Camille Alberti Makes Her Case For East Lyme First Selectman

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EAST LYME — With a background in management consulting and seven years on the Board of Finance, Democrat Camille Alberti said, if elected, she will bring a unique set of skills and qualifications to the role of first selectman and will focus on growing the grand list through redevelopment, finding a solution for Oswegatchie Hills and creating efficiencies in the town’s inventory of buildings.  “What I think I can bring to the table is a unique set of skills and qualifications to elevate and almost brand our town as a model in the state around issues such as creating more

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Nickerson cites experience, long-term planning, in East Lyme re-election bid

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EAST LYME — As he seeks a third full term as East Lyme’s chief executive, First Selectman Mark Nickerson said he hopes to win re-election based on his 20 years of experience in town government, long-term planning for economic development, public safety improvements, and seeking budget efficiencies through shared services with other towns. “East Lyme is one of the premier towns on the shoreline, and we didn’t get that way by accident. We got that way by steady leadership and big picture plans and getting things done,” the Republican incumbent said in an interview with CT Examiner in his office.

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Nickerson Supports Giving Up Vote on East Lyme Police Commission

EAST LYME — The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on November 6 on an ordinance to remove the first selectman as a voting member of the town’s Police Commission.  The First Selectman would remain as an ex officio member of the commission — effectively an advisory role — but would not have a vote . The specific language of the ordinance forbids any member of the seven-member police commission from holding any other elected or appointed office within the town. Current First Selectman Mark Nickerson spoke in support of the proposed ordinance at Wednesday night’s selectmen meeting.

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Connecticut Department of Transportation Explains New Traffic Cameras in East Lyme

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Every year the state department of transportation invests more than $10 million in replacing, installing and updating traffic signals. For the past couple years these projects have included cameras. “The signal needs to know where the traffic is at in the intersection,” said Kevin Nursick, spokesperson for the DOT. “Cameras see all legs of the intersection and tell the signal controller where the traffic or cars or motorcycles are on a visual basis.” The state chooses four project locations each year, one in each corner of the state. This year between 10 and 20 traffic signals in East Lyme will

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Letter: Late Questions about Public Safety Building in East Lyme

Thank you for your detailed reporting on the status of the East Lyme Public Safety Building. To build on this, I would like to offer my observations, experience and perspective on the process since the beginning of the year. There were four key issues that I offered in early February on the Facebook East Lyme Community Forum. It is self-evident that the Dominion building was not maintained and intentionally allowed to deteriorate until it became “deplorable” in what amounts to a manufactured crisis. East Lyme did not get an independent appraisal by a certified commercial real estate appraiser to validate

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East Lyme Candidates and Officials Debate Cuts and Additional Funding for Police Station

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EAST LYME — Town officials overseeing renovations of a new police building say that they expect to present a plan within the $2.2 million budget approved by voters last winter, while leaving the door open for an additional funding request. First Selectman Mark Nickerson told the Public Safety Building Vision Committee Monday night that the committee’s recommendation for converting the former Honeywell building needed two things: “We need a $2.2 million plan,” Nickerson said, “and then we need a plan to add the sally port and holdings cells and all the things that go with it structurally and for ADA

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East Lyme Tests New Law Curbing “Vexatious” Freedom of Information Requests

The Town of East Lyme is petitioning the state Freedom of Information Commission for unprecedented permission to ignore future requests for public documents from one resident the town alleges has abused transparency laws, harassed town employees, and made frivolous requests for years. The petition is the first of its kind — a test case for a 2018 amendment to Connecticut’s freedom of information laws intended to allow public agencies to petition for relief from “vexatious” requesters. Testimony for the case concluded on Monday at the FOIC’s offices in Hartford. Now attorneys for both sides will be expected to submit briefs

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East Lyme Voters Approve Emergency Spending, Will Be Revenue Neutral

EAST LYME — Local voters approved emergency spending $43,225 in emergency repairs to the Town Hall building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, and about $36,000 of other special appropriations at a Wednesday night town meeting. Grants or sales of old town equipment funded each of the appropriations rather than new taxes.  “If you’re noticing that it’s pretty cool in here tonight — actually, it’s freezing — and it’s not because we like cold,” First Selectman Mark Nickerson told town meeting voters gathered in Town Hall. “It’s because the only way to get the humidity out of the building is to

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Code and ADA Compliance Weigh on Police Station Budget in East Lyme

EAST LYME — Town officials will weigh which features can be included in plans for a new police station given the significant cost of required code compliance and accommodations for accessibility, as they review architectural plans to convert the former Honeywell office building into a new public safety facility. Those plans were part of a presentation Thursday night by architects hired by East Lyme. At a referendum in February, East Lyme voters approved spending $5 million for a plan to purchase the Honeywell office building at 277 West Main Street and to renovate it as a consolidated center for the

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East Lyme Adds School Bus Route After Parents Face Delays

EAST LYME — The school district plans to add an extra bus route for East Lyme Middle School following complaints by parents that some buses had been consistently late picking children for school. “For the most part things have smoothed out, but there still are two buses, in particular [bus] three is the most problematic in the morning,” Superintendent Jeffrey Newton told the board of education on Monday. “What’s been our focus the whole time is getting kids to school on time.” Earlier this month, the school district pushed all bus stop pickup times back by 10 minutes in the

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East Lyme Town Meeting Scheduled for Oct. 2 to Approve Additional $79,278

EAST LYME — The Board of Selectmen are calling for an October 2 town meeting for voters to approve appropriations of $43,225 to replace a malfunctioning part of Town Hall’s heating system, $20,311 for emergency preparation laptops, and $15,742 for public works equipment. State grant moneys and proceeds from the sale of town vehicles will fund the appropriations in lieu of additional taxes. At Wednesday’s board of selectmen meeting, First Selectman Mark Nickerson said that the building automation system controlling Town Hall’s heating, cooling and ventilation is malfunctioning, putting staff and records at risk as the colder months approach. “We’re

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East Lyme Has Highest Accident Rate On I-95 East of New Haven… Why?

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IN THE REGION — In 2017, East Lyme had more crashes per car traveling through Connecticut on I-95 than any other town east of New Haven. For every 146,619 cars that drove through East Lyme in 2017, there was one crash, bringing the total number of crashes to 177, according to data from the Connecticut Crash Repository hosted by the University of Connecticut. Only two other towns in the region had such frequent car crashes – Groton at 172,711 cars per crash and Stonington at 167,319 cars per crash. Most rates are much lower, near or well above 300,000 cars

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