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UniteCT – Emergency Rental Assistance — April 13, 2021


Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 — April 9, 2021

Spring Leaf Collection Begins April 21st — April 5, 2021

Leaves in BagsThe Public Works Department will be collecting leaves throughout the City of Groton on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 19, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (Final Leaf Collection for Spring)


ONLY place leaves in biodegradable paper bags, trashcans or cardboard boxes not larger than thirty-five (35) gallons.

Please do not sweep your leaves into the street or road. Leaves accumulate into the catch basins and clog them up creating drainage problems. Your help with this situation will be greatly appreciated.

Grass Clippings are no longer acceptable at the landfills – please compost or mulch grass clippings on your lawn. Do not blow grass clippings in the street – they accumulate into the catch basins and clog them up creating drainage problems. The City of Groton cannot take grass clippings with the leaf pickup or trash collection.

Place tree twigs or hedge trimmings in with regular trash.

Together we can all keep our City Beautiful!

Groton Utilities Spring Rebate Promotion — April 1, 2021

Good Friday Holiday – Trash/Recycling Pick up on April 1st — March 29, 2021

The City of Groton is closed this Friday for the Good Friday holiday. For those who usually have their trash or recycling picked up on Friday, your pickup this week will be Thursday, April 1st.

Municipal Building Reopening on April 5th, Monday through Thursday. — March 22, 2021

Mayor Keith Hedrick has authorized the reopening of the City of Groton Municipal Building beginning on April 5, 2021. The building will be open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The building will remain closed on Fridays.

In the meantime the building’s current hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Regional Household Hazardous Waste Day Schedule for 2021 — 

West Side School Project – Brandegee Avenue Sidewalk Closure — March 18, 2021

Concerts in the Park Schedule Released — March 5, 2021

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Coyotes in Connecticut — March 4, 2021


Coyote – Canis latrans (Photo by VJAnderson)

We have received concern regarding aggressive coyotes in the City, specifically near the golf course. Below is a summary of the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection web page on living with Coyotes.



  • A typical coyote resembles a small, lanky German shepherd
  • Coyotes tend to be more slender and have wide, pointed ears; a long, tapered muzzle; yellow eyes; slender legs; small feet; and a straight, bushy tail which is carried low to the ground.
  • Most adults are about 48-60 inches long from nose to tail and weigh between 30 to 50 pounds



  • Coyotes are opportunistic and use a variety of habitats
  • A coyote’s diet consists predominantly of mice, woodchucks, squirrels, rabbits, deer, some fruits, carrion, and when available, garbage.
  • Some coyotes will also prey on small livestock, poultry, and small pets.
  • In Connecticut, unsupervised pets, particularly outdoor cats and small dogs (less than 25 pounds) are vulnerable to coyote attacks.


Living with Coyotes:

  • The risk of a coyote attacking a person is extremely low.
  • Coyotes will attack and kill pets, especially cats and small dogs.
  • The best way to protect pets is to not allow them to run free.
  • Cats should be kept indoors, particularly at night, and small dogs should be on a leash and under close supervision at all times.
  • Homeowners should eliminate other sources of attraction to coyotes including pet food left outdoors, table scraps on compost piles, decaying fruit below fruit trees and bird seed below feeders.
  • You can attempt to frighten away coyotes by making loud noises (shouting, air horn, or banging pots and pans) and acting aggressively (e.g., waving your arms, throwing sticks, spraying with a garden hose).
  • Coyotes are most active at night.


Helpful Links:

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Coyote Information

How to Avoid Conflict with Coyotes

Distinguishing between Coyotes, Wolves and Dogs