Sound View Residents Hire Attorney, Commission Assessment, to Claim Proposed Sewer Fees Exceed Legal Limit


OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Sewer Coalition, LLC, has hired an attorney and an appraiser to challenge the town’s cost-benefit assessment to pay for the planned installation of sewers in Sound View Beach and Miscellaneous Area B, arguing that the town’s formula violates Connecticut General Statutes §7-249 prohibiting assessments in excess of the benefits accrued to property owners. “The statute states expressly ‘[t]he sum of initial and subsequent assessments shall not exceed the special benefit accruing to the property’ and later repeats this limitation, ‘[n]o assessment shall be made against any property in excess of the special benefit to


Old Lyme Selectmen Seek Clarity Before Responding to Governor’s Lodging Restrictions


OLD LYME — First Selectman Timothy Griswold said that town government should do more research before acting on Gov. Ned Lamont’s April 2 executive order restricting hotels, short-term rentals, and other lodging for use by first responders, essential workers and special cases, for as long as the coronavirus public health emergency lasts. Griswold, speaking during a teleconferenced meeting of the Board of Selectmen Monday night, said that canceling most short-term and seasonal rentals would be “disastrous” for property owners who depend on that income, and he said that it wasn’t clear from the order who would have to enforce the


Engineers Map Right of Way for Sidewalk Installation at Hartford Avenue

OLD LYME — Members of the Community Connectivity Grant Committee met with engineers and several residents Monday morning to do a site walk along the northern part of Hartford Avenue and a portion Route 156 where sidewalks will be installed next year . The project will be largely funded by a $400,000 connectivity grant sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. “We are at the very early stages of the design process. Today is a great opportunity to walk with the committee and folks that live in the area on the street and really for us to listen to your


Sound View Water Upgrade Adds Modest Rate Increase to Connecticut Water Customers

OLD LYME — Connecticut Water Company’s infrastructure upgrades in the Town of Old Lyme’s Sound View Beach neighborhood will be paid for through a rate adjustment surcharge program designed to distribute the costs of smaller capital projects, like Sound View’s promised improvements, among all of the company’s customers statewide. The Water Infrastructure and Conservation Adjustment (WICA) program is not a grant but it is a low-cost way to spread out project costs, said Michael A. Caron, Commissioner of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), by phone Friday. “The charges are periodic as opposed to the old way… when you would


Old Lyme Officials Seek to Maximize Sidewalk Grant for Sound View

OLD LYME — Last year, the town received a $400,000 Community Connectivity grant for installing sidewalks, signage, and “beautification” along the northern “Gateway” portion of Hartford Avenue in the Sound View neighborhood of Old Lyme and a nearby section of Shore Road — the maximum amount available from the program — and town officials are deciding what additional steps and town funding will be necessary to take full advantage of the state grant. The Community Connectivity Grant Committee met on Aug. 12 to discuss the design and engineering Request for Proposal, which yielded proposals from five engineering firms. On Monday,