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ESBC Begins To Look at School Layouts, Updates Public Forum Schedule

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All models looked similar, with a three-winged model separating classrooms, extracurricular rooms, and the gym and cafeteria spaces.
In all three of the models, the academic spaces would be separated from the gymnasium and public spaces; this would make the building safer and more accessible for extracurricular activities after hours. Some models had to be adjusted slightly; the Center school site's wings were bowed inward to accommodate the smaller land area for that site.

80 Years of Service

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Jean Scarlata, who retired this past fall, was on hand as the Selectman honored, Louie Mongiat, who retired after 46 years of service to the town. Louie started with the Highway Department in 1968. He moved over to the water department and also was on call for emergencies for the sewer department. Louie also worked many years as an on call Fire Fighter. He truly embodied the spirit of helping out any and all departments and any citizen he encountered. He was a member of the Marathon Committee and was a prominent figure involved in the painting of the starting line each year.

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Video Segment: Snow Removal Update

In the month of February we have seen a blizzard, 2 massive snow storms dropping nearly a foot of snow and 4 straight weekends with a significant snowstorm. The snow has caused mayhem in the Boston area and repeatedly closed schools and businesses across the state. DPW or roadway departments and cleanup crews have been working nonstop throughout New England over the last few weeks. Recently DPW Director of Hopkinton, John Westerling gave HCAM news an update on the current status of snow cleanup in Hopkinton.

Westerling mentioned during a typical snowstorm 45 pieces of equipment are used which includes DPW equipment and private contractors. Due to the record snowfall, DPW workers and independent contractors through the recent days have worked through the night to clear sidewalks, push snow off of streets, clean up public parking lots and eliminate dangerous snow mounds. Throughout the last few nights a full compliment of equipment has been out to remove snow from the downtown area, schools, fire and police parking lots and other public parking areas.

John also mentioned that due to the record amount of snowfall extra money had to be spent on snow removal; "town meeting last year, appropriated $350,000 for snow and ice removal and we exceeded that." In accordance with Mass general laws, the DPW received permission to overspend the appropriated budget on snow and ice removal. "I would say that the difficult part has been the continuous effort" Blizzard Juno dropped 31 inches of snow and the following weekend 16 more inches of snow fell followed by a couple smaller storms. Westerling emphasized the most difficult part has been keeping up with the snow due to the continuous storms that have occurred. "it's just compound the effort and makes you go back to square one with snow plowing, treating the roads, widening intersections, widening roads, removing the snow." Westerling did not know the exact amount that has been spent on snowfall removal so far due to incoming invoices from independent contractors.

Westerling praised the hard work the DPW and cleanup crews have put in throughout the record setting snowfall; "Hopkinton is blessed with a dedicated and committed crew at the department of public works, the highway, water and sewer departments, those gentlemen have been working long hours and are dedicated to providing the best service to the community making the roads safe, navigable and just doing the best they can for the community."

For more information watch the video

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Video Segment: Latest Happening in Town

After 34 years in business the Golden Spoon located at 85 West Main street will have their last day Sunday, March 1st. a Starbucks, Unibank and stores have been proposed for the area, the existing structure will be demolished to make more room for roadways.

Part owner of Colella's Supermarket at 61 Main Street Dale Danahy reportedly announced that despite the grocery store portion closing soon, the liquor store portion will remain open. The supermarket will be closing in the near future, the date has not yet been announced. No date has been determined to how long the liquor store will stay open after the grocery portion closes or what the future of the property is. The Grocery portion is expected to close within the next few weeks.

Town officials from Ashland and Hopkinton are holding public meetings in both towns to get public input on a possible merger between fire deparments. The merger would essentially create one big fire department for both Hopkinton and Ashland. HCAM News will continue to update you on the plan as it moves forward.

Tuesday March 3rd at 7pm is the special town meeting at the Hopkinton Middle School auditorioum to discuss if the town should purchase land at 203 Pond Street, The special election will be Tuesday March 10th, 2015. The Special Town meeting will air live on HCAM.

Planning Board Holds Zoning Bylaw and Map Amendments Hearings

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On Monday, February 23rd, the planning board me to discuss zoning bylaws and map amendments ahead of town meeting.

