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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With Death in East Lyme and Case in Old Lyme, Official Says Spraying for EEE Ineffective

On Friday, an East Lyme resident died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis, becoming the first fatality in Connecticut from the mosquito-borne illness in six years, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Health department officials also confirmed a second case of EEE in Old Lyme. That person is currently hospitalized. “The identification of two Connecticut residents with EEE, one of whom has passed away, emphasizes the seriousness of this infection,” said DPH Commissioner Renée Coleman Mitchell in a press release.  “Using insect repellent, covering bare skin and avoiding being outdoors from dusk to dawn are effective ways to help keep

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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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Editorial: Sexual Misconduct, and Taking Responsibility for our Schools

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Young people are the pivot around which everything turns. In southeast Connecticut, education budgets dwarf the size of most other town expenses. Old Lyme will spend about $27.5 million of the $38.9 million FY 2019/20 budget on education. Hand me a hot button issue – whether it’s 8-30g affordable housing or the balance of revenues between property taxes and income taxes – and I’ll show you most likely that a good bit of it comes down to how and where we raise our children. Quality schools are a major driver of property values, which attract the young, but also provide

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State Police Open Investigation of Sexual Misconduct at Lyme-Old Lyme Schools

In an email response to an inquiry by staff at CT Examiner, state police confirmed that a male teacher is under investigation for an incident of sexual misconduct at the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools. An initial query to state police regarding alleged “sexual misconduct” did not turn up evidence of the on-going investigation, which was filed as a “suspicious incident” in police records.  “I am fully aware that there are a lot of rumors or hearsay out there circling around about an investigation,” said Ian Neviaser, superintendent of Lyme-Old Lyme Schools. “But, I can’t comment on them.”  The investigation which began

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Old Lyme Zoning Commission Proposes Limits on Waterfront Building

OLD LYME — The Zoning Commission has proposed an amendment to the Tidal Waters Protection regulation that would increase the setback for all new construction along coastal and riverfront to 100 feet, doubling the current setback of 50 feet. But more importantly, the new text in section 4.3.7 would prohibit the Zoning Board of Appeals from granting a variance. “It’s going to be a new philosophy for the Town of Old Lyme and I invite as much input as I can get, and I think the commission members would too, about how people in town feel about it because this

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Positive Tests for Coliform and E. Coli have Old Lyme Reaching for Solutions for Senior Center and Park

OLD LYME — Since the end of June, the Lymes’ Senior Center has been providing bottled water, using paper plates and distributing hand sanitizer to its visitors and employees after the center’s 450-foot-deep well drilled-well, which replaced a shallow dug well in 2014, tested positive for coliform bacteria. The previous well tested positive for both coliform and E. coli bacteria in August 2013. “We’ve been working with the state of Connecticut to rectify the problem,” said Stephanie Gould, director of the Lymes’ Senior Center. “In the meantime we still use the toilets, but we’ve taped everything else off. We are

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Old Lyme Finalizes Purchase of 300-acre McCulloch Farm

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OLD LYME — On Tuesday, the town closed on the $600,000 purchase of the McCulloch Farm, a 300-acre parcel that includes two three-acre sites designated for affordable housing. First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder announced the purchase of the farm, established by the McCulloch family in 1927, at Board of Selectmen’s meeting Tuesday night. “I am very pleased to report that this afternoon at about 4 o’clock, we closed on the McCulloch family open space parcel that we have talked about for so long, so now we are the very proud owners of about 300 acres of wooded land that I have

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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

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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,

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