On Wednesday, Jan. 25, Gov. Romney signed into law, House Bill No. 4523, for the new well in West Groton.
This Bill allows the Town of Groton’s selectmen to transfer 11.16 acres (a small portion of the 507 acre town forest and a right of way) into the control of the West Groton Water Supply District by Easement for a new well to provide improved water quality.
The timing of this signing was critical to the district in order to avoid losing the 2 percent low interest loan (for the construction of Well 18) from the state’s revolving fund that the district has qualified for.
The deadline to pass the legislation or lose the funding was Jan. 1. However, due to the outstanding effort of Selectmen Chairman G. Francis Dillon working with Rep. Robert Hargraves and Sen. Stephen Panagiotakos, a one time extension was granted until Jan. 31 for completion of the legislation.
The well project should go to bid in March, construction should start in June, with well completion expected in May/June 2007.
The district also extends a thank you to Selectman Jack Saball (liaison to the Town Forest Committee) for his assistance in working with the Town Forest Committee and the district to reach an agreement for the use of his land.
GORDON K. NEWELL