Old Lyme voters to decide March 24 on Sound View Beach work

Old Lyme - Plans to redesign the Sound View Beach area with a bike path, park area and restrooms will come before voters on March 24.

A special town meeting on Sound View, as well as several other items, will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium.

The Sound View improvement plan calls for installing a park area, permanent restrooms and a bike path from Hartford Avenue along Route 156 to the Raymond E. Baldwin Bridge. Construction on the project is anticipated to begin after the summer of 2015.

Residents will vote to allocate up to $148,500 for the project's initial design and specifications phase. A federal transportation grant will reimburse up to 80 percent of the costs, said First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder.

In addition, residents will also decide if they will approve $13,000 for a kiosk meter at the town parking lot at Sound View. Reemsnyder said paying employees to collect fees at the lot can amount to about $15,000, so the costs will even out. But she said there is also more awareness and concern recently about the safety of young people working to collect parking fees.

A project to improve the Hains Park Boathouse at Rogers Lake - doubling the facility's size and adding indoor shelving, handicapped-accessible restrooms and a new dock - is also on the agenda. Residents will vote to appropriate $478,000 from a Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant for the renovations.

In addition, residents will vote on new design and construction standards for public improvements, which were last updated in the 1970's. The standards delineate requirements for public structures, such as town roads, driveways and drainage facilities, and cover processes for converting a private road to a town road.

Lastly, the Board of Selectmen and Water Pollution Control Authority will update residents Monday on a wastewater management study, conducted by engineering firm Woodard & Curran to study both local and regional options to treat wastewater. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reviewing a draft of the study.

More information about the proposals is available on the town's website under "current projects."

k.drelich@theday.com

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