GROTON -- The Board of Selectmen accepted a donation of $5,000 from the Groton Lakes Association last week, for use in restoring Sargisson Beach for public use.

Calling it "the people's beach," association president Art Prest said that the donation was being made in memory of the group's longtime treasurer, Steve Marranzini, who passed away recently.

The board also:

* Learned from Haddad that a fire chief search committee had received 25 applications for the job and expected to begin reviewing them soon.

* Voted to authorize the town manager to sign a new five-year contract with Covanta, the town's waste disposal agent. According to DPW director Tom Delaney, due to increased competition, the company has agreed to reduce tipping fees paid by the town to dispose of its waste by $5-$10,000 per year.

* Voted to appoint former School Committee member Berta Erickson as an alternate on the Zoning Board of Appeals.