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TOWN OF GROTON OFFICES CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
Due to the “Stay at Home” order issued by the Governor; the Town Offices are closed to the Public through May 4, 2020. You can call us, email us or go online www.grotonnh.org. We will do our best to serve you in these ways.
Town Clerk/Tax Collector: 603-744-8849
Select Board Office: 603-744-9190
Police Department: 603-744-3703
Thank you for your patience during this time. Stay safe and healthy!
TOWN OF GROTON
TRANSFER STATION HOURS
TRANSFER STATION HOURS
Due to COVID-19 and the “Stay at Home” order issued by the Governor; the Transfer Station will be limiting the days that they are open. Starting Wednesday, April 1, 2020 through May 4, 2020 the hours of operation will be:
Wednesday from 12:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm
**Closed all other days including Sunday**
Thank you for your patience and understanding!
Stay safe and healthy!!
BOARD MEETINGS EFFECTIVE
Due to COVID-19, the Governors Emergency Order 23 relieves the Planning Board of meeting and accepting, hearing and acting on applications. Therefore, the Planning Board is cancelling all scheduled monthly meetings and the acceptance of any Application until further notice. Should you have a question, concern or need please contact the Planning Board.
PUBLIC HEARING- RSA 74:10
The Select Board has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 7:00pm, regarding RSA 74:10, for the public to provide comments on one’s liability to be taxed. This meeting will be held at the Town House at 754 North Groton Road.
BID- TWO ROAD PROJECTS
INVITATION TO BID- TWO ROAD PROJECTS
The Town of Groton is soliciting bids for the following road projects:
· 2020 FEMA Sculptured Rocks Road Reconstruction and Paving project. A site visit will be conducted on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:00am, meeting first at the Town House for anyone interested in bidding on the project.
· 2020 North Groton Road Reconstruction and Paving project. A site visit will be conducted on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:00am, meeting first at the Town House for anyone interested in bidding on the project.
Avitar will be in the area for the next few weeks beginning March 18, 2020 to do inspections and site visits. Their vehicle should be marked with Avitar on the side.
In light of the Governor’s announcement regarding the State of Emergency and School closures, Avitar has felt the need to be proactive and safe. Given the contracts they have in place, they still need to work and keep on schedule as much as possible. Their field staff are still out in the field working, however, they have been advised not to enter properties for interior inspections. They will still visit, knock, step back and gather information from the taxpayers at the door and continue on with any exterior work needed. This is in line with the CDC recommendations regarding avoidance of close contact. If taxpayers are sick, please be advised not to open the door at all. They will be sending letters at a later date to complete interior inspections where needed. The safety of their staff and all taxpayers is one of their top concerns and they will work diligently to ensure everyone stays as safe as possible. They recognize that they may encounter children home alone or with their parents and want to get the word out regarding their protocol. If this pandemic continues, this may alter how they handle the informal hearing process for those towns with updates/revaluations this year, as well. They will post updates as they occur on their website and send further notification if and when things change.
NH ELECTRIC COOP MEMBERS (FROM NHEC)
Each May the New Hampshire Electric Coop holds an election for directors. NHEC bylaws allow questions proposed by member petition to be included on the ballot. This petition requests that a question be included on the 2020 ballot which specifically adds “facilitating access to broadband Internet for members" to NHEC’s charter.
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, it was increasingly obvious that lack of affordable, high-speed internet in rural New Hampshire is a serious impediment to communities’ economic development, education, interpersonal and community communication, access to fast-growing telehealth services, and everyday quality of life.
The current pandemic crisis brings home as never before how vital affordable broadband communication is. When in-person contacts, meetings, school sessions, medical appointments, and even visits to the library and restaurants grind to a halt, the Internet is the glue that holds society together.
That gives this petition drive special urgency. NHEC members have an opportunity to do something concrete and meaningful to address this pressing need. We need your signature to help make reliable, affordable broadband an achievable goal for small towns that are currently underserved and to provide an affordable alternative in those areas served by high priced cable monopolies.
Let us explain why this petition drive is necessary.
Fiber broadband developers will tell you the most difficult part of providing Internet service in rural areas is not the cost of the fiber but rather the uncertainties in getting permission to attach to utility poles and associated costs. With control of its poles and rights-of-way, NHEC is uniquely positioned to facilitate the development of fiber to the homes and businesses of its member-owners by providing certainty and predictability to the attachment process.
NHEC doesn’t need to finance, own or operate a fiber network to facilitate others to develop systems. It just needs to make attaching fiber to NHEC poles straightforward, predictable and affordable.
This amendment would explicitly state, in the foundational documents of the organization, that NHEC sees facilitating the development of broadband as part of its core mission. Since it is member owned, NHEC has an opportunity and obligation to go beyond the base regulatory requirements imposed by the Public Utility Commission. The Coop should proactively encourage broadband developers to service its members.
Over 100 electric cooperatives across the country are actively involved in facilitating affordable (+/-$60/month) high speed (+/-100 Mbps up/down) fiber to the home. Shouldn’t NHEC join those cooperatives? If you believe this, please sign this electronic petition to put the question on the ballot and Vote YES on the question when you receive your ballot from NHEC in your May electric bill.
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**THIS PETITION IS ALSO LOCATED ON THE TABLE IN THE LIBRARY***
ROADS POSTED EFFECTIVE MARCH 4TH
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 PERMITS
Effective June 1, 2020 Transfer Station Permits will be required in order to use the Groton Transfer Station. These permits can be obtained through the Town Clerk and will be $1.00 per permit. These permit stickers will need to be placed on the lower left corner of your windshield directly above your inspection sticker. Please be sure to see the Town Clerk prior to May 1, 2020 to obtain your Transfer Station Permit. Thank you!
Now that winter has arrived, the Select Board and the Highway Department want to remind you of the following items:
· Residents are allowed to take three 5-gallon buckets (15 shovels full) of sand for their residence in Groton only. The use of town sand for commercial sanding or in mechanical sanders is not allowed.
· Please make sure you park your car at least 4 feet of the road side to allow for plowing. All residents are required 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.
· If you plow, snow blow or shovel snow from your property into the road, you are required to clean it up and will be held liable for any injuries or damages caused by those conditions if you do not clean it up. As stated in the Winter Maintenance of Roads and Sidewalks that New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) put out, an abutter might, for instance, blow snow onto the sidewalk or into the road, or create runoff from melting snow on a roof that flows onto the sidewalk or road and freezes. In that case, the abutter may be held liable for any injuries or damages caused by those conditions. Ritzman v. Kashulines, 126 N.H. 286 (1985). Moreover, the municipality can require the abutter to correct conditions they have caused to the public sidewalk or road, or to pay the municipality’s costs in doing so. Directing water onto a sidewalk or road may cause ice to form and make the sidewalk or road dangerous for public use; this is considered a “violation" under the law, and the abutter may be fined by a court. RSA 236:19. Municipalities may notify the abutter of the problem and request them to correct it. RSA 236:35. If the abutter does not comply, the municipality can correct the situation itself and a court may order the abutter to repay the municipality the costs of responding to the situation. RSA 236:29; RSA 236:32; RSA 236:39.
FREE BOOKS, DVD'S, ETC
There are books, tapes, DVD's and more that are free for the taking. These items are located in the old Groton Library at the Town House. Please read the signs and take what you want. Enjoy!!
Select Board's Office
Town Clerk/Tax Collector
Telephone Numbers/ Websites
Highway Department (603) 744-3758
Police (Non Emergency) (603) 744-3703 (Dispatch) (603) 536-3566 (Fax) (603) 744-7894 firstname.lastname@example.org