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Rock and Soul Revue Playing Washington Park on 6/22 — June 19, 2018

Rock and Soul RevueThe sounds of the band Rock and Soul Revue will be featured this week at Concerts in the Park 2018 on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Park in the City of Groton. All concerts are free.

You’re gonna want to start dancing when the Rock and Soul Revue strikes up the band with Motown, rock, pop and a touch of calypso.

The concerts are designed to be especially appealing to families for a fun, inexpensive night out. Spectators are encouraged to bring their families and perhaps a picnic supper.  The concert site also has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

The remaining concerts are:

June 29 –  Mass-Conn Fusion

July 6 –  F & Blues Band

July 13 –  The Cartells

July 20 –  Jay Dempsey Band

July 27 –  9Teen.

Joe Presti provides sound production for all concerts.

Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department co-sponsor and co-produce the concert series.

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline. Food is available on site.  Groton baseball leagues will operate the concession stand.

Rock and Soul Logo

Final Call to Nominate Candidates For Nixon Community Service Award — June 15, 2018

2017 Winner Marcia Gipstein

The closing date for nominations for the fifteenth annual Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award is June 30, 2018.  Applications may be obtained at the Groton Utilities Customer Care Center at the City of Groton Municipal Building at 295 Meridian Street.  You may also call our Customer Care Center at 860-446-4000 and request an application be mailed to you.  Or use the posted form below.

Persons eligible for the award must live in Greater Groton, which encompasses the City, the Town, and any of the subdivisions or fire districts.  The person should exemplify all the qualities suggested by Groton Utilities’ slogan of “Giving back to the community.”

Groton Utilities will present the award to the winner of the fifthteenth annual Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award during City of Groton Day 2018 on August 3rd at Washington Park.

Groton Utilities named the award, The Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award, to commemorate Mrs. Nixon’s service to her community. Jackie, as she was known to most, operated a food pantry in her residence for 24 years.  She distributed food on a regular basis to many needy families.  Jackie passed away July 6, 2004 after a brief battle with cancer.

Like Jackie, the nominee’s contributions to the community should make other citizens describe the nominee as generous, committed, and other similar admirable qualities, which exemplify “service.”

Earle A. Williams was the recipient of the first Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award.  Other winners were Robert “Bob” Leeney, E. Marion “Mimi” Orkney, Lillian “Lil” Hansen, Sarah Stanley, William “Bill” Welsh, Jr., Alfred “Al” Restivo, Robert “Bob” Austin LaFrance; Archie C. Swindell, Milly Carlson, Lian Obrey, James “Jim” Streeter, Charlie Eppenghaus, and Marcia R. Gipstein.

 

Azalea Drive Kicks Off “Concerts in the Park 2018” — June 11, 2018

drum setAzalea Drive opens the Concerts in the Park 2018 season on Friday (June 15) at 6:30 p.m. in Washington Park in the City of Groton.  All concerts are free.

Azalea Drive will present a wonderful mix of music from Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Aerosmith and more.  The four-member band includes Kym, Apicelli, vocals; Ron Apicelli, guitar; Dan Solomons, bass; and Dough Church, drums.

The concert series is co-sponsored and co-produced by Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department.

The remaining concerts are:

June 22 –  Rock and Soul Revue

June 29 –  Mass-Conn Fusion

July 6 –  F & Blues Band

July 13 –  The Cartells

July 20 –  Jay Dempsey Band

July 27 –  9Teen.

Joe Presti provides sound production for all concerts.

You can check out the complete Concerts in the Park 2018 schedule during the season on the City of Groton web site while each concert will be announced on the city’s Facebook page.

Azalea Drive

Azalea Drive

For concert information or cancellation notices, call 860-446-4129, the concert hotline. Food is available on site.  Groton baseball leagues will operate the concession stand.

The concerts are designed to be especially appealing to families for a fun, inexpensive night out. Spectators are encouraged to bring their families and perhaps a picnic supper.  The concert site also has sufficient room on the basketball court for dancing.

 

NEW Phone Scam Alert — June 1, 2018

NEW Phone Scam Alert

Groton Utilities has issued a telephone scam alert as customers are currently receiving unsolicited telephone calls threatening to shut off their electricity. The callers are claiming to be the utility company and are “demanding” cash and/or gift cards within one hour or your services will be shut off. Also be aware that these calls are often coming from the phone number 860-341-5389 X 311.

Groton Utilities recommends that you always ask for identification of any caller and their telephone numbers. You can always call us directly at our Customer Service Center at 860-446-4000 to confirm the legitimacy of any unsolicited calls to your residence or business.

