Weekly News Update – 09/28/2022
Next Elmwood Community Forum rescheduled to Oct. 11 • Hopkinton Health Department: Public notice • COVID booster clinic for seniors this Friday • Upper Charles Trail Committee discusses options after determining Hayden Rowe right of way • Select Board roundup: Regional emergency communications center studied • Planning Board approves East Main Street development • Conservation Commission supports drawdown of Lake Maspenock to manage weeds • Town of Hopkinton Encourages Residents to Complete Survey in Preparation for FY24 Budget Process • Main Street Corridor Project Update • Town of Hopkinton Encourages Residents to Complete Survey in Preparation for FY24 Budget Process • Main Street Corridor Project Update
Next Elmwood Community Forum rescheduled to Oct. 11
About 18 participants joined an online kickoff meeting Monday night to learn more about the process going forward for the Elmwood School replacement project. In addition to introducing the key players from Vertex and Perkins Eastman, who will plan and design the project if it gets funded, Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh highlighted a number of reasons for the undertaking at this time.
Hopkinton Health Department: Public notice.
The Hopkinton Health Department is offering several vaccine clinics (flu and Covid) over the next month.
Upper Charles Trail Committee discusses options after determining Hayden Rowe right of way
With the town’s right-of-way survey along Hayden Rowe Street completed, members of the Upper Charles Trail Committee (UCTC) on Wednesday discussed how that could affect a proposed segment of the Upper Charles Trail.
The right of way in question, Daltorio explained, sits between Granite Street and College Street. It’s part of what the UCTC refers to as Segment 7. He added that some of the discussions were based on a typical cross-section of what the trail/bike path might look like.
Select Board roundup: Regional emergency communications center studied
During a short Select Board meeting on Tuesday night, Town Manager Norman Khumalo shared information about a feasibility study for a potential regional emergency communications center that would include Hopkinton and neighboring towns.
The study reviewed the technical, operational and cost requirements to establish an RECC, the potential locations of the RECC and the governance options for the communities.
Planning Board approves East Main Street development
The Planning Board at its meeting Monday night unanimously approved an open space mixed use development (OSMUD) at 83 East Main Street after discussing concerns that the three proposed age-restricted housing units would clash with the historic single-family house that will be replicated on the site.
Decisions regarding the replicated home are under the jurisdiction of the Historical Commission, he added. MacDowell said the commission insisted that the replicated house be in the same place. The replicated house will be for sale to a homeowner.
Wood Street permit extension granted for solar project
The board granted a special permit extension for a solar project off Wood Street that was originally approved in 2019 but now is under control of New Leaf, a solar energy contractor. It previously had been extended for a year when it was proposed by Borrego.
Conservation Commission supports drawdown of Lake Maspenock to manage weeds
The Conservation Commission at a brief meeting Tuesday night returned to the issue of invasive weed management at Lake Maspenock, agreeing to a winter drawdown of the lake as a “toolbox item” previously proposed by the Department of Public Works.
DPW Director John Westerling explained that the Lake Maspenock Weed Management and Control Advisory Group recently completed a survey of the lake.
“They found that the condition of the lake and the weeds in the lake were very, very bad,” he said.
Town of Hopkinton Encourages Residents to Complete Survey in Preparation for FY24 Budget Process
Town Manager Norman Khumalo and Senior Accounting Manager Benjamin Sweeney would like to invite residents to complete a survey as the town prepares to begin the FY24 budget process. The Town of Hopkinton will use the survey results to garner the community’s understanding of the town’s budget and how the process can be improved. The survey will remain open until Thursday, Oct. 6.
Main Street Corridor Project Update
What to Expect for the Week of September 26, 2022, to September 30, 2022
- Raise castings on manholes project wide – the eastbound detour from Pleasant Street to Maple Street to Hayden Rowe will be utilized.
East Side of Project
- Eversource duct bank work from Ash Street to the eastern project limit; a single lane of alternating traffic will be used
- Continue the service connections up to property lines from the Muffin House to Ash Street.
West Side of Project
- Continue Grading and Compacting sidewalks between Wood Street and the Fire Station
- Continue forming and pouring Concrete Sidewalks from Wood Street towards the Fire Station
- Concrete sidewalk work at end of driveways; affected property owners will be notified in advance
- Line striping of pavement on Wood Street; will be done one night beginning at 8pm
- Continue pouring and forming concrete sidewalks at the intersection (including Cedar and Grove Street)
- Concrete sidewalk work at end of driveways on Grove Street; affected property owners will be notified in advance
- Continue installation of light pole bases; installation of new light signals
- Line striping of pavement at the intersection; will be done one night beginning at 8pm