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$8 Million Needed to Sink Utility Lines in Downtown Hopkinton

The Downtown Initiative Steering Committee (DISC), created by Town Manager Norman Khumalo in September of 2010 to provide advice regarding potentital downtown improvements, provided an updated to the Planning Board last week.

Using the $400,000 approved by Town Meeting in May of 2010, Chairman Tom Nealon said his committee has been working on a plan since last October with the consulting firm Beta Group.

The project covers Main Street from Wood Street to Ash Street and is looking at intersections at Wood Street, Pleasant Street, Route 85 and 135 and Hayden Rowe.

Massachusetts Leaders Mark Opening of New Goodrich Facility in Westford

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Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Housing & Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki and state and local officials today joined Goodrich executives and employees to mark the opening of the defense manufacturer's new facility in Westford, Massachusetts.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

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The DPW will conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, July 23, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. at the DPW Garage at 83 Wood Street. Hopkinton residents are encouraged to take this opportunity to dispose of hazardous waste that they have in their households that they cannot dispose of. There is no fee for this one day event. It is limited to Hopkinton residents that can prove their residency. There is a 25 pound limit per household and residents are limited to one trip to dispose of their hazardous waste.

Area Democrats to Host Senate Candidates

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U.S. Senate candidates Alan Khazei and Bob Massie will be meeting with area voters on Wednesday, July 20 at forum hosted by the Westborough. Shrewsbury, Southborough, Grafton, Northborough, Hopkinton and Ashland Democratic Town Committees (DTC).

The meeting will be held at 7:00 PM at the Forbes Community Building at 9 East Main Street in Westborough. This is the first in a series of events with candidates for U.S. Senate.

Senate Approves Major Reform of CHINS System

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The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed legislation filed by Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) to completely overhaul the current system for handling children who consistently get in trouble at home or at school, including runaways and students who are habitually truant.

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Working on the Relationship with Xiamen China

Watch the HCAM News video as representatives from Xiamen China visit Hopkinton. On June 29th, Hopkinton put itself on the map in Xiamen China. Representatives from Xiamen, including influential business and government leaders met with town officials in order to foster a relationship together. By leveraging the prestige of the Boston Marathon, Hopkinton has been able to gain recognition on an international level.

Selectmen Re-appoint Members of Historic District Commission

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The Board of Selectmen reappointed two members of the Historic District Commission Tuesday night, but not without discussion of the Commission’s previous actions related to the library proposal.

The possible reappointment of Chairman Michael Girardi and Austin Spang prompted discussion between the Selectmen about how the Historic District Commission is currently operating.

Selectmen Lift Hiring Freeze - Finance Director Position Posted

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Selectmen voted unanimously at their Tuesday night meeting to lift the hiring freeze to enable Town Manager Norman Khumalo to begin his search to replace departed Finance Director Heidi Kriger.

Khumalo cited the mission critical nature of the position, pending end of year projects that may be affected and the time needed for the new hire to successfully transition before work on the FY13 budget begins.

$4M+ Library Grant Wait Listed

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The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) voted this morning to award a total of approximately $28 million in General Construction Provisional Grants to eight area communities, but Hopkinton was not one of the eight. The Hopkinton Library Building Project was wait listed, with an award amount of $4,533,580. THE MBLC placed all applicants into three categories: (1) those approved to be funded now; (2) those approved to be funded later, as funds become available through the State's five year capital plan; and (3) those that were asked to re-submit their applications.

Message from Town Treasurer Regarding Real Estate Taxes

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The Treasurer/Collector’s Office wishes to clarify the schedule and deadlines for paying real estate taxes pursuant to Chapter 60 of the Massachusetts General Laws.

The Treasurer/Collector’s Office is required to advertise in a local newspaper and post in two public places the names of property owners who have not made payment in full by the due date noted on their final real estate tax bill.

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