June 24, 2022

Community Calendar

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
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
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.

Mar
11
Fri
Old Lyme BOS Special Meeting @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Mar 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

REVISED SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA

Meeting Date:                    Friday 11 March 2022 – 3 p.m.

Location:                             Old Lyme Town Hall – Meeting Hall

  1. To approve the utilization of the Standard Allowance for American Rescue Plan Act funding reporting purposes.
  2. To approve an AMENDED AND RESTATED DEED OF CONSERVATION RESTRICTION 311.50-ACRE PARCEL, which amends a Deed of Conservation Restriction from David Sears McCulloch and Jean Adair McCulloch to The Nature Conservancy of Connecticut, Inc., its successors or assigns, dated on or about December 29, 1999 and recorded at Book 260, Page 1007 of the said Land Records, subsequently assigned to Jean A. McCulloch Farm LLC, having been approved by a judgment of the Superior Court on June 4, 2021, providing for the following specific amendments:

a.         Paragraphs 3.3 (a), (b) and (c) of the Deed of Conservation Restriction are hereby amended by adding the following at the end of each section:  “except as required to construct parking in the three areas shown on the maps in Exhibit B, such parking to be made of permeable surface material and designed in consultation with the Conservancy.”

b.         Paragraph 3.3 (e) is hereby amended by adding the following at the end of the section: “except for the placement of sanitary garbage pails or bins and to erect environmentally sound composting toilets as required for the responsible management and in order to protect the conservation values of the property.”

To authorize and empower the First Selectman to sign, execute, receive, deliver and

record, on behalf of the Town, the AMENDED AND RESTATED DEED OF CONSERVATION RESTRICTION 311.50-ACRE PARCEL, and such other instruments and agreements as are required to carry out the foregoing resolution.

A copy of the AMENDED AND RESTATED DEED OF CONSERVATION RESTRICTION 311.50-ACRE PARCEL may be examined at the office of the Town Clerk of the Town of Old Lyme during the Town Clerk’s ordinary business hours.

Adjournment:

Mar
21
Mon
Old Lyme Special Town Meeting @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

OLD LYME — On Monday, March 21, the Town of Old Lyme will hold a Special Town Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Hall of Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., in Old Lyme.

The following agenda items will be discussed and may be taken to a vote:

1.         To approve the appropriation of an amount not to exceed $45,000 to fund the preparation of a Local Transportation Capital Improvement Plan grant application, to prepare easement documentation for a pedestrian bridge and a walking trail to the Florence Griswold Museum and to fund engineering and legal services to prepare a Village District Zoning Overlay. See Appendices 1 and 2 at the foot of this article for more information.

2.         To approve the utilization of the Standard Allowance for American Rescue Plan Act funding reporting purposes.

3.         To approve the funding of a request from the Ledge Light Health District in the amount of $21,622.15 (1% of Old Lyme’s American Rescue Plan funding) to help the District respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The funding will be paid from American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds received by the Town.

4.         To approve the funding of an amount not to exceed $20,000 to retain the services of George E. Krivda, Jr. to administer the Town of Old Lyme’s small business and non-profit American Rescue Plan grant program.  The funding will be paid from ARP funds received by the Town.

5.         To approve an AMENDED AND RESTATED DEED OF CONSERVATION RESTRICTION 311.50-ACRE PARCEL, which amends a Deed of Conservation Restriction from David Sears McCulloch and Jean Adair McCulloch to The Nature Conservancy of Connecticut, Inc., its successors or assigns, dated on or about December 29, 1999 and recorded at Book 260, Page 1007 of the said Land Records, subsequently assigned to Jean A. McCulloch Farm LLC, having been approved by a judgment of the Superior Court on June 4, 2021, providing for the following specific amendments:

a.         Paragraphs 3.3 (a), (b) and (c) of the Deed of Conservation Restriction are hereby amended by adding the following at the end of each section:  “except as required to construct parking in the three areas shown on the maps in Exhibit B, such parking to be made of permeable surface material and designed in consultation with the Conservancy.”

b.         Paragraph 3.3 (e) is hereby amended by adding the following at the end of the section: “except for the placement of sanitary garbage pails or bins and to erect environmentally sound composting toilets as required for the responsible management and in order to protect the conservation values of the property.”

To authorize and empower the First Selectman to sign, execute, receive, deliver and record, on behalf of the Town, the AMENDED AND RESTATED DEED OF CONSERVATION RESTRICTION 311.50-ACRE PARCEL, and such other instruments and agreements as are required to carry out the foregoing resolution.

