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January 23, 2024

A Note From Mayor Hedrick

Happy New Year!


I hope you enjoyed the holiday season and are ready to back into the swing of things for the start of 2024.


Christmas Tree collection has begun and takes place Wednesdays through January 24. Please have trees curbside by 7 am and do not place them in plastic bags.


City Cabaret is back for its 2024 concert series. We kicked off with Mass-Conn Fusion Trio on January 21 and are looking forward to hosting Azalea Drive Duo on Sunday, February 18, beginning at 3 pm in the auditorium of the Municipal Building. As always, this event is free.


We've seen a number of weather events take place over the last few weeks. As a reminder, please be sure to check out my Facebook page and the City's social media pages (including the Groton City Police Department Facebook) and our website when significant weather events are forecasted for important updates including parking bans.


Stay safe and stay warm in the coming weeks!


Respectfully,

Keith Hedrick

The Municipal Building is open to the public Monday-Thursday from 8am-4pm

and by appointment only on Friday.

UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS

Wed., Jan. 24: Bozrah Utilities Commission

Wed., Jan. 24: Groton Utilities Commission/Water Pollution Control Authority Special Meeting

Thur., Jan. 25: Youth Advisory Committee

Wed., Jan. 31: Special Beach and Parks Committee Meeting

Thur., Feb. 1: Eastern Point Historic District Commission

Mon., Feb. 5: Mayor and Council

Tues., Feb. 6: Conservation Commission

Wed., Feb. 7: Economic Development Commission

Thur., Feb. 8: Harbor Management Commission

Sun., Feb. 11: Pop-Up Farmers Market

Mon., Feb. 12: Committee of the Whole

Wed., Feb. 14: Beach and Parks Committee

Thur., Feb. 15: PACT

Sun., Feb. 18: Cabaret - Azalea Drive Duo


Click here to view the full calendar

of meetings and special events

SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY - VOLUNTEER ON BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

Applications and other information regarding vacancies on boards, commissions, and committees are always available at the City Clerk's office.

  • Beach & Parks Committee
  • Board of Ethics
  • Bozrah Utilities Commission
  • CMEEC
  • Committee of the Whole
  • Conservation Commission
  • Eastern Point Historic District
  • Economic Development Commission
  • Harbor Management Commission
  • Mayor and Council
  • Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Police and Community Together (PACT)
  • Retirement Board
  • Utilities Commission
  • Youth Advisory Committee
  • Zoning Board of Appeals


Click here and here to review boards and commissions in detail.

DEPARTMENT CONTACTS

Building & Zoning - zb@cityofgroton-ct.gov or (860) 446-4104

City Clerk - clerk@cityofgroton-ct.gov or (860) 446-4102

Economic Development - patrickc@cityofgroton-ct.gov or call (860) 446-4066

Finance - financedept@cityofgroton-ct.gov or (860) 446-4110

Fire Department - fire@cityofgroton-ct.gov or (860) 445-2456

Groton Utilities - gucustomerservice@grotonutilities.com or (860) 446-4000

Human Resources - hr@cityofgroton-ct.gov or (860) 449-5510

Parks & Recreation - pr@cityofgroton-ct.gov or call us at (860) 446-4128

Planning & Zoning - creanel@cityofgroton-ct.gov or call (860) 446-4169

Police Department - policedept@cityofgroton-ct.gov or (860) 445-2451

(for emergencies, dial 911)

Public Works - highway@cityofgroton-ct.gov or call us at 860-446-4127

The City of Groton Police Department is sponsoring a Citizens Police Academy. The purpose of this academy is to provide the local community with information as it relates to the function and activities of the City of Groton Police Department.


The program will begin on Monday, March 18, 2024, starting at 6 p.m. and will run for 8 weeks. Must be at least 18-years old to participate.


Location: C-10 Conference room at the City of Groton Municipal Building (295 Meridian Street)


Topics to be covered:

  • Hiring process
  • Criminal/mv laws
  • Motor vehicle stops
  • Juvenile law
  • Domestic violence
  • DUI and accident investigation
  • Use of force
  • ...and more


All applications must be received to the City of Groton Police Department no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, March 4, 2024. Click here to view the application or stop by the police department to pick one up.


Completed applications can be submitted via:

  • U.S. Mail: City of Groton Police Department, Attention Sgt. Jason Brucker, 295 Meridian Street, Groton, CT 06340
  • Email: bruckerj@cityofgroton-ct.gov
  • Hand Delivered: City of Groton Police Department, 295 Meridian Street, Groton, CT 06340

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

  • Entry Level Police Officer
  • Dispatcher
  • Entry Level Police Officer - CPCA Exam


Apply online at policeapp.com.

