Affordable Housing Committee Candidates and Other Old Lyme Board of Selectmen News

Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall


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OLD LYME — As part of the “Other Business” portion of the agenda, First Selectman Bonnie Reemsnyder announced a list of nominees for a Affordable Housing Exploratory Committee at Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting.

The 10 nominees are: Fred Behringer, Peter Cable, John Coughlin, Michael Fogliano, Jennifer Miller, Edward “Ted” Mundy, Tom Ortoleva, Harold Thompson, Karen Winters and John Zaccaro. 

The committee list included nominees’ names and qualifications in an excel sheet, which Reemsnyder, along with Selectmen Mary Jo Nosal and Christopher Kerr, will use to rank the names in order of preference. The committee would likely have seven members, plus alternates, and the tallied committee nominations are expected to be on the next selectmen meeting agenda, Reemsnyder said. 

Reemsnyder also gave both selectmen a draft of the charge of the committee. She declined to share the list of names and the draft with CT Examiner after the meeting. 

In other business, the selectmen discussed:

  • The Hains Park well: The drilling company has applied to the state for a permit, needed because the well will be near a public water supply. The Boathouse and Hains Park Improvement Committee has reviewed architectural plans for the bathroom, which will go out to bid once the architect completes the plans. 

  • Community Connection Grant: The project will add sidewalks on Hartford Ave. from Bocce Lane to Route 156 and along 156 to approximately Cross Lane. On November 4, a walkthrough is planned with a design engineer. The town may include a bus stop for the 9-Town Transit bus.

  • Town Woods Park well: After a number of positive tests for Coliform, the well recently had two negative tests. A sump hose that was discharging close to the well was moved and may have been the source of the contamination. The town is waiting for final approval from the state certifying the well is clean. 

  • Zoning Enforcement Officer applications: The town offered the position to one candidate last week who declined the offer. The town will start over with advertising for the position. 

  • Resident Rebecca Waldo has reached out to the Board of Selectmen about creating a committee to address issues of climate change in Old Lyme and to ascertain whether the town can meet the  zero-emission standards from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus: When temperatures fall below 50 degrees mosquitoes are not active, but the risk remains until the first hard frost. It is recommended that parents make sure their children use bug spray, especially on Halloween. 

  • Municipal IT upgrades: the town has completed its IT, server and cybersecurity upgrades. All employees are now using Microsoft Office 365. 

  • Beach parking fees: At the last selectmen’s meeting, resident Steven Ross raised the issue of making beach parking free for residents. The topic was tabled until December or January and will include Nosal’s research.