July 4th Parade Information & Closings

The Town of Lyme would like to advise residents that the traditional Cove Road July 4th Parade will be held Thursday, July 4, at approximately 10:00 a.m., in celebration of Independence Day.  The parade will begin near Camp Claire on Cove Road, cross Route 156 and end at the Lyme Grange. 

The grand marshal for this year’s parade will be Don Gerber, in recognition of his long history of volunteer service to the Town. Gerber served on the Lyme Volunteer Fire Company for 15 years as a member, engineer or assistant chief. He has served as chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission for nearly 10 years; as chairman of the Conservation Commission (acting as the Inland Wetland and Watercourse Agency) for 10 years; and as chairman of the Building Committee for the Lyme Public Safety Complex. Gerber was a member of the Camp Claire Board of Directors for nearly 10 years and has been a member of the Lyme Republican Town Committee for 35 years.  He also played an important role in the Town’s recent acquisition of the Johnston Property.

Gerber will ride as grand marshal in the parade in a 1948 Ford Deluxe convertible owned by Manon Zumbaum.

The Town advises residents that temporary street closings will be in effect during the parade, travel delays are possible and parking may be limited in some areas.  Route 156 will be closed from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. between Sterling City Road North and South with a detour along Sterling City Road. 

The Lyme Town Hall, Public Library and Transfer Station will all be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. 

Trailblazers Walk Rescheduled for Jul. 2

The Trailblazers Walk of the Ravine Trail – which had been originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 25 – has been postponed until Tuesday, July 2, and will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. that morning.  Participants should gather for the approximately 2.5-mile walk in the Selden Creek Preserve parking lot on Joshuatown Road, about four miles from Route 156.   The event will be canceled in the event of rain.  Walk updates will be posted here.

Legal Notice from the Lyme Tax Collector

All property owners liable to pay a Tax to the Town of Lyme on the Grand List of October 1, 2018, are hereby notified that the tax becomes due and payable July 1, 2019.  Failure to make payment on or before August 1, 2019, will subject the tax to an interest charge of one and one-half (1½) percent per month or fraction thereof from the due date of July 1 (18% annually), with a minimum interest charge of $2.00 per bill.  Failure to receive a tax bill does not invalidate the tax or waive the interest due, should the bill become delinquent.

Payments will be accepted in the Tax Office, 480 Hamburg Road or may be mailed to the Tax Collector, 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT 06371.  The Tax Collector’s office will be open weekdays in July from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Tax Collector
Cynthia Beers   

Watershed Management Workshop on Jun. 29

On Saturday, Jun. 29, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., the Town of Lyme, the Lyme Land Conservation Trust (LLCT) and Audubon Connecticut will offer a Watershed Management Workshop in the Community Room of the Lyme Public Library at 482 Hamburg Road in Lyme.  The free workshop will feature Pat Young and/or Anthony Irving speaking on watershed-friendly habitat management that can provide support for a wide variety of birds all year long.  Both speakers are members of the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Watershed Coordinating Committee.  This free event is part of a Bird Workshop Series offered by the Lyme Forest Block Conservation Project—an initiative launched by Audubon Connecticut in partnership with the Town of Lyme, the LLCT, the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Watershed Coordinating Committee, the Nature Conservancy, and other local land trusts and municipalities.  Space is limited. Please fill out this RSVP form if you plan to attend.  For more information, send an email to gnuttall@audobon.org

Change in Property Tax Bills

Lyme residents will see a change in their tax bills this July, due the revaluation that has taken place in the last year.  (This process is required by state law to be done every 10 years, with a statistical revaluation 5 years in between.)  On average, property market values in Lyme have fallen 6.7%.   This doesn’t mean that a resident’s taxes will go down by this same 6.7%.  The funds the town needs to operate has not changed, so the same property tax revenue is needed.  The mil rate was changed this year to 19.95 to keep our tax receipts equal with last year.

Board of Selectmen Reappoints Senior Center Board Members

At its most recent meeting, the Board of Selectmen reappointed Doris Hungerford, Diana Seckla and Gary Weed to the Lymes’ Senior Center Board of Directors to serve for another year.  The board members, whose current appointments were set to expire on July 1 of this year, will now serve through June 30, 2020.

Riverside Preserve Opening on Jun. 23

On Sunday, Jun. 23, at 1:00 p.m., the Lyme Land Conservation Trust (LLCT) will celebrate the opening of the LLCT’s beautiful new Riverside Preserve, a six-acre property that borders the newly restored portion of the Eightmile River by the former Ed Bill’s dam. Steve Gephard, a CT DEEP fisheries biologist, will talk about the effect the removal of Ed Bill’s dam has had on the health of the river ecosystem, including the migrating fish population that now has unrestricted passage to ancestral spawning areas.  The preserve was donated to the LLCT by conservationist Barbara O. David.  Riverside Preserve is located on Salem Road in Lyme, about ¼ mile from Route 156. (This event will be canceled in the event of rain.)  For more information, contact stewardship@lymelandtrust.org

Lyme Land Trust Annual Meeting on Jun. 21

The Lyme Land Conservation Trust (LLCT) will hold its annual meeting on Friday, Jun. 21, at 6:00 p.m., at the Lyme Public Hall at 249 Hamburg Road in Lyme.  The meeting will include voting on various business items by LLCT members, a presentation of the Volunteer of the Year award, light fare and libations.  For more information, contact info@lymelandtrust.org