Hopkinton Seeks PT Kitchen Worker

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Town of Hopkinton Seeks a PT (16 hour) Dishwasher/ Kitchen Worker

DO YOU ENJOY WORKING WITH THE SENIORS?
Would you like to work in a very friendly and welcoming environment?

Under the general supervision of the Senior Center Director, the Dishwasher/Kitchen Worker will be responsible for cleaning all dishes, cooking utensils, and equipment; kitchen maintenance and support services in the provision of meals for the Town's Senior Center programming. Hours may vary but are generally between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Special Town Meeting Warrant for March 3, 2015

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The Board of Selectmen back on Monday January 26th held a meeting to decide weather or not to hold a special town meeting regarding the land at 203 Pond Street. Todd Cestari and John Coutinho recused themselves due to individual conflicts of interest. Town Manager Norman Khumalo explained

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Video Segment: ESBC Closing in on Decision for Sight of New School

The Hopkinton Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) on February 4, 2015, voted unanimously to approve a short list of site alternatives for further evaluation. As part of the Center School Feasibility Study, funding for which was approved by Town Meeting in May 2013, the Committee has been evaluating 11 alternatives at 4 locations.

Four site alternatives will be evaluated in the coming months and they include:

Center School: Alternative 1C + 25 Ash Street, consisting of new construction on town owned property behind existing school, augmented by abutting 25 Ash Street, with preservation of the front of existing Center School building.

Irvine Property (Plans 3a and 3B): 20+ acres located on Hayden Rowe, just South of Hopkinton Parks and Recreation land at EMC Park.

Todaro Property (4A): 20+ acres, with access from 147 Hayden Rowe St, abutting the Irvine property to the North, adjacent to Water Fresh Farm and abutting 5 acres of town owned property on the South.

The committee’s decision followed extensive deliberations and discussion over several meetings, including input from two community workshops, and consideration of expert advice from town and school district professional staff, Compass Project Management, and Drummey, Rosane, Anderson (DRA) architects.

Factors included; Flexibility for future growth, minimizing disruption to education during construction, and other factors in the published site evaluation matrix (http://tinyurl.com/siteevalmatrix) weighed heavily in deciding the short-listed sites.

Through the remainder of February and early March, the ESBC and its partners Compass Project Management and DRA architects will complete additional due diligence of the short listed sites. The community is invited to the third community workshop to review results of this additional work, Saturday, March 7, 9:00 – 10:30 AM at the Center School, 11 Ash Street in Hopkinton. The ESBC expects to make a final decision on a preferred site by March 16th, 2015.

For More Information: www.hopkintonschoolproject.com

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Video Segment: Selectmen approve Special Town Meeting for Land at 203 Pond Street

The Board of Selectmen back on Monday January 26th held a meeting to decide weather or not to hold a special town meeting regarding the land at 203 Pond Street. Todd Cestari and John Coutinho recused themselves due to individual conflicts of interest. Town Manager Norman Khumalo explained
the calendar of events if the special town meeting was voted through. Khumalo explained the deadline to register to vote for the special election will be Feb 18th, Feb 20th will be the last day to register to vote for town meeting. Tuesday March 3rd will be the special town meeting, Tuesday March 10th will be the special town election if the Board votes to purchase the parcel as a debt exclusion.

Much of the discussion was if other properties considered for open space purchases would be added to the warrant for the special town meeting to better help with budgeting. Selectmen Michelle Gates urged that if the special town meeting is going to happen that the town should be informed on all other land purchases being considered. The town manager explained there are ongoing negotiations happening for other parcels and it would take a lot of work to conclude other negotiations but mentioned "if that is the goal the Board would like to set for us, we would then need to find a way to get the job done."

At a vote of 2 to 1 The Board opened a special town meeting warrant for a special town meeting to be scheduled on March 3rd, 2015. Note: The special town meeting warrant will close ten (10) business days after publication in a local newspaper.

For more information you can check www.hopkintonma.gov

Warning about Insurance for Water Line Replacements!

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Please be advised that the water department has been receiving calls about letters that residents have been receiving from Home Serve, telling them to sign up for insurance to cover water line replacements.

This is in no-way associated with the Hopkinton Water Department.

Thank you.
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Eric J. Carty

Water-Sewer Manager

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