, Newburyport, MA

December 23, 2013

Five member Board of Selectmen in Groveland

Newburyport Daily News

---- — BOSTON — State Sen. Bruce Tarr and state Rep. Lenny Mirra have announced that the expansion of the Groveland Board of Selectmen to five members is now official.

Gov. Deval Patrick signed the legislation, which was jointly sponsored by Tarr and Mirra, into law last week at the Statehouse. The new law will expand the current Board of Selectmen in Groveland from three to five members. This is a move that was initiated by town officials who feel that a five-member board will be more efficient and better suit the needs of the community.

“Senator Tarr and Representative Mirra quickly recognized the historical significance of this measure and I applaud them for supporting this citizen’s petition,” said Selectman Joe D’Amore. “Town government must become more responsive to the needs of citizens and this critical change in structure is a giant step towards that end.”

Tarr said he was pleased with the move and was glad the Legislature was able to move quickly on the change before the end of the legislative session.

“Groveland deserves a town government that is modern, effective and fully representative of its citizens,” said Tarr. “This change, rooted in a local initiative, is substantial and will help to achieve these goals.”

Mirra shared in Tarr’s enthusiasm, noting that things don’t always happen quickly in the Statehouse.

“I am thrilled we were able to help out and push this law through,” Mirra said. “The town can now proceed with implementing the change for the next election without any delay.”

Mirra was also quick to praise Tarr, who was instrumental in the measure’s passage.

“When you want to get something done in the Legislature, it is nice having Senator Tarr by your side,” Mirra said. “He is extremely effective. We make a great team.”