FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE

CGM BRIDGE TO BE APPROVED

“The Day” reports the State Bond Commission is expected today to approve $19.5 million to continue work on a pedestrian bridge and its link with the National Coast Guard Museum planned for downtown New London. An approval will allow a contract to be drawn up between the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development and the National Coast Guard Museum Association. The museum is expected to bring in $10 million to the state annually with 300,000 or more visitors each year.

EL TALKS REDISTRICTING

A com­mu­nity fo­rum was held last night in the East Lyme High School au­di­to­rium about school re­dis­trict­ing op­tions for the 2019-20 school year. Parents concerns included ques­tions about travel times, why cer­tain neigh­bor­hoods were be­ing moved and ways to make the tran­si­tion eas­ier for the chil­dren. Milone & MacB­room, a firm hired by the school board, pre­sented two dif­fer­ent re­dis­trict­ing sce­nar­ios. The fo­rum was at­tended by more than 50 res­i­dents, board of ed­u­ca­tion mem­bers and school ad­min­is­tra­tors. The school board plans to se­lect an op­tion by the end of May.

LOCKED AND LOADED

The North Ston­ing­ton man arrested Tues­day for point­ing a hand­gun at a state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion em­ployee last sum­mer was found to own 15 guns, in­clud­ing three AR-15s and two guns that were not reg­is­tered. Kyle Colechia was al­lowed to own the AR-15 un­der an ex­emp­tion for mil­i­tary mem­bers in the state’s five-year-old as­sault weapons ban. Colechia is a Na­tional Guard mem­ber. He was taken into cus­tody at Elec­tric Boat in Gro­ton late Tues­day morn­ing.

EL BUDGET REDUCED

A public hearing will be held later this month on the total 2018-19 spending plan of almost $72 Million for East Lyme.  The total proposed budget represents a 1.35 percent increase over the plan for the current year. On Monday, the Board of Finance reduced the education budget by $200,000 and cut the general government budget by $49,000. The finance board approved the overall budget numbers on Wednesday. The public hearing is planned for 7 p.m. Monday, April 30th at the East Lyme Middle School cafeteria.

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