Monday, July 26, 2021

Amended Solar Ordinance Chapter 279

The Hopkinton Town Council amended the Solar Ordinance, Chapter 279, on April 19, 2021.  It is available here for your review:

Amended Solar Ordinance, Chapter 279

Town Manager Position

The Town of Hopkinton, RI is seeking a manager for small rural town with Town Council/Town Manager form of government. MBA or MPA with 3-5 years of experience in town management or BA with 5-7 years of experience.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  Budget development, contract negotiations, Human Resource Management.  Position requires excellent communication skills, knowledge of grants & grant writing.  Human resource background desirable. Finalists subject to background check, physical exam, drug test screening. Salary $85,000 to $115,000 depending upon experience plus benefit pkg.  Please send letter of interest along with resume and three letters of reference to:  Town Clerk, Town of Hopkinton, 1 Town House Road, Hopkinton, RI 02833. E.O.E. 

Deadline:  July 16, 2021.

Police Officer Recruitment

The Hopkinton Police Department is currently accepting applications from qualified candidates for the upcoming testing procedure for the position of entry-level Patrol Officer. Once the selection process is completed, applicants will be placed on a one-year eligibility list for employment. Applicants will be selected off of this eligibility list as positions become available.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens, 21 years of age or older, possess a valid operator’s license, and a high school diploma or GED.

Candidates will be required to undergo a rigorous and highly competitive selection process that includes a written examination, physical fitness test, oral interview, background investigation, medical examination, and psychological testing.

Application is available here: Hopkinton Police Employment Application

The recruit information packet is available here: Recruit Info Packet

Please submit an application, along with a $25 non-refundable application fee (check or money order only) made payable to the Hopkinton Police Department c/o Captain Mark Carrier, 406 Woodville Road, Hopkinton, RI 02833. The deadline date for the receipt of applications is August 31st, 2021, by 4:00 p.m. No applications will be accepted online. Prior applicants must reapply. EEO Compliant.


Hopkinton StoryWalk

Hopkinton StoryWalk®      

The Hopkinton Land Trust, Ashaway Free Library and Langworthy Public Library are excited to bring a StoryWalk® to Hopkinton. A StoryWalk® is a great way for children and families to benefit from fresh air and movement, enjoying nature and literature as they read from laminated story pages that are placed on signboards along a path or trail. Our first StoryWalk®, Possum and the Summer Storm, written and illustrated by Anne Hunter, will be located along the trail at Grills Wildlife Sanctuary on Chase Hill Rd in Hopkinton. It will be up from July 1-August 6 (depending on how it is impacted by the weather). For more information please contact the Ashaway or Langworthy libraries.


The Hopkinton StoryWalk® is a collaboration between the Hopkinton Land Trust and the Ashaway Free and Langworthy Public Libraries.  The StoryWalk®  Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Funds from OLIS (Office of Library and Information Services) and the IMLS (Institute of Museums and Library Services) were used to support this project. 

Wyoming Upper Reservoir Dam Repairs

Wyoming Upper Reservoir Dam Repairs


PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will offer an overview of the Wyoming dam repair project at the Hopkinton Town Council meeting Monday, June 21, at 7 PM.

The Wyoming Upper Reservoir Dam is about to receive much-needed repairs. The state-owned, 300-year[1]old dam impounds the Wood River to form the 35-acre Wyoming Reservoir in the towns of Hopkinton and Richmond. It’s a popular site for both fishing and boating and DEM stocks the reservoir with trout.

The dam is a high-hazard structure in poor condition, rated with an “Unsafe” status in the most recent DEM annual Dam Safety Report. The dam upgrades will include a new low-level outlet and sluiceway gates, repaired embankment walls and spillway, and the removal of vegetation with root systems that pose a threat to the structural integrity of the dam.

Construction will entail the installation of a cofferdam, which is a temporary wall positioned along the dam that holds the water back allowing access to the dam for repairs.

DEM is making every effort to minimize the impacts to the public during this project. The drawdown of the dam will be slow and controlled (no more than 3 inches per day) and can be stopped if necessary. Work is expected to continue through spring 2022 at which point the site will reopen for fishing, boating, and paddling activities.

Construction work is expected to include closure of the parking lot and limited access to the boat launch starting on or around June 25, 2021. The Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association is aware of the upcoming work and will keep their website updated with information/closures.

Signage will be posted at portage locations upstream along the Wood River to alert paddlers of the changes.

Funding for the $2.9 million project is supported by 2018 Green Economy Bond.

Follow DEM on Facebook at, on Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM), and Instagram (@rhodeisland.dem) for timely updates.


Pawcatuck River at Potter Hill Virtual Public Workshop – June 10, 2021 6:00 PM

Pawcatuck River at Potter Hill Virtual Public Workshop

Virtual Public Workshop
Thursday, June 10, 2021 6:00PM

Pawcatuck River at Potter Hill:

Updated Information:
Reducing Flood Risk and Improving River Ecology

Join and chat with us on Zoom

Telephone: (929) 205 6099 (Toll Call)
(877) 853 5257 (Toll Free Call)
Meeting ID: 820 8139 3410

Or Facebook Live (@townofwesterly)

Or watch on Cox Channel 18 or Verizon Channel 29 and call in with questions.

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