Future of Bates building on Hopkinton warrant

  • Officials in Hopkinton expect to hold a vote at town meeting in March over whether to sell the Bates building, which has been home to the town clerk's office for the last 20 years. The clerk's office moved to town hall in October. (NICK STOICO / Monitor staff) Nick Stoico

Published: 3/14/2019 2:57:39 PM
HopkintonFuture of Bates building on the warrant

Hot topic: Hopkinton’s select board is asking voters to authorize them to pursue a sale of the Bates building in Contoocook. The building formerly housed the town clerk/tax collector’s office until that office was moved to town hall last fall. It was the town library for decades before the Hopkinton Town Library opened in the late 1990s. This is Article 6 on the warrant.

Article 7 is a petition warrant article asking the board to return the town clerk/tax collector’s office to the Bates building. The select board must seek town approval to sell town buildings and property but it has the authority to manage office locations, so if this article passes it will be considered an advisory to the board.

Budget: The town is seeking a $7.28 million operating budget, an increase of $158,972 or 2.23 percent from last year. If the budget passes along with $547,000 in deposits for capital reserve and expendable trust funds, the tax rate would increase by 30 cents (or 3.95 percent) to $7.66 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Noteworthy articles: Articl 4 asks voters to allow the town to raise $502,000 through taxes for deposits into the following capital reserve accounts: public works and highway department equipment and vehicles ($245,000), replacement and equipping of an ambulance ($25,000), fire deparment vehicle and equipment acquisitions ($150,000), transfer station equipment and facilities ($25,000), recreation facilities ($15,000), dam maintenance and construction ($10,000), and revaluation of property ($32,000). 

Article 5 asks voters to appropriate $45,000 for the town facilities general trust fund.

Article 8 seeks to authorize a lease agreement between the town and Hopkinton Solar LLC to have a solar array at the transfer station.

When and where: Town meeting is Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Hopkinton Middle-High School gym. Ballot voting was Tuesday.

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