Town of Old Lyme, CT
New London County
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Upon the petition of Charles C. Griswold and others, praying for the incorporation of a new town, as per petition on file, which petition has been duly served and returned:
  Resolved by this Assembly, That all that part of the town of Lyme lying south of the dividing line between the north and south school societies in said town, with all the inhabitants residing south of said line, be and the same is hereby incorporated into a distinct and separate town, by the name of South Lyme, with all the rights, privileges and immunities, and subject to all the duties and liabilities of other towns in this state, with the right of sending one representative to the general assembly.
  And said new town shall pay its proportion, according to the list of 1854, of all debts, charges, expenses, suits, petitions and claims, already due and commenced, or which may exist against said town of Lyme, and for which said town shall be hereafter rendered liable by force of any claim now existing.
  And said new town shall take and maintain its portion of the poor persons now maintained by said town of Lyme, said proportion to be their respective lists, according to the grand list of 1854.
  And said town shall be liable to maintain, all such persons, residing out of said Town of Lyme, as are now chargeable thereto, or may hereafter become chargeable thereto, provided such persons, at the time of their departure from said town, had a legal settlement in that part of said town hereby incorporated into a new town, and shall not subsequent to such departure have gained a settlement elsewhere.
  All rights and property, of whatsoever nature or description, except as herein after provided, now owned by, due or belonging to the town of Lyme, or which may hereafter accrue to said town by virtue of any claim, right or title now existing, shall belong to said new town as hereby incorporated, and said town of Lyme, in proportion to their respective lists, according to the grand list of 1854.
  And the town deposit fund shall belong to and be divided between said new town as hereby incorporated, and said town of Lyme, in proportion to the number of their respective inhabitants, according to the census of 1850.
  The present town hall in said town of Lyme shall be and remain the property of said town of Lyme; and the ferry house, wharf, and all the real estate and other property belonging to said town, situated at or near said ferry, and used in connection therewith, shall be and remain the property of said new town; and the said new town shall be liable to all the burdens imposed upon said town of Lyme by statute, relative to the support and maintenance of said ferry, and shall be entitled to all the privileges and emoluments arising therefrom.
  And the said respective proportions of taxable lists and the population of said towns respectively, and the number of paupers belonging to each, shall be ascertained and determined by the selectmen, or a majority of them, of said respective towns, and in such manner as they may deem advisable; always provided, that if, after the organization of said new town, the selectmen of said towns do not agree in the divisions of the paupers, funds, deposit fund and property, real and personal, belonging to said towns, and also upon their respective taxable lists and number of inhabitants, on or before the first Monday of September, 1855, the selectmen of either town may apply to Edward P. Brownell, of East Haddam, Selden M. Pratt, of Saybrook, and William R. Clark, of Old Saybrook, who, or either of whom, are hereby authorized and empowered to divide said paupers, funds, deposit funds, and property, and to ascertain and determine the amount of the taxable lists and number of inhabitants of said towns respectively, in manner aforesaid, which division, whether made by said selectmen, or a majority of them, or by said Brownell, Pratt, Clark, or either two of them, shall be final and conclusive. And in case said division shall be made by said last mentioned persons, the selectmen of both said towns shall be first duly notified of the time and place when and where said division shall be made; and the expense of said service shall be borne by said towns according to their respective lists, as they shall be ascertained in manner aforesaid.
  The collectors of the state, town and other taxes in the town of Lyme are hereby authorized to collect their respective taxes already laid, and in their respective rate-books contained, and pay the same over for the benefit of said towns of Lyme and South Lyme, in proportion to their respective lists, to be ascertained as aforesaid.
  Said new town, as hereby incorporated, shall belong to and constitute part of the ninth senatorial district, and also of the probate district of Lyme. The first meeting of said new town, as hereby incorporated, shall be holden at the conference house in said new town, on the first Monday of July, 1855, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, and Daniel P. Noyes, Esq., or in case of his failure, William Beckwith, Esq., shall be moderator thereof; and the said meeting shall be warned by the said Noyes or Beckwith, by setting up a notification of the same on the public sign-posts within the limits of said town, at least five days before said meeting. And said new town shall have all the powers incident to other towns in this state at said first meeting, and full right to act accordingly; and the others elected at such meeting shall hold their respective offices until others are appointed and qualified in their stead.
  This act shall take effect and be in force from and after the day of its passage.
Effective date: Passed 1855
Reference: Private and Special Laws of Connecticut, Vol. 4, p. 1275
Resolved by this Assembly, That the name of the town of South Lyme, in the county of New London, be and the same hereby is altered to the name of Old Lyme.
Effective date: May 26, 1857
Reference: Private and Special Laws of Connecticut, Vol. 5, p. 8
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
  The Hatchetts Improvement Company, its successors and assigns, is authorized to construct and maintain a sea-wall or sea-walls in front of and around its land situated at Hatchetts Point, at South Lyme in the town of Old Lyme, bounded easterly and southerly by Long Island Sound, which sea-walls may be built on the line of high-water as it existed on the fifteenth day of March 1915, as shown on a map of lands of The Hatchetts Improvement Company, dated September 11, 1915, and certified to by Spencer & Washburn, Civil Engineers, and filed in the office of the town clerk of Old Lyme on or about October 1, 1915; and it is also authorized to fill in and grade the space inside of said walls, as it may deem expedient, and the land between said walls and the lands of adjoining owners, who are stockholders in said The Hatchetts Improvement Company, are granted to said company, its successors and assigns forever, provided said filling and sea-walls shall not impede public navigation.
