Understanding Lyme’s Boards and Commissions

Introduction

The Town of Lyme’s form of local government enables the residents of our town to govern themselves directly, ensuring that residents maintain ultimate control over what happens in our town and to our town. 

Our residents govern themselves through their participation in:

  • The Plan of Conservation and Development survey – where our responses define the guiding principles and goals for our town boards and commissions to follow;
  • Municipal elections – where we choose the individuals to represent us on town boards and commissions; and
  • Town meetings – where all major decisions recommended by the boards and commissions are voted on by our residents.

Our control begins with the survey which the town conducts every 10 years to develop an updated Plan of Conservation and Development for local government to follow.  Once residents’ answers to the survey are analyzed and summarized, their wishes become the goals of the town’s boards and commissions.

All 19 of Lyme’s boards and commissions perform important functions on behalf of our residents – and our town could not operate as well as it does without the dozens of individuals who volunteer to serve on these boards to care for our town.  Four of these boards have a major impact on the town’s operations due to their ability to write and enforce regulations, or their responsibility for the town’s financial condition and budget. 


Board of Selectmen

The Board of Selectmen (BoS) is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the town and ensuring the town meets its financial obligations and goals – within the limits of the budget approved by the residents each May at the town meeting.  The BoS is responsible for preparing the annual budget for the Board of Finance to review and ultimately present to residents for approval.  The BoS also has the power to appoint residents to fill vacancies on most other town boards and commissions, should they become available between election cycles.

The residents of Lyme elect the three members of the BoS, who then serve for two-year terms. The current board members are:

  • David Lahm, Republican – First Selectman
    (Term expiration: November 21, 2023)
  • John Kiker, Democrat – Second Selectman
    (Term expiration: November 21, 2023)
  • Kristina White, Democrat – Third Selectman
    (Term expiration: November 21, 2023)

Typically, the BoS meets the first and third Monday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at the Lyme Town Hall.  


Board of Finance

The Board of Finance (BoF) oversees and proposes the town’s budget and spending plan, and decides on the Mill rate that is used to compute the annual property tax.  The members of this board review the town’s progress in meeting financial goals and obligations; manage the independent auditor who monitors and reviews the town’s financial reporting; and work closely with the BoS in setting strategies for future expenditures.

The residents of Lyme elect the six members and three alternate members of the BoF, who then serve for five-year terms.  The current board members are:

  • Alan Sheiness, Unaffiliated – Chair
    (Term expiration: November 16, 2027)
  • Bob House, Democrat – Clerk
    (Term expiration: November 16, 2027)
  • David M. Brown, Sr., Republican
    (Term expiration: November 21, 2023)
  • Daniel A. Hagan, Republican
    (Term expiration: November 18, 2025)
  • Jarrod Leonardo, Democrat
    (Term expiration: November 18, 2025)
  • Kathryn R. Wayland, Republican
    (Term expiration: November 21, 2023)

The alternate members, who serve in the event a board member is unable to attend a meeting, are:

  • Bruce Anderson, Independent
    (Term expiration: November 21, 2023)
  • Adam McEwen, Democrat
    (Term expiration: November 18, 2025)
  • Jim Miller, Unaffiliated
    (Term expiration: November 16, 2027)

To see when and where this board meets next, please visit the Town Calendar.


Planning & Zoning Commission

The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission writes and enforces the town’s zoning and subdivision regulations, which enable the town to maintain its identity as a beautiful, historic, sparsely developed municipality.   The commission also considers and reviews any special permit requests that residents may apply for, and makes a final decision whether or not to approve such requests.

The residents of Lyme elect the seven members of the P&Z Commission, who then serve for five-year terms.  The current board members are:

  • Bernie Gigliotti, Republican – Chairman
    (Term expiration: November 18, 2025)
  • William J. Fiske, Republican
    (Term expiration: November 21, 2023)
  • Frederick Gahagan, Republican
    (Term expiration: November 21, 2023)
  • Carol House, Democrat
    (Term expiration: November 18, 2025)
  • Phyllis Ross, Democrat
    (Term expiration: November 16, 2027)
  • David J. Tiffany, Republican
    (Term expiration: November 16, 2027)
  • Kristina White, Democrat
    (Term expiration: November 21, 2023)

The alternate members, who serve in the event a board member is unable to attend a meeting, are:

  • Anne Littlefield, Democrat
    (Term expiration: November 16, 2027)
  • Thomas St. Louis, Republican
    (Term expiration: November 18, 2025)
  • Mary Stone, Democrat
    (Term expiration: November 21, 2023)

To see when and where this commission meets next, please visit the Town Calendar.


Conservation Commission
(acting as the Inland Wetland and Watercourse Agency)

The Conservation Commission – acting as the Inland Wetland and Watercourse Agency – oversees all of the inland wetlands and watercourses in Lyme and determines what activities are allowed or prohibited along our streams, rivers, ponds and lakes.  The commission has the authority to write new regulations and to enforce existing regulations should violations be committed.

The seven members and two alternate members of this Commission are appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who then serve for two-year terms.  The current board members are:

  • Roger Dill, Republican – Chair
    (Term expiration: November 14, 2023)
  • Christine Darnell, Democrat – Vice Chair
    (Term expiration: November 8, 2022)
  • Sue Cope, Democrat
    (Term expiration: November 12, 2024)
  • Patrick Crowley, Republican
    (Term expiration: November 12, 2024)
  • Susan Hessel, Democrat
    (Term expiration: November 12, 2024)
  • Ben Kegley, Republican
    (Term expiration: November 8, 2022)
  • Thomas Reynolds, Republican
    (Term expiration: November 14, 2023)

The alternate members, who serve in the event a board member is unable to attend a meeting, are:

  • David (Jake) Tiffany, Republican
    (Term expiration: November 14, 2023)
  • Vacancy
    (Term expiration: November 8, 2022)

To see when and where this commission meets next, please visit the Town Calendar.


Closing

If you’re interested in serving our town by volunteering for a board, committee or commission, please talk to:

  • one or more of the current members serving on the board that interests you;
  • one of our three town selectmen; or
  • the local Democratic or Republican Town Committee.