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Town Meeting preview: Lyme zoning amendment geared toward senior housing development

Published: 2/22/2021 5:49:30 PM
Modified: 2/22/2021 8:03:13 PM

Hot topic: In ballot voting on Town Meeting Day, Lyme voters will be asked to approve a zoning amendment aimed at allowing for the development of senior housing near municipal and social services. The measure has the support of the town’s Planning Board.

Budget:  During the floor portion of Town Meeting that has been postponed until May, Lyme voters will be asked to approve a $2.43 million town operating budget, up $40,000 from the budget voters approved last year. Also in May, Lyme voters will be asked to approve a $7.54 million school budget this year, up about $280,000 or nearly 4% from the budget voters approved last year.

Noteworthy articles: In March ballot voting, Lyme voters will decide whether to combine the positions of tax collector and town clerk into one elected post. If approved, voters will elect one person to hold the combined office for a three-year term beginning in March 2022.

Contested races: Also in March, voters will be asked to choose between Lyme School Board current chairman Jonathan Voegele and Sarah Glass for a one-year seat. Six other candidates are competing for three three-year seats, including incumbents Yolanda Bujarski and Barbara Wilson, as well as Jennifer Boylston, Elizabeth Glenshaw, Fiona Kling and Nicole Tadlock. There is also a contested race for the Planning Board between current chairman John Stadler and alternate member Rich Brown.

When and where: Polls will be open for ballot voting on Tuesday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Lyme School community gymnasium. Voters may request absentee ballots from the Town Clerk in advance. The business portion of the town and school meetings has been postponed to May 15; Town Meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and the school meeting will begin at 1 p.m. 

— Nora Doyle-Burr

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