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 comÂmuÂnity foÂrum was held last night in the East Lyme High School auÂdiÂtoÂrium about school reÂdisÂtrictÂing opÂtions for the 2019-20 school year. Parents concerns included quesÂtions about travel times, why cerÂtain neighÂborÂhoods were beÂing moved and ways to make the tranÂsiÂtion easÂier for the chilÂdren. Milone & MacBÂroom, a firm hired by the school board, preÂsented two difÂferÂent reÂdisÂtrictÂing sceÂnarÂios. The foÂrum was atÂtended by more than 50 resÂiÂdents, board of edÂuÂcaÂtion memÂbers and school adÂminÂisÂtraÂtors. The school board plans to seÂlect an opÂtion by the end of May.
LOCKED AND LOADED
The North StonÂingÂton man arrested TuesÂday for pointÂing a handÂgun at a state DepartÂment of TransÂportaÂtion emÂployee last sumÂmer was found to own 15 guns, inÂcludÂing three AR-15s and two guns that were not regÂisÂtered. Kyle Colechia was alÂlowed to own the AR-15 unÂder an exÂempÂtion for milÂiÂtary memÂbers in the state’s five-year-old asÂsault weapons ban. Colechia is a NaÂtional Guard memÂber. He was taken into cusÂtody at ElecÂtric Boat in GroÂton late TuesÂday mornÂing.
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.Â 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.