Notice of Public Hearing on Ledge Light Health District

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Town of Lyme Notice of Public Hearing Re: Joining Ledge Light Health District

The Board of Selectmen has scheduled a public hearing to be held on Thursday, April 5th, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., at the Lyme Town Hall, 480 Hamburg Road (Route 156), Lyme, Connecticut, to receive questions and comments from the public regarding the Town of Lyme becoming a member of the Ledge Light Health District.

Dated at Lyme, Connecticut, this 29th day of March, 2018.

Steven Mattson

For the Board of Selectmen


FAQs about Health Districts

What is a “health district”? In Connecticut, local public health services are provided either by a municipal health department or a “health district.”

  • A health district is formed when two or more towns decide to consolidate their public health functions.
  • There are currently 20 health districts across the state.
  • Ledge Light Health District is a district that has been formed by the towns of Old Lyme, East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, Stonington, North Stonington and Waterford to serve their residents.

What are the benefits of joining a health district versus running our own health department? The benefits for our town would include:

  • the ability to provide our residents with a full range of public health services all year long;
  • the ability to offer emergency-related public health services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week;
  • lower annual costs for providing public health services to our residents;
  • ongoing access to a team of certified public health professionals;
  • uniform and consistent enforcement of state public health codes and regulations; and
  • the assurance that the town is in full compliance with all state rules and regulations governing local health departments. 

What would the health district’s responsibilities include? The health district’s responsibilities would include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Inspecting and approving the septic systems of local homes and businesses.
  • Conducting soils testing, plan reviews and approvals of any subdivisions, new lots or building additions approved by the town.
  • Reviewing, inspecting and approving the locations and construction of wells.
  • Inspecting and certifying the health and safety of any establishments that offer food services.
  • Responding to potential public health emergencies, such as incidents of lead poisoning or outbreaks of rabies, Lyme disease or food-borne illnesses.
  • Offering health promotion programs and services to our residents – e.g., smoking-cessation programs, flu clinics, Lyme disease prevention awareness campaigns.

Will anyone at Town Hall lose their job if we join the health district? No. Our Sanitarian, George Calkins, will either be retiring on June 30, 2018, or he may be rehired by the Ledge Light Health District to continue to work part-time serving the Town of Lyme, as he has done for many years. His potential retirement has been one of the events that lead to our recommendation to join the health district.

Is the decision to join the health district irreversible? No. The Board of Selectmen will monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the partnership and recommend to residents whether it should be continued. The initial commitment is for a minimum three-year period and may be discontinued by a town vote after that time.

Will services still be available at Lyme Town Hall? Yes. Ledge Light personnel will have set office hours at Town Hall like our sanitarian has maintained – probably on Tuesday mornings. In addition, staff would be available during any weekday for a specific office appointment or for inspections, site testing, etc. Staff would be available for as many hours as are needed to fully perform any necessary or requested function.

 

 

 

Winter Storm Update 03

An update from the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security:

At noon radar showed light to occasionally moderate snow falling in southern CT.  The northern edge of the light snow is now in the Middletown area.  The falling snow is melting on contact on the highways.   Some secondary roads in southern Fairfield county may start to see a coating of slush and snow over the next few hours.  Temperatures are currently in the low to mid 30’s across the state with northeast winds gusting to 20 MPH inland and 25 – 30 MPH along the coast at times.  

Here’s the latest forecast based on a blend of the GFS and NAM models.  This forecast has a good confidence level.

THIS AFTERNOON: Snow becoming moderate along the entire coast by noon.  The snow intensity in the Hartford area is forecast to become moderate between 3:00 – 5:00 PM.  Total accumulations by the start of the rush hour at 3:00 PM are forecast to range from less than 1” in the Hartford area up to 5″ along the coast.  The impact on the afternoon rush hour is expected to be minor in Northern CT and minor to moderate Southern CT.  Snowfall rates are forecast to be around 1/2″ per hour in the Hartford area and up to 1″ per hour along the coast by the end of the rush hour.  Much of the falling snow will likely melt on contact in the valleys.  Highs remaining near 30 F.  Minor coastal flooding is possible during the afternoon high tides in Western Long Island Sound around 3:00 PM.  

THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT: A period of moderate to heavy snow is possible between 5:00 PM and Midnight across most of the state.  The impact on travel could be moderate to major with heavy snow falling and sticking to roads after dark, especially in southern CT.  Lows in the upper 20’s.  The snow is forecast to end around daybreak on Thursday.  A minor impact to the rush hour is still possible Thursday morning.  Some power outages may occur due to the semi-wet snow.  

