GROTON -- At the Board of Selectmen's Aug. 12 meeting, board members voted to appoint Billerica selectman Michael Rosa to fill a vacancy on the Lost Lake Sewer Committee. Rosa, owner of a small machine shop in Billerica, also owns property on Lost Lake and has had a long personal connection with the neighborhood. He told selectmen in an interview that it was his concern for the long-term environmental health of the Lost Lake area that prompted him to seek membership on the committee.
*Members expressed support for plans by concerned residents to form a Sargisson Beach Committee to oversee administration of the beach. Potential membership of five to seven people was discussed and a charge is to be drawn up by the end of the year. There has been hope among supporters that some funding to help pay for maintenance costs could be found in the town's fiscal 2015 budget. When it was last open, the cost of running the beach came to about $35,000, some of which had been offset by the Greater Lowell YMCA that used the beach to give swimming lessons. Supporters were asked to return at a future meeting with a draft charge and list of potential members for consideration by the board.
*Trails Committee member Paul Funch was asked to return at a later date with a draft charge for a Trails Vision Committee. Funch asked selectmen for authorization to appoint the committee, which would explore ways that the town's extensive trails system could graduate from a local system to a regional one tying into other systems in central Massachusetts. "But it goes beyond trails," said Funch, explaining that an interconnected trail system could draw more visitors to town in a manner that allows them to explore more than just Main Street.
* Selectmen voted to appoint Katharyn Dawson to fill a vacancy on the Groton Housing Authority. Dawson, the owner of the Second Hand Prose Bookstore on Hollis Street, will serve until town election next spring, when she will have the opportunity to be elected in her own right. If that happens, she will then serve until 2017.
* The board was informed that Peter DiFranco has resigned from his position on the Finance Committee. With his resignation, said Haddad, there are now two openings on the committee, a vital component of the town's budget review and approval process. Anyone interested in applying for the open seats are urged to submit their names either to the town clerk or town manager's office.