STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED
Thu, 03/19/2020 - 5:31pm Heraldgroton
• Select Board Meets In Emergency Session • Schools Closed • All Meetings Cancelled • Parks Closed • Town Hall Closed To Public • Library Closed • Senior Center Closed • Dine-In Restaurant Service Shut Down
by Connie Sartini
Policies, restrictions and official actions taken by the Town of Groton under the Emergency Declaration authority declared by the Select Board was released by the Town Manager and are summarized below.
“Based on a motion taken by the Select Board at an emergency meeting held on Friday, March 13, 2020 the Select Board has taken the following action relative to the COVID-19 pandemic effective immediately:
1. An emergency declaration was declared in the Town of Groton by the Select Board until further notice. [See accompanying story]
2. There shall be no public access to any town building effective immediately until further notice. The Transfer Station will remain open at this time.
3. All public meetings are cancelled effective immediately through March 30, 2020. Only the Select Board and the Board of Health will be allowed to meet in emergency session, if required.
4. The 2020 Spring Town Meeting has been postponed until Monday, May 18, 2020.
5. The Town Election will be postponed until Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
The Town of Groton is taking unprecedented steps in order to reduce the rate of spread by working proactively to reduce transmission and promote public health recommendations. We urge all citizens to exercise appropriate measures in order to reduce the risk of infection. Additional information regarding risk and containment can be foundontheCDCwebsitehttps:// www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- nCoV/index.html.
“Thank you for your immediate attention and cooperation with this. We will continue to update the community as information becomes available. Please keep checking the Town of Groton website and social media outlets for updates as they become available.”
Fire Chief Steele McCurdy, told the Select Board, “I support taking the most drastic measures, and close these down, with the understanding that employees will need to be there.”
Town Manager Mark Haddad added, “No meeting is important enough to meet. I want all meetings canceled. I agree with the Fire Chief. There is nothing crucial for the next two weeks.”
What Buildings Are Closed To The Public?
• The Town Hall – staff only
• The Groton Public Library – staff only
• The Groton Center Fire Station – staff only
• The Lost Lake Fire Station – staff only
• Groton Electric Light Department offices - staff only
The Transfer Station will be open to the public, and staffed but only checks will be accepted and passed through the office window.
• The Council on Aging
• The Groton Center in West Groton is closed to the public. Director Kathy Shelp and her staff will be in the building to contact seniors by phone to check on them, and to continue the Meals on Wheels program for delivery of food to seniors.
The Groton COA van will be going to the grocery store with limited number of riders. Please call 978-448-1170 24 hours in advance to schedule your ride.
The COA will grocery shop and Prescription pickup (limited to one weekly) and deliver for the following:
A. Groton residents 60 years or older.
B. Groton residents living alone, regardless of age, with underlying medical issues.
Please call the COA, 978-448- 1170 if you need assistance or you are worried about someone!
• Building Dept. Inspections Suspended.
Due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Building Department will indefinitely suspend the issuance of new permits and the scheduling of inspections. Outside trench inspections and outside electrical service inspections may be allowed to proceed in the interest of public safety and in accordance with applicable state regulations. Indoor inspections will not be scheduled until further notice.
The Building Department understands the nature of construction activities and schedules, and we remain committed to serving the public through this current state of emergency. Please contact the Building Department should you have any questions or require additional assistance. Thank you for your cooperation.
• Parks Department
The Parks Department has closed the Hansen Memorial Playground and the Cutler Field Playground. In addition, although they are officially open, all playing fields are closed.
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