CITY CABARET

Azalea Drive Duo

Sunday, February 18 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm

City of Groton Municipal Building Auditorium (295 Meridian Street)

Cost: FREE


City Cabaret is a series of indoor concerts which start in January each year. These concerts are held in an intimate setting that gives spectators an opportunity to see smaller musical groups, allowing for a more-up close and personal experience.


All concerts are held on Sundays and are performed at the City of Groton Municipal Building Auditorium. Concerts begin at 3:00 p.m. and end at roughly 5:00 p.m. and they are always free!

FAMILY & ADULT SWIM

Family Swim, for Groton City Residents takes place on Sundays, from 5:00-6:30 pm at the Avery Point Pool in Groton (UCONN Avery Point Campus). This program requires pre-registration and provides for great family free time in the pool (Adults must stay, this is not a drop off program, and this is not instructional swim.).

Fee is $10 per household (for the whole winter session 1/7-3/10) and registration can be done Online at Memberships (recdesk.com) or by calling our Office at 860-446-4128. Family Swim is every Sunday evening with March 10th being the last day (no swim on 1/14 or 2/18 due to holiday weekends).


Adult Swim, for Groton City Residents, is held on Tuesdays & Thursdays (Adults Only) from 9:00-11:00 am at the Avery Point Pool in Groton (UCONN Avery Point Campus). This program (not instructional, open swim only) requires pre-registration and can be done Online at Programs (recdesk.com) or by calling our Office at 860-446-4128. This is an ongoing, year-round, open adult swim (registration must be repeated yearly in September or any time after that) and is free for Groton City residents. Campus parking charges may apply, hourly PayByPhone is charged only between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.

REMINDERS

Easten Point Season Passes

Gift certificates toward a 2024 Eastern Point Beach season pass are now available in the Parks & Recreation office!


Fall/Winter Program Brochure

The latest Program Brochure for our Fall/Winter events and classes from the City of Groton Parks & Recreation Department is now available. Copies have been mailed to residents and are also available online and at the Parks & Recreation office.


Rent the Zbierski House at Eastern Point Beach

Small party, year-round rental venue at Eastern Point Beach with breathtaking views of Long Island Sound! Holds 50 people, tables and chairs are included. Limited kitchen on premise along with 2 bathrooms. Additional parking fees apply during open beach season. Visit cityofgroton.recdesk.com or call 860-446-4128 for further details.

SAVE THE DATE!

2024 CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION

Collection schedule:


  • Wednesday, January 24


Please have your Christmas Trees curbside by 7 am

PLEASE DO NOT PLACE TREES IN PLASTIC BAGS!

REMINDERS

  • During the Winter Season, it is important to keep the roadways clear to allow access for our plows. This includes removing basketball hoops, please remove all basketball hoops from the road for the winter season.


  • If you see a catch basin that is clogged or full, please report it to the Public Works Department for cleaning at 860-446-4127.


  • The City of Groton sells trash containers. The design is compatible with automated and semi-automated lifters, fit onto our garbage truck and are easy to tilt and roll. Click here for more information.

RFP: SHORE AVENUE SEAWALL RECONSTRUCTION

The City of Groton will receive sealed bids at the Office of the Purchasing Agent, 295 Meridian Street, Groton, Connecticut 06340, until 11:00 A.M. on February 1, 2024, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. Click here to view the RFP.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING

  • February 7 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm | Economic Development Commission Meeting
  • February 21 | 6:30 - 9:00 pm | Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting


RIBBON CUTTING CELEBRATION

Thank you to all who joined us on December 21 for our 1st Ribbon Cutting Celebration. Congratulations to Twisted MistyAngelique Aesthetics, and Ally on Thames on the opening of your businesses. The City of Groton appreciates your investment in the community and the exceptional service you provide clients. May the confidence you've shown in the future of this community be rewarded with many years of success.

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE PLANNING UPDATE - CAPACITY BUILDING

Over the coming months, City of Groton departments will patriciate in a series of Capacity Building meetings and workshops where they will collaborate with representatives from SLR Consulting, the Nature Conversancy, CIRCA, UConn Extension, and Baker Cover Watershed Commission to further assess and implement recommendations identified in Chapter 4 of the Community Resilience Plan; identify projects; and complete action implementation assessments.


