9 Town Transit Announces Proposed Bus Service Cuts, Fare Increases

April 16th, 2018

9 Town Transit has recently announced a proposal that would increase bus fares and reduce bus service in preparation for a 15% reduction in state funding that begins July 1, 2018.  Under the proposed changes:

  • Fares would rise from $1.75 to $2.00 on bus routes and to $4.00 on Dial-A-Ride.
  • Senior citizens would pay full-price fares on all services.
  • All Saturday service would be eliminated.
  • Weekday service on the Route 1 Shoreline Shuttle and Route 2 Riverside would be reduced.

Full details of all of the proposed fare increases and service cuts can be found at www.9towntransit.com/publichearing.

Residents can comment on the proposed changes by sending an email to info@estuarytransit.org or letter to Estuary Transit District, 17 Industrial Park Rd, Suite 6, Centerbrook, CT 06409; or by attending one of the public hearings being held in May in Deep River, Clinton or Westbrook.

Updated Parks & Recreation Commission Photo Policy

April 12th, 2018

The updated Parks & Recreation Commission photo policy can be viewed here.

9 Town Transit New Mobile App

April 12th, 2018

9 Town Transit has a new mobile phone app that enables users to:

  • Book or cancel bus trips from their smartphones.
  • Receive important travel reminders as their bus arrival time approaches.
  • See how far away their bus is in real time.

Trips must still be booked a day in advance. 

The app can be downloaded by searching for “Ecolane” in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

2017 Annual Town Report

April 12th, 2018

The 2017 Annual Town Report is now available.  It can be viewed on – or downloaded from – the website by clicking here; copies are in the process of being mailed to all Lyme residents.

Spring 2018 “Selectmen’s Newsletter”

April 10th, 2018

The Spring 2018 issue of the “Selectmen’s Newsletter” has been mailed to every household in Lyme. If your household did not receive one, please send your name and mailing address to AsktheLymeBoS@gmail.com or click here to read it online.

Legal Notice: Republican & Democratic Delegate Endorsements Filed

April 5th, 2018

 

Certified lists of party-selected candidates for the Republican and Democratic Parties in the Town of Lyme for participation as Delegates to the conventions of said Parties specified below are on file in my office at 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT and copies are available for public distribution:

 

Democrats filed the following:

State, 2ndCongressional District, 33rdState Senate District, 23rdState Assembly District, 33rdJudge of Probate District

 

Republicans filed the following:

State and 2ndCongressional District, 33rdState Senate District, 23rdState Assembly District, 33rdJudge of Probate District

 

Linda A. Winzer

Lyme Town Clerk

Notice of Public Hearing on Ledge Light Health District

March 29th, 2018

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.

 

 

 

Town Hall Closed on Friday, March 30

March 25th, 2018

Town Hall will be closed Friday, March 30, in observance of Good Friday.

Winter Storm Update 03

March 21st, 2018

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

March 21st, 2018

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.