A copy of the AMENDED AND RESTATED DEED OF CONSERVATION RESTRICTION 311.50-ACRE PARCEL may be examined at the office of the Town Clerk of the Town of Old Lyme during the Town Clerk’s ordinary business hours.

Appendix 1:

HALLS ROAD Improvements COMMITTEE
Short-term Financing Needs March 21, 2022
Approved by Board of Selectmen & Board of Finance: January 18, 2022

  1. LOTCIP Grant – Application for grant $13,500 (BSC Group)
    To assist in preparing LOTCIP Grant for sidewalk and other streetscape improvements. Proposal includes engineering drawings to show where and how new streetscape & safety improvements are to occur along Halls Road. These documents will also be used to provide specific direction for any future Construction Documentation. This grant application is the first formal submission of plans to CT DOT, and the first chance to receive official approval / disapproval for each plan element.
  2. Graybill Easement /survey     $7,000 (BSC Group, not to exceed)
    To secure an easement on the east bank of the Lieutenant. James Graybill has generously offered to grant an easement to the Town of Old Lyme to provide access to the old Lieutenant River bridge abutment on his property for a future pedestrian bridge. A pedestrian bridge over the Lieutenant has consistently been among the most favored potential improvements in public discussions and town-wide surveys. It will allow safe pedestrian and bicycle travel between Lyme Street and the Halls Road district, with views of a beautiful stretch of the Lieutenant River. Mr Graybill has also offered to include in the easement the path of a future trail to the Florence Griswold Museum. Such connections are great opportunities to integrate Old Lyme’s business district with its Arts District, one of Old Lyme’s definitive assets. It is important to secure this easement now, both to ensure future access to the bridge abutment and to make it possible to apply for grants to defray the costs of building the bridge and trails on the east side of the river.
  3. Halls Road Overlay District  – Zoning Attorney $10,000 (TCORS Bill Sweeney)
    – Planning Consultant $ 9,000 (BSC Group, not to exceed)
    To complete the work of creating new zoning supporting the recommendations of the Hall Road Master Plan. The previous Village District approach to new zoning created un-looked-for burdens for existing property owners. The new approach is to allow the old C-30s zoning to remain, and to create a Halls Road Overlay District (HROD) as an alternative. Those who wish to can use the HROD to pursue different, and more profitable, new developments in line with the Master Plan. These include mixed use (commercial & residential), apartments and townhomes. The HROD also brings retail development up to the street to create a walkable town center along Halls Road. The change simplifies the new zoning regulations to some degree, but it is important that they be complete, accurate, and legally correct before submission to the Zoning Commission. This requires professional help, which this allocation will pay for. It should be noted that some of this work has already begun on a good faith basis.

$39,500   Total of 1 – 3 above
Contingency Allowance $  5,500
$45,000  Total Request

Appendix 2:

HALLS ROAD Improvements COMMITTEE
March 2022       NEXT STEPS

  • Halls Road Overlay District – prepare documents for town’s application to Zoning Commission
    • Target Date April 2022 with final approvals possible by July 2022
    • Overlay District to provide new opportunities to property owners and future developers aimed at bringing commercial up to Halls Road and allowing apartments and town homes.
    • C-30S Zone remains, unless an applicant choses to use the Overlay District.
  • Grant Applications – to help fund Public Improvements along Halls Road. Timeframe for grant process can be 2 – 4 years.

    Public Improvements include: Sidewalks, Pedestrian Lighting, Landscaping, Crosswalks, Pathways, and a new bridge over the Lieutenant River allowing pedestrians and cyclists to avoid the motorway bridge.

    Grant opportunities currently seeking:

    • October 2022 – Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP) Grant – BSC to assist in preparation. Application to include engineering drawings that will define and detail scope of streetscape improvements. CT DOT formally considers our design concept with this grant.
      • Possible funding of $2.5 million.
      • The LOTCIP Grant program is currently 2 years out from application. We are aiming to apply for this in fall 2022 to get into the application queue with a goal to be awarded funding by 2024/25.
    • Additional grants that would contribute funds toward the sidewalks and pedestrian bridge not likely to be covered by the LOTCIP Grant:
      • November 2022 – CT Trails Program.
      • January 2023 – CT Community Challenge Grant.

Seek other grants available for multi-modal connectivity and trails.

  • Design Drawings – With Grants Awarded the town can engage professionals to create final construction documents. Timeframe: 1 year from RFQ to final documentation.