Pilot projects include;

  • Stormwater Assessment of the Five Corners Neighborhood; 
  • Tree Canopy Management Plan; and
  • Rain Gardens 


An Implementation assessment provides the following information:

  • Project (Title, Description, Type, Benefit, and Location)
  • Needed support (Information, Services and Funding est.) 
  • Potential Partners and Funding Sources 


You can review the 2022 Community Resilience plan here.


Below is a list of the seven objectives identified in the Community Resilience Plan:

  1. Reduce stormwater and flooding from impervious surfaces
  2. Mitigate the impacts of increased urban heat islands
  3. Enhance resilience of local businesses
  4. Create a flood-resilient shoreline
  5. Improve resilience of transportation networks
  6. Increase resilience of socially vulnerable populations
  7. Lead by example – municipal resilience actions


The Mayor’s Office has identified the following action items/ recommendations as high priority:

4.1.1   Conduct a stormwater hydraulics and hydrology study of five corners

4.1.3   Pursue Stormwater Mitigation grant opportunities

4.1.5   Pursue installation of rain gardens

4.2.2   Plant trees on City property

4.2.3   Pursue creation of a “Blue Infrastructure Network”

4.2.3   Promote “Green Corridors”

4.3.3   Leverage the Coastal Vulnerability Working Group

4.4.2   Upgrade Shore Avenue seawall

4.5.1   Improve evacuation route map, communication, and signage (planning)

4.5.1   Develop and increase awareness of evacuation routes

4.6.1   Engage youth

4.7.1   Conduct Municipal Assets Vulnerability Assessment

4.7.2   Incorporate climate change into municipal planning

4.7.2   Incorporate climate change into operations procedures

 

All parties interested in resilience planning and/or capacity building in the City of Groton are encouraged to contact Cierra Patrick, Economic Development Manager, at Patrickc@cityofgroton-ct.gov.

REMINDERS

Building or Renovating?

Schedule a one-on-one meeting with the Planning & Economic Development team to discuss your ideas and plans for your property. To schedule an appointment email Patrickc@cityofgroton-ct.gov.


Commercial Space for Sale or Rent?

There's a growing interest for commercial space from enthusiastic entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their business to the City of Groton. If you have available space, email Cierra Patrick to discuss ways the City of Groton can help.


City of Groton's Bi-Weekly Business Update

Sign up here to receive our bi-weekly business updates prepared by the City of Groton's Economic Development staff.

GREATER GROTON COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PLATFORM

Join the Conversation!

Click here to sign-up for the Greater Groton Community Engagement Platform and participate in community discussions and planning efforts throughout Groton.  

Groton Utilities wants you to know that you can pay your utility bill anytime, from anywhere, and anyway you want!


  • Mail a Check: Send to Groton Utilities, PO Box 4109, Woburn, MA 01888-4109


  • Pay By Phone: Call (860)-446-4000, Select Option 1.



Bill Memorial Library

240 Monument St., Groton


Music & Movement

Children and their grownups are invited to our Music & Movement program on Tuesdays at 10:00 AM beginning January 23. Join us for songs and activities with LIVE music! We’ll have you and your little one moving and grooving as we sing, stretch, and explore music with instruments. This program is supported by CT Humanities and no registration is required. Call the library at 860-445-0392 for more information.


Visit the library's Facebook page 

for a full list of events.

Lyman Allyn Art Museum

625 Williams St., New London


Science Saturday

January 20 |11:00 am


Free Frist Saturday

February 3 |11:00 am


Kinship, Trade and Culture Eastern Long Island and the Thames

February 7 | 6:00pm



Visit their Calendar of Events for a full list of upcoming events.

Hygienic Art

79 Bank Street, New London


Screening Room XLV

January 26 | 7 pm


Hygienic Music Lounge

February 3 | 6 pm


Live Comedy Night

February 8 | 8 pm


Visit their website for a full list of events and exhibitions.

Garde Arts Center - 2024 Breezeline Winter Cinema Series

325 State Street, New London


The 2024 Breezeline Winter Cinema Series opened on Friday, January 19, 2024 and features more than twenty of the best films of 2023 on the giant screen of the Garde Movie Palace. A $65 season pass (plus fees) provides savings up to 78% off single ticket prices and email notices of films as they are added and any schedule changes.


Click here to view the full cinema schedule

In the spirit of participatory democracy, it is the vision of the America 250 | CT Commission that rather than planning one single commemorative event in 2026, we are encouraging organizations and individuals around the state to make meaning of this anniversary in their own way.  


Visit ct250.org for resources, local contacts, sign up for mailing list and more!  View/download Planning Guide HERE for suggested commemorative themes, ideas, and info.


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