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LETTER: Common Sense, Integrity, And An Independent Voice

To all Groton voters,
I am a candidate for re-election to a second term on the Select Board, and would like to share some of my accomplishments on the Board.
     Under my leadership, the Non-Profit Council, made up of representatives from Groton’s robust network of non-profit organizations, has been revitalized for networking, resource-sharing, and a strengthened connection between the Non-Profit Community and Town Government.
     As a strong advocate for the environment, I brought the Green Communities program through the approval process so that Groton can now receive state funding for needed energy-reduction projects.
     I support Groton’s participation in the Community Preservation Act.
     I played a major role in writing the charge for the newly formed Capital Planning Advisory Committee to advise the Town Manager about the Town’s capital needs.
     I am the Select Board representative and Chair of the Affordable Housing Trust, which is actively working to get answers for the public about the town’s investment in the Boynton Meadows project.
     I participated in hiring a new Town Counsel firm and conducting a comprehensive review and updating of all Select Board policies. I was a major contributor in creating the new Standards of Conduct and Anti-discrimination Policies, which replaced existing policies that were contradictory and did not provide legally mandated privacy protections for complainants. I successfully advocated for a new policy to post the Board’s information packet on the Town website three days before each meeting.
     I have listened and responded to citizens’ concerns ranging from traffic signage, crosswalk locations, and dog incidents, to policy questions. I would love to hear from more residents and hope you will contact me at 978- 448-2710 with any questions or concerns.
Since the onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic in mid- March, the Select Board, working closely with our very capable Town Manager, Mark Haddad, and Executive Assistant, Dawn Dunbar, has kept the Town functioning effectively under a declared state of emergency and closure of most town buildings. Our staff has done an amazing job of providing top-notch service to residents after making a virtually seamless transition to working from home. In fact, Mr. Haddad noted at a recent meeting that in his 12 years here, our local government has never operated better than it has in the past three months.
     The current Select Board consists of three men and two women with differing opinions, who are able to debate issues fully and disagree respectfully, without getting distracted by petty conflicts as happened in years past. Observers of our meetings have noted my calm style and positive approach to solving problems, which has contributed to our Board’s ability to work together without tension and drama.
     I bring common sense, integrity, and an independent voice to a well-functioning Board, working collaboratively with the Town Manager to conduct the Town’s business during this unprecedented time. I ask for your vote to allow me to continue to serve on the Select Board of our beautiful town for another term.
Thank you, Becky (Rebecca) Pine
100 Hollis St, Groton
PS: In order to maintain the highest level of protection possible, for both voters and election workers, the Town Clerk and Select Board are urging everyone to vote via absentee ballot. This is a two-step process. Voters need to request an absentee ballot (using the form that is available on the Town Website and in the back of the Town Meeting Warrant mailed to all households) and then fill out and sign the ballot they receive, and return it via mail or personal delivery to the drop-box at the rear door of Town Hall, before election day, June 9.
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