Implementation – Seek and receive bids for construction, award project, and begin construction of roadway improvements. Requires prior grant funding and town-funded design documents (as above) and town approval of total funding package. Timeframe: TBD.

Mar
29
Tue
OL Affordable Housing Commission Hosts Online Community Workshop @ Virtual
Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

OLD LYME — On Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m., the Old Lyme Affordable Housing Commission will host a second, online community workshop in order to continue the discussion about the state-mandated Affordable Housing Plan for Old Lyme. All are welcome.

At the first workshop, background information, the results of a local housing study, examples of affordable housing, and initial thinking about a strategy to meet the needs of the community were discussed.

The second workshop will focus on a proposed strategy and action plan that will meet the state requirement to, “Specify how the municipality intends to increase the number of affordable housing developments in the municipality.”

All Old Lyme residents are encouraged to join the workshop and add their voices to the discussion.

Connection information for the meeting can be found here.

Apr
12
Tue
OL WPCA Regular Meeting — Includes Public Hearing on Proposed Sewer Ordinance @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Town of Old Lyme Water Pollution Control Authority
Regular meeting at Old Lyme Town Hall,
Public Hearing on Proposed Sewer Ordinance following WPCA Regular meeting
April 12, 2022 – 7:30 p.m.

Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of the Minutes – March 9th, 2022
  3. Budget Summary Update
  4. Correspondence
  5. Adjournment of Regular Meeting

Public Hearing on Proposed Sewer Ordinance

  1. Brief power point presentation will describe the proposed sewer ordinance
  2. Public will be invited to make a public comment about the proposed sewer ordinance.  Note the public that cannot attend this meeting, can also submit a written comment by May 1st, 2022 through the Town’s WPCA web page instructions
Apr
19
Tue
Rogers Lake Authority Meeting @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

LYME/OLD LYME — Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19, the Rogers Lake Authority will meet in the Old Lyme Town Hall’s Meeting Room at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is likely to draw a large crowd as the contentious topic of the proposed No-Wake zone on Rogers Lake is on the agenda.

The full agenda for the meeting is as follows:

Old Business:

  • Read and approve minutes from March 9, 2022, meeting.
  • Update on Finance Board meetings for 21/22 and 22/23 expenditures.
  • Detail review of 21/22 budget and expected expenditures.
  • Review of need for State boat launch attendant.
    • Possible DEEP training.
  • Review of patrol boat and launch attendant recruitment.
  • Presentations canceled.
    • CT Agricultural Experiment Station.
    • UCONN alewife study.
  • Finalize draft of Ordinance revision changes for submission to DEEP.
    • No Wake buoy deployment requires ordinance approval.

New Business:

  • Update of signage at boat launch.
  • Purchase of new sandbar buoy.
  • Plan for Spring Newsletter
  • Any other new business.
  • Public Comment.

The Town Hall is located at 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT.

May
2
Mon
Lyme Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) Hosts Virtual Community Meeting to Introduce Draft of Lyme’s AH Plan @ Virtual
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

LYME — On Monday, May 2, at 7 p.m. on Zoom, the Lyme Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) will host a virtual community meeting to introduce a draft of Lyme’s affordable housing plan.

Visit this link to review a draft of the proposed plan in advance of the meeting.

Under a state mandate (CGS Section 8-30j), every Connecticut municipality must prepare and adopt an affordable housing plan by June 1, 2022.

All residents of Lyme are encouraged to attend the online meeting and share their responses to the draft plan.  The Zoom link for the meeting is here. The passcode to use to enter the meeting is 411561.

At the community meeting, members of the AHC will present a draft of Lyme’s plan and discuss its various components including:

  • its Community Values Statement
  • the importance of affordable housing
  • demographics and housing conditions
  • land use and zoning issues
  • strategies for increasing affordable housing in Lyme.

As background, residents may wish to review the following information:

  • In January 2022, the AHC issued a summary on affordable housing in Lyme entitled Status Update for Affordable Housing in Lyme: Where Have We Come From? Where are We Going? The report can be read by visiting this link.
  • In November 2021, RiverCOG (River Council of Governments) published its 10-year Regional Plan of Conservation & Development – a land-use plan that is intended to inform land-use decisions made by RiverCOG, land-use commissions, town governments and state agencies; and to encourage land-use coordination across municipal boundaries.
    To read or download a printed copy of this plan, click here.
    To peruse an electronic version of the plan, visit this website.