Weekly Update from the First Selectman 10.7.2021

The newly created American Recovery Plan Committee held its first meeting this week. Members elected Thomas Gotowka to serve as the Chair. The Committee is tasked with developing a plan for the distribution of funds from the American Recovery Plan Act. As the Committee’s work moves forward, you can find their materials on our website here.

As a reminder, tomorrow, Friday, October 8th at 9:00 AM, the Open Space Commission will offer the public an opportunity to call with questions or comments about the Town’s proposed acquisition of 41-1 and 41-4 Whippoorwill Road. You can call into the Open Space Commission’s meeting by dialing 1-605-472-5727 and entering access code 3819718. To view the meeting agenda, click here

RiverCOG, the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments, will be introducing the Regional Housing Plan on Tuesday, October 12th at 7PM in a Zoom videoconference. Note that this session will primarily be covering the general Housing Plan for the entire region, not the local Affordable Housing Plans that are also being prepared. Some very interesting data will be presented, as will preliminary results from the Housing Survey. If you are unable to attend the live Zoom presentation, a recording will be posted for viewing later. To register, please click here.

The Old Lyme VNA is holding a drive through flu shot clinic for Old Lyme residents free of charge on Saturday, October 16th from 9 AM to 1 PM. The clinic is only open to Old Lyme residents ages 18+. Please remember to wear a mask.

October 5th was World Teachers’ Day. The purpose of the day is to recognize and celebrate each teacher's contribution and efforts, without whom we would not be who we are today. I want to send a big thank you to all our educators, both those at our Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, and the educators that live in Old Lyme but work outside of town. You make a difference in the lives of our children, every day.

Construction has commenced on the new scale house at the Transfer Station. The old scale house trailer structure had to be removed for a variety of reasons, including mold, and the new building should be completed in about two months.

Lastly, Town Hall will be closed Monday, October 11th in observance of Columbus Day.

-Tim Griswold, First Selectman