It has been over a month since I was sworn in to the Hopkinton Town Council. However, I want to make contact with my constituents through this forum.
The Chariho omnibus meeting is coming up on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Chariho Career and Technical Building in Wood River Junction at 7 p.m. This omnibus meeting brings together the Chariho School Committee and the town councils of Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton. Unfortunately only the school budget is discussed.
I do think it is a lost opportunity for other issues to be discussed. Notably legislative priorities and potential ones that will come before the Rhode Island General Assembly this session.
I need to warn Hopkinton residents there will be a large increase in school cost for Hopkinton in the upcoming school budget. The proposed budget notes that.
Clearly the solar issue is one of the hot, if not the hottest, topic in all my years in local politics. I cannot tell you how many times I have been contacted! It has been phenomenal!
Very clearly we have an engaged citizenry, and most have given thought to the issue when contacting me and other town council members. Because of open meetings concerns, I cannot respond at all when other town council members are listed in emails I receive.
I have been designated the liaison to the Conservation Commission and the Recreation Commission. I would like to see the Recreation Commission active. We need members on that commission. I hope some readers will consider joining this commission especially, or any other board or commission where we have openings.
I hope Hopkinton residents will make note of the change of date for the second town council meeting in January, which will be on Tuesday, Jan. 22. This is done to avoid conflict with the Martin Luther King holiday on the third Monday. At 65, I remember both the assassination of both Dr. King and U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. At the time, I was a student at Chariho High School.
The first town council meeting for Hopkinton will be on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.
Those wishing to contact me can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org and 401-360-4603. My views are strictly my own, and do not necessarily reflect other town council members. I remind Hopkinton residents to always check our town website for information.
Scott Bill Hirst
The writer is vice president of the Hopkinton Town Council.