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Frustration in Groton Over a Simple Permit

Which fire district are you in? And which fire department shows up?

Kent Legasse worked as an army physician for 21 years, so in his words, he's not stupid.

Still, he couldn’t figure out where to go to get a burn permit to clear some brush on his property on Starr Hill Road.

Groton has nine fire districts, some of which have their own staff and apparatus, and some of which don’t. He couldn’t figure out which district he was in, and whether it had a station or not.

“I’m about ready to throw a match into the pile of brush and see what fire department shows up,” he said this week.

Legasse stopped at the Poquonnock Bridge Fire District, the city offices, the town clerk’s office, the land records office and the assessor’s office.

By the time he got there, he was so aggravated he said he asked why he was paying almost $650 a month in taxes. He grew up in Mystic, but never had to deal with this back then.

He bought the house in Groton in November.

“It's cumbersome. It’s idiotic,” he said of the system. “I think it’s because the town overlaps with the sewer districts, the fire districts, everything overlaps, but none of it’s the same line, so it is confusing.”

The city clerk finally provided the answer: Starr Hill Road is part of the Pleasant Valley Fire District, which is covered by the Groton City Fire Department.

Oh Yeah...... March 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM
The multiple fire districts are confusing and in my opinion, should be consolidated. But to find out which district you are in and many other facts about your property, go to the Town of Groton website and look up your address in the GIS function. The fire district is listed there.
Genevieve Triplett March 10, 2013 at 09:47 PM
I feel your pain....I am a Groton resident and Merchant in Mystic on the Stonington side. I also am astonished by the run around.
Steven March 12, 2013 at 05:16 PM
"The British have sent hordes of bureaucrats to eek out our existence." Patrick H. You probably spent $100 worth of time and gas ... is the fine less? I started a small forest fire and the FD thanked me for getting them out of a scheduled training ... ha!

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