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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.

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Program and Space Needs of the Council on Aging
Throughout the past 18 months the Council on Aging Planning Committee conducted research which resulted in identifying our program needs. The research included; 2015 town-wide needs assessment, 6 focus groups, and site visits to other senior centers. The results of this research are the foundation for discussion with the architects when determining the space needs of the senior citizens center.  Because building design is based on the programmatic needs of the senior center it was necessary for the architects to understand the program and space needs of our senior center prior to conducting the building feasibility study. 

The Council on Aging Building Feasibility Oversight Committee invites you to attend one of the four informational sessions on the program and space needs, Please join us at the Senior Center at one of the following dates to learn more about this important town-wide initiative. 

Wednesday, January 11th (snow date  1/25) 6:30pm
Thursday, January 12th (snow date 1/20) 10:00am
Saturday, January 14th (snow date 1/21) 10:00am
Tuesday, January 17th (snow date 1/19) 1:00pm
Wednesday, February 15th 6:30pm
Thursday, February 16th 10:00am
Friday February 17th 1:00pm
Saturday, February 18th 10:00am


Charter Review Press Release

PRESS RELEASE


Public Hearing:

Groton Charter Review Committee on

Proposed Charter Changes

The Town of Groton, Massachusetts Charter Review Committee will hold two public hearings on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Groton Town Hall, 173 Main Street, Groton, Massachusetts to solicit comments from Town Officials and Town employees on proposed changes to the Groton, Massachusetts Town Charter. One session is scheduled from 10:00 am to noon and the other from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The agendas are identical.

Digital copies of the proposed Charter are available on the Charter Review Section of the Town of Groton, Massachusetts web site. Paper copies are available in the office of the Town Clerk. Two versions are available: one has wording deletions and additions flagged and the other is a clean copy of the complete, proposed new Charter.

For additional information contact Committee Chair, Michael Manugian at

Mike@ManugianInc.com or (978) 771-4105.



Christmas Tree Disposal
Christmas trees may be disposed of at the Transfer Station for a fee starting at $5 depending on the size of the tree.
The Transfer Station is located at 600 Cow Pond Brook Rd, Groton, MA 01450 
Operating hours are from 7:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Wednesday-Saturday (Exceptions on Holidays)

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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.




Discolored Water 11/28/16

The Groton Water Department has released some information in regards to reports of discolored water. There was a fire in town early Sunday morning. The opening of the fire hydrant and flows within the distribution system caused the discolored water for many residents. This unfortunately, was unavoidable, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Due to the drought this year, we could not flush the water distribution system this fall. As a result, you may experience periodic episodes of dirty water until spring. The aquifer levels have improved slightly, but are not at a point where we could flush millions of gallons over a 10 or 12 day period to flush the system.

If you experience dirty and/or discolored water, we recommend that you open a few cold water faucets at the same time for about five or ten minutes. This will clean any dirty water you may have in your internal plumbing and/or in your outside water service line. The clearing time may vary for homes that are further from street. If you have a water filter, you may need to change this more frequently until we flush the system in the spring. If you have persistent dirty or discolored water, please call the water office during normal business hours so we can schedule a technician to visit your home.



PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENTS FOR FY2017
NOTICE OF PUBLIC DISCLOSURE
TOWN OF GROTON PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENTS FOR FY2017

The Town of Groton has submitted FY2017 property values to the Department of Revenue’s Bureau of Local Assessment for certification.  The proposed values are pending preliminary certification and are available for review in our office or online HERE.

The FY2017 proposed values are as of January 1, 2016. A statistical analysis of all valid sales transacted during calendar year 2015 was the basis for the revaluation of single family homes and condominiums. A two year period of sales was used for Commercial and Industrial values.

The average single family residential property assessment per the 2015 sales for FY2017 is $462,500, an increase of 7% from the average single family assessment for FY2016. 

The public disclosure period will be in effect starting November 28, 2016 ending December 2, 2016.   Appeals may be made during this disclosure period. The values can be reviewed at the Assessor’s Office, 173 Main St in Groton, MA. Office hours are Monday 8:00am to 7:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm and Friday 8:00am – 1:00 P.M. and a printout will be at the Groton Public Library. Also the new valuation will be available on the town web site.  Any questions on valuation should be directed to the Assessor’s Office at 978-448-1127.




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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