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ESBC Meets October 27th at HCAM Studios

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On October 27th at 6:30 p.m., the Elementary School Building Committee will host its monthly meeting at HCAM Studios at 77 Main St, Hopkinton. On the agenda for the night is an update on the designer selection process, as well as discussion of upcoming community forums.

To get up to speed with everything the ESBC has been up to before the meeting, tune in to ESBC Update Friday at 7:00 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 5:30 p.m., and Monday at 1:30 p.m. ESBC Update can also be viewed online here .

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Video Segment: 2 Retiring Town Employees Honored and Plow Concerns Discussed

At the board of Selectmen meeting Tuesday October 7th, A few residents expressed concern after receiving letters that their streets will not be plowed this winter due to a dispute with the construction company responsible for road maintenance; however Director of Public Works John Westerling had good news that will help all sleep better at night as he stated all roadways will be plowed. "We met with the developer and the developers contractor and we agreed on the work that had to be done, he agreed to mobilize his forces to do all the necessary work in accordance with the punch-list and to be able to have the DPW plow your street this winter."

After 33 years on the job, Jean Scarlata retired from the Hopkinton water & Sewer department. Water and Sewer Superintendent Eric Carty had nothing but good things to say when tribute was paid to Jean’s service at the Board of selectmen meeting. "You will not find a person in town that is more friendly and more willing to help than Jean." The selectmen awarded Jean Scarlata a certificate to recognize her 33 years of service to the Hopkinton Community.

Sergeant of the Hopkinton Police Department Michael Sutton was also honored at the Board of Selectmen meeting as he will be retiring after 24 years of service. Although working with Sergeant Sutton only a short time, Chief Edward Lee had a lot of great things to say about the retiring Sergeant. "This is a huge loss to the Hopkinton Police Department" "When people describe him they use words like honor, integrity, he is a very disciplined person and great leader." "I've only known him for 6 months but he is one of the best Cops I've worked with." Sutton stated: "It's been a pleasure to work with the people in the town of Hopkinton and work with the Men and Women of this Police Department." The selectmen awarded Michael Sutton a certificate to recognize his 24 years of service to the Hopkinton Community.

Rep. Dykema and the MetroWest Veterans Consortium Welcome Secretary Coleman Nee to Holliston for a Forum on Veterans Survivor Support Services

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Boston, MA— Last night, members of the MetroWest Veterans Consortium, including founding member Representative Carolyn Dykema, Representative John Fernandes, and Representative Jeff Roy, met with Secretary of Veterans’ Services Coleman Nee and Maggie Brothers of Army Survivor Outreach Services to discuss support services available for families of fallen service men and women. Veterans’ advocates from across the MetroWest region gathered to discuss current issues facing our veterans and ways the community can come together to better assist our service members and their families.

Board of Appeals Considers West Main St Project

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The Board of Appeals met Wednesday, October 22nd. On the agenda for the night were public hearings for Hopkinton Mews and 85 West Main St. Hopkinton Mews, however, requested a continuance for their project. The Board of Appeals expressed frustration at Hopkinton Mews' repeated continuances. In response, they passed a motion stating that from now until Hopkinton Mews completes their hearings, a representative from the project must be present at every ZBA meeting, whether they are there to request a continuance or hold a hearing.

Representative Dykema Issues Statement Regarding Hopkinton Bus Driver Arrest

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BOSTON, MA – Representative Carolyn Dykema issued the following statement today:

Hopkinton Parks & Recreation Commission Vacancy Announcement

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The Board of Selectmen voted at its October 21, 2014 meeting to accept the resignation of a member of the Parks & Recreation Commission and is currently seeking candidates for this position.

A joint meeting, consisting of the remaining members of the Hopkinton Parks & Recreation Commission and the members of the Board of Selectmen, will convene and vote at a later date to appoint one individual to temporarily fill the seat until the next Annual Town Election in May of 2015.

ESBC Selects Design Firm

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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.

Second ESBC Meeting on October 27

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HCAM is hosting the October meeting of the Elementary School Building Committee at 6:30 PM. The meeting is open to the public, and is airing live on HCAM-TV and hcam.tv/live. Those interested can come to the studio at 77 Main Street. The ESBC anticipates to address the designer selection process, discuss enrollment projections and plan for upcoming public forums.

After Board of Selectman Meeting, Board of Appeals Must Rethink Mews

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The Board of Appeals met on Wednesday, October 8th, to discuss the Hopkinton Mews project on Lumber St.

Changing Town Hall Hours of Operation

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Beginning Monday, November 3rd, 2014 the hours of operation for all Town Hall Departments and subsidiary departments are being slightly altered to accommodate higher customer demand on Tuesdays and less customer demand on Fridays.

The new hours are as follows:

Monday - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (no change from the current schedule)

Tuesday - 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Town Hall will be open for 2 ½ more hours on Tuesday)

Wednesday - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (no change from the current schedule)

Thursday - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (no change from the current schedule)

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