September 29, 2022

Community Calendar

Apr
24
Sat
Ceremony to Celebrate Installation of New Benches on Halls Rd. Old Bridge Abutment @ West abutment of old bridge at Halls Rd.
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Apr
27
Tue
Old Lyme Inland Wetlands Commission Regular Meeting @ Webex only
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

OLD LYME — This meeting will include the continuation of the Public Hearing regarding Big Y’s gas station/convenience store proposal at 99 Halls Rd. and 25 Neck Rd.,

Public Hearing on Proposed 2021-22 Town of Lyme Budget @ Virtual via Zoom
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Lyme Board of Finance will hold a Public Hearing (via zoom) for the proposed 2021/2022 budget for the town.

May
17
Mon
Town of Old Lyme Annual Budget Meeting @ Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall
May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
May
19
Wed
Town of Lyme Annual Budget Meeting @ Outside Lyme Town Hall
May 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Jul
10
Sat
Open House Hosted by Halls Rd. Improvement Committee @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Aug
8
Sun
Open House Hosted by Halls Rd. Improvement Committee @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Aug 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Sep
1
Wed
Old Lyme Election Ballot Order Lottery @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Sep 1 @ 9:15 am – 9:30 am
Sep
7
Tue
Lyme Board of Selectmen Meeting
Sep 7 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Old Lyme Board of Selectmen Meeting @ Old Lyme Town Hall & virtual
Sep 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sep
13
Mon
Old Lyme Special Town Meeting @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
Sep 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
2
Sat
Lyme, Old Lyme DTC Hosts ‘Meet The Candidates’ @ Old Lyme DTC HQ
Oct 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Oct
8
Fri
Old Lyme Open Space Commission Meeting, In-Person & Call-In Options @ Phone-in
Oct 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

OLD LYME — On Friday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m., the Old Lyme Open Space Commission will offer the public an opportunity during their in-person meeting at Old Lyme Town Hall to call with questions or comments about the Town’s proposed acquisition of 41-1 and 41-4 Whippoorwill Road.

This purchase will add 35 acres to the existing Ames Open Space, with improved access to its trail system.

While the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance have approved this transaction, it still needs to go before the Planning Commission and a Town Meeting before the sale can take place.

It should be noted that the land being purchased and the roadway leading to it are still private property and not open to the public.

Readers can call into the Open Space Commission’s meeting by dialing 1-605-472-5727 and entering access code 3819718.

The full agenda for the meeting is as follows:

Hybrid Meeting, Open to the Public

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Minutes from September 10, 2021
  3. Welcome to the Public: Open Discussion on the proposed acquisition of the Ames Open Space 35 acres
  4. Land Steward Report: Peter Norris
  5. Existing Business
    1. Open Space Property Updates
    2. Ames Open Space: Amanda Blair
    3. Bartholomew Open Space: Amanda Blair
    4. Champlain North: Steven Calcagni
    5. McCulloch Family Open Space: Amanda Blair
    6. Eklund Pond Open Space: Anne Welles
  6. Grant Activity
    1. Rockfall Foundation & Hartford Audubon Society Grants: Andrea Fenton
    2. Future Applications
  7. Community Outreach
    Hikers Happy Hour
  8. Inland Wetlands Commission Report: Evan Griswold
  9. Conservation Commission Report: Gary Gregory
  10. New Business
    1. 2022 Schedule of Commission Meetings
    2. Additional New Business?
  11. Public Comment
  12. Executive Session – As Necessary
  13. Adjourn

Editor’s Note: For more on this story, visit this link.

Nov
1
Mon
Old Lyme Board of Selectmen’s In-Person Debate @ TBD
Nov 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OLD LYME — After the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to organize an in-person debate between the candidates for the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen fell through, the Old Lyme Republican and Democratic Town Committees joined by Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau are now working together to try and make it happen.

The tentative date and time for the debate are currently Monday, Nov. 1, at 5 or 5:30 p.m. The location is yet to be confirmed but is likely to be either Old Lyme Town Hall or Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

Both LymeLine.com and the CT Examiner have been asked to solicit questions from their readers for possible inclusion in the debate. We therefore invite readers to send us their questions as soon as possible. Please send them via email to editor@lymeline.com with the subject line “Questions for BOS Debate.” Feel free to submit multiple questions if you wish.

We will update details of the debate as they are finalized, but in the meantime, send us your questions!

Nov
8
Mon
Old Lyme Zoning Commission Monthly Meeting: Includes Continuation of Public Hearing of Town’s Application for New Halls Road Village District @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Nov 8 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dec
24
Fri
Lyme & Old Lyme Town Halls Closed
Dec 24 all-day
Jan
3
Mon
Lyme Board of Selectmen Meeting @ Lyme Town Hall
Jan 3 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
CANCELLED! Old Lyme Board of Selectmen Regular Meeting @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Jan 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Jan
7
Fri
Last Day for OL Residents to Complete Old Lyme’s ARPA Survey
Jan 7 all-day

Town Hall illustration by Old Lyme resident Edie Twining.

