Now Hiring: Board & Commission Administrative Assistant

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

The Town of Lyme is looking for a Board & Commission Administrative Assistant.  Qualified applicants should send a cover letter and their resume to AsktheLymeBoS@gmail.com.  


Board and Commission Administrative Assistant

Job Description

  • Provides ongoing administrative support to four town boards: the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of Finance.
  • Reports directly to the Zoning Enforcement Officer (Bernie Gigliotti) and the chairmen of the four boards.
  • Prepares and distributes meeting agendas. Attends and records all meetings.  Submits minutes for approval and publication, and maintains files in town vault.
  • Notifies board members and Town Clerk of any changes to meetings schedule.
  • Develops annual meeting schedule for each board as required by state statute and arranges meeting space.
  • Places ads and public notices in local newspapers. Advises Board of Selectmen of public hearings.
  • Maintains confidentiality of information as specified.
  • Provides certified transcripts of meetings and public hearings requiring court actions.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent (or any equivalent combination of education and experience).
  • Two or more years of relevant experience.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with people appropriately and effectively; and maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to use Word, email programs and other office software.

Time Requirements

  • The Board of Finance meets 2 nights a month, January through April.
  • The three land-use commissions each meet 1 night a month.
  • Special night meetings as required.
  • Additional time to prepare minutes and materials as needed, and on a flexible schedule.
  • Approximately 10 – 15 hours per month combined.

 

 

 

Understanding Lyme’s Boards and Commissions

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Introduction

The Town of Lyme’s form of local government enables the residents of our town to govern themselves directly, ensuring that residents maintain ultimate control over what happens in our town and to our town. 

Our residents govern themselves through their participation in:

  • The Plan of Conservation and Development survey – where our responses define the guiding principles and goals for our town boards and commissions to follow;
  • Municipal elections – where we choose the individuals to represent us on town boards and commissions; and
  • Town meetings – where all major decisions recommended by the boards and commissions are voted on by our residents.

Our control begins with the survey which the town conducts every 10 years to develop an updated Plan of Conservation and Development for local government to follow.  Once residents’ answers to the survey are analyzed and summarized, their wishes become the goals of the town’s boards and commissions.

All 19 of Lyme’s boards and commissions perform important functions on behalf of our residents – and our town could not operate as well as it does without the dozens of individuals who volunteer to serve on these boards to care for our town.  Four of these boards have a major impact on the town’s operations due to their ability to write and enforce regulations, or their responsibility for the town’s financial condition and budget. 


The Board of Selectmen

The Board of Selectmen (BoS) is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the town and ensuring the town meets its financial obligations and goals – within the limits of the budget approved by the residents each May at the town meeting.  The BoS is responsible for preparing the annual budget for the Board of Finance to review and ultimately present to residents for approval.  The BoS also has the power to appoint residents to fill vacancies on most other town boards and commissions, should they become available between election cycles.

The residents of Lyme elect the three members of the BoS, who then serve for two-year terms. The current board members are:

  • Steven Mattson (D) – First Selectman
  • Parker Lord (R) – Second Selectman
  • John Kiker (D) – Third Selectman

Typically, the BoS meets the first and third Monday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at the Lyme Town Hall.  You can find the minutes of BoS meetings here.


The Board of Finance

The Board of Finance (BoF) oversees and proposes the town’s budget and spending plan, and decides on the Mill rate that is used to compute the annual property tax.  The members of this board review the town’s progress in meeting financial goals and obligations; manage the independent auditor who monitors and reviews the town’s financial reporting; and work closely with the BoS in setting strategies for future expenditures.

The residents of Lyme elect the six members and three alternate members of the BoF, who then serve for five-year terms.  The current board members are:

  • Matthew Sharp (R) – Chairman
  • David Brown, Sr. (R)
  • Judith H. Duran (D)
  • Peter S. Evankow (R)
  • Herbert Ross (D)
  • Kathryn Wayland (R) – Clerk

The alternate members, who serve in the event a board member is unable to attend a meeting, are:

  • Lori Caine (R)
  • Dan Hagan (R)
  • Jarrod M. Leonardo (D)

The BoF meets on an as-needed basis; usually from January to May on selected Thursday evenings. You can find the minutes of BoF meetings here.


The Planning & Zoning Commission

The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission writes and enforces the town’s zoning and subdivision regulations, which enable the town to maintain its identity as a beautiful, historic, sparsely developed municipality.   The commission also considers and reviews any special permit requests that residents may apply for, and makes a final decision whether or not to approve such requests.

The residents of Lyme elect the seven members of the P&Z Commission, who then serve for five-year terms.  The current board members are:

  • David J. Tiffany (R) – Chairman
  • Ross C. Byrne (R)
  • William T. Koch, Jr. (R)
  • Ann Rich (D)
  • Phyllis Ross (D)
  • Kelvin N. Tyler (R)
  • Hunter Ward (R)

Typically, the P&Z Commission meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyme Town Hall.  You can find the minutes of P&Z Commission meetings here.


The Conservation & Inland Wetlands Commission

The Conservation & Inland Wetlands (C&IW) Commission oversees all of the inland wetlands and watercourses in Lyme and determines what activities are allowed or prohibited along our streams, rivers, ponds and lakes.  The commission has the authority to write new regulations and to enforce existing regulations should violations be committed.

The seven members and two alternate members of the C&IW Commission are appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who then serve for five-year terms.  The current board members are:

  • Paul Armond (D) – Chairman
  • Patrick Crowley (R)
  • Beverly Crowther (D)
  • Roger Dill (R)
  • Priscilla Hammond (R)
  • Ben Kegley (R)
  • Thomas Reynolds (R)

The alternate members, who serve in the event a board member is unable to attend a meeting, are:

  • Susan Hessell (D)
  • Steven Kurlansky (R)

Typically, the C&IW Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Lyme Town Hall.  You can find the minutes of CI&W Commission meetings here.


Closing

If you’re interested in serving our town by volunteering for a board, committee or commission, please talk to:

  • one or more of the current members serving on the board that interests you;
  • one of our three town selectmen; or
  • the local Democratic or Republican Town Committee.

 

9 Town Transit Announces Proposed Bus Service Cuts, Fare Increases

Monday, 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

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

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

9 Town Transit New Mobile App

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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”

Tuesday, 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

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

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