Town Meeting With Two Votes And Two Different Results Erupts in Chaos in Old Lyme

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OLD LYME — The atmosphere of a Special Town Meeting erupted into shouting and chaos Monday night after a recount on a vote concerning bridge funding took several turns that some residents said were unfair. The contested vote feeds into broader tensions in the community concerning the fairness of the upcoming sewer referendum. First on the meeting agenda was the $9.5 million sewer referendum, slated for Aug. 13, which will authorize the town to issue bonds, notes and other obligations, to finance the appropriation for Sound View Beach and Miscellaneous Town Area B. Second was the question of appropriating $328,500

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Incoming Kindergarten Enrollment for Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Bucks Statewide Decline

LYME-OLD LYME — Over the last five years, the student population of Lyme – Old Lyme Schools has fallen 10 percent. Total enrollment, according to the state Department of Education, has fallen to 1,263 students, and the incoming first grade class has just 60 students. But… the incoming kindergarten class has jumped to 77 students. “I think we are starting to see things going the other direction,” said Ian Neviaser, the superintendent of schools for Lyme-Old Lyme. “Last year we gained 33 kids during the school year. That’s unheard of. We’ve never had that sort of interest in the schools.”

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Mervin Roberts Reflects on Decades of Opposition to Sewers for Southeast Connecticut

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OLD LYME — For more than 25 years, Mervin Roberts has been urging citizens as well as local and state officials to avoid sewers along southeastern Connecticut’s rivers and shoreline.  Roberts, 97, is a former chair of Old Lyme’s Shellfish Commission, served for 10 years as a selectman and was a founding member of the Conservation Commission.  He was also a founding member of the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA), where he served for several decades. As chair of the WPCA, he wrote and published several pamphlets on septic waste treatment in Old Lyme. He previously studied water and

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MacCurdy-Salisbury Foundation Gives over $100,000 to Lyme – Old Lyme Students in Fall Scholarships

OLD LYME — At 44, Lesley Phaneuf decided it was time to return to school. “Sometimes you go through your life and you do things to get by and then you think, what do I really want to try doing for the rest of my life,” Phaneuf said. In her case, Phaneuf, who has worked the last few years as an emergency medical technician, decided she really wanted to pursue a career as a radiology technician, beginning with the radiology program at Middlesex Community College. She will be the first in her family to attend college. “It would open up

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Tim Griswold Starts Petition Drive to Appear on Ballot for First Selectman of Old Lyme

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OLD LYME — With only five days left before the deadline to submit a petition, Tim Griswold has begun collecting signatures to appear on the ballot in November for first selectman of Old Lyme. Griswold, who previously served as first selectman for 14 years until losing a 2011 election to current incumbent Bonnie Reemsnyder, decided to run again he said to make sure that all town residents have a choice when they go to the polls this year. “I think really giving people a choice is quite important. I know when I did seven terms, I think one of them

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Old Lyme WPCA Chair Prendergast Talks Funding and the Future of Sound View

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OLD LYME — With the August 13 referendum on funding sewers in Sound View Beach approaching, Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) Chairman Richard Prendergast stopped by CT Examiner’s office Tuesday to clarify concerns and answer questions.  “There’s no certainty of that passing in Old Lyme, the default is to not pass. If you’re from Old Lyme you know that we don’t do things like this too often,” he said.  The referendum asks whether the town should bond $9.5 million to build sewers in Sound View Beach and Miscellaneous Area B, part of a broader arrangement, partially reimbursed by a 25

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DEEP: Old Lyme Not on Clean Water Funds List, Not Under Deadline for Sewers

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OLD LYME — A state official confirmed Monday that the town is not currently on the state’s Clean Water Funds priority list to receive a 25 percent grant for the Sound View Beach sewer project, but once the town approves bond funding, the project will be eligible for 25 percent grants in the design and construction phases.  The town is also not under a deadline this summer that would result in a loss of grant funding, according to George Hicks, Supervising Sanitary Engineer of the Connecticut Department of  Energy and Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, who

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Editorial: A Few Questions Before A Vote…

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On August 13, the Town of Old Lyme will vote to decide whether to borrow $9.5 million to finance the installation of sewers for commercial and residential properties in Sound View, and an adjacent neighborhood just north of Shore Road called “Miscellaneous Town Area B.” It’s our understanding that state law gives municipalities broad discretion in how they choose to charge for sewers – fair or not, that’s a high bar for shoreline property owners now considering legal avenues if the referendum is approved. But, how is it fair that seasonal residents are forced to pay for a school system

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Sewage Pump House Granted Variance for Private Land in Sound View

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OLD LYME — The sewer project for three chartered beach associations and the town’s Sound View Beach cleared a small hurdle Tuesday when the zoning board of appeals granted a variance, with conditions, for a sewage pump house to be located at 73 Portland Ave., a privately-owned corner lot directly across the street an alternate site at 72 Portland Ave. proposed by the town. Provided it’s approved by the zoning commission, the variance would give the three beach associations — Miami Beach, Old Colony and Old Lyme Shores — a location for a pump house independent of the town’s progress

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