March 24: Cayuga Health and Tompkins County Open New COVID-19 Sampling Center in Ithaca       CLICK HERE FOR PRESS RELEASE

The Town Hall has been CLOSED to public access at least until April 15th
Please continue to check back for updates and new information as the COVID-19 situation changes.
Please use links provided below for more information from Tompkins County, NYS Deptartment of Health, CDC, etc.

April Board Meetings

Due to health and safety concerns related to COVID‐19, and in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 202.1, the Groton Town Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm, will be held via videoconferencing using Zoom.  The public will have an opportunity to see and/or hear the meeting live and a transcript will be made available at a later date. The agenda, an agenda packet, and instructions on how to access the virtual meeting will be posted  by Monday, April 13th. 


Additionally, the Town of Groton Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, 2020, and the Planning Board Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2020 has been canceled.

COVID-19 Announcement From the Town of Groton

March 16, 2020.  In response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in our area and the expected spread of the disease, the Town of Groton is taking the following steps to mitigate the spread and severity of the virus.


The Town of Groton implores its residents, business owners, churches, organizations, and health professionals to consider the following prudent and responsible measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Our present population includes a high number of elderly residents and also those with compromised immune systems. Please consider the following measures to prevent the virus from spreading:

1.     Suspending church services, social and recreational activities and events

2.     If you develop symptoms of illness including fever, cough, or trouble breathing, call your healthcare provider before   you go to the office.

3.     Limit contact with the elderly and social visits to the nursing home, however do maintain contact by phone, e-mail or other electronic means.

4.     Limit gatherings of people and keep appropriate distances from people. The CDC recommends a minimum of 6 feet.

5.     Use excellent hygiene practices both personally and professionally. Be vigilant disinfecting surfaces that are used by multiple people.

6.     Maintain contact by phone, e-mail, or other electronic means with the elderly, neighbors and family and take appropriate action if there is a need for help.



Get updated information on COVID-19 at:


​For more information go to the  Tompkins County Health Department website:

Phone: 607-274-6604

Frequently Asked Questions are here:

A hotline is available for New Yorkers to call for information about COVID-19: 1-888-364-3065.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:




World Health Organization:


Visit the CDC’s Traveler’s Health webpage for the latest travel health notices at:



Information About Town Services and Contact Information


The Town Clerk will be in the office part time and will be checking phone messages, emails, the drop box, faxes and mail.   Please use these modes of communication if possible.  Town Clerk, April Scheffler: Phone 607‐898‐5035; Fax 607‐898‐3086; email; mailing address: PO Box 36, Groton, NY 13073.  If you feel that you absolutely must meet with the Clerk, it may be possible to arrange an appointment by calling or emailing.



  • Tax Payments ‐ As of April 1, 2020, all tax payments must be made to Tompkins County Finance, 125 East Court St, Ithaca, NY 14850.  Call 607-274-5545 for amount owed.


  • Dog licenses ‐ Expiration dates for March & April licenses have been extended until May 31.  If you submit your renewal before then please mail or put in drop box.  They can be renewed with credit card or debit card over the phone with an additional $1.75 service fee.  New licenses can be submitted by mailing the application found by CLICKING HERE


  • Handicap Permits ‐ Submit a complete application with doctor’s signature by mail, fax, in our drop box, or email.  Please include a copy of your driver license for documentation.


  • Fishing Licenses ‐ Visit and you can buy a license online and print it or have it mailed to you.  Or you can call 1-866-933-2257 and buy a license and have it mailed to you.


  • Marriage licenses ‐ Please call or email to schedule an appointment.


  • Copies of Marriage Certificates/Transcripts ‐ Contact Clerk’s Office by phone or email to discuss options.


  • Building Permits and Inspections ‐ Due to the Governor's order that all construction be stopped, building permit applications will not be accepted until further notice.  For any Code questions, contact Rick Fritz at 607‐591‐9898 or


  • Applications for Subdivision, Site Plan Review, and Variances ‐ Planning Board Zoning Board of Appeals meetings will not be held until the requirement for social distancing has been lifted.


  • Highway Department ‐ Also shut down at least until April 15th.  The Highway Superintendent, Mike Perkins will be checking phone message routinely 607‐898‐3110. You can also leave a message with the Town Clerk by phone or email.  If there is an emergency situation on a town road and no one is available, call 911.


  • Town Supervisor ‐ The Supervisor, Don Scheffler, will be regularly checking phone messages and emails and will return your messages.  Phone 607‐898‐5102; email

Please Note: The Official Newspaper for the Town of Groton is now the Cortland Standard.  All Legal Notices required by law will be published in the Cortland Standard.  They will also be posted on this website. View by clicking the Notices Tab .




The Town of Groton is seeking an individual to fill a vacant position on the Town of Groton Planning Board.  Applications are available at the Town Clerk’s Office at 101 Conger Blvd.  or online at  Applications must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office.


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