2020 Meeting Schedules
- Athletic Fields Task Force
- Beautification Commission
- Board of Assessment Appeals
- Board of Education (Multiple Groups)
- Cable Television Advisory Council
- Central Groton Fire District
- Conservation Commission
- Community Development Advisory Committee
- Copp Family Park Board of Overseers
- Eastern Connecticut Health and Medical Cooperative
- Economic Development Commission
- Golf Advisory Board
- Groton Housing Authority
- Groton Library Board
- Groton Long Point Association
- Groton Parks Foundation
- Groton Resilience and Sustainability Task Force
- Groton Traffic Authority
- Harbor Management Commission
- Historic District Commission
- Inland Water Authority
- Learn Board of Directors
- Learn Executive Committee
- Ledge Light Health District Board of Directors
- Mystic Fire District
- Mystic River Park Commission
- Noank Fire District Executive Committee
- Noank Fire District Park Commission
- Noank Fire District Zoning Board of Appeals
- Noank Fire District Zoning Commission
- Old Mystic Fire Department
- Old Mystic Fire District
- Parks and Recreation Commission
- Permanent School Building Committee
- Pequot Woods Board of Trustees
- Planning and Zoning Commission
- Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department
- Retirement Board
- Representative Town Meeting
- Shellfish Commission
- Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments
- Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments Regional Planning Commission
- Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resources Recovery Authority
- Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resources Recovery Executive Committee
- Southeastern Connecticut Housing Alliance
- Southern Connecticut Water Authority
- Student Support Services Building Committee
- Town Council
- Town Council Committee of the Whole
- Town Council Personnel and Appointments Committee
- Trails Coordinating Task Force
- Water Pollution Control Authority
- Youth Advisory Council
- Zoning Board of Appeals
Citizens' Petitions and Public Hearings
Any citizen may speak under the Receipt of Citizens' Petitions portion of the agenda. The Council may limit the time allowed, usually to 10 minutes, and will not engage in debate with the citizen. Some discussion for clarification may occur, and the Mayor may refer the subject to a council committee, to the Town Manager, or to another appropriate agency for action or information.
A Public Hearing is conducted after notice has been given regarding an ordinance. The Mayor opens the public hearing, usually a staff report is presented, and then citizens may present their comments, their support, or their opposition.
The Mayor will then close the public portion of the hearing. The Council will usually discuss the issue at a subsequent meeting, and then render its decision.
At the annual Budget Public Hearing the Council may limit the time allowed, but all who wish to speak concerning the Budget will be heard.
During this portion of the meeting each committee chairman presents a report on any meeting held. The committee report usually concerns items on that night's agenda, but also covers ongoing referrals.
The Consent Calendar consists of routine items that are voted on with one motion. Discussion may occur and changes to the Consent Calendar can be made.
Communications and Reports
Councilors report on correspondence received, telephone calls, meetings with citizens, and other events. The Mayor may refer items that come up during these reports to the appropriate committees.
This portion of the Agenda includes resolutions, ordinances, or other motions that have been reported on by committee and are scheduled for action at this meeting. A councilor will read the resolution, discussion may occur, and then the Council will vote on a motion to approve.
Other actions, such as amending or referral to another committee, may take place. Some resolutions and ordinances, especially those concerning appropriation of money, may be referred to the RTM for approval.
Types of Council Action
Official action by the Town Council may take the following forms:
- An ORDINANCE is a town law which can only be amended or repealed by adoption of another ordinance. A proposed ordinance requires legal notice and a public hearing. An ordinance is generally of a permanent nature.
- A RESOLUTION is used to express Town Council policy; it directs certain administrative or legal action; it may be changed by subsequent resolution.
- A MOTION is used to indicate approval or denial of a procedural action such as a report or recommendation.
- All actions require at least 5 votes in favor in order to pass.
Your opportunity to speak on any subject is under "Citizens' Petitions" shortly after the beginning of the meeting. You will be asked to give your name and address, and may be limited to 10 minutes. There is a sign-up sheet provided on the table in the meeting room.
At a Public Hearing, you must also give your name and address, and your comments will be limited to the subject of the hearing.