Selectman's Office

Martha's Newsletter HeaderFrom the Desk of Martha Shoemaker, First Selectwoman

The town hall staff has accomplished so much in this short 4-day work week.  We continue to scan land use documents for historical preservation. Craig Bonatti, Land Use Technician and Kim Groves, Certified Zoning Enforcement Technician (CZET) and Land Use Administrator have worked hard to clean up files from prior years. Facility Director Erik Olson redesigned a closet in our basement storage area for the Duck River Garden Club. Over the years the club has had a wagon filled with their supplies in a storage room. The new closet allows them easy access to their supplies for their monthly meetings. Special thanks to Judy LaRocque and Karen Geisler for moving the materials and organizing the new closet. Emergency Management & Fire Marshal Dave Roberge and one of our high school students reorganized some supplies that were received during the pandemic. This opened up more space that we will be utilizing for our Registrar’s materials.  

Town Clerk Vicki Urbowicz, Office Manager Michele Hayes, Finance Assistant Tracy Beatty, CZET & Land Use Administrator Kim Groves and Executive Assistant Katie Balocca, developed a one-hour training for our Boards, Commissions and Committee (B/C/C) members, as well as the clerks. We had 64 in attendance. Attendees heard from Russell Blair, Director of Education and Communications for the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission. He gave a 40-minute presentation on the best practices to adhere to for meeting agendas and minutes. This was followed by a 20 minute presentation by the staff on how they interact with the B/C/C members on a daily basis. Staff shared the various processes that need to take place for us to comply with regulations and to all work together in the most efficient manner. Copies of the revised Old Lyme’s Guide for Boards, Commissions and Committees were handed out. If you would like a printed copy, please let us know. 

A highlight of the week was: we learned that while the Harbor Management Commission is pursuing a dock for Horseneck Creek Landing the Open Space Commission will offer property visitors information later this year on coastal forests and salt marshland, both threatened natural habitats. Open Space received a grant from The Rockfall Foundation to create an interpretative guide to the property’s short trail and to post educational signs. A naturalist will compile information on local flora and fauna and present a lecture in town on coastal ecology. The Town will also partner with the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center of the Connecticut Audubon Society to promote the site’s wonderful birding opportunities. Many thanks to Open Space Chair Greg Futoma and the members of the Open Space Commission for applying for this grant.  

I had the opportunity to work with members of the Miami Beach and Hawk’s Nest Beach Associations on solutions for the sluiceway, affectionately called “the crib”, which was severely damaged during the storms in December and January. Keith Neilson from Docko also participated by providing us with some design ideas for future solutions. 

I also want to thank Sound View Beach Chair Frank Pappalardo, Corporal Wayne Collins, Police Department Administrative Assistant Pamelia Parker, Public Works Director Ed Adanti and Resident State Trooper Matt Weber for participating in our initial Sound View Beach opening meeting. We are making our lists and delegating items to various individuals and groups so that the beach will be ready to open on Memorial Day weekend. The weather next week might make us think that summer will soon be here!

Have a wonderful weekend!  

All my best, 
Martha

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