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Town Hall Rehabilitation Projects

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all residents and visitors of the Town, please note that construction projects on the Town Hall will be starting August 29th. These projects include rehabilitation of the basement, replacement of the slate roof and rehabilitation of the exterior masonry.

Board of Appeals Approves Cell Tower Additions

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The Board of Appeals met Wednesday, August 27th. Their discussion focused primarily on adding equipment to cell phone towers at 0 Wilson Street, 1 Mechanic Street, and 26 Lumber Street.

Board Chairman Rory Warren was absent from this meeting; Vice Chairman Michael Pierce presided over the meeting in his stead. After calling the meeting to order, the board moved to push discussion of Peppercorn Village, originally scheduled to be discussed at the meeting, to a later date. Pierce expressed concern over insufficient time to review the matter fully.

Visioning Steering Group Gives Update to Planning Board

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Tim Kilduff from the Visioning Steering Group appeared before the Planning Board during their August 25 meeting to give an update to the Board. A lot of work has been done by the Group and the Group is preparing a survey that will be sent out to the community during the week of September 1. Many members of the Group were in attendance as Kilduff gave his report.

Hopkinton Board of Health Vacancy Announcement

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On August 22, 2014 the Hopkinton Board of Health notified the Board of Selectmen of a vacancy on the Board of Health due to a resignation 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 Board of Health and the members of the Board of Selectmen, will (tentatively) convene on September 9th 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.

Board of Health Discusses Administrator Position and Town Hall Renovations

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The Board of Health met Thursday, August 21st, to discuss new and old business relating to the board.

The board had intended to meet to discuss 6 Emma Drive; the homeowner is seeking to undergo new construction, but currently has a non-conforming septic system. This hearing was postponed, however, because board member Deborah Holbrook resigned from the Board of Health effective August 18th. Lacking sufficient board members to make a decision on the property, the board was forced to table the issue until a third member is found.

Extended Library Hours on Saturdays

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The Hopkinton Public Library announces extended hours on Saturdays starting on September 6. The library will now be open from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM on Saturdays. Thanks to our town government for their continued support in helping us to better serve the needs of our community!

Scenic Road Permits Granted by Planning Board

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Two Scenic Road Permits were granted unanimously by the Planning Board during their August 11 meeting, one for the removal of a tree for construction and the other for the temporary widening of a stone wall.

August Roadwork Notice

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Roadwork is scheduled to begin on Monday August 11th on the following streets. Work hours will be approximately 7am-5pm. Our goal is to complete this work by September 4th when schools reopen.

Cross St – Frankland Rd to the Ashland town line.
Wilson St – East Main St to 1500 ft North of East Main St.
Fenton St – Full length.
Pike St – Full length.
Teresa Rd – Hayden Rowe to Nicholas Rd.
Proctor St – Wood St to Saddle Hill Rd.
Fruit St – Cunningham St to 625 ft North of Victory Ln.

Conservation Commission Reviews Deneen Road, Tammer Lane and others

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The conservation commission met Monday, July 28th, to continue old hearings and hear new proposals of environmental significance in Hopkinton.

Robert Bushway Resigns as Hopkinton’s Principal Assessor

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Hopkinton’s Board of Assessor Chair, Dr. John Duffy, and Norman Khumalo, Town Manager, regret to announce that Mr. Bob Bushway has resigned from his position as Principal Assessor effective Friday, August 1, 2014. Mr. Bushway’s contribution to the Town during his 15-year tenure, and at a time when the Town was experiencing tremendous growth, is remarkable. During that time his passion for his work here in Hopkinton was evident in his work with the Board of Assessors, his professional representation of the Town, and his respectful interaction with the Town’s residents.

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