Published on Thursday, November 14 2013 09:49
Thank you to the Town of Lyons Staff who we are so thankful to have, through and so indebted to you for your selfless, tireless and relentless pursuit of putting our town back together in the safest and speediest way possible. Without the leadership, guidance and appropriate level of command you have demonstrated, we would still be in our muckRead more: Thank you the Town of Lyons Staff
Published on Thursday, November 14 2013 00:00
Dear Lyons Residents & Friends,
An official website for fiscal assistance in the rebuild of Lyons has been created. Sponsored by Town of Lyons, Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce, Lyons Community Foundation, Oskar Blues Can’d Aid Foundation, and a group of Lyons volunteers; our small, dedicated town is rebuilding one life, and one business at a time.Read more: Help Lyons Rebuild!
Published on Thursday, October 31 2013 08:28
Dear Lyons Community,
We have a choice as a community. We can choose to build the future Lyons. We can stand up, dust ourselves off and create what we want Lyons to be. Or, we can contract, hunker down and think only about our losses.
Choosing our future will call upon our higher selves. It is not easy to think of the greater good when our personal needs are at the fore. It is not easy to reach into our pockets to find the resources to rebuild when our personal resources have taken a hit. It is not easy to believe that we have the energy to recover to a brighter Lyons when we are tired and dislocated in the present. But, I continue to believe we can, and I hope that we will.
To show our faith in the future, I ask that you support the Lyons Area Library by voting yes on ballot measures 4C and 4D. I was disheartened to receive a letter in the mail from Peter Baumgartner and Annie Mannering attempting to defeat this community effort. This crusade to undermine the Lyons Depot Library only leads to a darker, not brighter future.
Even worse, of their nine points, eight are factually incorrect. Like the worst political ads you see on TV, if there was a fact checker, that letter would earn a “pants on fire” rating as it intentionally seeks to misinform the voters. They say the library proposal ignores the Comprehensive Plan. They clearly did not read the Comprehensive Plan, which has as one of its objectives to “promote and enhance the use of a Lyons library facility as a community resource and a strategic hot spot to support local businesses, students, scholars and other residents.” They say the Library Steering Committee “never had the intention of including a performance space” when the District has repeatedly stated that they are assessing the cost and feasibility of such an option. They say that the Steering Committee did not get appropriate input from Town Staff, yet Town Staff serve on the Steering Committee and there have been full consultations. They state that building a new library will take money away from the Redstone Museum. Not only ludicrous and patently false, this last one is deeply cynical coming from Peter Baumgartner who has fought for years to eliminate funding for the museum that he now seems to hold dear.
Regarding the tax issue, they fail to point out that folks whose homes were damaged in the flood are getting overall tax relief. In addition, the Library District will not collect the full tax immediately, reducing the financial contribution needed during the recovery period. If they were really concerned about the less fortunate in Lyons, they would be in full support of a better library. Libraries are a great equalizer of opportunity, a place where kids without computers or quiet places at home to study would have access, where people that cannot buy their books on Amazon can read for free, where computer banks provide help for the unemployed to prepare resumes and search for jobs, where our community groups can meet and develop their programs to help our citizens.
My father asked me a good question the other day. In deciding how he would vote, he wanted to know if voting for the library would take away from other Town priorities during the flood recovery? My answer was clear: the library is one of those priorities that will help Lyons recover. Voting yes on 4C and 4D will not only make Lyons stronger, at a practical level it will free up resources in the Town budget that will help us finance our critical infrastructure repairs by taking the Library off the Town books and having it funded and managed by the Library District. Voting yes on 4C and 4D has added benefits of preserving a cherished community service during a time of declining Town revenues and building an important asset for the future while helping us fund our broader recovery.
The time is now to invest in Lyons. I am proud to vote YES on 4C and 4D.
Mayor Julie Van Domelen
Published on Thursday, November 07 2013 08:26
Dear Lyons Community,
This weekend I am going back to my house in Lyons with my family. We have been going to Lyons a lot this fall to visit our house and to go to church in Lyons. It was very nice going to our house again. I can’t wait to go back home. Whoever helped turn on the electricity and turn on the water, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Editor’s Note: Raphaelle is a seven-year-old resident of Lyons.Read more: Going Back to My House
Published on Thursday, October 03 2013 18:32
We understand that when residents of Lyons are allowed to return to their homes, they need electricity and natural gas to bring normalcy back into theirRead more: We Must Ensure Your Safety