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The revised Granby Town Charter was adopted by a vote of 1,926 “Yes” votes and 567 “No” votes. The community appreciates the thoughtful approach taken by the Charter Review Commission members and their invaluable contribution in revising the charter.

In accordance with Connecticut General Statutes, certified copies of the election results and copies of the amended Granby Town Charter have been distributed to the Connecticut Secretary of State’s office along with the Connecticut State Library. Copies of the new Town Charter are available from the Town Clerk’s office and on the Town of Granby website.

The tax office reminds residents that all supplemental motor vehicle taxes and the second installment of real estate and personal property taxes became due and payable as of Jan. 1, 2024. Supplemental motor vehicle tax bills, for cars newly registered after October 1, 2022, but before September 2023 were mailed on Dec. 27. Bills for real estate and personal property taxes were mailed last June and have a tear-off section for the January installment.

Taxpayers who have questions about their bill should contact the tax office at 860-844-5315. Taxes may be paid by mail, online (fees apply) or at the tax office at 15 North Granby Road. There is also a secure drop-box affixed to the wall outside the Granby Town Hall front door that can be used 24/7.

Payments must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2024, or can be hand-delivered to town hall by 4 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2024, to be considered on time. Late payments are subject to interest of 3 percent after Feb. 1, and an additional 1.5 percent per month thereafter.

Social services had a very successful holiday-giving season. Twenty families with a total of 42 children benefited from this year’s gift sponsorship program. Donated items included a complete drum set, several bikes, gaming chairs, Beats headphones and Air Pods for the older teens. Coats, boots, hats, mittens, overflowing stockings, books, toys, and grocery-store gift cards made for a happy holiday. An additional 34 individuals received grocery-store vouchers for their holiday meal.

The Youth Action Council has exciting upcoming events—the Snowman Shuffle and the Sweetheart Dance. More details soon! The Drop-In Vibe group on Friday evenings is very popular and a fun option for teens.

Members of the police department were busy this holiday season supporting local events and spreading holiday cheer. The department collaborated with Granby Social Services and Geissler’s Supermarket on a Holiday Food Drive that collected hundreds of food items that were donated by residents. Children from the Small World Daycare visited the department and sang carols with officers. Officers also attended the tree lighting ceremony at the Town Hall.

Officer Joe Adams retired in December after 26 years of dedicated service. We wish Joe the best in his future endeavors.

The Community Development Department welcomed two new staff members. The new Town Wetlands Agent, Cameron Coville from the North Central Conservation District, is quickly familiarizing himself with the pending applications. The new Emergency Management Director, Herbert “CJ” Staiger IV, is replacing Kyle Botteron, who stayed through the end of 2023 to help with the transition. We are thankful for such great staff.

The Granby Public Library has new hours at the Main Branch. Please visit to view the updated hours and to check for any weather-related closings. Remember, the Cossitt Library will be closed this winter for renovations, and it will reopen in the spring as the Cossitt Creation Station.

In November 2023, the Library and the Media Specialists in Granby Public Schools celebrated the first-ever Granby Children’s Book Festival. Over 700 participants joined the librarians at Wells Road School for a day of authors, reading, activities, food trucks, and more. A grant from the Granby Education Foundation allowed each participant to receive a book, a tote bag, and free entry to the event. A year of planning and collaborating made this event a huge success!

Granby Public Works was pleased to announce that on Dec. 1, 2023, the Donahue Road Bridge was officially reopened to the public and celebrated with a ribbon cutting. After a challenging summer with many days of heavy rain, the road is now open to the public for the winter. This project was 100 percent funded using federal and state funds under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

On behalf of the Town of Granby, Director of Granby Public Works Kirk Severance would like to thank all those affected by the detour and the patience they displayed. Severance would also like to thank CHA Consulting, the CDOT team, M & J Engineering, and Brunelli Construction for their dedication to making this project a successful one.

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