Joshuatown bridge repairs to begin October 25th

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Beginning on October 25th, the project to repair and repaint the Joshuatown Bridge over the Eight Mile River will commence. We anticipate a duration of about 3 weeks for the repairs to be completed. The road may experience short one-lane closures, but detours should not be required and traffic should not be affected significantly.  Please be careful as you travel near and across this bridge and be aware of workers.

Lyme Town Hall and Lyme Transfer Station Closed Monday, October 9 in Observance of Columbus Day

Friday, September 29th, 2017

The Lyme Town Hall and Lyme Transfer Station will be closed Monday, October 9 in observance of Columbus Day.

Information for 2017 Election

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Information for the 2017 Election

When is the Election? The Special State Election and Municipal Election will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Where do I vote? The polling place is located at the Lyme Town Hall, 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT.

What is the Special State Election? This year, there is a Special State Election in addition to the regular Municipal Election.  The office of Judge of Probate for District 33 (consisting of the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Kllingworth, Lyme, Old Saybrook), has a vacancy due to the retirement of the current Judge of Probate, Terrance Lomme.  Jeannine Lewis is the Democratic candidate, and Anselmo Delia is the Republican candidate for that office.

Who is on the ballot? A sample ballot can be found here: Elections_2017_Sample Ballot

Why is the Democratic line listed above the Republican line on the ballot? The order of the party lines is dictated by the party of the sitting Governor.  In this case, Governor Dannel Malloy is a Democrat, thus the Democratic line appears first on the ballot.

Why do some people’s names appear more than once for the same office? In cases where names appear on both the Democratic and Republican lines, it means that both parties endorsed those people.  If you wish to vote for a person listed twice, pick one of the lines – do not vote for that person twice.

How many people may I vote for in each office?   On the ballot, directly below the title of the office, it is noted how many you may vote for in that column or office.

Are there any contested offices on this ballot? There are contests for the following offices:  Judge of Probate, First Selectman and Selectman.  All other candidates listed on the ballot will be elected based on the openings and number of candidates.

How is that possible when, for example, Library Director says “Vote for any Two”, yet there are three names on the ballot? There are election rules and laws governing this.  In the case of the Library Director example, while electors may vote for any two, three are actually elected.  Thus, all three listed are elected.

If I am allowed to vote for one under First Selectman, and one under Selectman, how do we end up with a Board of Selectmen containing three people? In the case of the Board of Selectman, the top vote getter under First Selectman is elected.  The person who does not win goes into the mix with the two candidates for Selectman.  The top two vote getters among those three become the remaining two members of the three-member board.

When are absentee ballots available? Absentee ballots become available October 6, 2017.

How do I obtain an absentee ballot?   Electors may obtain absentee ballots due to the following circumstances:  1) active service in the Armed Forces of the United States, 2) absence from the town during all of the hours of voting, 3) illness, 4) religious tenets forbid secular activity on the day of the election, 5) duties as an election official at a polling place other than their own during all the hours of voting, or 6) physical disability.   Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained in person in the Town Clerk’s office (Mondays -Fridays, 9:00 AM -4:00 PM), on the Secretary of the State’s website http://www.sots.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?a=3179&q=489910, or by clicking on the link here: Application for Absentee Ballot.  The ballot will be mailed to you or you may obtain it in person, depending on how you designate delivery on the application.

May I apply for an absentee ballot now, or do I have to wait until the ballots are available on October 6?  You may apply anytime up until November 6, but the actual ballots will not be mailed or delivered in person until the Town Clerk is legally allowed to do so, which is the October 6 date.

What is the deadline to register to vote? Deadlines for registration can be found by clicking on the link here: Elections_2017_DEADLINES FOR REGISTRATION FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTION

What if I have other questions regarding registering to vote, obtaining an absentee ballot, voting, or any other election question? You may contact the Lyme Town Hall and speak to either of the Registrars of Voters (Fridays 9:00 AM -12:00 noon) or the Town Clerk (Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM).

 

Tropical Storm Jose Update from Lyme EMD_Tuesday, September 19, 2017_11:30 AM

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Lyme EMD Update_Tropical Storm Jose_11.30_9.19.17

Hurricane Jose News Release from Eversource_Monday September 18 2017 4:00 PM

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Eversource is Ready for Jose Mutual aid crews headed home from Florida after Irma restoration

BERLIN, Conn. (September 18, 2017) – With the effects of Hurricane Jose expected to impact parts of Connecticut in the next few days, Eversource is prepared to respond to any damage or outages caused by the storm. The company will open its emergency operations centers in Newtown, Hartford and New London beginning Tuesday and is encouraging customers to take steps to prepare for the storm, too.

