[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Old Lyme 3-22-1971. Amendments noted where applicable.]
To promote the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the public through the preservation and protection of buildings, places and districts of historic interest by the maintenance of such as landmarks in the history of architecture of the Town, state or nation, and through the development of appropriate settings for such buildings, places and districts, there is hereby established an historic district in the Town of Old Lyme to be known as "Old Lyme Historic District No. 1."
Historic District No. 1 is situated in the center of Town and is located on both sides of the main street, known as "Lyme Street," and its boundaries are hereby fixed and defined as follows:
All of the foregoing area included in the District shall be shown on a map delineating the area involved, which map is incorporated herein by reference and is to be kept on file by the Historic District Commission.
An Historic District Commission is hereby established which shall consist of five members and three alternate members, all of whom shall be electors of the Town holding no salaried Town office. The members of said Commission shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, and the regular members shall be appointed in such manner that the term of at least one member shall expire each year, and their successors shall be appointed in like manner for terms of five years, and alternates shall be appointed for terms of three years. An appointment to fill a vacancy shall be for the duration of the unexpired term. At least one member and one alternate member of the Commission shall be residents or property owners within the Historic District.
Within a period of 30 days after the appointment of the original members of the Commission, the regular members shall meet and elect a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Clerk from its own members. Alternate members shall not participate in any election of officers of the Commission. In all other matters, in case of inability to act because of absence, sickness or self-interest on the part of a member of the Commission, his place shall be taken by an alternate member designated by the Chairman. All members shall serve without compensation. The Commission shall adopt rules of procedure not inconsistent with the provisions of the statutes of the state and may, subject to appropriation, employ clerical or technical assistants or consultants and may accept money gifts and expend the same for such purpose.
The Historic District Commission shall have such powers and perform such functions and shall be subject to such limitations as shall from time to time be provided by the Connecticut General Statutes.