Important COVID-19 Update from the First Selectman

Please be aware that the rate of COVID-19 infections in New London County has significantly accelerated in the last week.

The present average number of daily new cases has risen from 5-7 cases a day in early September to more than 35 cases a day now – and stands at a level that is 50% higher than the peak we experienced in May.

We have not yet seen a slowing of this growth in new cases and we are concerned of where these numbers may continue to go.

We recommend that residents who are in a high-risk category – above 60 years of age or with preexisting medical conditions – be vigilant in protecting themselves; and we urge residents who may have contact with high-risk individuals to take all necessary steps to protect these citizens.  Continued social distancing, handwashing and the use of masks remain the best defenses against infection.

The one slightly less worrisome piece of news in the data is the number of deaths in New London County.  Deaths have increased, but at a slower rate than new cases and remain low – below the level of 1 new death each day.

New London County has experienced a total of 2,087 cases and 118 deaths since data collection began. Lyme has experienced only 9 cases so far – and no deaths, for which we are grateful.

Please protect yourselves and your families, neighbors and friends as we weather this new surge in local area infections.

— Steve Mattson, First Selectman

Hours of Hamburg Recycling Center, Public Library Expand Today

Effective today, September 1, 2020:

  • The Hamburg Road Recycling Center will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – in addition to the current Friday, Saturday and Sunday hours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – providing residents with seven-day-a-week recycling collection at either the Hamburg Recycling Center or the Brush Hill Transfer Station.
  • The Lyme Public Library will extend its hours on Thursday nights from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to allow for its use by those unable to visit during daytime hours.

All other facility hours will remain unchanged and we anticipate that these new hours will last through year-end, barring any change in virus levels.

The full operating schedule of Town facilities as of Sep. 1 is:

  • Town Hall – Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Available by phone or email on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Public Library – Open on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Wednesdays and Fridays, curbside pickup is available by contacting the library.
  • Brush Hill Transfer Station – Open Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Recycling can be dropped off here all three days.
  • Hamburg Recycling Center – Open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hours of Hamburg Recycling Center, Public Library To Expand Sep. 1

The Town of Lyme has evaluated the operating hours of all its facilities and will be making some minor changes, effective September 1, 2020.

The Hamburg Road Recycling Center will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – in addition to the current Friday, Saturday and Sunday hours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This will provide residents with seven-day-a-week recycling collection at either the Hamburg Recycling Center or the Brush Hill Transfer Station.

The Library will extend its hours on Thursday nights from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to allow for its use by those unable to visit during daytime hours.

All other facility hours will remain unchanged and we anticipate that these new hours will last through year-end, barring any change in virus levels.

The full operating schedule as of Sep. 1 will be:

  • Town Hall – Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Available by phone or email on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Public Library – Open on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Wednesdays and Fridays, curbside pickup is available by contacting the library.
  • Brush Hill Transfer Station – Open Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Recycling can be dropped off here all three days.
  • Hamburg Recycling Center – Open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Full Reopening of Town Hall, Public Library Now Targeted for Sep. 8

Due to the ongoing resurgence of the coronavirus in Connecticut and across the country, the Board of Selectmen announced today that it would postpone the full reopening of Town Hall and the Public Library – a move which had been tentatively scheduled for August 3 – until at least Tuesday, September 8 (the day after Labor Day).

In the meantime, both buildings will remain open to the public on a three-day-per-week timetable:

  • Lyme Town Hall will continue to be open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Lyme Public Library will continue to be open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Employees in both facilities will be available by phone or email to assist the public on the days that the buildings are not open to the public.

Where the Town’s trash and recycling activities are concerned:

  • The Hamburg Recycling Center will continue to be open on a modified schedule:  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Lyme Transfer Station remains open on its normal operating schedule: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that recycling can take place at the Transfer Station on the days that it is open.

Full Reopening of Town Hall, Public Library Delayed Until At Least Aug. 3; Mailing of Tax Payments Encouraged

At its Jul. 6 meeting, the Board of Selectmen decided to delay the full reopening of Town Hall and the Public Library until at least Monday, August 3.

The Board of Selectmen took this action as a safety precaution, as COVID-19 infections have continued to rise on a national level and have begun to rise at the state level as well. While area infections have grown only slightly, the Board does not want to see the rate rise in the Town of Lyme.

In the meantime, both buildings will remain on a three-day-per-week timetable for the public:

  • Lyme Town Hall will continue to be open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Lyme Public Library will continue to be open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Employees in both facilities will be available by phone or email to assist the public on the days that the buildings are not open to the public.

