Groton data center vote postponed

The Town Council is postponing a vote on a data center agreement scheduled for Wednesday after the developer agreed to give the town more time to address concerns raised by residents, particularly about sound. The council still will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to hear comments from the public but will not take a vote, town officials said. Quinn recommended the council remove the vote on the development agreement from the agenda but may wish to still hold public comment “to allow as much input as possible.” Town Councilor Portia Bordelon said in a statement that she was pleased with the decision to slow down the process and that there will still be a special council meeting to hear public comment, as she believes “the public perspective needs to be a prominent part of this process.” “In addition to the comments collected this coming Wednesday, I will continue to advocate for a full proper public hearing on the document in particular and the idea of data centers in town, at large,” said Bordelon. She added that concerns over environmental issues and the close proximity to residential housing with wells need to be addressed more thoroughly.

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