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Applications Now Accepted for Community Service Award — May 25, 2020

Recycling – What you CAN and CANNOT Recycle — May 22, 2020

Recycling is as important now as it has ever been – if not more so. The earth cannot sustain sending trash to landfills endlessly. Incinerator plants can lead to air and water pollution. The earth is not ours to trash, and we need to treat it better. Plastics, while convenient, takes centuries to break down. That water bottle that you just tossed into the trash will still be around for hundreds of years if not properly recycled. We all need to take the time to make sure that we take care of the earth, and recycling is the least that we can do.

Fortunately, the City of Groton believes strongly in recycling. As part of our recycling program we want to help you determine what items are recyclable, and what items you should be throwing in the trash. While it would be nice if everything was recyclable, that is currently not the case – and throwing non-recyclable items in the wrong bin can cost time and money.

Mayor Keith Hedrick recorded an informative video explaining and demonstrating what is and what is not recyclable.


The following are items that people often question whether they are recyclable or not. These items are NOT recyclable. Please keep in mind that not all plastics are recyclable.

Plastics: Non-plastics:
Straws Greasy pizza boxes
Plastic utensils Packing peanuts
Coffee cups Styrofoam or polystyrene containers
Bubble wrap Aerosol Cans
Plastic bags Window, mirrors, broken glass
Keyboards Hardcover books
Dirty plastic Waxes paper cartons
Plastic wrap Electronics
Most water bottle caps Cleaning products
Shower curtains Clothes hangers
Medical waste


This is not a complete list, but covers a lot of ground. To check on items not included here please go to the Willimantic Waste Website and use the lookup tool on the front page.

For more information see the City of Groton Recycling Guide posted on the website.



Summer Sanitation Hours Begin May 26th — May 21, 2020

Summer Sanitation Hours Start on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Summer Sanitation Hours begin at 6:00 am – everyone should have their trash and/or recycling out for pickup out by 6:00 am in the morning.

Bulky Waste and Leaf Collection Now Available — 

The City of Groton Public Works Department will be fully staffed as of Tuesday, May 26th. As a result we are reinstating Bulky Waste scheduled pick ups as well as the remainder of the Leaf Collection schedule. To schedule a Bulky Waste pick up date please call the Public Works Office at 860-446-4127.

The last remaining date on the leaf collection schedule is Wednesday, May 27th. If you still have leaves that need to be picked up after that date please call the office to schedule a pick up. 860-446-4127.

Memorial Day Trash/Recycling Schedule — May 20, 2020

Due to the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 25th trash and recycling normally picked up on Monday will be picked up on Tuesday instead.

Mayor Hedrick Announces Opening of Eastern Point Beach – Video — May 19, 2020

Eastern Point Beach Opening June 20th — 

The City of Groton will be opening Eastern Point Beach as scheduled on June 20th, with restrictions. Beach capacity will be limited to ensure proper social distancing.

Beach passes will be on sale starting this Saturday, May 23rd online. Beach passes are non-refundable. Due to limited capacity, purchase of a beach pass does not automatically mean you will get into the beach. This includes City residents and walk-ins.

Beach-Pass Purchasing Information:

  • Passes can be purchased online at the City of Groton Parks and Recreation website beginning Saturday, May 23rd.
  • If you are unable to purchase a pass online you may mail in your pass request with a copy of ID, a copy of your vehicle registration and a check or you may drop it off at the blue box on the landing outside of the Municipal Building.
  • Passes will not be sold in person at the Municipal Building or at the beach gate. No cash will be accepted.
  • Passes will be mailed to your home address.
  • No day passes will be sold – you must have a pre-purchased pass.


Restrictions and Rules for the 2020 Beach Season:

  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be limited to City of Groton residents only.
  • Walk-ins will be limited to City residents only.
  • The concession stand will not be open.
  • Picnic tables and grills will not be available.
  • All minors must be accompanied by an adult when on Eastern Point Beach property.


Safety Measures and Face-Mask Requirements:

  • Patrons will be required to wear masks from their vehicles to their destinations and when walking around beach property when unable to maintain socially distancing.
  • Patrons will be required to wear masks in the bathrooms.
  • Social distancing will be enforced on the beach.
  • Parents are expected to ensure that their children follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Bathrooms may be monitored and have limited occupancy.
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Patrons who do not follow these guidelines will be asked to leave the beach. If you are removed from the beach on multiple occasions, your beach pass will be revoked for the season.


We are asking patrons to please be respectful of others with the amount of space they take up on the beach as well as how long they stay at the beach to allow others to also enjoy the beach. This is a fluid situation. Understand that the beach may only be open for part of the season, beach times and rules may change based on the fluctuating and unknown conditions at the national, state and local levels.

We ask that all patrons be respectful and patient with staff and changing rules this summer.  We are in unprecedented times and the City of Groton is working to ensure a healthy, safe and fun summer for all.






