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Historic District Commission Minutes 03/05/2018
Historic District Commission Meeting Minutes

Regular Meeting
Monday, March 5, 2018

Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT
REGULAR: John Pfeiffer (Chairman), John Forbis (Vice Chairman),  Barbara Traskos
ALTERNATE: Cynthia Taylor, Jeff Cooley
Dini Mallory
Call to order, Quorum call, Approval of minutes, Communications
Public Open Forum
Plaque Program Update
Secretary’s Report - Active CofAs
Any other new or old business to come before the Commission

A quorum being present, the meeting was called to order at 9:06 a.m. by Chairman John Pfeiffer who authorized Cynthia Taylor to vote. John Forbis moved, seconded by Cynthia Taylor, to approve the February minutes as presented. All present voted in favor, motion passed.

1. Communications: Lee Mergy is looking into the Village Shops sign lighting.
2. Public Open Forum: no participation

3. Plaque Program Update: Martha Hansen
209 Mile Creek Road: Research is continuing. Martha did some research on taverns in colonial times and found that they took many forms and it was very common for rural families to open their homes as taverns.
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. Martha will help with the research.
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. Secretary’s Report:  
The HDC’s memberships to the Connecticut Trust, the National Trust, and the Old Lyme Historical Society are due to be renewed this month.
Barbara Traskos made a motion, seconded by John Forbis, to renew the memberships as follows: Connecticut Trust $115, National Trust $75, and the Old Lyme Historical Society $35. All present voted in favor, motion passed.
Action: renew memberships (Martha Hansen).

The handbook grant is being prepared and will be submitted this month.
Action: Submit handbook grant (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. Thanks David Duncan for helping out.
  • The new sign for Artemesia has not been installed yet.
5. Any Other New or Old Business:
The HDC has openings for two members. If you are interested please contact the Selectman’s Office at town hall.

6. Adjournment: John Forbis made a motion, seconded by Cynthia Taylor, to adjourn the meeting at 9:21 am. 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