Will there be a Town Meeting vote related to this project?

It is expected that Town Meeting will be asked to fund an independent engineering review of the project. The current engineering firm for this project works for both Southborough and Hopkinton, so Southborough plans to seek an independent opinion. Any funding beyond this engineering review that might need Town Meeting approval depends on the terms of an Inter-Municipal Agreement (IMA) that will specify the financial and other terms of an arrangement for this project. If Hopkinton pays for all of the project costs, Town Meeting approval (beyond the initial independent engineering review) would not be required. This was the case for Southborough’s existing IMA with Ashland, which was not voted on by Town Meeting, whereby Southborough supplies MWRA “emergency” water to Ashland.

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1. What is the “Hopkinton MWRA Water Connection Project”?
2. Who proposed this project and why has it been proposed?
3. Will implementation of this project cause Southborough to “run out of water”?
4. Is the MWRA willing, and able, to provide water for Hopkinton?
5. Will implementation of this project cause Southborough residents to have unacceptably low water pressure?
6. What type of legal agreement will be required between Southborough and Hopkinton for this project? Who will create this agreement? Who must approve it?
7. Will there be a Town Meeting vote related to this project?
8. How much will this project cost Southborough?
9. What happens if Hopkinton needs “more” water at some future time?
10. Will Southborough retain an independent engineering consultant to review the proposed project? Who will pay for such a review?
11. Who has the authority to approve this project?
12. What is the plan for reviewing and (potentially) approving this project?
13. How would the process be managed/governed going forward?
14. What happens if Southborough’s need for water increases in the future? Does this project create a problem for Southborough in this event?
15. Could Hopkinton’s “contaminated” water somehow get access into the Southborough system from this project?
16. Why doesn’t Hopkinton (or the MWRA) build a direct pipeline connection between Hopkinton and the MWRA aqueduct (without utilizing the Southborough water distribution system)?
17. Why should Southborough agree to do what Hopkinton is requesting? What happens if Southborough says “no” to Hopkinton’s request for this water connection?
18. How can Southborough residents stay informed about this project and provide input to the discussion about the project?