The Daily Five: DUI Enforcement Funds, Award-Winning School Meals, and Prescription Cards Are in the Mail

Five things to know in East Lyme, Old Lyme, and Lyme for Tuesday, November 20, 2012


1. Today will be much the same as yesterday. Expect another partly cloudy day and night, with a high of 51 degrees and an overnight low of 37 degrees, according to Weather.com. There's a 20 percent chance of rain. 

2. Lyme prescription discount cards are in the mail. Old Lyme Selectman Skip Sibley can attest to this fact because he received one! A section of Old Lyme has the same zip code as Lyme and because ProAct, the prescription benefits company that is running the program and handling the marketing and distribution of the cards was going by zip code, some Old Lyme residents are receiving Lyme cards in error. 

In practice, it makes no discernible difference. The prescription discount cards are all provided by ProAct at no cost to the towns through Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. But Old Lyme residents may want to wait until they have cards with their own town name on it. Those should be in the mail in about two weeks and will also be available at Rite Aid pharmacy and at Old Lyme Town Hall.

East Lyme is the latest town to sign up for the program. East Lyme residents should be receiving their cards in six weeks or so.

3. East Lyme will hold a Special Town Meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. Eligible voters are asked to consider approving moving a special appropriation of $59,950 from the Department of Transportation 2013 Comprehensive DUI Enforcement Program into accounts to cover the cost of grant overtime and police overtime grants. 

4. Old Lyme's landfill is now, for all intents and purposes, closed. Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder said that there are just a few minor details remaining on the punch list but "essentially it is done." 

"The next step is to set up monitoring," Reemsnyder said. The landfill must be monitored semiannually and there will have to be annual gas tests, well tests, and groundwater tests the results of which must be submitted to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The estimated cost of that is about $21,000 a year, Reemsnyder said, but there is still money remaining in the budget to go toward that cost. 

The town is also considering applying for a composting license, she said, which would give town residents a way to get rid of food waste, help keep food waste out of landfills, and the compost could be sold to generate income. 

5. How good is the food at Lyme-Old Lyme Elementary Schools? It's good enough to win an award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture! Mile Creek, Lyme Consolidated, and Center School were all awarded bronze medals from the HealthierU.S. School Challenge for providing healthful school meals. Region 18 School District is one of just 12 Connecticut school districts to receive this national award.  

Jayne Keedle November 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM
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