The Day – Residents of Old Lyme approve $2.1 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act

Old Lyme – With approximately 60 Old Lyme residents voting unanimously to approve a $2,120,593 federal American Rescue Plan Act disbursement plan, the city has now committed all of its ARPA funds.

That vote came at a special city meeting Tuesday, following a special city meeting in March, when residents approved the first $41,622: $21,622 for Ledge Light Health District, at Ledge Light’s request that member cities 1% donate all of their ARPA dollars and $20,000 Hire consultant George Krivda to manage the city’s Economic Recovery Grant program.

Cheryl Poirier, a member of the city’s American Rescue Plan Act Committee and chair of the city’s Economic Development Commission, explained that the city hired the consultant to “have someone objectively look at the confidential information of small business owners in the city” and Avoid conflicts of interest.

The city received applications from 42 businesses and non-profit organizations for the Economic Recovery Scheme, nine of which were disqualified for not being based in Old Lyme. The city selected the other 23 businesses and 10 nonprofits to receive grants, mostly for $10,000, but some for less.

Companies include Bonne Sante holistic wellness centre, property management company READCO, Anton Paving and Construction Co., Coffee’s Country Market, Hair by RSquar, Morrissey Cycles, Old Lyme Pizza Palace, Old Lyme Inn and Andy’s Deli & Market.

The 10 nonprofit organizations receiving grants are Christ the King Church, Florence Griswold Museum, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Charities Inc., Lyme-Old Lyme Little League, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, Music Now Foundation, Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center, Shoreline Church and Sound View Beach Association.

Here are the largest items approved under the $2.1 million:

  • $275,000 to EMS for a replacement ambulance
  • $158,347 to the Water Pollution Control Authority towards the common main line exiting the Sound View neighborhood
  • $157,095 to the CT Audubon Society/Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center “to fund the creation of an accessible center for children’s scientific discovery and environmental learning”
  • $150,000 to the Affordable Housing Commission to help offset costs related to affordable housing at the McCulloch Family Open Space
  • $137,599 to the Sound View Beach Association to fund their Shoreline Community Center renovation project
  • US$135,000 to the Halls Road Improvement Committee to fund the Halls Road bridge and footpath development project
  • $123,990 to the fire department for 25 sets of personal protective equipment for firefighters
  • $114,160 to Lymes Youth Service Office to increase individual therapy appointments, family counseling, support groups and parent education over a 4-year period

“These recommendations not only bring funding to the individual businesses and organizations that make up the fabric of our community, but also help the city itself emerge from a time that has challenged our ability to deliver critical public services,” First said Selectman Timothy Griswold in a press release.

For the full project list, see bit.ly/OldLymeARPA. The city received its first tranche of ARPA funding last year and expects to receive the second tranche soon, and then businesses and organizations will receive their grants.

The Board of Selectmen in September appointed 12 residents and City Department and Commission representatives to serve on the American Rescue Plan Committee.

The committee received more than 900 responses to a survey in December and January, opened grant applications and then reviewed the applications and presented its final recommendations on June 21 to the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance, who recommended the package to the city assembly.

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