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Request for Bid – Walker Hill Storage Tank — October 18, 2017





Contract W16-2-1


The City of Groton, Department of Utilities, requests formal bids to install a 2.2 million gallon pre-stressed concrete water tank with a diameter of 98 feet and a height to overflow of 39 feet.  The work includes site clearing, excavation and backfill for a new tank foundation; installation and maintenance of temporary sedimentation and erosion controls; construction of footings and associated walls for the new tank; the provision and installation of a new pre-stressed concrete tank, including accessory interior and exterior equipment such as exterior ladder, manway access at the base of the tank, a roof hatch, roof vent, overflow piping, interior mixing equipment to provide for uniform circulation of flow and a THM removal system consisting of both interior and exterior equipment, the installation of new exterior 16-inch water piping, valves and chamber with altitude valve; testing of new equipment and sanitizing of water mains and water in the new tank; demolition and removal of the existing 1.5 million gallon concrete water storage tank, including existing valve chamber, adjacent piping and equipment attached to the tank; installation of drainage piping and a level spreader with riprap energy dissipater; relocation of existing underground electric utilities, site restoration and appurtenant work.

Sealed Bids for the above work will be received at the office of the Department of Utilities, Project Management Section / Water Division, 1240 Poquonnock Road, Groton, Connecticut 06340 until 10:00 A.M., prevailing time, on November 16, 2017 at which place and time said bids will be publicly opened and read aloud.

Copies of the Contract Documents and Contract Plans may be obtained as follows:

  • Paper copies are available at the Water Division Project Management Office at 1240 Poquonnock, Groton, Ct 06340; or
  • PDF copies of the plans and documents will be available for viewing and download through the City of Groton website at


A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at the site of the existing tank at 10:00am on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.  Representatives of Groton Utilities will meet prospective bidders at 105 Walker Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut for the purpose of conducting a site inspection and describing the extent and location of the proposed work.  All interested parties are encouraged to be prompt and timely; a sign-in sheet will be available and all those in attendance are expected to provide names and contact information.

Modifications to the Contract Documents will be made only by written or email Addenda, duly issued by the City of Groton, Department of Utilities.  Addenda, if issued, will be sent by certified mail or emailed, return receipt requested, no later than five (5) calendar days prior to the date fixed for opening of bids.  Bid modifications and withdrawal are allowed up to the time of bid opening.

All bidders are required, at the time of bid opening and together with bid documents, to submit qualifications with respect to their record on the construction and installation of prestressed concrete tanks, in conformance with Section 1.02.A.1 through 1.02.A.7 of Technical Specifications for Prestressed Concrete Tanks.

The chosen contractor shall complete the work within the time limits set forth in the “Instructions to Bidders” and in the “General Conditions”.

Each bid submitted must be accompanied by a Certified Check or a Bid Bond in the amount of 10% of the total amount of the tendered bid and made payable to the order of the City of Groton, Department of Utilities, Water Department.

The contractor awarded the work will be required to furnish a 100% Performance Bond and 100% Labor and Materials Bond.

Contracts will be compared and awarded on the basis of (1) the lowest, responsible, responsive and qualified bidder, (2) qualitative considerations related to the proposed pre-stressed concrete water tank and other appurtenant equipment and (3) the experience and past performance of the Contractor.  The City of Groton Utilities Commission reserves the right to accept any bid or to reject any or all bids should the Commission deem it to be in the public interest to do so, or to delete or reduce the scope of any work in order to bring the cost within available funds.

All prospective bidders shall take note that the City of Groton is exempt from the payment of State of Connecticut sales tax and that the time of completion from the date of the signed Agreement – is 360 consecutive calendar days.


Free Workshop – Fundamentals in Economic Development (11/1) — October 11, 2017

The City of Groton invites you to attend a ‘Fundamentals in Economic Development’ workshop to be held at the Municipal Building on November 1st from 5:30 pm. to 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Economic development is a critical component of any community’s strategic plan. It is important that public officials across the municipal structure understand the intricacies of the local, state and global economy, and develop a strong and successful economic development foundation for their community’s future.

To help these efforts, the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC) and the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS) will be conducting a unique municipal economic development training.

