September 26, 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
May
3
Mon
LOL Schools Budget Meeting @ Center School BOE Conference Room & virtual
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser. (File photo)

LYME/OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools Board of Education (BOE) will hold their District Budget Meeting Monday evening, May 3, in the Board of Education Conference Room at Center School starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Budget Meeting will also be live-streamed at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF2_W7yYtFwx067Ici9776Q/videos?view=57

Public comment can be made in person or virtually via this Zoom link:  https://region18.zoom.us/j/83527766795  and using Meeting ID: 835 2776 6795.

Those choosing the virtual option to make public comment will be required to follow the same expectations as those commenting in person, i.e., after being recognized by the chairperson, participants must state their name and place of residence before making their comments to the board.

The proposed budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year totals $34,874, 548 representing a 0.47 percent increase over the current year’s budget. When this total is combined with last year’s decrease of 1.06 percent, the total change over two years is -0.6 percent or $210,210.

Region 18 Board of Education Chairman Diane Linderman

In the Letter of Transmittal accompanying the printed budget, LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser and Region 18 Board of Education Chairman Diane Linderman say, “We have developed a budget that continues to support all of our award-winning academic and curricular offerings, which are commensurate with, and often superior to, both public and private schools throughout Connecticut.”

Members of the BOE are expected to vote at the meeting to move the public vote to approve the budget to an in-person referendum the following day, Tuesday, May 4.

Voting will take place from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School for Old Lyme residents and Lyme Town Hall for Lyme residents.

Information on absentee ballot and voter information is available at the following links:

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School will not be closed during voting hours — students will be following a regular school day.

May
4
Tue
LOL Schools Budget Referendum @ LOL Middle Scool (OL voters), Lyme Town Hall (Lyme voters)
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Voting will take place from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School for Old Lyme residents and Lyme Town Hall for Lyme residents.

Information on absentee ballot and voter information is available at the following links:

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School will not be closed during voting hours — students will be following a regular school day.

Youth, Gaming & Gambling Webinar @ Virtual hosted by LYSB, LOL Community Coalition
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


LYME/OLD LYME —
Can video gaming be dangerous for kids?

On Tuesday, May 4, from 7 to 8 p.m., Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau and the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Community Coalition are sponsoring a Zoom presentation  on youth gaming and gambling. The Parent Teacher Organizations of Lyme, Mile Creek and LOL Middle School are co-sponsoring the event.

This free, interactive workshop will discuss an overview of youth gaming and gambling. Learn from experts about risk factors, and protective factors for prevention, treatment, and recovery. All are welcome.

The presenters are Kaitlin Brown and Kelly Leppard, who both have extensive experience in this field.

Brown is Director of Programs & Services with CT Council on Problem Gambling. Kaitlin is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor, and holds and International Gaming Disorder Certificate.

Leppard serves as the Primary Prevention Services Coordinator for Problem Gambling Services with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Certified Prevention Specialist.

Register for the presentation at this link.

Jun
10
Thu
Drive-By Graduation Parade @ Town Woods Rd., Rte. 156, Lyme St. & McCurdy Rd.
Jun 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Jun
11
Fri
LOLHS Graduation @ Lyme-Old Lyme HS
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 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
Aug
26
Thu
Opening Day for Lyme-Old Lyme Schools
Aug 26 all-day
Sep
1
Wed
Old Lyme Election Ballot Order Lottery @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Sep 1 @ 9:15 am – 9:30 am
LOL Schools Board of Education Meeting @ BOE Conference Room at Center School & Virtual
Sep 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sep
6
Mon
Labor Day — LOL Schools Closed
Sep 6 all-day
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.

Oct
20
Wed
‘Meet the Candidates’ for the Region 18 Board of Education @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
23
Sat
Unplugged Weekend
Oct 23 all-day
Oct
24
Sun
Unplugged Weekend
Oct 24 all-day
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
2
Tue
Election Day — LOL Schools Closed
Nov 2 all-day
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
Nov
17
Wed
Community Forum on Pre-K- 8 Facilities Study @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

OLD LYME — A meeting for the Pre-K- 8 Facilities study will be held Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in the LOLMS auditorium. QA+M Architecture will present recommendations based on their assessment of existing conditions, evaluation of buildings, and future cost estimation for repairs and updates to Center School, Lyme School, Mile Creek School, and Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

Dec
8
Wed
LOL Schools Host Community Forum on Strategic Plan @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 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
5
Wed
Region 18 Board of Education Meeting @ Center School BOE Conference Room & virtual
Jan 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 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