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TOWN OFFICES ARE OPEN- MASKS ARE NOT REQUIRED- BE RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS

     Masks are not required to enter the building. If you choose not to wear a mask, please be respectful of others in the building that do choose to wear a mask and keep your distance from others.

     You must remain 6 feet apart from all others in the building.

     Do not enter and call us or email us instead if you have any of the following:

o Have a fever, cough or shortness of breath

o Known exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19

o Have traveled internationally in the last 14 days

 

Thank you for your patience during this time. Stay safe and healthy!

The Town of Groton

PUBLIC NOTICE- INFORMATIONAL MEETING FEBRUARY 2nd

Alexandria submitted a petition warrant article to change the apportionment method of funding the school district from 100% ADM (average daily membership) to 50% ADM and 50% equalized property evaluation. If this passes, 3 out of the 7 Towns in the district will experience an increase in costs, which will make the taxes increase. Groton is one of these Towns.

There will be an informational meeting regarding this at Newfound Regional High School on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 6:00pm in the Auditorium. If you have any questions or comments on this, please attend this informational session on February 2nd or call the Select Board office for more information and we will give you the details we know at this point.

It is important for everyone to attend, to be informed, ask questions, and provide feedback as this will be on the ballot to vote on in March.

Click here for the posting regarding the informational meeting and the petition warrant article.

TOWN OF GROTON OPEN POSITIONS

Any resident of the Town of Groton who wishes to file a declaration of candidacy for the following Town offices, may do so between January 19 and January 28 at the Town Clerk’s Office during normal business hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am-4pm, Tuesday noon-7pm, ending January 28 at 5:00pm.

The following positions are available:

SELECTMAN – 3 YEAR TERM

MODERATOR – 2 YEAR TERM

TRUSTEE OF THE TRUST FUND – 3 YEAR TERM

PLANNING BOARD – 2 POSITIONS, 3 YEAR TERMS

CEMETERY TRUSTEE – 2 YEAR TERM

CEMETERY TRUSTEE – 3 YEAR TERM

SUPERVISOR OF THE CHECKLIST – 6 YEAR TERM

ZONING BOARD – 2 POSITIONS, 3 YEAR TERMS

LOCAL AUDITOR – 1 YEAR TERM

Submitted by Ruth Millett, Town Clerk

 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING- PLANNING BOARD

Groton Planning Board will hold hearings to take public comment on a proposed zoning ordinance. The time and place of the first hearing is Monday, January 17, 2022 at 7:00 PM, Groton Town Offices, 754 N. Groton Rd, Groton NH 03241. A Weather related cancellation will re-schedule the hearing to 7:00 PM Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

 

You are invited to submit written comments, directed to the Planning Board’s attention, to the Town Offices (address above) or emailed to planningboard@grotonnh.org. The proposed draft will be posted on the Town Web Site under the Planning Board tab the week of January 10.

Before the hearing, please review the proposal draft as it may reflect public comment submitted.

 

The effect of adopting the proposed zoning will be to establish districts and uses within each district, and integrate existing zoning. Those parts of existing zoning not integrated will be repealed. The proposal establishes the following recommended districts:

A.    Residential and Forestry/Agricultural

B.    Rural Residential, Forestry/Agricultural

C.    Renewable Energy/Other Businesses, Forestry/Agricultural and Conservation Cluster Development

 

The Final Hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 7:00 PM, Groton Town Offices, 754 N. Groton Rd, Groton NH 03241. A Weather related cancellation will re-schedule the hearing to 7:00 PM Monday, January 31, 2022.

 

You may review the proposal in the Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours.

 

Click here to view the 2022 Proposed Zoning Draft (subject to revision by public comment or Planning Board decision.)

Click here for the 2022 Zoning Map

Click here for the 2022 Flood designations



PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED 2022 BUDGET AND WARRANT ARTICLES

The Groton Select Board will hold a Public Hearing on the proposed 2022 budget and warrant articles on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 6:00pm at the Groton Town House located at 754 North Groton Road. All residents are encouraged to attend. The Select Board meeting will commence immediately following the hearing on February 1, 2022.