The free 2-hour workshop is geared to ALL who impact economic development, and is designed to get everyone working collaboratively. The curriculum will answer the following questions

  • What is economic and community development?
  • Who is responsible for economic development?
  • What role does/should your “economicdevelopment team” and community play?
  • How do you convince your residents andbusinesses of the importance of economicdevelopment?
  • How is your municipal economy impacted by thestate, region and global economy?


Additionally, attendees will receive information about research, marketing and general economic development practices, as well as resources and tools available to achieve economic development results.


Notice of Public Hearing – Planning and Zoning Commission (10/17) — October 10, 2017

Groton Utilities Crew Heads to St. Thomas for Storm Restoration Work — October 6, 2017

Virgin Island Electric Crew

Groton Utilities is sending electric crews to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands to help with the restoration of electrical services to the storm torn Caribbean island.

The first crew will include three electric linemen and a manager for about three weeks.  Other crews will be rotating out every few weeks for the next three months.  Two vehicles, one digger truck and one pickup truck, plus a pole carrier, will be used by the crews during their restoration work.

The first crew members traveling to St. Thomas are linemen Jeffrey Lyon, Matthew Cook and Keith Lemoine.  Brian Roche will manage the crew.  They will leave Groton on Sunday morning and travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where the vehicles will be placed on barges for transporting to St. Thomas.  Crews will arrive in St. Thomas on October 11.

Groton Utilities electric crews are one of two Connecticut public power systems to commit to the St. Thomas electric restoration effort.  Norwich Public Utilities will also be involved in the restoration efforts. Crews from other municipal electric utilities in New England will join Groton Utilities in the effort, which is being coordinated by the New England Public Power Association (NEPPA), the organization representing municipally owned and operated electric companies in New England.

Groton Utilities is one of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities, which are nationally organized as the American Public Power Association (APPA).  Groton Utilities recently earned a Reliable Public Power RP3 designation from APPA for providing its consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.

Groton Utilities has been a municipally owned and operated electric utility since 1904 and serves a population of more than 35,000 in the greater Groton area, including Pfizer, Electric Boat and the U. S. Naval Submarine Base.

The American Public Power Association (APPA) is the national organization representing the nation’s more than 2,000 community- and state-owned electric utilities.

Notice of Public Hearing – Water Rate Change (10/18) — October 3, 2017

Groton Fall Festival this Saturday — 

Come celebrate your Greater Groton Community.  It’s time for you to discover Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2017.  This is a special community event created and hosted by the Groton Business Association (GBA) of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.

Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 Fall Festivalp.m. and is a rain or shine event

The main Festival site at Poquonnock Plains Park will feature exhibits by local businesses and organizations.  Artists and crafters will be displaying their skill and have wares for purchase.   A complete list of businesses, organizations, participating artists, crafters, and food vendors, can be found at  This is the official Groton Business Association (GBA) and Groton’s Twelfth Annual Fall Festival web site.

There will entertainment throughout the day, including the Groton Parks & Recreation Karate Program, Little League Pitching, Grasso Technical High School student musicians, the Mystic Aquarium Touch Tanks, Gabriele’s Martial Arts, AmtGard, a medieval foam sword fighting; and Dance Country.

Are you ready for a scarecrow hunt?  Festival attendees will receive a list of all booths with scarecrows. In order to participate, you must visit each booth and take a picture of the scarecrow. If you get a photo of every scarecrow, then return to the GMCC booth to submit your entry for a chance to win great prizes!  Attendees also get to choose their favorite scarecrow, and the Exhibitor with the winning scarecrow receives a grand prize worth over $200.00!

Food vendors will offer a variety of food and drink.

The GBA would like to recognize the companies who have committed to be a sponsor for this year’s event.  They are: Groton Utilities and the Groton Parks   and Recreation Department, Capstone Sponsors;  Stonington Odd Fellows Lodge #26, a Keystone Sponsor; and Groton Shopping Plaza, a Sandstone Sponsor; and Chelsea Groton Bank, Darrell Fox, Centurion Wealth Management; Grover Insurance, Thames Valley Communications and the Light House, Fieldstone Sponsors.

The GBA, a coalition of representatives from the local business community, the educational sector, the non-profit community and governmental units, is an affiliation of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.

