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TOWN ELECTIONS & TOWN MEETING INFORMATION

Town Elections will take place Tuesday, March 12, 2024 from 11:00am-7:00pm

*click here for the sample Town Ballot

Town Meeting will take place Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 9:00am.

*click here to view the signed warrant

*click here to view the final proposed budget

We look forward to seeing you all there!!

 

CANDIDATE NIGHT

Come meet the Candidates! Candidate Night will take place Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at the beginning of the Select Board meeting at 7:00pm.

We ask that anyone running for a position in Town attend this meeting and introduce themselves to the Townspeople.

We hope to see you there!

 

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

Owner: The Town of Groton

Address: 754 North Groton Road, Groton, NH 03241

 

Separate sealed BIDS for the construction of:

A maintenance garage that is 74’-9” L x 44’-9 ft W x 16’-0” H. The pre-engineered post frame building will include the following:

4 bays for maintenance vehicle storage

Office for the road agent

Staff breakroom

Accessible restroom with shower

Mechanical room

In addition, the project includes a post-frame salt shed, 32’ L x 26’ W x 14’ H, with a membrane roof for the storage of salt.

 

BIDS will be received by Sara Smith at the Town Office, 754 N. Groton Rd. until 4:00 PM, (Eastern Daylight Savings Time), March 19, 2024 and then publicly opened and read aloud at the Select Board Meeting that night at 7:00pm.

 

The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS are available below and at the Town Office (754 North Groton Rd). Please contact the Town at (603)744-9190 or selectmen@grotonnh.org for more information.

Groton DPW Specifications

Groton DPW Drawings

Cut Sheets

Preview A101-2017

Preview A201-2017

Groton Construction Approval 1-18-23

 

Tours of the site are optional, but can be arranged with Sara Smith via email selectmen@grotonnh.org.

 

Questions concerning the bid documents will be received by Sara Smith via email selectmen@grotonnh.org  until 12:00 PM, (Eastern Daylight Savings Time), Thursday, March 14, 2024. Answers to all questions will be provided to all bidders by 12:00PM, (Eastern Daylight Savings Time), Monday, March 18, 2024.

 

ROADS POSTED EFFECTIVE MARCH 4, 2024

Pursuant to RSA 231:191

The Groton Town roads will be posted for restrictive weight limits until further notice.

Per Order of the Select Board

TRANSFER STATION PUBLIC NOTICE

Due to the Road Postings in effect Monday, March 4, 2024, the Transfer Station is not accepting construction debris, furniture or mattresses effective Saturday, March 2, 2024 through the duration of the road postings.

Thank you for your understanding!

 

SUPERVISORS OF THE CHECKLIST MEETING

The Supervisors of the Checklist for the Town of Groton will hold a session to make additions and corrections to the checklist.

 

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Location: Town House, 754 North Groton Road, Groton, New Hampshire

 

Snow Date:

Date: Monday, March 4, 2024

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Town House, 754 North Groton Road, Groton, New Hampshire

 

***Please note: anyone wishing to register to vote in New Hampshire for the first time must provide proof of citizenship and domicile. Examples of proof of citizenship are birth certificate, valid US passport or Certificate of Naturalization. A driver's license is NOT proof of citizenship. Examples of proof of domicile are electric or cable bill, renter’s agreement, driver’s license if domicile address is listed on it.

Groton Supervisors of the Checklist
Gina Rescigno, Virginia Parker, Pamela Hamel

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Bridgewater, Hebron, and Groton Planning Group have been holding weekly meetings with the Steering Committee on Wednesdays and these are ongoing at this time to discuss the planning since HB349 was signed into law.

Click here to view the information handed out at the first meeting.

Click here to view the Bridgewater-Hebron-Groton Commitments for HB349.

Click here to view the HB349 Letter to parents updated January 2024

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PROPOSED ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT

 

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 6:00pm at the Groton Town Hall.

Click here to view the agenda

 

They have created this great powerpoint that has more information on this and why we are trying to leave the school district.

Click here to view the powerpoint.

 

Below is a newsbrief the Steering Committee put together.

Click here to view the Newsbrief from December 2023

 

They have also created a website to allow for greater communication with the public. This will be a repository for future information and data.

Please click here to view this website.

