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Special Board of Selectmen Minutes 10/06/2017

The Board of Selectman held a Special Meeting at 9:00 am on October 6, 2017 in the Meeting Hall of the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall. First Selectman Bonnie Reemsnyder, Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal and Selectman Skip Sibley were present.

  • Review of updated draft Blight Ordinance with Town Attorney, Zoning and Building Officials, Fire Marshal and Ledge Light Health District Sanitarian.
Joining the Selectmen for this discussion, were Keith Rosenfeld, Land Use Coordinator, David Roberge, Fire Marshal, George Calkins, Ledge Light Health District, and Attorney Mike Carey, Suisman Shapiro (Town Attorney). The draft blight ordinance had been drafted by the land use officials, reviewed by the Board of Selectmen at a previous meeting, and submitted to the Town Attorney for edits, and suggested changes. Attorney Carey reviewed many of his suggested changes and edits, as they were in keeping with the state statutes that allow towns to adopt a blight ordinance. There were comments and questions from the Selectmen as well as from the land use officials to understand the recommended changes, and often to clarify the reasoning for some of the items in the original draft. With a clear understanding between the Selectmen, the land use officials, and the Town Attorney, Attorney Carey agreed to reflect those changes in a final draft, which he anticipated he could have for the next Board of Selectmen meeting on Oct. 16, 2016. The Blight Ordinance would eventually need to be approved at a Town Meeting, and the Selectmen agreed that the final draft should be available to other boards and commissions, as well as the general public, for a reasonable period of time prior to going to a town meeting for approval. The Selectmen thanked Attorney Carey and the officials for taking the time to review the proposed ordinance in such detail.
  • Review draft Lease Agreement for Pump Station with Town Attorney.
Attorney Eric Callahan joined the Selectmen to review the proposed Lease Agreement for a pump house to be located on Town Property. There are three private beaches that are under a consent order to construct a sewer system to be tied into the New London Wastewater Treatment Facility. They are Old Lyme Shores Beach Association, Old Colony Beach Association, and Miami Beach Association. The three beaches have approached the Town of Old Lyme to request approval to construct a pump house on Town Property located at 72 Portland Ave., also known as the Town Parking Lot in Sound View (this is one of the two lots that make up the parking lot). The proposed lease would allow the Town of Old Lyme to hook up to the pump house in future, should sewers be constructed to serve the Sound View area, Miscellaneous Town Area B (short roads north of 156 to the railroad tracks), and Hawks Nest Beach area (though this area is currently under a study and there is no assurance that the sewers would be constructed in this area). The draft lease would be 98 years and a total cost of $200,000, payable in 20 annual payments of $10,000 each. The lease would have renewal options for 20 years each, and includes language assuring that the town, when it joins, would pay a proportional share of the cost of the construction of the pump station, as well as ongoing operation and maintenance from the date of hooking into the pump house. Attorney Callahan reviewed the concerns expressed by the Selectmen, pointing out where issues brought up were addressed in the lease, or assuring the Selectmen that he could add language to cover the concerns. The Selectmen agreed that none of the concerns expressed were “deal-breakers”, but rather concerning clarification that would protect the town in the future, when our successors had to refer to the lease for any future issues. The Selectmen thanked Attorney Callahan for his diligence on the language and for taking the time to review the details of the proposed lease with the Selectmen.
  • Adjournment:
A motion was made by Selectman Sibley, seconded by Selectwoman Nosal, to adjourn at 12:04 pm. Motion passed.
Respectfully submitted,
Bonnie A. Reemsnyder

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

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