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Spilka Files Bill to Increase Access to Aqueducts

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The Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture held a public hearing today on bills filed by Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) and Representative Chris Walsh (D-Framingham) aimed at increasing public access to Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) aqueducts.

LIVE Broadcast of Special Town Meeting at 7PM

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Tune in tonight beginning at 7PM for HCAM-TV's live broadcast of Hopkinton's Special Town Meeting. Beginning at 7PM from the High School Athletic Center, Special Town Meeting will broadcast live on Comcast Channel 8 and Verizon Channel 30 and will also be available streaming live on the HCAM Website.

If you can't make the meeting in person, don't miss the opportunity to watch your local town government in action.

From the HPTA: A Guide to Town Meeting

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Town Meeting Survival Guide

If you have never been to Town Meeting before, you may not know what to expect. As such, we decided to pass along this “survival guide” to help you know what to expect.

Republican Caucus April 8

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The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee will hold a caucus to select candidates for the May Town Election on Friday, April 8 at 5PM to 7PM in Room 211 at Town Hall. The Republican Caucus is open to all registered Republicans and unenrolled voters.

"You must be a registered Republican to be placed on our caucus ballot," says Weismantel.

For further information or to be placed on the Republican caucus ballot, contact Ken Weismantel, Chairman, at 508 435-5725 prior to April 7 at 8 PM.

Hopkinton Democrats Called to Caucus

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The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee will hold its caucus for registered Democrats on Friday, April 8th at the Fire Station Meeting Room at 7:30PM.

The purpose of the caucus is to nominate candidates for open positions on town board and committees for the upcoming local election on Monday, May 16, 2011.

FY2012 Budget Ready with Debt/Tax Impact Projections

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Review of the town manager’s recommended FY2012 budget will end on Tuesday, March 22 when the Board of Selectmen is expected to vote their approval. Over the past few weeks, the budget has gone through several reviews and changes and the board has met multiple times, in some cases in joint sessions with the School and Appropriations Committee.

Beginning with an almost $900,000 deficit, the members of all three committees have worked with Town Manager Norman Khumalo to reach a balanced budget that is acceptable to the majority of stakeholders.

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Selectmen's Meeting Preview

The next Board of Selectmen's meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22. Watch the HCAM News video with Town Manager Norman Khumalo and Operations Assistant Geri Holland to get a sneak peek at what's on the agenda. The meeting starts at 6:30PM at Town Hall. Come see your local town government in action!

Legislative Redistricting Information Now Available Online

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Yesterday, the Massachusetts legislature launched a new web site to make information on legislative redistricting readily available to the public. The redistricting process, which occurs every ten years following the federal census, will result in new boundaries for state House of Representative, state Senate, and congressional districts and will be complete by the fall of 2011.

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Ollenborger Announces Run for Planning Board

Christian Ollenborger, a Republican, announced today that he is seeking a position on the Hopkinton Planning Board. There are three open seats on the board, two for full 5-years terms, and one for an unexpired term until 2013. Ollenborger is hoping to win the seat for the unexpired term, previously held by long time Planning Board member John Coolidge who has resigned effective May 9.

Ollenborger and his wife Wendy are new to Hopkinton and Ollenborger says they are already at home.

Town Manager Gets Budget Extension

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Hopkinton is still without a FY12 budget. The March 15th deadline for Town Manager Norman Khumalo to hand over his final budget to the Board of Selectmen has expired.

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