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Michael Bouchard - Town Clerk
Town Hall, 173 Main Street
Groton, MA 01450
978-448-1100
townclerk@townofgroton.org

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The Spring 2017 Town Meeting will be held on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 7:00PM at the GDRSD Middle School. Monday, May 1st and Monday, May 8th have been reserved as additional nights for Town Meeting should it be necessary. 

To view the FINAL Warrant for the 2017 Spring meeting click here.

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About Groton
Groton, founded in 1655, has a population of 10,873 (2012 Town Census) and is located in the Nashoba Valley area in northwestern Middlesex County. The town is governed by Town Meeting. With an area of 32.54 square miles, Groton is the largest town in Middlesex County. There are 106 miles of plowed or maintained roads within the town. Town Hall is 320 feet above sea level and the highest elevation is at Chestnut Hills at 516 feet above sea level.

Announcements

Nashua Rivers Study Committee: Public Update and Input Session - Posted 4/21/2017
"WILD AND SCENIC" NASHUA RIVERS STUDY COMMITTEE: PUBLIC UPDATE AND INPUT SESSION 

When:  Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

Where:  NRWA’s River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA 

What:  Do you think that the history of the Nashua River’s restoration, from one of the ten most polluted rivers in the 1960s to the sparkling river today, is remarkable? Do you like to fly fish and you find the cold water fisheries of the Squannacook and Nissitissit Rivers outstanding?  Are you amazed at the diversity of turtles, birds, plants, and unique habitats that are found in and around our rivers?  When you paddle on the Nashua, Squannacook, or Nissitissit River, do you feel revitalized? 

The Nashua River “Wild and Scenic” River Study Committee invites you to join a public conversation on April 27th to discuss our rivers’ cultural history, outstanding biological and ecological resources, and extensive recreational opportunities. 

The locally-appointed Study Committee was formed after the U.S. Congress passed legislation authorizing the National Park Service to commence a study of sections of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers to determine if they are eligible and suitable for designation as part of the federal Partnership Wild and Scenic River Program. Appointees to the Study Committee come from eight riverfront towns: Ayer, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Pepperell, Shirley, and Townsend.  The Nashua River Watershed Association is playing a lead role along with the National Park Service. The Committee also includes representatives from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the MA Department of Fish & Game, the MA Division of Ecological Restoration, USGS, and volunteers. 

Committee members are combing through any and all pertinent local, regional, state, and federal records, reports, historical documents, and related data to clarify which resources are considered “outstanding and remarkable”-- all to help make the case for the federal designation of “Wild and Scenic.” 

Those attending the April 27th event will hear about the Committee’s findings to date and also have the opportunity to share thoughts on the findings and suggest additional resources that may have been overlooked so far. The Study and designation process will be explained and next steps outlined. 
RSVP:  RSVP requested for planning, though walk-ins are welcome.  RSVP to Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs and Outreach Director, at 978-448-0299 or email AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. 

Learn more:  www.WildandScenicNashuaRivers.org<http://www.WildandScenicNashuaRivers.org> 


COA Community Information Sessions
The Town Meeting Senior Center Review Committee and the COA Feasibility Study will be available to Groton residents to review their research and answer your questions in regards to Spring Town Meeting Warrant Articles #9, the purchase of the Lawrence Trust Land on Farmers and Row and Article #10, design money for building a senior center.

The entire community has a stake in the future of the Council on Aging. We encourage all Groton residents to join us.

Please join us to learn more about this important town-wide initiative with an in-depth look at what the research shows

Friday April 7th 10am Town Hall 
Saturday April 8th 10:15am Library 
Tuesday April 11 7pm Town Hall 
Wednesday April 12th 7pm Senior Center 
Thursday April 13th 10am Senior Center 
Tuesday April 18th 1pm Senior Center 
Wednesday April 19th 7pm Lost Lake Fire Station 
Saturday April 22nd 10am Senior Center


Voter Registration Deadline

PRESS RELEASE

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Groton 2017 Spring Town Meeting and Annual Town Election

The Voter Registration deadline for both the Spring Town Meeting and the Annual Town Election is Tuesday, April 4 at 8:00 PM.

