Select Council Votes to Put 2 School Communication Vacancies on May Ballot • School committee vacancies will be placed on this year’s ballot • The school committee officially announces the vacancies at a special meeting: “We will continue the business of the schools” • Markey and Tyler resign from the school committee, which calls a special meeting • CITY ELECTION 2022 LIST OF CANDIDATES • East Main Street landlords denied waiver to rent property for private functions • Planning Board roundup: Frankland Road solar developer announces plans to start work; Added Marathon School discussed • Having trouble paying your gas or electricity bill? Support is available • Parks and Recreation Roundup: Organic Lawn Care Considered for Town Common
Select Board Votes to Put 2 School Communication Vacancies on May Ballot
At a special meeting of the Hopkinton Select Board on Saturday morning, members voted unanimously to place two vacancies on the school committee which suddenly appeared earlier this week in the annual mayoral election ballot on May 16.
The meeting was called to determine if there was time to place these vacancies on the ballot. Alternatively, the Select Committee had the option of appointing two people to fill these positions temporarily.
At a special meeting Saturday morning, the select council voted unanimously to have the two new school committee vacancies put on the ballot for the May 16 annual municipal election.
School committee officially announces vacancies at special meeting: ‘We will continue school business’
Speaker Nancy Cavanaugh said she was notified by City Clerk Connor Degan around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday of the resignations.
Joe Markey and Meg Tyler filed papers this week with the city clerk to immediately resign from the school committee, and the committee called a special meeting on Friday to advertise vacancies.
CITY ELECTION 2022 LIST OF CANDIDATES
Following today’s Select Council meeting, there are now two additional vacancies for the School Committee in the May 2022 Ballot – Candidates can pick up nomination papers from Monday at the City Clerk’s Office .
See all positions and candidates
East Main Street landlords were denied a waiver to rent property for private functions
The owners of 47 East Main Street, also known as 1790 Stone Manor, suffered a major blow in their attempt to rent the property for private events when the appeal board voted Wednesday night to deny a waiver to current zoning regulations.
While the owners had agreed to more than a dozen conditions in an attempt to gain permission to hold private events, council members agreed the proposal did not meet the conditions for a waiver.
Planning Board roundup: Frankland Road solar developer announces plans to start work; Marathon school addition discussed
Frankland Road Solar
A controversial solar panel project planned for land off Frankland Road is moving forward as the developer prepares to submit an application for planning permission, even as it is mired in litigation by some scorers.
Marathon school addition discussed
Council voted to continue discussions on expanding Marathon Elementary School, but not before taking a look at the potential need for future expansion to accommodate a growing student population.
Plans call for four additional classrooms: two kindergarten classrooms on the first floor and two first-grade classrooms on the second floor, along with a stair tower to support it.
Worker Training Center expansion moves forward
Continuing a previous public hearing on the Massachusetts Worker Training Center expansion project, the board unanimously approved, with several conditions, the site plan and stormwater plan.
Connelly Farms Updated Plan Approved
Unanimous approval has been granted to alter a previously approved plan for the Connelly Farms housing development at the corner of Hayden Rowe Street and College Street. The amended plan calls for a shortened roadway, moving the location of the end of the cul-de-sac and reducing the number of lots from nine to eight.
Having trouble paying your gas or electricity bill? Help is available
Additional Energy Assistance Now Available – Hopkinton is partnering with Eversource to raise awareness of additional fuel assistance funds available through the Home Energy Assistance Program for low-income households to help pay energy bills. This includes federal weatherization funds to reduce energy bills by making your home more energy efficient.
Parks and Recreation Roundup: Organic Lawn Care Considered for Town Common
Organic Lawn Care
Jim Agabedis of Minuteman Landscaping attended the meeting to present an organic lawn care plan on the Town Common. Agabedis explained the basics of organic lawn care, describing the process as safe, natural and effective, as well as a way to restore soil health damaged by chemical treatments. Services may include soil testing, a soybean fertilizer program, weed control, aeration and overseeding.
Fruit Street turf project awaits bid approval
Guelfi said the department is waiting for the city to approve the tender documents that were submitted on behalf of the Fruit Street Fields Turf Replacement Project.