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Absentee Ballots are Available

Absentee Ballots for the Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 State Primary are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office.  Monday, September 8th 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 State Primary is Wednesday, August 20th at 8:00 PM.

Voters registered in a party (Republican or Democratic) are eligible to vote in the primary of that party. Unenrolled voters have their choice of party ballot, and must decide this prior to asking for their ballot.

Massachusetts allows voters to vote by absentee ballot if they:

  • will be absent from your city or town on election day, and/or
  • have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling place, and/or
  • cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs.
Please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 978-448-1100 or if you would like more information. A sample ballot and information on obtaining an absentee ballot is available here and here, respectively.

Council on Aging Coordinator Opening
The Groton Senior Center is looking to hire a new Activity and Volunteer Coordinator. The Activity/Volunteer Coordinator works closely with the COA Director developing and implementing the Senior Center’s activity and volunteer programs. Additionally, the position is responsible for posting and marketing programs to the senior community through newsletter, cable, and local newspapers.

If this sounds like a rewarding employment opportunity and you're excited to help out the most cherished members of our community. Hop on over to our employment page to see the full details and get the application process started!

Noise from Devens
If you have been hearing loud noises in and around Groton and are wondering just what they are, ongoing ballistics training at Devens might be the culprit.

Many of the exercises have concluded but some still remain scheduled through the end of the month. Please visit our fellow community Lancaster's site which lists the times and types of training.

Groton Center Design Guidelines
The Groton Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the Town Hall, 173 Main Street (second floor meeting room), to consider adopting the “Groton Center Design Guidelines – Groton Town Center Overlay District,” prepared by Dodson and Flinker, dated July, 2014.

The proposed Design Guidelines are on file in the Town Clerk’s office and at the Land Use Department in the Town Hall. The Design Guidelines are also available digitally here.

The Town of Groton does not discriminate on the basis of disability. Further, a signed translation of this public hearing will be provided for the hearing impaired upon request by contacting the Planning Board at (978) 448-1105 at least one week prior to the hearing.

Summer Water Restrictions
Due to the current and forecasted ongoing high temperatures the Groton Water Commission has seen fit to change the outdoor water use policy status from voluntary to mandatory.

Complete details on scheduling and restrictions can be read here.

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Call Firefighters Sworn in by Town Clerk

On June 24th at 6pm, forty members of Groton's call fire department were sworn in during a ceremony at the new Center Fire Station. Town Manager Mark Haddad and some members of the Board of Selectmen were in attendance. The Town extends its appreciation to all of the call and full-time firefighters and EMTs, and welcome them into the new Center Fire Station at 45 Farmers Row.

Route 119 Repaving Project
In a flash of good fortune the Massachusetts Highway Department has decided to repave Route 119 (Boston/Great Rd) from Route 495 in Littleton all the way up to Old Ayer Road (near the Post Office) here in Groton. Work started mid-June and is scheduled to be conducted largely at night to reduce the impact on folks traveling that road.

Keep in mind that the project will take some time to complete so plan accordingly if you expect to travel that route off-hours in the coming weeks.

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2014-15 Transfer Station Stickers - Now Available!
Transfer Station Stickers for 2013-14 are about to expire! If you're looking to dispose of your non-recyclables over the coming summer and through to next year you'll need a new sticker.

New stickers are now available for purchase either online, in Town Hall at the Town Clerk's office, or at the Transfer Station office itself.

Online Bill Pay for Tax Bills
We wanted to let you know that we offer online bill pay through our vendor, City Hall Systems. If you wish to pay your bill online, please visit this website to enter the online bill pay system. You may also sign up for an account with the online bill pay system which will allow you to schedule payments and to receive your bills electronically. If you have any problem registering and/or finding your bills, call City Hall Systems at 508-381-5455. If you have questions regarding your actual bill, you may call the Collector's office at 978-448-1103. Questions associated with valuation or assessments should be directed to the Assessor's office (978-448-1127). We hope that offering an online bill pay system will make it more convenient to monitor and pay your bills.

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