Weekly Update from the First Selectman (5.28.2021)

Happy Memorial Day weekend! The Old Lyme Memorial Day Parade will start at the Lyme Street Fire House at 11 AM on Monday, May 31st, and will march down Lyme Street to Duck River Cemetery. The VFW Post 1467 will hold a Memorial Day ceremony. There will not be the usual post-parade reception at the Fire House. Previously a parking ban was contemplated for Lyme Street but with the relaxation of COVID restrictions, parking will be available on Lyme Street.

The CDC has announced the relaxing of rules around mask wearing and social distancing. As such, we no longer require masks to be worn by individuals who are fully vaccinated, and we are no longer enforcing social distancing within Town Hall. Visitors will continue to enter the building near the Meeting Hall where they will be greeted by Conner Wyman, our new Town Hall Greeter. We thank our previous Greeter Christopher Kirk for all his help.

We continue to urge certain activities be processed by mail, drop off, or through the lock box to reduce the amount of foot traffic within Town Hall. This includes beach passes, dog licenses, and tax payments.

Dog licensing will begin, as usual, on June 1st. The law requires that every dog be licensed by the age of six months and then annually every June. Any resident who gets a new dog at any point during the year must obtain a license for it within 30 days of acquiring the new dog. New dog license applications are available here. For dogs currently licensed, renewals have been mailed out.

Due to COVID-19, residents are encouraged to renew/license their dogs by mail or by using the Town Hall drop box. The Town Clerk's office will begin imposing a late fee of $1.00 per month beginning July 1, 2021. For more details, please click here.

This season’s 2nd Hikers’ Happy Hour, sponsored by the Old Lyme Open Space Commission, the Old Lyme Land Trust, and the Old Lyme Inn, will be held on Wednesday, June 2nd.  A guided walk will leave at 4:15 PM from the red trailhead in the Champlain North Open Space, located at the end of Wyckford Lane, just north of the I-95 exit 70. Afterwards, a friendly happy hour at the Old Lyme Inn will follow from 5:00 to 7:00, with half-price drinks the first hour. People preferring an easy, level walk can go a short way to the Barbizon Oak, a 300-year-old historic landmark. Everyone has the option of just meeting at the Inn.

Hikers may also participate in Connecticut Trails Day being celebrated the following weekend, June 5th & 6th. Visit the Open Space Commission website for hiking ideas. The Old Lyme Land Trust has a hike scheduled for the 6th.

Enjoy the holiday weekend.

-Tim Griswold, First Selectman