---First Selectman’s Report, September 2013
Mr. Formica is working with the State Department of Environmental and Energy Protection regarding an emergency access way through Rocky Neck Park, along Giant’s Neck Road, so we will be able to get emergency services in and out when needed.
New Employees: Matt Devore was promoted to Highway Foreman; Kevin Dougherty will be one of the Seasonal Public Works employees; Gordon Richardson has been hired as Field Service Building Maintenance Manager. Ron Bence will be working for him.
On behalf of the Town, Mr. Formica signed a Town of East Lyme Proclamation recognizing September as Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month.
Mr. Formica is continuing to meet with the Old Lyme Beaches and DEEP who have an interest in using our sewer conveyance capacity. DEEP will have to provide us with an order mandating us to proceed. There will be a payment to the town of East Lyme to buy into our system should this occur. We are also trying to get the Saunders Point sewer study moved through.
There has been activity through Gateway. Mr. Formica believes that Costco has signed on, and we’ve met with the CT Department of Transportation about the renovation of the on and off exit ramp at Exit 74.
Celebrate East Lyme occurred since the last meeting and it was a success. Town crews, Vendors, Park & Rec, etc. did a great job. People felt safe and Mr. Formica thanked the Public Safety community for making everyone feel safe.
Last, Mr. Formica advised that he convened a meeting of our area legislators, along with Congressman Courtney, to talk about providing updated renovations to the Central Rail Corridor, and it will be joined with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Study that would look to connect from New London to Stafford Springs then into Mass possibly ending in Palmer Mass. (where the new casino will be, and the Mohegan Tribe will operate). There were 30 people at the meeting. This might help the proposed Port of New London cargo ship develop, may offer potential passenger service along the route inclusive of the Colleges , provide Transit Oriented Development along the corridor improving local economies, create an opportunity for East Lyme to get a train stop here and provide jobs and economic development and significantly help the region in general---