Residents to vote on land parcel and funds for Rogers Lake weed study

Old Lyme — Accepting a donated parcel off Halls Road and appropriating funds for a study on managing weeds in Rogers Lake are two items that residents will consider at a special town meeting next Tuesday.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Town Hall meeting hall.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is donating to the town an approximately half-acre parcel near Halls Road and the Lieutenant River. If residents vote to accept the gift, the town would designate the land for public recreational use and related parking, including fishing, crabbing and non-commercial boats, according to the notice.

The vote on the land parcel was on a previous town agenda, but postponed until this town meeting because the town’s Planning Commission needed to first consider the proposal.

The second item is appropriating up to $30,000 for a study on managing aquatic weeds on Rogers Lake. The town’s 2014-15 budget allocates $15,000 for the study, but the town already had presented its budget to the public when the exact cost of the study was determined, town officials have said.

Old Lyme is sharing the cost of the roughly $88,000 study with Lyme, which included funding for the study in its 2014-15 budget.

The study will include mapping the lake’s plants; developing a system to monitor water quality; studying chemical and non-chemical options in terms of their costs, effectiveness, and time and permitting required; and analyzing potential effects of herbicides on human health and wildlife, according to the study’s scope of work submitted to a committee formed by the two towns and the Rogers Lake Authority.

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