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.

Chip Sealing of Three Roads To Begin Jun. 29

On Monday, June 29, chip sealing will begin on Beaverbrook Road, Keeney Road and Baker Lane. Chip sealing is a process similar to paving that will protect these roads from deterioration and is typically needed every 6-10 years.  Please be patient during this road construction – be mindful of our Town Crew and contractor who will be hard at work, and use caution when traveling through these areas.

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, 2019, are hereby notified that the tax becomes due and payable July 1, 2020. Failure to make payment on or before August 3, 2020, will subject the tax to an interest charge.  

In accordance with Executive Order 7S and Lyme’s adoption of the Low Interest program, the interest will accrue at the rate of 3% per annum, .25% per month or fraction thereof from the due date for a period of 3 months, ending October 1, 2020. On October 2, 2020, the interest will then revert to the 18% per annum, 1½ % per month on balances due and will be charged back to the original due date of July 1, 2020 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 at Town Hall, 480 Hamburg Road or may be mailed to: Tax Collector, 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT 06371. The Tax Collector’s office will be open weekdays in July from 9:00 am- 4:00 pm except July 3, 2020. We strongly encourage payment by mail. Must be postmarked by August 3, 2020 to be considered on time.

Cynthia Beers
Lyme Tax Collector

Rogers Lake Authority Announcement

The Rogers Lake Authority is planning to draw down the lake 14 inches this year beginning September 15th.  This is so Rogers Lake property owners can conduct any maintenance to their docks or sea walls as needed.  We expect the drawdown to take one week and the lake will be allowed to refill October 22.  A final decision on the drawdown will be announced on Thursday, August 13. Thank you for you assistance.