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Uncontested Old Lyme selectmen look ahead to projects needed in town

By Kimberly Drelich

Publication: The Day

Published October 30. 2013 4:00AM

Old Lyme - Board of Selectmen candidates, all uncontested incumbents, named a wastewater management study, a proposed park area at Sound View Beach and improvements to the boathouse at Hains Park as priorities for the next two years.

First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder, Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal and Selectman Arthur E. "Skip" Sibley are running unchallenged for seats on the three-person board for the Nov. 5 election.

Reemsnyder, a Democrat who won the top seat in town in 2011 after serving eight years on the board as a selectwoman, said it was important to address the town's wastewater needs. The town has commissioned a study to weigh regional and local options.

The town is forming a committee to oversee expanding the boathouse at Hains Park by Rogers Lake, a project for which the town recently received a $478,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant, Reemsnyder said.

Installing a park and public restrooms at the Sound View beach area, as well as a bike lane from Hartford Avenue along Route 156 to the Raymond E. Baldwin Bridge, is another major town proposal, she said.

The town has ongoing work to maintain buildings through a facilities committee and recently won an award from the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency for efforts through a safety committee. Reemsnyder said the town is wrapping up a project to replace the Rogers Lake Dam.

"I've really enjoyed these two years," said Reemsnyder, "and I'm really looking forward to the next two years."

Nosal, a Democrat elected in 2011, said continuing work with the Department of Transportation on the Sound View improvement project, which will ultimately come before residents for approval, is a priority. She also said the town needs to carefully assess wastewater needs and the outcomes of the study.

"The decisions the town makes will affect how the town deals with potential pollution and water preservation in years to come," she said.

Sibley, a Republican running for his seventh term on the board, identified similar priorities, including Sound View, the wastewater study and responsible town budgets.

Sibley recently served as an ad hoc member of a committee to help improve benefits for the town's first responders. He said he will also help guide the renovations to the boathouse at Hains Park, which will double the facility's size, install indoor shelving for rowing equipment, add handicapped-accessible restrooms and replace the current dock with a safer, easier-to-maintain model.

k.drelich@theday.com

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