On April 29, without explanation, the Board of Finance voted to cut the funding goal of the Town’s Open Space Reserve Fund in half – from $1 million to $500,000 – placing the Town’s ability to act quickly when a suitable property becomes available for purchase in jeopardy.
The BOF’s decision was contrary to the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development. The decision was also contrary to the recommendations of our Board of Selectmen, our Open Space Committee, our Open Space Coordinator, the Lyme Land Trust and numerous individual residents who wrote letters or spoke against the cut at an April 27 meeting.
On Wednesday, May 19, the residents of Lyme can vote to restore the Open Space Reserve Fund to its original level so the Town is in a strong position to purchase a desirable property should one come on the market. We need you in person at Town Hall at 5:00 p.m. to vote.
Please plan to attend this year’s Annual Town Meeting at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 19, outside of Lyme Town Hall. (Masks and social distancing will be observed.)
Read the text of the resolution the Board of Selectmen has prepared, requiring the Board of Finance to restore the fund to its original level here.
Read the letters of support for restoration of the fund to its original level that were submitted by Lyme residents (and included as part of the public record) here.