GROTON -- While meeting July 15, the Board of Selectmen:
* Voted to make initial appointments to the Green Communities Act Research Committee including Bruce Easom from the Conservation Commission, town planner Michelle Collette, and Groton Electric Light Department manager Kevin Kelly.
Other members including those from the school district and a local builder were yet to be identified.
The Green Communities Act was passed by the state's legislature establishing a Green Communities Division that is to recruit towns and cities for a program intended to promote "energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives."
If Groton joins, it could receive up to $135,000 in grant money. For that reason, selectmen voted earlier in the month to create the research committee and charged it to conduct a cost analysis to see what if any expense there might be to the town in joining, to prepare a warrant article for town meeting if the decision were made to move forward with joining, and to prepare a draft application for membership.
* Ratified the hiring of Michael Bettano as a desktop repair technician in the town's small but growing Information Technology Department.
* Learned that a second RFP (Request For Approval) for the redevelopment of the mothballed Squannacook Hall yielded a new applicant. Town manager Mark Haddad, expressed satisfaction with the applicant, promising to fill in the board in more detail at
* Learned that a first draft of a Light Department Building Project Post Mortem Report has been prepared and that its meeting of Aug. 12 has been scheduled for discussion of the document. The post mortem was ordered following a sometimes contentious review process dealing with plans by the Groton Electric Light Department to build a new headquarters complex on its property along Station Avenue.
* Ratified the appointment of Wendy Good to the Trails Committee.
* Appointed Geanine Haberlin to fill an open seat on the Park Commission.
* Approved a carry-in liquor license for Johnson's Restaurant located along Boston Road. Board member Anna Eliot expressed concern about the family atmosphere of the business that includes an ice cream stand. Selectmen restricted the use of alcohol to indoors only and during the hours of noon to 9 p.m.
* Learned that the town now has its own Twitter account, which can be accessed by way of its website.