July is tax season and typically the time of year when a greater number of residents pay a visit to Town Hall.  To help keep the number of in-person visits to a minimum, the Board of Selectmen encourages residents to send their tax payments in by mail this year – or to drop them through the mail slot at Town Hall.

  • Tax payments can be mailed to Tax Collector, 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT 06371.
  • Tax payments must be postmarked by August 3 to avoid penalties.

Full Reopening of Town Hall, Public Library Delayed; Mailing of Tax Payments Encouraged

While the Board of Selectmen had tentatively projected Town Hall and the Public Library might return to their normal operating hours on July 6, the Board announced today there would be a minimum, one-week delay in returning these facilities to their full-time operating schedules with public access. The Board of Selectmen decided to take this action as a safety precaution, as COVID-19 infections have continued to rise on a national level as well as in various regions of the country. While local infections have grown only slightly, the Board does not want to see them rise in the Town of Lyme.

As a result, both buildings will remain on a three-day-per-week timetable for the public until at least July 13:

  • Lyme Town Hall will continue to be open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Lyme Public Library will continue to be open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Employees in both facilities will be available by phone or email to assist the public on the days that the buildings are not open to the public.

July is tax season and typically the time of year when a greater number of residents pay a visit to Town Hall.  To help keep the number of in-person visits to a minimum, the Board of Selectmen encourages residents to send their tax payments in by mail this year – or to drop them through the mail slot at Town Hall.

  • Tax payments can be mailed to Tax Collector, 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT 06371.
  • Tax payments must be postmarked by August 3 to avoid penalties.

Reminder: Lyme Public Library Reopens To Public Tomorrow (Jun. 9) on 3-Day-a-Week Schedule

Beginning Tuesday, Jun. 9, the Lyme Public Library will be open to patrons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with limits on the number of simultaneous visitors and a requirement that all visitors wear masks and gloves inside the building and maintain social distancing. The following protections for staff and visitors will be observed:

  • Staff must wear masks when in contact with others and in common areas.
  • Visitors must wear masks and the number of visitors inside a building at one time will be limited. Masks will be provided to visitors, if needed. Gloves are also required and will be made available.
  • Residents are still requested to use mail, phone or email whenever possible to limit the number and duration of in-person visits.
  • Acrylic barriers have been placed in areas of high visitation to provide additional protection.
  • Hallways and aisles have been made one-way to reduce contact with others.
  • Social distancing protocols are required to be observed. Limits will be placed on the number of visitors present at any one time in the building.
  • There is a limit of 1 visitor in any office.
  • One bathroom has been reserved for staff use only.
  • In-person meetings of staff, boards or commissions is limited to groups of 5 or less, and public health protocols (masks, social distancing) must be observed. Increases in the allowable size of groups will follow the guidelines of the Governor as they are relaxed.
  • There will be no use of meeting rooms or seating areas by the public.
  • The building will be cleaned twice per week and staff will disinfect on an ongoing basis.

 

Reminder: Town Hall Reopens To Public Tomorrow (Jun. 8) on 3-Day-a-Week Schedule

Beginning Monday, Jun. 8, Lyme Town Hall will be open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with limits on the number of simultaneous visitors and a requirement that all visitors wear masks inside the building and maintain social distancing. The following protections for staff and visitors will be observed:

  • Staff must wear masks when in contact with others and in common areas.
  • Visitors must wear masks and the number of visitors inside a building at one time will be limited. Masks will be provided to visitors, if needed.
  • Residents are still requested to use mail, phone or email whenever possible to limit the number and duration of in-person visits.
  • Acrylic barriers have been placed in areas of high visitation to provide additional protection.
  • Hallways and aisles have been made one-way to reduce contact with others.
  • Social distancing protocols are required to be observed. Limits will be placed on the number of visitors present at any one time in the building.
  • There is a limit of 1 visitor in any office or in the Town Hall vault. Vault access will be by appointment and the use of gloves will be required.
  • One bathroom has been reserved for staff use only.
  • In-person meetings of staff, boards or commissions is limited to groups of 5 or less, and public health protocols (masks, social distancing) must be observed. Increases in the allowable size of groups will follow the guidelines of the Governor as they are relaxed.
  • There will be no use of meeting rooms or seating areas by the public.
  • The building will be cleaned twice per week and staff will disinfect on an ongoing basis.