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ESBC Hosts November Meeting at HCAM

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On Monday, November 24th, the Elementary School Building Committee will host its monthly meeting at HCAM studios, located at 77 Main St. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will be airing live on HCAM-TV.

Coming right from the community forum on Saturday morning, the ESBC will largely focus on the outcome of that forum. Based on the results of the forum, the meeting will focus on what went well, what didn't work, and what the committee can do better.

Planning Board Hears Plans for South Street Substation

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The Planning Board met with representatives from NSTAR to hear plans for the expansion of the substation located at 226 South Street during their November 17 meeting. The expansion will allow for more of the town of Hopkinton to be serviced by the station rather than being serviced by other towns. Near the site are an EMC driveway and building, and Milford residents on the other side of EMC.

Town Hall Parking Lot Closed Wed November 19 7:30am-4:30pm

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The entrance to the parking lot behind Town Hall will be closed on Wednesday November 19, 2014 during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The parking lot Exit will be utilized as the Entrance and the Exit.

Board of Assessors Prepares for Tax Season at November 13th Meeting

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On Thursday, November 13th, the Board of Assessors met to discuss a number of issues for the upcoming tax season.

They first briefly discussed two properties that will be up for sale that the town is considering purchasing. The Richards and Coolidge properties have expressed an intent to sell, and the town might consider purchasing these properties.

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Video Segment: ESBC Selects Design Firm for Center School Project

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On Tuesday, October 21st, the Elementary School Building Committee chose the design firm for the Center school project.

The MSBA and the members representing the ESBC voted for DRA as their first choice design team; DRA garnered the most votes from the panel. DRA was chosen out of three possible candidates. "They all came with very high qualifications", ESBC chair Joe Markey stated today at HCAM's ESBC Update, but stated that they felt DRA in particular would work closely with the committee and not stay "in their ivory tower" as Markey said.

Vice-chair Mike Shepard echoed the approval of DRA as the chosen design firm. Shepard added that DRA will also pay particular attention to the historic nature of the existing Center School. DRA, he said, has experience in working at historic sites.

"We're looking for a design partner that's going to be open-minded, not come in with a pre-defined solution," Markey added. He is confident that DRA will pay particular attention to the needs and desires of Hopkinton's residents.

Now that a design firm has been chosen, the next step is contract negotiation. Markey and Shepard noted that the budget for the firm has already been set at town meeting, so there is a fixed amount limit of funds for negotiation. However, Markey said, talks still must take place, and although it is likely that DRA will remain as the design firm for the ESBC, there is a possibility that the second or third choice firm could take their place should negotiations fall through.

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Hopkinton's 2015 Marathon Invitational Entries Lottery Process in now open

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In accordance with Section 2 of the Hopkinton Marathon Policy, the Board of Selectmen invites applications for the upcoming 2015 Boston Marathon in the following manner:

Invitational entry applications will be distributed to qualified organizations through a random selection that will take place at a Board of Selectmen meeting on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. In order to qualify for the random selection, an organization must fit one of two category descriptions outlined in the Town’s Marathon Policy, namely:

Hopkinton Planning Board Vacancy Announcement

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On November 6, 2014 the Board of Selectmen publicly acknowledged the resignation of a member of the Hopkinton Planning Board and are currently seeking candidates for this position.

Pursuant to Town Charter provision 3-1(e), a joint meeting, consisting of the remaining members of the Hopkinton Planning Board and the members of the Board of Selectmen, will convene at a regularly scheduled Board of Selectmen meeting to appoint an individual to temporarily fill this one seat until the next Annual Town Election in May of 2015.

Stop Sign, Parks and Rec Appointment, and Eagle Scout Projects Heard at BOS

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The Board of Selectmen held their biweekly meeting on Thursday, November 6th, due to the election held on Tuesday the 4th.

With a packed agenda, the board began with a public forum, where they acknowledged Patti Howell's recent certification as a Massachusetts Accredited Assessor. They also brought to the public's attention the recent resignation of Planning Board member Deb Holbrook, and made known the need for a new planning board member.

Lake Shore Drive and Hopkinton Mews Return to ZBA

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On Wednesday, November 6th, the Board of Appeals met to discuss the FY2016 Budget, Lake Shore Drive, and Hopkinton Mews.

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Video Segment: Officer John Corridan welcomed by Selectmen

New Hopkinton Police officer John Corridan was welcomed at the Board of Selectmen meeting. Chief Lee talked about Corridan's past with the Longmeadow P.D. and before that Corridan's service as a dispatcher in Hopkinton. "He did an awesome job while he was here but moved on to pursue a law enforcement career and he went to the Longmeadow P.D. for approximately 2 years. We heard nothing but good things up there, thorough background and while they were sad to see him go, we reap the benefits of a fine young officer."

Officer Corridan talked about his past and commented on what brought him back to Hopkinton; "When the opportunity came up to come back here, I guess I didn't realize how much I would miss this area." "I'm excited to get back and work with all the men and women at the Police Department I got to know for 2 years and just refamiliarize with the town and the town's people."

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