communications Center Investigation

f. All Hands Meeting

8:10 PM LIAISON REPORTS/BOARD INVITES

16. Supporting Exhibit: FY 23 Liaison Assignments

8:15 PM FUTURE BOARD AGENDA ITEMS

17. Board members will identify future agenda items.

8:20 PM ADJOURN

Correspondence to Select Board

1. Board of Appeals Notices of Decisions – 8 Linden St., 84-92 West Main St., 56 Downey St., 83 East Main St., 101 Hayden Rowe

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