Published on Thursday, March 06 2014 09:47
Dear Lyons Residents:
Mail in ballots go out next Monday and Lyons voters face what will be the most critical decision about investing in our recovery. You will have received a blue sheet in the mail notifying Lyons voter of a ballot issue (ballot question #1) to borrow up to $995,000 from the FEMA Community Disaster Loan program.
Our sales tax revenues were down 25 percent in 2013 with further decreases projected for 2014. Our property tax revenues are down about 10 percent as destroyed properties have been revalued. Without the
Published on Saturday, February 22 2014 17:29
County Coroner Emma Hall finally released the office’s annual reports for 2011 and 2012 this month, both delayed, she said, because of antiquated and sometimes inaccurate computer systems. That sounded more like an excuse than a reason to me.
It turns out there was a 100 per cent turnover in the staff after she took over the office, and then there was a 35 per cent turnover of the new hires. That may have had more to do with
Published on Thursday, February 20 2014 17:14
Recently the Town of Lyons presented its case to the State’s committee empowered to look at increasing the State cost sharing for Towns and other entities that did not have sufficient resources for their FEMA match of 12.5 percent. Two weeks afterwards, I received a letter
Published on Friday, February 21 2014 17:18
Dear Lyons Community and Family,
My family and I wanted to express our deepest thanks to all of you who have blessed us with your endless love during our transition (which turned out to be the adventure of a lifetime) when we experienced the flood on September 12th, 2013.
You all have been true angels, by our side during the whole course of action, which took us all by surprise, and we would not be where we are today without the many helping hands you all
Published on Thursday, February 13 2014 09:04
Dear Lyons Community,
Although this has been a very difficult decision for me, I would like to announce that I will not be running for another term as Mayor. My work commitments have heated up over the last year and just before the flood I was finalizing discussions on a new job that would have required me to resign before my term ended. When the flood hit, I dropped those plans to finish out the term. But, I know I cannot make another two-year commitment at this point in my life.
Before the end of this Board’s term we will have seen town through the emergency and immediate recovery stage, with a clear road map of community priorities through the Lyons Long Term Recovery Action Plan and hopefully a reasonable financing plan will be in place to fund those priorities. Even