Mar 272013

The GHA is the primary provider of low-income and affordable rental housing in Groton. We are a state-chartered agency managed by a locally-elected volunteer five-member Board of Commissioners and a paid Executive Director. The GHA currently has 20 elderly apartments and five family units at Petapawag Place (across from First Parish Church). We also have 12 other family units in various locations throughout Groton, including nine units on Sandy Pond Road (near Shaw’s Supermarket). In addition, we are currently working to develop a property on Nashua Road to provide at least six more affordable family units.

The GHA Board meets monthly at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of the month; meetings are held in the GHA offices at Petapawag Place. Board members are elected for as 5-year term. One of our current Board members has found that his other business and family obligations have made it impossible to continue as a Board member, and is therefore not running for re-election this spring. Unfortunately, this was not brought to our attention until too late for any candidates to get on the ballot. Therefore we are looking for write-in candidates.

If you are interested and would like more information about the GHA, please call our Executive Director, Lisa Larrabee, at 978-448-3962. Regarding write-in voting, the most important things are to get the candidate’s name written legibly (spelled correctly is nice, too) on the ballot, and to remember to mark the ballot after writing the candidate’s name in.

Technically, you are supposed to include the candidate’s address, but if the name is legible, the address is unnecessary. If you are running a write-in campaign, it’s always a good idea to let the Town Clerk (978-448-1100) know before the election so that ballot counters are made aware of your candidacy….

Sincerely yours.

Brooks Lyman
Groton Housing Authority