 

PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING UPDATE 

There have been some delays with the Public Works Building Project due to USDA requirements but we have been working hard to get this project moving forward. We should have more information soon and are hoping to send the project out for bid and to have a contractor in place by the March 2024 Town Meeting. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

 

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT) TRAINING

The following is information on upcoming CERT training that would assist the EMD's in a disaster situation:

 

2024 CERT Basic Class Announcement

Hybrid CERT Class Announcement

HOW TT Flyer

 

 

911 CARES SIGNUP

NH 911 CARES (previously Supplemental Ali) is now available online. Accessing your account information is easier than ever as you can access it anytime, anywhere using the NH 911 CARES website. The CARES (Citizen Assistance Registry for Emergency Services) website is a service that provides additional information to an emergency 911 dispatcher at the time of a 911 call. In use for more than 10 years, CARES information has been used in countless 911 calls, assisting dispatchers by providing important information that a caller may not be able to provide them verbally. This information is medical in nature, and thus protected by the NH 911 Division and only used for emergency services at the time of a 911 call. NH 911 is dedicated to providing the best emergency care in the shortest amount of time, and the CARES program is one aspect of that mission.

To register yourself or someone else, please log onto https://cares.desc.nh.gov and set up a New Account.

If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please contact us at 603-271-6911 or NH911CARES@desc.nh.gov.

 Click here for the 911 cares handout

Click here for the 911 cares FAQ sheet

 

 

ALL-HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE MEETINGS

 The Town will begin working on updating the All-Hazard Mitigation Plan. We are working with Mapping and Planning Solutions (MAPS) to update the current plan to include any changes that have happened since the plan was last updated. These meetings will be taking place via Zoom Meetings. The public is welcome to attend these meetings.

Click here to view the press release regarding these meetings.

The following are the upcoming meetings:

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 4:30pm

 

NH BROADBAND INFORMATION
Did you know that you can look at your options for NH Broadband and sign up for your plans now so that you are all ready to go when it goes live?

Click here to go to the NH Broadband site to sign up.

 

Funding Available for Good Land Stewards
Are you a forest, crop, or pasture landowner or land manager who is doing a good job stewarding your land? If so, you might be interested in USDA NRCS’s Conservation Stewardship Program. This program rewards good land stewardship, and helps further enhance that stewardship, through installation of conservation practices. If your land meets the criteria, you may qualify for annual payments of $1500 or higher, plus payments for completing conservation practices.


Interested in managing your forest to improve wildlife habitat or forest health? USDA NRCS also offers funding for Forest Management plans and incentives for implementing wildlife habitat and forest health practices.
For information, please contact the USDA NRCS office in Orford, NH at 603-353-4651 x 3 or eric.dugas@usda.gov.


USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/NewHampshire.

 

CRIMINAL ACTIVITY WARNING FROM CHIEF BAGAN

Attention Residents,

With the summer season upon us there has already been a report of unlocked vehicles pilfered overnight.  Please be diligent keep your vehicles locked when unattended where ever you are, it doesn’t take long for an opportunistic bad guy to take advantage.  If you see anything out of the ordinary, a person or vehicle that seems out of place please call the local police department. 

Thank you,

Michael Bagan

Chief of Police

Groton Police Department

PH (603)744-3703

FX (603)744-7894

Dispatch (603)536-3566

police@grotonnh.org

FOR EMERGENCY CALL 911

Twin States Clean Energy Link

Twin States Clean Energy Link will be hosting an open house in Hebron at the Union Congregational Church, 16 Church Lane, on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 from 5:00pm-7:30pm. Feel free to attend to learn more about the project, ask any questions and meet the project experts.

Twin States attended the Groton Select Board meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Please click below to view their presentation and their fact sheet.

Twin States Groton Presentation

Twin States Fact Sheet

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING HB349

**UPDATE AS OF 8/8/23 THIS BILL HAS PASSED**

July 2023

 

House Bill 349 Establishing a Special Purpose School District for Bridgewater, Hebron and Groton

 

 

Update.

 

The Governor will soon sign HB 349 into law. This law is called enabling legislation. It grants legal authority to the Towns of Bridgewater, Hebron, and Groton to withdraw from the 7-town Newfound Area School District and establish our own 3-town school district based on a K-8 model.

 

The creation of our new school district is contingent upon a majority vote in each of our 3 towns at our 2024 annual town meetings. If our voters approve, the effective operational date of our new school district is July 1, 2025.

 

This bill received widespread bi-partisan support in the legislature. It passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. All three state senators representing the 7-town Newfound Area School District voted in favor and voiced strong support in committee hearings.

 

Such widespread legislative support confirms this is an excellent concept and a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve education outcomes for our children. Moreover, a smaller tight-knit school district allows greater voter input and control over education costs and curriculum, and shorter bus rides for Groton’s students. Sometimes smaller is better.

 

Next Steps.

 

The new law sets out a series of sequential steps over the next two years culminating in the July 1, 2025, operational date of the new school district.

