Editorial: Old Lyme Plans for Affordable Housing

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What does it mean for a town government to be proactive? On the one hand it would appear to make some obvious sense. A proactive government is a government that thinks and plans ahead to avoid problems before they happen – these problems can be fiscal, environmental, demographic. We know that the century-old lift bridge across the Connecticut River will need replacing. We know that as the Baby Boom retires, and many young people are attracted to cities, we need to plan for an aging population. The next big storm is not a question of if, but when. In the

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Demolition of Vacant 1930s Dance Hall in Old Lyme Scheduled for Fall

OLD LYME — Abutting neighbors of 58 Hartford Ave. in the Sound View neighborhood received notices on Saturday by mail that owner Frank Noe intended to apply to the town for a demolition permit to take down the long-vacant 1930s-era dance hall in late September or early October. “The former O’Connor’s Dance Hall, or O’Connor’s Twin Gables at 58 Hartford Avenue, is the only Tudor Revival-style building in the district,” according to a 2018 application for listing on the National Register as one of 141 contributing resources in the proposed Sound View Historic District. “The largest commercial building in the

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Of Note: The Matter of Contacting Property Owners Before a Vote

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On Thursday, the Old Lyme Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) met for the first time since voters approved a plan to borrow up to $9.5 million to install sewers in the shoreline neighborhood of Sound View. About 40 people attended, many were property owners from the Sound View neighborhood and upset about being saddled with the great bulk of the cost of installing sewers. Two police officers also were on hand, and stood at the back of the room, but the meeting was entirely peaceful. WPCA chair Richard Prendergast was absent, and the Vice Chair Frank presided in his stead.

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Lyme – Old Lyme Schools Water Athletic Fields From Selectman’s Ice Pond

OLD LYME — Pre-season for fall sports begins next week, but this year practices will take place on fields irrigated with water almost entirely from Tooker Ice Pond, a beaver pond which is also used as a backup water supply by the volunteer fire department. “We have a new irrigation system this summer that allows the fields to be watered only with water from the pond,” said Ian Neviaser, superintendent of schools for Lyme and Old Lyme. “This has allowed us not to use any potable water to support our fields, and they look great.” Previously Lyme Old Lyme Schools

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Editorial: Strategy, Liability, and Planning for Sewers in Old Lyme

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Now that the votes are counted, and the referendum to borrow up to $9.5 million approved, I guess it’s too late for the relatively tiny neighborhood of Sound View to reconsider a strategy which, when you think about it, amounted to convincing the vast majority of residents what a fantastic deal they’d be getting by approving the plan. Whether that deal holds up remains to be seen — Sound View residents have hired a lawyer and are mounting a well-funded legal challenge — and the actual text of the resolution (you did read the full text of the resolution, didn’t

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Old Lyme’s Economic Development Commission Evaluates the Town’s Strengths and Weaknesses

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OLD LYME — “High-quality schools” and a “culture that values the arts” are two of Old Lyme’s top strengths, while a “lack of diverse housing options” for seniors and workers is one of the town’s biggest weaknesses. The town’s opportunities lie in delivering a “Halls Road action plan” and making the community “more connected” through biking and walking whereas the town’s biggest threat is a “perceived resistance to change.” At least those were a few of the preliminary conclusions drawn from the feedback of 40 residents and business owners, many invited to participate, in a SWOT focus group sponsored by

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Town Adopts Program to Monitor Septic Compliance By Old Lyme Property Owners

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OLD LYME — The Town of Old Lyme has adopted a program to monitor all residential and commercial septic systems in the municipality using software that will track whether users are complying with a town ordinance requiring a pump-out not less than once every seven years.  Scott Carmody, president of Carmody Software, Inc. in Palm Bay, Florida, was in town hall Monday and Tuesday to offer training to septic service providers and municipal staff in towns that use his software, including Brookfield, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Old Saybrook, Westbrook as well as the Connecticut River Area Health District.  Each

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Letter: Pappalardo Weighs in On Sound View Referendum Result

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Today’s referendum vote in favor of a $9.5 mil bond for sewers creates a number of questions that must be answered. First and foremost is cost recovery: How the town expects to pay for the bond. The WPCA and our Board of Selectmen have gone on record stating that the entire bond cost will be paid by the property owners in Sound View and area B. This unprecedented method for a public works project cost recovery should be troublesome to all taxpayers. What’s to prevent other town projects to be paid only by those that are affected? Will Rogers Lake

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Old Lyme Referendum to Fund Sewers on Shoreline Passes 883 to 565

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OLD LYME — A sizable voter turnout to a midsummer referendum gave the Town of Old Lyme the needed approval, by a significant margin, to borrow up to $9.5 million to fund the planning and installation of sewers in the Sound View neighborhood and adjacent “miscellaneous area B” off Route 156. The referendum also gives the Board of Selectmen significant flexibility to negotiate and modify the planning and funding of the project moving forward. In a number of public statements First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder has pledged that the cost to the town will be repaid by property owners in Sound

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Old Lyme Searches For New Zoning Enforcement Officer As RiverCOG Staffers Fill In

OLD LYME — As of Monday, August 12, Torrance Downes and Dan Bourret, will serve as interim zoning enforcement officers in Old Lyme, after the long-expected departure of Keith Rosenfeld. Downes and Bourret are staff members at the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Government. This week each will spend 4 hours filling in on Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon in an effort to provide services previously performed by Rosenfeld.  “Our work allows things like private resident projects to keep moving along,” Downes said. “But, enforcement work will fall behind because it takes too much time.” A zoning enforcement officer

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