Community Solar Farms Ribbon Cutting Ceremony a Success — September 22, 2017

Cutting the ribbon

SOLAR POWER CELEBRATION – Members of the community partnership which constructed three solar farms in the Greater Groton Community cut the ceremonial ribbon, celebrating completion of the project. Shown from left to right, John Burt, Town of Groton Manager; Keith Hedrick, City of Groton Mayor; Captain Paul A. Whitescarver, Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Base New London; Ron Gaudet, Groton Utilities Director; Mark Lavin, Senior Vice President for Government Development Services, Balfour Beatty Communities, Peggy Roberts, President, Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce (GMCC); and Drew Rankin, Executive Director, Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC). (Photo by Deborah Damm)

From the sounds of the national anthem sung by the Fitch High School chamber choir to the ceremonial cutting of the red ribbon, the celebration of the completion of the three solar farms in the Greater Groton Community was a resounding success.

The ceremony at Polaris Park, the site of the largest of the solar farm sites, was marked by a positive response of representatives of the community team that constructed these renewable energy facilities.

The private and public community partnership includes a broad spectrum of interests, including the U. S. Naval Submarine Base, Balfour Beatty Communities, Groton Utilities, the City of Groton, the Town of Groton, the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative, and Brightfields.

Capt. Paul Whitescarver, Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Base, New London, stated that “In total, the farms in the Polaris Park, Trident Park, and Pelican Park are expected to produce nearly 8 million kilowatt-hours every year.”

“Today, our Navy energy programs aim to reduce the Navy’s consumption of energy, decrease its reliance on foreign sources of oil, and significantly increase its use of alternative energy,” he emphasized.

Other speakers from the community partnership, including City of Groton Mayor Keith Hedrick, Mark Lavin from Balfour Beatty Communities, and Ronald A. Gaudet, Groton Utilities Director, all emphasized the major energy savings, the importance of the private-community partnership and the positive impact of this green energy source to the Groton’s energy supply mix.

The three solar facilities are expected to produce nearly eight (8) million kilowatt-hours of electric energy annually, including the following approximated lifetime benefits:

Solar Sign* 833 homes served 100 percent annually by solar energy;

* 94,000 tons of carbon eliminated;

* 1,137 cars removed from the road;

* 9,600,000 of gasoline avoided;

* 140,000 tree cleansing properties annually.

The site also contains electric storage capacity. When this storage is used in conjunction with the solar, it provides critical resiliency during the duration of the power outages.

The storage is large enough to extend electric supply for the equivalent of 100 homes for a 24-hour period.

RFQ – City of Groton and Town of Groton Joint Public Works-Highway Operations Comparative Analysis — September 20, 2017

The City of Groton and the Town of Groton are now accepting Request for Qualifications for a joint Public Works-Highway Operations Comparative Analysis to be performed.

RFQ’s must be received by the Town of Groton, Purchasing Department, 45 Fort Hill Rd., Groton, CT 06340 no later than 2:30PM on October 20, 2017.

All questions regarding the scope of services shall be directed to Eileen Cardillo, Town of Groton Purchasing Agent, at no later than 7 days before RFQ due date.

Severe Weather Storm Preparation – Red Cross — September 8, 2017

Given our most recent local weather event and the preparations being made in the southern states as it relates to hurricane impact, we would like to remind you of the steps you can take to form a plan and be prepared in the event of severe weather in our community. The American Red Cross has formulated checklists and steps for residents to follow in the event we are faced with this situation.

Storm Clean Up – September 7, 2017 — September 7, 2017

After yesterday’s unprecedented weather event, The City of Groton thanks not only its Departments that addressed many issues from the storm, but our residents who pulled together as a community.

Now it’s time to focus our attention on clean up. Our Public Works Department will be picking up tree debris, with a priority on residential property, to get our City back to normal as rapidly as possible.

To assist our staff please:

  • Keep branches and limbs under 8’ lengths
  • Trim any limb of its branches and stack in piles
  • Separate branches from limbs in piles
  • Do not put out stumps or root balls
  • Place piles curbside without interfering with roads or public safety


Public Works personnel are active in the affected areas ensuring clean up. With an obvious active hurricane season in front of us, we want to get ahead of this storms debris should we have any additional storms which impact our community.

Your cooperation, patience and help is deeply appreciated as we get this effort done. Our Foreman will address unusual circumstances for cleanup with their emphasis always being on safety. We hope to have clean up completed late next week and will stand ready should we get another event.