 

The first step requires our select boards to appoint a withdrawal committee to begin administrative planning for the new district prior to the 2024 withdrawal adoption vote.

 

This committee will create a draft school budget and coordinate high school tuition agreements, superintendent services, and activities. The goal is to provide as much information as possible to parents and citizens prior to the withdrawal vote.  

 

The next step takes place at our 2024 annual town meeting. After the vote by the 3 towns to adopt the provisions of this act, the State Board of Education issues a “certificate of withdrawal” from the Newfound Area School District.

 

After the withdrawal vote, follow-on steps include a special election for a new 3-town school board and budget committee. The act requires new school board members and district officers to organize promptly “to take any action necessary to carry out the provisions of this law.”

 

 

Transparency.

 

An informed citizenry makes their communities better. Our select board will strive to provide you with the knowledge and resources to help you help our community make this new and exciting educational opportunity for our children a reality.

 

As the process evolves, our selectman plan to hold “face-to-face” meetings to update you on progress, answer questions, and listen to feedback.

 

Our Vision.

 

As noted from the outset, our vision is simple: we aspire to improve educational outcomes for our children with an innovative alternative to a traditional Middle School. We strive to do this by fulfilling the provisions of this act to establish our own 3-town school district and reconfiguring the Village District School to a K-8 model.

 

A smaller tight-knit school district allows greater voter control over education costs and our citizen’s tax burden. It also allows for more intimate input over curriculum and administrative policy, and shorter bus rides for Groton’s students. As noted above, sometimes smaller is better.

 

 

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For more information on HB 349, please review the following position papers linked here:

 

         Frequently Asked Questions

         Final Facts

 

 

Sincerely,

 

John Rescigno, Tony Albert and Ron Madan

Town of Groton

Select Board

 

SCAM ALERT

There is a current scam going on in the area where someone will call the house pretending to be a family member that has been arrested.  Someone will get on the phone representing themselves as an attorney or some other official to make arraignments to pick up cash bail money. ALLWAYS verify directly with the arresting agency identified. Bail normally is posted at the location of incarceration or at the court of jurisdiction.  Attempt to contact the family member in question and always notify your local police department.

 

FREE COVID TESTS

If anyone needs a COVID test, the Emergency Management Director and the Deputy Director put some on the table at the Town House inside the door. They are free so please help yourself!

 

HEBRON FIRE RECRUITMENT

Hebron Fire provides services to the Town of Groton and they are looking for firefighters. Click here to view the recruitment poster. If you are interested in becoming a firefighter they could use your help!!


SOCIAL SECURITY SCAM
Please be aware that there is a new social security scam where they are using the Town Clerk's name to get you to pick up the phone. Please do not give any information and if you are not sure if the call is legitimate, please hang up and call the Town Clerk back at 603-744-8849 to see if she did in fact call you for some reason. Be safe out there!


 

TAX INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Your tax information is now available online. Please visit the New Hampshire Tax Kiosk. See the button below. When you are done with your session you may log off to visit other Towns around the State to compare our tax rate. Please contact the Tax Collector if you have any questions about this process.

Tax kiosk button

 

MEALS ON WHEELS

If anyone in Groton is interested in receiving Home delivered meals (Meals on Wheels) 2-3 times a week, please contact Lisa Minickiello at 603-536-1204.

 

SCAM ALERT FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE (NHEC)

 

ROAD DAMAGE POSTING

 

 PROPERTY FRAUD ALERT FROM GRAFTON COUNTY REGISTRY OF DEEDS

 

Address                                           
754 North Groton Road
Groton, NH 03241                                                                 

Email
Select Board's Office:
selectmen@grotonnh.org

Town Clerk/Tax Collector:
townclerk@grotonnh.org

Property Taxes
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Dog Licenses
Vital Records Request

Select Board's Office
(603)744-9190
(603)744-3382 (fax)

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: Closed


Select Board meetings: The Select Board meetings are at 7:00pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Town Clerk/Tax Collector
(603)744-8849
(603)744-8803 (fax)

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Closed Friday, Saturday & Sunday
 For other times, call for an appointment


Telephone Numbers/ Websites

Highway Department (603) 744-3758

Police (Non Emergency) (603) 744-3703 (Dispatch) (603) 536-3566 (Fax) (603) 744-7894  police@grotonnh.org                                                                                                                           

Library: http://hebronnh.org/town-library.html


Links

Grafton County Senior Citizens Council

Newfound Area Nursing Association

Newfound School District

Pemi-Baker Community Health

Tapply Thompson Community Center