Old Lyme Selectmen Discuss Haines Park Bathroom, March Projects

OLD LYME — The Board of Selectmen discussed updates to several town projects at their Tuesday afternoon meeting. The Haines Park Bathroom Committee is expecting to send the project out to bid in March, with the potential to begin work as early as April, Giswold said. Due to an inadequate well servicing the planned bathroom, the project’s scope has been expanded to include a water system and crawl space where water can be stored, Griswold said. That could increase project costs by more than the $150,000 already appropriated for the project during the regular budget cycle. Griswold said that town

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Old Lyme Board of Selectmen Announce Town Meeting Agenda, Make Appointments

OLD LYME — At the Annual Town Meeting on January 27, the Board of Selectmen will ask voters to approve amendments to the town’s Ethics Commission ordinance and to approve a grant to the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. First Selectman Timothy Griswold said his administration is not yet seeking a vote on easements for sewer connections to the three chartered beach communities. During the meeting, residents will be asked to vote on four items: To approve the annual town report for the fiscal year July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. To approve a request of $8,750 as a

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Old Lyme Board of Selectmen Talk Beavers, Sewers, Reviewing Roles of Commissions

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OLD LYME — The Board of Selectmen provided updates at their Monday meeting, on projects planned for the Sound View neighborhood, continuing struggles with beaver dam flooding around Black Hall Pond, and announced plans to review the roles of town committees Beaver flooding Several town boards — including the Open Space Commission and the Flood & Erosion Control Board — have been made aware of problems posed by beaver dams in the area around Black Hall Pond, First Selectman Tim Griswold said. The dams block water flow and cause water levels to rise, which has left one resident unable to

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Emotional Farewell for Reemsnyder as First Selectman of Old Lyme

OLD LYME — Bonnie Reemsnyder, former chair of the Connecticut Port Authority and its Finance Committee, responded “no comment” on Monday when asked whether she would attend and testify at an informational forum to be held by the state legislature’s Transportation Committee on December 4. “I don’t have any comment on that,” said Reemsnyder, a Democrat, after an emotional ending to four terms as first selectman of Old Lyme. On Saturday, Scott Bates, Deputy Secretary of the State and former chair of the authority, confirmed by email that he looked forward to “attending and sharing [his] perspective” at the December

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

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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,

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A Roundup of Old Lyme News from Monday’s Board of Selectmen Meeting

Old Lyme — The Board of Selectmen discussed a number of ongoing municipal issues Monday night. Here’s a roundup: Hains Park bathroom and well: Architectural drawings are “90 percent done” and will go to the Boathouse/Hains Park Improvement Committee for comments, then design will be put out to bid. The town is waiting for state approval to drill a new well. Community Connectivity Grant: In 2019, the town was awarded a $400,000 state grant for the construction of sidewalks on Hartford Ave. between Bocce Lane and Route 156 (Shore Road) and sidewalks on the north side of Route 156 between

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Old Lyme Board of Selectmen Set Guidelines for New Committee on Affordable Housing

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OLD LYME — The Board of Selectmen on Monday, September 16, approved guidelines for a new exploratory committee charged with making recommendations to the town on building affordable housing. The charge for the Affordable Housing Exploratory Committee is to provide the selectmen with information, including a current inventory of housing designated as affordable in Old Lyme, a list of available land sites, an identified threshold required of the town to meet the state’s mandate on affordable housing, and additional research to inform the town on efforts toward developing affordable housing. The committee will work on a timeline of six months

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Senior Center Water Safe To Drink Again Says Old Lyme First Selectman Reemsnyder

OLD LYME — Tests of the well water at the Lymes’ Senior Center last weekend have shown it to be potable again after staff installed a UV light filter earlier this month, but more work will be needed to address other local well woes at Hains Park and Town Woods Park, First Selectman Bonnie Reemsnyder told the Board of Selectmen at their Monday night meeting. This means the senior center can get back to business as usual after relying on paper plates, hand sanitizer, and bottled water for almost the entire past summer. In regularly scheduled water tests in June,

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