Lyme Parks & Recreation has opened registration for its Summer Kids Yoga Classes. For details, click here. For the registration form, click here.read more
At its most recent meeting, the Board of Selectmen appointed Milt Walters to serve on the Pension Advisory Committee and Jazon Zelek to serve on the Affordable Housing Commission.read more
In the article excerpted here, which appeared in the most recent “Selectmen’s Newsletter,” there was a typo in the “Example” cited. The last sentence in the “Example” should have read: “To achieve the same property tax of $1,302 now requires a mil rate of 19.95...read more
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Please note that all 2017 Supplemental Motor Vehicle tax bills for vehicles purchased after October 1, 2017, and before August 1, 2018, are due and payable January 1, 2019. For the official legal notice regarding these taxes, click here.
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CITIZEN SPOTLIGHT: BERNIE GIGLIOTTI
Bernie Gigliotti has lived in Lyme for 47 years. For the past 18 of those years, he has served as the Town of Lyme’s Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO) – the individual responsible for overseeing and enforcing Lyme’s subdivision and zoning regulations, and inland wetlands and watercourse regulations.
It’s an important job. One of his peers describes the role of ZEOs as being the “foot soldiers” in the ongoing effort to keep the Lower Connecticut River Valley the scenic place it is. Bernie agrees: “My job is to guide residents on appropriate courses of action they can take to improve their properties while remaining in compliance with town and state regulations so, as a community, we keep our portion of the valley the beautiful and sparsely developed place it has always been.”
Working closely with other town officials, Bernie receives and reviews plans for subdivisions, sites and plots. He inspects construction sites for conformance with regulations, identifies and investigates potential violations, and pursues corrections of violations as necessary. He also works closely at times with officials from the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, who share the Town’s interests in preserving and protecting Lyme’s environment.
His office is essentially the clearinghouse for everything people want to do with their property. Bernie is available to talk with residents – either at his office during office hours, or on location at their properties – about the plans they have in mind and suggest options they may want to consider. He says it’s best to have those kinds of discussions before any steps are taken that might result in violations and encourages residents to contact him with any questions they have about potential projects or requirements.
In his role as ZEO, Bernie serves as an important advisor to the Board of Selectmen, the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Conservation Commission (acting as the Inland Wetland and Watercourse Agency). His office provides GIS mapping services, participates in regional planning efforts and helps the town plan for future growth.
Bernie maintains office hours in Town Hall every Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until noon. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-434-7733.
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Q: We’re thinking about putting an addition onto our house this summer. What permits or applications do we need?
A: To begin the process, download a Zoning Permit application from the website, fill it out completely and file it with the Town Clerk at Town Hall, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Zoning Enforcement Officer Bernie Gigliotti will review your application and determine which other permits, if any, you may need to apply for; walk you through the approval process for your project; and identify the fees your home-improvement project will entail. (Depending upon the nature of your planned addition, you may be asked to submit other applications during the approval process – for a building permit, wetlands permit, zoning variance request or other specific permits.) Bernie works out of Town Hall on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. till noon, and can be reached at email@example.com. To submit a question for possible inclusion on this website, please send your question, along with your name and contact information, to AsktheLymeBoS@gmail.com.