Having spent 6 full years as East Lyme's First Selectman, I can look back at many, many accomplishments that our team has delivered to the citizens of our great town.  Here are a few:


finished the construction of the Niantic Bay Boardwalk

- installed the McCook's Point Bandshell

- bathroom facilities at Cini Park 

- turned a blighted former gas station into a beautiful Main Street Park, the centerpiece of our village

- established an independent police force (after 30 years of talking about it)

- hired 2 overnight full-time firefighters/EMT's.  For the first time in our town's history, we will have proper coverage during the overnight hours 

- negotiated and bought former office building for conversion to a public safety office...a savings of $10m over building new facility

- new public safety building will give the town more square footage thus eliminating the need to build an addition onto Community Center (more savings)

- worked with school officials to bring down a $85m new elementary school project to a $36m renovation.  And thus saving Niantic Center School!!!

- moved the "beach budget" to a special revenue account thus removing the expenses from the budget and making the beach self-supporting

- new pedestrian crosswalk with LED flashing lights at EL High School that will keep our kids safe

- new LED streetlights saving EL taxpayers $100,000's A YEAR!

- natural gas boilers and new fuel cell technology all designed to save energy, make our town more "green" and save money

- successfully purchasing the current police station from Dominion and turning that into a new economic development

- miles and miles of improved roads

- and some "smaller" accomplishments that you probably didn't even notice:
     - New Atlantic St. storm drainage of pond during high impact storms
     - New ELHS baseball dugouts on field
     - New boat docks for rowing team on Pattagansett Lake 
     - New parking lot at EL Community Center and Senior Center
     - Former Public Works site at Roxbury Road finally cleaned up
     - New salt dome at PW facility
     - Removal of Underground Storage Tanks and new fuel distribution system
     - New pavilion at Bridebrook Park
     - New dugouts at baseball and softball fields at Bridebrook Park
     - Crescent Beach Bluff restoration and public walkway
     - New Sidewalks between ELMS and Lillie B Haynes school
     - New basketball courts and lacrosse "wall" at Bridebrook



THESE ARE AMONG THE PROJECTS  ON THE "TO DO" LIST FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS (and beyond):

- Preserve Oswegatchie Hills and prevent 1,500 proposed affordable housing units 

- Create a study group to look into a Senior Tax abatement.  A "homestead" tax incentive

- Finalize plans and build our new Public Safety Building

- Continue to find ways to lessen our carbon footprint through Sustainable CT

- More recycle barrels in our downtown/boardwalk

- Finally fix the Oswegachie Hills Road and Veterans Park intersection to one appropriate curb cut.

- Straighten and widen Flanders Rd around Gordon Pond to include sidewalks and bike lanes

- Replace the Amtrak fence along Main Street downtown

- fix (maintain) and create more sidewalks in our town

- safer crosswalks downtown including signalized LED light system 

- Fix and upgrade the audio and video system for town meetings

- create East Lyme app to include wayfinding, special events, emergencies, safety notices and interactive "request for services" button to report issues

- obtain Brownfield grant to clean-up Main St property (police building)

- redevelopment of the police station on Main St for private economic enhancement

- establish a Charter Revision Commission to clean-up some of our town policies/commissions/requirements

- work with DEEP to control weed growth in Pattagansett Lake, Gordon Pond and other water bodies.

- finalize the renewal of the Tri-Town agreement for our sewer system (thru Waterford and into the NL plant)

- work with Old Lyme to accept and transmit their sewer system 



     




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