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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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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

The Friends of Groton Elders - Talk with Tom

Discussion Group led by Tom Hartnett

When: Monday, March 27th, 2017 at 10:30 A.M.

Where: Groton Senior Center 163 West Main Street, Groton MA

Please join Tom who will lead a discussion about current events in Groton. Join us for coffee and bring your questions and concerns.  The group is open to everyone. Hope to see you there.



Groton Study - Survey Invitation

Groton Study – Town Survey Invitation

The Matrix Consulting Group has been retained by the Town of Groton to conduct an Assessment of Town Operations.  We are providing residents and businesses in the Town with the opportunity to provide input into this study, helping us to understand attitudes toward Town services and important issues.

Please take the time to complete the questionnaire so that your feedback can be included in the study. The survey is anonymous. The project team will tabulate the responses and provide a public summary of our statistical findings.

Please complete this survey by Monday, April 17th using the SurveyMonkey link provided below – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GrotonSurvey

If you do not have access to a personal computer or smartphone, public-use computers are available at the Groton Public Library and the Senior Center. 


Spring Town Meeting 2017
Town Meeting for the Spring of 2017 will be held on Monday, April 24th, 2017. Monday, May 1st and Monday, May 8th have been reserved as additional nights for Town Meeting should it be necessary. 

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


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

TOWN OF GROTON

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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Groton Town Hall
173 Main Street
Groton, Massachusetts 01450