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Historic District Commission Minutes 11/06/2017
Historic District Commission Meeting Minutes

Regular Meeting
Monday, November 6, 2017

Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT
REGULAR: John Pfeiffer (Chairman), John Forbis (Vice Chairman), Dini Mallory, Barbara Traskos
ALTERNATE: Cynthia Taylor, Jeff Cooley
Mary Seidner, John Rhodes
Call to order, Quorum call, Approval of minutes, Communications
Public Open Forum
Plaque Program Update
49 Lyme St
Public Hearing: 49 Lyme Street, Regional School District 18, Install signs at entrances to High School and Center School
Secretary’s Report - Handbook update, Active CofAs
Any other new or old business to come before the Commission

A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order at 9:02 a.m. by Chairman John Pfeiffer who authorized Jeff Cooley to vote.
John Forbis moved, seconded by Jeff Cooley, to approve the October minutes as presented. All present voted in favor, motion passed.

1. Communications: The letter to the Board of Selectmen regarding Rev. Stephen Jungkeit’s letter was discussed.
2. Public Open Forum: Mary Seidner –  the roof of the The Lymes Youth Services Bureau building needs to be replaced. The shingles will be black architectural shingles, basically like for like, so no CofA application is needed.
Motion: John Forbis made a motion, seconded by Jeff Cooley, to approve the “like for like” roof shingle replacement at the Lymes Youth Services Bureau, no CofA required. All present voted in favor, motion passed.

3. Plaque Program Update: Martha Hansen
209 Mile Creek Road: Research is continuing.
32 Lyme Street: Cynthia Taylor has been working on the research. Her house was moved to its location after it was built. She has the name of the original builder, but is having problems filling in the ownership in the 1800s because there are many Waits in the property records.
5 Bailey Road: Alexandra Escher is interested in a historic plaque for her home, believed to have been built by Captain Cunningham ca 1820. Martha Hansen will work with her on the project.
26 Sill Lane: Caroline Ronchini has requested historical information about her home. Martha Hansen will contact her.

4. Public Hearing: 49 Lyme Street, Regional School District 18, new signs at entrance to Center School and High School - John Rhodes.
John Rhodes submitted a CofA application for new signs to be installed at the entrances to Center School and the High School. The proposed design is a white post and arm sign with blue lettering, hanging from a black iron bracket. The sign for the High School would be installed near the firehouse flagpole and would be lighted with a down-light. The Center School sign would be installed in the island in the middle of the entrance drive. The lights would be on timers set to turn off at 10 p.m.  Another, larger, sign will be installed near the High School tennis courts, but that is outside the HDC’s jurisdiction (over 300 feet from Lyme Street).
Motion: John Forbis made a motion, seconded by Dini Mallory to approve the CofA application for one year as presented. All present voted in favor, motion passed.

5. Secretary’s Report:  
Martha Hansen contacted Marie Simon at GHB Printing for a quote on printing 500 copies of the new HD handbook and is waiting to hear back from her.
Action: Follow up with GHB Printing for a quote (Martha Hansen).
The Budget for the fiscal year 2018/2019 is due this month. The HDC agreed the budget should remain the same as in this fiscal year, with the exception of the handbook printing expenses.
Action: Submit budget (Martha Hansen).

Active (Open) CofAs:
  • 55 Lyme Street, screening fence for propane tank and AC unit, September 2018.
  • The Lyme Art Association has two projects in process – parking lot lighting and new cedar shingles for the building, September 2018.
  • Regional School District 18, new signs for High School and Center School, November 2018
6. Any Other New or Old Business:
Dini Mallory asked about the status of the Historic Properties Survey.  John Pfeiffer stated that a meeting has been scheduled with himself, Bonnie Reemsnyder and Mary Dunne regarding the survey and the associated grant.

The HDC has openings for two members. If you are interested please contact the Selectman’s Office at town hall.

7. Adjournment: John Forbis made a motion, seconded by Dini Mallory, to adjourn the meeting at 9:52 am. All present voted in favor, motion passed.

Respectfully submitted,

Martha Hansen

52 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371  (860) 434-1605

Town Hall Hours  Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM