Groton on the Inside: New year, new plans, new beginnings!

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As we come to the end of any given calendar year, most of us begin to think about the year ahead, and many of us consider the things we might like to change or do differently, so we make those “new year’s resolutions.”


Others make specific concrete plans for improvements to things already in place or new plans for things we know we are definitely going to implement, so we head into that new year with excitement and anticipation for what lies ahead.


Here in Groton, no matter whether we follow through with our own personal resolutions or not, because, let’s face it, we don’t always do that, there are several things that we can look forward to and count on. In this week’s column, I thought it would be helpful to point some of them out, so here we go!

New municipal facility!
The Village of Groton Board of Trustees adopted a bond resolution on Nov. 19 to put feet on its plans to construct a new building to be located at 308 Main St. (the old Dates/Walters Chevrolet/Schara lot) that will house the Village Offices, the Groton Police Department the Groton Fire and Ambulance Service, and a community center; all in one location. The community room will be available for use by Groton residents and will be the location for public meetings.


The current municipal building at 108 Cortland St, where the police and fire departments are located, and the Village Office at 143 Cortland St will be put up for sale, and those funds will be put toward the debt on the new facility to help offset the borrowing amount.


A copy of the adopted resolution in its entirety is available at the Village Office or on its website at grotonny.org. We can all look forward to hearing when the groundbreaking will occur this year.

New floor at Family Dollar!
Who would ever guess that a store getting a new floor would be a newsworthy item? In Groton, it is big news because when the Family Dollar store was suddenly closed in mid-November due to safety issues surrounding the condition of its floor, it left the village with little to no options for a number of the basic needs that many rely on; especially those who are not able to travel outside the village limits.


The wait for the reopening seemed to last an eternity, but the new floor was completed, shelves were restocked with merchandise, and Family Dollar opened its doors again on Dec. 22! If you did not know that yet, you do now and can look forward to the new year with a place to purchase the things you need once again.

New highway superintendent!
Long-time Town of Groton Highway Superintendent, Richard C. Case Jr. resigned his post late in the year. The town will be hiring a new individual to fill that position immediately. Those interested should email their résumé to supervisor@grotontown.com no later than Jan. 1.


While this is not new, the parking of vehicles is prohibited between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. from Nov. 1 through May 1 on all town highway right-of-ways within the Town of Groton. Violators will be subject to a fine and vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense.


The Village Board of Trustees also reminds village residents and the public at large that no parking of any type of vehicles is permitted on village streets between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m. daily from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31. The Groton Police Department will ticket violators and vehicles may be towed away at the expense of the owner.

New website and Twitter for GCS!
Groton Central School has a new website! The address is still the same: grotoncs.org, but it has a whole new look and greatly improved functionality. Scroll along the top of the homepage and you will find a plethora of links under main headings that will bring you where you need to go with just one click, and you can find a similar mapping at the very bottom of the page.


In the center of the homepage, there are scrolling photos of things happening at the school and its faculty, staff, and students, and directly under that you will find large icons that will bring you to some of the most frequently needed places: food services, staff directory, athletics, Parent-Teacher Organization, transportation department, and Schooltool.


Have you heard about GCS’ new STEAM Learning Center? You can actually take a virtual tour of it on the website as well! There are also links to various internal news stories you can click on to hear interviews or other fun things – but they change periodically, so you’ll want to visit often!


Other handy tools are current announcements and calendar items and links right on that homepage, and at the very bottom – GCS’ new Twitter feed. Would you like to follow it or send some tweets their way? Tweet away @GrotonNYSchools. For parents, students, or anyone who would like to keep up with live athletic schedules and updates, you can download an app called ScheduleGalaxy and create an account for yourself.

New things coming
Please keep an eye on this column in the weeks and months ahead for more updates on new things such as the Groton Public Library expansion project, new and exciting additions to the Groton Food Pantry, the relocation of the Groton Women’s Center Clothing Closet from McKinley Avenue to the Open Door on Main Street, feature articles on new businesses and services, and all things important to Groton! Happy 2019!


Groton on the Inside appears weekly. Submit news ideas to Linda Competillo, lmc10@cornell.edu or 607-227-4922.

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