THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE

OL-NL REACH AGREEMENT

Old Lyme Beach Association officials and the City of New London have reached a 20 agreement that could eventually allow hundreds of shoreline homes to abandon their cesspools and septic systems. New London has approved a $1.45 million contract to treat sewage from three private Old Lyme beach associations that could lead toward installation of sewer lines to access homes in the popular beach area. There would be an estimated $36,000-per-household fee to tie in to the system, though that amount could drop if the town gets involved.

MARINA NOT REPLACING TANKS

Loyal boat owners became alarmed this week when Norwich marina management announced it will not be replacing the site’s underground fuel tanks. The fuel tanks were removed last fall at the end of their 30 year in-ground lifespan. Replacements will cost between $150,000 and $175,000 while temporary options are seen to be cost prohibitive. Mayor Peter Nystrom was concerned that not replacing the fuel tanks would negatively impact the marina’s status as a tourist hot spot. Nystrom said he is aware the owners may be looking to unload the property.

DEALER PLEADS NOT GUILTY

Christopher Dubicki and Angela Ziroli

A Norwich man has pleaded not guilty to charges of having more than 600 bags of fentanyl in the home he shared with a woman and two children. Christopher Dubicki and Angela Ziroli were arrested together in February and face numerous drug-related charges as well as risk of injury to minor charges. Dubicki’s case was continued in court to June 7th. Ziroli’s next appearance is scheduled for May 9th in Norwich Superior Court.

PRESTON TOWN MEETING TONIGHT

A special Preston town meeting will be held tonight looking for approval by residents to use up to $35,000 in capital bond funds to replace bleachers in the gym to better meet the federal handicapped accessibility law. The money’s what was remaining from the replacement of the gym floor at Preston Veterans’ Memorial School. If approved, the new bleachers could be installed this summer. The town meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the school gym, on Route 165.

TEEN DEATH STILL BEING PROBED

While New London High School observed a moment of silence on Wednesday morning grieving the death of a former student at the school, city police continued investigating. Seventeen-year-old Luis Roman was found unresponsive at home and transported to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The cause of his death is “pending further study,” according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Roman was on track to receive a high school diploma in June and was employed at Neon Chicken.

DAUPHINAIS RUNNING AGAIN

State Rep. Anne Dauphinais from the 44th District will seek a second term and continue to oversee the towns of Killingly and Plainfield. Dauphinais said she ran in 2016 out of concern not only with the states fiscal and economic health but with the future of Connecticut.

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