GROTON -- The Board of Selectmen voted to appoint David Manugian to replace long-time member Michael Flynn on the Finance Committee; Dawn Dunbar as executive assistant to the town manager, replacing the departing Patrice Garvin; Town Planner Michelle Collette to the Insurance Advisory Committee; and Michael Hartnett as the town's alternate representative on the Minuteman Nashoba Health Group.

At its meeting Sept. 16, the board also:

* Learned from Town Manager Mark Haddad that the project to replace the aging Fitch's Bridge over the Nashua River with a new span came in ahead of schedule and under budget. Calling the project "extremely successful," the town manager told the board that although $480,000 had been budgeted for the bridge replacement, only $442,000 ended up being spent. "This project was outstanding," said Haddad. "It was absolutely the best public project I've ever been involved with as town manager." The new bridge was officially dedicated Sept. 15.

* Voted to charge a Trails Vision Committee, which would explore ways the town's extensive trails system could graduate from a local system to a regional one, tying into other systems in central Massachusetts. The new committee would be comprised of seven members representing different interests in town.

-- Pierre Comtois


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