Note: Because of time and space constraints, this letter will not appear in the print edition of The Westerly Sun.
An important night for Hopkinton is Monday, May 6, which is the first regular town council meeting for May. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the town hall. I stress that as of late we have met often outside the town hall at local school venues. The other big meeting this week is the annual Financial Town Assembly the following night, Tuesday, starting at 7:30 p.m., also at the town hall, to discuss the 2019-20; town budget.
The regular town council meeting will include some appointments by the town council; discussions regarding Ashaway Ambulance Association and a second 2018 Community Development Block Grant, (CDBG), including ranking of priorities; and a discussion on making Hopkinton a Second Amendment Sanctuary town regarding firearms. This is not a total list of items to be discussed. Those interested should check the town website online for full agenda.
   The annual Financial Town Assembly, on Tuesday, May 7, will feature my successor, Hopkinton Town Moderator Kraig R. Stromberg. He previously was Hopkinton Town Sergeant, and is a member of the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee. The meeting will allow those who attend to comment on the 2019-20 town budget, and also there is a warrant item dealing with the removal of dangerous trees in town. No votes will be taken but the town council will deliberate after Tuesday night, and decide on a budget to present to the voters next month in an all-day referendum. I note to voters this is the time to come, as in the referendum there is no "line item" votes on different items in the budget. The town council can make changes before adopting the final budget.
To reach the Hopkinton Town Council with your ideas and concerns you can use towncouncil@hopkintonri.org. To reach me personally please use scottbillhirst@gmail.com, and hopkinton1757@gmail.com; or (401) 360-4603.
 
Scott Bill Hirst
Ashaway
 
The writer is vice president of the Hopkinton Town Council.

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