There are five Housing Authority members on Groton’s Housing Authority. Currently, one member is appointed by the State and the town elects four other members. New state regulations allow one member of the Housing Authority to be elected by the tenants. So, town voters will now elect three members “at large." Consequently, one Groton Housing Authority seat for 2017 will be removed from the town ballot, to be filled by the tenant-elected member.
Six new people have added have taken nomination papers for possible runs for various town offices since our last report.
Incumbent up re-election include: Selectman Anna Eliot took out nomination papers seeking another term on the Board. On Feb. 3, incumbent Scott Wilson took nomination papers for another three-year term on the Planning Board. Incumbent Groton Electric Light Commissioner Bruce Easom took nomination papers for re-election to a three-year term on the Light Board.
Have you noticed a change in the streetlights on the main streets in Groton? GELD has converted most of the old high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights to more efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlight. This change has resulted in lower operating costs for the town and was done for minimal cost. GELD applied for a grant a couple years ago to upgrade the lighting at the Florence Roche elementary school and to assist in changing the town streetlights.
The brand new Joint Committee on Marijuana will be chaired by Sen. Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) and Rep. Mark Cusack (D-Braintree). In December, the Legislature approved and Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a controversial bill that delays by six months, from January 2018 to July 2018, the earliest possible date for the opening of retail recreational marijuana stores in the Bay State.
Amendments to the current Tobacco Regulations will get a heraing at the Board of Health.
Hearing by Conservation Commisssion on weed treatment on Farmers Row.
Planning Board Hearing on zoning amendments including site plan review and Registered Marijuana Dispensaries.
ZBA Hearinf for a special permit to allow the alteration of a non-conforming structure on Lot 124-54, 24 Indian Rd.
The Groton Community Preservation Committee (CPC) will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, February 27, 2017, at 7:00 PM in the second floor meeting room of Town Hall, 173 Main Street, Groton, to receive public comments on new Community Preservation Act proposals.