State Primary Election Ballots – September 9/6 • Parks and Recreation roundup: Fruit Street turf project complete • Planning Board Roundup: State Eases MBTA Community Housing Rules • Multifamily zoning requirement for MBTA communities • Short-term rentals worry some residents • A water line break could lead to discoloration • MAin Street Corridor Project Update • Labor Day: public notice
On Tuesday, September 6, the polls will open at 7 a.m. and the “end of line” will be established at 8 p.m. for the closing of the polls. All Hopkinton voters vote at Middle School Gym (88 Hayden Rowe).
If you are registered with a party, you must vote with that party’s ballot. Unregistered (independent) voters can choose which ballot they wish to vote on, but they must choose. Choosing a party in a Primary does not change your registration as a voter.
Fruit Street Turf Project Completed
The Fruit Street Fields Turf Replacement Project is officially complete. “This is the best news of the day, as far as I’m concerned,” said Jay Guelfi, director of parks and recreation. “The city commissioned us to replace this field. They gave us $1.7 million to do it. They wanted it done before the start of the football season, and it’s done. And it’s under budget. If you’ve been there and seen it, great.
CPC funded projects discussed
The commission discussed potential projects to bring to the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) this fall.
Sandy Beach ad hoc committee has plans
Commissioner Cynthia Esthimer shared the Sandy Beach ad hoc committee’s recommendations for improvements for next year’s summer season.
State relaxes MBTA community housing rules
The Planning Board at its Monday night meeting learned of an update to a state law designed to create multi-family housing opportunities in communities served by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority that the city will need to consider whether it wants to be eligible to receive three sources of state funding.
Multifamily zoning requirement for MBTA communities
Continuation of the 83 Main Street East proposal
The only continuing hearing scheduled for the evening regarding the open space mixed-use development (OSMUD) proposed at last month’s meeting for 83 East Main Street was scheduled to run until September 19. Only four voting members were present when the hearing was called. While an actual quorum of five members was present, member Jane Moran recused herself from voting on the draft.
Hopkinton is reconsidering the possibility of regulating short-term rentals after residents of Pike Street raised concerns with the Zoning Advisory Committee about a property being rented out and being used for weekend parties.
“If short-term rentals were to be regulated by zoning, all rentals should also be regulated by zoning,” Gelcich said. “And then at that point, I don’t even know how you would do that.”
The crux of the debate was what counts as the use of a property, he continued. The business side of a rental and how a property is used would make it more of a licensing issue.
Hopkinton Water and Sewer Department Manager Eric Carty has warned residents there could be discoloration in the town’s water over the next few days due to a broken water main .
What to expect for the week of September 5, 2022 to September 9, 2022 No work on Monday, September 5 – Labor Day
- Pursue project-wide service connections
East side of the project
- Continue Comcast Ductbank work on East Main Street.
West side of the project
- Install new granite curb along Main Street eastbound from Main Street West to the fire station
- Continue grading and compacting the sidewalks between Wood Street and the fire station
- Continue to form concrete sidewalks from Wood Street to the fire station
- Concrete sidewalks will also take place at the end of the driveways; affected owners will be notified in advance as access to the driveway will be affected; Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained
- Detours from Pleasant Street and Elm Street should be used as needed
Hopkinton City Hall, Public Library and Municipal Offices will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.