March 15, 2020, 9:00pm
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to worsen throughout the country, Groveland still has no known presumptive cases, but the Board of Health continues to monitor the situation. In response to the new emergency orders put in place this evening by Governor Baker, please be advised that, for now, the Groveland Town Offices will remain open, but we would like residents and patrons to practice social distancing.
The health and protection of every resident and employee is our primary concern, therefore, if possible, we ask residents to please try to conduct business online through our website (www.grovelandma.com) or over the phone before deciding to come to Town Hall. At https://www.grovelandma.com/home/pages/online-payments you may pay excise, real estate tax, and water bills online. You may order copies of birth, death, marriage certificates, and dog licenses. And you may apply for, and review the status of, building permits.
For any correspondence to town hall offices, you may utilize email or the payment drop box at the entrance to town hall. To contact the offices by email or phone, please utilize our department list found here: https://www.grovelandma.com/departments
If you must enter Town Hall or the Library, please be respectful of employees and follow the social distancing policy. Please do not stand directly at the counters or employees’ desks. Please do not linger in the hallways, please conduct your business and be on your way. Please be patient with employees, who will be taking the necessary precautions for their own safety.
The Groveland Board of Health does not have the ability to test residents. For information on the Coronavirus outbreak, please visit the State’s information portal here: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19. Or call the State’s Information Hotline at 211.
As of Friday, March 13th, the Council on Aging has cancelled all programs, except scheduled AARP Tax Preparations and Shine appointments. For COA transportation or for food pantry access, please contact the office at 978-372-1101 or 978-556-7217.
As of Monday, March 16th, the Langley Adams Library has canceled or postponed all programs. If you have questions on services they will continue to offer, please visit their website at https://www.langleyadamslib.org or call them at 978-372-1732. You can call the Library to request or renew items. Also, remember that our library does not charge fines for overdue materials. While we love when items make it back on time, we understand that this may not be 100% possible for everyone right now.
Until further notice, Inspectional Services will be limiting home inspections.
In accordance with the new Emergency Open Meeting Law Regulations, all non-time sensitive board and committee meetings will be postponed. For meetings that take place, until further notice, public attendance will be limited. We ask that residents watch the live broadcast on Channel 9 and email questions you may have on the relevant topic. An email address will be identified as part of the broadcast.
Please be cognizant of those volunteers, who participate on Board or Committees, and must meet to conduct pertinent town business. If you do not need to attend a meeting, we ask that you please avoid attending and limiting the risk for all involved.
During this time of unprecedented closures, we ask that residents avoid usage of town playgrounds, as the equipment is not disinfected and could facilitate the spread of germs.
It is a challenge to maintain public safety and continue to provide a service to the residents. It is important to maintain normal operations as long as possible because this situation is evolving rapidly. The Town is monitoring the situation daily and will make changes as necessary. Please be assured that the safety of the people and employees of Groveland is paramount.