Snow date is Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at the same time and location.

WINTER PARKING REMINDER

Now that winter is upon us, the Select Board and the Highway Department want to remind you all to follow the Town Parking Ordinance which states under Parking Restrictions, section D:

Snow Removal:  No vehicle shall be parked on any street maintained by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation or the Town of Groton in such a manner so as to impede snow removal. No person shall stop or cause to be stopped, or park any vehicle, so as to impede or interfere with the proper snow clearing operations of the NH DOT or Town, when snow removal operations are in effect.

As you are aware, snow removal operations are currently in effect. All vehicles found in violation of this ordinance may be removed (towed) and costs of such removal and subsequent storage of removed vehicles shall be at the expense of the owner of the vehicle.

Thank you for your cooperation!!

 

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!!

 

REVALUATION INFORMATION FOR 2021

For tax year 2021, all property values will be updated to market value as of April 1, 2021. With the real estate market fluctuating over the past few years, many property owners may see values increase; however, some may see them decrease. Just because some values increase or decrease, DOES NOT NECESSARILY mean that your taxes will increase or decrease.

Taxes are based on the combined budgets for the Town, school and county. The tax rate is determined by taking the total of those budgets divided by the overall value of the Town to arrive at a tax rate to “pay the bills”. Unfortunately, there is no way to determine the impact of the update until after the values are finalized and until after the NH Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) calculates the total amount of money needed to “pay the bills”. That process takes place in the fall, usually in October, with the Town’s tax rate the end result.   

Enough about taxes, let’s get back to the update. As part of this process, Avitar assessing staff members have attempted to visit every property to verify that the physical data is accurate. This is especially important for the sale properties as they become the basis for the new values. Once we analyze the sales and develop preliminary values, there will be a field review of the entire town, which is just a drive-by parcel by parcel of every property to verify location, site characteristics, quality and so forth to be consistent as possible. Please know the cycled inspection process has been done over the prior period and there was an attempt to measure and list every property during that time.

Once the preliminary process is complete notices with the new preliminary values will be mailed to every property owner. That notice will include information so that you can schedule a phone appointment to speak with an Avitar representative to discuss your assessment, should you have any questions.  Also included in the notice are instructions to access the online database and review the information about your property and every other property in town, including the sale properties that were used to help establish the new values.

As part of this process, the DRA has some oversight responsibilities, which includes visiting a sampling of those properties to verify data accuracy, and monitoring the hearing process.  Once the update has been completed, Avitar will deliver to the Town a manual which describes the process in detail. The DRA will also review that manual for compliance with applicable state law.

If, at the end of the process, you have any further questions or concerns, they should be addressed through the abatement process once you have received your tax bill in the fall.

 

NHEC- NH BROADBAND

This is an update regarding the internet service being rolled out by New Hampshire Electric Co-oP (NHEC). They are calling the service "NH Broadband" and they have created a website for the service: NH Broadband: https://nhbroadband.com

On the webiste, there is a place to enter a physical address and express interest in signing up when service becomes available in the area. It asks for basic contact information so they can keep people posted on their progress, there is no deposit or anything like that.

We expect that the areas with the most people requesting service will be prioritized in the build out.

The Town encourages members of the community to express interest if they think they may want to go with the Co-op for broadband. We checked the map and service will ultimately cover all parts of Groton that are served by NHEC for electricity.


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!

COVID-19 INFORMATION

COVID-19 is a concern for everyone and the Town of Groton is here for our residents. Please click here or go the Emergency information page for more information regarding how to protect yourself and others, helpful sites and tips, who to contact if you are sick or need assistance, information on current scams regarding the COVID-19, and more.


 

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
Vehicle Registrations
Registration Estimates
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)

**Town Clerk/Tax Collector Office Hours effective January 1, 2020**:
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


 

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