Old Lyme selectmen discuss forming task force to consider septic system options

Old Lyme - The Board of Selectmen discussed plans Monday to create a task force that would assist the town in evaluating the viability of a community septic system.

Last month the Water and Pollution Control Authority had endorsed a Board of Selectmen's recommendation to create a task force to oversee the process and review of sites where a community septic system could potentially be located.

First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder stressed the importance of finding people who would devote the necessary time to the task force and understand the complexity of the situation.

Two beach associations - Old Colony Beach Club Association and Old Lyme Shores Beach Association - have completed studies indicating sewers are recommended for their communities, she said.

The town, which has a sewer avoidance policy, hired engineering firm Lombardo Associates to look at alternatives.

Reemsnyder said she told the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in September that although the town has a sewer avoidance policy, it has taken many actions to prevent water pollution, such as establishing a regular pump-out schedule and creating a Water and Pollution Control Authority.

The task force's duties would include interviewing engineering firms that would evaluate whether or not the community septic systems are viable and oversee the entire process.

k.drelich@theday.com

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