Winter Storm Update 02

An update from the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security:

A double barrel low pressure system is moving slowly into our area at this time.  At 8:45 AM light snow was falling along the coast and roads are currently just wet.  A band of moderate snow is just to the south over Long Island.  This band of heavier snow may reach the coast in the next few hours.  Temperatures are generally in the mid 30’s across the state.  Winter Storm Warnings are currently in effect for the entire state and continuing until 8:00 am Thursday morning.  The following forecast is based on a blend of the NAM and GFS models.  

THIS MORNING: Light snow is forecast to spread slowly into the state between now at the coast to noontime in the Hartford area.  Moderate snow later this morning could cause a minor to moderate impact along the I-95 corridor.  Temperatures are forecast to drop to near 32 F once the snow begins.  Northeast winds gusting to 25 MPH inland and 35 MPH along the coast.

THIS AFTERNOON: The snow intensity in the Hartford area is forecast to become moderate between 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Total accumulations by the start of the rush hour at 3:00 PM are forecast to range from 1″ – 3″ in the Hartford area up to 6″ along the coast.  The impact on the afternoon rush hour is expected to be minor in Northern CT and moderate Southern CT.  Snowfall rates are forecast to be around 1/2″ per hour in the Hartford area and up to 1″ per hour along the coast during the rush hour.  Much of the falling snow may melt on contact in the valleys.  Highs remaining near 30 F.  Minor coastal flooding is possible during the afternoon high tides in Western Long Island Sound around 3:00 PM.  

THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT: A period of moderate to heavy snow is possible between 5:00 PM and Midnight across most of the state.  The impact on travel could be moderate to major with heavy snow falling and sticking to roads especially in southern CT.  Lows in the upper 20’s.  The snow is forecast to end before daybreak on Thursday.  A minor impact to the rush hour is still possible Thursday morning.  Some power outages may occur due to the semi-wet snow.  

Winter Storm Update

From Connecticut’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security:

A double barrel low pressure system is forecast to move just south of our area on Wednesday and Wednesday night. The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warnings for the entire state beginning at midnight and continuing until 8:00 am Thursday morning. The following forecast is based on a blend of the NAM and GFS models.

WEDNESDAY MORNING: Light snow is forecast to spread slowly into the state between 7:00 AM at the coast to noon in the Hartford area. No significant impact is expected on the morning rush hour or late morning travel. Temperatures are forecast to drop a few degrees at the start of the light snow and hold between 25 – 30 F across most of the state. Northeast winds are forecast to gust to 25 MPH inland and 35 MPH along the coast at times.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: The snow is forecast to become moderate in Southern CT by the afternoon rush hour at 3:00 PM. The snow intensity in the Hartford area is forecast to become moderate between 3:00 – 6:00 PM. Total accumulations by the rush hour are forecast to range from less than 1″ in the Hartford area up to 1″ – 3″ along the coast. The impact on the afternoon rush hour is expected to be minor in Northern CT and minor to moderate in Southern CT. Highs remaining near 30 F. Minor coastal flooding is possible during the afternoon high tides in Western Long Island Sound around 3:00 PM.

WEDNESDAY EVENING AND OVERNIGHT: A period of moderate to heavy snow is possible between 5:00 PM and 11:00 PM across most of the state. The impact on travel could be moderate to major with heavy snow falling and sticking to roads. Lows in the upper 20’s. The snow is forecast to end before daybreak on Thursday. A minor impact to the rush hour is still possible Thursday morning.

Total accumulations are forecast to range from 3″ – 6″ along the southeast coast (where sleet and rain may mix in), up to 6″ – 12″ in a wide band across the center of the state. Less snow is expected in the NW Hills with 3” – 6”. 

Winter Storm Warning Issued

From Connecticut’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security:

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM EDT THURSDAY…

* WHAT…HEAVY MIXED WINTER PRECIPITATION TRANSITIONING TO HEAVY SNOW IS EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 7 TO 10 INCHES, WITH LOCALIZED AMOUNTS UP TO 13 INCHES, AND LIGHT ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED.

* WHERE…IN CONNECTICUT, NORTHERN NEW LONDON, SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX AND SOUTHERN NEW LONDON COUNTIES. IN NEW YORK, NORTHWESTERN SUFFOLK AND SOUTHWESTERN SUFFOLK COUNTIES.

* WHEN…FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM EDT THURSDAY.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…PLAN ON DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS. TREE BRANCHES COULD FALL. EXPECT SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW, SLEET AND ICE WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO EXPECTED. CHECK LOCAL DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION SERVICES FOR THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS