Caution, Leverage, Deadline, Weigh on Delayed Vote for Easements in Old Lyme

OLD LYME — The decision to delay a town-wide vote on securing easements through Sound View came as surprise to local leaders of the three chartered beach communities hoping to break ground on sewer construction in the fall. “The bidding process is about a six-month process and we can’t go out to bid until we have these easements. We want to start construction in September or October of this year, so we need to go out to bid next month,” said Frank Noe, Water Pollution Control Authority chair of the Old Colony Beach Association, by phone Thursday.  The town’s decision

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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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A Tale of Two Projects

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When the Connecticut legislature passed a ban on most pesticides for athletic fields used by kindergarten through 8th-grade students in 2010, who knew (not an entirely rhetorical question) that a common alternative — even for towns less wealthy than Old Lyme — would be to construct playing surfaces out of countless tons of tires recycled into pelletized rubber? Before we agree to Milone & MacBroom’s May 2017 estimate of $990,000, or Milone & MacBroom’s December 2019 estimate of $2.3 million or Board of Finance Chair Andy Russell’s (presumably) more conservative number of “up to $4 million,” for an artificial turf

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Old Lyme WPCA Hires Consultant, Debates Sewer Funding and Tests

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OLD LYME — The Water Pollution Control Authority made incremental progress Tuesday night, approving a contract to hire a benefit assessment consultant, discussing a potential agreement with the three private beach communities, as well as considering an independent expert to evaluate water testing at Hawk’s Nest.  WPCA Chair Richard Prendergast said that hiring a assessement consultant will help define variables in the town’s Sound View Beach neighborhood which is slated for sewer installation, but has a wide range of commercial and residential properties. In a referendum on August 13, town voters approved a $9.5 million sewer construction bond for Sound

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Old Lyme Zoning Commission Tables Setback Rules, Proposes Study

OLD LYME — The Zoning Commission voted Monday night to table a controversial proposed amendment to the Tidal Waters Protection regulation the would have doubled the current 50-foot setback to 100 feet for new construction along the town’s coastal and riverfront properties.  Jane Marsh, secretary of the commission, who introduced the amendment on September 9, recommended that the town consider first commissioning a coastal resilience study similar to Old Saybrook’s 2018 Coastal Resilience & Adaptation Study.  “Probably what we should do is have a study for ourselves to identify … the areas that will be highly affected so when we

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82-Year-Old Old Lyme Resident Faces Loss of Home as Local Officials Consider Response to Flooding

OLD LYME — For more than a year David Berggren’s house has been sinking, and Black Hall Pond has been steadily rising due to beaver activity downstream, flooding his lawn, and dock, causing his plumbing to fail and mold to grow, and shifting the foundation underneath his home on Boughton Road. “I’ve known about Mr. Berggren’s problems for a long time,” said Todd Machnik, who served as chair of the Flood and Erosion Board for the town of Old Lyme for 25 years before retiring on January 1. “I talked to Bonnie [Reemsnyder] when she was around and I went

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The New and the Old of It

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If you read the newspapers in America in 1780 or so – just as the modern familiar incarnation of the Christmas holiday is taking shape – you might be surprised to find that already critics and observers are fretting the loss of the true meaning, the spirit, of Christmas, much as they do today – because loss is not a defect or corruption of the winter holiday, but instead has always been a defining feature of modern Christmas feeling and expression. And it is much the same, the historian Peter Fritzsche explained, with New England. “It is New England and

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Tim Griswold Sketches Out a Two-year Agenda for Old Lyme

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OLD LYME — After an eight-year hiatus, First Selectman Tim Griswold looked comfortable sitting at his desk in Town Hall on Friday afternoon.  “I would say there’s a lot on the plate and I would say we want to maintain the good quality of the schools. I think part of the message I got from the election is people like the rural character of the town. We want to move ahead, but not go ahead aggressively… keep it kind of the way it is,” said Griswold. Griswold, a Republican, served as First Selectman from 1997 to 2011 when he lost

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Borden Bankruptcy Stirs Memories of Old Lyme’s Elsie the Cow

OLD LYME — “My father had a cow that he had actually purchased off the island of Jersey, off the coast of France, and brought it back here. He was a little [smitten] because of how beautiful she was and her face just called to him,” said Old Lyme resident Jane Marsh of her father, Edward Marsh, a lawyer and prominent state legislator, and who raised dairy cows on the family’s farm in Old Lyme. In 1964, that face won the title of Elsie the Cow, the longtime mascot for the Borden Dairy Company, and represented the company for two

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Lyme Academy Approaches Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Regarding Possible Land Purchase

LYME-OLD LYME — The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts approached the Lyme-Old Lyme school district concerning the possibility of selling a portion of abutting property just north of the main high school and middle school campus. “I will review the proposal and look for input from the board as to how you would like to proceed. This does not require board action,” said Ian Neviaser, superintendent of Lyme-Old Lyme schools, at Wednesday evening’s board of education meeting. The board will await a report back from Neviaser after more details about the possible purchase are available. The land is part of

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