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No Decision Yet on Golden Pond Appeal

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Town Hall Room 215 was filled on Wednesday night as the Board of Appeals reviewed a number of requests for relief from town by-laws. But, the January 26th meeting was dominated by a request from the Golden Pond Residential Care Corporation (GPRCC) to overturn a Planning Board site plan review decision.

Wood Street Garage Building Collapses

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Highway Mike Mansir reports that the building at the Highway Department Garage on Wood Street, known as the "pole barn", collapsed today under the weight of the snow.

"It was close to collapse when the building inspector gave the order to pull the rest down." said Mansir. " The fire department used a the rescue truck with a winch to finish the job."

New DPW Director to Start on February 14th

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Hopkinton has a new Director of Public Works. Selectmen confirmed the appointment of John Westerling at their January 25th meeting. Westerling will start work in Hopkinton on Monday, February 14th.

Before the vote of the board, Town Manager Norman Khumalo described Westerling as a “champion of civic benefit and a tireless advocate of public works.”

“He brings to this very challenging position a clarity of thinking and a very dedicated commitment to good customer service,” said Khumalo.

Dourney Not Seeking Re-election in May

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RJ Dourney announced today he would not be running for re-election to the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen here in Hopkinton. His current term will end May 16th, 2011.

Senator Karen Spilka Re-Appointed Chair of Economic Development

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Confirming the need for engaged and steadfast leadership during challenging economic times, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) was re-appointed the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies by Senate President Therese Murray yesterday. Having served for the past two years as Chair, the appointment means that Senator Spilka will serve in that capacity for another two year term.

Community Preservation Committee Update

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Budgets, land purchases and the repair of the Town Common fountain were on the agenda last week when the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) met for it's scheduled meeting.

The January 19th meeting also brought up the much discussed topic of the new ramp for the town library that would replace the existing, non-compliant ramp. Committee Chair John Coolidge said the committee would approve bids up to $20,000 for the project. The article will be voted on at Town Meeting.

Legislative Package To Address Domestic Violence

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A comprehensive Domestic Violence legislative package aimed at addressing domestic violence and increasing the penalties against repeat, violent batterers was filed by Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, State Senator Karen Spilka, State Representative Carolyn Dykema, and State Representative Kate Hogan today.

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Come See Your Local Town Government in Action!

Watch the HCAM News video with Town Manager Norman Khumalo and his Operations Assistant Geri Holland as they preview the agenda for the January 25th Board of Selectmen's meeting.

Open Offices for the May 16, 2011 Town Election

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From the office of the Town Clerk, Ann Click:

2011 ELECTION CALENDAR
Last day to file nomination papers: Monday, March 28
Last day to object or withdraw: Wednesday, April 13
Last day to register to vote for Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election: Tuesday, April 12
Annual Town Meeting: Monday, May 2
Annual Town Election: Monday, May 16


Nomination forms are available in the Town Clerks Office.

JIM MCGOVERN NAMED TO HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, DEMOCRATIC WHIP TEAM

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U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) today announced that he will serve as a member on the House Agriculture Committee in the 112th Congress. He has also been appointed by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer as a Senior Whip.

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