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Open Space and Recreation Plan Survey - Posted 8/15/2018

The Groton Conservation Commission is undertaking an update of the Town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan. This plan identifies goals and priorities to guide Town policy and investments in open space preservation and recreation over the next five years. The plan must be updated every five years in order for the Town to be eligible for grant opportunities to help fund open space priorities.

We need your input! Please follow this link to take a 5 minute survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GrotonOSRP

No computer?  Printed copies of the survey are available in Town Hall, the Groton Public Library, and the Groton Senior Center (temporary location at the Lost Lake Fire Station)


Mosquito Public Service Announcement - Posted 8/10/2018

In recent weeks the Department of Public Health has announced the discovery of mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in communities in the Nashoba Health District. 

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection. 

By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:

Avoid Mosquito Bites

·               Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.

·               Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

·               Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.  Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin. 

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

·               Drain Standing Water – Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently. 

·               Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Additional information: For additional information on the illness caused by West Nile Virus you can visit the CDC website at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/symptoms/index.html

Information about mosquitoes and mosquito borne disease can be found on the MDPH website at: www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.  In addition many of your communities are members of the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP).  CMMCP’s website, in addition to providing information regarding mosquitoes and public health prevention methods, describes the services provided to member communities.  Their website can be found at www.cmmcp.org.


GELD Requests Limited Electric Usage 4-7PM on 8/7/18
The Groton Electric Light Department has requested that residents reduce their electric use during the hours of 4:00PM-7:00PM today August 7th, 2018, to shift when our Peak annual usage will be. By reducing when our community's electric peak is, it will help keep GELD's costs down for the entire year. Below is a message from Kevin Kelly from GELD.

"New England ended up peaking from 5:00 to 6:00 last night, substantially beating July 5th.

There is a challenge though.  Today’s current forecast has today’s electric use slightly beating yesterday’s.

So I am requesting that everybody who can shift some of their electric use away from the 4:00 to 7:00 hours today please do so.

Cautiously optimistic that this will be my last request this year.
Have a great day and stay comfortable,"
-Kevin


The Center (formerly Senior Center) Construction Notice - Posted 8/3/18
Please be aware that The Center (formerly The Senior Center) located at 163 West Main St. in Groton is now an active closed Construction site. No visitors are allowed on the property while construction is occurring. 

Remember that while The Center is under construction programs are taking place at their temporary location at the Lost Lake Fire Station. Review the most recent Center Newsletter for more details. 



The COA Welcomes Chief Luth - Posted 7/30/2018
The Council on Aging is pleased to be hosting a welcome reception for Chief Michael Luth.  Show your support for our new Chief and please join us on August 30, 10:00AM, at the Central Fire Station.  Get to know him, his philosophy, leadership style and vision for the police department.  Space is limited, please register by calling the COA at 978-448-1170. 


Massachusetts State Primary Election Absentee Ballots - Posted 7/27/2018

Absentee Ballots for Groton’s Tuesday, September 4, 2018 State Primary are available at the Town Clerk’s Office. Friday, August 31 at 5:00 PM 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. Please allow time for mailing or be prepared to vote in the Clerk’s office.

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.

This is a partisan election. If you are registered in a political party, you will vote in that party’s primary. Voters who are “Unenrolled” or enrolled in a political designation (not a party) have a choice of ballot. Ballots will be available for the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian primary elections. To make your voting experience better, be prepared to select a ballot type. Sample ballots and information on obtaining an absentee ballot is available at www.townofgroton.org. Look for Elections and Voter Information in the list on the left, and then the State Elections tab.

Please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 978-448-1100 or townclerk@townofgroton.org if you would like more information.




Fall Town Meeting Warrant Open - Posted 7/13/18
Please be advised that at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Select Board held on Monday, June 25, 2018, the Board voted to open the Warrant for the 2018 Fall Town Meeting. The Warrant will close at the close of business on Thursday, August 2, 2018.

If any residents have Warrant articles they wish to be included in town meeting please contact members of your Select Board (selectboard@townofgroton.org). As always you can contact the Town Clerk for any citizen petition articles. The following is the Warrant timeline:

Monday, June 25, 2018 - Warrant for 2018 Fall Town Meeting Opens
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - Warrant for 2018 Fall Town Meeting Closes
Monday, August 6, 2018 - Select Board conducts first review of Articles
Monday, August 20, 2018 - SB/FINCOM Public Hearing on Articles
Monday, September 10, 2018 - Select Board finalizes Warrant
Friday, September 14, 2018 - Post Warrant
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 2018 Fall Town Meeting


Council on Aging Temporary Office - Posted 6/18/2018

The Council on Aging offices are temporarily at the Lost Lake Fire Station, 185 Lost Lake Rd.

The phone number remains the same: 978-448-1170 main line and 978-4481141 for the van line.

The summer schedule for programs:


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Economic Development Committee Survey - Posted 6/12/18
The recent mailing we all received in our Groton Electric bills from the Economic Development Committee asks that we take a few minutes to complete a survey. Some have had trouble establishing the link. If you had trouble, please accept our apologies. Here is a working link to the survey:     https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Town_of_Groton-EDC_Survey_2018

Thank you for your patience, and for completing the survey. 



New Sidewalks Coming! - Posted 5/4/2018
Please be aware the town has received notification that MassDOT will be installing sidewalks on Route 119 on both the Route 111 side (Main Street to Mill Run) and Route 225 side (Boston Road to CVS) in the near future. The Board of Selectmen will need to hold a public hearing on the sidewalk installation sometime in the next couple of months.  

This has been an very important issue to the Board of Selectmen over the past several years and it is finally coming to fruition!  We would like to thank our DPW Director Tom Delaney for his dogged determination in working with MassDOT to get this done. You can view the proposed plans here.



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