Groton Utilities will not disconnect a customer’s service without following our policies and procedures which insure a proper review of a customer’s account and reasonable opportunities to pay a delinquent account.

FY17 City of Groton CAFR — 

The City of Groton Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY17.

2018 Hydrant Flushing Schedule Released — May 23, 2018

Groton Utilities will begin its water main flushing and testing program Tuesday, May 29th. The program is scheduled to be completed on June 22nd, weather permitting.

All Groton Utilities customers should expect intermittent intervals of water discoloration during the water main flushing process. Groton Utilities will clean water mains according to the following schedule.

Hours of flushing are 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Hydrant flushing schedule for May 29th – June 1stFire Hydrant

•Fort Hill Road and Fort Hill Area
•Midway Oval Area
•Poquonnock Road to Highrock Road and all side streets
•New London Road
•Bel-Aire Drive
•Groton Long Point Road
•Mumford Cove
•South Road
•Thomas Road
•Long Hill Road
•South End Section of the City

Hydrant flushing schedule for June 4th – June 8th

•New Town Road
•Indian Field
•Route 117 to Ledyard Line and all side streets
•Long Hill Road
•Drozdyk Drive
•Route 12 to Ledyard Town Line
•Buddington Road
•Tollgate Road
•Route 184
•Mirra Estates
•Meridian Street
•Mid-Section of the City

Hydrant flushing schedule for June 11th – June 15th

•Thames Street
•Military Highway
•Pleasant Valley North and South
•Crystal lake Road
•Bailey Hill
•Dolphin Gardens
•Gungywamp Area Center Groton
•Route 117 toward Ledyard Line
•North End Section of the City
•Route 12 – Gales Ferry Area to Preston Line
•Long Cove Road
•Avery Hill

Hydrant flushing schedule for June 18th – June 22th

•Route 12 – Gales Ferry Area to Preston Line
•Long Cove Road
•Avery Hill
•Aljen Heights
•Route 117 to Ledyard Center
•Colonel Ledyard Highway
•Gallup Hill
•Ledyard Highlands
•Shewville Road

At various times during the cleaning, the water will be discolored due to the disturbance of naturally occurring minerals that have settled in the water mains.

The water is safe to drink. However, because of discoloration, Groton Utilities advises customers to store tap water in the refrigerator for drinking and cooking until the water clears up. Residents should also check the condition of the water prior to washing clothes and if it is discolored, delay doing laundry until the water is clear.

Please note that the dates and areas may vary slightly due to severe weather or other emergencies that may affect scheduling. For updates and changes please visit our website.

City of Groton Announces New Business Grant — May 21, 2018

The City of Groton Economic Development Commission has launched a new Business Soft-cost Grant Program (BSC). The purpose of the BSC Grant is to assist new or expanding City business owners with covering some initial, often unanticipated soft costs associated with the planning and zoning process, including surveying and architectural expenses.

The grant award serves as a reimbursement to the business or property owner for actual expenditures and can be approved for up to $1,000.

Quick Facts and the full Policies and Procedures along with the Application form can be assessed under the Doing Business tab on the front page of the city website.

Hard copies are also available at the front desk at the municipal building and the Planning/Development office in the City Municipal Building, 295 Meridian St.

“This is an exciting new development in economic development initiatives for the City and the Economic Development Commission (EDC), said Cheryl Auerbach, Chairman of the EDC.  We want our business and service community to know that we have their backs and hope that a successful launch of the BSC grant will lead to future growth in business incentives that we can offer.”

Mayor Keith Hedrick praised the work of the EDC.  “The City has supported the work of the Community and Economic Development Committee and now the Economic Development Commission as critical to growing and diversifying our economic base.  An EDC that has members that are themselves business and commercial leaders in our area, really has helped define where the City can help sustain the private investment happening here.”

For more information on this grant and other EDC initiatives, contact the Planning Department, Cierra Patrick, 860-446-4066, or patrickc@cityofgroton.ct.us.

Eastern Point Beach Season Passes on Sale Now — May 20, 2018

The City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department is happy to announce the 2018 Season Pass sale schedule. Season passes can be purchased beginning Saturday, May 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All sales are made in the lobby in the Groton City Municipal Building – please do not go to the City Office window.

Eastern Point Beach opens for the season on Saturday, June 16th.

