GROTON — Groton School attorney Robert Collins met with the selectmen this week and agreed on the school’s plans for the redesign of Armstrong Common.
The Common is a 500-square-foot green space located at the former intersection of Farmers Row and Shirley Road, now part of the school’s grounds.
A memorial stone located at the site was erected over 50 years ago in tribute to local resident John Armstrong who was killed in World War II.
Collins told selectmen that the school plans to set off a green space for the memorial near the former intersection with a stone bench and a small area to be paved in stone. The school agreed to leave an opening in a fence running along its property to allow easy access to the site by visitors approaching from school grounds.
“I’m okay with the plan,” said Selectman Win Nordblom, echoing the sentiments of his fellow selectmen.
Designs for the area surrounding the monument was suggested when work on landscaping around Groton School’s recently completed performing arts center building was set to begin. Almost eight years ago, the town entered an agreement with the school to discontinue Shirley Road to make room for the performing arts center. In return, the school was to reconfigure the intersection where Shirley Road connected with Farmers Row and restore the landscape around the monument.
With the board’s approval Monday, Collins said work at the site should begin in the spring.
Also Monday, the board:
Voted to appoint longtime resident Dolores Alberghini to replace the deceased Harlan Fitch on the Sewer Commission. Alberghini is a ratepayer and has agreed to serve on the commission at least until next spring’s election when she will have to decide whether to run for the remaining two years of Fitch’s term. Alberghini received the wholehearted support of the commission’s other two members, James Gmeiner and Thomas Hartnett, who said Monday that they supported her candidacy “100 percent.” …”I’m honored to serve,” Alberghini told selectmen upon her appointment.
Heard about plans to move a quilt that had been made as part of the town’s 350th anniversary celebration from where it has been on display at the public library to the Town Hall. The 84-by-84-square-inch quilt will be preserved in a glass case in the second floor conference room of Town Hall.