Old Lyme accepts donated land for parking lot

Old Lyme - Residents voted unanimously at Monday's annual town meeting to accept a parcel of land that comprises half of the Sound View parking lot as a donation to the town.

The Board of Directors of the Old Lyme Community Development Corp. is giving the parcel at 72 Pond Road to the town, as town officials plan an improvements for Sound View Beach.

Several years ago, William Pike had purchased the land for the benefit of the community and entrusted it to the community group, said First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder.

The town will now officially own the full parking lot. The improvement project for Sound View calls for a picnic area and permanent bathrooms by the beach, as well as a bike lane along Hartford Avenue and then down Route 156 to the Raymond E. Baldwin Bridge.

Another highlight of the annual meeting, which more than 30 residents attended, was the announcement of the 2013 citizen of the year.

Selectman Skip Sibley announced Peter Cable as this year's recipient. Sibley said Cable is a "quiet force" who is valued for his "thoughtful reliability" in his participation on boards and commissions.

A former secretary of The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, Cable has served on the town's Open Space Commission and was an original member of the high school building committee.

Residents also voted to accept the town's Fiscal Year 2013 report, which is available online at the town's website: http://www.oldlyme-ct.gov.

k.drelich@theday.com

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