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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

Voter Registration Deadline
Wednesday, February 10th is the deadline to register to vote in order to participate in the Massachusetts Presidential Primary on March 1st.

While voter registration changes may be done at any time, the Groton Town Clerk’s Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the February 10th deadline for voters who wish to change their party registration status or for persons wishing to register for the first time.

Persons who are United States Citizens, residents of Massachusetts, and who will be at least 18 years old on or before March 1st are eligible to register. Those meeting these qualifications who have a Massachusetts Driver’s License can submit their registration online at registertovotema.com. Those registering by mail should have their form hand-canceled to ensure it is postmarked before the deadline.


Rabies Clinic - April 2nd
Groton Fire Department will be hosting a Rabies Clinic on Saturday, April 2nd at Groton Fire Department, 45 Farmers Row here in Groton. Bring your cats and dogs! The charge for immunization is $15.

All dogs and cats over 6 months of age according to state law must be immunized. The vaccine administered is effective for three years. Dogs and cats between the ages of 6 and 12 months and those who have let their immunization lapse must receive a booster within one year of the initial inoculation; they are then protected for three years.



Town Manager's Weekly Report
The Town Manager's weekly report is now available online as it is released to the Board of Selectmen.



Burn Permits Now Online
Burn Permits, in addition to being handled in person, are now available to be purchased online! Burning season runs January 15th through May 1st and is a great way to dispose of yard refuse when done in a safe and controlled manner.

Please see our regulations on when, where, and what you can safely burn. You can begin the online purchase process right here




Absentee Ballots Now Available
Absentee Ballots for the Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Presidential Preference Primary are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office. Monday, February 29th at Noon is the last day and hour to request an absentee ballot. All Absentee Ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by election day in order to be counted. The last day for new voters to register for the Presidential Preference Primary is Wednesday, February 10th at 8:00 PM.

Please read on for more information.

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Opening on Conservation Commission
The Groton Conservation Commission is a town board consisting of seven volunteers who are appointed by the Board of Selectmen. It is the official agency charged with the protection of Groton's natural resources. The Commission also advises other municipal departments and boards on conservation issues. In addition, the Commission is responsible for managing over 2,000 acres of town-owned conservation land. Effective immediately, there is an opening on the Commission.

Any resident interested in serving on the Commission is encouraged to contact the Conservation Commission at 978-448-1106 or ttada@townofgroton.org. Interested candidates should also fill out a “Committee Interest Form” available online or at Town Hall in the selectmen's office.

Please submit your applications to the Conservation Administrator by Friday, February 12th, 2016. The Conservation Commission will interview all interested candidates at their meeting on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016.


2016 Presidential Primary and Town Census
The Massachusetts Presidential Preference Primary will be held on March 1st, 2016. It will kickoff a busy 2016 presidential election year. At this primary election, Massachusetts voters will vote for choices for Presidential candidates from the 4 established political parties.

Your enrollment as a voter will affect the party primary in which you can vote. At the March 1st, 2016 Primary, voters who are enrolled in a party can only vote on the ballot for that party. Unenrolled voters and, because of a recent change in the law, voters who are members of Political Designations can choose the party’s ballot.

For more information on this subject please see this document and also feel free to view the upcoming deadlines and events schedule here.


Board of Assessors Vacancy
As required by MGL Chapter 41, Section 10 and 11, there exists a vacancy on the Town of Groton
Board of Assessors. Initial interviews will be held at the Board of Assessors meeting on Monday,
January 4th, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. The appointment to fill said vacancy shall be in a joint session with
the Board of Selectman and the remaining Board of Assessors Members at a Selectmen’s Meeting
to be held on Monday, January 11th, 2016 in the Groton Town Hall at a time to be determined.

All interested individuals shall complete a Committee Interest Form and submit said form to Rena
Swezey, Principal Assessor, whose office is located at 173 Main Street, Groton by 12:00 P.M. on
Thursday, December 31st, 2015. Committee Interest Forms can be found at the Selectmen’s Office
on the second floor of the Groton Town Hall, 173 Main Street or downloaded here.


Happiness Survey

You have the right to be satisfied with your life.  Most historians agree that this is what Thomas Jefferson meant when he wrote that we have the right to pursue happiness.  For almost 20 years the folks at the Happiness Initiative have been working to measure just how happy are you.  They do this by a polling of individuals (now measuring over 40,000) drawing on the survey model of the Kingdom of Bhutan (www.happycounts.org).  This survey results in a Gross National Happiness Index.  

The Gross National Happiness Index survey will help assist the Sustainability Commission to assess just how Satisfied with Life are the citizens of Groton and hopefully lead to ideas, programs and policies that will contribute to increased community well-being  and individual satisfaction with Life.  It helps all of us to assess the sustainability of our communities’ happiness, and to inspire us to take action.

Click here to take your “Happiness Survey."


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Certain departments in Town Hall have different hours, but in general, Town Hall is open Mondays, from 8am - 7pm; Tuesday through Thursday, from 8am - 4pm; and Friday from 8am - 1pm. Click here for a specific department's hours.

Groton Town Hall
173 Main Street
Groton, Massachusetts 01450