“We continue to monitor Jose’s path very carefully and are ready to address any impacts to the electric system,” said Peter Clarke, Senior Vice President of Emergency Preparedness for Eversource. “We’re confident our ongoing technology upgrades, combined with our tried and tested emergency response plan, will enable us to safely and efficiently handle any issues that may arise.”

Eversource crews assisting with power restoration in Florida after Hurricane Irma are returning home to Connecticut and will be ready to respond to any power outages if needed. All other company employees are also on standby and prepared to assist with any potential storm restoration.

Customers should prepare for any severe weather by assembling or restocking a storm kit and creating an emergency plan with family members, friends and neighbors. Eversource offers the tips on its website Eversource.com to help customers prepare for emergencies.

The company reminds customers to always stay clear of downed wires and to report them immediately to 9-1-1. Be sure to report any outage online at www.eversource.com, or by calling 800-286-2000. Customers who signed up for the company’s new, two-way texting feature can send a text to report an outage and receive outage updates as they happen.

 

 

 

 

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Jose Update from Lyme EMD_September 18 2017 2:00 PM

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Lyme EMD Update_Tropical Storm Jose_14.00_9.18.17

Hunting season to begin September 15

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Deer Bow Hunting Season Opens Friday, Sept 15

Deer hunting season opens in Connecticut September 15 with the beginning of the bow season and continues through Jan 31. The Town of Lyme and Lyme Land Trust allow licensed hunters with a granted permit to hunt on some of its forest preserves. Hunters seeking permission to hunt on Town and Land Trust property should contact the Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator at openspace@townlyme.org. Hunting is allowed Mon-Thurs. and preserves remain open to hikers and other users during bow season.

Whenever walking in the woods during hunting season, it is always a good idea to wear bright colors (preferably orange) and to keep dogs leashed. If your dogs run free, it’s a good idea to buy them orange vests and make sure they are worn whenever the dog is out of the house.

For a list of the Town and Land Trust preserves on which hunting is permitted and other information about personal safety in Lyme forest preserves during hunting season, go to:

http://www.lymelandtrust.org/stewardship/hunting-program/

 

DEADLINES FOR REGISTRATION AND REPUBLICAN PARTY ENROLLMENT IN ORDER TO VOTE IN SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FOR OFFICE OF JUDGE OF PROBATE ONLY

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

DEADLINES FOR REGISTRATION AND REPUBLICAN PARTY ENROLLMENT

IN ORDER TO VOTE IN SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FOR

OFFICE OF JUDGE OF PROBATE ONLY

 

September 7, 2017Mail-in for new voter registration and enrollment application must be postmarked by this date and received by the registrar of voters up until 12:00 noon of September 11, 2017.

 

September 7, 2017Mail-in for Unaffiliated voter enrollment application must be received by this date.

 

September 7, 2017On-line registration up until 11:59 PM.

 

September 11, 2017In-person new voter registration and enrollment or in-person Unaffiliated voter enrollment up until 12:00 noon.

Notice of Ballot Order Lottery_September 12 at 1:00 PM

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Notice of Ballot Order Lottery

Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes 9-253 and 9-453r, the Town of Lyme Registrars of Voters will conduct a public Ballot Order Lottery to determine the horizontal order of the names within the appropriate row on the November 7, 2017 Municipal Election ballot for multiple-opening offices.

The Ballot Order Lottery will be held on: Tuesday, September 12 at 1:00 PM in the Registrars of Voters Office at Lyme Town Hall

 Dianne F. Ahlberg

Jane Boyd

Registrars of Voters

Town of Lyme

Revaluation Information from the Assessor’s Office

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Dear Property Owner: The State of Connecticut requires that each municipality revalue real property periodically to ensure that assessments are equitable. The Town of Lyme has retained Vision Government Solutions, Inc. to conduct the revaluation of the town for 2018. Representatives from the Appraisal department of Vision Government Solutions, Inc. will be in your area shortly to conduct the first phase of the revaluation process. Each Vision data collector will have a Vision photo identification card. Residents are encouraged to ask to view this identification prior to admitting anyone into their homes. When the Vision data collector visits your property they will verify the exterior measurementsof each building. If a person 18 years or older is available at the home to allow entry, the Vision data collector will request to inspect the interior including basement and easily accessible attic space. They will also take an exterior image of the property. At the conclusion of the inspection, the homeowner or resident will be asked to sign the data collection form only to verify that the interior inspection took place. If no one is available at the time of the visit to the property, follow up letters will be sent to owners with information on how to schedule an inspection appointment. If you have questions as to the identity of a data collector, call Troop F, Westbrook at (860) 399-2100 (non-emergency number) for further confirmation. Each data collector has personal and vehicle information registered with Troop F, Westbrook and the Assessor’s Office. If you have other questions please call the Assessor’s office at (860) 434-8092. Thank you for your cooperation. The Assessor’s Office