Friday, September 24, 2021

Hurricane IDA Disaster Recovery Assistance

For additional information on assistance available from the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program and Disaster Recovery Assistance please click the link below.

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Town of Hopkinton

Crandall Field Playground Improvements Project Request For Proposal

Crandall Field Playground Improvements Project Request for Proposal

Proposed Ordinance – Chapter 20 Traffic and Motor Vehicles

Proposed Ordinance on Use of Recreational Vehicles


Proposed Potter Hill Dam Removal Correspondence to Town of Westerly

Proposed Potter Hill Dam Removal

Updates on Board and Commission Vacancies




The Hopkinton Town Council is seeking individuals who are residents of the town to fill vacancies on the following active Boards and Commissions:


Conservation Commission; one vacancy

Historic District Commission; one vacancy

Juvenile Hearing Board; two vacancies

Planning Board; one alternate vacancy

Recreation Commission; one vacancy

Tax Board of Review; one vacancy


In order to reactivate the following Boards and Commissions, the Hopkinton Town Council is seeking individuals who are residents of the town to fill vacancies on the following:


Affordable Housing Partnership – currently inactive; three vacancies

Animal Control Commission – currently inactive; three vacancies

Committee on Aging – currently inactive; five vacancies

Economic Development Commission – currently inactive; seven vacancies

Town Charter Commission –currently inactive; up to six vacancies, nine-member maximum

Waste Water Management District Commission – currently inactive; five vacancies


Residents interested in serving must be registered to vote.  Please contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 377-7777 if you have any questions, would like information on a particular board or commission and to request an application.  You may apply in person at the Hopkinton Town Hall, 1 Town House Road, Hopkinton, RI 02833, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. The application form is available on the Hopkinton website:



Updated:  July 29, 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

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.


Potter Hill Ecological Restoration Study – Residential Well Questionnaire


Residential Well Questionnaire- Potter Hill Ecological Restoration Study


The Southern Rhode Island Conservation District is partnering with the Town of Westerly, the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association, the Nature Conservancy, NOAA, RIDEM, USFWS, and others to conduct a feasibility study to identify the best alternative for improving public safety, reducing flood risks, and improving ecological function of the Pawcatuck River at the Potter Hill Mill site on the Westerly-Hopkinton border.  Detailed information and updates about the project can be found at

We are using this survey to gather additional information needed to complete our study.  Your participation is greatly appreciated.  Any information collected will be held strictly confidential by the partner team, will not be distributed or used for other purposes than to assess potential impacts from the project, and will be destroyed upon the completion of our study. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey, please contact Gina Fuller at (401) 661-5761 or 

Information Regarding Chariho Elementary School Facilities Project

Chariho Elementary School Facility Project