Effective date: April 2, 1919
Reference: Special Acts of Connecticut, Vol. 25, p. 1181
An Act Concerning Exchange of Land Between the State and Residents in the Towns of Lyme, Old Lyme and East Lyme at Stone's Ranch.
  The adjutant general may, with the advice and consent of the governor, acquire for the state any land or interest therein contiguous to the land of the military reservation in the towns of Lyme, Old Lyme and East Lyme, which, in the opinion of said adjutant general, may be desirable and necessary for the use of said reservation in exchange for land of the state forming part of said reservation or interests therein which are not desirable and necessary for the use of said reservation. The treasurer shall execute and deliver any deed or instrument to convey the title of any property of the state or interests therein, the exchange of which is authorized by this act.
Effective date: June 8, 1937
Reference: Special Acts of Connecticut, Vol. 2, p. 797
A. 
Incorporating Black Hall Association: 1947, p. 734.
B. 
Incorporating Old Colony Beach Association: 1935, p. 160.
C. 
Amendment to Old Colony Beach Association: 1947, p. 385.
D. 
Incorporating Old Lyme Shores Association: 1947, p. 530.
E. 
Amendment to Old Lyme Shores Association: 1955, p. 740.
F. 
Amendment to Old Lyme Shores Association: 1957, p. 350.
G. 
Incorporation of Miami Beach Association: 1948, p. 1130.
H. 
Incorporating Point O' Woods Beach Association: 1925, p. 1031.
I. 
Incorporating White Sands Beach Association: 1927, p. 489.
J. 
Incorporating Rogers Lake West Shores Association: 1937, p. 761.
K. 
Incorporating Old Lyme Water Co.: 1933, p. 1112.
The state treasurer is authorized to deed to the Town of Old Lyme a parcel of land controlled by the Old Lyme and Old Saybrook Bridge Commission, located on the easterly side of route number 156 in said town and bounded as follows:
  Beginning at the north-westerly corner of the land herein described at a point where the southerly line of land now or formerly of the estate of Nathaniel C. Hall meets the easterly line of route number 156; thence running in an easterly direction along the southerly line of land of said Hall, following the line of a stone wall, 354 feet more or less, to a point where said southerly line meets the northerly line of land of the state of Connecticut; thence running in a westerly direction, along said northerly line of the state of Connecticut, 297 feet more or less, to a point where said northerly line meets the easterly line of route number 156; thence running in a northerly direction along said easterly line of route number 156, 180 feet more or less, to the point or place of beginning. The parcel herein described is bounded northerly and easterly by land now or formerly of the estate of Nathaniel C. Hall; southerly by land of the state of Connecticut; and westerly by route number 156. Said parcel of land is triangular in shape and contains six-tenths of an acre, more or less.
Effective date: July 26, 1949
Reference: Special Acts, 1948 and 1949, p. 1181
No person or corporation shall, within the town of Waterford, East Lyme, Old Lyme, or Stonington, or in any waters adjacent thereto, engage in the business of manufacturing from fish or garbage any oil, guano, fertilizer or phosphate, or in the business of rendering or treating garbage or other filthy or noxious matter. This section shall not apply to the continuance of any such business of any person or corporation whose plant within any of said towns had been erected prior to May 1, 1909, and was actively employed in the same specific business during the year 1908, while such business continued to be confined to the property owned by such person or corporation on said May 1, 1909, or to the treatment and disposal within any of said towns of garbage or other filthy or noxious matter originating within such town, or to the rendering or treatment of fish into food for human or animal consumption within the town of Stonington.
Effective date: 1958
Reference: General Statutes of Connecticut, Revision of 1958, § 19-98
Taking of oysters and clams in Old Lyme regulated.
  Any person who takes any clams less than two inches in length or more than one-half bushel of clams, or more than one-half bushel of oysters except from an area designated for planting oysters, in any day in the town of Old Lyme shall be fined not more than fifty dollars ($50.00) or imprisoned not more than thirty (30) days or both.
Effective date: 1978
Reference: Connecticut State Statutes, 1978, § 26-285
Restrictions on type of fishing at certain points on Connecticut, Mystic and Thames Rivers, Niantic Bay and North Cove in Old Saybrook:
  No person shall take or attempt to take any fish from the waters of the Thames River or Niantic Bay above the bridges of the Penn-Central Railroad Company or from the waters of the Mystic River or from the waters of the Connecticut River easterly of a straight line extending northerly from the westerly tip of Griswold Spit to the easterly abutment of the Bridge of the Penn-Central Railroad Company over the Connecticut River in the town of Old Lyme, by means of any otter or beam trawl or any device of a similar nature, or by use of any gill net and no person shall take or attempt to take any fish from the waters of North Cove in Old Saybrook by means of any otter or beam trawl or any similar device.
Effective date: 1978
Reference: Connecticut State Statutes, 1978, § 26-176