East Lyme voters OK two appropriations

East Lyme — Residents approved two special appropriations by a majority vote at Wednesday's town meeting.

Residents voted in favor of using $500,000 from a Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant, which the state had recently awarded the town, to repair the Niantic Bay Boardwalk.

The town now has about $4.7 million to spend on repairs to the town's portion of the boardwalk, said First Selectman Paul Formica. The funds are from the grant, a settlement for faulty design of the boardwalk and to cover damages to the boardwalk during Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy, he said.

The town aims to begin building the boardwalk in the next few months, he said. The concrete design is similar to Amtrak's portion of the boardwalk and should provide "75- to 100-year storm protection," he said.

Residents also approved a special appropriation of $221,487 for the Board of Education. The amount allocates $18,138 for an electrical upgrade at the Lillie B. Haynes Elementary School, $15,028 to install and extend a sprinkler system at the high school, $102,800 to help purchase bleachers for the high school's north gym, $27,607 to improve the hallways in the high school's athletic wing, $45,500 for a hot water gas conversion system at the high school, and $12,414 for a contingency allowance.

An $80,000 settlement from a faulty roof over the gym, as well as rent money from LEARN's use of the district's facilities, will cover the $221,487 appropriation to the school board, according to Formica.

— Kimberly Drelich

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