Survey Results Will be Used to Help Determine Allocation of $2.162M in Federal Funds by the Town

OLD LYME — Old Lyme residents, business owners, and organization leaders are encouraged to take the Old Lyme Pandemic Recovery Survey to share how the COVID-19 pandemic affected their family or organization. The survey closes Jan. 7, 2022.

Conducted by the Town’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Committee, the survey is expected to give the ARPA Committee valuable insight into what households, businesses, and nonprofits experienced during the pandemic and how they are coping 22 months later.
The survey results will inform the Committee’s recommendations to the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen in 2022. The Town was allocated $2.162 million by the Federal Government to be allocated in pandemic recovery. Strict adherence to Federal spending guidelines will be followed.

The survey is not an application for funds, but rather data gathering on the pandemic’s effects on Old Lyme. Town projects or programs will be determined after the survey, and applications for assistance will be sought following the set guidelines.

The survey can be found at OldLymeSurvey.com and print copies will be available at the Town Hall reception desk beginning Tuesday, Dec. 14. The committee asks that one survey is filled out per household or organization. Responses are anonymous unless the survey taker chooses to share their contact information at the end.

The Federal guidelines relating to how Old Lyme and other municipalities may use the Federal funds are as follows:

  • Support public health expenditures, e.g., funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector
  • Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet.

To learn more about the ARPA Committee, visit https://www.oldlyme-ct.gov/american-rescue-plan-committee

Jan
8
Sat
Drive-Thru Pick-up of COVID-19 Self-Tests, N95 Masks for OL Residents @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

COVID-19 self-tests will be distributed at Saturday morning’s drive-thru event in Old Lyme.

OLD LYME — On Thursday, Jan. 6, the Town of Old Lyme received an additional, but limited, quantity of COVID-19 test kits and N95 masks from the state.

Four hundred (400) test kits and N95 masks are available to distribute, and these test kits are again being prioritized for residents, “who currently need to make wise decisions about quarantining or isolating because they have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.”

A ‘Drive-Thru Pickup’ is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 8from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or until supplies are exhausted on the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School driveway behind Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau for Old Lyme residents, who meet the criteria stated above.

Enter from the Center School driveway entrance. Residents will need to show ID.

The quantity of test kits and masks being distributed will be one test kit containing two tests and four N95 masks per household.

At this time, the state is expected to receive additional shipments. When the Town of Old Lyme receives additional deliveries, future drive-thru events will be scheduled and then announced.

To stay in touch regarding when additional test-kits and masks become available for distribution, simply text OLCOVID19 to 888777 on your phone.  The most recent information about COVID-19 test kit and mask distribution events will be shared there as well as on the Town of Old Lyme website, the Town’s social media platforms and with the Town’s media partners, which include LymeLine.com.

Editor’s Note: This article is based on a press release issued Jan. 6 by Old Lyme Emergency Services Director David Roberge.

Jan
11
Tue
2nd Distribution of COVID Self-Tests, Masks to Lyme Residents @ Hamburg Fire Station
Jan 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Jan
17
Mon
Martin Luther King Day: Lyme & OL Town Halls Closed
Jan 17 all-day
Jan
24
Mon
Old Lyme Annual Town Meeting @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jan
27
Thu
Rep. Carney Hosts Virtual Pre-Session Legislative Update
Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Feb
2
Wed
Old Lyme American Rescue Plan Committee Meeting @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Feb 2 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Feb
7
Mon
Lyme Board of Selectmen Regular Meeting @ Lyme Town Hall
Feb 7 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Old Lyme Board of Selectmen Regular Meeting @ Old Lyme Town Hall & virtual
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Feb
9
Wed
Old Lyme Affordable Housing Commission Special Meeting @ Virtual
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Feb
10
Thu
Future Halls Rd. Overlay District: Zoom Presentation @ Virtual
Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Feb
15
Tue
Old Lyme Affordable Housing Plan Online Community Workshop @ Virtual
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OLD LYME — On Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., the Old Lyme Affordable Housing Commission (OL AHC) and the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (RiverCOG) will host an on-line community workshop to discuss the work in progress toward preparing a state-mandated Affordable Housing Plan for Old Lyme.

All Old Lyme residents are encouraged to attend.

The state of housing in Old Lyme and the most recent thinking on a housing strategy to meet current and future needs will be presented.

The OL AHC urges all residents to join, and add their voices to the discussion. Pre-registration is not required.

The connection information for this virtual meeting has been updated as follows:

To join the meeting from your computer, visit: https://oldlymect.webex.com/oldlymect/j.php?MTID=m829e255197f825a697f4a1404be6b776

To join the meeting by telephone: dial 408-418-9388 and enter access code 2349 906 5054

If you had already registered for the previously posted Zoom meeting, you are requested to ignore those instructions and use the Webex connection information above instead.