Groton’s 2017 Spring Annual Town Meeting will be held beginning on Monday, April 24 at 7:00 PM at the Groton-Dunstable Middle School Performing Arts Center, 344 Main Street.  

Groton’s 2017 Annual Town Election will be held on Tuesday May 16, 2017. Polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Please visit http://townofgroton.org/Town/TownDepartments/TownClerk/ElectionInformation.aspx for developing information on both events. 



Groton Elective Office Nomination Papers

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Groton Elective Office

Nomination Papers are Available February 1

Nomination papers for Groton’s elected offices are available as of February 1, 2017. If you’ve thought about applying your skills or pursuing an interest serving in an elected capacity, now is the time!  Almost all offices have an expiring terms. A complete list of openings is available at www.townofgroton.org .  Look for Election and Voter Information in the list at the left.

Running for office is a straightforward activity. There is a simple process to be followed, consisting of collecting signatures for your nomination. The more interesting part is garnering votes based upon what you want to accomplish in serving as an elected official.

Nomination papers can be obtained from the Town Clerk’s office. The process closes March 28. Please contact the Town Clerk at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org if you have questions about running for an elected office.



FY 2018 Town Manager's Budget
The Fiscal Year 2018 Town Manager's Operating Budget and 2018 Town Manager's Capital Budget have been released. These will be heavily referenced at upcoming Selectmen meetings and Finance Committee meetings as preparations are made for the Spring Town Meeting budget that residents will vote on.




2016 / 2017 CPA Schedule

Below is the schedule for the Community Preservation Committee deadlines:

2016-2017 Community Preservation Plan released by:
September 30, 2016
Submission of a two-page Required Project Summary (RPS): November 10, 2016
Verbal Feedback regarding RPS: November 28, 2016
Deadline for Complete Draft Proposals submitted to CPC no later than 4:00pm on January 26, 2017
Public Hearing to discuss feedback on CDPs: February 27, 2017
Written feedback to be provided to Applicants: March 10, 2017
Deadline for Final Proposal no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 16, 2017. No further changes accepted.
Vote at Spring Town Meeting: April 24, 2017



Senior Center Feasibility Analysis
The Council on Aging has released the feasibility analysis that was recently done in regards to planning for a potential new Senior Center and can be viewed online here. This document is expected to be referenced as discussions about a potential new Senior Center by the COA continue.


8/9/16 Water Ban Issued for Irrigation

The Board of Water Commissioners voted on August 4, 2016, to institute a complete water ban on all lawn watering and lawn irrigation until further notice.

Middlesex County and Groton, MA is listed as being in a “SEVERE DROUGHT” by the Department of Environmental Protection. The “Drought Watch” status is due to the lack of precipitation over the past 12 to 18 months. This has left our aquifers at extremely “low” levels. In addition, we are seeing increased summer demands for lawn watering. This puts pumping capabilities at our wells at a critical point that we must continue to monitor and address daily. The Groton Water Department understands that this restriction is severe, but we need sufficient supplies of water for every day needs such as cooking and bathing and fire protection. The long term forecast for the next 30 to 45 days is for very little precipitation. 

Customers not complying with the new restrictions may be levied with a fine of $50.00 for the first offense and $100.00 for the second offense and/or terminated from service.

Approved uses are as follows:

  1. Hand held watering or slow drip irrigation of flower or food gardens and newly planted trees and shrubs.
  2. Charitable car washes as approved by the Water Superintendent
  3. Institutional watering of athletic fields as approved by the Water Superintendent
  4. Water customarily used in construction as approved by the Water Superintendent
  5. Water used in the agriculture.
  6. All other specific uses as approved in writing by the Water Superintendent on a case by case basis

Washing of cars and filling and/or topping off of swimming pools is prohibited.

If you have any questions regarding this year’s Water Conservation Program, please do not hesitate to contact our offices, Monday through Friday during normal business hours at 978-448-1122.



Visual Budget Live
For many people the Town's budget is a large document that is hard to understand to see where your tax dollars are going. We are happy to try to present our budget in a more user friendly view. Numbers within, are actual end of year numbers reported by our accounting software and we will be updating this page after the close of each fiscal year. Click Here to view the Visual Budget.





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