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Select Board Short Takes

Capital Planning Committee
     Town Manager Mark Haddad advised that the Capital Planning Advisory Committee held its first meeting and member Steve Lane was selected to serve as Chairman.
     The Committee also amended their charge to address the issue of a potential conflict of interest, by adding, “All members shall be residents of the Town of Groton and shall not receive compensation in any manner from the Town of Groton.”
     Haddad said he asked the Capital Planning Committee to defer their work on the inventory to spring. and will focus on the FY2021 Capital Plan. Their next meeting is on December 2.
     Select Board Chairman Alison Manugian said she wanted to be sure that the Capital Planning Committee knew that they were not responsible for the Regional School District Capital Plans.
Finance Committee Appointments
     The Select Board voted to reappoint Arthur Prest and David Manugian and to appoint a new member, Mary Linskey, to the Finance Committee.
     Town Manager Haddad updated the Board on the status of the Groton Town Charter. It has passed the House of Representatives and the Senate and has been sent to the Governor’s office. That office contacted Groton officials asking for one final review to ensure that everything is correct, and then it will go to the Governor for his signature.
Florence Roche Presentation
     Haddad reported to the Select Board that the turnout for the Saturday morning presentation regarding the possibilities for the Florence Roche Elementary School was disappointing. He said the architect and clerk were present to answer questions and take suggestions from the public for this very important project. While more than 100 attendees were hoped for, he said that it ended with about 30 people present.
     Groton Dunstable Regional School Committee Chairman Marlena Gilbert stressed that there will be many opportunities for the public to provide feedback, both in person and electronically.
Town Hall Tree Removal
     Historic District Committee member George Wheatley advised the Select Board that with the removal of the large dead maple tree at the Town Hall corner of Main and Station Avenue, he wanted to remind the Board that this area has been memorialized twice. The first time was in 1956 for William Lawrence and his wife Martha Peabody Lawrence. The second time was in 2002 memorializing Constance Smith Wharton. Wheatley said that his concern was that once something is memorialized, it should be done so in perpetuity.
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