 

2018 Season Pass Sale Schedule

May 5th – June 16th (except Memorial Day):
Monday – Friday                                 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturdays                                            9:00 am –  2:00 pm

June 18th – End of Season :

Monday – Friday                               8:00 am – 4:15 pm

Tyler House Eastern Point Beach

PRICES

 

CITY RESIDENT/CITY TAXPAYER ………………………..$32.00

CITY RESIDENT/CITY TAXPAYER 2nd VEHICLE ………………………..$22.00

SENIORS – CITY OF GROTON RESIDENTS AND CITY OF GROTON NON-RESIDENT TAXPAYERS*)………………………….. $15.00

SENIORS – TOWN OF GROTON TAXPAYER*………………………….. $32.00

(Taxpayer will be required to show current tax bill as proof.)

 

NON RESIDENTS (anyone under the age of 62) …………………………………………..$70.00

NON RESIDENT SENIOR CITIZENS (62 years and older*)………………………………………………………$48.00

 

*To be eligible for this rate, an individual must be 62
on or before Labor Day.

Passes are sold at the City of Municipal Building ONLY, 295 Meridian Street, Groton CT.
MUST bring your current car registration with you.
Only Cash and Checks accepted.

City of Groton Announces Hire of Economic Development Specialist — May 17, 2018

The City of Groton Economic Development Commission and Planning Department welcomes Cierra Patrick as the Economic Development Specialist.

Ms. Patrick has a Bachelors in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Hampton University. As well as a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Georgetown University.

Ms. Patrick has enjoyed years of professional experience in marketing, finance, and city planning. Her desire is to assist in creating thriving, inclusive, and sustainable communities. As the Economic Development Specialist for the City of Groton Ms. Patrick will assist the Economic Development Commission in developing and implementing strategies to encourage and optimize investment in the City of Groton.

“We are excited to welcome Ms. Patrick to spearhead the strategies of the Economic Development Commission. Ms. Patrick’s role complements the EDC’s efforts as they continue to support The City of Groton business and service community, for example she will be overseeing the new Business Soft Cost Grant Program.”  – Mayor Keith Hedrick

Born and raised in Southeastern Connecticut, Ms. Patrick’s aspiration is to be involved in progressive moments of community growth and economic development and to see the communities of Connecticut thrive economically.

Water Treatment Plant Project Officially Kicks Off with Groundbreaking Ceremony — May 2, 2018

WTP Groundbreaking

Governor Dannell Malloy, City of Groton Mayor Keith Hedrick, Director of Utilities Ron Gaudet, Commissioner Raul Pino, Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 Administrator Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, amongst others, break ground on project.

“Water is a matter of public trust,” so declared Governor Malloy.  Groton Utilities and its local, state and federal partners celebrated that trust at a groundbreaking enactment ceremony in the shadow of its 80-year-old Water Treatment Plant on the last day of a traditional, New England April.

All of the speakers from Gov. Dannell Malloy to Connecticut Department of Public Health, Commissioner Raul Pino, to Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 Administrator, Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, to City of Groton Mayor Keith Hedrick to Director of Utilities Ron Gaudet, emphasized what that public trust means to its citizens and stakeholders is in the form of resiliency.

The ceremony was a celebration of the construction of the renovation and improvement to Groton Utilities Water Treatment Facility.  The $54 million project is actually already underway.  R. H. White Construction Co., the low bidder, is the general contractor for the project.

The speakers stated that they are supporting that public trust with their financial commitments through low cost loans and grants.  They emphasized a commitment to improving water quality through modern treatment processes.

Part of the state and federal commitments requires Groton Utilities to interconnect with other water suppliers in the Southeastern Connecticut Region.  Officials emphasized the importance of this relationship, as they are all caretakers of water being a public trust.  Groton Utilities presently has interconnections with the Towns of Montville and Ledyard plus the Aquarion Water Company’s, Mystic Division.  Future interconnections are under study and consideration.

Mayor Keith Hedrick

City of Groton Mayor Keith Hedrick

The new Water Treatment Plant is significant in its role as an economic development catylist not only for the Greater Groton community, but also for the Southeastern Connecticut Region.

The program ended with the guest speakers and officials taking to the shovels at Groton Utilities’ Julio H. Leandri Operation Center and tossing soil from the site airward, symbolizing the official “start” of the project.

The architect designed the project to meet emerging and future standards for water quality, enhance fire protection, and provide advanced technology and process control, allowing Groton Utilities to continue its tradition of providing the highest quality water to its valued customers, local and regional.

Groton Utilities Water Division serves some 6,500 customers in the City of Groton, the Town of Groton, Noank, Groton Long Point, the Mohegan Tribal Authority, the Towns of Montville and Ledyard, and the Aquarion Water Company’s Mystic Division.

It was noted that all of this work could not have been accomplished without the efforts and dedication of past and present Groton Utilities’ employees.