Reopening Businesses – Outdoor Seating Permits and Information — 

reopen connecticut logoThe City of Groton shares your determination to reopen your establishments and return your employees to work. To support these goals, the City of Groton has established a Business Reopening Task Force. The Task Force is designed to assist businesses with their reopening and guide them in the safety protocols provided by the.  Members of the team include the Mayor Hedrick and the Mayor’s office and members of the, Fire, Police, Zoning, Building, and Economic Development Departments.  We have prepared this document to assist with expanding outdoor areas for restaurants. We now have included a streamlined process to enlarge or establish an outdoor dining area throughout the pandemic period.  When restrictions for indoor dining are eased, we stand ready to work with your team to implement safety protocols for those future operations.

Our Task Force will work with you and your staff to address the many challenges ahead. We are committed to supporting your operations and return to profitability. For assistance, please contact Carlton Smith, Building and Zoning Official 860-446-4134 or Cierra Patrick, Economic Development Specialist, at 860-446-4066 or for specific questions regarding the permit process.

The City of Groton will be following the guidelines established by Governor Lamont in the REOPEN Connecticut guidelines.


New/Expanded/Tent Outdoor Seating Information and Requirements

Outdoor Seating Permit:

  • Expansion of a previously approved indoor/outdoor dining area or establishment of new outdoor dining requires submission of the two Outdoor Seating Permit documents found at the bottom of this page to be approved by the Building Official, Fire Marshal, and Zoning Officials (ALL FEES WAIVED).
  • Temporary outdoor dining permits and expansion of existing permits will be valid until full indoor dining restrictions are lifted by the State of CT.
  • Outdoor Seating Permit MUST include:
    • Property owner signature/authorization
    • A site plan sketch is required with permit indicating new, expansion or tent area. You may use the Town of Groton GIS property maps.
    • Outdoor dining area must be clearly delineated by railings, stanchions, or other suitable barriers and shown on the plan. No service shall be permitted outside delineated area.
    • Handicap access to and from the seating to the building, restrooms, and parking areas must be shown on the plan.


General Outdoor Seating Information

  • Patio space and tents shall not block fire department access.
  • No outdoor food or beverage prep shall be permitted.
  • Social distancing must be maintained. No waiting queues are permitted; patrons required to make reservations or have a mobile device notification.
  • No parties greater than 5.
  • Outdoor area must close no later than 9:00 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday) 11:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
  • Must maintain clear path for pedestrians a minimum of 6’. Failure to abide by the required criteria can be cause for the City of Groton to revoke the right to have outdoor seating
  • Number of persons permitted in the outdoor space is limited to 50% of normal occupancy load. Any questions about the current occupant load for the business establishment should be directed to the fire marshal’s office, 860-446-4106 or e-mail


Tent Requirements

If tents are erected permits are required only for tents greater than 400    square feet in area or 700SF in total if open on all sides.

Membrane material should comply regardless of the size of the tent.

Tents over 900 sq. feet will require a physical inspection from the Office of the Fire Marshal and the Building Department prior to permit use. All tents must comply with the following:

  • No Sides
  • No heaters under the tent o No cooking under the tent
  • All tents up to 900 sq. ft. can only be occupied by 50 people or less
  • Electricity is permitted with a Building Department Inspection
  • Any tent within excess of 10,000 square feet should not be closer than 12 feet to another structure.
  • No smoking, fireworks or open flames of any kind shall be permitted in any tent or shelter.
  • NO SMOKING signs shall be posted.
  • No flammable liquids or gases (this includes LP gas) shall be brought into any tent.
  • Fire extinguishers are required.
  • Tents shall have at least TWO means of egress remote from each other.
  • Means of egress shall have suitable exit indicating signs.
  • Tents with center poles shall have them securely lashed to ground driven stakes
  • Tents shall not be erected for more than 180 consecutive days per CSFSC     3103.5.
  • Dining areas must be protected from vehicle traffic with an approved method (ex. Cement block/barrier) when appropriate but must not interfere with access for first responders.


Public Works Week May 17-23 — May 18, 2020

The City of Groton is proud to celebrate National Public Works Wee. In accordance with the tradition of the American Public Works Association, those who work in professions that provide and maintain public facilities and services will be recognized during National Public Works Week, May 17–23. We will use public education opportunities as a way to remind the community of the contributions of public works professionals.

American Public Works Association, sponsor of National Public Works Week, values all communities and the role public works professionals play in keeping them safe and functioning smoothly. Our objective is designed to increase public awareness of their contributions as well as to enlighten the public about the duties, practices, and goals of public works professionals. Public Works Departments do far more than you realize and we will use this week to highlight some of the lesser known jobs that they perform.

Public works professionals include those who manage refuse removal systems, road work, line painting, sidewalk repairs, sign posting as well as those responsible for maintaining public buildings and grounds. They are, in short, the people who maintain and improve the systems and services vital to a community’s health, safety and comfort.

Please join us in thanking our Public Works Department for all of their contributions to the City of Groton.

City of Groton 2020-2021 Approved Budget — May 8, 2020

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